Pallam skips Cabinet meet

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HRD Minister M. M. Pallam Raju, who has tendered his resignation over the Telangana issue, on Tuesday skipped the Union Cabinet meeting.

Mr. Raju along with three other Union Ministers from Seemandhra region had on Monday met Prime Minister Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to accept their resignations but got no assurance.

The Minister has stayed away from his office ever since he stepped down last week.

He had also skipped official engagements, including a meet with the principals of autonomous colleges, on Monday.

The Minister’s close aides were unsure whether he would attend a programme at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday where the President would confer awards on Tamil scholars.

Crucial meeting

The presence of Mr. Raju at the crucial Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting here on October 10 is also mired in uncertainty.

CABE, the highest decision-making body on education, is chaired by the HRD Minister, with State Education Ministers, academicians and other experts as members.

Concrete proposals

Sources said Mr. Raju’s absence could hamper the meeting from arriving at any concrete proposals on these issues.

Officials in the Ministry, however, did not rule out the possibility of one of the Ministers of State -- Jitin Prasada and Shashi Tharoor --chairing the meeting. -- PTI



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