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Who’s the boss?

The recent recovery and restoration of a tribal girl who was trafficked from West Bengal to Gurgaon seems to have opened a can of worms.

Written by Express News Service |
May 2, 2011 3:11:17 am

Who’s the boss?

The recent recovery and restoration of a tribal girl who was trafficked from West Bengal to Gurgaon seems to have opened a can of worms as far as the functioning of the Child Welfare Committee of the district is concerned. While administration officials maintained that the deputy commissioner is the chairperson of the CWC,according to laws furnished by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights,he should not even be in the panel of members. Instead,a known social worker who can devote maximum time,should be the chairperson. This has not gone down well with the officials,as they say that for every issue one needs to have the DC’s authorisation. With cases of child trafficking on the rise,the issue is here to stay for long time,it seems.

Special privilege

The AIIMS administration has been caught unawares after a routine inspection of the OPD ticket counters led to the startling discovery of a special counter exclusively serving “friends and relatives of AIIMS employees”. After the immediate closure of this window,employees’ union at the hospital have started agitating,demanding that it be reopened. While the AIIMS authorities say there has been no official order to set up such a counter for OPD services,representatives of the union say the service has been operational for time immemorial,and it is the natural right of employees to get such benefits while seeking treatment at the institute.

Bollywood calling

As the political class grapples with scandals popping up everywhere,it seems Bollywood has found a new theme for celluloid — scam. Exploring the threads of narrative,a prominent film director was recently in the Capital to grasp the nitty-gritty of a scam. The idea is to make the movie “totally realistic”,devoid of dhinchak numbers,and “make the public aware”. Even the names of prominent players are likely to be retained,with shooting at exact locations. But who will fund this such a film? Get one of the players to act,someone suggested.

Changing faces

The names heading major departments in the Delhi government are slowly changing,with a slew of transfers. Parimal Rai is being considered for the post of Power Secretary. The post has been vacant since the last power secretary,Rajender Kumar,was transferred. Former chief secretary Rakesh Mehta was handling the department as an additional charge.

On the back-burner

While Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit claimed that her government was more concerned with uplifting the common man than infrastructure this time around,administrative decisions suggest quite the opposite. The Social Welfare department has not had a steady secretary for the last couple of years. The previous Social Welfare secretary Manoj Parida was recently succeeded by Tapan Mandal,who resigned citing personal reasons. Now B V Selvaraj has been given Social Welfare as additional charge.

Building over the past

Some eyes have already been set on the former office of Suresh Kalmadi,former chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC),who was arrested by the CBI last Monday for alleged irregularities in Games contracts. The ninth floor of the New Delhi City Centre-II has been chosen as the new office for S Ramadorai,former CEO of Tata Consultancy Services and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s advisor for the National Skill Development Council. Six floors of the building have already been vacated by its previous tenants — the OC — and the remaining three floors will be vacated by July this year. The New Delhi Municipal Council,which owns the building,has already agreed upon having its parent ministry — Home Affairs — as the new occupants of the other floors.

Horns of a dilemma

Even though the admission season is on at government-run schools in the city,many principals complain of helplessness when it comes to maintaining the teacher-student ratio in classrooms. “There is a huge rush for admissions. We cannot deny admission to anyone and at times there are more than 70-80 students in a classroom,instead of the usual 40,” said a principal of a government school.” Students have to be taught in the corridors when there is no space inside classrooms,he added. “We are helpless. We cannot give admission to everybody,and we cannot deny admission to anybody. We are in trouble.”

No more top priority

With the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) and the Delhi Metro in disagreement,inspection of the two remaining stations on the Airport Metro Express Line — Dhaula Kuan and Aerocity — has been stuck for the past two weeks. While initially the CMRS maintained that all documents were not submitted,he later made a turnaround,saying he had other inspections lined up and would schedule a visit to the line when done with pending commitments. So far the CMRS has treated all Metro inspections as priority business,especially before the Commonwealth Games,when he conducted inspections within a day of papers being submitted. While one is not sure what upset the CMRS,the delay has pushed the Airport Line’s deadline by well over a month.

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