Racing against time, top babus in the MHA are busy finalising the annual action plan for the coming year. Each division in the Home Ministry has been given a deadline to finish their plan and with elections round the corner, the plan needs to be approved and presented to the Home Minister for approval. The annual plan contains details of the work to be performed by various departments of the MHA and the budget required for the same. Being one of the nodal ministries dealing with issues of internal security and international cooperation, a detail consultation is also carried out with other ministries.
The BJP manifesto, set to be unveiled Monday, had to be put on hold not just due to logistical issues but also because the party wanted to present a united front at its release to put a lid on reports of dissension among senior leaders. The manifesto release — planned between April 1-5 — was put off because manifesto committee convenor was to travel to Kanpur to file nomination on April 4, party president Rajnath Singh was to go to Lucknow on April 5 and L K Advani was to file nomination on April 6. With party PM candidate having accompanied Advani to Gandhinagar, it is now very likely that the latter will share the stage at the manifesto release.
The Navy finally seems to be getting its act together as far as public communication is concerned that was at its lowest after the recent spate of accidents that led to the exit of Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi. While in the past, the effort was to keep the incidents under wraps with absolutely no public announcement of even the basic details of an accident, the Navy has now been sharing information at a fast pace to avoid mis-reporting. The case in example was Sunday’s ‘fire’ on an ocean going tug in Mumbai that hit television headlines, with some even reporting casualties. A prompt release was issued by the Navy, clarifying that it was in fact an incident of ‘smouldering and smoke’ with no damage to the boat.
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media adviser Pankaj Pachauri tweeted an article on Indian economy and “myths” about UPA rule, he would never have thought that the same would become a handle to be used by pro-BJP tweeples to pan the UPA leadership. For the article also said the Congress “faces a leadership crisis at a more basic level” and that “none of the principals — the Gandhis or Manmohan Singh — are masters at oratory or even communication”. But the sentence that has hit hard is the one that says that “the dynasty seems to be deeply disliked”. The lesson for Pachauri may be look before you leap, or, in this case, read before you tweet!