High time these miscreants were booked>>>>>>>>>
^^ - There is no doubt that the remittances from the diaspora prop up the local economy, but how much real investment has there been? Very little, if any. Buying a bunch of flats and villas and either leaving them vacant or renting them out has little positive impact on the wider economy.
Kerala is as investment friendly as any State, once you take the trouble to find out the details. We have the best law and order situation in the country, the best social infrastructure and the best human resources. Yet, how much inbound investment has there been into Kerala?
One of the primary reasons that States like Gujarat, AP, Maharastra, TN and WB get investments is due to their diaspora. The figures are very clear on this. It is not that Modi is the only one who conducts GIMs, it is that there is a clear and continuous interest to support from the expats.
No one expects NRKs to abandon their interests and flood the State with money. That is nonsense. But the bare minimum that can be done is to provide effective representation of Kerala abraod.
Amid the storm of "star nites" and "award functions", how many events to educate the world-wide investor community have been held? Let's ask ourselves, whether the last time someone asked us about whether to invest in Kerala, we replied with a confident "Yes" or with a tirade of how bad the Government is? If we don't market our State, who will....the Gujarathis?
Case in point. Despite getting nearly 300 Cm of rain a year, only a few areas of Trivandrum flood during torrential showers. Perhaps less than 1% of the city area, that too for a few hours at most. Most of Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Patna flood annually in much smaller showers. Yet, our media raise such a hue and cry that one would think the whole city went under. Yes, the area in question includes the main transportation hubs but the situation has surely improved over the past 3 years. And I am sure that the situation will improve even more when the proposed flood control measures are completed.
We seem to have started comparing Trivandrum and Kerala with the standards set abroad. Let's not forget that this state is part of India and not an extension of the US of A or the Emirates. We should be rooted in developing world reality and not in developed world utopia when we comment about the progress that we see. As I always say, leaping forward for step changes usually lands us on our faces.
No offence meant to anyone, but I am sure all of us agree that it is easy to sit back and criticise, but it is tough to go out and make a change. Tough but very rewarding.
'Producing need not be goods alone, it can be services.
Kerala is a big in services, perhaps due to the high consumption pattern due to specific reasons. Banking, Insurance, Telecom, Tourism etc does very good business here. And I do not know how many of you know that the percapita GDP of Kerala is higher than TN OR Karnataka. And this doesnot include remittances from abroad.
This sounds funny . What do you mean to say ?? Is it the GDP or the per capita that you are referring to .If it's GDP then you are wrong. how many of you know that the percapita GDP of Kerala is higher than TN OR Karnataka And this doesnot include remittances from abroad.
Then better delete that GDP and plz let that "per capita" stay alone ....it's percapita income.......if thats the fact think how a state with less GDP can have a higher Percapita . It's definitely not the domestic product but non-resident money that makes surplus.^^Man, you read first clearly..the word 'percapita' is there..
And only a fool will compare on basis of 'Gross Domestic Product' of a tiny state like Kerala with other states which are much bigger.
I know that Gross Domestic product means the one which is domestically produced . In terms of GDP kerala lags behind so many other states . ButAnd for your information, NRI money is not accounted for calculation of domestic product by the Govt. Please go through the pages of 'Indian Economy Thread'. Somewhere Sun had posted the abstract numbers.
Finally there is a term called 'Per Capita GDP'.
Seems you lag in practical know how of economics rather than some bookish stuff .^^It seems that you are not much knowledgeable about the macro economics of the country or terms like GDP/percapita GDP etc. A thing does not become true if you repeat it many times.
I reiterate, for these calculations, NRI remittances are not taken in to account.
GDP is defined as the total cost of all finished goods and services produced within the country in a stipulated period of time
GDP = consumption + gross investment + government spending + (exports − imports)
GDP percpita is obtained when it is divided by the population.
For the year 2006-07, the percapita state domestic product under constant prices were
Kerala: Rs. 27284
TN: Rs. 25898
Karnataka: Rs. 23028.
Nowhere here do the NRI remittances are taken in to account. Hope you know that NRIs are free from taxation, whereas more than 30% of the earnings of professionals like us are taken by the Govt.
And one more thing, Kerala is now left behind by States like TN and Andhra as far as migration of people is concerned, including the middle east.
Thanks my friend . Here ends the issue^^I had asked you to read my first post clearly. I had mentioned about 'consumption' there. A main chunk could be from NRIs too.
And it is the same for other states like TN & Andhra. My point is to counter your argument that if NRI money is not there, Kerala would be much behind other states.
