Friday, March 11, 2011


March 9, 2011



R Rajagopalan

President Prathibha Patil has convened three days Governors Conference 
from 10th onwards. She wants women empowerment issue to be discussed.
Also President wants to highlight the success story of  NAREGA. For the first
time President wanted Prime Minster Office to present a power point presentation
to Governors about the Right to Information and Right to Education Acts.
UPA2 may come for a criticism in her opening remarks to the Governors
Conference, as she stepped in the last leg of her tenure in  President Estates
"How many MPs take serious part in Question Hour, and parliamentary works"
A Study by Rajya Sabha Secretariat of four sessions in 2010 explains that
many MPs do not even attend the Session. If this analysis is made public
according to a senior Official, the faith in Democracy would get shattered.
However, Chairman Rajya Sabha plans to write to leaders of Political Parties
asking them to issue whips to the MPs to attend the house atleast three days
a week. Chairman Hamid Ansari who shifted the question hour from morning
to afternoon is also drawing flak from treasury benches as well as Opposition.
MPs come to House at eleven and leave at noon. For one hour should they 
receive honororium- a lump sum?
Manoj Yadav is now Staff Officer to Director Intelligence Bureau, who will manage
the top secret files and responsible to run the DIB staff. Manoj Yadav a Meerut
born Haryana cadre IPS of 1988 seniority. Manoj Yadav succeeds Harmeet Singh
who served three Directors of IB as Staff Officer. Harmeet is affectionately called
as "Hardy" is too jovial and quick to gather intelligence. Hardy has now been
appointed as Deputy Director in Delhi unit of IB.
In yet another example of the lack of governance in the Kiran Kumar regime,
it turns out that it was the sheer lack of coordination between the chief minister 
and chief secretary S V Prasad that resulted in all state government employees 
including Kiran himself not getting their February salaries. Since the Chief Miniser has
not been taking the advice of the Chief Secretary on several issues, the latter did not 
think it fit to discuss the emergency situation arising out of the non-cooper
ation movement and the need to take steps to disburse the salaries. 
And since the Chief Secretaru did not advise the Chief Minister on the issue, the latter 
also did not take the matter seriously, until all hell broke loose. 
Babus are of the view that Kiran needs to take a crash course in how 
do deal with his officers, especially the head of the bureaucracy with 
whom close coordination is vital for the functioning of the government. 

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