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Gujarat cadre retired IAS officers victim of witch-hunting?

In bureaucratic circles, it is widely believed that two senior retired IAS officers from Gujarat are constantly being targeted by their own few peers.

Going by the reports in the media former Union Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty (Retd IAS:1985:GJ) had to resort to filing a defamation case against a news platform for allegedly targeting his wife for holding a senior position in a state-funded PSU. Though the media organization later claimed (CLICK TO READ) that it stood by its previous report.

Further, if some insiders are be believed former Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh (Retd IAS:1983:GJ) is also said to have been facing rough weather in his own cadre state as few decisions that were taken during his tenure were revisited recently by the incumbent Gujarat administration with few more under watch.

These recent examples are being seen as living examples of witch-hunting but few insiders termed it 'politics in bureaucracy'. 

16 Jul 2020
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Retirement age galore: Indianmandarins’ reports proved accurate

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees had been the most discussed issue in past few months. Several such versions were floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one but it was Indianmandarins which relied on its own top sources and its successive news reports denying any such move of lowering the retirement age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs.  

Indianmandarins questioned (21.09.2019) the growing uncertainty over retirement age issue and made an effort (23.09.2019) to expose the rumours through a reality check. Terming the rumour on ‘proposal of lowering the retirement age’ a ghost Indianmandarins in its report dated 05.11.2019 underlined that “....contrary to the rumours Indianmandarins’ learnt through some key officials that no such proposal has been initiated as yet.”

Finally, Union Minister for Personnel Dr Jitendra Singh (on 27.11.2019) said in a written reply to Lok Sabha; "No Sir. Presently, there is no proposal to reduce age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years,"

It may be underlined that MPs Kaushal Kishore and Upendra Singh Rawat had asked whether there was any proposal before the government to decrease the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years or under article 56(J) of compulsory retirement on attaining the age of 50 years.

Further, in his reply, the Dr Jitendra Singh said that there were provisions under Fundamental Rules 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, according to which the government has the absolute right to retire officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

CLICK TO READ:

Retirement age 58 years: The ghost returns (News dated 05.11.2019)

NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality (News dated 23.09.2019)

Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop? (News dated 21.09.2019)


29 Nov 2019
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Gujarat cadre retired IAS officers victim of witch-hunting?

By IndianMandarins 16 Jul 2020

In bureaucratic circles, it is widely believed that two senior retired IAS officers from Gujarat are constantly being targeted by their own few peers.

Going by the reports in the media former Union Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty (Retd IAS:1985:GJ) had to resort to filing a defamation case against a news platform for allegedly targeting his wife for holding a senior position in a state-funded PSU. Though the media organization later claimed (CLICK TO READ) that it stood by its previous report.

Further, if some insiders are be believed former Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh (Retd IAS:1983:GJ) is also said to have been facing rough weather in his own cadre state as few decisions that were taken during his tenure were revisited recently by the incumbent Gujarat administration with few more under watch.

These recent examples are being seen as living examples of witch-hunting but few insiders termed it 'politics in bureaucracy'. 

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Retirement age galore: Indianmandarins’ reports proved accurate

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees had been the most discussed issue in past few months. Several such versions were floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one but it was Indianmandarins which relied on its own top sources and its successive news reports denying any such move of lowering the retirement age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs.  

Indianmandarins questioned (21.09.2019) the growing uncertainty over retirement age issue and made an effort (23.09.2019) to expose the rumours through a reality check. Terming the rumour on ‘proposal of lowering the retirement age’ a ghost Indianmandarins in its report dated 05.11.2019 underlined that “....contrary to the rumours Indianmandarins’ learnt through some key officials that no such proposal has been initiated as yet.”

Finally, Union Minister for Personnel Dr Jitendra Singh (on 27.11.2019) said in a written reply to Lok Sabha; "No Sir. Presently, there is no proposal to reduce age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years,"

It may be underlined that MPs Kaushal Kishore and Upendra Singh Rawat had asked whether there was any proposal before the government to decrease the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years or under article 56(J) of compulsory retirement on attaining the age of 50 years.

Further, in his reply, the Dr Jitendra Singh said that there were provisions under Fundamental Rules 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, according to which the government has the absolute right to retire officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

CLICK TO READ:

Retirement age 58 years: The ghost returns (News dated 05.11.2019)

NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality (News dated 23.09.2019)

Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop? (News dated 21.09.2019)


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A boon turns out to be a bane?

By IndianMandarins 19 Nov 2019

An All India Service officer, who once had held the high offices at the level of Apex Grade, has started feeling the heat post retirement. Reportedly, the pension and other post retirement benefits have been put on hold in the garb of discontinued service.

