Saturday, December 12, 2009
"Do not harm the environment;
do not harm the water and the flora;
earth is my mother, I am her son; …
Tranquility be to the atmosphere,
to the earth, to the waters,
to the crops and vegetation."
"Whatever I dig from thee, O Earth,
may that have quick recovery again.
O purifier, may we not injure thy vitals or thy heart".
The Seers of Rig Veda speak on behalf of earth for its Principle of Replenishment,
"You give me and I give you".But we forgot it in our over enthusiasm and have evidently lost much.There is not an easy solution now to workwell for everyone, but there are solutions that do work. Open minds about the power of common efforts can give us another opportunity.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The first night of the official start of the climate conference promises to be a big one as acts line up for an opening concert at the nation’s largest stadium Parken
By Kim Nightingale
Be ready to sing and dance at the Dance 4 Climate Change concert at Parken Stadium tonight. Some of the world’s hottest performers will be there to raise environmental awareness, including the UN Goodwill Ambassadors, Angelique Kidjo, Anggun, Cheb Khaled and Youssou N’Dour. The Danish acts are none other than The Dreams Rasmus Seebach, Nabiha, Danseorkestret, and Brinck and the initial international line-up already confirmed are Akon, Shaggy, and Europe.
With the concert to be broadcast in over 35 countries, The UN ‘Seal the Deal’ campaign will reach people all over the planet and give the opportunity to sign an online global petition which civil society will deliver to the heads of state. Public support presented in this manner has a great impact as the UN believes it will act as a representative reminder ‘that our leaders must negotiate a fair, balanced and effective agreement in Copenhagen, and that they must seal a deal to power green growth, protect our planet and build a more sustainable, prosperous global economy that will benefit all nations and people.’
Expectations are high, but what exactly is included in the ideal deal? According to the UN, a few major points that need to be in the agreement are: to set emission targets for both industrialised and developing counties, a plan to secure vulnerable countries as well as a mechanism for distributing funding in a structured, accountable manner.
Global business leaders are also actively raising awareness and lobbying for the petition. Dr. S.S.D.Pandey, CEO of India’s Global Synergetic Foundation, put it this way: ‘Open minds about the power of common efforts can give us another opportunity.’
Getting involved is easy, simply go to the website, www.sealthedeal2009.org and click on the link under called, ‘sign petition.’ The website also contains news, multi-media, an events calendar and networking opportunities.
The concert, which includes a one hour after-party with Senegalese-American R&B star Akon, is in support of the global campaign and is timed on the first day of the conference to send a clear message to world leaders to agree on a powerful climate change agreement here, in Copenhagen. Concert tickets are available at www.billetlugen.dk, with a limited number available at a reduced price.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Demand of National Law on the lines of Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act, 2009
All India Parents Association (AIPA)
Agarwal Bhavan, G.T. Road
Tis Hazari, Delhi-110054
Sub: Demand of National Law on the lines of Tamil Nadu
Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act, 2009
Dear Parents/Parents Associations,
It is interesting to note that the parents all over the country have raised voices against inaction on the part of the State Governments to check the menace of commercialization of education in unaided private schools. In 1997, on the pretext of 5th Pay Commission Recommendations, the unaided private schools in Delhi increased fee and other charges ranging from 40% to 400%. This gave rise to unrest amongst the middle class parents and the parents organized themselves against the arbitrary fee hike by the unaided private schools. Needless to say that a PIL was filed in 1997 in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court which was decided on 30.10.1998 in favour of the parents. The High Court laid down the criteria and guidelines of fixing a reasonable fee structure in an unaided private school. The High Court also held that the Government is not only empowered but also has a duty to regulate fee of such schools to prevent commercialization of education and exploitation of parents/students. The schools filed appeals before the Hon’ble Supreme Court against the High Court decision which was dismissed on 27.04.2004. The schools took another opportunity through filing a review petition before the Hon’ble Supreme Court seeking review of Supreme Court decision of 27.04.2004. Fortunately, the Supreme Court also dismissed the review petition on 07.08.2009.
In 2008, on the pretext of 6th Pay Commission Recommendations, the unaided private schools all over the country hiked fee and other charges exorbitantly and arbitrarily while Central and State Governments were just mute spectators to the same. This time, the parents all over the country organized themselves to a larger extent and openly protested against the schools and the governments. The parents associations in many part of the country approached their respective High Courts by way of filing writ petitions. The agitation by the parents in some States led the State Governments to issue certain directives to check the arbitrary fee hike. The school managements have filed writ petitions against such directives in their respect State High Courts. A PIL filed by the Parents in Delhi High Court is being heard on day to day basis and is expected to be concluded soon.
