Snippets from the past in the closets of the cabinet
While going through the cleanliness drive, officials at the North Block unearthed interesting files in the steel almirahs giving insight into some historic moments.
One of these files was about the presidential sanction given to pay India’s first governor general Lord Mountbatten a princely sum of Rs 64,000 as TA/DA allowance for moving back to his country. Another interesting snippet that came out was that after India’s first President Rajendra Prasad refused to take any pension, it was eventually sent to the government’s calamity fund. Another file has details about the Cabinet meeting that was called before the death of Mahatma Gandhi was announced, an official said.