Sunday, May 22, 2005

Yes, (and Bravo, too) Prime Minister!

[Via Annie] : This Sunday Express story about how our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has spent his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds (20 million rupees a year) in the state of Assam, from which he has been elected to the Upper House. Among many nice things in the report, here is the one that I wish to highlight: out of 18 projects funded by Dr. Singh's MPLADS last year, fourteen "involve educational institutions, including primary and middle schools, colleges, two computer labs, and a chemistry lab in Guwahati University".

[ Let me parenthetically mention that Arun Shourie too spent his MPLADS funds on education. In fact, all of it which, over six years of his Rajya Sabha tenure, is a quite sizable 120 million rupees. And, interestingly, he spent it all on one project: developing the new Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering at IIT-Kanpur. Here is a Rediff story on the project. While we are on Arun Shourie -- and I am not a great fan of his politics -- let me mention another good deed he did when he headed the Ministries of Information Technology Telecommunications. ]