Just like a good host, Home Minister Rajnath Singh waited for his guests — Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, J&K finance minister Haseeb A Drabu and MoS (Personnel) Jitendra Singh — to reach before entering the room to address a press conference on flood relief for J&K. Singh outpaced the ministers while walking from his office to the conference room in North Block. Realising that he had reached a few seconds before his colleagues, he waited for them to reach before entering the room.
While it has launched a publicity blitz for Yoga Day, the government is still being extra cautious in light of the fact that it is also making two Guinness record attempts. Ernst and Young, the official auditor of the government for the record attempts, has been issued gag orders by the Ministry of AYUSH, it is learnt. A senior executive of the company said the ministry has not authorised it to issue any statements on Yoga Day.
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The government’s move to review the age-old policy of Railway officers keeping Group D employees as household helps has met with resistance from the bureaucracy. And the committee, which was formed to review the policy, is still far from accomplishing its task. On Tuesday, Member (Staff) of the Railway Board even said that the system of keeping such staffers, commonly known as Telephone Attendant and Dak Khalasi, is necessary because the Railways is a round-the-clock organisation where officers work odd hours.
Word Of Mouth
A senior officer in Doordarshan has become the centre of a buzz within the bureaucracy over name-dropping of a curious kind. The officer claims he and the wife of a senior PMO official studied in the same college at the same time. While initially it was seen as casual name-dropping, the official appears to have attracted attention ever since the PMO officer got wind of his claims.