UP IN DIDIS SIGHTs
Even before it sits down to draw up its list of candidates from Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls,Mamata Banerjee has decided her candidate on at least one Lok Sabha seat in faraway UP. Her partys only MLA from Uttar Pradeshs Manth constituency Shyam Sunder Sharma will be the TMC candidate from Mathura. Sharma is learnt to have assured the party of victory and the party has no reason to not believe him. In fact,encouraged by the TMCs good fortunes in recent panchayat polls in Bengal,Mamata has decided to field candidates in Kerala as well. TMC second in command,Mukul Roy,inaugurated the partys state headquarters in Kochi last week.
VACANCIES AT MHA
Top slots in the MHA are falling vacant with the ministry set to lose two more top bureaucrats who are returning to their cadre ahead of the general election. Additional secretary from Tamil Nadu K Skandan has gone back to his cadre while K A Ganai,additional secretary,is also moving back to J&K cadre. Skandan,who was handling charges of Centre-states relations and J&K was instrumental during the creation of Telangana while Ganai was handling foreigners,police modernisation,UT division in the ministry. The MHA,however,appears to be in no hurry to fill the slots. It is still to pick candidates for these two posts even as another post of special secretary (internal secretary) is lying vacant for the past three months.
MISSING THE ACTION
Bureaucrats it seems are loathe to miss their vacations no matter what else they might miss. Principal DG PIB Neelam Kapoor missed the launch of the DAVP calendar which the whos who of the I&B Ministry attended Tuesday. Sources say she will just make it for the Prime Ministers press conference,joining office a day before. While the 2014 DAVP calendar itself celebrates the successes of the UPA government,it skips all mention of major missions like NRHM,the newly launched urban health mission and even the monumental achievement of eradicating polio. I&B Minister Manish Tewari said health achievements could not be accommodated as there are only 12 months in a year.
NO CHAT SESSION
Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth has found a new way to keep tabs on ministries. He invites secretaries for what he calls an informal chat,usually on Fridays. But,the chat session as Seths fellow bureaucrats have discovered is mostly a grilling session that ends up going into minute details on issues and specific projects. The word out in the bureaucracy is to no longer treat this as chat sessions but take it as formal meetings and go fully prepared on every aspect.
THE GEN NEXT
Devi Lal may have been thrilled being proclaimed as the universal Tau by his followers. No such desi title for the new generation of his clan. Digvijay Chautala,son of Ajay Chautala,for instance,has opted for the more modern suffix of Youth Icon. And to give a cue to his admirers,he has added Youth Icon to his name on his Facebook. Anyone taking the hint?