Friends, I wish to submit that though the parents are now better aware of their rights qua unaided private schools but the schools are very adamant to continue to exploit the parents and the students by subjecting them to pay unjustified fee and other charges. The State of Tamil Nadu has enacted Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act, 2009. Some of the relevant provisions of the said Act are reproduced as under:
Section 3(2) - No fee in excess of the fee determined by the committee under this Act shall be collected for admission of pupils to any standard or course of study in a private school.
Section 5(1) - The Government shall constitute a committee for the purpose of determination of the fee for admission to any Standard or course of study in private schools.
Section 5(2) - The committee shall consist of the following members, namely: -
(a) a retired High Court Judge, nominated
by the Government. -Chairperson;
(b) Director of School Education. -Ex-officio Member;
(c) Director of Matriculation Schools. -Ex-officio Member;
(d) Director of Elementary Education. -Ex-officio Member;
(e) Joint Chief Engineer (Buildings)
Public Works Department. -Ex-officio Member;
(f) Additional Secretary to Government,
School Education Department. -Ex-officio Member
Section 6 -
(1) The committee shall determine the fee leviable by a private school taking into account the following factors, namely: -
(a) the location of the private school;
(b) the available infrastructure;
(c) the expenditure on administration and maintenance;
(d) the reasonable surplus required for the growth and development of the private school;
(e) any other factors as may be prescribed.
(2) The committee shall on determining the fee leviable by a private school, communicate its decision to the school concerned.
(3) Any private school aggrieved over the decision of the committee shall file their objection before the committee within fifteen days from the date of receipt of the decision of the committee.
(4) The committee shall consider the objection of the private school and pass orders within thirty days from the date of receipt of such objection.
(5) The orders passed by the committee shall be final and binding on the private school for three academic years. At the end of the sad period, the private school would be at liberty to apply for revision.
(6) The committee shall indicate the different heads under which the fee shall be levied.
Section 7 –
The powers and function of the committee shall be: -
(a) to determine the fee to be collected by private school;
(b) to hear complaints with regard to collection of fee in excess of the fee determined by it or fixed by the Government, as the case may be. If the committee, after obtaining the evidence and explanation from the management of the private school or aided school concerned or from the Government school, comes to the conclusion that the private school or the Government school or aided school has collected fee in excess of the fee determined by the committee or fixed by the Government, as the case may be, it shall recommend to the appropriate competent authority for the cancellation of the recognition or approval, as the case may be, of the private school or aided school or for any other course approval, as the case may be, of the private school or aided school or for any other course of action as it deems fit in respect of the private school or Government school or aided school.
(2) The committee shall have power to: -
(a) require each private school to place before the committee the proposed fee structure of such school with all relevant documents and books of accounts for scrutiny within such date as may be specified by the committee;
(b) verify whether the fee proposed by the private school is justified and it does not amount to profiteering or charging of exorbitant fee;
(c) approve the fee structure or determine some other fee which can be charged by the private school.
(3) The Committee shall have power to: -
(a) verify whether the fee collected by the school affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education; and
(b) to hear complaints with regard to collection of excess fee by a school affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education; and
(c) to recommend to the Central Board of Secondary Education for disaffiliation of the school, if it comes to a conclusion that the school has collected excess fee.
(4) The committee shall have the power to regulate its own procedure in all matters arising out of the discharge of its functions, and shall, for the purpose of making any inquiry under this Act, have all the powers of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 while trying a suit, in respect of the following matters, namely: -
(a) summoning and enforcing the attendance of any witness and examining him on oath;
(b) the discovery and production of any document;
(c) the receipt of evidence on affidavits;
(d) the issuing of any commission for the examination of witness.
Section 8 - The Government may regulate the maintenance of accounts by the private schools in such manner as may be prescribed.
Section 9 -
(1) Whoever contravenes the provision of this Act or the rules made thereunder shall, on conviction, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to seven years and with fine which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to seven years and with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees.
Provided that the court may, for any adequate and special reason to be mentioned in the judgment, impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term of less than three years.
(2) The person convicted under this section shall refund to the pupil from whom the excess fee was collected in contravention of this Act, such excess fee.
It appears that the Tamil Nadu Act is addressing parents concerns to a larger extent. However, the application of the said Act is limited to the State of Tamil Nadu. In other States, practically, there are no laws to deal with the fee hike problems. All India Parents Association (AIPA) has since long been demanding a Central Law to deal with the issue of commercialization in unaided private schools but the Central Government has not taken any step in this regard so far. It is the need of the hour that all the parents/parents bodies all over the country should write to the Prime Minister and the HRD Union Minister demanding immediate enactment of a Central Law, may be on the lines of the Tamil Nadu Act to check the commercialization of education in unaided private schools all over the country. We can also plan to hold a massive demonstration at Jantar Mantar at New Delhi in this regard sometimes in January, 2010.
