While India remains divided on the import of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s decision not to opt for a second term, many in the West, including newspapers, came out in support of Rajan and his policies. One voice in particular came out like a bolt from the blue. “India must be the wealthiest country on earth to let Raghuram Rajan @RBIGov stand down @FT,” said Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn’s on Twitter after the news came out.
Leading By Example
While some BJP MPs are hesitant to pick a second village for the Adarsh Gram Yojana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already adopted Nagepur village, not far from Jayapur, the first village he had adopted. Party leaders said some projects started there two months ago, while an adarsh anganwadi will be launched soon. There are plans for a toilet in each household, too. The BJP leadership hopes party MPs will follow the PM’s example.
A Familiar Scheme
HRD Minister Smriti Irani last week launched the Vidyanjali scheme to improve the quality of education through community participation. Ministry sources said the idea to launch the scheme had been forwarded by the PMO. But the scheme is not new. A similar programme, Vidyadan, was started by Indore Collector Sanjay Dubey last year and is being implemented in eight districts now. Another such scheme, also named Vidyadan, was launched in 2010 in Kanpur by the then Collector Mukesh Meshram. That scheme prompted several people to come and teach voluntarily in government schools.
Recently, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot rubbed off several disability rights activists the wrong way in his haste to implement the PM’s directive to officially change the nomenclature ‘viklang’ to ‘divyang’. On Tuesday, one such activist tweeted a newspaper clipping about a polio-afflicted student from Kota. The youth, who has just cracked the IIT entrance exam, has been getting around thanks to his younger brother, who carries him on his back everywhere. Taking a dig at the minister, the activist wanted to know if his ministry’s failure to provide a wheelchair for the student under one of its many schemes is because it considers the boy to be ‘divine’. Gehlot not only ‘liked’ the post but also replied that all details on the student as well as a ‘divyang certificate’ should be emailed to him immediately.
Problem of Plenty
While the government is in a hurry to mend things in the Medical Council of India, the Health Ministry has found itself caught between two committees on the road to the MCI revamp. The first is the oversight committee under former Chief Justice R M Lodha appointed by the Supreme Court on MCI functioning, while the second is the Arvind Panagariya Committee appointed by the Niti Aayog on medical education reforms. The ministry had in November last year prepared a draft of the amended Indian Medical Council Act, and was supposed to table it during the Monsoon Session. But officials said that looks difficult now.