For the first time,the Canadian Consulate based in Mumbai celebrated Canada Day in Gujarat on June 24,by hosting a dinner in an Ahmedabad hotel,which also coincided with the first visit to Gujarat,of the newly appointed consul general Richard Bale. The event usually celebrated in Mumbai,obviously indicated the importance Canada is giving to Gujarat,given the 200 strong delegation it sent to Vibrant Gujarat lead by the third most important minister in prime minister Stephen Harpers government. Sources say there can be no ruling out of a possibility of chief minister Narendra Modi getting an invitation to visit Canada soon,since this American neighbour has deep business interests in Gujarat. However,most officials of the Canadian consulate stayed away from the dinner,barring the consul general and the trade office,head here. The reason: the foreign service officials are on strike since last several months demanding equity of pay with their counterparts working at the headquarter back home. So they have stopped working beyond the stipulated seven and a half hours,to express solidarity.
Not with you,mate
Congress MP from Surendranagar Soma Patel turned down a last-minute invite to attend meeting of political leaders from Koli community convened by his Rajkot counterpart,also from the Congress,Kunvarji Bavalia on Sunday. I was busy with a meeting of Parliamentary standing committee on petroleum and was told about the meeting just a day ahead. They should have informed me in advance, Patel,a strong Koli leader said. However,sources said Patel does not support Bavalias move to build pressure on party leaders to secure a ministerial berth in Union cabinet or a plum post in the party organisation. Bavaliya has been dropping hints of quitting the party if Saurashtra did not get enough representation in the UPA.
who is leader of opposition?
Who is the leader of Opposition in Gujarat Legislative Assembly? According to Information Department records still it is Arjun Modhwadia. When the Information Department has gone very hi-tech,given the hyper active portal with regular news updates,it has not updated this five year old detail. Modhwadia was Congress Legislative Party leader but only till 2007. Then it was Shaktisinh Gohil and now it is Shankersinh Vaghela. But Gujarat,a monthly magazine by the Gujarat Government,considered its mouthpiece,is still mailed to Modhwadia as CLP leader.
A hitch in IAS cadre expansion
The Gujarat government may have been happy with Centre for giving nod to expand IAS cadre base by 37,taking total number of officials to 297,but the officers themselves have not welcomed the move. Many senior officials opined that this way it will create a bottleneck as top is already crowded,resulting into many deserving candidates retiring without due promotion. Adding to their woes is the fact that Gujarat Administrative Service officers are being promoted as IAS. There have been 22 such promotions since last August. The shortage should be made up in a scientific way. Bringing few more and promoting others would only lead to chaos, said a top level official.