Assam Chief Minister Gogoi has asked for separate time zone for his state to make optimum use of the early daybreak, save energy and improve productivity.
“I am in favour of a local time for Assam, which will be atleast an hour ahead of the IST (Indian Standard Time). We need to explore this idea. If it happens, we will be able to save a lot of energy and improve productivity. Advancing the work time by an hour will make a lot of difference to the energy saved,” said the Chief Minister.
On Wednesday FIRs were lodged against Mayawati’s ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Babu Singh Kushwaha and seventeen others for their alleged involvement in the Rs.1,410.50 Crore memorial scam in Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after taking charge in 2012, he had ordered a Lok Ayukta probe immediately and also in December 2013 he ordered for legal proceeding in the large scale irregularities in construction of memorials and parks when Mayawati was chief minister.
During an initial probe, a total of 199 persons were indicted by Lokayukta Justice (Now Retd) N K Mehrotra for fund irregularities in the construction of 14 memorials and parks in Lucknow and Noida. The Lok Ayukta had also recommended all their properties be probed for assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
This is the first time since Akhilesh instituted a commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged scams of Rs.40,000 crore by the BSP government, that FIRs have been lodged against prominent ministers in the Mayawati government.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of Karnataka will induct D K Shiva Kumar and R Roshan Baig into his ministry. When congress had formed government in May the MLAs were denied berths on various grounds.
The idea of cabinet expansion is to strenghten CM’s ministry ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This has created a difference of opinion in the Congress. Shiva Kumar who is going to be inducted faces cases of illegal mining, and this has created unhappiness.
The CM kept postponing the expansion. But pressure from the party and the aspirants was intense. On Tuesday, he was told to induct Shiva Kumar and Baig.