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Delhi confidential: MP To Mr Complaint

At a public meeting to distribute gas connections under Ujjwala Yojana in his constituency, Darjeeling in north Bengal, Ahluwalia had given his mobile phone number and asked people to call him if they had any trouble with the scheme.

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Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs S S Ahluwalia had earned many sobriquets in the past — among others the one of ‘Google Guru’ due to his knowledge on the Constitution, rules and regulations — but the latest one, “Mr Complaint”, is turning out to be quite a difficult one. At a public meeting to distribute gas connections under Ujjwala Yojana in his constituency, Darjeeling in north Bengal, Ahluwalia had given his mobile phone number and asked people to call him if they had any trouble with the scheme. But a local newspapers printed the number and the report said that consumers can complain on that number. Since then, the Darjeeling MP has been flooded with calls with complaints on gas connections. Wondering what happened, he asked one caller why she was calling him, and was informed, “You are Mr Complaint, aren’t you?”

Money Changers

Given the traction the Prime Minister’s visits abroad generates, the RBI is pushing a proposal that will allow NRIs to exchange scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. The government and the RBI have been flooded with requests from NRIs to be given an opportunity to exchange high-denomination currency. Not to lose out on the goodwill, the Finance ministry is favourably considering the request and may facilitate the exchange soon.

Number Challenge

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Maneka Gandhi is set to hold her second meet with women journalists from across the country next week. Her Ministry of Women and Child Development was rather ambitious with the first one, held in June, inviting more than 500 women journalists from all over, and finally being able to logistically accommodate only half that number. This time, the ministry has decided to trim the invite list. A total of 150 journalists from across the states will be asked to attend the event where the ministry will apprise them of their many schemes for women. The journalists, the majority from regional media, will be accommodated at Ashoka hotel at government expense.

Keep That Pass

Parliamentarians travelling by air can no longer afford to be careless about the boarding passes once the journey is over. The official carrier, Air India, will now start charging a fee of Rs 250 to issue a travel certificate to every MP. MPs who avail of free tickets, entitled by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, will have to submit boarding passes as proof of travel, failing which the certificate is required. Earlier, they didn’t face any such hassles as it used to be free.

First published on: 17-11-2016 at 02:02:54 am
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