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NBCC settles the succession issue: Sharma to head Amrapali Projects?

The NBCC top management responded to the pressure groups deftly and announced that A K Sharma (CGM, Engineering) will take charge from Aggarwal on his retirement on 30 November 2020. 

Yet the order does not mention whether Sharma will be heading the Amrapali projects. Yet a section of the insiders believes that the order clearly states Aggarwal will hand over the charge to Sharma which is a clear indication of management's intent. Amid differing views, there appearss a unanimity in the opinions that the continuity in the Amrapali flats construction is not going to be disrupted or broken and they may be delivered to buyers within the timeline promised by the NBCC.

According to the orders issued, Sharma will continue to look after Office Block East Kidwai Nagar (EKN) and works of Archaeological Survey of India including Jalianwala Bagh Maintenance works. Further, Sharma would report to Director (Commercial) Rajendra Chaudhary.

The extension/reappointment issue of Aggarwal had assumed significance primarily due to the SC’s decision on the Amrapali project where the interest of thousands of homebuyers is at stake. In addition to complying with RERA provisions, the completion of Amrapali's stalled projects may restore the badly-shaken faith of homebuyers in the government, NBCC, and the real-estate sector in general.

It may be underlined that the NBCC has guaranteed that 44,000 stalled Amrapali flats will be completed and delivered between January 2021 and 2023.

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Gadkari's prescription for NHAI slugs

The hawk-eyed Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, known as much for high efficiency as for his great singing ability, was shocked and became speechless while inaugurating the NHAI's new building in Nagpur through video conferencing on October 26.

He expressed his displeasure and disappointment over some officials of the NHAI who managed to escape his hugely successful monitoring system. And he became speechless about the words to use while inaugurating a Rs 250 crore project that has been under construction for 11 long years. After the contracts were awarded in 2009, New Delhi has had three union administrations and the NHAI had 08 chairmen.

He was songless because, under him, the NHAI has been setting new records in laying highways, which has enabled it to target for completion Rs one lakh crore 1,240KM Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in three years by 2022.

The minister was so cheesed off that he advised that the photographs of officials responsible for the delay should be prominently displayed to inform the public about their (officials) great ability to build a small office project in nine years.

Gadkari also suggested that the construction procedures of the building deserved a research paper to figure out the ways in which NHAI can be destroyed from within.

His vitriolic sarcasm was not lost on the audience, many of whom took to Twitter to congratulate the Minister for his frank and honest barbs at GMs, CGMs, and other senior officials including previous chairmen.

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NBCC settles the succession issue: Sharma to head Amrapali Projects?

By Rakesh Ranjan 3 hours ago

The NBCC top management responded to the pressure groups deftly and announced that A K Sharma (CGM, Engineering) will take charge from Aggarwal on his retirement on 30 November 2020. 

Yet the order does not mention whether Sharma will be heading the Amrapali projects. Yet a section of the insiders believes that the order clearly states Aggarwal will hand over the charge to Sharma which is a clear indication of management's intent. Amid differing views, there appearss a unanimity in the opinions that the continuity in the Amrapali flats construction is not going to be disrupted or broken and they may be delivered to buyers within the timeline promised by the NBCC.

According to the orders issued, Sharma will continue to look after Office Block East Kidwai Nagar (EKN) and works of Archaeological Survey of India including Jalianwala Bagh Maintenance works. Further, Sharma would report to Director (Commercial) Rajendra Chaudhary.

The extension/reappointment issue of Aggarwal had assumed significance primarily due to the SC’s decision on the Amrapali project where the interest of thousands of homebuyers is at stake. In addition to complying with RERA provisions, the completion of Amrapali's stalled projects may restore the badly-shaken faith of homebuyers in the government, NBCC, and the real-estate sector in general.

It may be underlined that the NBCC has guaranteed that 44,000 stalled Amrapali flats will be completed and delivered between January 2021 and 2023.

ALSO READ:

NBCC: Amrapali Project head may get extension post-retirement

NBCC caught in a quagmire: SC, Amrapali, and a curious extension case of ED


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Gadkari's prescription for NHAI slugs

By IndianMandarins 4 hours ago

The hawk-eyed Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, known as much for high efficiency as for his great singing ability, was shocked and became speechless while inaugurating the NHAI's new building in Nagpur through video conferencing on October 26.

