February 26, 2009 1:26:00 am
A week after the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministrys typographical error caused the Government to announce an IIM in Rajasthan instead of Chhattisgarh in the interim budget,the UPA Government,even as it admitted to the error on Wednesday,has decided to dole out an IIM for the Congress-ruled state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee stated the same in the Rajya Sabha,on Wednesday,in response to a debate on the interim budget and the members raising questions on the issue of setting up an IIM in Rajasthan.
I announced that four IIMs in Haryana,Rajasthan,Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu would start operation from this academic session but I clarify that it was a typographical error by the HRD ministry. In 2009-10,IIMs will start in Haryana,Chhattisgarh,Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu. Rajasthans name was not there,so I am correcting the mistake in Parliament. In addition to that,Rajasthan will also be included for an IIM, the minister said.
The Indian Express had first reported how an IIM had been promised for the Congress-ruled state of Rajasthan instead of Chhattisgarh in the interim budget,owing to a typographical error by the HRD Ministry. The initial plan was to correct the mistake. But Congress MPs from Rajasthan took up the issue with the Government and insisted that the promise made in the budget speech be kept. The UPA decided it would not hurt to add one more IIM to the list of six IIMs proposed under the 11th plan period.
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