Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s name is set to be included in the list of names that cannot be used for the purpose of trade, business or patent without the Centre’s permission. The Department of Consumer Affairs, the nodal department for implementation of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, is working on this and a decision is likely to be be taken soon. Once approved, Netaji’s name and pictorial representation will be included in a list that already has Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Prime Minister.
The slow pace of movement of files in the Health Ministry has prompted Health Secretary C K Mishra to issue a circular on the need to streamline the process and delegate decision-making at various levels to ensure files are not processed through circuitous routes. Mishra has asked all departments to submit a pro forma on the list of pending files, the number of levels they will have to cross before a final decision is made, and how the work may be delegated. The exercise is to be completed in the next few days.
Food For Thought
The party may not have many MPs or MLAs from the state, but the Kerala BJP unit wants the upcoming National Council meeting to be a memorable experience for all party leaders and workers. In the September 23-25 meet, dedicated to its ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay, the state unit has sent a proposal to organise an Onam Sadya (a traditional vegetarian feast) for party leaders and workers who have been with the BJP since the Jana Sangh days. The central leadership has approved the suggestion. But state leaders say the Uri terror attack has cast a shadow over the programme and they are awaiting a final nod before beginning preparations for a feast for almost 5,000 people.