- Nivedita Mookerji
The first month of the Narendra Modi-led central government, which took the oath of office on May 26, has been full of action, as well as controversies.
But in terms of tough decisions, it has taken only one so far - raising the rail fare and freight rates without waiting for the railway budget - and, under pressure from allies, it has already partially rolled back the decision for suburban trains.
The Railways on Tuesday announced the recent increase of 14.6 per cent in passenger fares would not apply to second-class suburban journeys up to 80 km.
Even as it is completing 30 days in office, the Modi government is in the midst of a tussle being played out between the premier Delhi University (DU), and the University Grants Commission (UGC) over a four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
The fight between the two bodies has delayed college admissions, triggered the resignation of DU's vice-chancellor, Dinesh Singh, and is set to affect thousands of students - a significant vote bank for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Text: Business Standard