Saturday, July 19, 2014

Budget for Thieves

Our brilliant government has presented the annual budget of Rs 618 billion and most of it will go to pay our hardworking civil servants, competent contractors and loyal political cadres.  This year's budget like always has nothing for the common folks. 

It's not something to be surprised of because our government does not work for the people.  It works for con artists masquerading as politicians. It works for fake VAT Bill byaparis and criminals selling adulterated products to the public. It works for all the crooks in this land but not us.

The main job of our government is to collect taxes and then provide unnecessary perks and chiya kharcha to our politicians and their cronies leaving the rest of us to deal with inflation, corruption and frustration.

We have no voice at the table. We are the ones dealing with shortages of everything whereas our politicians get to drive around in luxury vehicles with Rambos pointing assault rifles at the public. 

Don't  expect our civil servants to show up at work on time and do their job even after getting a 10% pay raise and increase in other allowances.  The only hard work they do is how to kiss some netas' ass for promotion and transfer to lucrative postings.  They extort from us and the money goes all the way up to the mantra's personal aide. 

If the CIAA really wants to go after the big fishes then they should haul in all the politicians' personal aides and get hold of their black books. But of course, Lok Man dai doesn't want to rock the boat and seems to ignore the fact that our Nepal Food Corporation hands out thousands of goats for free during Dashain to our hakim sahebs and netas. 

Even if we can't end corruption for now, at least stop the 'free goat' offer for our crooked thieves.

Our contractors will continue to build bridges where there are no rivers. And they are not solely to be blamed for the never-ending road construction in the country. Our political parties need the dough to pay their cadres and mundrey gundas.  

The easiest way to make some dough is to bring some development project to your constituency and then extort the contractor who gets the contract to do the shoddy work. 

Our government has promised us that our contractors will be responsible for at least five years after they complete their job. But in this land of ours, only the public is held accountable while the rest of the clowns get away with all the crimes.

Our cadres know only how to destroy public property and burn tyres.  It would be nice if our cadres learned something productive like carpentry, plumbing and even fixing up vehicles instead of destroying them. 

Instead of burning tyres, learn how to make those tyres into rafts or bags or something that can be put into daily use. But our leaders have not taught their cadres to be constructive. 

Instead, they only know destructive activities. They should be hired as hooligans for some English Premier League football clubs instead of staying here and carrying out chakka jams and Nepal bandas.And whenever their leader is in the top kurchi, they demand chiya kharcha and from the state treasury. 

Our lawmakers had demanded Rs 50 million each for their constituencies but they will be getting only Rs 10 million. But our Finance Minister has a few tricks up his sleeves. 

Our buffoons used to earlier get Rs 1 million under the Parliamentary Development Fund. Now, they will get Rs 1.5 million and Rammy Dai has also assured the lawmakers that each constituency will get projects worth Rs 50 million.  

That means, our freeloaders will now get Rs 11.5 million hard cash which they can misuse it for their personal gain. And on top of that, they can get kickbacks on the Rs 50 million development projects in their constituencies. 

It's a win-win situation for our politicians whereas the public will have to be happy with new welcome gates and pot-hole filled roads in their constituency.

Our politicians may not agree on how many provinces we need or what kind of government we want but they will agree on one thing. That is, how to share the loot and be happy while the common folks get nothing and have to go abroad to support their families.

Our government is also planning to set up a 'Rs 500 million start-up fund' to help entrepreneurs. We all know that the political cadres will get the dough while the real entrepreneurs will probably be asked to submit more paperwork until he or she finally gives up.

At the end of day, we just want to make enough to have a decent meal of dal,bhat, tarkari and if lucky, a few chunks of masu as well. Our government could do us a big favor if it controls food prices and takes action against hoarders, black-marketers and those selling adulterated products. 

As usual, the capitalist pigs will make more, our communist and socialist netas will make much more whereas it's time for the common folks to stand up and say 'No More'.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rs 71,305

According to Economy Survey 2013-14, per capita income of an average Nepali is Rs 71,305. I think there should also be a survey of income of our civil servants, cops, contractors and clowns. 

After all, these are the buffoons who seem to make millions of Rupees in a year whereas the rest of the folks have to go abroad to make a few Dinars more. 

The budget season is here and all the crooks want something for themselves in the new budget while there is nothing for the common folks.  Our civil servants want more perks for less work.  

The Ministry of General Administration (MOGA) wants the government to increase the dress code allowance for our hardworking civil servants.  And the lazy bums also want 'tiffin' allowance this time. 

Why on earth do our civil servants need chiya kharcha from the state when they have been making all the dough from the service seekers?  I guess, our chiya kharcha is not enough for the lazy bums.  

Our civil servants don't have to spend a penny from their salaries to manage their household budget.  If that was the case, then majority of our civil servants would be living in a single room and their kids would be attending public schools.

Most of our lazy bums show up at work after 11am and spend half of their time, reading newspapers and drinking chiya.  And nothing gets done if you show up after 2pm. 

I think our civil servants should be paid by the hour.  Instead of increasing the dress allowance and adding tiffin allowance of Rs 75 per day, why not have a 'productivity allowance' instead?

Let's award those civil servants who do their work efficiently without worrying whether the service seeker will give them chiya kharcha or not. But of course, we live in a fake Democracy where meritocracy is frowned upon and nepotism is the only way to advance your career if you are a civil servant.  

An average civil servant probably makes ten times more than an average Nepali and yet they demand salary hike every other year. 

Our cops have not change a bit in the past thirty years. Nepal Police should provide better living facilities to personnel instead of misusing the funds to make the senior officials happy.  

Please build restrooms for our women cops and provide them a safe environment to work instead of being harassed by one of their own. 

Whoever gets to be our Home Minister is only interested to make millions by promoting those who has the most bora of cash.  

Instead of securing our borders and protecting the public from the gundas, our Home Ministers have only used the police force for their own party interests.   We live in a land where the public is more scared of the cops than mundrey gundas.

A mundrey gunda might not extort from you if you happen to be a friend of his thulo ba's saalo. A cop won't care if you are a friend of his relative. He will probably give you a discount on the chiya kharcha but will still want something to look the other way. 

Yes, we do have a few honest cops around but when the majority of them are in it only for the money then even the few good ones get a bad rap. It's the same with the army wallahs. Many soldiers continue to live in bunkers whereas the jur-saabs and their maha-ranis continue to enjoy all the perks. 

Our contractors never finish the assigned task on time but they continue to get paid from the state. Our roads last until the next monsoon and yet our contractors don't get punished for their shoddy work.  

How can we expect a good job when our contractors have to pay off the civil servants, mundrey gundas affiliated to political parties and the clowns themselves?

We want a constitution but our clowns want Rs 50 million each so that they can enjoy the lifestyle of the Shree Tins. Earlier, the clowns used to get Rs 1 million so that they could distribute it to their near and dear ones instead of doing something for the people in their constituencies. 

Now, they want fifty times more so that they can build a nice house in Kathmandu, hundreds of tolas of gold for their spouses, a new car for their kids and a fat bank balance. 

Our politicians, mostly those who are in the government probably make a thousand times more than an average Nepali citizen and we can do nothing to stop them from looting the state treasury. 

Our CIAA wallahs only go after the small fishes whereas the sharks are running wild. The fake VAT bill byaparis have not been punished and probably will never face any action. 

A few of our former ministers have been to jail but they still have millions hidden somewhere. At the end of the day, it's the common folks who get extorted by the state, while the evil doers get to misuse the state funds to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.