September 29, 2014 3:31:43 am
Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda has invited all his Cabinet colleagues to railway stations of their choice to participate in a voluntary cleaning drive on October 2 as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. His own choice of station is an information being kept under wraps. Gowda, who will be in Delhi on that day, fears that if his choice of station is known in advance, Railway officials might clean the station themselves leaving little room for him to contribute. Meanwhile, about 20 stations in and around Delhi are said to be on alert, expecting that the minister might drop by any one of them on Gandhi Jayanti.
TO ensure that everything goes smoothly during the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana on October 11, the Rural Development Ministry seems to have made elaborate arrangements, giving out detailed instructions to states. The ministry has written to Rural Development secretaries of all states asking them to attend the event, while bringing along a “team”. The team is supposed to comprise at least three District Collectors (preferably of IAP districts) and 10 Sarpanch/PRI representatives (preferably state or national level awardees). States have also been asked to nominate one nodal officer for overall coordination. To make sure all goes as per plan, the ministry is holding a video conference on October 1 with state nodal officers to take stock of the arrangements.
KEEPING pace with the tech savvy Prime Minister, the Finance Ministry has now allowed government officials to purchase tablets, notepads, ultra-books and netbooks to carry out official work. Till now, only government officials above the rank of deputy secretary were permitted to purchase laptops. A sum of Rs 70,000 for buying each such device has also been allowed.
FORMER Union minister Jairam Ramesh is perhaps the only Congress leader who is making the best use of the “not-so-busy” political schedule for party leaders. He is using the time to hone skills as an academician, currently teaching a course as a Fisher Fellow at Harvard on Climate Change policy. Not many can claim first hand experience that he has on this subject, having led India’s negotiating team at the climate conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. He is being hosted by Yale School of Environment and Forestry as well and also has been invited by Georgetown to deliver a talk on climate policy.
AS the Supreme Court lawyers bid adieu to Chief Justice R M Lodha on his last working day last week, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi requested him to consider playing a “second inning” after a short break. When Justice Lodha’s turn came, he reminded the Attorney General that “second inning” is played only in test cricket but the demand of the day is 20-20 cricket. “Players don’t want to play beyond 20 overs. They want to be free and I would also want to be free,” he said.
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