A DAY after the Supreme Court rapped the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry and goaded the Solicitor General to name the minister “sitting over the files” on welfare of the disabled, those close to Thaawarchand Gehlot, the minister in question, were quick to point out how the this government has initiated several steps to “facilitate” the disabled. Sources close to the minister were quick to point out that one such initiative is visible in the new notes of Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 that have tiny lines embossed along the corners to make it Braille-compliant: four lines on Rs 100 notes, five on Rs 500 notes and seven lines on Rs 2,000 notes.
Raj Kishore Singh, who was sacked by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from his Cabinet recently, could join the Congress soon. Singh is considered close to SP leader Shivpal Yadav and has considerable influence in Basti district. Sources said he has been in talks with the Congress for some time and wants to join the party. But the question is will Singh’s entry into the Congress upset the equations between the SP and Congress at a time when they are jointly fighting the government in Parliament. This could be the reason for the Congress to hold back the announcement of his entry.
Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav’s daughter’s wedding reception in the capital on Thursday was an indication of how careful Narendra Modi’s ministers are in spending money post-demonetisation. Although it didn’t appear to have affected the number of guests for the reception, it had certainly hit the arrangements. There was no loud music or loud decorations. The star of the show was the Prime Minister who was received by slogans and photo flashes from mobile phones.