AS EMPANELMENT

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Apparently, ACC knocks down the 360-degree panel recommendation, rekindles hope

The 360-degree method of empanelment of officers, which opened the window for retired officers to influence the careers of some of the best serving officers, is once again in focus, thanks to the bold decision taken by the ACC to not necessarily act on the advice of the 360-degree committees, and going to the extent of rejecting their advice as and when required.

In this regard, UT cadre officers cite the case of G Narendra Kumar (IAS:1989:UT) whose name finally appeared in the list of the review empanelment order issued on 22.09.2020, though Kumar's name didn't figure in the first list (Empanelment for holding Additional Secretary level post in Govt of India)made public on 19.07.2018. It is pointed out that Kumar is known as a no-nonsense officer but suffers from the 'disability' to network and hence had to suffer the humiliation and trauma of not figuring in the first list.

Several UT cadre officers told Indianmandarins that Kumar was always considered among the best lot of officers. However, because of his honorable conduct, a web was created to discredit him and block his growth in administration. Subsequently, the web was discovered to be fabricated by a tissue of lies. But the damage to Kumar's career was already done. Though the NaMo administration sends a message, at least in this case, that fairness may be delayed for a while but may not be denied in perpetuity.

Look at the way Kumar was hounded.

In the third week of September 2017, the CBI booked G Narendra Kumar, then Chairman of the Puducherry Centralised Admission Committee, and 12 others in connection with the alleged irregularities in the admission procedure for postgraduate medical courses in private institutions. CM V Narayanasamy had then on 21.09.2017 told reporters in a veiled reference to the then Lt Governor that some people at the top were 'preoccupied with victimizing' officers of the UT of Puducherry. 

The CM had also asserted that the booked officers had not violated any rules or procedures as separate committees, appointed by the Madras High Court, were on job to fix fees, and monitor the admission process in the medical colleges and the Medical Council of India (MCI) supervised the admissions.

The bottom line is: Will the government continue to indulge retired officers, many of whom - as many as 140 -have formed a group and keep issuing unsolicited statements against the BJP governments because of their past association with the Congress-UPA governments as well as with some foreign-funded NGOs associated with "breaking India forces." Why not check the administrative and political antecedents of retired officers before soliciting their dated and expired advice on the performance records of serving officers? Why not indeed?

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

13 Oct 2020
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51 IAS officers empanelled for holding Additional Secretary in Govt of India

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the empanelment of the following officers of Indian Administrative Service for holding Additional Secretary (AS) level posts at the Centre at the level mentioned against their names:

