Lights, ACs and no action. This is the scene in the Assembly building, where the CM’s directives for saving power are flouted with impunity. Their rationale? The guidelines don’t apply to public representatives.
Mismatch in their words and deeds is showing Long, long ago, someone called Mahatma Gandhi had said, “My life is my message.” Well, our current crop of netas can’t be faulted for not reading him because that is in a forgotten past.
But mediapersons were in for a mild shock when the other day, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy addressed a press meet in his Assembly chamber with all the air conditioners and lights on, though it was broad daylight. The Assembly building has a centralised AC system and an additional AC is not required. Even otherwise, where was the need of keeping ACs on when the temperature was 28 degrees C? Postnoon remembers it was the CM’s directive to all government departments to conserve energy and curb wastage of electricity in view of the power crisis.
When we reminded the deputy secretary of the Assembly about the CM’s directive, he said that the directives were meant for government staff and offices and not for public representatives. “The Assembly buildings used by MLAs are exempted from such directives,” he said, while asserting that there was no violation of any rule.
Commenting on the incident, Loksatta MLA Jayaprakash Narayan pointed out that the Assembly building does not have proper ventilation. “We blindly try to ape Western and African countries when it comes to building structures. But in a country like ours, where the sun shines almost throughout the year, our buildings should reflect the environment.”
It was not just the CM’s office; the adjacent building, which houses offices of the floor leaders of the Congress, YSRCP, TRS and MIM were not behind in wasting energy. A lot could have been saved if these worthies had some respect for the words they utter, say concerned officials. IA
A potty civic administration
Cutting trees and putting them in pots is, in sum, the beautification works of GHMC to greet the world biodiversity conference. The GHMC did not raise a finger when a massive banyan tree was slashed in Punjagutta on Sunday because it was “sucking water from the borewells around”. What better sign of illiteracy can one think of? A row of trees on Madhapur road were also cut down to get ready for the world biodiversity conference. Can one think of a bigger folly?
The GHMC ought to be put in first standard science class to know some basic facts. They hardly know that the banyan tree is India’s national tree. Its importance is not just biological but cultural too. It is closely associated with Lord Krishna, for instance.
This apart, banyan tree (Indian fig tree) feeds birds and provides shade. The area around a banyan tree gets more breeze. It has several medicinal qualities too. In fact, banyan tree preserves and purifies underground water.
All this while, the GHMC, in its eagerness to assimilate the `300 crore allotted for decking up the City for CBD, has been busy putting up potted plants and nursery grass. But it doesn’t realise that potted plants are of little value environmentally. Only adult trees supply oxygen and preserve ground water. PK
Happy Birthday, Horible CM
Was it a slip, or was the pun intended? On Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy’s birthday, MLA Ranga Reddy decided to prove himself more loyal than the king. He fitted his vehicle with a large banner wishing the ‘Horible Chief Minister’ a happy birthday!
Now, Postnoon is sure that many are in agreement, for instance, the TDP and the Left parties. But the leader may not have been amused. While loyalists frowned upon the banner, it brought a smile on the lips of countless along the way. Some public service, this!
A wit wanted to know if citizens too should not get ‘tax holidays’ in view of public servants enjoying numerous holidays. In India, where religious freedom is guaranteed, a never ending procession of religious holidays march on, turning every second day into a holiday. A citizen, after seeing a closed office on Wednesday, wanted to sue the government. But he was told it’s in the Indian Magna Carta. Gnashing his teeth, he walked away. MN
Contributed by Inkeshaf Ahmed, Srinivas Setty, Md Nizamuddin, and PK Surendran.