Bhopal: EC bans Chowkidar chor hai campaign
Bhopal: EC bans Chowkidar chor hai campaign

New Delhi: The Modi government is seeking the Election Commission’s nod for some of the Cabinet decisions it could not take despite the hurry with which it cleared 70 in the last three weeks to beat the code of conduct for elections that came into effect from last Sunday.

A serious defect was left out even in the Ordinance it hurriedly passed last Thursday to restore reservations in appointment of the teaching faculty in the central universities and colleges on the basis of the overall vacancies in an institution and not department-wise as ruled by the Allahabad High Court last year and approved by the Supreme Court twice.

The defect came to notice when some universities sought clarifications from the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the HRD Ministry forgot to include 10% reservation on economic ground in the general category while including only SC, ST and OBC in the Ordinance so promulgated. The ministry sources said the EC”s approval is expected to rectify the error through another Ordinance before this month-end.

PM is upset that the Civil Aviation Ministry did not rush a formal approval by the Cabinet in the last meeting on Thursday to benefit his favourite Ahmedabad-based businessman Gautam Advani for hand over of six airports, including those at Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Lucknow, that his group had won in the auction last month for running them.

The government has also approached the EC to allow an additional Rs 4,200 crore it requires for implementing the recent Parliament decision of 10% quota for the economically weaker sections (EWS) among the unreserved or general category.

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