All Reddy to work now
Congress Member of Parliament T Subbirami Reddy, who chairs the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests examining the controversial nuclear liability Bill, is keen on submitting the report during the ongoing monsoon session.india Updated: Jul 26, 2010 23:56 IST
Congress Member of Parliament T Subbirami Reddy, who chairs the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests examining the controversial nuclear liability Bill, is keen on submitting the report during the ongoing monsoon session. To ensure that, Reddy has been calling regular meetings that have left many panel members “tired”.
But Reddy is not the one to be deterred. To cheer them up, he took the panel members to Tirupati where the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory is located. Delighted at this work-cum-pilgrimage tour, the members have not since stopped praising the MP, who once headed the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board. This is not all: Reddy also invited the members individually for luncheons and dinners to keep them in good humour. “He is a dynamic person who wants to finish the work on time,” a panel member said, obviously delighted with all that pampering.
With the Indo-Pak talks hitting a roadblock and the Indian delegation facing criticism for being unprepared, there’s a buzz in the Ministry of External Affairs that Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will not get an extension and have a tough time getting a plum post-retirement posting. Rao is set to retire end of this year. In comparison with her predecessors like S.S. Menon and S. Saran, who were tough negotiators, Rao’s efforts were found wanting in the recent Indo-Pak talks. If she doesn’t manage an extension, then the next best posting Rao, a 1973-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, can eye is India’s ambassador to the US. The present envoy, Meera Shankar, is unlikely to get an extension and will retire around the time Rao will demit office.
No time for play-acting
Television actor-turn-BJP leader Smriti Irani is taking her role as the boss of the party’s women wing, Mahila Morcha, very seriously. She has made it clear to the workers that she doesn’t want the Morcha to be just another wing of the mother ship, but a fighting-fit force. Irani’s first show of strength was in Kolkata, which happens to be her mother’s birthplace. Taking on the Trinamool Congress for its alleged connection with the Maoists in West Bengal, Irani took a dig at none other than the chief minister-in-waiting and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. “To support them [Maoists] for political gains is an injustice against the people,” thundered the former prime time queen.
No place to call home
Lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar has not been allotted an official accommodation yet. The other day, when a Congress leader expressed a desire to have a chat with him over a cup of tea, Akhtar shot back: “But where? I don’t have a house in Delhi. I am still waiting to get the official accommodation”. The noted lyricist was also seen at the Congress headquarters recently.
In the line of fire
In the power corridors of the Capital, as a Delhi Police constable recently found out, doing one’s duty sincerely can turn out to be a thankless job. During the recent National Development Council meeting, the constable asked Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary, K.S. Sripathi, for his identity card since the latter was not wearing his conference badge. But the senior-most officer of the state took offence and accused the constable of not having the ability to distinguish between a senior official and an ordinary citizen. His anger led to a team of officials from Tamil Nadu getting into an altercation with the securitymen posted at the conference centre. Things cooled down only when a deputy commissioner-level official apologised to Team Tamil Nadu on behalf of the constable.