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Former IFS officers & Ambassadors have slammed a group of activists for smear campaign against the Modi government.

A group of 32 former IFS officers and Ambassadors have slammed a motley group of activists for sustained smear campaign against the Modi government. The former IFS officers said in a statement that these activists many of them known leftists with sympathies for Maoists, joined by some former civil servants and military figures who have held the highest positions in their careers, as well as some sections of the media, have been conducting a sustained smear campaign against the present government on its presumed violations of the secular ethos of the country.

The statement is signed by former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal, former Ambassadors Veena Sikri, Lakshmi Puri, Shyamala Cowsik, Bhaswati Mukherjee, D.N. Srivastava, Ashok Kumar, J.S. Sapra, O.P. Gupta, N.P. Sharma among others.

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The Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar.

In the cabinet expansion, just one ministry was given to alliance partner Janata Dal-United (JDU). Only Ram Chandra Prasad Singh (RCP Singh) was inducted and given the steel ministry, but Nitish Kumar did not congratulate him publicly on social media.

As per the trend in Indian politics these days, after every development including the birthday of the leader, a flurry of congratulatory messages hit social media like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc. Nitish Kumar, a day after RCP Singh become a Union minister, has so far not posted any congratulatory message for him on social media.

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Ashwini Vaishnaw.

Ashwini Vaishnaw may not be a household name but he is an emerging star of the Modi government.

Vaishnaw, who has made a straight entry into the Union Cabinet without any stint as Minister of State, is a former IAS officer holding degrees from IIT Kanpur and Wharton Business School, and a BJP Rajya Sabha member from Odisha since 2019.

In addition, during the oath-taking ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Vaishnaw was quite high in the pecking order, which might indicate his seniority in the Cabinet and among the new Ministers.

An engineer, CEO, IAS officer, entrepreneur, and finally a politician, he also did a stint in the PMO when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister.

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Vaishnaw served as a Collector in Odisha's Balasore and Cuttack districts. While a Collector in Balasore, the National Human Rights Commission placed on record its appreciation of the sincerity, dedication, and commitment displayed by Vaishnaw in organizing and executing relief and rehabilitation work in his district.

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New reforms will benefit farmers who are reeling under the Covid-19 crisis. Pixabay

The Modi government in order to double the income of farmers by 2022 announced a slew of measures last week, and it is widely expected that these reforms will benefit farmers who are reeling under the Covid-19 crisis. Post Coronavirus as state reopens farmers might benefit.

IANS spoke to Ashok Dalwai, chairman of the Committee for Doubling Farmers’ Income, on the issue of strategic reforms initiated by the government and their importance to the farm sector.

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