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For the continuance of “Raj”, why blame poor sub-ordinate officers by calling “Inspector Raj”!

June 2, 2016

For the continuance of “Raj”, why blame poor sub-ordinate officers by calling “Inspector Raj”!

inspector raj stop - slogan“Inspectors” are easy to blame for all follies of economic experts: From Finance Minister to Corporate personnel, it has always been a fashion to blame “Inspectors” for the folly, blunder and even evasion of industries and corporate business houses. Last November 2014, the Prime Minister Modi also talked about “cutting down inspector raj” in the context of labour (Ministry of Labour)[1]. The “inspectors” have always been easy target for them, as they have been subordinate to everybody and all can use and abuse them by all means, speaking before any forum. Therefore, it is not all surprise, a person like Raghuram Rajan has chosen to target such species and accuse them for economic reasons. As it is a PTI news, the media just carried the stuff as such with some different captions. Addressing ministers, bankers, bureaucrats and other stakeholders at the 4th Odisha Knowledge Hub, Raghuram Rajan said that[2], “Stating that the government needed to create a proper environment for the start ups…….though India has done away with the licence raj, inspector raj continues to some extent“.  But, if the licence raj could have been done away by the government, why not  inspector raj? Why then government allow such “inspector raj” to some extent?

Raghuram Rajan - inspector raj continues to some extentNow his cited examples are about “factory and boiler inspectors”: He added that, factory and boiler inspectors and other field level regulators should have adequate knowledge on the initiatives being taken by the government and RBI for the betterment of small and medium enterprises[3]. Light regulation, he said, is very important in small and medium enterprise sector and a heavy regulation many times do not give easy entry and easy exit which is why people keep away from it[4]. Field level regulators must have information regarding the initiatives, he added[5]. The RBI governor appreciated the system of self certification for the industries[6]. He, however, said the authorities should ensure that there is no misuse of it[7]. If he is so worried about these “inspectors”, the connected Acts and Rules can be amended to empower higher officers to visit factories, inspect the machinery, pipes and line installed and certify themselves. Perhaps, the industries and corporate houses might be so convenient with their visits instead of the poor creatures “inspectors”!

FDA to bring Inspector Raj - 06_08_2015_001_062Misuse of self certification for the industries, as apprehended by him: declaration, statement, certification, sealing etc., are now allowed to the industries themselves, instead of government officers to come and do under self-declaration, self-sealing schemes. However, as there is no check, at one point, the industries start exploiting it, as there is none to verify such  self-declaration or self-sealing leading to misdeclaration and hence evasion etc. How then, the authorities could ensure that there is no misuse of it? Verifying the self-declaration or self-sealing, implying that somebody should go to the premises where such activities are taking place, verify the facts before and after such processes and then get satisfied about the facts. Who would do it? As “inspectors” cannot be sent with such biased, prejudiced and preconceived notions against them, only higher officers should go.

GV Sreedhar about Inspector Raj on duty of jewellery“…though India has done away with the licence raj, inspector raj continues to some extent”[8]: Here also, the expression “to some extent” used has been dubious, obviously to please the audience or to show off that the higher officers, government top-level bureaucrats and such other species have been angels, whereas, the creatures like “inspectors” are despicable devils. If it is not “whole extent”, why “to some extent”? Remove it totally! Actually, while carrying out the PTI news and printing faithfully, the media has not come out with facts[9]. None talks about “Superintendent Raj”, “Collector Raj”, “Commissioner Raj” etc, as if they have no role to play. After all, the powers are delegated and percolated from top to bottom and not the other way. The “inspectors” are chosen to visit factors situated at hundreds of kms away from his work-spot. And as per the provisions of the Act and Rules, he has to go there and conduct his inspection and report to his higher officer. The higher officers insist inspector to take all responsibilities in writing on the note sheets of all files. They simply sign, that is all. However, if any benefit is there, that should come to them, before or after signing! Then, Rajan, kindly and honestly tell the public, who is encouraging the “Inspector Raj” to some extent?

