AS THE incumbent Principal Secretary, Finance, Sumit Bose is all set to go on deputation (after presenting this year budget) to Center after contributing a lot in improving fiscal health of the State, search has begun for the officer who can manage the affairs of the finance department. Couple of names is in circulation for the important portfolio.
Senior officers were surprised when the Chief Minister refused to post two officers in the department whose names were suggested by Chief Secretary, Rakesh Sahni. For one officer, who is on the rolls of the State Government and posted in New Delhi, the Chief Minister said that he was not willing to return to Bhopal. But the Chief Secretary got a surprise of sorts when he came to know about the opinion of the second officer who is presently working as divisional commissioner.
As both of the options, given by the Chief Secretary, were turned down by the Chief Minister, fresh efforts are being made to select a 'suitable boy' for the finance department.
Instead of putting his house in order...
RAJA BABU Singh, another Superintendent of Police of the Gwalior Range, is in the news for wrong reasons. Instead of concentrating on the deteriorating law and order situation, the sole focus of the SP in question is to improve traffic arrangement of the City.
There is nothing wrong in it. But he has started facing criticism over the manner in which he is dealing with traffic violators. On some occasions, instead of penalising those who did not abide by the traffic rules, the SP forced the people to do sit up in public places. As if this is not enough, the SP also fired at a youth when he did not stop at his call. At the time of firing, the SP Sahib was neither in his uniform nor in official vehicle.
WILL malmas (the inauspicious month) ending on Makar Sankranti not come in the way of the State BJP's new executive body declaration? The question is doing the rounds in the BJP circles. The question stems from the statement of State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar who, recently told that the executive body would be declared by December end. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is understood to have postponed cabinet reshuffle task till malmas ends. If the CM finds the month inauspicious how come State BJP president Narendra Tomar would dare to defy the astrological impact of the month, ask many in the BJP.
Before anyone from the BJP can think of extending Christmas greetings, the city squares particularly on Kolar Road had hoardings with Krishna Gaur wishing warm greetings to the Christian community. Similar hoardings were seen during Deepawali when she extended greetings to people on the auspicious occasion of the festival. That she is trying to carve a niche for herself in the political field under able guidance of her father-in-law Babulal Gaur finds ample reflection in the hoardings.
Passion or publicity gimmick
IT'S DIFFICULT to decide whether it is actually a passion to raise issues of students or merely a publicity gimmick. A State-level leader of the National Students' Union of India first decided to go barefoot until Barkatullah University Vice-Chancellor was removed from the post. On Saturday, he literally prostrated along a distance of 5 km from Tin Shed to Board Office Square as part of his unique agitation. Not only this, the student leader has decided to go into 'samadhi' for 24 hours to drive home his demand.
Though the seriousness of the leader in undertaking the unique modes of agitation may not be questioned, the issues that he has raised against the vice-chancellor - like collection of degree fees, bad behaviour with students, protecting officials involved in irregularities and others -- really do not hold much ground.
The fact that he got the support of senior Congress leaders in his endeavour only strengthened his resolve. The only thing is that the NSUI office-bearer could have taken up issues of greater importance to go in for such form mode of agitation.
Narration or action
AFTER THE gunning down of hardened criminal Parvat Sapera in Berasia, Bhopal police seem to have turned trigger-happy. Subsequently, the police arrested a gang of de-notified tribes in Gunga and the official press release about the police action read like action movie script. Going by the press release, bullets grazed past the station officers but they valiantly stood their ground and ultimately overpowered most of the gang. Interestingly, nobody was injured in the crossfire.
Insiders say that after the arrest of another gang of robbers in Talaiya, police personnel were about to weave a tale of similar bravado, when some seniors put sense in their head by telling that 'such stories of bravery in the midst of firing could be passed off in rural areas like Gunga and Berasia, but would not find takers when the setting is a thickly populated area of City'.
Manish Dixit, Ranjan, Sravani Sarkar and Shams Ur Rehman Alavi