Eavesdropper

Written by fe Bureau | Updated: Dec 31 2009, 04:23am hrs
Mamata at work

That railway minister Mamata Banerjee is hardly ever in New Delhi and likes to devote most of her attention to the cause of West Bengal is well-known by now. But her office still takes pains to gloss over the fact. Queries to Rail Bhawan about the ministers attendance in office are ignored. Now, in an answer to a question under the RTI Act on the number of days the minister has attended office in New Delhi, the railway ministry has replied: Working time of the minister includes discharging her responsibilities, irrespective of location and days (including holidays)!

Supercop

The mandarins of the finance ministry had some months ago proposed a super-regulator, to be chaired by the finance minister and to act as an umbrella body for sectoral regulators like Sebi, Irda and even RBI. The proposal has apparently been nixed after the minister thought it best to stay out of the regulatory framework.

Accountants party

The president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Uttam Prakash Agarwal, is on record as saying that hes serious about joining politics after retirement. Whats not known though is which party he is inclined to join. Are his initials, UPA, an indicator