Salt Inspector - PremchandFrom “Salt Inspector” to “Central Excise Inspector” to “Factory and boiler inspectors”: The Bengali writer Munshi Premchand (1880-1936) has explained the practical difficulties faced and pressures exerted on his by others, while a salt inspector (Namak ka daroga) was discharging his duties during Jamindar Raj and Brirish Raj. Particularly, how a honest salt inspector had to suffer at the hangs of all. Almost, the situations and conditions were faced by Central Excise Inspectors and all used to ridicule and blame them. And now the “factory and boiler inspectors” have become target of the Government babus. Last month, he commented[10] that with India being often described as ‘the bright spot in the global economy’, as he could see, that as a case of “the one-eyed man” being king in the land of the blind!

Ine land of blind, the one eyed man is king“……….the one-eyed man” being king in the land of the blind!: The proverb “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” has the following connotations:

  1. Among others with adisadvantage ordisability, the one with the mildest disadvantage or disability is regarded as the
  1. Even someone without much talent or ability is considered special by those with no talent or ability at all.
  1. Someone that can see his actions transpire in determination makes the most out of every other thing disconnected.

India has been always considered as “a land of blind, idiots………” etc., by the colonial rulers, western sarcastic friends and of course, faithful Indian critics. They have been very happy to mention about the story of “four blind men touching and describing elephants”!  So expert like him has chosen such simile to desribe Indian economy. Whether “the one-eyed man-king” as referred to is the PM or otherwise, or Indian is that “the land of the blind” is not known, but, is intent is revealed. Such comments are coming out, now only and not before, though, he has been living in the same land!  Actually, it was picked up from the poem “The Blind Men and the Elephant” by John Godfrey Saxe (1816–1887), which is as follows:

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

By criticizing the people of India, he cannot get any benefit. So by commenting that “…….though India has done away with the licence raj, inspector raj continues to some extent“, what benefit he would get?

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27-05-2016 / 02-06-2016

[1]The new system, thus, is expected to cut down the Inspector Raj that has hobbled the industry so far, and address wages and pensions for workers. And right after the inauguration, 1,800 labour inspectors across the country will get text messages from the Prime Minister, apprising them of the new rules……..  Inspection lists would now be made centrally – and the list of inspectors will be generated randomly by computer. Every inspection will have objective criteria and the report will have to be uploaded on the unified portal within 72 hours.

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pm-modi-to-announce-labour-reforms-cut-down-inspector-raj-679996

[2] Times of India, ‘Licence raj’ gone, but ‘inspector raj’ still there: Raghuram Rajan, PTI | May 21, 2016, 07.13 PM IST

[3] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Licence-raj-gone-but-inspector-raj-still-there-Raghuram-Rajan/articleshow/52377300.cms

[4] Economic Times, ‘Licence raj’ gone, but ‘inspector raj’ still there: Raghuram Rajan, PTI | May 21, 2016, 07.07 PM IST

[5] http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/licence-raj-gone-but-inspector-raj-still-there-raghuram-rajan/articleshow/52377203.cms

[6] Indian Express, Rajan calls for norms to do away with ‘inspector raj’, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Published: 21st May 2016 09:57 PM, Last Updated: 22nd May 2016 05:09 AM

[7] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Rajan-calls-for-norms-to-do-away-with-inspector-raj/2016/05/21/article3444719.ece

[8] The Business Standard, Recovery uneven, more work needs to be done: Rajan, Jayajit Dash,

Bhubaneswar May 21, 2016 Last Updated at 23:04 IST .

[9] http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/recovery-uneven-more-work-needs-to-be-done-rajan-116052100542_1.html

[10] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indian-economy-like-oneeyed-king-in-land-of-blind-rajan/article8483083.ece?utm_source=InternalRef&utm_medium=relatedNews&utm_campaign=RelatedNews