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Delhi confidential: Spreading the message

The Archaeological Survey of India had been quick to claim credit as one of the first government departments to respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to go cashless.

By: Express News Service |
December 17, 2016 4:50:40 am

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On the last day of the Winter Session of Parliament, BJP MPs were assigned a task by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They were asked to take a clipping of newspaper advertisements, to appear on Saturday, on Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapari Yojana — the two schemes recently announced to incentivise digital payments. The PM said the MPs should ensure that the clipping is distributed to all shops in their constituencies, and that shopkeepers and traders paste the advertisement on cardboard and hang it in front of their shops. Every shopkeeper must be made aware of these two incentives, the PM insisted.

Receiving End

At the receiving end of L K Advani’s anger for failing to ensure the functioning of Parliament, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has been trying hard to tell people that his relations with the BJP patriarch have not been affected. Kumar has been maintaining that Advani’s criticism of him was like a guru scolding his shishya. On one occasion, he bent down and presented his back to suggest that he was an obedient pupil who would not disregard his teacher even while taking the stick.

Claim To Fame

The Archaeological Survey of India had been quick to claim credit as one of the first government departments to respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to go cashless. It had, within a few days of the demonetisation announcement last month, announced that all the ticketed monuments would install card-swiping machines. The actual installation, however, has taken much time. It was only on Friday that Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma announced that these machines had been made available at Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Installation at other monuments was “in process”, he said.

Words Of Wisdom

Hearing a matter on problems of Maoism in Chhattisgarh on Friday, Supreme Court judges advised senior lawyer Ashok Desai, who is one of the counsels in the case, to visit the tribal areas and talk to locals who, they said, would benefit immensely from the wisdom of a lawyer of his stature. They then turned to Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is representing the Chhattisgarh government, and asked him to listen to what Desai would have to tell the state after his visit. It might help them resolve the Maoist problem, the judges said. Mehta said he had no problem in listening to Desai. “I will go to him even for resolution of my personal problems… though, fortunately, I don’t have any,” he added.

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