WHILE PRIME Minister Narendra Modi once famously remarked that MGNREGA is a living monument of the previous Congress-led UPA government’s failure, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh was generous in his praise of the scheme as well as its implementation in a Congress-ruled state on Wednesday. Following a review meeting, Singh tweeted about how the scheme is doing wonders in Uttarakhand.
THE COUNTRY’S premier counter-terror agency seems to be paying considerable attention to yoga and Swachh Bharat Mission as well. Several pages of the National Investigation Agency’s 2016 calendar feature its officers participating in yoga sessions and building toilets. The agency has dedicated its calendar to late President APJ Abdul Kalam.
BARELY A week after she made news for helping a family in Rae Bareli get their son’s body back from Saudi Arabia, HRD Minister Smriti Irani stepped up to help another person on Tuesday. Irani, who was set to board a flight to Assam on Tuesday morning, came to the rescue of a pregnant woman who fell ill at the Delhi airport. The minister reportedly sent the woman and her husband to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon for a check-up. She also spoke to the hospital authorities and offered to bear the medical expenses. The hospital referred the woman to a specialist who treated her and sent her home.
Window of Hope
THE AMRIT outlet at AIIMS for subsidised cancer and cardiac drugs was opened with much fanfare recently. But it seems the outlet has been of little help for poor patients as cancer OPDs in AIIMS start only at 2 pm and the outlet shuts at 5 pm, when most of the patients are still waiting to see the doctor. The matter was recently brought to the notice of Health Minister J P Nadda, and orders have now been issued for the outlet to remain open till 8 pm.