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Not to be left behind

Some bureaucrats of Haryana are certainly high on enthusiasm.

Some bureaucrats of Haryana are certainly high on enthusiasm. At a function organised at the Press Club to mark National Press Day,Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was speaking about the facilities and perks given to mediapersons by the state government. K K Khandelwal,Additional Principal Secretary to CM,probably felt that Hooda was not listing everything done by Haryana. So,Khandelwal rose from his place in the front row and promptly informed the chief minister about other facilities and perks. “More loyal than the king” syndrome,as they say.

Punjab’s PR ‘gems’

The over enthusiasm of the Haryana public relations department seems to have rubbed off on Punjab as well. Last week,Punjab director of public relations announced that the son of Gaganjit Brar — OSD to the deputy chief minister — has got the prestigious Singapore Airlines scholarship for higher studies. Well,thousands of youngsters in Punjab excel every year,but the government’s public relations machinery stays busy in dishing out only the “gems” from the worthies that be. Such enthusiasm could also be shown for those who remain unsung too.

A must wedding

It is going to be an extended weekend for the Haryana government,since the wedding of the daughter of one of the most closest aides of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is scheduled to be held on November 21 — Monday. The wedding,which is to be held at Faridabad,has most of the senior bureaucrats and police officers on its guest list. Since the wedding is being held on the first working day of the week,many bureaucrats and senior IPS officers — who cannot afford to miss being present at the venue — are likely to stay away from their offices. In fact,a officer quipped: “Who can afford to miss such a wedding? More than a function,it is an official duty for most of us,who just need to be there. Who knows what our absence will cost us?”

Facebook problems

The Facebook account of Harcharn Bains,media adviser to the Punjab chief minister,has been disabled after he wrote on the “wall” in June: “I also know that everyone overseas who was supporting Khalistan is now supporting their hero (Manpreet Badal). And funds will be a-flush when he visits there.” He found himself in a fierce spat with some leading doctors,engineers and young entrepreneurs living in the US,Canada,UK and Australia,as some 1,000 NRIs had inundated his wall with comments saying he was “politically illiterate,plain wrong or perpetuating myths put out about the Punjabis settled outside India”.

Photo-op

Another politician from the state now active on Facebook,Amardeep Singh Cheema,had recently posted his pictures with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the site,besides other photos of him meeting people and addressing rallies. Congress MLA Jassi Khangura wrote on his wall : “Sadly,in India there are too many career politicians,often starting from their teens. In mature democracies,people have a career and then move into politics. We need to consider term limits and logical progression. Maybe legislators should be denied 2 consecutive elections. Maybe one should be a sarpanch or a councillor before one can become an MLA,an MLA before becoming a MP,a state minister before becoming the chief minister,etc… No one wishes to restrict talent but we need more politicians for whom politics is not the be all and end all of their life. Live a life,have a career and then consider politics.’’