RAISINA TATTLE: Pachnanda dodges CBI appointment row
Senior IPS officer R.K. Pachnanda is side-stepping his job row
Senior IPS officer R.K. Pachnanda, who was in the middle of a row after the CVC cleared his name for appointment as additional director in the CBI but his candidature was opposed by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, has informed the Supreme Court that he does not want to stake a claim to the position.
Another IPS officer, Archana Ramasundaram, was finally appointed as additional director. However, the appointment also created a controversy since her candidature was not cleared by the CVC’s selection panel.
New stint in MHA
Rajiv Gauba, an IAS officer of the 1982 batch from Jharkhand cadre, is set to take over as additional secretary in the Home Ministry.
He is currently serving as additional secretary in the Ministry of Information and Technology. Gauba will replace Rajiv Sharma, who has shifted to Telangana as the Chief Secretary, in the Home Ministry.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has hit out at the Congress
The controversy over the naming of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha refuses to end.
On Sunday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu hit out at the Congress and said that it should not politicise the issue.
“Till day before yesterday, they had not asked for the recognition from the Speaker and have been going around criticising the government,” he said.
“There was no Leader of Opposition during Jawaharlal Nehru's period,” he said.
There was none during Indira Gandhi's or Rajiv Gandhi's tenures too and a decision on the Leader of Opposition will be taken by the Speaker soon, he said.
Considering the growing number of crimes by juveniles, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has favoured treating juveniles accused of heinous crimes like rape on par with adult offenders.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi wants juveniles accused of heinous crimes to be treated on par with adult offenders
Minister Krishna Tirath, during the previous UPA regime, had also
proposed that juveniles above 16 who are guilty of heinous crimes should
be treated on par with adult offenders.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan wants farmers to change their ways
As excise duty on tobacco products has been increased in the Budget at the behest of Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, he is trying his best to convince farmers in tobacco-growing regions to change their ways.
“There may be some transitional problems but with political will these could easily be overcome,” he said.
He accused tobacco companies of resorting to unscrupulous practices to woo farmers.
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