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EESL: New MD soon, Vice-Chairman post being created for Kumar

Indianmandarins has reliably learned that the selection committee meeting held on July 28 has identified three candidates for the post of Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). The MD post has virtually fallen vacant as the tenure of Saurabh Kumar (Ex-IRS IT officer) as MD is almost complete. His term was in May 2020 extended for a period of three months. 

Reportedly, the Selection Committee headed by Union Power Secretary had initially considered 11 candidates to be examined of which three candidates were were said to have been identified for further examination and selection for MD post.

Further, it is reliably learned that a new post of Vice Chairman (VC) is being created and the outgoing Managing Director Saurabh Kumar may be picked as the first VC of EESL. Those in the know of the affairs say that Kumar has become key to the functioning, business expansion, and consolidation of EESL and in all likelihood, the EESL Board may draft him as VC.

Founded in 2009, EESL is promoted by the Ministry of Power (GoI) as a Joint Venture of four CPSEs namely NTPC Ltd, PFC, REC Limited, and POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited.

It is a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO), which enables consumers, industries, and governments to effectively manage their energy needs through energy-efficient technologies. EESL claims that it is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio across sectors like lighting, buildings, electric mobility, smart metering, agriculture, etc. at a scale that no organization has been able to achieve. EESL's energy efficiency solutions have saved India over 47 billion kWh energy annually while reducing 36.5 million tonnes of carbon emission.

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Railway Board – High on Promises and pursuit for Delivery?

Behind the iron curtains of the Rail Bhawan and a little away from scrutiny by the ‘top offices’ the Railway Establishment, which at its convenience dons the alternate roles of a Board and a Ministry, seems to flounder without a recovery in sight. 

There has been a spate of announcements and promises that attracted media attention extensively. But closer scrutiny reveals that these promises were more to hoodwink the top political leadership. Let’s have a look on some of the prominent announcements and how they fare now.

Integration of Railway Cadres Constantly warring railway cadres were ordered to be integrated into a single Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) on the orders of the Prime Minister himself about ten months ago. But, the otherwise decisive regime has not been able to push the obstinate Railway bureaucracy to go beyond a Cabinet approval for the merger. That there are incompatibilities in the merger of civil services and engineering service entrants was well known. Yet, a Cabinet note was moved and got clearance also. Disputes and representations have, therefore, stalled the process. But, the Railway Board doesn’t seem to pay heed let alone address the issues directly. It is looking at the Group of Ministers constituted for the purpose, but hasn’t held even a single interactive meeting at its own level with officers in last ten months, who have expressed legitimate concerns.

Corporatization of Production UnitsThis exercise began nearly two years ago as a solution to Railway’s bloated workforce, giving operational freedom to the Pus and to enable them to work in a competitive world by inducting modern technology. This proposal has not even been presented to the Cabinet for a final decision. Meanwhile, the route to bring in new technology has been diverted to possible induction of modern trains by private train operators. Needless to say, such corporatization would have significantly reduced the wage bill of Railways.

Vande Bharat Express The Vande Bharat Express has been an unqualified success, albeit a rare one, of the Make-in-India call. Even after a much-publicized inauguration by the PM and his repeated calls, the Railway Board is yet to produce more trains of the genre. A thriving Indian high-speed rail industry has been stopped in its tracks. The current plans to manufacture the train to new specifications, which were completely unnecessary, do not promise new trains before the year 2024. Only the posterity will tell whether this delay was meant to scuttle in-house expertise and benefit outsiders.

Rail UniversityThe NDA government, in its first rule itself envisioned four National Rail Universities in India. But, in spite of repeated reminders by the ‘top office’, consultancies, and review meetings there is no worthwhile institution in sight. The make-shift institution operational in the campus of Railway Staff College at Vadodara is running without any specific plans on what will happen to the students graduating from it – will it add further to the army of unemployable engineers of the country or will there be gainful jobs for them. There is no faculty, laboratories or curriculum approved by the UGC or the AICTE. Reportedly, there isn’t even an adequately resourced library.

Private Train Operation It is proposed to bring-in private train operators with a view to improving service levels, attracting investments and inducting new technology. The whole exercise is based on a farce that private investment is needed in the first place. Indian Railways has enough rolling stock and locomotives to run the train-services at pre-COVID levels and a lot more. There is actually a glut of passenger coaches. Why is the private investment required in an area, where we already have a surplus? Then the call for new technology is a bigger farce - the current stock is already capable of running at speeds significantly higher than that permitted by our tracks, bridges and signals. 160 kmph operations are possible even today with Vande Bharat and LHB coaches coupled with select locomotives. On-board services like better food and comfort are not matters of new technology, but of better execution of what IR already has. The clamor for modern technology is misplaced at best and mischievous at worst.