  1. Pankaj Joshi (IAS:1989:GJ)- AS/AS Equivalent
  2. Ravi Shankar Prasad (IAS:1990:AM) AS/AS Equivalent
  3. Vijoy Kumar Singh (IAS:1990:PB)- AS/AS Equivalent
  4. Arun Baroka (IAS:1990:UT)- AS/AS Equivalent
  5. Sumita Dawra (IAS:1991:AP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  6. Rajit Punhani (IAS:1991:BH)- AS/AS Equivalent
  7. Rajat Kumar Mishra (IAS:1992:RJ)- AS/AS Equivalent
  8. Neeraj Mittal (IAS:1992:TN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  9. K Gopal (IAS:1992:TN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  10. Sriram Taranikanti (IAS:1992:TR) AS/AS Equivalent
  11. Iqbal Singh Chahal (IAS:1989:MH)- AS Equivalent
  12. G Narendra Kumar (IAS:1989:UT)- AS Equivalent
  13. Sudhir Rajpal (IAS:1990:HY) AS Equivalent
  14. Samir Kumar Biswas (IAS:1990:MH)- AS Equivalent
  15. Seema Jain (IAS:1991:PB)- AS Equivalent
  16. Sudhansh Pant (IAS:1991:RJ)- AS Equivalent
  17. Shambhu Kallolikar (IAS:1991:TN)- AS Equivalent
  18. Ashish Kumar Bhutani (IAS:1992:AM)- AS Equivalent
  19. Hukum Singh Meena (IAS:1992:BH)- AS Equivalent
  20. Ashish Srivastava (IAS:1992:MP)-AS Equivalent
  21. Sanjay Jaju (IAS:1992:TG)- AS Equivalent
  22. Vijay Kumar (IAS:1992:UT)- AS Equivalent
  23. Chandra Sekhar Kumar (IAS:1992:OR)- AS Equivalent
  24. TK Ramachandran (IAS:1991:TN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  25. Kailash Chand Gupta (IAS:1992:MP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  26. Pankaj Agrawal (IAS:1992:MP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  27. Ravi Kota (IAS:1993:AM)- AS/AS Equivalent
  28. Anil Kumar Singhal (IAS:1993:AP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  29. Sandeep Pondrik (IAS:1993:BH)- AS/AS Equivalent
  30. Amit Agrawal (IAS:1993:CG)- AS/AS Equivalent
  31. Kamlesh Kumar Pant (IAS:1993:HP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  32. Deepti Umashankar (IAS:1993:HY)- AS/AS Equivalent
  33. Neerja Sekhar (IAS:1993:HY)- AS/AS Equivalent
  34. Sukriti Likhi (IAS:1993:HY)- AS/AS Equivalent
  35. V. Umashankar (IAS:1993:HY)- AS/AS Equivalent
  36. Sanjeev Kumar (IAS:1993:MH)- AS/AS Equivalent
  37. Surendra Kumar Bagde (IAS:1993:MH)- AS/AS Equivalent
  38. Prashant Kumar Singh (IAS:1993:MN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  39. Vivek Kumar Dewangen (IAS:1993:MN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  40. Deepti Gaur Mukerjee (IAS:1993:MP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  41. Manohar Agnani (IAS:1993:MP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  42. Amardeep Singh Bhatia (IAS:1993:NL)- AS/AS Equivalent
  43. Ashok Kumar Kaluaram Meena (IAS:1993:OR)- AS/AS Equivalent
  44. Alok (IAS:1993:RJ)- AS/AS Equivalent
  45. Dheeraj Kumar (IAS:1993:TN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  46. Nagaraju Maddirala (IAS:1993:TR)- AS/AS Equivalent
  47. Punya Salila Srivastava (IAS:1993:UT)- AS/AS Equivalent
  48. Vikram Dev Dutt (IAS:1993:UT)- AS/AS Equivalent
  49. Prabhat Kumar Mishra (IAS:1993:WB)- AS/AS Equivalent
  50. Roshni Sen (IAS:1993:WB)- AS/AS Equivalent
  51. Usha Titus (IAS:1993:KL)- AS Equivalent

22 Sep 2020
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Apparently, ACC knocks down the 360-degree panel recommendation, rekindles hope

By Rakesh Ranjan 13 Oct 2020

The 360-degree method of empanelment of officers, which opened the window for retired officers to influence the careers of some of the best serving officers, is once again in focus, thanks to the bold decision taken by the ACC to not necessarily act on the advice of the 360-degree committees, and going to the extent of rejecting their advice as and when required.

In this regard, UT cadre officers cite the case of G Narendra Kumar (IAS:1989:UT) whose name finally appeared in the list of the review empanelment order issued on 22.09.2020, though Kumar's name didn't figure in the first list (Empanelment for holding Additional Secretary level post in Govt of India)made public on 19.07.2018. It is pointed out that Kumar is known as a no-nonsense officer but suffers from the 'disability' to network and hence had to suffer the humiliation and trauma of not figuring in the first list.

Several UT cadre officers told Indianmandarins that Kumar was always considered among the best lot of officers. However, because of his honorable conduct, a web was created to discredit him and block his growth in administration. Subsequently, the web was discovered to be fabricated by a tissue of lies. But the damage to Kumar's career was already done. Though the NaMo administration sends a message, at least in this case, that fairness may be delayed for a while but may not be denied in perpetuity.

