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Dr. K.B.S. Rajan
WHISPERS OPINON POLL:
WILL BE THE QUEEN'S CHOICE FOR PRIME MINISTER AFTER DR. MANMOHAN SINGH ?
- ultimate choice, Chidambram, Pranab Mukherjee , Antony and Digvijay also named
The Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi might have discarded any post
in the Government of India so far but most people believe that he would be the
ultimate choice of the party's Chairperson Ms. Sonia Gandhi when the occasion
to (s)/elect the next Prime Minister of the country arrives with the Congress
or the UPA remaining in power. This was revealed in the opinion poll
run on our web site to learn about who among the present lot of Congress leaders
will make the best Prime Minister apart from Dr. Manmohan Singh.
threw open some surprising names as well just because of their proximity and loyalty
to the Gandhi-Nehru family. Some people think that it would not be a surprise
if this happens even before the tenure of the present UPA government comes to
an end. In that case Dr. Manmohan Singh may be pushed to the President House.
Present incumbent, Pratibha Devisingh Patil had become the first woman to head
the Indian Republic on July 25, 2007. Accordingly, she would be completing her
five year term in July 2012 while the next Lok Sabha elections are due in 2014.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee the senior most cabinet minister is voted by
most to be the best person who would be the second to the Prime Minister. They
dont want to see Pranab as PM. Apart from Rahul, Union Home Minister P.
Chidambram is the most favoured cabinet minister to step into the shoes of Dr.
Manmohan Singh. Chidambaram, most surfers suggest is intelligent and tough and
has the support of Sonia Gandhi. Likewise, the names of Defence Minister A.K.
Antony has also come up due to their loyalty to Gandhi family. Among the other
names the name of AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh has also been endorsed
by many surfers. Digvijay is the only name that found a mention from leaders outside
(Read the full survey in Feb issue of WHISPERS IN THE CORRIDORS
Four Power Centres ?
can get things done in the Government of India ?.No dearth of power brokers in
the national capital. If insiders are to be believed, there are four power centres
in the corridors of power. They are :-
T K A Nair
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister
K M Chandrasekhar
B K Chaturvedi former Cabinet Secretary
M K Narayanan currently West Bengal Governor
M N Prasad Secretary
to the Prime Minister
4 Montek Singh Ahluwalia Vice Chairman of the Planning
Who will be Secretary Power (2)
time one more powerful business house of Adanis is showing interest in the
appointment of Secretary Power. Noone knows that Adanis are going in a big
way throughout the country in power sector.
empanelment of 1990 batch IAS officers
As the grapevine has it,
there has been unprecedented strictness in selecting 54 IAS officers of 1990 batch
for empanelment in GOI to the Joint Secretarys slot. It can be gauged from
reports that only one of the six West Bengal cadre IAS officers figures in the
Anita Kaul empanelled in GoI
Anita Kaul has been empanelled to the rank of Additional Secretary in the Government
of India. She is 1979 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.
Agarwal to head Pension Regulatory Authority
IDBI Chairman Yogesh
Agarwal may head Pension Regulatory Authority. His file has already been sent
to the ACC.
( We said this on January 8 )
to be JS Textiles
Sujit Gulati is not joining MHA.1985 batch Gujarat
cadre IAS officer Gulati is all set to join the Government of India as Joint Secretary
Textiles next month.
ACC yet to clear Avinash Dikshits
As the grapevine has it, ACC is yet to clear the proposal
of Avinash Dikshit - an IDAS cadre officer of the 1986 batch officer who is poised
to be Commissioner Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS). He had earlier worked as
private secretary (PS) to Indian Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil
Sibbal while latter was Indian Minister for Science and Technology (S & T).
there be separate Intelligence Advisor ?
The Government is seriously
considering to appoint a separate Intelligence Advisor .
to fill up vacancies soon
As the grapevine has it, the Indian Ministry
of External Affairs (MEA) is soon going to fill up vacant posts in the Ministry.
At present there are 55 vacancies in the MEA including more than eight posts of
Director and above.