Last but not the least, we should not forget that while fighting against the exploitation of the parents/students by the unaided private schools, we have to continue our fight for the up gradation of the standard of education in very government school to the minimum level of kendriya Vidayalays (Central Schools). Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"Do not harm the environment;
do not harm the water and the flora;
earth is my mother, I am her son; …
Tranquility be to the atmosphere,
to the earth,
to the waters,
to the crops and vegetation."
"Whatever I dig from thee,
may that have quick recovery again.
may we not injure thy vitals or thy heart".
The Seers of Rig Veda speak on behalf of earth for its Principle of Replenishment,
"You give me and I give you".
But we forgot it in our over enthusiasm and have evidently lost much.
There is not an easy solution now to workwell for everyone, but there are solutions that do work.
Open minds about the power of common efforts can give us another opportunity.
letus think and endeavor,it is never late.
CEO, Global Synergetic Foundation
On June 5th, year 2002, Global Synergetic Foundation joined the UN’s Global Compact, and in doing so expressed its steadfast commitment to the Ten Principles that the Compact puts forth. Compliance with these principles is without doubt one of the cornerstones for the democratic and cohesive existence of both companies and society as a whole.
We are committed to doing everything we can, in the interests of shareholders, clients, employees and the communities in which we do business. Through Topfield Ventures, the multi- country corporate holding arm of the Global Synergetic, has as its primary objective to serve as our clients' most trusted external adviser and service providers on the greatest challenges facing senior management and Governing bodies. We work with a range of organizations – Indian non-profits, companies, and emerging multinational entities. We serve them on a variety of strategic, operational, and organizational issues and help them become world-class companies.
We continue to pursue our dynamic management of environmental issues, including the implementation of our climate change strategy. In addition to working towards achieving our 40% CO2 emissions reductions goal by 2012, we have heightened our focus on the client-related aspects of climate change. It is important that, in uneasy times like the current, we sustain a strong pipeline of talent. We remain therefore strongly committed to investing in our people and we continue programs and processes across the firm in order to promote a diverse workforce. We continue to work at the implementation of important projects linked to our Statement on Huma Rights, in particular pertaining to the issue of responsible supply chain management and to the development of sensitive industry guidelines. We remain firmly committed to our effective risk-based approach to anti-money laundering – a key responsibility for any global firm – and to promoting the development and implementation of anti-money laundering and anti-corruption standards for the financial industry as a whole. Our continued dedication to key corporate responsibility activities demonstrates that we have not lost sight of areas of relevance beyond the fundamental consulting and service sphere. Equally, we have not lost sight of the long-term, even while, at present, our main efforts are focused on the short-term, i.e. the resolution of the crisis and the restoration of solid foundations for a successful future.
Now we have focussed fully on consultancy, training, and research activities, supporting processes of institutional development or change, tailored to the specific sector, or the respective organisation. Conventional ideas about organizational engineering are being supplemented by broader notions on promoting learning, empowerment, and social capital. The approach towards institutional development puts emphasis on effective and sustainable self management, individual creativity, principles of gender equity, local knowledge and participation of stakeholders which gives us sufficient grounding to work with the UNGC Ten Principles.We embrace, support and enact the 10 principles within our “spheres of influence”.
Circle I-work place within our controlling organization where we have the greatest control in affecting ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance.
Circle II-our interactive space with member professionals and clients
Circle III-our company’s community interaction, social investment and philanthropy activities as performed through our non-profit units,Shri Jagdish Foundation and Global Synergetic Institute. The former focuses on World Peace Issues while the latter on Issues of Social Justice, welfare and Development
Circle IV-The fact is that the Circles I,III & IV overlap cohesively in Global Synergetic Organization controlled by the Foundation and focus ,as our Corporate Social Responsibility,(CSR),on public policy dialogue and advocacy
Year 2008-2009 has been a year of major transformation for the Organization as you would recognise its change from Organisation to Foundation.We are now able now to dissiminate theTen Pinciples but to get it implimented in a networked manner.
We became UN Caring for Climate Signatories in the year 2008. Our goal with the Climate Manifesto is to give a voice to the strong public opinion that exists with respect to the climate issue, but also to spark a debate. We have succeeded in achieving both objectives, and Vattenfall will continue to invite critics and supporters alike to continued dialogue in this most pressing issue for society.
