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Indian Economy in shambles

Indian Economy is in shambles. Thanks to so many scams coupled with alleged misuse of RTI Act, such a situation has arisen.

Politics behind moving rape victim to Singapore
The decision to move the 23 year old rape victim to Singapore had a tough time in the Cabinet. Sharad Pawar, Ghulam Nabi Azad amongst others were opposed to the idea . However PM, Chidambaram and Shinde prevailed.

Owaisi fails to enthuse audience ?
The news coming from Andhra is that Akbaruddin Owaisi has failed to understand that returns, political or otherwise, from hate speeches have started diminishing all over India. People are tired of the language, the tone and the tenor. They want politicians to articulate their ambitions and promise things concrete not impress them with empty rhetoric say sources.


Why did FM meet senior bureaucrats?

Why did Finance Minister P Chidambaram meet Secretary level bureaucrats last week? Of them two were ladies while one was Tamilian and a North Indian each. Does this mean that the proposal of three months extension in service to Secretary, Financial Services and Disinvestment , D K Mittal has been shelved ? In view of the budget there was a proposal for extension to D K Mittal.

Posting of 1979 batch IAS officers as Secretary start in GoI
Shyamal Sarkar is the first to get posting as Secretary in the Government of India. A 1979 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, Sarkar is going to succeed D V Singh as Secretary,Water Resources on February 1.A 1976 batch MT cadre IAS officer Singh is retiring on January 31.

Will Justice Sapre be CJ of Manipur High Court ?
Senior most Judge of the Chhattisgarh High Court, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre is likely to be appointed Chief Justice of the newly constituted Manipur High Court.

Will a dark horse be Petroleum, Secretary?

There is a silence in the PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat over the appointment of new Petroleum, Secretary. Appointment of a dark horse is not ruled out.

Who will go to Kabul ?
Who will go to Kabul as Counsellor in Indian Embassy ? A panel of three names consisting of Shiv Darshan Singh, DD (IPS 1995 batch, J&K cadre), Rajeev Ahir, DD (IPS 1996 batch , Punjab cadre) and O N Bhaskar DD, (IPS 1997 batch, Bihar cadre) has been forwarded by the MHA to the DoPT.

Why did PM praise Sanjeev Tripathi ?
Why did the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shower praises on the outgoing R&AW Chief Sanjeev Tripathi at an official function ? Any guess ?

Snehlata Srivastava is new AS, Banking
Snehlata Srivastava has taken over as Additional Secretary, Banking. She is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.

Who will head UTI Asset Management Company ?
Who will head the UTI Asset Management Company ? The position is lying vacant for about two years. Tie is said to be between Imtaiyazur Rahmanand and Leo Puri.

ITPO to get a full-term ED soon
As the grapevine has it, Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is likely to get a full-term Executive Director soon. The name short-listed and selected for the slot has been awaiting clearance of ACC. Until now Asit Tripathi was the in-charge of ED, ITPO.

Ranjan Chatterjee is Member of NGT
Ranjan Chatterjee has joined the National Green Tribunal (NGT) as a Member. He is a 1974 batch IAS officer of Meghalaya cadre.

Selection for DG, Forest on anvil on January 8
As the grapevine has it, selection for new Director General (DG) Forest will meet on January 8, 2013. As many as two Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers of 1976 batch have been short listed for the slot of DG Forests. They are: K Jude Sekar (Orissa cadre) and Vedanta (Karnataka cadre).

Rakesh Behari to take charge as Chairman, DSIDC today
Rakesh Behari, recently appointed as Chairman of the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC), will take charge on Monday. Being senior to D M Spolia, new CS of Delhi, Behari has been appointed as the head of DSIDC, an autonomous body. He is a 1977 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Member, Engineering in Railway Board to retire on January 31
Member, Engineering in Railway Board A P Mishra is going to retire on January 31,2013.

1981 batch IRS (IT) to be CCIT
A 1981 batch IRS (IT) officers will get postings as Chief Commissioners of Income Tax this year. Process of empanelment has commenced.

Who will be MD of LIC ?
Who will be new MD of the LIC ? Names of ED, Investments S B Mainak and Zonal Manager S K Roy have started doing the round.

Lt Sen Singh to be Core Commander, Eastern Sector
Lt Gen K J Singh is moving as Core Commander of the Eastern Sector.

P Ravi Kumar empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI
P Ravi Kumar has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent in Government of India. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Secretary, CCI to retire this month end
Secretary, Competition Commission of India (CCI), Bunker is superannuating on January 31.Secelction of new Secretary is likely next week.

Rajasthan now has 14 ACS rank officers
Number of ACS rank officers in Rajasthan has now gone up to 14. A 1980 batch IAS officers have recently been promoted.