These promises were conceptualized to exhibit a sign of activity over a year or more. Most of it was aimed at self-preservation and possible extensions by senior bureaucracy. The trick has been to keep making new promises while carefully putting the old ones on the back burner. The decline in the general health of the Railways is palpable as can be discovered by anyone, who speaks to officers of all ranks in the field – there is a lot to do on the fronts of financial management, efficient management of expenditure on “capacity expansion” works and a re-think required over perpetuating production. Given the general hopelessness, even sincere officers have taken recourse to take credit for running shramik and other specials at less than ten percent of Railway’s operational capacity, manufacture of masks and PPEs and COVID coaches, a far cry from the general efficiency of rail operations.

Indian Railways is the common man’s transport. Yet, the Railway Board, in the backdrop of the COVID crisis, has steadfastly refused to run regular trains. Many trains originate and end in the same state and there should be no resistance to begin these trains immediately since such transport directly impacts local businesses and professions.

It is time the ‘top offices’ and ‘premiere institutions’ began to pose some tough questions to the Railway Board on the resumption of train services, prioritization of contracts and projects, reduction of the wage bill and creating a lean-mean travel company. Otherwise, the losses may be permanent and impossible to recover from.

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EESL: New MD soon, Vice-Chairman post being created for Kumar

By IndianMandarins 2 minutes ago

Indianmandarins has reliably learned that the selection committee meeting held on July 28 has identified three candidates for the post of Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). The MD post has virtually fallen vacant as the tenure of Saurabh Kumar (Ex-IRS IT officer) as MD is almost complete. His term was in May 2020 extended for a period of three months. 

Reportedly, the Selection Committee headed by Union Power Secretary had initially considered 11 candidates to be examined of which three candidates were were said to have been identified for further examination and selection for MD post.

Further, it is reliably learned that a new post of Vice Chairman (VC) is being created and the outgoing Managing Director Saurabh Kumar may be picked as the first VC of EESL. Those in the know of the affairs say that Kumar has become key to the functioning, business expansion, and consolidation of EESL and in all likelihood, the EESL Board may draft him as VC.

Founded in 2009, EESL is promoted by the Ministry of Power (GoI) as a Joint Venture of four CPSEs namely NTPC Ltd, PFC, REC Limited, and POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited.

It is a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO), which enables consumers, industries, and governments to effectively manage their energy needs through energy-efficient technologies. EESL claims that it is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio across sectors like lighting, buildings, electric mobility, smart metering, agriculture, etc. at a scale that no organization has been able to achieve. EESL's energy efficiency solutions have saved India over 47 billion kWh energy annually while reducing 36.5 million tonnes of carbon emission.

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Tenure of EESL MD Saurabh Kumar extended

(09.05.2020)

Kaushik tipped as MD, EESL?

(20.12.2019)

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Railway Board – High on Promises and pursuit for Delivery?

By IndianMandarins 3 hours ago

Behind the iron curtains of the Rail Bhawan and a little away from scrutiny by the ‘top offices’ the Railway Establishment, which at its convenience dons the alternate roles of a Board and a Ministry, seems to flounder without a recovery in sight. 

There has been a spate of announcements and promises that attracted media attention extensively. But closer scrutiny reveals that these promises were more to hoodwink the top political leadership. Let’s have a look on some of the prominent announcements and how they fare now.

Integration of Railway Cadres Constantly warring railway cadres were ordered to be integrated into a single Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) on the orders of the Prime Minister himself about ten months ago. But, the otherwise decisive regime has not been able to push the obstinate Railway bureaucracy to go beyond a Cabinet approval for the merger. That there are incompatibilities in the merger of civil services and engineering service entrants was well known. Yet, a Cabinet note was moved and got clearance also. Disputes and representations have, therefore, stalled the process. But, the Railway Board doesn’t seem to pay heed let alone address the issues directly. It is looking at the Group of Ministers constituted for the purpose, but hasn’t held even a single interactive meeting at its own level with officers in last ten months, who have expressed legitimate concerns.

Corporatization of Production UnitsThis exercise began nearly two years ago as a solution to Railway’s bloated workforce, giving operational freedom to the Pus and to enable them to work in a competitive world by inducting modern technology. This proposal has not even been presented to the Cabinet for a final decision. Meanwhile, the route to bring in new technology has been diverted to possible induction of modern trains by private train operators. Needless to say, such corporatization would have significantly reduced the wage bill of Railways.