Look at the way Kumar was hounded.

In the third week of September 2017, the CBI booked G Narendra Kumar, then Chairman of the Puducherry Centralised Admission Committee, and 12 others in connection with the alleged irregularities in the admission procedure for postgraduate medical courses in private institutions. CM V Narayanasamy had then on 21.09.2017 told reporters in a veiled reference to the then Lt Governor that some people at the top were 'preoccupied with victimizing' officers of the UT of Puducherry. 

The CM had also asserted that the booked officers had not violated any rules or procedures as separate committees, appointed by the Madras High Court, were on job to fix fees, and monitor the admission process in the medical colleges and the Medical Council of India (MCI) supervised the admissions.

The bottom line is: Will the government continue to indulge retired officers, many of whom - as many as 140 -have formed a group and keep issuing unsolicited statements against the BJP governments because of their past association with the Congress-UPA governments as well as with some foreign-funded NGOs associated with "breaking India forces." Why not check the administrative and political antecedents of retired officers before soliciting their dated and expired advice on the performance records of serving officers? Why not indeed?

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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51 IAS officers empanelled for holding Additional Secretary in Govt of India

By IndianMandarins 22 Sep 2020

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the empanelment of the following officers of Indian Administrative Service for holding Additional Secretary (AS) level posts at the Centre at the level mentioned against their names:

  1. Pankaj Joshi (IAS:1989:GJ)- AS/AS Equivalent
  2. Ravi Shankar Prasad (IAS:1990:AM) AS/AS Equivalent
  3. Vijoy Kumar Singh (IAS:1990:PB)- AS/AS Equivalent
  4. Arun Baroka (IAS:1990:UT)- AS/AS Equivalent
  5. Sumita Dawra (IAS:1991:AP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  6. Rajit Punhani (IAS:1991:BH)- AS/AS Equivalent
  7. Rajat Kumar Mishra (IAS:1992:RJ)- AS/AS Equivalent
  8. Neeraj Mittal (IAS:1992:TN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  9. K Gopal (IAS:1992:TN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  10. Sriram Taranikanti (IAS:1992:TR) AS/AS Equivalent
  11. Iqbal Singh Chahal (IAS:1989:MH)- AS Equivalent
  12. G Narendra Kumar (IAS:1989:UT)- AS Equivalent
  13. Sudhir Rajpal (IAS:1990:HY) AS Equivalent
  14. Samir Kumar Biswas (IAS:1990:MH)- AS Equivalent
  15. Seema Jain (IAS:1991:PB)- AS Equivalent
  16. Sudhansh Pant (IAS:1991:RJ)- AS Equivalent
  17. Shambhu Kallolikar (IAS:1991:TN)- AS Equivalent
  18. Ashish Kumar Bhutani (IAS:1992:AM)- AS Equivalent
  19. Hukum Singh Meena (IAS:1992:BH)- AS Equivalent
  20. Ashish Srivastava (IAS:1992:MP)-AS Equivalent
  21. Sanjay Jaju (IAS:1992:TG)- AS Equivalent
  22. Vijay Kumar (IAS:1992:UT)- AS Equivalent
  23. Chandra Sekhar Kumar (IAS:1992:OR)- AS Equivalent
  24. TK Ramachandran (IAS:1991:TN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  25. Kailash Chand Gupta (IAS:1992:MP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  26. Pankaj Agrawal (IAS:1992:MP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  27. Ravi Kota (IAS:1993:AM)- AS/AS Equivalent
  28. Anil Kumar Singhal (IAS:1993:AP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  29. Sandeep Pondrik (IAS:1993:BH)- AS/AS Equivalent
  30. Amit Agrawal (IAS:1993:CG)- AS/AS Equivalent
  31. Kamlesh Kumar Pant (IAS:1993:HP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  32. Deepti Umashankar (IAS:1993:HY)- AS/AS Equivalent
  33. Neerja Sekhar (IAS:1993:HY)- AS/AS Equivalent
  34. Sukriti Likhi (IAS:1993:HY)- AS/AS Equivalent
  35. V. Umashankar (IAS:1993:HY)- AS/AS Equivalent
  36. Sanjeev Kumar (IAS:1993:MH)- AS/AS Equivalent
  37. Surendra Kumar Bagde (IAS:1993:MH)- AS/AS Equivalent
  38. Prashant Kumar Singh (IAS:1993:MN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  39. Vivek Kumar Dewangen (IAS:1993:MN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  40. Deepti Gaur Mukerjee (IAS:1993:MP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  41. Manohar Agnani (IAS:1993:MP)- AS/AS Equivalent
  42. Amardeep Singh Bhatia (IAS:1993:NL)- AS/AS Equivalent
  43. Ashok Kumar Kaluaram Meena (IAS:1993:OR)- AS/AS Equivalent
  44. Alok (IAS:1993:RJ)- AS/AS Equivalent
  45. Dheeraj Kumar (IAS:1993:TN)- AS/AS Equivalent
  46. Nagaraju Maddirala (IAS:1993:TR)- AS/AS Equivalent
  47. Punya Salila Srivastava (IAS:1993:UT)- AS/AS Equivalent
  48. Vikram Dev Dutt (IAS:1993:UT)- AS/AS Equivalent
  49. Prabhat Kumar Mishra (IAS:1993:WB)- AS/AS Equivalent
  50. Roshni Sen (IAS:1993:WB)- AS/AS Equivalent
  51. Usha Titus (IAS:1993:KL)- AS Equivalent

