Ramesh`s China remarks embarrassed govt: Sibal

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal Sunday said the controversial statements by his Cabinet colleague Jairam Ramesh against Home Ministry had put the government in an "embarrassing" situation.

Last Updated: May 16, 2010, 22:15 PM IST

Ludhiana: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
Sunday said the controversial statements by his Cabinet
colleague Jairam Ramesh against Home Ministry had put the
government in an "embarrassing" situation.

"There is a difference between a well-educated and a wise
man. Such statements put the government in an embarrassing
situation," the minister said when asked about the recent
comments of the Union Environment Minister against Home
Ministry in relation to China.

Ramesh, while talking in Beijing about the India-China
warmth developed during the Copenhagen Summit on Climate
Change, had suggested that the Home Ministry needed to be
"much more relaxed" in its approach to Chinese investments in
India.

He had said that the security establishment was putting
"needless" restrictions on Chinese investments in India as "we
are imagining demons where there are none".

The remarks had evoked quick condemnation in the country
and Home Minister P Chidambaram had shot off a strongly worded
letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the remarks
against his ministry. Ramesh was reprimanded by Singh.

About the initiatives of the HRD Ministry, Sibal said the
Centre was all set to increase number of seats in professional
colleges to have more doctors, engineers and technicians.

On the sidelines of a function here he said, "We want to
check colleges running with capitation fee. To achieve this,
we are going to increase seats in professional colleges so
that students need not pay donations to get admissions."

PTI