I retreat guys........ with these comments --- You are right Ajay..As in any other population even there may be people among NRI's who have tounges aroun their neck . They might blabber & exaggerate the situation. But the contributions of NRK's within their limitations outsmart these odds.politely how many of us can say that what happens back in our nadu is cent percent right . we would excuse it by saying it's democracy unlike other places . We fail to denounce the negative attitude of a bunch of people (say trade unions ) czz they are organized. I dont think NRK's abroad are doing more crime towards development by their mere words than the handful of trade unions do to our state.The matter of fact is that we are taking undue advantage of the privileges provided home .I am sure if the trade union zindabad & hartal attitude had not been there then NRK's would have invested atleast 100 fold more in key business areas in Kerala.ThanksAnd I disagree with the view that all NRKs speak only positives about Kerala, I have personally come across many "holier-than-thou" loudmouths who only have complaints and no solutions. Which is why I said you gentlemen here are among the section which is an asset to Kerala and not a PR disaster. Thanks a bunch for that, folks!
See who instigates the issues.................NRK's // residentsFirst of all Kerala should have a image make over , then only we can expect something fruitful to happen . Investment happens only if there is a conducive industrial climate.
Instead of blaming expat malayalis plz think (isn't it a section of the resident population-- Trade Unions/ Political "stalwarts" & some vested interests who creates the mess)
You still have to negotiate towns like Kollam and Alleppey which don't have bypasses.
My point is that the expressway is a must to achieve the two-hour Tvm- Cochin goal which our planners are speaking about.:cheers:
^^ general perception means?? Dont tell me the general ' perception' of the commies, the bulk of the apolitical neutral voters did believe in Tharoor.
Please read this report to understand the facts . Inspite of having an international figure in the fray the voter turnout from the corporationThe final turnout in Trivandrum Lok Sabha constituency is now estimated at around 68% which is pretty much the same as 2004, and hence we should be happy that the intelligent, urban voters of Trivandrum did not get swayed by the sectarian waves which rolled across middle and north Kerala.
In that sense, and in that the most cosmopolitan candidate in the fray from Kerala specifically chose Trivandrum, we are have every right to be happy.
Lowest voter turnout in Thiruvananthapuram
Lowest voter turnout in Thiruvananthapuram
Parassala records highest among Assembly segments
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The two Lok Sabha constituencies in Thiruvananthapuram district registered polling percentage of 65.99, according to figures provided by the Chief Electoral Officer on Friday.
The Thiruvananthapuram constituency recorded a voter turnout of 65.73 per cent, the lowest among the 20 constituencies in the State that went to the polls in the first phase of elections to the 15th Lok Sabha on Thursday. The corresponding figure in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections was 68.65 per cent.
A total of 7,34,924 voters out of the electorate of 11,18,086 exercised their franchise. This included 3,68,164 women and 3,66,760 men.
The Thiruvananthapuram Assembly segment, which largely represents the Corporation wards, recorded the lowest voter turnout of 59.68 per cent, among the seven Assembly segments in the Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
Five major political parties — United Democratic Front, Left Democratic Front, Bharatiya Janata Party, Nationalist Congress Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party — are in the fray in the constituency.
Of the seven Assembly segments, Parassala registered the highest turnout at 69.88 per cent. The voter turnout in the remaining segments are as follows: Kazhakkuttom - 64.24 per cent; Vattiyoorkavu - 63.43 per cent; Nemom - 64.38 per cent; Kovalam - 68.14 per cent; and Neyyattinkara - 69.4 per cent.
In the Attingal constituency, 7,20,700 voters out of a total of 10,87,821 cast their votes, registering a turnout of 66.25 per cent. The Aruvikkara Assembly segment recorded the highest percentage of 68.09, while Varkala (63.96%) recorded the lowest turnout. The following is the turnout in the other segments: Vamanapuram - 67.3%; Kattakada - 66.44%; Attingal - 66.42%; Nedumangad - 66.3%; and Chirayinkeezh - 64.68%.
Election officials on Friday carried out a scrutiny of the polling in booths that had registered a minimum 15 per cent deviation from the average turnout in the Assembly segments in the district. District Collector Sanjay Kaul, election officials and representatives of the candidates were present.
The comparison of 2001 & 2006 assembly elections Vs Lok Sabha Election is absurd.The % of votes polled in Trivandrum lok sabha constituency for 2004 elections was 68.46 % . This means that inspite of having Shashi Tharoor in the fray the turnout was just 65 %.^^ - Arun, it seems you are labouring to prove a point here. As I said, the new "Trivandrum" constituency is drawn mostly from the old "Trivandrum West" constituency. The latter polled only 51% in 2006 and 54% in 2001. So the 60% recorded in 2009 is a significant increase.
The city area is spread out over multiple constituencies. The old West constituency covers a lot of the city's CBD and its Western suburbs. A lot of voters here are professionals who work in the public, private and service sectors, many of them may have taken a short vacation. This is a trend common to many metropolitan areas.
The primary reason why Trivandrum continued its usual voter turnout as opposed to the middle and north Kerala constituencies is because the minority voters who surged out in response to religious calls elsewhere were more level headed in Trivandrum or form a lesser portion of the population. As I said before, Trivandrum is not bound to the Church or the Mosque and votes with its brains and not its heart. That is the most important reason Dr. Tharoor chose to stand here and not anywhere else in Kerala, even though Trivandrum is not a safe UDF constituency.