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14 officers empanelled as Additional Secretary or AS equivalent at Centre

By IndianMandarins 24 Apr 2020

The NaMo administration on Friday announced the empanelment of 14 officers from IA&AS, IDAS, IPS, IRPS, IRS, IOFS for holding Additional Secretary/Additional Secretary Equivalent level posts at the Centre:

  1. Sunil Shreekrishna Dadhe (IA&AS:1988)
  2. Subir Mallick (IA&AS:1989)
  3. Anand Mohan Bajaj (IA&AS:1990)
  4. Ms .Arti Bhatnagar (IDAS:1990)
  5. Vishvajit Sahay (IDAS:1990)
  6. Anil Kumar Nayak (IOFS:1986)
  7. Ashish Gupta (IPS:1989:UP)
  8. Sadanand Vasant Date (IPS:1990:MH)
  9. Ms. Rashmi Chowdhary (IRPS:1989)
  10. Ms. Pramila H. Bhargava (IRPS:1989)
  11. Aniruddha Kumar (IRS IT:1987)
  12. Ms. Pragya S. Saksena (IRS IT:1987)
  13. Pankaj Kumar Mishra (IRS IT:1989)
  14. Surjit Bhujabal (IRS C&CE:1989)

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Iron Curtain Vs Iron Curtain: Empanelment and selection no longer a guarantee

By IndianMandarins 13 Feb 2020

Disruption and disruptive changes have been something that define the NaMo administration appropriately. One may cite various examples to endorse this presumption.

The most interesting remark in this regard more often come from senior bureaucrats and top executive of the central PSUs is that days of certainties are over. And nothing guarantees you a smooth career progression be it empanelment for holding Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary or Secretary-level posts or PESB recommendation for board-level positions in Central PSUs.

Recently, various top-level executives of Central PSUs told Indianmandarins that earlier it used to be a deep sense of confidence and top executives used to congratulate their colleagues after PESB’s result for board-level positions are out. But gradually it faded away as selection does not guarantee ACC’s endorsement.

Similar appears to be the case of empanelment which was earlier considered as an assurance for posting at the level of JS, AS and Secretary in the government of India. 1985 batch senior IAS officers from Rajasthan and West Bengal cadre are such examples for whom posting as Secretary has become an endless wait. There are numerous such examples to endorse this assumption.

