Lucknow Metro still has miles to go
The only new offering in the state budget for 2013-14,which Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav presented this week,was the decision to go ahead with the Lucknow Metro project. However,no financial allocation was made on the pretext that the project will be executed on the PPP model. In any case,work is unlikely to start in the coming financial year. For,the government has decided to make major changes in the project profile,which was finalised during the previous BSP government,and extend it to more areas. That means the project now goes back to the drawing board. Also,the government will have to contend with the questions about financial viability because of which the Mayawati government had quietly shelved the project.
Youth who slapped teacher has SP link
A law student,a member of the extended family of Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav,allegedly slapped a woman teacher at Amity University. This was after the teacher had rejected his demand to increase his attendance although he had not attended classes long enough. The student,Abhinav Gupta,is the son of SP MLA Pramod Gupta; his mother Kalpana Gupta is a close relative of Mulayam Singhs second wife Sadhna Gupta. After the teachers complaint,the police were initially soft on Abhinav. It was only after the teacher complained to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that Abhinav was arrested,only to be bailed out the same day.
BJP too keeps it All in the family
The BJP often accuses the Congress and the Samajwadi Party of promoting nepotism. But the new team of office-bearers,which state president Laxmikant Bajpai constituted recently,has sons and daughters of quiet a few senior leaders. National president Rajnath Singhs son Pankaj Singh is general secretary while Lucknow MP Lalji Tandons son Gopal Tandon is vice-president. Rajvir Singh,son of former chief minister Kalyan Singh who returned to the BJP for the second time last month,is also a vice-president. Neelima Katiyar,daughter of former MLA Premlata Katiyar,has been made secretary. The official explanation is that each of them had his or her own individual identity and fully deserved the position.
Officers cope with unending reshuffle
In a series of moves over a month,the government has transferred hundreds of officers,including district magistrates and district police chiefs. Reports suggest more transfers are in the pipeline. Usually,the transfer season coincides with the end of the academic year in order to avoid inconvenience to the families of officials. The transfers now have been ordered apparently because officers recently promoted to IAS and IPS from state services had to be give suitable postings. The large-scale mid-session transfers have not gone down well with officials,for these upset their personal lives. Officials say that after taking over in March 2012,the government had shuffled the entire official machinery like a pack of cards.