He expressed his displeasure and disappointment over some officials of the NHAI who managed to escape his hugely successful monitoring system. And he became speechless about the words to use while inaugurating a Rs 250 crore project that has been under construction for 11 long years. After the contracts were awarded in 2009, New Delhi has had three union administrations and the NHAI had 08 chairmen.

He was songless because, under him, the NHAI has been setting new records in laying highways, which has enabled it to target for completion Rs one lakh crore 1,240KM Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in three years by 2022.

The minister was so cheesed off that he advised that the photographs of officials responsible for the delay should be prominently displayed to inform the public about their (officials) great ability to build a small office project in nine years.

Gadkari also suggested that the construction procedures of the building deserved a research paper to figure out the ways in which NHAI can be destroyed from within.

His vitriolic sarcasm was not lost on the audience, many of whom took to Twitter to congratulate the Minister for his frank and honest barbs at GMs, CGMs, and other senior officials including previous chairmen.

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J&K LG engages Yatish and Dushyant as media consultants

By IndianMandarins 5 hours ago

The J&K Government Manoj Sinha on Wednesday (28.10.20) appointed Yatish Yadav as Senior Media Consultant and Dushyant Kumar Rai as Media Consultant in the Information Department.

Indianmandarins has learned that local media personnel was surprised to see the appointment orders. They admit that state Information department officials largely failed to contribute whereas PIB officials too could not contribute much.

It is believed that Manoj Sinha would have gauged the utility and effectiveness of the newly appointed consultants as he has a long way to go to ascertain the political process and dialogue in the new J&K.   

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Intelligence: Nothing may happen to Mumbai police commissioner

By M K Shukla and Rakesh Ranjan 28 Oct 2020

Analysis of Open-source intelligence (OSINT) reports suggests that the ruling BJP may not find it convenient or useful to focus its ire on Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in its battle against the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government of Maharashtra. The bottom line is he may not face the music like former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar.

Once an administrative issue is caught in the quagmire of politics, leaders prefer to let it sort out itself in due course. The same may be the preferred option in the case of Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh's involvement in cooked or uncooked controversies that emanated from a host of unfortunate incidents (Ajit Pawar’s oath as CM and clean chit, SSR death case, Rhea, Bollywood, Drugs, TRP tampering) in quick succession.  

While Singh may or may not have followed the path of neutrality in his conduct as an IPS officer, he has been known as the 'most obedient public servant' of every political dispensation of the state. During the previous BJP-Shiv Sena government, for example, he followed the political direction or inclination of the regime to implicate and neutralize individuals and organizations opposed to the Fadnavis administration.

Similarly, when the NCP-Congress government ruled the state from 2005-09, he, as a distinguished member of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which proved its "professional competence" in its despicable failure to deal with the 26/11/2008 terrorist strike on Mumbai, was, however, very good at promoting the 'saffron terror conspiracy" implicating and torturing counter-terrorism Operations expert, Col. Prasad Purohit, and present Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.

More instances could be cited from Singh's career records to show his great survival instinct, not a condemnable thing at all in view of the quality of the elected representatives all over the country.

Further, OSINT reports point to his 'deep and intimate' connection with the BJP - deeper and more intimate than those of Republic TV Arnab Goswami and actress Kangana Ranaut who are seen as the spearheads of the BJP's double pincer maneuver to discredit and destroy Uddhav Thackerey, Sharad Pawar, Sonia Gandhi axis founded on the tried and tested primordial principle of dynastic alliances.

The Mumbai police commissioner, through his son Rohan and his wife Radhika Meghe, is related to a prominent BJP family of Nagpur with deep political connections, friends, and associates across the spectrum.  In brief, it's a highly networked family.

Radhika is the daughter of businessman Sagar Meghe who is the son of Datta Meghe, a highly-skilled politician who, having spent a lifetime in Congress Party and being its MP, MLA, and MLC for a long time, decided to cross the 'Vaitarni' by tagging himself with the BJP in 2014. Sagar's brother, Sameer, is a BJP MLA.  The family business includes a lot of educational institutions and commercial organizations.

So, from whichever angle you may look on the basis of OSINT reports, it is clear that Singh is well protected by his web of alliances and patronage given and received. Moreover, his reputation to save and protect his subordinates in every given situation, an admirable true leadership quality, stands him in good stead.

