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Rahul - 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.
The poll 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.
Union 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 don’t 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 the government.
(Read the full survey in Feb issue of WHISPERS IN THE CORRIDORS magazine)

Four Power Centres ?
Who 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 Cabinet Secretary

B K Chaturvedi former Cabinet Secretary
M K Narayanan currently West Bengal Governor

M N Prasad Secretary to the Prime Minister

Other officers from North
4 Montek Singh Ahluwalia Vice Chairman of the Planning Commission
Who will be Secretary Power (2)
This time one more powerful business house of Adani’s is showing interest in the appointment of Secretary Power. Noone knows that Adani’s are going in a big way throughout the country in power sector.
Very strict 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 Secretary’s slot. It can be gauged from reports that only one of the six West Bengal cadre IAS officers figures in the list.
Anita Kaul empanelled in GoI
Ms 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.
Yogesh 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 )
Gulati 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 Dikshit’s proposal
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).
Will there be separate Intelligence Advisor ?
The Government is seriously considering to appoint a separate Intelligence Advisor .
MEA 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 hold
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 IPS Association
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 CMD’s slot in public sector banks. Presently she is Managing Director (MD) of State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH).
Three in race for NCERT Director’s 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 on
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 2012.
Name of Agrawal is number two in panel of ITDC
Name 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 (CERC).
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.
G 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&CE officer.
C.V. Muni Raju’s appointment cancelled
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) .
Sanjay Mehta quits Ashok Hotel, New Delhi
As the grapevine has it, Sanjay Mehta who is Front Office Manager with Ashok Hotel, New Delhi has resigned.
Remarkable changes in Public Enterprises Selection Board selections 
In 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 PSU’s where ED’s and GM’s 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. 
Like professional 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..
Verma to move from Ankara
Sanjay Kumar Verma has been moved from Indian Embassy in Ankara. His new posting is yet to be decided.
Bhargava is new RC Orissa in Delhi
Sudhir Kumar is new Resident Commissioner of Orissa in Delhi. He is 1984 batch IAS officer.
All 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).
3 contenders for BJYM chief’s 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 for RTE
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.
Minor 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
Dr. 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 transport system.
Ms Krishna Tirath is going to New York
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 conference.
U.N Panjiar gets additional charge
U.N 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.
B. 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 politics?
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)
Decks 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.
Top cops in Noronha academy on February 24, 2010 (UPDATED)
Top 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.
Shatrughna  Singh to be Joint Secretary PMO (UPDATED)
Shatrughna Singh is going to be new Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).He is 1983 batch IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre.

CWC targets a turnover of Rs.1003 crore in 2010-11
The Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) has targeted to achieve a turnover of Rs.1003 crore during 2010-11. This was stated by B.B. Pattanaik CWC’s 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 Director (MCP).
Arun Duggal is chief of SCL
Arun 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 of BHEL
R K Pande ,GM (Incharge) of the Jhansi Unit of the BHEL, is superannuating on February 24.
 Grover to 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).
Anil Kumar is Director BEL
Anil Kumar has taken over as Director (other units) of Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL),
Meeting of CBI Selection Board takes place (UPDATED)
Meeting of the CBI Selection Board was held in New Delhi on Monday.
Modi appointed Consultant in Planning Commission (UPDATED)
Arbind Modi has been appointed as Consultant in the Planning Commission. He is 1981 batch IRS (IT ) officer.
ACC rejects proposal of ICMR (UPDATED)
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.
Transfer order of Ujwal Chaudhary stayed (UPDATED)
Transfer of DG Investigations (IT) in Jharkhand Ujawal Chaudhary  has been stayed.

Aaj Ki Aawaz

BJP’s inner Party woes continue unabated!!!
‘I want to now rest’ during the Indore meet Advani clearly stated!!
After the meet he’s been appointed BJP’s Working Chairman….is it a joke!!!
Inner wars this appointment will stoke!!!
As it is Ghadkari is having a tough time to handle Advani’s 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!!!
Advani’s continuance means at each other top Leadership will continue to peck!
Opposition wants to take on Sarkaar on price rise!!
But seems BJP’s agenda is that to Pawar’s aid it will rise!!
It’s going to say Pawar is not the only one responsible for prices galloping!!
BJP’s aim is that Congress should get equal share ‘in the walloping’!!
Seems Ghadkari too has a soft corner for Pawar!!!
Must be feeling ‘ on my Marathi Bahu mee kassa karoo waar’?
And for God’s sake please do not walk out but discuss the matter threadbare!!
Pawar ko karro bare!!!
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!!!!
They wallow in misery while the rich waste wealth and live in luxury’s 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 stay’!!!
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 religion’s name!!
Naxalism misinterprets religion in unjust Society’s name to get people killed… result is same!!!
The Pune blast has had its intended effect!!!
From World Cup Hockey some teams may eject!!
Kalamadi has got his fingers crossed that Countries pull out of Commonwealth Games!
So that he does not have to face on various counts blames!!!
Andhar andhar se he's open to the Games being outsourced!!!!
Hiding his glee he'll say ' to outsource the games we are forced'!!
Kalamadi 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 Pradesh’s 24th Statehood day Abdullah sang and danced!!!!
And with him soon Guv J.J. Singh too pranced!!
The celebration soon turned into a golfers gala!!!
And then from your Excellency both turned to addressing each other as ‘saala’!!
Confucius says.... golf is a bonder 'par' excellence!!
Golf talk only to a golfer makes sense!!
On my recent holiday I got treatment for a illness!!!
I should undergo treatment for a week kiya practitioneer ne stress!!
So 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!!


Bharat Kumar

(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
I 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 able hands.
Rajesh Srivastava, New Delhi
Chaudhury's transfer is shocking
Ujjwal Chaudhury's transfer from Investigation Wing has created a buzz around Ranchi and elsewhere. This is not isolated
Recruitment rules don’t allow
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.
A Srivastava
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.
Regarding PPS/SrPPS/PSO
Ill-logic 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.
Sudhir Chopra
Change in Negotiating Position?
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.

Austerity, 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 or not.

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.

Further, austerity 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.
Ajay Prasad

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