Will Sridhar be Vigilance Commissioner in Tamil Nadu ?
Dr T S Sridhar IAS (TN: 78) who narrowly missed the post of Chief Secretary on January 1 is, according to TN secretariat sources, likely to be appointed as the Vigilance Commissioner of the State. The assignment is considered to be the stepping stone for the post of Chief Secretary. He has the backing of the most powerful bureaucrat in the State K N Venkataramanan - a retired IAS officer and the most trusted Private Secretary to the Chief Minister. Nobody will be surprised if Mrs Sheela Balskrishnan is eased out after a couple of months and Dr Sridhar is posted as Chief Secretary as Mrs Balakrishnan's appointment as Chief Minister did not have the blessings of Venkataramanan who has an important and even final say in the postings and transfers of both IAS & IPS officers in the State.

Mrs Archana Ramsundaram to be DGP of Tamil Nadu ?
In case the two year fixed tenure for the current DGP of Tamil Nadu, Ramanujam, is not approved by the Centre, there is thinking to appoint a 1980 batch IPS officer Mrs Archana Ramsundaram as the DGP just as the Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa has picked up Mrs Sheela Balakrishnan as the Chief Secretary. Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mrs. Sheela Priya IAS (TN: 77) is also a lady.

Rajiva Sinha relieved by UNICEF
Rajiva Sinha has been relieved by the UNICEF on completion of his tenure. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.

Deepak Kumar to be Joint Secretary in GoI
As the grapevine has it, Deepak Kumar is poised to join the Government of India (GoI) as a Joint Secretary. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.

Orders of S K Pal in a couple of days
The orders of S K Pal, GM, IRCON, for the appointment of Director (Finance), National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) are expected to be issued in a couple of days.
(We said this on August 29, 2012)

B Praveen promoted as CCF in Rajasthan
B Praveen has been promoted to the grade of Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) in Rajasthan. He is a 1995 batch IFS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Orders of V S B Babu this week
Orders of V S B Babu GM, NPCL, for the appointment as Director (Personnel), Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) are expected to be issued this week.

Minor IAS changes in Madhya Pradesh
There has been a minor IAS reshuffle in Madhya Pradesh. Accordingly, while R K Chaturvedi has been appointed Principal Secretary, GAD; Dharma Rao will be Commissioner, Industries while Neeraj Mandloi will be Commissioner , Treasuries.

Administrative reshuffles on the anvil in Jharkhand?
As the grapevine has it, a reshuffle of IAS officers is likely to take place immediately after Arjun Munda government recovers from the ongoing crisis. As many as four Deputy Commissioners may be transferred and posted soon.

Clouds of uncertainty over the successors of DGP & CS, Jharkhand
The approaching dates of retirement of Chief Secretary S K Chaudhary and DGP GS Rath have raised the curiosity bars among bureaucracy in Jharkhand as who would grab the hot slot. The ongoing political crisis in Jharkhand has made the scenario a bit hazy; though for the time being. S K Chaudhary's retirement is due on January 31 whereas DGP G S Rath's will be retiring on Feb. 28.

Interviews for GM (Finance), BLC on Jan 9
Interviews for the selection of General Manager (Finance), Balmer Lawrie & Co Limited (BLC) are being conducted on January 9, 2013. Manoj Lakhanpal, Deputy General Manager (Finance), is a strong candidate for the post.

HAG level promotions in ISS
A panel of six names have been approved by ACC for promotion from SAG to HAG-II of ISS, and sent to MOSPI 3 weeks back as a New Year Gift to ISS Officers. A question being debated in ISS Circles is who will go to Kolkata?

Bharath Kumar moves to Hong Kong
Bharath Kumar Kuthati has moved to Hong Kong after the superannuation of P Ajith Kumar.

S S Rana bereaved
Brigedier K Singh, father of S S Rana, Member (Investigations) in CBDT, has passed away in Delhi. He was 90.

Union Minister Praful Patel felicitated by BHEL CMD (UPDATED)
B Prasada Rao, CMD, BHEL, has felicitated Praful Patel, Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, on the occasion of BHEL's Foundation Day at a function organised in New Delhi.

Five IAS officers get fresh assignments in HP (UPDATED)
As many as five officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places. Accordingly, R S Negi (1996) has been assigned an additional charge of Managing Director, HMPC, Shimla while Budhi Ram Veram (1996) gets an additioinal charge of Manging Director, H P Agro Industrial Packaging India Limited, Shimla and Amar Singh Rathore (2000) was made Managing Director, H P Agro Industries Corporation Limited, Shimla. Besides, B M Nanta has been given an additional charge of Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumers Affairs and K R Bharti (2001) is Special Secretary, Finance with additional charge of Director, Treasuries, Lotteries and Accounts.

