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Mainstream, VOL XLIX, No 43, October 15, 2011

PM Should Sack Montek

Wednesday 19 October 2011, by S G Vombatkere


Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s attempt to explain away the strong public reaction to “sort of misread[ing]” of his affidavit to the Supreme Court, by shifting the blame to the Tendulkar Committee’s findings is dreadfully insensitive and inadequate, and directly in violation of the letter and spirit of Article 43 of the Constitution.

How does the Depuy Chairman of the Planning Commission, paid a hefty salary from public funds (reportedly tax-free), reconcile the living wage of Rs 247 per day under the Minimum Wages Act with his urban poverty line of Rs 32 per day (and the rural poverty line is Rs 27)? The break-up of Rs 32 may allow a mere Rs 16 for food in a day, the rest being for clothing, shelter, health and education!!

The Prime Minister, who brought Mr Ahlu-walia from the IMF, should dismiss him as being incompetent to plan for real-life India.

Maj Gen S.G. Vombatkere (Retd)

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