Stakeholders in bureaucracy and public-sector are often curious about this uncertainty. This is a known secret now that NaMo administration has less appetite for sharing its authority. Secondly, the ruling Govt at Centre has a strong and vast base of its cadre. Despite one meeting parameters for empanelment and PESB recommendation, it has to be in terms with certain other conditions as well. Unless these names are endorsed by the cadre framework, the end goal of empanelment and selection remains in the waiting-list but this is not the only criteria. Probably, this explains the reason behind inordinate delays in clearing various recommendations and proposals for appointment.    

Interestingly, in previous regimes too getting the nod from the power-centers was in practice. In UPA and Vajpayee regime also there were certain power-centers and individuals whose endorsements were key to the top appointments. Even though access and influence played a key role as these old models not only earned disrepute but proved to be counter-productive for governance as well.

In the NaMo regime, it became almost impossible for anyone to leverage on access and influence for posting and appointment but 360 feedback system and cadre endorsements [if true] put together have made certain things quite uncertain. Indian civil services earlier used to be termed as ‘Iron Curtain’ but NaMo administration has become an ‘Iron Curtain’ in itself. This is the strength of NaMo administration and to an extent its weakness as well.


(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Posting of 1992 batch to begin; Kaushik tipped as AS, Banking?

By IndianMandarins 07 Dec 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that NaMo administration has started its bit to post 1992 batch IAS officers who featured on empanelment list for holding Additional Secretary/Equivalent post in Govt of India. The initial list was announced on 18.11.2019. Few names are being finalized for Additional Secretary post at Centre for which respective state governments have started processing NoC; mandatory for posting at Centre.

Reportedly, Sanjeev Kaushik (IAS:1992:KL) may be appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Financial Service (DFS) who is presently serving in cadre state of Kerala as Principal Secretary (Expenditure).

 

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Khemka moves to CAT against non-empanelment?

By IndianMandarins 22 Nov 2019

If some key sources are to be believed 1991 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka has moved to Haryana Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against his non-empanelment as Additional Secretary in Govt of India.

It may be underlined that NaMo administration had on 09 October 2019 cleared the empanelment of 31 IAS officers belonging to 1991 batch to hold Additional Secretary/AS Equivalent post in Govt of India. Usually, the review of empanelment of a batch is considered along with empanelment of immediate junior batch. 

Those in the know of the affairs say that Khemka too would have been waiting to find his name on the review list expected along with the empanelment list of 1992 batch of IAS officers which was cleared last Monday. Cases of review of 1991 batch was not taken up along with 1992 batch empanelment which would have prompted Khemka to move to CAT.  

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AS empanelment of 1992 batch of IAS: Reading between lines

By IndianMandarins 20 Nov 2019

Empanelment of 1992 batch IAS officers announced on last Monday was quite different from previous batches. The notification was issued abruptly as no one apprehended it so early. (CLICK to read complete list)

The list of empanelment left almost everyone awestruck for various reasons. After we published the list first several senior officers told Indianmandarins that initially they apprehended that names on the list could be an speculative one as it was too difficult for them to believe that only 19 IAS officers could make it. It was learnt that a few disappointed aspirants immediately chose to take a break/leave from the office. Though several eligible and deserving officers have started preparing their representation against non-empanelment and many left outs may hope for their chances in review empanelment but their dreams appear to have shattered now. 