Two IFS officers shifted in HP (UPDATED)
Two officers of Indian Forest Service (IFS) have been transferred in Himachal Pradesh. Accordingly, R K Kapoor (1978) has been appointed as Managing Director, SC, ST & Mahila Vikas Nigam, Solan while S S Negi will now be Director, Environment, Science & Technology.

Gautam Thakkar leads race for CEO of Infosys BPO (UPDATED)
Infosys BPO will soon have a new boss at the helm . The Company's CEO Swami Swaminathan is retiring and Gautam thakkar, VP and head of enterprise services in infosys BPO, is said to be the front runner to replace Swaminathan.

Rajiv Takru to be Secretary Financial Services (UPDATED)
AS and FA Health Rajiv Takru will be new Secretary Financial Services in the Government of India. 1979 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre Takru will join as OSD before taking over from D K Mittal on February 1.

Ravi Mathur is new Secretary Disinvestment (UPDATED)
Ravi Mathur will be new Secretary Disinvestment in the Government of India. 1979 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre Mathur is presently Additional Secretary Labour.

Four IRS-Customs officers transferred (UPDATED)
As many as four officers of Indian Revenue Service-Customs and Central Excise have been transferred and posted at different places. Accordingly, R K Sharma, ADG, DRI, Delhi zone, has been transferred as Commissioner, Kolkata while Vivek Ranjan, ADG (EP) is being shifted as ADG, DRI, Delhi zone and John Joseph, Commissioner, Delhi-I, was shifted as ADG, Headquarters. Besides, K J Chaudhary, Commissioner, Audit, has been transferred as ADG, Central Excise, Delhi zone.

Vishwa Mohan Sharma posted as SDO, Devgarh in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Vishwa Mohan Sharma has been posted as SDO, Devgarh (Rajsamand) in Rajasthan. He is a 2010 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Deepak Shetty promoted to Chief Commissioner, Customs (UPDATED)
Indian Revenue Service-Customs officer Deepak Shetty has been granted proform promotion to the grade of Chief Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise. Presently, he is on deputation to the Ministry of Shipping.

A Sai Manohar relieved to join CBI (UPDATED)
Madhya Pradesh Government has relived A Sai Manohar of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Indore to join as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on deputation for a period of five years. He is a 1995 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.

A Sai Manohar relieved to join CBI (UPDATED)
Madhya Pradesh Government has relived A Sai Manohar of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Indore to join as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on deputation for a period of five years. He is a 1995 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.
(We said this on October 11, 2012)


Khurana is COO, Bharti Infratel

Sunil Khurana has been appointed by the Bharti Infratel as Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the company.

Two addl. Directors appointed on Board of Filmcity Media Ltd
Filmcity Media Ltd has appointed Pankaj Dave and Rajkumar Modi as additional Directors of the company.

Two Directors cease to be on Board of Filmcity Media Ltd
Ruchika Gupta and Saurabh Sanganeria have resigned as Directors of Filmcity Media Ltd.

Saxena appointed VP (Sales & Mktg.), Best Western India
Best Western India has appointed Sandeep Saxena as Vice President (Sales and Marketing).

Verma appointed Chief Growth Officer, Draftcb Ulka
Ajay Verma has been appointed as Chief Growth Officer of Draftcb Ulka.

AMD promotes Kumar as CFO
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has elevated Devinder Kumar to the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Sawhney quits as President (European operations), HCL Technologies
Rajeev Sawhney has quit as President of HCL Technologies European operations.

Nair quits as VP (Healthcare Vertical), HCL Technologies
Pradeep Nair has quit as Senior Vice President (Healthcare vertical) of HCL Technologies Ltd.

Jafa quits IFCI
Vijendra Singh Jafa has resigned as Director of IFCI.

Chhagani quits Sarda Energy
GK Chaggani has resigned as Director of Sarda Energy.

Directors of NTC Industries resign
Two Director of NTC Industries Mahendra Pratap Singh and Manish Jain have resigned.


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Empanelment Deluge

WIC is presently deluged with hard facts about empanelment of officers for posts at various levels in Government of India. For consideration and selection at a particular level, the officers represent a cross section of different services and belong to different vintage. This has generated considerable excitement and anticipation among empanelled officers and their well wishers, which is understandable. However, the empanelment phenomenon is in some ways reminiscent of vehicles of all make, shape and size being allowed entry to a dedicated parking lot of grand prix after successfully undergoing a rigorous process of certification but without each necessarily being assured of a parking slot much less participation in the main event.

S K Tewari

Abolish reservations

All reservations should be abolished whether for recruitment or promotion. All appointments and promotions should be on the basis of merit alone. Even the short sighted constitutional provision expired long back. This policy has done great harm to governance in the country. Even Sai Baba advocated abolishing reservations but he said that there should be universal and free education and health care for all Indians irrespective of caste, creed, religion or gender.

D Choudhury

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