Foundation has been highly adaptive and has been undergoing drastic transformation during the intervening period according to the changing socioeconomic and political world order.We are to give now equal thrust to promotion of World View and Eternal Wisdom for world peace and harmony and Climate and Environment.
It is therefore, with particular pride that I present our Fourth “Communication on Progress”, which describes how our signature of the Global Compact has paved the way to tangible, long-term actions both within our Organization and on behalf of our members.
What follows is mainly a synoptic in its essence, crisp but detailed version, however, will be circulated as attachments to email and footing references to publications and blogs, www.globalsynergetic.blogspot.com, www.ssdpandey.blogspot.com and on our website http://www.globalsynergetic.org/.
Regards and with best wishes
Chief Executive, GSF
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
You will find it miraculously surprising since it has been reached using only 10% of existing programme and schemes already running by the Government as briefed below and that without any additional financial burden, provided Government is genuinely willing to solve the problems.
Our ICNGO Empowering Rural Youth project has been renamed with immediate effect. Now it is known as “Gram Swarajya Yojana” for Youth Rojgar & Rural Development does not demand any additional funding nor any additional programme or project from the Government other than already exist and running.
Friday, September 11, 2009
With more than a decade long experience we Global Synergetic and The Indian Chamber of Non Government Organizations (India) have been working in the problem and has come up with a solution capable of tackling the problem.
Our proposed Rural Youth Empowerment Scheme, on which ICNGO Team has been working for long time, does not demand any additional funding nor any additional programme or project from the Government other than already proposed and/or running.
WHAT WE REQUIRE:
ONLY TWO READJUSTMENTS from the Central Government
First is to lift restriction of three year experience on the part of VOs/NGOs and to allow running all the required agencies and licenses so that the new VO/NGOs can start working immediately after their formation like companies.
Second, direct projects be given to these NGOs for fast, transparent & corruption free working, for 99.99% benefits directly to the real beneficiaries by involving the beneficiaries themselves in the process contrary to less than 5% due to “Sieve Effect” as is well realized publicly and also by Mr. Rahul Gandhi.
WHAT WE OFFER:
OUR PROJECTED COUNTRYWIDE BENEFITS,( using only 10% of existing programme and schemes running by the Government for One lakh Panchayat) include:
(A) Total Rural Rojgar (Employment) 24Crore 71 Lakh where
Total Direct Rojgar 16 Crore 01 Lakh
Rojgar as Indirect Associate 8 Crore 70 Lakh
Say 20 to 22 Crore Rojgar (employment) for rural youth within a period of three years.
(B) IN ADDITION to the FOLLOWING SOCIAL SAFETY NET to point a few,
FULLY INSURED ENVIRONMENT-Risk& Liability Free Crop Farming
0% Farmer’s Death due to Debt & Creditors or Crop Failure
99.99% CORRUPTION FREE PROCESS & ENVIRONMENT:
99.99% Genuine High Yield Seeds & Plants
99.99% Genuine Branded Fertilizers, Agro Chemicals & Agro Medicines
99.99% Daily needs delivery direct to Beneficiaries (Kerosene, Diesel etc.)
99.99% Subsidies Direct to the Beneficiaries
99.99% Credit Facilities Direct to the Beneficiaries
99.99% SAFE DELIVERY, 0% DELIVERY DEATH
No Middle Man - No Dalal,
No Corrupt Officer Interference
People Participation (Run by the Beneficiaries)
Medical Facility at Door Step
Educational & Technical Education at par with towns.
Tele Communication Services equivalent to Towns.
Insurance Services Better then Towns.
Banking & Credit Facilities Better then Towns
Self Social Security
Legal, Consumer & Human Rights Empowerment
Networking for Fast working
We are capable of doing ready to work for the above provided Government is genuinely willing to solve the problems referred to herein.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
STEPS TO BE TAKEN BY NGOs
All NGOs should verify the object clause as per the Memorandum of Association or the Trust Deed, if there is any clause about carrying on business activities then such clause should be amended.
A separate organisation should be floated for carrying on business activities,
even if such activities are incidental to the purposes of society. Before making any divestment of business activity it would make sense to wait for the explanatory circular to be issued by CBDT which is expected by the end of this year. This circular will provide the list of activities which will not be considered as business activities.
Going by the statute and various case laws, activities such as - rent from properties
- income from conference halls - income from one time activities such as charity shows, etc.- professional service related with expertise incidental to charitable work, etc shall not be considered as business income.
