‘Ram Mandir Wahin Banega’ (Con­di­tions Ap­ply)

VHP says prepa­ra­tions on, tem­ple at Ram jan­mab­hoomi will be ready in four months if SC gives its as­sent

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Va­sudha.Venugopal @times­group.com

Ay­o­d­hya: Prepa­ra­tions are on to build a tem­ple at Ram jan­mab­hoomi soon af­ter the Supreme Court rules on the mat­ter, the Vishva Hindu Par­ishad has said days ahead of the polling in Ay­o­d­hya. “The Ram Mandir will be ready in just four months. We are only wait­ing for the court’s aadesh (ver­dict) to be­gin work,” said Su­dar­shan Ma­haraj, who heads the VHP unit in Ay­o­d­hya, where vot­ing is due on Fe­bru­ary 27. The Supreme Court had stayed the 2010 Al­la­habad High Court ver­dict, which de­clared Hin­dus and Mus­lims joint ti­tle-hold­ers of the dis­puted site in Ay­o­d­hya which is revered by many as the de­ity’s birth­place, and agreed to hear ap­peals against it.

VHP, part of the Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh, has been at the fore­front of the ag­i­ta­tion to build a Ram tem­ple at the spot where the Babri mosque, built in 1528, was de­mol­ished by a crowd of Hindu ac­tivists in 1992. The tem­ple also fig­ures among BJP’s prom­ises in its man­i­festo for the on­go­ing as­sem­bly elec­tion in Ut­tar Pradesh. Ay­o­d­hya has al­ways elected a BJP leader ex­cept once, in 2012.

Ma­haraj’s con­fi­dence does not ap­pear mis­placed.

Hun­dreds of stone pil­lars crafted in Bharat­pur lie stacked in VHP’s Ram Mandir Karyalaya, a work­shop right next to the makeshift Ram Lalla tem­ple which is guarded fiercely by cen­tral forces. The work­shop has stones and pil­lars of var­i­ous sizes stored for the con­struc­tion of the tem­ple in the fu­ture. The stones had started ar­riv­ing in 1992 and this con­tin­ued till De­cem­ber 2015.

“It will take us only two days to trans­port the stones… 70% of the prepa­ra­tions for build­ing the tem­ple are al­ready over,” said Swadesh Singh, who takes care of the work­shop.

While global and lo­cal events, such as US elec­tion out­come, Brexit and the cur­rency swap, have af­fected the wage-growth tra­jec­tory, the trend this year re­flects higher em­pha­sis on pro­duc­tiv­ity and per­for­mance in what is re­ferred to as the ‘gray­ing’ of salary bud­gets for In­dia.

The pay-for-per­for­mance agenda con­tin­ues to gain ground, with top per­form­ers across com­pa­nies likely to bag 1.8X the av­er­age in­cre­ments. For large com­pa­nies, it will be 1.9X.

“Last year has shown that or­gan­i­sa­tions take a strong view to­wards per­for­mance dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion, and not only have bell curves be­come sharper but pay dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion be­tween top and av­er­age per­form­ers has also in­creased,” says Ghose.

Firms are also fo­cus­ing on high skills and key tal­ent. The num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions who have iden­ti­fied dig­i­tal and al­lied skills as hot skills has in­creased from 5% in 2011 to 50% in 2017. Com­pli­ance and risk con­tin­ues to re­main hot, whereas qual­ity, prod­uct devel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing are los­ing some of their sheen.

Although a ma­jor­ity of in­dus­tries pro­jected a sub-10% in­crease, the busi­ness sen­ti­ment re­mains pos­i­tive and op­ti­mistic. Sec­tors such as life sciences, pro­fes­sional ser­vices, chem­i­cals, en­ter­tain­ment me­dia, au­to­mo­tive and con­sumer prod­ucts con­tinue to pro­ject a dou­ble-digit in­crease for 2017. How­ever, they have all seen a drop from their ac­tual spends in 2016.

Some in­dus­tries such as tech­nol­ogy, tele­com and con­sumer have been af­fected more than oth­ers, in that they have seen faster mod­er­a­tion of pay in­creases. Con­sumer in­ter­net com­pa­nies, pro­jected to lead the way in 2016 with the big­gest pay in­creases of 15.6%, ac­tu­ally paid out 12.9% last year. This year, they have pro­jected in­creases of 12.4%, says the sur­vey, a level still the high­est across sec­tors.

Over­all at­tri­tion rate at 16.4% is sim­i­lar to that in 2015 and the low­est in five years. While at­tri­tion was con­tained at a broader level, key tal­ent at­tri­tion in­creased from 7.3% in 2015 to 12.3% in 2016.



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