Various aspects of empanelment of 1992 batch draw immediate attention and offer a lot to read between the lines:

  1. The 1992 batch, comprising 73 officers, had approximately 48 JS rank officers of which merely 19 could make a cut whereas 1991 batch had 68 JS rank officers of which 31 got empanelled to Additional Secretary (AS) and AS Equivalent.
  2. None of the officers from Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Assam, Meghalaya, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Odisha and West Bengal could see career prospects to serve as Additional Secretary in Govt of India. 
  3. The empanelment apparently went in favour of officers belonging to Manipur, Kerala, J&K and Madhya Pradesh. Manipur cadre proved to be the luckiest having all three officers empanelled as Additional Secretary proper.
  4. Three states; Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim, did not have representation as there was no allotment of IAS officers to these states from 1992 batch. 
  5. Of 19 (empanelled) officers only four are presently working in Govt of India namely; Mrs Nidhi Khare (Joint Secretary, M/o Environment & Forest & CC), Vineet Joshi (JS, M/o HRD), S C L Das (JS, MHA) and Sanjay Kumar (JS, M/o HRD). Majority (15 nos.) of them are currently serving in their cadre states. S C L Das played key role in Kartarpur Corridor negotiation.
  6. Contrary to the provisions and established norms (i.e. 03 years at Director or JS level post in Govt of India under Central Staffing Scheme) two IAS officers served less than a year under CSS and got empanelled.
  7. Among the empanelled ones two IAS officers having longest residual service worked in private sector (out of Centre/Cadre) for more than three years and joined back service. Reportedly, they served outside the government under certain provisions i.e. Extra ordinary leave (EoL).  
  8. Among those empanelled Sanjeev Kaushik (IAS:1992:KL) will be the last to retire (April 2029) followed by Narendra Bhooshan (March 2029) and Bipul Pathak (February 2029). Further, 08 officers would remain on turf till 2028; Shashi Ranjan Kumar (Dec. 2028), Vineet Joshi (Nov. 2028), Vumlunmang Vualnam (July 2028), Arunish Chawla (July 2028), Shaleen Kabra (July 2028), Neelam Shammi Rao (March 2028), Nidhi Khare (Feb. 2028) and Ashwani Kumar (Jan. 2028).
  9. Three officers have residual service up to 2027, three officers up to 2026 whereas 01 will be retiring in 2025; V L Kantha Rao (Dec. 2027), Anurag Srivastava (June 2027), Dr Rajendra Kumar (Jan. 2027); S C L Das (April 2026), Rakesh Ranjan (Aug. 2026) and K Gopal (Aug 2026), Sanjay Kumar (May 2025). K Ellangovan would be the first among the lot to retire (Jan 2022).

Like it happens after the empanelment of each successive batch this time too several officers on the list cited several upright and competent officers/batchmates whose non-empanelment came as a surprise to them. Several bright officers remained left out which appears to have shattered their dreams; though for time being only.  

 

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Additional Secretary empanelment: 20 IAS officers on list

By IndianMandarins 18 Nov 2019

The NaMo administration on Monday announced the empanelment of 20 IAS officers, belonging to 1992 batch, to hold Additional Secretary rank post in Govt of India. The list goes as follows:

Additional Secretary/ Additional Secretary Equivalent

  1. Arunish Chawla (IAS:1992:BH)
  2. Nidhi Khare (IAS:1992:JH)
  3. Bipul Pathak (IAS:1992:JK)
  4. Shaleen Kabra (IAS:1992:JK)
  5. K Ellangovan (IAS:1992:KL)
  6. Sanjeev Kaushik (IAS:1992:KL)
  7. Rakesh Ranjan (IAS:1992:MN)
  8. Vineet Joshi (IAS:1992:MN)
  9. Vumlunmang Vualnam (IAS:1992:MN)
  10. Neelam Shammi Rao (IAS:1992:MP)
  11. V L Kantha Rao (IAS:1992:MP)
  12. Rajendra Kumar (IAS:1992:TN)
  13. Shashi Ranjan Kumar (IAS:1992:MP)
  14. Narendra Bhooshan (IAS:1992:UP)
  15. Subhas Chandra Lal Das (IAS:1992:UT)

Additional Secretary Equivalent:

  1. V Venu (IAS:1990:KL)
  2. Sanjay Kumar (IAS:1992:NL)
  3. K Gopal (IAS:1992:TN)
  4. Anurag Srivastava (IAS:1992:UP)
  5. Ashwani Kumar (IAS:1992:UT)

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