All appointments in NSC put on
The Government is seriously considering to revamp the security
structure .In view of this all extensions and appointments in the National Security
Council have been kept on hold.
Uttarakhand CS : NS
Napalchyal likely to get extension
As the grapevine has it, the
Uttarakhand Government being headed by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal is going
to give three months extension to Nrip Singh Napalchyal Chief Secretary of the
Uttarakhand state. Napalchyal is an IAS officer of the 1976 batch who belongs
to the Uttarakhand cadre & is due to retire in April 2010. He is the 7th Chief
Secretary of this state.
Vaid is Secretary All India
Dr S P Vaid is new Secretary of the All India IPS
Association.1986 batch J& K cadre IPS officer Dr Vaid is presently Joint Director
in the BPR&D.
One ED level incumbent from SBI
also in fray
As the grapevine has it, Ms. Renu Challu an Executive
Director (ED) banker is also in fray for CMDs slot in public sector banks.
Presently she is Managing Director (MD) of State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH).
in race for NCERT Directors post
Professor Ved Prakash,U
N Singh and Amitabh Mukherjee are in race for the post of Director in the NCERT.
Uncertainty over fate of Sarthak Behuria's extension
Clouds of uncertainty still linger as far the question of whether
or not to give extension to Sarthak Behuria CMD Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was
concerned. His term expires in February 2010. Otherwise Behuria is to retire in
Name of Agrawal is number two in panel of ITDC
of P K Agrawal has been put number two in the panel by the PESBfor the post of
Director (Finance) ITDC.
Ramakrishna at number two
for the post of Member (Tech) in CERC
V Ramakrishna has been put
on number two for the post of Member (Tech) Central Electricity Regulatory Commission
Services of Ms. Reema Prakash, IA&AS,
placed at the disposal of United Nations
Services of Ms. Reema Prakash,
IA&AS, Accountant General (C&RA), Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, are placed at
the disposal of the United Nations for appointment as Auditor in the Internal
Audit Division (IAD), Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), United Nations
Economic Commission of Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on deputation basis for
a period of two years.
A dozen IAS officers vying
for Madras Port Trust
As the grapevine has it, a dozen IAS officers
belonging to three states are in fray for the post of Chairman Madras Port Trust
(MPT). This includes: K. Alauddin, Shankar, P.Ramaiah (all from Tamil Nadu), Ms.
Meera C Saksena-Karnataka & R Karikal Valaven Andhra Pradesh cadre.
K Chaudhary Executive Director (Engg.) AAI to retire
G K Chaudhary,
Executive Director (Engg.) in Airports Authority of India (AAI), is going to retire
on March 31, 2010.
Bhaskar appointed CVO of BHAVINI
Uday KR Bhaskar has been appointed as Chief Vigilance Officer in
the Bhartiya Nabhikya Vidyut Nigam Limited (BHAVINI), Kalpakkam. He is 1990 batch
C.V. Muni Rajus appointment
The appointment of C.V. Muni Raju as CVO of Mangalore
Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), Mangalore has been cancelled by ACC
due to his non-joining. He is an IPS officer of the 1987 batch who belongs
to the MP cadre.
Many powerful 1977 batch IRS officials
left in the lurch
Many powerful 1977 batch IRS officials have not
been promoted as Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT). Five Very Good
CRs are required for the same.
Interview for ED (planning),
AAI to be held soon
Interview for the post ED (planning) in Airports
Authority of India (AAI) is going to be held very soon. The post till recently
was held by Sudhir Raheja who has now assumed the charge as Member (planning)
in Airports Authority of India (AAI) .
quits Ashok Hotel, New Delhi
As the grapevine has it, Sanjay Mehta
who is Front Office Manager with Ashok Hotel, New Delhi has resigned.
changes in Public Enterprises Selection Board selections
a milestone move the Government is planning to revamp the selection process
by PESB which at present depends on 1967 circular, which the Government feels
is totally outdated.
To bring more objectivity ,transparency and
to enhance the competency in the Board level appointments, Government is contemplating
rotational system like Banking sector, where General Managers, Executive Diectors
and even Board level Directors are moved to various organizations which eliminates
the internal groupism and partiality.
