Govt versus RTI activists
The government wants to know how much it spends on providing information to citizens under the Right To Information Act and type of people who seek most this information.
The government has decided to conduct a pan-India study to evaluate efficacy of the citizen-friendly RTI and experience of public authorities in implementing the watershed law.
This comes after PM Manmohan Singh and other senior ministries had talked about imposing reasonable restrictions on seeking information to prevent its misuse.
I&B goof-ups and practical problems
After the recent goof up where PM Manmohan Singh's unedited speech on the Delhi gangrape incident went on air, a top level meeting was called in the I&B ministry.
There was intense discussion on the role of the I&B ministry in avoiding such goof ups but many officers also pointed out that DD staff couldn't reach the PM's residence to record his message as they were called at a short notice and got stuck in traffic snarls.
PIB no to printed press releases
The Press Information Bureau has finally woken up to the benefits of going green.
In a circular, the PIB has asked its officials to do away with the practice of printed press releases for publications and reporters.
Reason : There is a huge mismatch between releases actually sent and shown as printed in the accounts. "Thus, apart from the funds it would help save the environment too," one official said.
Rail minister prunes railway staff strength
As a minister Pawan Bansal might be the leader of the largest employer of the country the Indian Railways but he has reduced staff in his office.
While Lalu Prasad and TMC ministers had engaged a battery of officers but Bansal has reduced the staff strength in Delhi and Chandigarh.