Gadkari in Hurry

November 02 2016

Nitin Gadkari is turning out to be more media savvy than work savvy. Scribes on the highways ministry beat get to know about plans which are still under wraps. Like, Gadkari announced about the ropeway transport system between Dhaula Kuan and Manesar in Gurugram. The reporters wanted to know about the details and Gadkari told them to get in touch with his PS, Vaibhav Dange. The reporters rushed to Dange, only to realise that he was completely n the dark. Dange then contacted officials of NH Authority to get the relevant files. The Authority official immediately responded that the file had not even been prepared yet.
This is in sharp contrast with the newly appointed HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who avoids interacting with the media, starving the beat correspondents of news. Why, even former HRD minister Smriti Irani was more open: information used to be fed the media long before it was being discussed in the cabinet. Now, whether Gadkiri or Irani are doing acche governance remains to be seen. Their leader too avoids the press, so is Javadekar taking a leaf out of him?

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