Medical teachers get their way
Teachers of Gujarats medical colleges went on a strike for 13 days,calling it off after an assurance that they would get what they wanted. Even junior doctors had jumped onto the bandwagon demanding pay parity,according to UGC scales,with teachers of faculties such as arts and commerce. Ministers had kept out of a confrontation,leaving principal secretary (health) Rajesh Kishore to face the protesters. Eventually,the government promised to raise medical teachers pay as demanded.
No more paper
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has moved a step closer to a paperless office at its headquarters,which handles a budget of Rs 4,500 crore. In a move aimed at saving trees,it has decided that from the current week it would not hand out printed copies of meeting agendas of its various committees and sub-committees to its members,officials and the media. The number of pages printed in a month is about 20,000,which works out to 2.40 lakh pages a year,and there also are printing costs. The AMC team has taken to email,hoping to save lakhs on stationery and hand delivery.
For love and money
The hour of reckoning has arrived for the BJP,and leaders can now make an assessment of how far the people are willing to go to keep their party afloat. Friday is the final date for collections from party members and the general public. The voluntary donation scheme,devised by chief minister Narendra Modi,is aimed showing that the party can collect heavily from its dedicated supporters rather than depend on high corporate donations. But with people already struggling with heavy taxes and high costs,party insiders feel the scheme might not work.