Welcome Aisa bhi hota hai Part II mein aapka swagat hai….
Story: In a hypothetical country far far away from India, so far that there cannot be any uncanny resemblance whatsoever, there was an IT Engineer named XYZ who was the head of a giant IT company. The S-KING of that country offered him a post in the cabinet and asked him to device a Unique Identification Number System for his subjects. He accepted the offer for it was a big challenge and he always liked challenges. Moreover, it was a rather pleasant and different kind of task, coming from S-KING who was more of a dud. The media presented the story with great enthusiasm. It was an endeavor never tried before in history. Subjects were told that it will help them raise their living standards. Poor will get rich. Rich will get richer. If only today, you starve to death, let the system be deployed and we’ll be able to identify who died so that somebody else do not take the advantage and eat your share of pie (and yeah pie is what subjects dreamt to have but never have seen in their life, for if only they themselves had got their share of pie they wouldn’t have starved to death).
Anyway, so this humble IT engineer gears up to do something that would benefit the country. He was very excited; he even prepared a blueprint of what will be done in initial phases. Finally the day arrived when he was invited to attend the session in Deewan-e-Khas. Great ministers and personalities were present there. All were busy with their own stuffs. He saw two ministers sitting in a corner chatting. He started walking towards them to greet them. But as he was about to reach them, their chatting had turned into altercation. Both started yelling at each other in the highest of decibels that even BOSE speakers cannot boast to achieve. Suddenly a third one came and tried to calm them both. He asked both of them to stop acting like donkeys as being a monkey it didn’t suit them. They stopped their fighting on nice terms by exchanging words like “Tumko to mein baad mein dekhta hoon”, “Kal press mein batata hoon ki mein kya kar sakta hoon” (Arrey Uncle, press mein kya batana, jo karna hai kar daalo. Kitna din baton mein time waste karoge). Anyway, XYZ thought it would be better not to greet them at this time, so he went to his seat. The S-KING came and introduced XYZ to all other ministers present at Deewan-e-Khas.
It was decided that XYZ is new to the court so his presentation should be the last, so that he can see how proceeding takes place in a court. XYZ had a sigh of relief as he was too nervous to start the session. He sat there thankful to all the ministers for being co-operative and understanding. Suddenly he realized that his LAPTOP is drained out of power and also there is no setup whatsoever for a PPT. He cursed himself for being ignorant. For all these years, living and working in an IT environment where PPT sessions is the next important thing that one would attend next to nature’s call. He went to the S-KING and apprised him of the situation. He was sweating. The S-KING calmly replied that this would not be a cause of concern. HE asked XYZ to explain to the Court on what were his plans for the Unique Identity Project. XYZ replied that he had a plan prepared for 30-60-90-120 days’ milestones and he had presentation to make for which he needed a power socket, a projector and a screen. He had no idea what was going to happen after this otherwise he wouldn’t even have prepared his PPT.
The next couple of minutes were a complete jolt for him. He was completely in a tizzy. A Joint Cabinet Secretary Committee was set up to judge the feasibility of his request. The Under Secretaries for the Ministries of Power, IT and Broadcasting prepared a Viability Report after scrutinizing National Security threats to his request. This was because the power socket comes under Power, laptop comes under IT and projector comes under Broadcasting. he was also told to reconsider his timelines of 30-60-90 days and start thinking in terms of years. Probably, they were right. He did not have the foresight in this matter.
The summary of the issue is that he needed to come up with a more inclusive, democratic, comprehensive long term plan for this project to be executed over the next five years. He had also been given a presentation slot 3 months from now (by which the issues related to the power cord etc will also be resolved). He was filled with mixed reactions. He came out of the House and text one of his best mate ABC.
“You won’t believe it but these guys work just like us. I am on a NATIONAL BENCH for the next three months!!!!!!!!”