Friday, October 16, 2009

new delhi grapevine snippets

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R Rajagopalan

Priyanka Gandhi administered a shock treatment
to 25 employees of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF)
with a termination notice. She is keen to bring
youngsters into the programmes of RGF by the
age group between 30-35.

Priyanka Gandhi is a Trustee of the Foundation
and spends three hours each day in RGF
situated opposite of Sashtri Bhavan in Delhi.

Such surprise action was needed primarily
these employees spent with RGF more than
15 years, and who had crossed the age of 70 years.
Sonia Gandhi could not have done this sweeping

Sacked employees were in re-employed in 1993,
after their retirement from Government services.
Priyanka Gandhi is keen to review each of the
remaining 40 employees of the RGF.Bring new thrust
to the RGF
Possibility of imposing ban on the Sodium Nitrate a
chemical which is now being imported as Fertiliser.
Indian Chemical Council wrote to Union Commerce Ministry
on this issue. Strong plea is from the security agencies
including Intelligence Bureau that Sodium Nitrate is being
used for explosives and being misused by the Import lobby.
These chemicals finds way to militants and terrorists.
Commerce and Fertiliser Ministries are now too scared
and quickly moving the cabinet note to ban Sodium Nitrate
import as fertiliser category. Flurry of activities in Commerce
Ministry after a long dictum form North Block
Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has
full praise for the capacity of the Union Home Minister
P Chidambaram in handling the maoists issue without
a fanfare. Chidambaram visit to Raipur really gave a
moral booster to the personnel of para-military forces
Dr Raman Singh compliments Chidambaram and said
in two years the naxalism would be wiped out, if the same
tone and tenor continued by the Union Home Ministry.
Directions of the Prime Minister are quietly circumvented
by the Union Ministers. In his internal notings Prime Minister
said that Ministers should have Officers of Joint Secretary
"status and pay" as the Private Secretaries. Department of
Personnel rejected many requests from Union Ministers.
But without any pinch, the Union Ministers
have got appointed Private Secretaries
as Joint Secretaries in their respective Ministries.
These Joint Secretary status officers do
coordinate the personal staff and put up policy notes to
the Ministers.
Capital political circle is agog with the
speculation of inducing Jagan Mohan Reddy
son of Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy as Union Minister of State
with Independent Charge of Union Ministry of Shipping.
This arrangement is a part of the 'formula' being worked out.
to retain K Rosaiah as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Indications in New Delhi is that GK Vasan the present Union Minister
is being tipped off to get shifted to another portfolio.This
was clearly told to GK Vasan that Jagan Mohan Reddy has
to be "adjusted". And the portfolio will be so reorganised amongst
the Congress quota. Shipping is with Congress..

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