Delhi Confidential: WOMAN POWER

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.


CULTURE Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch sure knows that a fine balance has to be struck between 'maika' and 'sasural'. Announcing the nomination of six hill forts of Rajasthan for inclusion on the World Heritage Sites list, Katoch said she was quite pleased with the nomination since she hails from the state and is also an elected MP from there. She added, however, that she would have been "doubly pleased" had the other candidate a Himalayan park in Himachal Pradesh had also been nominated for inclusion on the list as Himachal Pradesh is the state into which she is married. Determined to make amends to the state of her in-laws, she would try again next year, Katoch quipped.


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