|Apr 30, 2005 2:17 am
||re: re: CAS Makes us MAD . . . Whats your opinion ??
|| CAS is a TRAI subject where your state
government is an implementer and the
center is merely a facilitator.
It is an Information and Broadcasting
Ministry matter and also has overlapping
interest in the Ministry of Entertainment,
Education. The Home ministry is involved
by virtue of the fact that all service
providers have to be registered with
the DM and the Police Commisionerate.
Since the supreme court has already
ruled on the subject it is a waste of
time to go to court now.
As stated by most present here, the major
objection is to the discrimination which
Chennai feels it is subjected to. Two weeks
ago the Hon. Minister for I&B, Shri J. Reddy
has directed the department to go ahead with
implementation in the three remaining metros.
The courts had already earler refused to
restrain any state governments from
implementing. The Ministry has also asked
all state governments to report implementation
feasibility in other major cities as well.
Why was this not done sooner, one may be
inclined to ask? It was politically inexpedient
for the earlier Government to push because they
were toying with elections.
Now it is up to the house of WCFC to decide:
(a) Do you want to press for repeal and roll back?
[my comment - very limited chances and may not
be worth the resources to be expended]
(b) Do you want to appeal to all the governments
and powers that be to put the implementation in
Chennai on hold till the uniform implementation
is possible all over the country or at least
in the other 3 metros??
[Limited chances since present govt of TN has
postured itself negatively against the Center -
They have not implemented VAT either which is
much more important to the economy than CAS -
why not focus your attention towards supporting
and demeanding VAT implementation instead?]
My personal viewpoint -
Focus on making a headway on subjects like
GREEN, Education, HIV, Drugs, Sports Promotion,
in which your chances of coherence and unanimity
within the group are almost 100%.
Focus also on public education and awareness
campaigns for subjects like VAT, E-Governance,
Productivity, Corporate Social Responsibility,
where you can act as a long term catalyst of
change and also enjoy a consensus value
of over 60%.
Focus on subjects which do not create a 'head on'
situation so that you can remain a non political,
non prejudiced, highly respectable, universally
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