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Nilam Sawhney is the new CS of Andhra Pradesh

Seven months ahead of retirement Nilam Sawhney (IAS:1984:AP) was on Thursday appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh; a post  which fell vacant after the sudden transfer of L V Subramanyam (IAS:1983:AP), a week ago. Neerabh Kumar (IAS:1987:AP), who was holding additional charge of CS. 

The NaMo administration had on Monday repatriated Mrs Sawhney who was working in Govt of India as Union Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. 

 

14 Nov 2019
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Ret. AP IAS officers come to aid of serving colleagues against CBN

Retired IAS officers of united AP have objected to the reported scurrilous statement and “intemperate remarks” made by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu against the Chief Secretary and the Chief Electoral Officer of the State.

 

In a petition, signed by as many as 34 retired IAS officers of united Andhra Pradesh, to Governor ESL Narasimhan, veteran officers said that in matters relating to the conduct of elections, such behavior and utterances as those of CBN sought to damage the credibility of the highest officials in the bureaucracy and in the process also harmed the image of the head of the government. Such behavior would also challenge the legitimate authority of the Election Commission of India.

 

The petition was submitted to the Governor at Raj Bhavan by a delegation of 12 retired officials, led by former chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust T. Gopala Rao, on Tuesday. The senior-most among the signatories is C. S. Rangachari IAS of 1958 batch.

 

The officers urged the Governor as the Head of the State to take necessary action so that such attempts to “publicly belittle and humiliate” senior officials of the State would not recur.

 

The delegation, later speaking to media, said that it was Chief Election Commissioner who appointed the senior-most IAS officers from a panel of three names given by the AP government when the Commission decided to change existing Chief Secretary Anil Punetha. L.V. Subramanyam was appointed by the Election Commission for the free and impartial conduct of elections in the State.

 

But Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu referred to Subramanyam as the co-accused along with a political leader. In the combined State, a number of officers were victimized and false cases foisted on them for political reasons. Further, the High Court had quashed the FIR filed against Subramanyam and he was free of any charges. Yet it was highly inappropriate for the Chief Minister to refer to the Chief Secretary as a co-accused in a case.

 

CBN's “intimidating behavior” with Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh Gopalkrishna Dwivedi was unbecoming of a public figure and it amounted to undermining the dignity of the IAS officers and to muzzle the democracy, Gopal Rao said.

 

Asked if they would also take up the alleged humiliation of IAS officers in Telangana, Gopal Rao said they have their own assessment about the situation in Telangana but the purpose of meeting the Governor was to draw his attention to undermining the dignity of Chief Secretary appointed by the Election Commission.

 

Former chief secretary of AP IYR. Krishna Rao said that serving officers would have limitations in reacting. “So as retired officers, we wanted to highlight this issue so that people would come to know of the facts.”

17 Apr 2019
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Nilam Sawhney is the new CS of Andhra Pradesh

By IndianMandarins 14 Nov 2019

Seven months ahead of retirement Nilam Sawhney (IAS:1984:AP) was on Thursday appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh; a post  which fell vacant after the sudden transfer of L V Subramanyam (IAS:1983:AP), a week ago. Neerabh Kumar (IAS:1987:AP), who was holding additional charge of CS. 

The NaMo administration had on Monday repatriated Mrs Sawhney who was working in Govt of India as Union Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. 

 

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Ret. AP IAS officers come to aid of serving colleagues against CBN

By IndianMandarins 17 Apr 2019

Retired IAS officers of united AP have objected to the reported scurrilous statement and “intemperate remarks” made by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu against the Chief Secretary and the Chief Electoral Officer of the State.

 

In a petition, signed by as many as 34 retired IAS officers of united Andhra Pradesh, to Governor ESL Narasimhan, veteran officers said that in matters relating to the conduct of elections, such behavior and utterances as those of CBN sought to damage the credibility of the highest officials in the bureaucracy and in the process also harmed the image of the head of the government. Such behavior would also challenge the legitimate authority of the Election Commission of India.

 

The petition was submitted to the Governor at Raj Bhavan by a delegation of 12 retired officials, led by former chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust T. Gopala Rao, on Tuesday. The senior-most among the signatories is C. S. Rangachari IAS of 1958 batch.

 

The officers urged the Governor as the Head of the State to take necessary action so that such attempts to “publicly belittle and humiliate” senior officials of the State would not recur.

 

The delegation, later speaking to media, said that it was Chief Election Commissioner who appointed the senior-most IAS officers from a panel of three names given by the AP government when the Commission decided to change existing Chief Secretary Anil Punetha. L.V. Subramanyam was appointed by the Election Commission for the free and impartial conduct of elections in the State.

 

But Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu referred to Subramanyam as the co-accused along with a political leader. In the combined State, a number of officers were victimized and false cases foisted on them for political reasons. Further, the High Court had quashed the FIR filed against Subramanyam and he was free of any charges. Yet it was highly inappropriate for the Chief Minister to refer to the Chief Secretary as a co-accused in a case.

 

CBN's “intimidating behavior” with Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh Gopalkrishna Dwivedi was unbecoming of a public figure and it amounted to undermining the dignity of the IAS officers and to muzzle the democracy, Gopal Rao said.

