Modi Ji Please keep smart city expenditures public
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Shri Narendra Modi,
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Every one in India is really excited about the smart city initiative by the BJP government. This is a revolutionary move which will propel our country forward. People have high hopes on this smart city initiative. It will be a big employment generator for the youth of our country.
But in order for this to be successful, vested interests should be kept outside completely. And the whole process should be transparent right from tender issue to project completion and payments.
We can see contractors who is used to swindling public money big time getting ready to put their hands on major chunk of this Rs. 1891550000000 allotted.
We don't want another 2G scam and Common wealth games scam in the making.
Already in Coimbatore a big conspiracy was hatched to take away all smart city funds. But their plans were foiled after citizens of coimbatore complained about the no-qualification-smart-city-CEO-selected-just-to-steal-money and she was removed from that post after a huge public outcry.
These shameless people go to any end to steal from public coffers.
To avoid these issues and to make sure funds are spent properly and are not being swindled by showing fraudulent/bloated invoices, every rupee spent on the project should be displayed for anyone to view in the smart city projects website.
Also when the project gets confirmed with a certain company, all details including the project including the project worth, timelines to finish, scope of the project, why that particular company was selected for the project, who are the other bidders and why they are rejected should be published in the website clearly. And also there should be a provision for punishment for that selected company if they do subpar work and get money from government.
Responsibilities should be established clearly and the officer incharge should be answerable to public directly. Accounts displayed in the website should not be muddled or given in a vague manner to confuse public.
In addition to that please display the whole history of the selected company for past 10 years including who are the owners, and if they are related to any politicians, bureaucrats, and what is their revenue for the past years. Please make arrangements to post these details even for the smallest of the projects that you give under smart city.
If there is case of conflict of interest involving an officer working for government, public should be given a way to complain against such malpractices.
And please select smart city CEOs from qualified individuals only. Like professors from IIMs, IITs or universities abroad. There are a lot of patriotic Indians willing to serve their country given a chance.
If you cannot find a full time CEO, please select a part time CEO who is honest, straight forward and well qualified. But don't let local politicians select the CEOs for smart city at any cost.
Modi ji, we have faith in you and we know you can break the clutches of these vested interests and can set a benchmark for transparent execution of big public projects.
People of India
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