When former Chief Justice of India and current Kerala Governor P Sathasivam came to Delhi to attend the wedding reception of BJP chief Amit Shah, he also reached out to various government functionaries to explore the possibility of a Delhi posting — either as LG or NHRC chairperson. While there is lot of speculation that the government could bring in a new face as Delhi LG, the top post in NHRC will fall vacant in May when incumbent Justice K G Balakrishnan demits office. It remains to be seen if the powers-that-be will oblige the Kerala Governor.
IN BIHAR QUEUE
The Congress seems to be open to the idea of joining the government in Bihar once Nitish Kumar returns as the Chief Minister. The party has just five MLAs in Bihar and a couple of MLCs and the maximum the party can aspire for is a ministerial berth. While the issue has not come up for formal discussion, JD(U) leaders said Lalu Prasad’s RJD will have to first take a call on joining the cabinet. The Congress’s turn will come next. The Congress has five MLAs which include former speaker Sadanand Singh. He is the CLP leader. Moreover, its PCC chief Ashok Choudhary, who is an MLC, belongs to one of the Mahadalit communities that Nitish has been nurturing. With Nitish set to replace Jitan Ram Manjhi, a Mahadalit, many believe he will surely woo the Mahadalit communities in a damage-control exercise.
Having gone all out to sensitise babus about realising and harnessing the power of various forms of media, the I&B Ministry is now all set to get photographers working with various ministries and departments to get a hang of what professional photography is all about. The ministry is now planning to hold a day-long workshop — having sessions on art appreciation of still photography, equipment, lenses, post-production — for all government photographers. Several eminent personalities like Raghu Rai and Mike Pandey have been roped in to speak on a variety of topics. Government officials insisted that this exercise is meant to imbibe the best practices from the sector and shouldn’t be seen as an attempt to convey that government photographers are in any way less capable than those working in the private sector.
As part of her ongoing consultations to draft the new national education policy, HRD Minister Smriti Irani held a meeting with secretaries of different ministries at Vigyan Bhawan last week to seek their inputs. Ministries, including Skill Development, Women & Child Development and Agriculture, were represented in the discussions, which according to officials, is the first ever such widespread consultation in the drafting of an education policy. The relevant ministries discussed a range of issues from scholarships and the purpose they serve to how agricultural research needs to be developed and encouraged.
Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy Tuesday attended the book launch of AAP leader Ashutosh at the Delhi Book Fair. Roy said he is attending the launch because his relations with Ashutosh go back a long way and there is nothing political about it. The Delhi grapevine though is abuzz with speculation that Roy is reaching out to leaders of all political parties. He, however, denies it.