There is some history to the geography being assessed when it comes to deciding where Hasmukh Adhia and S.S. Rathore will officiate from. Both have been appointed advisers to Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. However, their office coordinates are being hotly debated because “where they sit” will decide on “the pecking order.”
The offices were assigned Friday. Adhia, a former Union finance secretary and a retired Gujarat-cadre IAS officer will henceforth sit on the fourth floor of the Swarnim Sankul I that has offices of the chief minister’s staff. The CM sits on the third floor along with his chief principal secretary K Kailashnathan.
Rathore, on the other hand, has been given an office on the second floor of Block No. 1—one of the administrative buildings in the secretariat complex close to SS 1 which also has the office of chief secretary Pankaj Kumar. Earlier, B N Navalawala, adviser to the CM on water, used to occupy that office.
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Raghavji Patel Friday held a meeting with the maldhari (cattle-herder) community members from different parts of the state in Gandhinagar to discuss various issues and find a solution. Patel also apprised them about various government initiatives in the animal husbandry sector.
Maldharis from various districts such as Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Kutch, Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Morbi, Junagadh, and Anand attended the meeting. Maximum insurance for medical treatment of livestock, hike in rates of milk, a proper system to buy sheep-generated wool, loan on cheap interest to buy animals and facilities of power and water were among the various demands. Last year, the community had protested the law to control stray cattle forcing the government to withdraw it.
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