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Modi government punishes corrupt, under-performing officers


By Nithin Sridhar

New Delhi: While speaking at the Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery that was held in New Delhi on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government has either removed or slashed the pension amounts of 45 senior officers in various government services because of corruption and/or under-performance of those officers. Modi further said that his government is unsparing when it comes to punishing the corrupt.

This is a welcome move from the Union government and further reinforces its commitment to fighting corruption and fixing responsibilities that will result in timely delivery on commitments.

Corruption and under-performance are the two major factors that deeply affect the government sector. As a result, various public-related works as well as common people, are suffering due to unnecessary delays, policy paralysis, and a lack of development. This in-turn affects economic growth and stability of the nation.

In 2014, India stood at 85th place among 175 countries on the perceived corruption index as per the ranking given by Transparency International. The biggest victims of the menace of corruption are the poorest of the poor. A 2012 study conducted across nine Indian cities showed how three out of every four slum dwellers were asked to pay hefty bribes to receive basic public services like food rations, free kerosene, health care, or public sanitation. Hence, corruption is deeply linked to poverty.

One of the major reasons why government employees were largely found to be under-performing was because of unaccountability and job security that is associated with it. Hence, by fixing accountability and linking pension with performance, the Modi government has ensured that greater probity and optimum utilization of all resources including human resource is achieved.

If this is further replicated in various state governments across the country, India will witness considerable improvements in terms of decision making, timely delivery, and overall growth. Thus, senior journalist Surajit Dasgupta tweeted:

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Acer launches new gaming desktop in India

Taiwanese hardware and electronics brand Acer on Wednesday launched its "Predator Orion 9000" gaming desktop in India

Acer releases new desktop in india. IANS

Taiwanese hardware and electronics brand Acer on Wednesday launched its “Predator Orion 9000” gaming desktop in India. Starting at Rs 319,999, the gaming desktop features powerful Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processors with up to 18 cores and 36 threads and up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics cards, the company said in a statement. It is the first gaming desktop with Intel’s Core i9 Extreme Processor and Optane Memory to be available in India, the statement added.

It is a laptop made exclusively for gaming. Pixabay

“We are thrilled to welcome to our gaming arsenal the iconic ‘Predator Orion 9000’ gaming desktop,” said Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head, Acer India. The gaming desktop also features liquid cooling and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0 to keep the temperature down while the game heats up.

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IceTunnel 2.0 is an advanced airflow management solution that separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual airflow tunnel to expel heat, the statement added.

“With the launch of this, we have moved a step closer to our commitment of delivering the best gaming products for gamers at every level,” Panigrahi said. The “Predator Orion 9000” is available at select Croma stores and Acer Exclusive stores. IANS

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