February 9, 2009 2:22:38 am
In the heart of UP,a little Egypt
Chief Minister Mayawati has her own style of carrying out inaugurations and laying foundations. She does not visit any project site. Instead,a whole lot of commemorative stones are stacked up at her residence she arrives,unveils them and makes a speech. Later,these stones are taken to the places for which they are meant. Lately,included in these mass inauguration-cum-foundation layings are small projects like renovation of roundabouts,installation of fountains,putting up of high-mast lights. This way,the day is not far when Lucknow will have more of her commemorative stones than those of any other chief minister. Among the projects included in one such ceremony held at Mayawatis residence last week was Kanha Upwan,a park for stray animals coming up near Amausi industrial area. The park will have separate sections for cows,dogs,monkeys and other animals,plus a veterinary hospital. It was Mayor Dinesh Sharmas idea and the LMC had approved it in 2007. Now,Mayawati has hijacked it.
Behenji gets a Bhai Saheb
Everyone knows the Behanji of the BSP. Now,there is a Bhai Saheb too. Last week,at the meeting of the Brahmin Bhaichara Samiti of the BSP,speakers referred to the partys Brahmin face Satish Chandra Mishra as Bhai Saheb. At the meeting,Behanji arrived with Bhai Saheb and said: I was busy in the preparation of the budget that is to be presented in the Assembly,but Satish Chandra Mishra requested me to address you. That speaks for Bhai Sahebs clout.
Call ambulance,get a headache
During a recent visit to Uttarakhand,a private ambulance service caught the attention of Health Minister Anant Kumar Mishra. He found it impressive and told Chief Minister Mayawati about it. Officials were asked to get in touch with the company running the service. When the company representatives landed in Lucknow last week,the officials were taken aback. For,the service is being run by Satyam and PriceWaterhouse Cooper. Obviously,it has become a hot potato.
IPS,IAS cannot see eye to eye
The governments decision to post officers of the DIG rank as SSPs in 9 districts and officers of the IG rank as range DIGs has reignited old rivalries between IAS and IPS. Under the new arrangement,DIG-rank officers will report to district magistrates. Earlier,the range DIGs interacted with the divisional commissioners. The jurisdiction of a zonal IG included at least two divisions. But now,as range DIGs,they will have a lower status. The IPS officers who are out of favour with the regime are likely to take up with the Election Commission the issue of how these anomalies can affect co-ordination between civil and police administration as soon as the dates for the Lok Sabha polls are announced.
Last week,the Satwant Kaur Memorial Badminton Championships became the first event to be held in the new hall of the Babu Banarsi Das Gupta Badminton Academy near Lohia Park. The UP Badminton Association (UPBA) now does not have to worry about finding a venue before organising an event. Until now,it was dependent on the mercy of the government. It hasnt been able to organise the Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament ever since the government refused to spare the badminton hall of the K D Singh Babu Stadium in 2005. The government,then headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav,was angry over the sports associations opposition to the Sports Act 2005 which it had brought to clip their wings. The Mayawati government dropped the controversial act. Still,the tournament could not be held last year because several foreign players raised security concerns after the terror attack in Mumbai. Honorary secretary of UPBA,Dr Vijai Sinha said the event will be organised in December in a big way.
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