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Despite the PMO giving a three-month deadline in July to the Road Ministry, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) continues to remain without a full-time chairman for the tenth consecutive month.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2011 01:15 IST

NHAI continues to remain headless
Despite the PMO giving a three-month deadline in July to the Road Ministry, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) continues to remain without a full-time chairman for the tenth consecutive month. The PMO’s directive to expedite things seems to have fallen on deaf ears as the proposal to finalise the terms for appointing the chairman has got stuck at the Department of Personnel and Training over some procedural issue. The NHAI has been without a full-fledged chairman since January after Brijeshwar Singh retirement. Since then, first the former road secretary RS Gujral and then the present incumbent AK Upadhyaya were given the additional charge.

HRD ministry to take action against its official
A HRD ministry official, Anant Kumar Singh, is in a soup over his remarks against Bhimrao Ambedkar during his visit to Ambedkar University. The ministry is expected to initiate action against him when HRD Minister Kapil Sibal returns from his US visit, where he has gone to participate in the Indo-US Education Summit. Official in concern has been in the ministry for the last few years although he is not in-charge of any important portfolio.

Pranab’s office running without a private secy
Since last Wednesday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office is running without a private secretary. Mukherjee’s
private secretary for past three years, Manoj Pant, left for his new assignment with the World Bank.
The minister wanted a particular officer from West Bengal but the state government turned down is request. As the search for a new private secretary is still on, OSD Pradip Gupta is managing office an shuffling between his own room and the PS’ office.