The drive to privatise everything has led to consultants taking on the work of public servants. But at what cost?
PwC is under intense scrutiny after it was alleged the firm misused confidential government tax information for commercial gain. It is alleged that, after the firm advised the government on tougher tax laws, it then leaked the design of those laws to its clients – many of whom would be targeted by the proposed laws.
However, as the PwC scandal illustrates, the excessive use of consultants has very real implications for democratic decision-making.
Indeed, many experts argue the influx of consultants represents a shadow government that is plundering the public sector. Some go so far as to say that it represents private control over public policy.
It is therefore timely to consider why governments use consultants so much, why that might be a problem, and what we can do about it.
by Marty Bortz
Akshat Shrivastava https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58BFNeLOxJA
https://youtu.be/58BFNeLOxJA?t=607 analysing how common citizens are paying the price for bad Monopolies
useful break down on how prejudice works..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx4uLSDh3gc Dec 2022
Some of the comments in this video...: That judge is simply brilliant. She just opened the gate to countersue the people attacking religious freedom.....It's not a public accommodation, it's a paid for advertisement in a publication.
In other words, the publication can dictate the direction of the material they want to publish aside from what would fall under libel laws, but there is nothing that can stop the ones wanting a specific inclusion from creating their own website or seeking accommodation with a company that aligns with them.
Website content creators can be looked at like various magazines or TV outlets out there where they should have the freedom to direct their product in the direction they believe in and should not be compelled to do anything different. Otherwise there would be no support to allowing individual platforms at all, like BET and such. It's a contradiction to our laws regarding freedom to mandate inclusion for some and allow segregation for others based on race, creed, color, and orientation. That's the problem with the woke with their attempts at forcing inclusion where it's not accepted and yet want "safe spaces" to deny others from attending, participating, or even existing. -- will we able to make such an argument on say NDTV, after change of boss, or any private website, Will the test be that a service like Google has monopoly and therefore has a no right to discriminate against certain "beliefs"
Comment: Can we take a similar line in the case of police refusal to give permission for certain protest, based on their "belief" that the public order is at stake, based on the concept of a sealed envelope.. you should read all the comments..
(given the rush for privatisation of basic servces, the question is.. ) When can a "business" be expected to have the same responsibilities as State? If NDTV can go to Adani, then Can the largest financer /creditor be held responsible. What if the largest financer was not State Bank but a Private Bank.. Under what circumstances can we expect popular channels to respect Right to Expression of an opinion that they do now believe in?
Adani Power | महावितरण खाजगीकरणा विरोधात विद्युत कर्मचारी मैदानात..
Zoom Marathi Dec 14, 2022
महावितरण जळगाव झोनचे कर्मचारी खासगीकरणा विरोधात मैदान..
अदानी पावर इलेक्ट्रिकल कंपनी'ने राज्य सरकारच्या मालकीची महावितरण कंपनी वीजपुरवठा करत असलेल्या भांडुप परिमंडळातील ठाणे, नवी मुंबई, उरण व पनवेल या परिसरामध्ये वीजपुरवठा करण्याचा समांतर परवाना राज्य वीज नियामक आयोगाकडे मागितला असून त्याला पाचोऱ्यात जळगाव झोन मधील महावितरण कंपनीच्या अधिकारी व कर्मचारी संघाने विरोध केला आहॆ.
सरकार नागरी विभागातील नफा देणारे जलविद्युत विभाग खाजगी कंपन्यांच्या घशात घालण्याचे उद्योग करत आहेत. व सरकारी कोळसा खाणी खाजगी उद्योजकांच्या घशात घालून महावितरण कंपनीला कोलदांडा घालण्याचे पातक करत असल्याचा आरोप कर्मचारी संघटनेने केला आहे.
(ggogle translation: Employees of Mahavitaran Jalgaon zone against privatization.
Adani Power Electrical Company has sought a parallel license from the State Electricity Regulatory Commission to supply electricity in the areas of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Uran and Panvel in Bhandup circle where the state-owned Mahavitaran Company is supplying electricity. .
The government is in the business of shoving the profit-making hydropower sector of the civil sector into the throats of private companies. And the employees' association has accused that the government coal mines are trying to put a trap on the Maha distribution company by putting it in the throat of private entrepreneurs.
The Pinarayi Vijayan government told the Supreme Court that preference was given to the Adani Group despite the private concessionaire having no experience in managing airports. It said the decision “smacks of arbitrariness”.
It also alleged that the decision to hand over the airport to the Adani group was not in the public interest, alleging that the entire procedure, including tender processes, was “vitiated by malafides” and in violation of the provisions of the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994, and the proprietary rights of the state government with regard to the land on which the Thiruvananthapuram Airport stood.
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