Delhi Confidential: dial H for health

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged various ministries to integrate the health factor into their development programs, the Ministry of Health has already started to take steps to ensure that it is properly implemented. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya asked department officials to set up a canteen with diet foods in the ministry’s office.

Back in the buzz

With Assembly elections coming up in several states and the involvement of ministers, the former BJP headquarters at 11-Ashoka Road is bustling with activity. Party leaders, we learn, prefer to meet there because it is closer to ministers’ offices than the party’s current headquarters in Deendayal Upadhyay Marg. On Wednesday, a high-level meeting to discuss preparations for the poll brought together Union ministers Amit Shah and Piyush Goyal, and party secretary general Arun Singh. The leader of the JP Nadda party was not present.

Report card status

Amid speculation about how the Congressional Working Committee (CWC) would run on October 16, the release of its agenda sparked further discussions within the party. With preparations for the upcoming election battles being the key agenda, some of the party leaders questioned the fate of the reports submitted by the five-member team on the party’s debacle during the March election round. -April. They pointed out that the CWC made the decision to appoint a committee when it met in May after the losses. The reports, which apparently include suggestions to rebuild Congress in Assam, Kerala, West Bengal and Pondicherry, where it suffered defeats, have yet to be discussed in Congress’ highest decision-making body. These leaders say many party members are now worried that the latest report will meet the same fate as the AK Antony committee report on the 2014 defeat at Lok Sabha. This too was submitted but was never discussed, and details were not disclosed.