 

Asked if they would also take up the alleged humiliation of IAS officers in Telangana, Gopal Rao said they have their own assessment about the situation in Telangana but the purpose of meeting the Governor was to draw his attention to undermining the dignity of Chief Secretary appointed by the Election Commission.

 

Former chief secretary of AP IYR. Krishna Rao said that serving officers would have limitations in reacting. “So as retired officers, we wanted to highlight this issue so that people would come to know of the facts.”

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AP CS to be transferred today; CM sinking deeper into morass

By IndianMandarins 06 Apr 2019

AP CM CB Naidu's grand plans of challenging the ECI have fallen flat. And his plans to win the forthcoming election by whatever means are going awry.

 

The Election Commission on Friday ordered the transfer of trouble-maker Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha and posted IAS officer L V Subrahmanyam in his place.


Further Naidu's move to make a junior IPS officer, Shankha Brata Bagchi, the new chief of the state Anti-Corruption Bureau, superseding several senior officers when the Model Code of Conduct is on has raised the eyebrows in the state as well as in the central government.

 

The EC's Friday order directed the state government to effect its order on Punetha's transfer by Saturday forenoon. It has further directed that Punetha, scheduled to retire from service end-May, be posted to a 'non-election' position.

 

The poll panel was provoked to do this as the Andhra Pradesh government reportedly refused to shift three IPS officers -- Director General of Police (Intelligence) AB Venkateswara Rao and two Superintendents of Police -- in violation of EC instructions.

 

Punetha had also filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court on March 27, challenging the EC order transferring DG (Intelligence) Rao, contending that the EC did not have "untrammeled powers" to interfere with the course of administration that is unconnected to polling.

 

The High Court rejected the petition last Friday, forcing him to issue an order shifting the DG (intelligence).

 

The Chief Secretary had, in fact, complied with the EC order Tuesday midnight and transferred the Intelligence DG, along with the two districts SPs. But on pressure from the state CM, he canceled the Intelligence chief's transfer order on Wednesday morning.

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AP CS in trouble of his own making

By IndianMandarins 03 Apr 2019

By kowtowing to CM C B Naidu, AP Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha, who is due to retire next month, may seem to have harmed his own cause and tarnished his reputation at the fag-end of his career.


As was expected, the Chief Election Commission (CEC) has taken him to task for defying its order to transfer three IPS officers, including State Intelligence chief AB Venkateswara Rao. Punetha was reportedly summoned by the CEC on Monday to explain the circumstances that led him to override its order.


On the night of March 26, the CS issued a GO (716) transferring Intelligence DG Venkateswara Rao and SPs of Srikakulam and Kadapa districts following the directions of the CEC. However, the very next day, two different GOs (720 and 721) were issued in the name of the CS.


The GO 720 was issued canceling the GO 716 and notifying only the transfers of SPs of Srikakulam and Kadapa districts. And in the GO 721, the CS enclosed the list of police officers to be designated for election-related duties. In the list, officers from the Director General of Police to police constable were designated for poll duties but the Intelligence DG was exempted.


In the GO 721, the CS also cited a letter from the DGP to him the previous day (after issuing the orders transferring all the three IPS officers) based on which the order was issued.


Further, after the government notified his transfer relieving him from the post of Intelligence chief and directed him to report to the Head Office, AB Venkateswara Rao is reported to have applied for leave for two months.

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CB Naidu rejigs officers in some important areas

By IndianMandarins 19 Jan 2019

In a minor but politically significant reshuffle, the AP government has posted Ram Prakash Sisodia, who has been replaced by Gopal Krishna Dwivedi as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), as Principal Secretary (Tribal Welfare). 


Shamsher Singh Rawat, who is currently holding the post of Principal Secretary (Tribal Welfare) has been re-designated as Principal Secretary (Social Welfare). West Godavari (W.G.) Collector K. Bhaskar is posted as Visakhapatnam district Collector in the place of Pravin Kumar, who has been transferred as Collector, W.G.Srikant Nagulapalli,  Secretary (Political) in the General Administration Department, is placed in full additional charge to the post of secretary (services) in the same department. K. Damayanthi, Special Commissioner of A.P. Bhavan and Principal Secretary (Higher Education), is given full additional charge as Principal Secretary (Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries) consequent on Dwivedi’s appointment as CEO.

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Three Chief Secretaries retiring this month; extension likely

By IndianMandarins 12 Sep 2018

Keeping in view the NaMo administration’s previous records on extensions, re-appointments it is all likely that it may give its concurrence on state governments’ proposal to give extension to the outgoing Chief Secretaries.

 

Chief secretaries of Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh are retiring on September 30, 2018 namely; Vineet Choudhary (IAS:1982:HP), Sudhir Tripathy (IAS:1985:JH) and Dinesh Kumar (IAS:1983:AP).

 

It may be underlined that NaMo administration, previously, gave its concurrence on extensions to the chief secretaries of even non-BJP ruled states. The only exception may be cited is Assam (a BJP ruled state) as it did not endorse the extension to Ms T Y Das (IAS:1982:AM) who retired on August 31.

 

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that the Centre is weighing prospects to give extension to two of the three outgoing chief secretaries.

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