The Congress appears to enjoy using its majority to stall Rajya Sabha. Just before the House convened on Wednesday, party MP Viplove Thakur was heard telling fellow MPs: “I met Supriya (NCP’s Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule) and she told me that we have passed the Finance Bill, and if you do, too, both Houses will be adjourned sine die. I told her, ‘hum to nahi kar rahe (we are not doing it)’.”
On Wednesday, Shiv Sena MP from Maharashtra Krupal Tumane demanded a pay hike for legislators, saying that his current monthly salary of Rs 50,000 doesn’t even let him buy tea for people who visit his office. At this point, several MPs were seen stealing glances at the media gallery above to gauge the response. Seeing this, Tumane reproached his colleagues and told them to stop being so concerned about the media’s reaction.
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In a government where even ministers refrain from making sweeping statements about how the government should function, Director General, Health Services, Jagdish Prasad left many flummoxed when he suggested that there should be a deputy prime minister to look into inter-ministerial coordination between social sector ministries. He was speaking on Tuesday at a national consultation on the need for transition from millennium development goals to sustainable development goals in the presence of senior officials of the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO, etc.
Like many other countries across the globe, the Indian government has received a request for security personnel to be deployed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be held in August this year. The posting, obviously, is a lucrative one as it comes with a free ticket to the greatest sports show on the planet. While just a limited number of personnel are required, several officers of various police agencies are queuing up for the posting. It remains to be seen who the Home Ministry will pick.