However, absolute legal clarity will come only after the release of the explanatory
The recent amendments seem to be arbitrary and unfair towards genuine NGOs working at the grassroot. The problem in our country is that the same set of law apply for all categories of NGOs, right from a village level organisation to a national level
organisation. This amendment may affect huge organisation like Board for Control
of Cricket in India (BCCI) and at the same time it may also impact a small Gandhian Village NGO which works on the principle of Swaraj and manufactures and sells
It is very important that immediate remedial statutory measures are taken. For instance, the Government may consider exempting, say, incidental business income upto 5 or 10 lakh per year which will save thousands of genuine NGOs from possible
harassment. Further depriving one whole class of NGOs only under an apprehension that there are certain commercial organisations in disguise of NGOs, defies natural justice and the constitutional validity of such amendment needs to be questioned.
Reference Book : Taxation of Trust and NGOs with FCRA by Manoj Fogla, published by TAXMANN Publications.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
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AN INCUBATOR for Arts Culture & Creativity Development;
MANAGEMENT of selected development projects in above areas.
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attainment of the highest possible level of the Quality of Life i.e., Health,Education and Socio-economic Development and Justice to the Society through a strong,proactive, technically excellent and dedicated global network by collaborationswith governments, civil society and other partners.”
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"I do not for a royal realm aspire,
For release or for paradise.
To serve those bent with grief I desire,
And calm their sorrows and help them rise."
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"Do not harm the environment; do not harm the water and the flora; earth is my mother, I am her son; … Tranquility be to the atmosphere, to the earth, to the waters, to the crops and vegetation." "Whatever I dig from thee, O Earth, may that have quick recovery again. O purifier, may we not injure thy vitals or thy heart". The Seers of Rig Veda speak on behalf of earth for its Principle of Replenishment, "You give me and I give you".
But we forgot it in our over enthusiasm and have evidently lost much. There is not an easy solution now to workwell for everyone, but there are solutions that do work. Open minds about the power of common efforts can give us another opportunity. An effective and strong climate agreement is vital to set the long term agenda. Dr.S.S.D.Pandey,CEO, Global Synergetic Foundation, India
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
• What is our strongest business asset?There are TWO grounds we think we are the strongest thereupon.
(1) Our UNIQUE, ICT enabled completely transparent Developmental Strategy
(2) Our more than decade long NGO experience as Umbrella Organization of NGOs along with our strong network of more than 100000 (one lakh) members NGO from the whole country.
• Why do we consider our team is strong?
Track record of our fellow NGOs, multi-tier network and our team of professional and technical experts makes us confident of our strength.
• What do we offer that makes us stand out from the rest?
Our strategy would generate MASSIVE RURAL EMPLOYMENT aimed to generate between 1400 to 1800 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, which will lead to around 2000 jobs for youths directly and indirectly, in each Panchayat in India. Taking a rough calculation for Seven Lakh villages or one lakh Panchayats, total employment thus amounts to 2000x100000=200000000,about TWENTY CRORE JOBS FOR YOUTHS IN VILLAGE INDIA within Three years,
Moreover, IT WOULD NOT REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND SHALL BE PERFECTLY SELF SUSTAINING.
• What unique resources/plans/strategies do we have?
Besides the above, our uniqueness lies in our clear cut strategy to utilize henceforth unutilized youth from rural population, being beneficiaries themselves.
For, we envisage giving them opportunities to develop, become self reliant and serve their immediate local communities, with resources which have been directed to them henceforth but misutilised in their name by official machinery. (We remember our late Prime Minister Shri Rajeev Gandhi famously said that only 15% reaches to grass root beneficiaries. Also Mr. Rahul Gandhi expressed concern and said in his speech in Jhansi that only 5% reaches to the beneficiaries. We would require/request the Government to provide direct funding to the projects run by these VNGOs. On 6th July 2009, during the Budget session most of the Members of Parliament questioned Honorable Finance Minister how could he ensure that benefits really reached to the real beneficiaries. More over questions were reached to the way promised employment could have been achieved. Finance Minister assured the house that he will look into the matter and find out some way to verify and ensure that benefits are not leaked out. Our proposed network gives a way to get hold of leaking benefits. It would make clearly visible from the very beginning, as soon as agencies and Licenses are granted and projects funded, how and where the rural youth is employed and how is he working).
(i) Youth NGOs will be formed wherever needed,
(ii) Each NGO will have ID card having complete details duly verifiable from our website to check forgery,
(iii) Each NGO shall be confined to specific region while each VNGO shall be confined to the Panchayat it is related to.
(iv) Members of VNGOs shall be youths and ex-servicemen,male,female from the same Panchayat
(v) Each VNGO will have to deal with specific sector depending on specialty.
