The Hindu reports that, “even as the Samajwadi Party government is still facing flak for the plight of the displaced Muzaffarnagar communal riot victims,” a “22-member team comprising Ministers and MLAs under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has gone on a 20-day ‘study tour’ to Turkey, Greece, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and UAE,” also stating that “apart from the U.K. none other country mentioned in the itinerary is a Commonwealth nation,” and that there is one BJP MLA and one RLD MLA in this team.
Some other Uttar Pradesh Ministers, ruling party MLAs and officials attended the ‘Saifai Mahotsav,” a fortnight-long cultural jamboree at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s village, Saifai in Etawah district, on which, according to this IBNLive report, the Uttar Pradesh government ‘has spent roughly Rs 20 crore’.
The Indian government has moved heaven and earth to save diplomat Devyani Khobragade from the clutches of the US law.
But, as this Firstpost piece states, the same Indian government “might take months to get an innocent sailor out of a non decrepit Togo,” and “may never reach out to the thousands of other citizens (about 6000 and, perhaps many more with no information available to the government) languishing in far away jails – some living hells.”
Wouldn’t we all love to see our governments work less for themselves and more for the common man who pays the taxes that fund all expenses?