Nehru, Abdullah hold talks
Prime Minister Nehru had 90-minute talks with Sheikh Abdullah on April 30. Although no indication is available as to the precise nature of the talks, it is learnt that the discussions were of a very general nature covering Indo-Pakistan relations and Pakistan’s attitude towards India in the national and international spheres. A spokesman at the Prime Minister’s house stated that Mr. Nehru had talks with Sheikh Abdullah both yesterday afternoon and this morning. The spokesman added: “The discussions ranged over the background of the Kashmir situation and the communal problem and its effect on the country as a whole.” Mr. Nehru, who came to the Lok Sabha soon after the conclusion of the talks, had a few words with Mr. T.T. Krishnamachari and also Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri. It is possible that the Finance Minister’s statement in the Rajya Sabha on April 30, restating the policy in regard to Kashmir, may have figured in the talks between Mr. Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah.
Pay of Hindi teachers
Mr. Bhakt Darshan, Deputy Minister of Education, told the Lok Sabha on April 30 that salaries of Hindi teachers in the States would hereafter be paid in full from out of the Central Govt. funds. A sum of Rs 1 crore had been set apart by the Planning Commission. Mr. Darshan made this statement while replying to a debate on Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha Bill.