Maharaja walks, PR machinery talks
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The Haryana Congress appears to have set a new definition for "silence". Ever since INLD leaders including former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his legislator son Ajay Chautala were convicted on charges of corruption, the ruling party has only one thing to say: the law is taking its course. While senior party leaders have chosen to keep mum on the court's verdict, a few other leaders, however, have come out of hiding and used the occasion to speak on the party's behalf. Be it Sampat Singh or Karan Singh Dalal or the Chief Minister's media advisor Dr K V Singh, all have either addressed media briefings or sent press releases advising the INLD not to politicise the court's verdict.
Jackpot for Haryana IPS
Scores of senior Haryana IPS officers, who had got promotions and had been elevated to higher ranks, are sitting idle courtesy the state government's lackadaisical approach in issuing their fresh postings and transfer orders. While Senior Superintendent of Police rank officers have been promoted as Deputy Inspector Generals of Police, DIGs have been promoted to IGs and so on, but they are still awaiting their fresh posting and transfer orders. It has been over a month now for a bunch of officers, who have been sitting at cushy postings in the Haryana Police Headquarters at Panchkula where they only do 'routine work'.
Distance & hearts...fonder
The work of transferring ownership of vehicles, addition/deletion of hypothecation, issuance of duplicate registration certificates (RCs) and no-objection certificates (NOCs) will no longer be done at sub-divisions in Punjab. From now on, district transport officers (DTOs) will handle all this work. Directions have been issued by the transport department to shift the vehicle-related transport records from the offices of the SDMs to the DTO offices, ostensibly for computerisation. On one hand, while the previous government, just before the Assembly elections, created two new districts and many sub-divisions and sub-tehsils to provide services at the doorstep, in this case, people have to now travel long distances, around 50 to 70 kms, to avail of these services. Officials say that this decision of government appears to have followed the good, old adage- distance makes hearts grow fonder. One can only guess if that's the case.