Vande Bharat Express The Vande Bharat Express has been an unqualified success, albeit a rare one, of the Make-in-India call. Even after a much-publicized inauguration by the PM and his repeated calls, the Railway Board is yet to produce more trains of the genre. A thriving Indian high-speed rail industry has been stopped in its tracks. The current plans to manufacture the train to new specifications, which were completely unnecessary, do not promise new trains before the year 2024. Only the posterity will tell whether this delay was meant to scuttle in-house expertise and benefit outsiders.

Rail UniversityThe NDA government, in its first rule itself envisioned four National Rail Universities in India. But, in spite of repeated reminders by the ‘top office’, consultancies, and review meetings there is no worthwhile institution in sight. The make-shift institution operational in the campus of Railway Staff College at Vadodara is running without any specific plans on what will happen to the students graduating from it – will it add further to the army of unemployable engineers of the country or will there be gainful jobs for them. There is no faculty, laboratories or curriculum approved by the UGC or the AICTE. Reportedly, there isn’t even an adequately resourced library.

Private Train Operation It is proposed to bring-in private train operators with a view to improving service levels, attracting investments and inducting new technology. The whole exercise is based on a farce that private investment is needed in the first place. Indian Railways has enough rolling stock and locomotives to run the train-services at pre-COVID levels and a lot more. There is actually a glut of passenger coaches. Why is the private investment required in an area, where we already have a surplus? Then the call for new technology is a bigger farce - the current stock is already capable of running at speeds significantly higher than that permitted by our tracks, bridges and signals. 160 kmph operations are possible even today with Vande Bharat and LHB coaches coupled with select locomotives. On-board services like better food and comfort are not matters of new technology, but of better execution of what IR already has. The clamor for modern technology is misplaced at best and mischievous at worst.

These promises were conceptualized to exhibit a sign of activity over a year or more. Most of it was aimed at self-preservation and possible extensions by senior bureaucracy. The trick has been to keep making new promises while carefully putting the old ones on the back burner. The decline in the general health of the Railways is palpable as can be discovered by anyone, who speaks to officers of all ranks in the field – there is a lot to do on the fronts of financial management, efficient management of expenditure on “capacity expansion” works and a re-think required over perpetuating production. Given the general hopelessness, even sincere officers have taken recourse to take credit for running shramik and other specials at less than ten percent of Railway’s operational capacity, manufacture of masks and PPEs and COVID coaches, a far cry from the general efficiency of rail operations.

Indian Railways is the common man’s transport. Yet, the Railway Board, in the backdrop of the COVID crisis, has steadfastly refused to run regular trains. Many trains originate and end in the same state and there should be no resistance to begin these trains immediately since such transport directly impacts local businesses and professions.

It is time the ‘top offices’ and ‘premiere institutions’ began to pose some tough questions to the Railway Board on the resumption of train services, prioritization of contracts and projects, reduction of the wage bill and creating a lean-mean travel company. Otherwise, the losses may be permanent and impossible to recover from.

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CBIC: Appointment of three Board members cleared

By IndianMandarins 13 hours ago

The NaMo administration on Monday cleared the appointment of three new Board Members in the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) namely; Ajay Jain (IRS C&CE:1985); Vivek Johri (IRS C&CE:1985) and Ms. Sungita Sharma (IRS C&CE:1986). CBIC is the top policy-making body for indirect taxes.

Presently, M Ajith Kumar (IRS C&CE:1984) is heading the Board as Chairman. The Board comprises a Chairperson and a maximum of six members.

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CPSEs: 5 top executives assume Board-level positions, Deb is CMD, NMDC

By IndianMandarins 02 Aug 2020

On August 01, 2020, as many five top executives assume charge as CMD and Director in various Central PSUs following the retirement of respective CMD and Directors.

CMD, NMDC Limited:

Sumit Deb took over as CMD, NMDC Limited. He replaces N Baijendra Kumar (IAS:1985:CG) who superannuated on 31 July 2020. Prior to this Deb worked as Director (Personnel) NMDC Limited. As CMD Deb will have a tenure till his retirement in February 2023.

Director (Commercial), NTPC:

Chandan Kumar Mondol took over as Director (Commercial) at NTPC Ltd w.e.f 01.31.2020. He succeeds A K Gupta on his superannuation on July 31, 2020. Prior to taking over as Director, he served as ED, NTPC. Mondol has been with NTPC for over 35 years. He joined NTPC as 9th Batch Executive Trainee (ET) in 1984.

Director (Finance), BEL: 

Dinesh Kumar Batra on Saturday assumed charge as Director (Finance) in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Prior to this Batra worked as GM and headed Internal Audit at BEL’s Corporate Office, Regional Office-Delhi and Pune Unit as General Manager.

