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Polls loom, last-minute largesse is Govt mantra

With just days left for the Lok Sabha elections to be declared — and the model code of conduct to take effect — the government is set to make key appointments and push through populist programmes, including six new Indian Institutes of Management, reports Chetan Chauhan.See graphics

delhi Updated: Mar 01, 2009 01:30 IST
Chetan Chauhan

With just days left for the Lok Sabha elections to be declared — and the model code of conduct to take effect — the government is set to make key appointments and push through populist programmes, including six new Indian Institutes of Management.

The cabinet is next week likely to discuss programmes — such as the Rs 10,000-crore Integrated Child Development Scheme that aims to meet the Common Minimum Programme commitment of protecting child rights.

The cabinet is also expected to clear the IIMs at a cost of Rs 1,114 crore.

Proposals for setting up 374 model colleges (cost: Rs 3,000 crore) and 3,500 model schools (cost: Rs 5,500 crore) are also expected to go through.

Government officials, who did not want to be named, said that among the 60 proposals listed for the cabinet are the Rs 900-crore Panchayat Van Yojana, the Rs 25,349-crore Sawaran Jayanti Gramin Rozgar Yojana and the Rs 3,254-crore National Population Register programme.

The cabinet and its panels cleared more than 70 proposals in the past week — a record of sorts. The code of conduct does not prevent the government from making key appointments, but sources said a replacement for Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, who retires on March 31, is expected soon. A new election commissioner is also likely to be named — Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami retires on April 20.