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WhatsApp civil war among Maharashtra IAS officers

Maharashtra's IAS officers are caught in a WhatsApp civil war raging with a fury not known before. What could be said about any officer and a minister is no longer guaranteed. 

The messages, though not graceful enough to be made part of the editorial copy, exchanged at 00.00 AM last Sunday later came in the public domain after a newspaper published them. It involved several senior IAS officers including Chief PS to former CM, former chief secretaries, a judicial member in Lokpal office, former BMC Commissioner, and others.  

These messages were posted on two WhatsApp groups by Arvind Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, who has subsequently claimed these posts were made in a jest to pull the legs of some of his colleagues.

Of the two WhatsApp groups, one is composed of senior secretaries to the state government and another connects CEOs of all Zila Parishads to an ACS.

But what Kumar thought was 'Hansi-Mazak' unnerved and disturbed a lot of officers because their reputation was tarred among young IAS officers posted at various Zila Parishads. They all got into action and got him relieved of his rural development portfolio, pending further action.

Among Kumar's targeted officers figure former BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi, currently deputed to the UN Institute for Training and Research; former chief secretary and current adviser in the CM's office Ajoy Mehta; former CS Swadhin Kshatriya; and former CS and incumbent Lokpal D K Jain.

Current CS Sanjay Kumar and CM Udhav Thackerey are said to be stunned and know not what could be said about them now if the 'civil war' among IAS officers escalate.

22 Oct 2020
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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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WhatsApp civil war among Maharashtra IAS officers

By M K Shukla 22 Oct 2020

Maharashtra's IAS officers are caught in a WhatsApp civil war raging with a fury not known before. What could be said about any officer and a minister is no longer guaranteed. 

The messages, though not graceful enough to be made part of the editorial copy, exchanged at 00.00 AM last Sunday later came in the public domain after a newspaper published them. It involved several senior IAS officers including Chief PS to former CM, former chief secretaries, a judicial member in Lokpal office, former BMC Commissioner, and others.  

These messages were posted on two WhatsApp groups by Arvind Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, who has subsequently claimed these posts were made in a jest to pull the legs of some of his colleagues.

Of the two WhatsApp groups, one is composed of senior secretaries to the state government and another connects CEOs of all Zila Parishads to an ACS.

But what Kumar thought was 'Hansi-Mazak' unnerved and disturbed a lot of officers because their reputation was tarred among young IAS officers posted at various Zila Parishads. They all got into action and got him relieved of his rural development portfolio, pending further action.

Among Kumar's targeted officers figure former BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi, currently deputed to the UN Institute for Training and Research; former chief secretary and current adviser in the CM's office Ajoy Mehta; former CS Swadhin Kshatriya; and former CS and incumbent Lokpal D K Jain.

Current CS Sanjay Kumar and CM Udhav Thackerey are said to be stunned and know not what could be said about them now if the 'civil war' among IAS officers escalate.

apparently-acc-knocks-down-the-360-degree-panel-recommendation-rekindles-hope

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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E-office becomes strongest helping hand to keep work going

By IndianMandarins 26 Mar 2020

With the bare minimum that is just 5 per cent government officers still coming to office, the rest are working from home with the help of Centre’s e-office tool that was developed way back in 2014-15.

E-office software was developed to accelerate movement of files in the offices through bureaucracy to make them accountable. The tool has now become the lifeline of the government as the country is giving a brave fight to coronavirus outbreak.

This is helping to create government files online and uploading scanned letters. The e-office is mandated not only to replace physical files but also to keep a tab on which officer is sitting on a file for how long.

The system also allows colour coding to ascertain priorities, if any file needs immediate clearance it is marked red. With travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place, the government’s e-office is busier than ever. While decisions are pushed through digital files, consultations happen through video-conferencing.

Almost 70 per cent inter-ministerial video conferences or files are related to Covid-19. Officials working from home, the e-office can be accessed through a VPN provided by the National Informatics Centre, which manages the entire e-office.


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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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Former finance secretary says, his exit was bit unceremonious

By IndianMandarins 01 Nov 2019

Pain of apparent humiliation came to his face when senior officer Subhash Chandra Garg (IAS:1983:RJ), who retired on October 31 on voluntary basis after he was shifted from the post of the finance secretary to the power secretary.

