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The absurd nonsense that comes out of India’s policy circles even in 2017

It is shocking how Indian governments continue to sabotage the market in every way, every day.

AAP is led by the KING OF STUPIDS (none more stupid: Rahul has no scope to be stupid, being a natural-born duffer). They can’t stop interfering in the market in every way. Recently they put a limit on the fees that private schools can charge.

Now we have the Congress government in Karnataka sabotaging the Karnataka health market. The government healthcare system is totally defunct. We need to totally privatise it (as per SBP’s manifesto). And yet these socialist maniacs cannot rest without disabling the only sector that is doing at least something in India – the private sector.

SBP issued a press release today.

TEXT BELOW:

Swarna Bharat Party opposes the communist policy to cap healthcare prices in Karnataka
Mr Asif Iqbal, Karnataka State coordinator of Swarna Bharat Party, today strongly opposed the communist, anti-market and anti-people policy of the Congress Karnataka government to cap healthcare charges in the private sector.
Mr Iqbal said that the Siddaramaiah government should start learning basic economics. Good intentions do not necessarily lead to good outcomes. This communist policy will shut down many hospitals and drive away thousands of health professionals. In this way it will hurt everyone, including the poor. No communist society has ever done well, and this communist policy will badly harm Karnataka.
In a free market people voluntarily give their custom to the service provider who gives them the best service at the lowest cost. Simultaneously, the desire for profits motivates healthcare providers to provide good quality healthcare while keeping their costs down. And they can’t charge whatever they wish, since they are forced by the competition among hospitals to keep prices low. Anyone who makes a profit in such a competitive environment is signalling that he has successfully and efficiently served the people. That is the best outcome for society.
Mr Iqbal said that a government’s role is to create the environment for market-led profitable investments, thereby serving the needs of the community. But instead of identifying and addressing any barriers to investment, the Congress communists are attacking the very existence of the health sector.
Mr Siddaramaiah should remember that the taxpayer does not subsidise private medical establishments, nor should there be any such subsidy. These establishments buy land at commercial rates, pay commercial taxes and get utilities like water and electricity at commercial rates. In fact, SBP understands that most private hospitals and clinics do not break even for the first 5-10 years and most earn barely enough to stay in business.
Mr Iqbal said that instead of Mr Siddaramaiah worrying about the private sector (which is already badly shackled with thousands of rules and infrastructure constraints), he should look within – at the total mismanagement of government hospitals. The private sector is the last ray of hope for the people of Karnataka. Now the anti-people Congress wants to extinguish even this last ray of hope.
SBP also opposes many other aspects of the new health laws, such as a district redressal body that comprises six members but with only one doctor member. Further, there are already several avenues for patients to complain, including consumer courts, civil courts, medical bodies. Creating another body is unnecessary and will only increase fear in doctors’ mind. SBP demands a complete repeal of the new law.
Notes for Editors:
SBP is India’s only liberal party, committed to defending liberty and promoting prosperity.
Contact:
Asif Iqbal (Bengaluru) +91 8553010064, ietoblr@gmail.com
Rahul Pandit (Hyderabad) National Working President, +91 9703425422
Sanjeev Sabhlok (Melbourne), sabhlok@gmail.com
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Bitcoin is an excellent illustration of Gresham’s law

My FB comment:

The early adoption stage is now over. Even communist newspapers like the New York Times are pimping the Bitcoin.

I now believe 2018 will mark the rapid upward trajectory of the S curve of adoption. And since most people are not selling but holding their Bitcoin, its price may well skyrocket 10+ times next year. And it still won’t be late to buy it, since it will outpace almost all other asset classes for at least the next 10 years.

This also shows how huge is the pent up demand to get out of fiat currency which is degraded by central banks at an alarming rate each year.

This is also called Gresham’s Law – with bad money (dollars) driving out good money (Bitcoin). People are getting rid of bad money as rapidly as possible and hoarding the good money.

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We need For-Profit schools in India and the government to get out of the provision of education

My next Whooshkaa podcast, below, on education:

In this I talk about the colossal failure of education in India (and in fact in many parts of the world) and how this can be fixed. They key is to get rid of many common myths about the role of government in education. I explain the work and findings of James Tooley and outlines how Swarna Bharat Party will completely change the system to dramatically improve its quality and availability.

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Request for information from IAS/AIS colleagues on the cadre allocation system for all India Services

An academic has asked the following:

I am currently attempting to reconstruct the allocation process of IAS officers before 1984. While trying to find descriptions of that policy online, I came across your IAS website on the 1982 batch.

Since you entered yourself prior to 1984, I was wondering if you could enlighten me about the specific policy that was in place at that time. As far as I know, the cadre allocation policy was changed in 1984 (see attached the guidelines). But I could not find any information pertaining to the allocation rule prior to that.

I would be most grateful if you could share your own experience. Any information and details (preferably as much as possible) would be greatly appreciated. How did the rule differ from the rule in 1984? Were officers also allocated based on insider status and their category?

MY RESPONSE

I’m not personally aware of the history of the allocation systems for the IAS but from the note you sent, there seems to have been a roster system prior to 1977.

In 1982, when I was selected, we had the Limited Zonal Preferences System system described in the letter. (In this system all the cadres/joint cadres

were divided into zones and the candidates were given the opportunity to indicate their preferences zone-wise and also for two cadres in each zone.)

Sometime during the application process (I forget at which stage – but I suspect it must have been at the Main exam stage) we had to choose the specific services and specific cadres.

I chose IAS over the Indian Foreign Service, then IPS (police) for the services. I think there were around five to seven zones (I forget) and I chose the northern zone within which I chose Haryana cadre as my first choice, then Panjab. My last choice was the North Eastern states.

As it so happened, the vacancies for Haryana were just enough for me to get my first preference as an outsider (my domicile was New Delhi). I later switched cadre after marrying my colleague to her cadre: Assam-Meghalaya.

At that time there was generally a surplus of selected officers from the prosperous states that had better educational institutions. Therefore the higher ranking ones among these bagged the “outsider” quota in their first or second preference cadres within their first preference zone – as occurred in my case.

It is also true that “limited inter-regional movement of candidates takes place only in respect of a few low ranking candidates”. That’s best illustrated by my Assam Meghalaya batch of 1982 in which only two Assamese were selected that year. Therefore everyone else allocated to Assam-Meghalaya had to come from other states. These were all rather low ranking candidates (that I moved to this cadre later still meant that I had the highest national rank in the Assam Meghalaya cadre – although for the purposes of the State, my rank now became last). I must hasten to add (and this is a very important point!) that I have come across no evidence in my entire life to suggest that the intellectual calibre of the lower ranking officers was (or is) in any way lower to that of the higher ranking officers.

I’ll share these comments on my blog and through that with my IAS batchmates Whatsapp group and ask them to add any other information they may have.

Btw, I’d like to invite your attention to more fundamental issues through the attached article (which will be published in the next issue of Smart Governance) and my book Breaking Free of Nehru (of which I would suggest chapters 4 and 6 in case you have time).

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