August 21, 2014 1:04:28 am
There is considerable excitement in the government circles over the fact that Mygov — a platform for citizen engagement started by the Centre — has already received more than four lakh suggestions on topics ranging from Clean Ganga and Girl Child Education to Skilled India and Digital India.
Today, Union Law and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad couldn’t stop patting himself on the back for the fact that “for the first time ever” a Prime Minister sent out over 35 lakh e-greetings to people on Independence Day this year.
MUM’S THE WORD
While the Congress was prompt in complaining against the “BJP-engineered” heckling of its Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at a Kaithal rally addressed by the Prime Minister, it has chosen to keep silent about the absence of Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan from the Central Hall function commemorating the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.
The reason? Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the party’s floor leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge were missing too.
ON FAST TRACK
After PM Narendra Modi sought the introduction of Aadhaar-based biometric attendance systems in all Central government offices last month, ministries already seem to have started working towards it. The Rural Development Ministry saw hectic activity on Wednesday with an Aadhaar enrollment camp being set up to ensure all its employees who are not under Aadhaar’s ambit are enrolled.
Officials say while most employees already have Aadhaar numbers, a few left out will be issued the 12-digit number soon to facilitate the introduction of the new system. This system of attendance already exists on a pilot basis in the Planning Commission and the UIDAI
Among the personal secretaries who had to stop working following the restrictions on appointment of those who had worked with UPA ministers was Badruddin Khan who worked with Najma Heptulla. Khan is no longer the PS but he remains in the Minority Affairs Ministry as the executive director of the National Wakf Development Corporation.
He has a room on the first floor instead of 11th. Heptulla, who is yet to appoint a PS, is making do with an OSD.
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