Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Thursday, 29 December 2016

One Small Step ?

It was only 2 days back that I suggested to Captain Amrinder Singhji , how he can ensure that lakhs of drug-addicted Youth of Punjab , can be monitored ( for drug abuse ) , using a Smart phone based :

Drug Sensor

*  Mobile app, " DrugFree "

Apparently, Mumbai Police are already on their way to deploy this innovation , to monitor drivers driving under influence of alcohol , on night of 31st Dec
Hindustan Times ( 28 Dec 2016 ) carries following report :


This New Year’s Eve, don’t drink and drive. No, really do not drink and drive, because there’s no escaping the cops or bribing your way out.

Armed with a fresh stock of digital breath analysers, Mumbai’s traffic cops will fan out across the city on the night of December 31 in a campaign against drink driving.

The hi-tech breathalysers will not only digitally analyse breath, but also send the results to a server with a photograph of the motorist.

It’s a foolproof trap.

Milind Bharambe ( Joint Commissioner of Police ) said " apart from being highly accurate, the new breath analysers will rule out any chance of malpractice by constables trying to cash in on the rush during the celebrations.

As the new analysers are fitted with cameras, the photograph and alcohol level of the motorist will be uploaded in the server seconds after a motorist blows into it. The motorist can try to bribe his way out, but it will be futile,” he said.

With the new system, there will always be a record and photograph of offenders, which would help identify frequent offenders. “For second-time offenders, the fine amount of Rs2,500 will be doubled. However, for those repeating the offence for the third time, we will be writing to the RTO for cancellation of their licenses,” said Bharambe.


After reading this report, no one need doubt the feasibility of what I suggested in my following blog ( sent as email to Captain ) :

Sunday, 25 December 2016

A Freebie that cannot be Faulted ?

Captain Amrinder Singh ( Punjab Congress ) has promised jobs ( of course, if voted to power in the forthcoming State Election ) , to youth who pledge as follows :

" I promise I will remain free from drugs and make my family drug free too "

By now, some 12 lakh youngsters have signed up

Expect this figure to go up dramatically, considering that , a few weeks back , some 30 lakh youngsters ( 20 % girls ) had signed up to receive a FREE smart phone from  Captain ( " if voted to power " conditions apply )

In Punjab , there are 91 lakh youngsters in the age group of 18 - 35

And a smart phone could well cost Rs 5,000 each

That would cost the Congress Government ( if voted to power ), Rs 4550 crores !

Election Commission " guide lines "  and Supreme Court  " directives " notwithstanding , all political parties have in the past, offered ( and often delivered ) a whole host of " freebies " in order to " buy " votes

Aam  Aadmi  Party ( AAP ) has promised jobs ( if voted to power ) , to 25 lakh Punjab youth

Without asking them to kick the drug habit !


What could be more " noble " than to wean away the Punjab youth from drugs ?

And keep them gainfully / productively engaged in a nation-building activity by having a job and supporting their families ?

I suggest that Captain implement the following as far as ensuring that these 91 lakh youth stay " drug free " after getting a job :

*  As promised , distribute smart phones which are UPI / AEPS enabled Payment Wallets

*  Those smart phones must have  built-in

    *  " Drug Analyzer " ( similar to Oxymeters , which display oxygen level in blood when
         a finger is placed on the device )

    *   Biometric reading device ( Iris and Finger scan )

    *   Pre-installed Mobile App " DrugFree "

    I have no doubt that leading smart phone manufacturers will come forward with such
    versions , considering the volumes involved and the possibility that the other political
    parties , too , may make similar conditional " Job Promises " in near future !

*  Every morning , as soon as the Youth reports for work , he will launch " DrugFree " app
    on his mobile, and place his finger on App icon, in the presence of his immediate

*  Phone will display / record the drug level reading and also relay it simultaneously to the
   Server of the Salary Section ( including the time for attendance recording  )

*  This exercise will be repeated in the evening when that Youth leaves for home

*  No salary will be paid for the day on which drug reading exceeds permissible limit

    This will be done automatically by the Server-based software ( very simple coding )

*  If drug reading exceeds the permissible limits , more than 3 times in a month , the
    Server-based software will automatically issue a " Warning Email " ( keep humans out )

*  Upon issuance of 3 such " Warning E mails " , the Server-based software will issue a
    " Termination E Mail " , terminating the services of the Youth and simultaneously
    instructing the Salary Section to settle his account and issue a " Service Certificate "
    which will mention full Service History

But developing / implementing a fool-proof technological solution ( to determine drug free status of the Youth ) , is theleast of the problems

Any number of Start Up in the Health Care domain, will do it in 3 months ! Just ask Practo !

The real problem is :


The worst thing would be to create vacancies in Government , which will bring governance to a complete halt and sky-rocket the Corruption ! Don't even think of this !

Sure , new industries can be incentivized to hire a few lakh, by offering free land , exemption from Municipal / State taxes for 5 years , exemption from certain Labour Laws, stipend subsidies if 70% employees are " DrugFree " youth , etc

Even existing industries ( especially , MSME ) can be incentivized by reimbursement of 50 % salaries for 5 years for employing such Youth

But none of these measures can take care of Captain's promise to 91 lakh Youth !

I suggest Captain Amrinder Singhji , to look up my following suggestion for an alternative of


   {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/05/rejoice-you-self-employed.html  }

   {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/10/how-about-virtual-call-centers.html  }

   {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/06/50-million-new-jobs-in-5-months.html }

  {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2016/05/harness-greed-to-skill-india.html  }

  {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/11/surrogate-cow-farms.html  }

  {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/10/start-up-eco-systems-usa-vs-india.html  }

  {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/02/create-self-employment.html }

  {  http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2012/01/it-pays-to-be-entrepreneur.html  }

Dear Captain Amrinder Singhji :

Having made a very noble gesture to the voters , please ensure a FAIR & JUST implementation !

I hope Shri Prakash Javadekarji / Shri Amit Shahji , find merit in this suggestion for other
forthcoming elections in States


30  Dec  2016

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