At a time when even the so-called ‘surprise visits’ of officials end up giving ample time to lower level officials to do some quick window dressing, the planned and scheduled visit of State Chief Commissioner for Right to Information Act C.D. Arha, along with Information Commissioners, to the city on Tuesday for a review of the implementation of the Act gave enough time for the officials to set right many things. All that is mandated under the Act for display on notice boards was promptly adhered to and a lot of information was made available on the notice boards of all important offices. Whether or not Mr. Arha and his team members will find time to pay a visit to the offices, the announcement of the visit has certainly helped put the officials on their toes.

At their traditional best

Intermediate students of Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala hogged all the limelight when they were at their traditional best for a rally against the bursting of firecrackers to celebrate Deepavali. Wearing silk pavadas, the girls convincingly demonstrated that dressing in new clothes and decorating homes with rangoli, flowers and lamps was a celebration in itself. Unfortunately for the degree students, the college management gave no exemption and the students had to participate in the rally wearing the regular uniform. The Intermediate girls, dressed in a variety of colours, were the natural choice of the lensmen who thronged to cover the event. The smartly dressed junior girls, for a change, overshadowed their seniors.

Another cheque!

At the inaugural ceremony of the Stag 31st AP inter-district table tennis championship, a cheque for Rs. 50,000 was presented by the organising committee to senior coach Mukkalama. As MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, the designated chief guest who was busy with his ‘Pragathi- Purogathi’ programme, did not arrive, the organisers asked Dronacharya awardee Koneru Ashok to hand over the huge make-believe cheque to the veteran coach. Making the organisers’ job complicated, Mr. Mukkamala expressed the desire that he receive the cheque from Mr. Rajagopal, who arrived a trifle late. The organisers dutifully obliged him. Pat came a poser from a senior scribe, who asked the MP: “Are you giving another cheque for Rs 50,000?”.

Fun time

Fun time has set in for the officials and corporators of the Guntur Municipal Corporation. They were shown, the other day, the Sharukh Khan hit flick, Chuk De, by Municipal Commissioner Siddhartha Jain at a special screening at the Council Hall.

The idea was to instil a spirit of camaraderie among the officers and pep up their otherwise sagging spirits. For long, the GMC had been hit by the staff crunch. But with a dynamic IAS officer at the helm of affairs, one hopes to see a refreshing change in the functioning of the officers.

Not to lag behind is the Mayor. A day before he flied to Italy, the Mayor arranged a picnic for the corporators in the mango orchids at Nuzivid. With only few months left before the Mayor makes his way out, he probably wanted to win the hearts of his mates.

K. Srimali, G.V.Ramana Rao and J. R. Shridharan in Vijayawada and P. Samuel Jonathan in Guntur