DPE and PESB, may also encourage
selection of Senior officers to various organizations to add professionalism,
as there are in so many PSUs where EDs and GMs left with so
many years of services are superseded and functionally loosing there interest
as their is no growth for them.
To encourage the competency, there is
also another move to bring down the eligibility criterion of minimum length of
service to one year for all candidates and there will not be any routine
extension on self appraisal basis and will be totally on fresh selection basis
to attract more candidates.
The tenure period may be brought down to
3 yrs from present 5yrs as even an outstanding IAS officers do not get normally
3 yrs at level of Secretary to the Government of India.
Institutions, rotation of head of Department may also be put into practice
at Board level appointments by elevation of ED level who are otherwise disheartened
and do not contributing much due to their non selection..
to move from Ankara
Sanjay Kumar Verma has been moved from Indian
Embassy in Ankara. His new posting is yet to be decided.
is new RC Orissa in Delhi
Sudhir Kumar is new Resident Commissioner
of Orissa in Delhi. He is 1984 batch IAS officer.
eligible GMs to be called by AAI
As the grapevine has it, a dozen
General Managers (GMs) who are eligible will be called for interview of Executive
Director (ED) Planning in Airports Authority of India (AAI).
contenders for BJYM chiefs post
As many as three leaders are
there in fray for the slot of national president Bhartiya Janata Yuwa Morcha (BJYM).
They are :Anurag Thakur MP son of Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal Chief Minister
of Himachal Pradesh, Ms.Poonam Mahajan daughter of late Pramod Mahajan
& Varun Feroze Gandhi MP . Of them Varun Feroze Gandhi is a strong contender
for the said post.
HRD Ministry to issue draft rules
As the grapevine has it, Indian Minister for Human Resource
Development Kapil Sibal will hold monthly review meeting in Delhi on February
23, 2010. Sibal has urged Education Ministers & Chief Secretaries of different
states to enforce the law pertaining to the Right to Education (RTE). For this
the HRD Ministry is going to issue draft rules.
bureaucratic changes in MP
In a minor bureaucratic reshuffle Madhya
Pradesh Government shifted Gyaneshwar Patil from Director Narmada Valley Development
Authority (NVDA)to Director ICDS Projects in Women & Child Welfare department
& Sudha Chaudhary Secretary Finance has been assigned additional charge of
MP Child Protection Commission.
Dr Rakesh Mohan to
head a High Level National Transport Development Policy Committee
Rakesh Mohan former Secretary - Department of Economic Affairs and Deputy Governor
- Reserve Bank of India, has been appointed head of a High Level National Transport
Development Policy Committee, constituted by the Government of India, to create
a policy environment that encourages competitive pricing and coordination between
alternative modes of transport in order to provide an integrated and sustainable
Ms Krishna Tirath is going to New
Ms Krishan Tirath Indian Minister of State Woman & Child
Development is touring New York from February 25, 2010 to March 3, 2010 for attending
a conference on Commonwealth Games. She will head a Indian delegation for the
U.N Panjiar gets additional charge
Panjiar Secretary Water Resource has been given additional charge of Parliamentary
Affairs who will look after the new charge up to March 3, 2010. He is an
IAS officer of 1973 Batch who belongs to the Bihar cadre.
S. Lalli conspicuous by his absence
Indian Minister for Information
& Broadcasting (I & B) Ms. Ambika Soni hosted a lunch two days back at
her place. However, B.S. Lalli Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Prasar Bharati was
conspicuously absent. He is a retired IAS officer from 1971 batch who belongs
to the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
Is K P Ramaiah joining
Is K P Ramaiah Secretary SC/ST Welfare to Bihar Government
joining politics? Answer to this question lies with K P Ramaiah. However, he was
seen on stage during a dalit maha rally that Janata Dal- United, had organized
in Patna two days back.
