Baijayant 'Jay' Panda
02/21/2017 at 03:52. Facebook
Yesterday in Delhi, among many other events, these two stood out. In one, i participated in an engaging round table discussion with Hollywood actor and activist Ashley Judd, along with some other MPs and anti-trafficking activists. I discussed my involvement with Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi's efforts, as well as my work for exploited brick kiln workers. It was hosted by Rwitwika...
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02/18/2017 at 04:23. Facebook
My monthly Times of India column in today's editions, on the importance of following due process in conducting IT raids. The headlines & box items point out the problem, but do read the full article, where i propose a solution. My approach, as always, is to analyse both sides of an issue, compare how other nations have handled such problems, and look for solutions in our context. Comments,...
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My question today in the Lok Sabha, on railway safety, especially on the topic of delayed overbridges (with an example from Tangi in my constituency). Btw, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu is a friend, whom i admire for his high ethical standards, professionalism and ceaseless pursuit to improve our rail system. He has also overcome decades of railways' neglect of Odisha and responded to the...
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Baijayant Panda raises issue of rail safety in Odisha

Baijayant Panda asks a question to Honorable Railway Minister about rail safety in Odisha, giving specific example of the railway overbridge(ROB) at Tangi in...

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If in Delhi Feb 19th-25th, please join me in checking out this showcase for struggling artists from Odisha at the Lalit Kala Academy. Odisha's long tradition of the arts (the reason one of its ancient names was "Utkala") continues even today, with many artists passionately pursuing their dreams. This they do even without recognition or support. Come, let's change that. I'm sure you won't be...
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Hues of Neelanchal

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Participated in a post budget discussion on NewsX television, alongwith Dr Subramanian Swamy, Rajeev Chandrashekhar, & Manish Tewari, moderated by the excellent Priya Sahgal. It was as policy discussions ought to be: no shouting, solid debate. Do watch...

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The Roundtable: Decoding the Budget

This week on The Roundtable, we try to decode the Union Budget announced for the financial year 2017-18 by the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley. An eminent pan...

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Here is my article in the February issue of Swarajya magazine on how to root out black money in politics. Though it was published yesterday, which also saw the Budget announcement in the Lok Sabha on some steps to cleanse political funding, the article was actually written several days earlier. Regular visitors to this FB page & my website will know that I've been pushing for political funding...
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Driving Black Money Out Of Politics, Step By Step

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Here's my latest quarterly review of ongoing infrastructure projects in my constituency, for Oct-Dec 2016. Regular visitors to this page will be familiar with these reviews of big, medium & small projects, as well as separate quarterly reviews for MPLAD-funded projects, which was posted last week. Since many people ask, i should mention one of the flagship projects is Kendrapada's FIRST...
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Jan 2017_Ongoing Kendrapara Projects Review.pdf

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Yesterday was a day of both joy and sorrow. Was in several places in my constituency, for temple functions, eating at the home of a constituent who had been inviting me, and meeting students, but also condolence visits. One 16 year old has had to take a break from his school exams to conduct his father's last rites, i was impressed with his strength and composure. At night i was in Bhubaneswar...
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Here's the latest quarterly review of all the ongoing MPLAD-funded projects in my constituency, for October-December 2016. Regular visitors to this FB page would be familiar with my quarterly updates. Do keep in mind that after the MP recommends a project, there is no further role for him/her, since it has to go through the exact same procedures, paperwork, tenders etc as every other...
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January 2017_Ongoing MPLADS Projects 16th LS.pdf

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The toughest part of my job is condoling with and consoling bereaved constituents. Today i met several families who have lost someone, some young and some old, some naturally and some in accidents. It never gets any easier doing this, in fact it is emotionally difficult. But it is an important aspect of being a public representative, to keep in touch with constituents, and with ground realities...
Yesterday I was interviewed by MK Venu on "The Wire" online news portal, and it was also broadcast live online. The topic was Universal Basic Income (UBI), on which i had written an op-ed column in the Times of India some months ago. UBI is the hottest topic in global developmental economics, and many eminent economists have been proposing it for India as well. Since i had been the first to...
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My monthly op-ed in today's Times of India, this time on the evolution of dynastic politics in India and what recent trends indicate for the future. Though this became relevant in the wake of the events in the Samajwadi party, the article doesn't focus on that, but rather on how the political landscape is changing. Technology is playing a role in levelling the playing field, too. Since i too...
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Last week i had written this article in the DNA newspaper, suggesting 5 changes in Parliament's rules which would go a long way to make it function better. Essentially, these are about modernising our parliamentary functioning, which still depends on 19th century western norms of consensus, which western democracies themselves have revised. It's not much use blaming individual politicians, or...
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Yesterday, in various parts of Kendrapada, my day was full of condoling, inaugurating, encouraging, & chatting. Though calling on bereaved constituents is a sad part of my job, yesterday was particularly tough. In Kotsahi, Rajkanika, i visited Sarat Barik whose father died the previous day at a govt medical facility and, apparently due to unavailability of a hearse or ambulance, was carried...
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Was in my constituency the whole day. Met constituents, inaugurated three MPLAD-funded projects (actually, as usual, they were inaugurated by local students on my request), conducted a public meeting at my second Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) panchayat, and many other activities.

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Yesterday in different parts of Patkura segment of Kendrapada, along with local MLA Bed Prakash Agarwalla. At my request, three students (Srabani, DwitiKrushna & Biswajit) inaugurated three projects. As usual, i spent time meeting constituents and talking about local issues. Please see pic captions for more.

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My monthly op-ed column in today's Times of India, on streamlining our elections into two cycles. Though the idea of "One India, one election" has been gaining ground, we would be better served by "One nation, two elections." I've cited analysis/reports from the Law Commission, Election Commission, Parliamentary Standing Committee, & Niti Aayog. There are many benefits of this over a single...
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Baijayant 'Jay' Panda's #policy workshop is happening once again and this time in a new city! The workshop is scheduled for January 15th, 2017 (Sunday) in #JAIPUR, and is being conducted in collaboration with CUTS International, Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipur) and the YLAC India - Young Leaders for Active Citizenship.

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My interview on BBC Hindi Live yesterday, on the whys and hows of my returning Parliament salary & daily allowance proportional to the time wasted by Lok Sabha not functioning due to disruptions.

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