(1) VNGO will be arranged for Landless youths to engage in suitable sectors
(2) Each VNGO and Farmer in a Panchayat will have a bank account with local branch of a bank, to enable transaction settlements quickly.
(3) Farmers (with land) will be fully insured at each stage for life, seeds, plants, crops, etc with the help of credit limit fixed for them by the bank and accounts will be settled after proceeds of crops are received into the account. Insurance coverage at each stage drom Seed, to crops assures the safety net for the farmers.Thereby preventing farmer’s debt induced hardships and suicides.
• Do we have any specific marketing expertise?
• Additional strengthsWe have a voice and capability to change the scenario at the grass root level besides the uniqueness of the plan strategy stated herein.
• What can be improved?
(1)Rural Projects and programmes which have been running through Govt. offices and departments, (reaching to ultimate beneficiary merely by 15% according to late Sri. Rajiv Gandhi and only 5% according to Mr. Rahul Gandhi,) must be handed over in to the hands of Voluntary Organisations, NGOs and VNGOs run by real beneficiaries, the Rural Youths, to enable them make their own destiny by themselves but under transparent monitoring. Official machinery should confine to monitoring and reporting.
(2) “Three years experience” conditions for NGOs must be abolished for these NGO/RNGO formed by youths and they should be allowed for direct funding.
(3)Direct approval of projects must be allowed and multi stage forwarding system must be abolished as these stages have not only been creating hurdles but also have been the main cause of siphoning out the benefits and funds allocated for beneficiaries.
(4) License for distributorship of different essential commodities like Plants, Seeds,Kerosene, Diesel, Agro-Chemicals, fertilizers etc must be given to NGOs run by youth in Panchayats for easy access to villagers.
• In what areas do our competitors have the edge?
Our mission is a cooperative effort for betterment of Rural India. Competitors are , infact, those whose earnings will be affected negatively by directing funds, projects and programmes directly to the RNGOs run by youth.
• What necessary expertise / manpower do we currently lack?
So far as skills and expertise along with team for the project at hand is concerned we are capable enough to complete the task successfully.
• Do we have cash flow problem?
• Are we relying primarily on just a few clients or customers?
Not at all.
• Additional weaknesses
We need policy support from the Government.
• What trends do we foresee?
• What trends might impact our industry?
Impact will be massive if proposed way of decentralization is adopted.
• What external changes present interesting opportunities?
Decentralization efforts by the Governments, at state level and at the centre and encouragement from organizations like United Nations make us highly optimistic. But decentralization in the form of Panchayati Raj has not been used to its full potential since most of the Rural Development programmes are run by Government departments. The reality is that the Real beneficiaries of these programmes, the rural poor, remain virtually ignorant of them and programmes are completed.
We intend to involve real beneficiaries to be active and create their own welfare by themselves utilizing resources which have been mostly misutilised, thereby resulting to mere 15 to 5% benefits to them so far as stated above.
• What have we seen in the news recently that might present an opportunity?
• Additional opportunities
Realizing opportunities for expansion of their customer base in untrapped remote areas, prospective increase in sales with saving of various costs involved, the corporate sector has shown readiness and encouraged us during our meetings with them. This enables Rural NGOs to participate in business with corporate sector the affordable way, and will give Rural India better avenues to develop and become self reliant.
The result will be that Rural India will be having most of the goods and services at cheaper rates, taking reduced sales prices due to direct marketing and reduced transportation costs in to account, and will become at par with the urban in terms of availability of goods and services economically. This will reduce the urban –rural divide.
• What obstacles do we face?
Threats can be anticipated from the Government machinery and its alliances and lobbies which have been siphoning out the benefits so far. Central Government requires projects to be forwarded by State Governments. State Governments involve at least 6 to 7 channels or stages which one must pass to get proposal forwarded. This causes delays for months. At most of the stages concerned officers remain busy finding out this or that reason to stop the proposal for want of vacillation money or suvidha shulk to give clearances
• What is the competition doing that we are not?
• What challenges can be turned into opportunities?
Creative involvement of unutilized rural youth and young ex defense personnel, so bewildered and uncertain to its future so far, has full potential to develop Rural India. It becomes particularly significant when no or very little additional fund is required to create the intended organizational structure which will become self sustaining with smallest gestation period.
• Are external economic forces affecting our bottom line?
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
), to develop and execute its plans and projects through the NGO Network.
