Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, known to be passionate about blood donation, was caught unawares by such a camp organised by his own ministry at Nirman Bhawan on Friday. He saw donors lined up on his way to office and after Naco officials explained the initiative, he took time out to speak to them too. Incidentally, the minister was supposed to inaugurate the camp but his office had cancelled it at the last minute. It seems the minister was never informed.
The PMO’s order to ministers to not appoint officers who had served on the ministerial staff in the previous UPA government has led to anxiety among the junior staff like peons and guards. As per the order, any officer/official/private person, who has worked earlier in the personal staff of a minister in any capacity for any duration, can’t be appointed in the personal staff of minister in the present government. While it doesn’t specify the junior level staff, the blanket order has left the junior staff across all ministries confused and worried as all of them had served the previous UPA regime. They are not sure whether the PMO’s directive applies to them or not.
Exercise in futility
In a move aimed at ensuring people’s participation in decision-making, the Railway Ministry has sought suggestions from general public regarding the forthcoming Rail Budget. Rail Bhavan is publicising an email ID where these suggestions can be sent. But with fare hikes having emerged as the most important component of Rail budgets over the years, and the NDA government already deciding to hike both passenger and freight rates days before the Rail Budget without taking any public feedback, many are wondering whether this move of seeing public suggestions will have any meaning at all.
CBI officers these days are busy looking for the photographs of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The move comes after the visit of MoS (PMO) Jitendra Singh last week who was invited as a guest at the agency headquarters. Singh was shown a presentation on the working of the CBI and later given a tour of the building during which he was appalled to find no photographs of the former PM in the photo gallery which was full of those of Congress PMs. This set the CBI top brass on the search for a photograph of Vajpayee which they plan to put before the next visit of their minister.
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