Blocked progress

Updated: Aug 1 2005, 05:30am hrs
What is common between the Left parties and the recent rains in Mumbai The Mumbai rains managed to disrupt interim PFRDA chairman D Swarups travel schedule. Mr Swarup, who had gone to Mumbai, was supposed to have been back in Delhi on Wednesday. However, rains forced the PFRDA chairman to spend almost two days at the airport. While the standing committee on finance presented its report in Parliament, Mr Swarup was in Mumbai, stuck at the airport. Isnt it a coincidence that the pension bill and the PFRDA chairman were both stuck The bill is stuck due to the Left parties.

Cloth tangles

How has India fared in the post-quota global textile market Have we lost out to arch-rival China Who better to ask than the textile ministry As the ministry most immediately concerned with the fortunes of the sector, it ought to be watching those figures of textile exports hawk-eyed, right Wrong! Senior officials in the ministry have no clue whatsoever. So while the directorate-general of commercial intelligence and statistics (DGCI&S), a unit of the commerce ministry, reels out statistics suggesting a decline in Indias post-quota exports to the US and the EU, the US customs department shows a 35% surge in value of imports from India. Textile ministry officials are unable to clarify the seeming contradictions. They remain smug, reiterating in every public speech the projection of $50 billion exports by 2005.

Did anyone say something about ignorance being bliss