The ICNGO Chairman Mr. Vijay Arora invited the The Chief of Global Synergetic, Dr.S.S.D.Pandey, to act for the Chamber as its "ICNGO Country Head-Strategic Development Networking & Policy"and to take lead for ICNGO EMPOWERING RURAL INDIA, the grand project by ICNGO,details on which will be made available through these blogs.Now the alternate address of the CEO,Global Synergetic, unless informed other wise,shall be:Indian Chamber of Non Government Organisation,Admin.Office: ICNGO Sevak Bhavan,16/2,WEA,Arya Samaj Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10005 Phone: +91 011 32988228/45033088;Cells: + 91 9999627885/9313436680Fax: +91 011 45033088;E-Mail: email@example.com
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Distinguished Panelists,Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to be with you again in Davos.
This is my second visit as Secretary-General, and I must say that the mood is very different from the optimistic spirit of the past. I’ve been calling this the year of multiple crises. Economies are in trouble.Trust in business and in markets has eroded.People everywhere worry about their jobs and struggle to survive.Yet amid these difficulties, we face another crisis.It has been building for years and is global in scope.Climate change threatens all our goals for development and social progress.Indeed, it is the one true existential threat to the planet.On the other hand, it also presents us with a gilt-edged opportunity.By tackling climate change head-on we can solve many of our current troubles, including thethreat of global recession.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We stand at a crossroads. It is important that we realize we have a choice.We can choose short-sighted unilateralism and business as usual. Or we can grasp globalcooperation and partnership on a scale never before seen.Exactly ten years ago, my predecessor, Kofi Annan, stood in this hall. He called on businessleaders to initiate a “Global Compact” of shared values and principles.He sought to give a human face to the global market.Then, as now, the world faced a crisis in confidence.Yes, globalization had lifted many from poverty.Yet the spread of free markets and capital did not raise all boats.In fact, it hurt many of the world’s poorest people.The Global Compact was our enlightened response.It challenged business to embrace universal principles and to partner with the United Nations onthe big issues.Chief among them were the Millennium Development Goals.Ten years on, the Global Compact stands as the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.We can boast more than 6,000 business participants in more than 130 countries.The Global Compact has become a by-word for corporate responsibility.Its members have moved far beyond mere philanthropy.They have pioneered new standards of “best practice” in the areas of human rights and labor law.In many countries they work to protect the environment and fight against corruption.They have undertaken hundreds of projects in health, education and infrastructure in countriesaround the world.Now, a new set of crises prompts a renewed sense of mission.So today I urge you to join a new phase of the Global Compact.We might call it the Global Compact 2.0.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We live in a new era.Its challenges can all be solved by cooperation — and only by cooperation.Our times demand a new definition of leadership — global leadership.They demand a new constellation of international cooperation — governments, civil society andthe private sector, working together for a collective global good.Some might say such a vision is naïve. That it is wishful thinking.Yet we have inspiring examples proving the contrary.Often, business has played a critical role.Think of the Green Revolution in the 1960s that lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty inThink of the global vaccination campaign that eradicated smallpox by 1979.Business and government cooperation has reversed the depletion of the ozone layer.And we have seen solid progress in the fight against AIDS, TB, polio and malaria.
Today, we have an opportunity – and an obligation – to build on these inspiring examples.But we must break the tyranny of short-term thinking in favor of long-term solutions.This will demand a renewed commitment to core principles.
A new Global Compact.
In this time of economic crisis I know there will be a tendency to retreat into nationalism,protectionism and the other “isms” that promote narrow self-interests over common global objectives.
Doing so would be a mistake – not just for global development objectives, such as giving thepoor a fair chance to make a living. It would also compromise national self-interest.The challenges we face today are global in nature.By working together we can solve them. The Global Compact provides an excellent platform.Let me give you some examples.The Global Compact’s “Caring for Climate” is the world’s largest business-led initiative onclimate change. Chief Executive Officers are disclosing their carbon emissions and committingto comprehensive climate policies.They are using renewable energy, investing in energy efficiency, and promoting climate friendlypractices such as virtual meetings.
The “CEO Water Mandate” is advancing water stewardship through strategies such as dripirrigation and water harvesting. New technologies are recycling water used in manufacturing soit can be returned safely to the environment.Wind-powered desalination plants are being built that can producing drinkable water for a city of over 1 million people.
In financial markets, the Global Compact, through the “Principles for Responsible Investment,”has begun working with major investors so their investment evaluations can incorporate keyenvironmental, social and governance issues.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today with the economic downturn and climate change, the stakes for companies have neverbeen higher.But for businesses with vision, the rewards are equally high.
Over the past few months momentum has grown for what I call a global “Green New Deal.”
