IN THE past, the environment ministry and the water resources ministry have been found to take differing stands before the Supreme Court on building of dams on the Ganga river in Uttarakhand. It has caused embarrassment to the government, besides leading to policy confusion. The matter is due to be heard in the apex court in the next few days. The two ministries, as well as the power ministry, have to state their positions. But this time, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati is said to be personally in touch with her officials to ensure that her ministry’s submissions are not out of sync with others.
THE HRD ministry was said to be unsure about accepting the resignation of Pondicherry University Vice-Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy, who has been accused of plagiarism and faking her degree. But it has now realised that it cannot accept it even if it wanted to. Krishnamurthy, who was probed by UGC and issued a showcause notice, sent her resignation to the President’s office last week. The President forwarded it to the HRD ministry for action. The ministry has now noticed that the resignation letter has been addressed to the HRD minister and not the President, who is the appointing authority. The ministry is learnt to be writing to Krishnamurthy to get this corrected.
TOP CONGRESS leaders, including Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and many general secretaries, were caught in a long huddle on Tuesday. While BJP and some other parties are anxiously awaiting the assembly poll results, the Congress has other issues to resolve. It is learnt that at the meeting, senior party leaders were finalising the programmes for May 21 — Rajiv Gandhi’s 25th death anniversary. The party apparently wants to do much more than just organising morning prayer meetings in different cities. In Delhi, the Youth Congress has decided to hold a day-long programme that will include special prayers at 10 pm — around the hour when the former Prime Minister was killed in a suicide attack in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, in 1991.
Lost In Translation
IN ITS effort to ascertain the amount of black money floating in various sectors of the corporate world, the Enforcement Directorate has sent queries to states, asking for data on various industries. As the real estate sector is regarded as the main route for black money circulation, the states have been asked about circle rates in various cities and towns. The Karnataka land revenue department sent its answer last week — in Kannada, and running into several pages. The ED is now saddled with the additional task of getting these documents translated.