Decks cleared for young
IAS officers to go Jharkhand on deputation (UPDATED)
have been cleared for inter cadre deputation of IAS officers hailing from cadres
other than Jharkhand. Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has issued
a letter to all Chief Secretaries whereby inter cadre deputation of those IAS
officers who have put in three years of service will be possible to Jharkhand.
Normally it is permitted in case of such bureaucrats who have put in at least
nine years of service. However, an exceptional decision has been taken in view
of shortage of IAS officers in Jharkhand. The DoPT had said this vide its letter
no.13017/51/2008 AIS 1 DoPT 2nd February, 2010.
cops in Noronha academy on February 24, 2010 (UPDATED)
cops will be addressing junior & young IPS officers on terrorism & policing
in RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration & Management (RCVPNAAM) Bhopal on
February 24, 2010. They are NSG chief N.P.S. Aulakh & Maharashtra DGP A.N.Roy.
Besides an IPS officer from Pune will be participating in discussions where a
bomb explosion had taken place early this month.
Singh to be Joint Secretary PMO (UPDATED)
Singh is going to be new Joint Secretary in the Prime Ministers Office (PMO).He
is 1983 batch IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre.
CWC targets a turnover of Rs.1003 crore in 2010-11
Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) has targeted to achieve a turnover of Rs.1003
crore during 2010-11. This was stated by B.B. Pattanaik CWCs Managing Director
(MD) while inaugurating a six-day training course for senior executives of the
CWC in Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon on February 22, 2010. For
achieving the target Pattanaik also said that CWC would further diversify its
activities to procurement of food grains, cold chain logistics and running container
trains in other sectors. Three Directors of the CWC also attended it. They are:
G.N. Nair Director (Finance), G. Mathialagan Director (Personnel) and T.K. Doshi
Arun Duggal is chief of SCL
Duggal has taken over as Chairman of the Shriram Capital Ltd (SCL). He is an experienced
international banker and has advised companies on financial strategy, M&A
and capital raising.
Pande to retire from Jhansi unit
R K Pande ,GM (Incharge) of the Jhansi Unit of the BHEL,
is superannuating on February 24.
be Director (Finance ) ITDC !
In all probability, N K Grover will
be new Director (Finance) of the ITDC. The PESB has reportedly put the name of
Grover as number one in the panel.Presently, N K Grover is General Manager (GM)
Finance with the Central Warehousing Corporation(CWC).
Kumar is Director BEL
Anil Kumar has taken over as Director (other
units) of Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL),
of CBI Selection Board takes place (UPDATED)
of the CBI Selection Board was held in New Delhi on Monday.
appointed Consultant in Planning Commission (UPDATED)
Modi has been appointed as Consultant in the Planning Commission. He is 1981 batch
IRS (IT ) officer.
ACC rejects proposal of ICMR
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has rejected
the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to appoint Vineet
Chowdhry presently Joint Secretary in the Department of Health & Family Welafare
as Senior Deputy Director General(Admn) in Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR).
He is 1984 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.
order of Ujwal Chaudhary stayed (UPDATED)
of DG Investigations (IT) in Jharkhand Ujawal Chaudhary has been stayed.
BJPs inner Party woes continue unabated!!!
to now rest during the Indore meet Advani clearly stated!!
the meet hes been appointed BJPs Working Chairman
.is it a joke!!!
Inner wars this appointment will stoke!!!
As it is Ghadkari
is having a tough time to handle Advanis gang!!!!
Why do you think that
song from Anand during the meet Ghadkari sang???
Unless BJP is
not able to shrug off Advani,
It is going to be the same old kahaani!!
The man is like deadweight around BJP neck!!!
means at each other top Leadership will continue to peck!
wants to take on Sarkaar on price rise!!
But seems BJPs agenda is that
to Pawars aid it will rise!!
Its going to say Pawar
is not the only one responsible for prices galloping!!
BJPs aim is that
Congress should get equal share in the walloping!!
Ghadkari too has a soft corner for Pawar!!!
Must be feeling on
my Marathi Bahu mee kassa karoo waar?
And for Gods
sake please do not walk out but discuss the matter threadbare!!
