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May 22, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Studies On Cabinet

The studies have been undertaken by L K Jha, chairman of the Economic Administration Reforms Commission, G Parthasarthy former chairman of the policy planning cell, and the cabinet secretariat.

By: Editorial |
Updated: May 22, 2021 8:48:16 am
Forty Years Ago, February 3, 1981: LIC workers’ strikeThis was the front page of the Indian Express, forty years ago.

Three high-level studies are being simultaneously conducted on the reorganisation of central ministries. The studies have been undertaken by L K Jha, chairman of the Economic Administration Reforms Commission, G Parthasarthy former chairman of the policy planning cell, and the cabinet secretariat. The studies will determine which department is to be governed by which ministry. The aim of the studies is to reduce overlapping of functions, improve coordination and speed up decision making. The timing of the studies is important considering Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is thinking of reshuffling the Cabinet in the next three weeks. The long budget session is now over and a number of ministers are holding more than one portfolio.

Mitterand Sworn In

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Bangla Minister

The Indian government has announced that it has invited the Bangladesh foreign minister Shamsul Haq to visit India for talks in July. Sources say that the invitation was extended much before the dispute over the New Moore Island developed into a crisis. The visit might be the first sign of a thaw.

Bonfire Of Films

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