Without mincing word, Garg said that his postings as the head of the finance departments at the Centre and in Rajasthan ended ‘little bit unceremoniously’. “It is not that I was immune to the consequences of my independent and unconventional ways of functioning. It might be a little strange, but all my postings as chief of finance departments in the state (Rajasthan) and at the Centre ended little bit unceremoniously,” he tweeted.

The power secretary was of the view that he was an independent-minded officer who implemented bold and unconventional decisions that may have not kept his bosses in good humour sometimes. He said he could have become the longest-serving finance secretary if he had held the post until his superannuation in October 2020.

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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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NaMo administration effected a major secretary level bureaucratic rejig; 24 IAS officers on list

By IndianMandarins 22 Oct 2019

The NaMo administration on Tuesday cleared over dozen of appointments in Secretary level whereas a dozen of officers freshly empanelled to hold  Secretary/Secretary equivalent posts in Govt of India. The complete goes as follows:  

  1. Braj Raj Sharma (IAS:1984:JK) as Chairman, Staff Selection Commission in the rank and pay of Secretary. Presently, he is Secretary, Department of Border Management (MHA).
  2. Sanjeev Gupta (IAS:1985:HP) appointed (in-situ) as Secretary, Inter State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs.
  3. Sailesh (IAS:1985:AM) appointed as Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises. He replaces Ms Seema Bahuguna who retired in September this year. Presently, Sailesh is Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  4. Alok Tandon (IAS:1986:UP) appointed as  Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. In his new assignment he will hold the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare. Presently, he is in cadre and serving as Chairman Noida Authority.
  5. Sanjeev Nandan Sahai (IAS:1986:UT) appointed (In-situ) as Secretary, Ministry of Power vice Subhash Chandra Garg (IAS:1983:RJ) upon his retirement on 31.10.2019. Presently, Sahai is working as Special Secretary, Ministry of Power.
  6. Pramod Kumar Das (IAS:1986:MP) appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs vice Sailesh on his appointment as Secretary, DPE. Presently, he is Special Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
  7. Nagendra Nath Sinha (IAS:1987:JH), Chairman, NHAI, appointed as Secretary, Department of Border Management (MHA) vice Braj Raj Sharma.
  8. Tuhin Kanta Pandey (IAS:1987:OR), presently in the Cadre, appointed as Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management vice Anil Kumar Khachi (IAS:1986:HP) on his repatriation to his parent cadre on personal grounds with immediate effect.
  9. Pankaj Kumar (IAS:1987:NL) appointed as CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank and pay of Secretary by temporarily upgrading the post. Presently, he is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  10. Rajesh Bhushan (IAS:1987:BH) appointed (In-situ) as Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat.
  11. Pravir Krishna (IAS:1987:MP)- MD, TRIFED in the rank and pay of Secretary.

Further, over a dozen of IAS officers belonging to 1987 batch of IAS were elevated (In-situ) as Special Secretary in the rank and pay of Secretary (GoI), in their respective ministries/departments presently serving in the rank of Additional Secretary.

  1. Arun Singhal (IAS:1987:UP)- Special Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare.
  2. V P Joy (IAS:1987:KL)- Director General of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum
  3. Sunil Kumar (IAS:1987:UP) - Special Secretary, Department of Commerce
  4. Talleen Kumar (IAS:1987:WB)- CEO, Government e-Marketplace
  5. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra (IAS:1987:TG)- DG, National Mission for Clean Ganga
  6. Pradip Kumar Tripathi (IAS:1987:JK)- Establishment Officer, DOPT
  7. Raj Kumar (IAS:1987:GJ)- DG, ESIC
  8. Barun Mitra (IAS:1987:MN)- Special Secretary, Defence Production
  9. Praveen Kumar (IAS:1987:TN)- Special Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  10. Manoj Jhalani (IAS:1987:MP)- Special Secretary, Dept of Heatth and Family Welfare
  11. Ms. Vasudha Mishra (IAS:1987:TG)- Special Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare
  12. Ms Leena Nandan (IAS:1987:UP)- Special Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

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