Pawar ko karro
Even if BJP walks out rest of Opposition should stay put
and reveal and bang Pawar!
Demand that Pawar has no moral right to continue
in the Sarkaar!!
Without a doubt illiteracy leads to people going
the Naxalism way!!!
Because in the hands of Maoists they play!!
But one does not have to be a literate to see the gap!!!!
in misery while the rich waste wealth and live in luxurys lap!!
They hear about a rich man gifting his wife a Jet!!!
Whereas just one
meal a day many of them get!!!
Naxalism also means religion is
kept at bay!!!
Because Naxal philosophy is religion se far all must
This makes it easier to butcher people in cold blood!!
Because there is no religious blockade that can stop emotions ka flood!!
Taaliban misinterprets religion to get its lot to kill people in religions
Naxalism misinterprets religion in unjust Societys name to get
result is same!!!
The Pune blast has had its
From World Cup Hockey some teams may eject!!
Kalamadi has got his fingers crossed that Countries pull out of Commonwealth
So that he does not have to face on various counts blames!!!
Andhar andhar se he's open to the Games being outsourced!!!!
glee he'll say ' to outsource the games we are forced'!!
is ex an stooge of Pawar!!
And has the same mindset as a movie ticket 'blacky'
who shouts ek ka chaar!!
Begaane function mein Abdullah diwaana!!!
But then to dance and sing Farroukh Abdullah needs a bahaana!!
On Arunachal Pradeshs 24th Statehood day Abdullah sang and danced!!!!
And with him soon Guv J.J. Singh too pranced!!
soon turned into a golfers gala!!!
And then from your Excellency both turned
to addressing each other as saala!!
golf is a bonder 'par' excellence!!
Golf talk only to a golfer makes sense!!
On my recent holiday I got treatment for a illness!!!
undergo treatment for a week kiya practitioneer ne stress!!
for a week starting tommorrow please excuse me,
Hope the treatment solves
my problem.... lets see!
However in between if I get the time I
will defenitely pen Awaaz!!!
Mehrotra Ji and my dear readers please mere saath
math honaa naraaz!!
(The views expressed in this column are of the contributors.
We do not owe any responsibility, whatsoever, of the views of our surfers as they
are their personal opinion)
Chidambaram is unmatchable
had the rare honour of witnessing Evening Parade in WAGAH BORDER in the August
gathering of the Home Minister, P Chidambram, the CM of Punjab, DG-BSF, Secy-Border
Management etc on 20th Feb 2010. The HM was present perhaps for the first time
to witness the Ceremony. The way Chidambram greeted the BSF Jawans was astonishing
and speaks about his courtesy and character. Respect for these Jawans was writ
large on his face. I was sitting just across the Road and was really moved at
the way he conducted himself. I alongwith my family Salute him for the feelings
he reflected. Hats Off to you Sir. Nation may have seen H.Ms who meant business,
but for me Mr. Chidambram "Meant Business coupled with Respect". As
an Indian I am really proud to see a Home Minister conducting himself so gracefully.
As an educationist I would certainly like my students to emulate him in their
Life.Nation really has an able Home Minister and our security and peace is in
Rajesh Srivastava, New Delhi
Chaudhury's transfer is shocking
Chaudhury's transfer from Investigation Wing has created a buzz around Ranchi
and elsewhere. This is not isolated
Recruitment rules dont
As per the Central Secretariat Manual of Office procedure the PPS and
Sr. PPS are also expected to peform all the functions of a PS/PA including stenography.
The people belonging the Stenographers service should not dream of becoming a
Deputy Secretary or Director Administration in Ministries/Departments as they
are not trained for it nor does their recruitment rules provides for it.
They are worst sufferers
It is a known fact that Steno D/UDCs
are worst sufferer in Central Secretariat as Officers such as PPS/Sr. PPS are
getting all benefit while most work has been done by Steno D. Same situation is
in the Cadre of CSCS where all benefits has been taken by Assistant and above.