Batra succeeded Koshy Alexander who superannuated on 31 July 2020. He, an alumnus of Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTU), Kanpur started his career with BEL at its Ghaziabad Unit in 1984.

Director (Commercial), MOIL: 

P V V Patnaik on Saturday took over as Director (Commercial), MOIL Limited. Prior to his appointment as Director, PVV Patnaik worked as ED, MOIL Limited. He succeeded T K Patnaik on his retirement on 31 July 2020.

Director (Technical), EIL:

Mrs Vartika Shukla on Saturday took charge as Director (Technical), Engineers India Ltd (EIL). Prior to this she worked as Executive Director, EIL. She succeeded L K Vijh who retired on 31 July 2020.   

Further, consequent upon the retirement of Rajiv Chopra (Director, Marketing) on 31 July 2020 the additional charge of CMD post was given to Sanjeev Kumar Sharma who is working as Director (Personnel), STC. The CMD post at STC has been lying vacant for a couple of years.  

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Manipur Govt in dilemma: Dr Rajesh is interim Chief Secretary

By IndianMandarins 01 Aug 2020

After the Manipur Government could not make a decision on the appointment of Chief Secretary the Governor of Manipur assigned Dr Rajesh Kumar (IAS:1988:MN) to hold the charge of Chief Secretary of the state following the retirement of Dr J Suresh Babu (IAS:1988:MN) on 31 July 2020.

The need for an interim arrangement for the well-anticipated vacancy of the coveted post endorses what Indianmandarins.com reported on Friday.  

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HUDCO inks MoU with YEIDA

By IndianMandarins 01 Aug 2020

New Delhi (31 July 2020): CMD Housing & Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) M Nagaraj, and Dr Arunvir Singh, CEO, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) signed an MoU for providing financial assistance to the tune of over Rs 4000 crore for various projects adjoining the up-coming International Airport at Jewar, Uttar Pradesh. These would include land acquisition, development of industrial estates, electronic city, housing projects and associated infrastructure development on both sides of Yamuna expressway over the next 3 years.

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SAIL: Odisha CM inaugurates Plasma Bank at Ispat General Hospital

By IndianMandarins 01 Aug 2020

A Plasma Bank was inaugurated on-line by Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha at Ispat General Hospital of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) on 31st July. The Plasma Bank, set up in association with the Government of Odisha would go a long way in the treatment of the critically ill COVID-19 patients.

It is one of the many exemplary initiatives of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant under the guidance of Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, to fight the pandemic. He has also been stressing on strengthening infrastructure and expanding services and COVID-19 tests in SAIL’s hospitals for the people of the region. Earlier in the month of April, a COVID Sample Testing Lab was established in IGH which proved beneficial in containing the spread of the disease.

The Plasma Bank which is first in this region is equipped with Apheresis machine for plasma collection, Sealer, Crash Cart, Oxygen line and a Plasma cabinet for storage of 350-500 units of plasma. Persons completely cured of COVID-19 can donate plasma in the centre. A number of stringent tests are carried out in the Plasma Bank to check the quality of the plasma before providing the same for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The Centre will be managed by the doctors and paramedics of Ispat General Hospital. This centre has brought a new ray of hope and optimism amongst the people of this region.

The inauguration programme was attended by Minister (Labour & Employment), Govt of Odisha, Susanta Singh, Minister (Women & Child Development & Mission Shakti ), Govt of Odisha, Smt Tukuni Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Govt of Odisha, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, CEO, RSP Dipak Chattaraj and many other eminent leaders of the region, senior officers of Govt. of Odisha and Rourkela Steel Plant.

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AP: IAS officer Nimmagadda reinstated after SC pulled Jagan Reddy Govt

By IndianMandarins 31 Jul 2020

On April 10, the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government removed Ramesh Kumar Nimmagadda (Retd IAS:1982:AP) from the post of SEC through an ordinance, which sought to reduce the term of the SEC from five years to three years and appointed a retired Madras high court judge V Kanagaraj in his place.

The Andhra Pradesh government issued orders reinstating retired IAS officer Nimmagadda as the state election commissioner a week after the SC pulled it up for defying the state high court directions.

A government order reinstating Ramesh Kumar as SEC was issued around midnight by Principal Secretary for Panchayat and Rural Development department Gopala Krishna Dwivedi (IAS:1993:AP). A gazette notification was issued subsequently restoring the position of SEC to Nimmagadda.

The notification says the reinstatement would be subject to the outcome of the case in the Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition filed by the state government challenging the high court ruling on the reinstatement of Ramesh Kumar.

Accordingly, orders were issued ending the term of Ramesh Kumar who had just completed four years and retired Madras high court judge V Kanagaraj was appointed in his place.

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