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V S Achuthanandan’s wish list seems to be out in the open. Not given the top position in the state government, VS was photographed reading a chit during Pinarayi Vijayan’s swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. The chit listed three things: advisor to the government with Cabinet rank, chairman of LDF, and inclusion in state secretariat. The Malayala Manorama splashed the photograph on its front page. The impression was that CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who was sitting next to VS in the front row, handed him the chit. It now turns out that it was the other way round. Yechury said VS handed him the chit. Apparently, the chit was given to VS by one of his personal staff. After reading it, VS gave it to Yechury. Yechury said the CPM Politburo, which is meeting over the weekend, will take a call on the post to be given to VS.
After A brief period when he was out of public view due to illness, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was seen having a meal with Congress Lok Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia at an upmarket eatery in Delhi’s Khan Market Thursday afternoon. Besides the food, politics was also on the menu, with Rahul doing most of the talking.
Dos & Don’ts
A 2011 circular of the DoPT is currently doing the rounds of various ministries, after having been recirculated last week. The circular contains guidelines on how officials should behave and interact with MPs or MLAs. Apart from instructions that officers must always “show courtesy” to MPs and MLAs, listen to them “patiently”, “rise” to receive them or see them off, and be “meticulously correct” before them, it also tells officers how to respond to communication from the elected representatives. Since the guidelines are not new, the officers are now eager to know which MP or MLA’s displeasure has prompted the recirculation of the circular.
With 40 undersecretaries headed to AIIMS on examination duty and joint secretaries headed for a meeting at a hotel in central Delhi, there was an acute shortage of cars at Nirman Bhawan Thursday. Senior officials who had to attend meetings outside the ministry ended up requesting each other for cars, even asking offices where they were headed to send cars for them. Some finally ended up taking the Metro.