Delhi Confidential: WOMAN POWER
- Gandhi vs Gandhi: Priyanka slams Varun, says LS poll not a family tea party
- Supreme Court grants recognition to transgenders as third category of sex
- SC rejects Kejriwal's plea to stay trial in defamation case filed by Kapil Sibal's son
- Unethical, betrayal: Prime Minister Manmohan Singhâs daughter voices family anger
- Modi equates Rahul with kids, says âtoffeeâ has caught his fancy after âballoonâ
On May 2 when she was given additional charge as executive director Rastriya Mahila Kosh, not only did Rashmi Singh, a 1989 batch DANICS officer of Director rank, get a highly unusual promotion to a Joint Secretary level post, it made her one of the most powerful people in the Women & Child Development Ministry, holding as she does right now, three charges in all. She is also executive director of National Resource Centre for Women, and officer on special duty to minister Krishna Tirath, on whom she is known to exert influence, bordering, insiders say, at times on defiance. While the order says this is an interim arrangement till a full-time executive director of RMK is appointed, what has raised eyebrows is the fact that the charge was taken away from a joint secretary and handed over to Rashmi who is too junior for it.
PROBABLY because of the recent controversy over appointment to important posts in the Railway Board, the selection of the new chief of Income Tax has been put on hold for some time. At a meeting earlier this week, senior officials were to consider the appointment of Sudha Sharma as the new head of Central Board of Direct Taxes, once the post falls vacant later in June. But no decision was taken after it was mentioned that the Union Public Service Commission, in 2008, had ruled Sharma unfit for promotion. The officials decided to invoke the 'precautionary principle' and kept the selection in abeyance till more information, and advice, was made available.
HERITAGE ON DISPLAY
- Modi wave is a myth, says Siddaramaiah
- In Mandya, discordant notes in show of Cong unity
- ‘Fakir’ Jankar takes on Pawar might in battle against ‘dynasty’
- Ballot paper in Braille to help blind persons cast their vote
- AAP volunteer attacked
- 64-year-old fights for Punjabi language, gets little support from political parties