Last week saw the inauguration of a new President of the United States.Barack Obama has made a clear commitment to re-energizing the American economy by boosting the “green economy.”The green economy is low-carbon and energy-efficient.It creates jobs.Investment in sustainable technologies will turn today’s crisis into tomorrow’s sustainablegrowth.President Obama is not the only political or business leader choosing to follow such a path.
I therefore urge all of you, through your supplier chains and via your business partners, to develop good policies and practices in the areas of human rights, the treatment of workers, the environment, and anti-corruption.You can use the Global Compact’s accountability framework and disclose your progress annually.By doing so you will not only be doing what is right. You will also be helping restore trust,confidence and credibility into the markets.Recent polls show a dramatic erosion of faith in business.Three of four Americans trust business less than they did one year ago.Only a third trust business to do the right thing — half what it used to be. Among young people,the loss of confidence is especially marked.These figures are mirrored across the world.And the same polls show that, globally, 66 percent of the world’s people think business should be fully engaged in tackling our common problems.Those who disagree total only 3 percent.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The writing is right there on the wall.Without trust, we cannot prosper.It is time to get off the fence and take up this agenda seriously.Many of you are cutting costs to deal with the economic downturn.But I think you will agree that it is important to re-orient your organizations for the economy ofthe future.
Every downturn is followed by an upturn.
If you make the right investments now, you will be laying the foundations to tackle critical long-term issues.You will be in the forefront of a new green economy.I encourage you to help create a future based on a low-carbon economy – green jobs, renewableenergy and energy efficiency.
I also ask you to be part of the movement for a comprehensive and meaningful agreement at theclimate change summit in Copenhagen at the end of this year.
I call on you to make full use of your supply chains to make sure that the cleanest technologiesare developed and applied everywhere.
And I ask you to lead by example.
Educate your consumers, suppliers and workers.
Share your technologies with the poor.It is the one and only path to a sustainable future, with the prospect of prosperity for all.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We have choices to make.
Now is the time to rebuild trust.
We can only do it by offering genuine, long-term solutions to real problems. People need to be confident that we are doing the smart thing and the right thing.This means investing in the new economy -- the economy of the future.
Enlightened self-interest is the essence of corporate responsibility and the key to a better world.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Global Synergetic Foundation
CEO's Statement of Support
WE, THE BUSINESS LEADERS OF THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT:
1. Climate Change is an issue requiring urgent and extensive action on the part of governments, business and citizens if the risk of serious damage to global prosperity and security is to be avoided.
2. Climate change poses both risks and opportunities to all parts of the business sector, everywhere. It is in the interest of the business community, as well as responsible behavior, for companies and their associations to play a full part in increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions to the atmosphere and, where possible, assisting society to respond to those changes in the climate to which we are already committed.
1. Taking practical actions now to increase the efficiency of energy usage and to reduce the carbon burden of our products, services and processes, to set voluntary targets for doing so, and to report publicly on the achievement of those targets annually in our Communication on Progress.
2. Building significant capacity within our organizations to understand fully the implications of climate change for our business and to develop a coherent business strategy for minimizing risks and identifying opportunities.
3. Engaging fully and positively with our own national governments, inter-governmental organizations and civil society organizations to develop policies and measures that will provide an enabling framework for the business sector to contribute effectively to building a low carbon economy.
4. Working collaboratively with other enterprises nationally and sectorally, and along our value-chains, by setting standards and taking joint initiatives aimed at reducing climate risks, assisting with adaptation to climate change and enhancing climate-related opportunities.
5. Becoming an active business champion for rapid and extensive response to climate change with our peers, employees,customers, investors and the broader public.
EXPECT FROM GOVERNMENTS:
1. The urgent creation, in close consultation with the business community and civil society, of comprehensive, long-term and effective legislative and fiscal frameworks designed to make markets work for the climate, in particular policies and mechanisms intended to create a stable price for carbon;
2. Recognition that building effective public-private partnerships to respond to the climate challenge will require major public investments to catalyze and support business and civil society led initiatives, especially in relation to research, development, deployment and transfer of low carbon energy technologies and practices.
3. Vigorous international cooperation aimed at providing a robust global policy framework within which private investments in building a low carbon economy can be made, as well as providing financial and other support to assist those countries that require help to realize their own climate mitigation and adaptation targets whilst achieving poverty alleviation, energy security and natural resource management.
1. Work collaboratively on joint initiatives between public and private sectors and through them achieve a comprehensive understanding of how both public and private sectors can best play a pro-active and leading role in meeting the climate challenge in an effective way.
2. Invite the UN Global Compact to promote the public disclosure of actions taken by the signatories to this Statement and,in cooperation with UNEP and the WBCSD, communicate on this on a regular basis, starting July 2008.