Health Minister J P Nadda Tuesday went on a surprise visit to RML Hospital where he was ‘surprised’ to find that patients were housed inside the medicine ward even as repair work was going on. Cooks and workers in the kitchen had no gloves. The minister has told the hospital administration that such compromises on basic hygiene would not be tolerated.
Ten days after an order from a bench, the Supreme Court Registry has uploaded the in-house procedure to handle complaints against judges of high courts and Supreme Court on its website. The website now carries a link to the procedure evolved by the Supreme Court in 1999, as per the Vishaka guidelines on combating sexual harassment at the workplace. A bench led by Justice J S Khehar had directed that the procedure be made public. The order was passed while directing for a fresh inquiry against a sitting Madhya Pradesh High Court judge over sexual harassment allegations by a former woman judge.
The Prime Minister’s Office has stepped in to ensure three “wild card” entries to the Republic Day parade. A tableau on ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign by the Women and Child Development Ministry, one on Jan Dhan Yojana by the Finance Ministry and another on Make In India initiative by the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises have been included in the final line-up after the Prime Minister himself is reported to have intervened for their inclusion. The final looks of the three tableaux was finalised only in early December.
His presence was supposed to boost the morale of the party workers ahead of the Assembly elections in Delhi, but BJP president Amit Shah seemed hardly interested. “I didn’t want to come. Ramlalji (organising general secretary of BJP Ramlal) ne mera kaan pakad kar mujhe bulaya (Ramlalji pulled me by my ears to this venue),” Shah said as he began his speech after arriving two hours late for the Delhi state executive meeting. He repeatedly said that the BJP will win hands down in Delhi, and ended his 19-minute speech with “Mera toh mood hi nahi tha aane ka (I was in no mood to come here)”. Later, party workers tried to cover up his cavalier attitude by saying that Shah was probably stressed out by the J&K elections.
ROLLBACK IN OFFING?
The change is yet to take effect fully, and the Congress is already itching to revert to the old system. At a session in 2010, the Congress had decided to give extended tenure to all its office-bearers, from the existing three years to five years. Those who got the positions after that decision are yet to complete their tenure, and the Congress is learnt to be planning to go back to the old practice of three-year terms. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is said to be in favour of the idea. But those feeling unnerved by this talk have some reason for hope too. Rahul has not succeeded in bringing the old guard on many of the organisational reforms that he wanted to implement. For instance, he has not been able to persuade them to agree to mandatory elections to pick office-bearers at all levels. So, not many in the party believe that the latest plan will materialise.
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