The position which was once given by the establishment with a lot of expectations and was held by the officer with a sense of great pride finally turned out to be a curse.

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Foreign postings: ACC’s clearance awaited for 07 Director level posts

By IndianMandarins 16 Nov 2019

If some top sources are to be believed the NaMo administration may soon clear the appointment of seven Director level posts for India’s establishments in Beijing, Brussels, Manilla, Geneva and Washington DC. 

Reportedly, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet may take adequate time to clear the appointments of Directors to be posted in Asian Development Bank (Manilla), World Trade Organisation (Geneva), Brussels, Beijing, Indian Embassy in Washington DC, World Bank.

 

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Bureaucrazy gets crazier?

By IndianMandarins 04 Nov 2019

M K Kaw (Retd IAS:1964:HP), the Former Union Finance Secretary and Member Secretary to Fifth Pay Commission breathed his last on 28th of October in New Delhi. Strangely, senior IAS officers in Himachal Pradesh were so heavily occupied with the final round of preparations for investors meet that the HP IAS Association forgot to condole the death of man who authored the book “Bureaucrazy gets Crazier” back in 1993.

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PM’s resolve to shake-up bureaucracy; asks to shed colonial legacy

By IndianMandarins 01 Nov 2019

Hitting hardly on the colonial legacy and hinting clearly at his resolve to shake up the bureaucracy Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that young Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers should go to people, and change the legacy of colonialism. He was addressing the 'combined foundation course' comprising 400 young officers from various services including IAS officers in the 'tent city' of Kewadia in Gujarat. “We don’t expect status quo from you. Everyone is working to build new India, but our responsibility is more," PM said. “The presence of silos and hierarchy does not help our system. Whoever we are, wherever we are, we have to work together for the nation."

While addressing a programme at the Statue of Unity attended by IAS officers among others, he underlined that civil servants should make efforts to change the perception of bureaucracy by working as a comprehensive team in the best interest of an aspirational country.

He said “Let’s change how we look at things. Earlier, people would keep saying backward districts...now we say aspirational districts. Why should any posting be a punishment posting? Why not see it as an opportunity posting?"

PM added that “as service providers, it is our duty to increase the ease of living. People should not struggle with the government on a daily basis, and the poor should not suffer."

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Secretary, DIPAM: Khachi’s repatriation adds a spin

By IndianMandarins 24 Oct 2019

Hardly had DIPAM (Disinvestment) Secretary Anil Khachi (IAS:1986:HP) completed 90 days at the Centre when the NaMo administration, on Tuesday, announced his premature repatriation to cadre state of Himachal Pradesh leaving many of his peers clueless about the reasons behind the decision.

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that Kachi’s abrupt premature repatriation has added a spin to the appointment of the next Chief Secretary of the state. The outgoing CS Shrikant Baldi (IAS:1985:HP) is retiring in December this year.

It remains to be seen whether Sanjeev Gupta (IAS: 1985: HP) presently secretary, Inter State Council Secretariat will also prefer to return to his cadre and stake his claim for the coveted job. Several insiders appear to have assumed that Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP Govt in Himachal has all along ignored officers on central deputation while considering appointments to the post of Chief Secretary.

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Abrupt replacement of Coal Secretary remains unexplained: Reading between the lines

By IndianMandarins 21 Sep 2019

When corporate world was upbeat over announcement of Finance Minister reducing corporate tax resulting Sensex surging a new high, there was a complete uncertainty in coal sector.

 

The abrupt replacement of coal secretary Sumanta Chaudhuri (IAS:1985:WB) with Anil Kumar Jain (IAS:1986:MP) caused ruffle across services and batches even as senior members of bureaucracy are still clueless as what caused this unexplained reshuffle.

 

Certain aspects generate curiosity for sure. Appointment orders of Jain as new coal secretary is completely silent on Sumanta. Neither he was repatriated nor posted laterally to any other department/ministry at Centre, nor did it mention whether Sumanta was placed under waiting for further posting.

 

The order came at a time when Mamata Banerjee was right there in New Delhi meeting PM and HM adding to the rumour that Didi would have asked for the services of Choudhury as the outgoing chief secretary Malay Kumar De (IAS:1985:WB) is retiring in next couple of days. But various senior officers of West Bengal cadre believe that neither Didi was so keen to make Choudhuri as CS nor did Choudhury has the interest of leaving Delhi sixteen months ahead of his retirement i.e. 31.01.2021.

 

Coal ministry in the last few years had been a witness of such abrupt exits. Chaudhuri served as coal secretary for ten months whereas his predecessor Inderjit Singh (IAS:1985:KL) had less than five month’s tenure as coal secretary.


It appears that whatever happened during UPA-II continues to cast its shadow on Coal Ministry leaving everyone clueless about frequent unexplained exits.

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