Delhi confidential: STAFF ON NOTICE

Delhi confidential: STAFF ON NOTICE

An upset minister has given a week’s time to brush up space. He would undertake an inspection again soon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have issued clear instructions to clean up government offices but, in the Health Ministry, the message does not seem to have sunk in yet. Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan found this a few days ago when he made an inspection of the ministry’s offices in Nirman Bhavan and found broken glass, tiles, dusty old files and rooms that are so unkempt that they are potential fire hazards. An upset minister has given a week’s time to brush up space. He would undertake an inspection again soon. Meanwhile, on Friday when he was to return from Dhaka, the corridor leading to his office on the third floor had been spruced up with fresh plants.

It seems to be a busy period for the higher education sector. While HRD Minister’s retreat with vice-chancellors of 39 central universities is currently on in Chandigarh and the IIT Council is set to meet on September 22, a big meeting has been called by the University Grants Commission in Delhi Monday. The UGC meet will see principals of 250 deemed/ private colleges deliberate on, among other things, regulatory issues.

The search for a successor to the Coal India chairman after Narsing Rao joined the Telangana government is still on. While names were floated for some time, the government is understood to have decided to set up a search committee independent of the Public Enterprise Selection Board that normally does the job. A strong contender at this stage is learnt to be Arup Roy Choudhury, the current CMD of NTPC.

The flood of ticket seekers have made the main office at the BJP headquarters inaccessible for many visitors. The office, where the office-bearers sit, used to be open to journalists but now only those who have special permission to meet any of the leaders can get in. According to the office staff, the entry into the office will be restricted till all the candidates for Haryana Assembly elections are announced. They fear the ticket seekers from Haryana — hundreds of them visit the BJP headquarters every day — would push themselves into the office rooms of every leader and there could be unruly scenes as a result. The restrictions have made the ticket seekers angry and they created a scene in front of the main entrance Friday. “The Hooda administration is better than this,” one of them was heard shouting.