In the given situation, it is not seen as convenient or beneficial for the BJP to get directly involved in the scramble for power among its different constituents. To limit the strife, however, it has been balancing forces to save its spearheads like Arnab and Kangana. In the case of the former, a TRP case was filed in Lucknow and transferred to CBI; in the case of the latter, Y-category security was provided for safety against any physical assault from Sena hoodlums. 

(By M K Shukla and Rakesh Ranjan)

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Appointment of GM Railways cleared

By IndianMandarins 27 Oct 2020

The Appointments Committee on Tuesday (27.10.20) cleared the appointment of four General Manager, Railways:

  1. Ms Anjali Goyal (IRAS) appointed as GM, Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi.
  2. Sunil Sharma (IRPS) appointed as GM, Northeast Frontier Railway (Construction), Guwahati.
  3. A Gangal (IRSME) appointed as GM, Northern Railway, New Delhi.
  4. VK Tripathi (IRSEE) appointed as GM, North Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur.

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PFC observes Vigilance Awareness Week 2020

By IndianMandarins 27 Oct 2020

New Delhi (27.10.2020): The Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) shall be observing the “Vigilance Awareness Week-2020” from 27th October to 2nd November 2020. Ravinder Singh Dhillon, CMD, PFC along with PK Singh, Director (Commercial) & Additional Charge of Director (Projects) and Smt. Parminder Chopra, Director (Finance) administered “Satyanishtha Pratigya” (Integrity Pledge) to all employees of the Corporation to mark the beginning of ‘Vigilance Awareness Week 2020’.

PFC’s Vigilance Unit is organising various events/workshops and competitions on the theme: “Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat” (Vigilant India, Prosperous India) to raise awareness levels amongst its employees. 

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Shipping Minister Mandaaviya inaugurates ‘Direct Port Entry Facility’

By IndianMandarins 27 Oct 2020

Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the ‘Direct Port Entry (DPE) facility’ of V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust by unveiling the e-plaque. While addressing the inauguration ceremony, Mandaviya said that this was a noteworthy step towards reducing logistics cost and increasing the velocity of the cargo.

Dr Sanjeev Ranjan (IAS), Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, said that the IT-enabled infrastructure at the ports would definitely make the ports world-class, aligning the ‘Maritime Vision 2030’ of the Ministry of Shipping.

TK Ramachandran, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Arun Kumar Shrivastava, MD, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and other senior port officials were present in the virtual inauguration.

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NBCC caught in a quagmire: SC, Amrapali and a curious extension case of ED

By Rakesh Ranjan 26 Oct 2020

NBCC India Limited, a state-owned construction giant, is a house divided on the issue of extending the services of its Executive Director (Engineering) R K Aggarwal beyond his scheduled retirement on 30 November 2020.  

While a section of the top management team favors the idea of Aggarwal's extension on the plea that such a move may help uninterrupted and expeditious implementation of the Supreme Court direction on completing the 44,000 stalled flats under Amrapali housing projects where a huge amount of investors' money is locked, a large number of officers are opposed to the idea and they have made their angst and reservation known to the management in a letter from their union. 

Officers have argued that the SC has in no way mandated the continuation of services of Aggarwal even after retirement, that its direction was limited to entrusting the NBCC with the task to complete the pending and stalled projects and so, the NBCC was free to appoint a successor to Aggarwal on retirement by sticking to the due process of selection and by notifying the SC about its succession plan.

 It is pointed out that the policy of extension or reappointment is bad in principle and worst in execution. It's bad in principle because it is based on the premise that the person being given extension or reappointment is irreplaceable. In real life, this is an untenable proposition. The execution of this fallacious principle leads to favoritism and denial of the well-deserved opportunities to competent persons down the hierarchical ladder. It also degrades work culture and demoralization.

NBCC officers say the extant government guidelines on the extension/reappointment issue are crystal clear and don't support this pernicious practice except in critical and exigent situations.

Yet Aggarwal's extension/reappointment is being pushed by influence peddlers for the last couple of months as reported in this section on September 07, 2020. 

In any case; SC judgment and NBCC's involvement has sparked off rays of hope for poor Amrapali homebuyers and that should achieve its goal.  

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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