IN HIS second letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in just over a month, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday sought his personal intervention to resolve the “long outstanding” land acquisition issues. “, preventing the establishment of two Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in the state. . While one NID was sanctioned in 2007, another was approved in 2016, Pradhan pointed out. In his earlier letter, written on August 2, Pradhan had raised the issue of “irregularities” in the state teacher recruitment process. Incidentally, the Center had told Lok Sabha in the last session that West Bengal and Tamil Nadu were the only states that did not share the status of implementing the National Education Policy with it. Earlier this year, West Bengal set up a panel to review the policy.
THE KIND of courtesy or importance that VIPs should have is enshrined in government guidelines from time to time. Lately, the government has circulated to all ministries and departments the official line on the courtesy to be extended to former presidents, vice presidents and prime ministers. The policy is that when such VIPs visit states and union territories, even during an overnight stop or transit stop, after the discharge office, they should be afforded the same protocol and courtesy as those reserved for Union Cabinet ministers.
Review by committee
The Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee headed by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has selected additional topics for its review this year, based on audit reports from several ministries and departments. Additional issues that the panel will now examine include, among others, the management of spectrum allocated to ministries, the reliability of GST data, the preservation and conservation of monuments, the procurement and supply of medicines in the CGHS, and even waste management in Indian Railways.