Cabinet done, it’s party time
After the Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, all eyes are now set on the much-awaited revamp in the Congress.
Restructuring the organisational set-up is high on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s agenda and she is expected to announce the changes any time now.
But, a section in the Congress is of the opinion that she might delay the process in view of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's promise of a “more expansive” rejig after the Budget session.
“Whatever is necessary will be done now and a bigger exercise could follow the next Cabinet reshuffle. There are many factors that have to be taken into consideration before effecting the changes,” a senior party functionary said.
It remains to be seen if Gandhi delays the exercise for the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision making body of the party, which already stands dissolved. It has since been converted into a steering committee and five states are going to polls, most likely in May.
The party may see if Gandhi appoints a new team of general secretaries and AICC secretaries or continues with the existing set-up. The party leadership is finding it difficult to follow the ‘one-man-one-post’ principle.
Three party general secretaries — Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik and V Narayansamy are serving in the Union council of ministers. The slot vacated by Prithiviraj Chavan, who was moved to Maharashtra as the chief minister, is yet to be filled up.
Some Cabinet ministers are also holding dual charges as party in-charge of states. Defence minister AK Antony is in-charge of Maharashtra, while law minister M Veerappa Moily looks after Andhra Pradesh.
“Finding their replacements is a tough task,” said another party functionary. Gandhi also has to appoint new party chiefs for some states.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.