Metro man E Sreedharan may be back as an adviser in the Railway Ministry. It is learnt that the much feted officer, who is credited with the construction of the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro, has been generous in giving advice informally to the new railway administration. The idea to get Sreedharan formally on board is also being explored.
UNION Health Secretary Lov Verma has a penchant for introducing celluloid references in the most mundane and complicated medical issues. On Wednesday, while talking about the research on rotavirus vaccine, he quoted the Spiderman line of “with great power comes great responsibilities” much to the amusement of his audience. Some time back, at a blood donation event, he had spoken about the first scene of the hit Manmohan Desai movie Amar Akbar Anthony whose titles are played out in the backdrop of the three protagonists donating blood to save their mother.
IT seems to be happening all too often with the Congress. Its candidate for the Antagarh Assembly bypoll in Chhattisgarh, Mantu Ram Panwar, pulled himself out of the fray just hours before the last date of withdrawal ended, leaving the party without a candidate. The withdrawal has resulted in a direct contest between the ruling BJP and a relatively unknown Ambedkarite Party of India. Caught on the wrong foot, the Congress is now thinking of exhorting its supporters to vote for NOTA (None of the Above) or the Ambedkarite Party of India. The party had faced a similar situation in the last Lok Sabha polls as well when its official candidate in Noida had crossed over to the BJP after the date of withdrawal.
ALL HANDS ON BOARD
The government seems to be going all out to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently launched Jan Dhan Yojana — the first big ticket social welfare scheme of his government — and ensure its effective implementation by mobilising its resources. The Rural Development Ministry has asked states to undertake an “immediate drive” to open PMJDY accounts for all active job seekers under MGNREGA who do not already have a bank account. Under MGNREGA, it is mandatory to make wage payments to workers through bank or post office accounts.