In other organisation i.e. CBDT/CBEC/PAO a LDC will be eligible to appear in the
departmental examination and become Jr. Accountant etc. A Tax Assistant may be
promoted as Sr. Tax Assistant in their 3 years service while Sr. Tax Assistant
may become Inspector in their 8 years of Service while in Sectt. A steno D/UDC
become PA/Asstt respectively in their 15 year of services. it is very frustrating
matter.All the benefits in the Sixth pay commission also taken by Asstt./PA etc.
DoP&T may consider this fact.
of creating posts of PPS,Sr.PPS and PSO
With upgradation of these posts the
burden has increased manifold on lower officials viz. Steno D, PA and PS since
it is they who have to perform all duties and PPS onwards treat themselves as
officers and don't take dictation or typing. There duty is merely to maintain
officers' engagements and telephone calls. This is a clear cut wastage of tax-payers
money. There should be no promotion after PS - instead they should be merged with
general side, as recommended by VI CPC. I hope somebody should be held responsible
for creating this drama in Government.
Some reemployed bureaucrats
are very kind hearted
Some reemployed bureaucrats are very kind hearted in
further reemploying their retired PA/PS/PPS/SrPPS. But not all PPS/PS are equally
lucky.Readers may be surprised to know that one Sr. PPS to CVC who retired on
attaining the age of superannuation on 30.9.2005 is still continuing in CVC after
having been reemployed under rule 7 of CVC (Staff)Rules 1964 now superceded by
CVC (Staff)Rules 2007 (Rule 4(2)a. As the CVC has been empowered to appoint a
person selected by him as PS/Sr PPS the question of criteria does not arise. This
information has been provided unde RTI Act.
Change in Negotiating
Differences between Ambassador Dasgupta and Ambassador Saran on one
side and the present political dispensation in the Ministry of Environment and
Forests on the other side had been known for sometime. Is this ugly turn of events
an indicator of changes in our negotiating positions at the climate talks? If
it does, we shall not only be minisculing our efforts of successive rounds of
negotiations but will also deal a blow to the concept of equitable social development
and economic growth, which India has been championing for sometime. Group of developing
countries too would not take it kindly. This will dilute our position at Doha
Development Agenda, Millennium Development Goals etc as well. Climate and environment
issues play important roles in our negotiations on non-tariff barrier related
aspects as well. There are many other such issues which will be effected by any
perceived change in our time tested policy on climate and environment. I hope
the Prime Minister would look into it and nip any future problem in the bud. In
fact, all stake-holders- civil societies, businesses and political parties should
bring pressure to safeguard this important national interest.
Punctuality & Discipline must be maintained
It is very shocking that every
year thousands of agricultural workers lost their lives due to debt burden. No
doubt Government of India took steps for the sake of these workers, but nobody
knows whether the fruits of different schemes to protect them reach them at all
Huge number of casual staff are yet to be regularised by all the
Government Departments. Who knows how long they are to wait for their regularisation.
After the implementation of the Pay Commission reports by the Government
of India and State Governments, now the salary structure of the employees are
at improved at least to some extent, but if one surveys he will find that most
of the officials/officers are not punctual in attendance.
is not properly maintained by most of the Government Departments. Ministry of
Finance issues circulars on austerity, but who will monitor as to whether the
same is implemented or not? Recently some fellow writers were trying to justify
the meetings/seminars which are being held at the cost of Government expenses
at different locations.
When there is clearcut directives from the Ministry
of Finance about organising meetings/seminars etc., how the Department of Posts
could defy that? One writer is of the view that Postal Department is poised for
huge technical leap which includes networking of 136000 post offices and conversion
of Savings Bank into a core bank and he wanted to justify the officers frequent
visit is needed for intense monitoring. Again the writer of the letter is trying
to befool all. May I ask him whether all the participants of the meeting/seminar
have sufficient knowledge about the system? He must remember that networking business
is done by the persons who have sufficient knowledge on this particular technology
and it is known to all that the Savings Bank core activity relate to particular
wing of the department, for which all officers from Delhi and other places need
not come and gossip at the expense of the Government. However, Ministry of Finance
should actively monitor how its allotted fund is being spent.