CONSUMER AFFAIRS

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Consumer Affairs Secretary seeks replacement for absentee officials

Consumer Affairs Secretary Pawan Kumar Agarwal (IAS: 1985: WB) has said that his department has decided to replace such officials who are unable to report for work due to medical conditions or other valid reasons.

The decision in this regard has been taken after some officials did not show up for work despite the government’s directive on the weekend. The ministry has a crucial role as it monitors the supply of essential commodities and prices. Some officers are required for this purpose. If they remain absent, then replacement from the DoPT will be sought.

The list of officers unwilling to come for work is being prepared and an office memorandum has been issued in this regard. The department will decide not to deploy on duty those officials who have medical conditions and other valid reasons and ask for a replacement from the DoPT for the manpower.

The government has exempted the movement of essential commodities from the lockdown, which has been extended till May 3 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

There was some confusion over an OM that intended to tell compiling list of staff and officers, who are not able to come for emergency duties during the lockdown period. In view of ambiguity in the language, this OM was withdrawn. Now the department would compile such information and use it while drawing up the roster duty of officers/staff during the lockdown period.

15 Apr 2020
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Major Secretary level appointments include Banking Secretary & Air India CMD

The NaMo administration on Thursday effected a major bureaucratic rejig at the level of Secretary as follows:
  1. Debasish Panda (IAS:1987:UP) appointed as Secretary, Department of Financial Services (Secretary, Banking) vice Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) upon his superannuation on 29.02.2020. Presently, he is Special Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
  2. Ms. Usha Sharma (IAS:1985:RJ) appointed as Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Presently, she is Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture.
  3. Rajeev Ranjan (IAS:1985:TN) appointed as Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying vice Ms. Rajni Sekhri Sibal (IAS:1986:HY) upon her superannuation on 29.02.2020. Presently, he is Special Secretary, GST Council Secretariat, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.
  4. Tenure of Parameswaran Iyer (Voluntarily Retired IAS:1981:UP) as Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (Ministry of Jal Shakti) was extended  for a further period of one year beyond 30.04.2020 i.e. upto 30.04.2021.
  5. Pawan Kumar Agarwal (IAS:1985:WB) appointed as Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Presently, he is Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI).
  6. Saraswati Prasad (IAS:1985:AM) appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in the rank and pay of Secretary. Presently, he is Special Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Steel.
  7. Rajiv Bansal (IAS:1988:NL) appointed as Chairman & Managing Director, Air India in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary. Presently, he is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. 

  8. Raj Kumar (IAS:1987:GJ) appointed as as Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence. Presently, he is working as DG, Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

13 Feb 2020
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Consumer Affairs Secretary seeks replacement for absentee officials

By IndianMandarins 15 Apr 2020

Consumer Affairs Secretary Pawan Kumar Agarwal (IAS: 1985: WB) has said that his department has decided to replace such officials who are unable to report for work due to medical conditions or other valid reasons.

The decision in this regard has been taken after some officials did not show up for work despite the government’s directive on the weekend. The ministry has a crucial role as it monitors the supply of essential commodities and prices. Some officers are required for this purpose. If they remain absent, then replacement from the DoPT will be sought.

The list of officers unwilling to come for work is being prepared and an office memorandum has been issued in this regard. The department will decide not to deploy on duty those officials who have medical conditions and other valid reasons and ask for a replacement from the DoPT for the manpower.

The government has exempted the movement of essential commodities from the lockdown, which has been extended till May 3 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

There was some confusion over an OM that intended to tell compiling list of staff and officers, who are not able to come for emergency duties during the lockdown period. In view of ambiguity in the language, this OM was withdrawn. Now the department would compile such information and use it while drawing up the roster duty of officers/staff during the lockdown period.

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Major Secretary level appointments include Banking Secretary & Air India CMD

By IndianMandarins 13 Feb 2020

The NaMo administration on Thursday effected a major bureaucratic rejig at the level of Secretary as follows:
  1. Debasish Panda (IAS:1987:UP) appointed as Secretary, Department of Financial Services (Secretary, Banking) vice Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) upon his superannuation on 29.02.2020. Presently, he is Special Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
  2. Ms. Usha Sharma (IAS:1985:RJ) appointed as Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Presently, she is Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture.
  3. Rajeev Ranjan (IAS:1985:TN) appointed as Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying vice Ms. Rajni Sekhri Sibal (IAS:1986:HY) upon her superannuation on 29.02.2020. Presently, he is Special Secretary, GST Council Secretariat, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.
  4. Tenure of Parameswaran Iyer (Voluntarily Retired IAS:1981:UP) as Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (Ministry of Jal Shakti) was extended  for a further period of one year beyond 30.04.2020 i.e. upto 30.04.2021.
  5. Pawan Kumar Agarwal (IAS:1985:WB) appointed as Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Presently, he is Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI).
  6. Saraswati Prasad (IAS:1985:AM) appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in the rank and pay of Secretary. Presently, he is Special Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Steel.
  7. Rajiv Bansal (IAS:1988:NL) appointed as Chairman & Managing Director, Air India in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary. Presently, he is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. 

  8. Raj Kumar (IAS:1987:GJ) appointed as as Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence. Presently, he is working as DG, Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

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Consumer Affairs: Kant given additional charge

By IndianMandarins 31 Jan 2020

Ravi Kant (IAS:1984:BH) was on Friday given the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs; a post which fell vacant on the retirement of Avinash Kumar Srivastava (IAS:1982:UP) on 31.01.2020.

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Consumer Affairs: Chowdheri prematurely repatriated

By IndianMandarins 27 Dec 2019

Kamal Chowdheri (IDAS:1991) was on Friday prematurely repatriated to his parent cadre with the imposition of ‘extended cooling off’ condition. Presently, he is woking in the Department of Consumer Affairs.

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NCDRC: Over 300 applications for four posts of Member

By IndianMandarins 20 Dec 2019

With the fast approaching date of closure for application for four posts of Member in the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) volume of applications are increasing. If some insiders are to be believed the Consumer Protection Unit under the Department of Consumer Affairs has so far received more than 270 applications while three working days remains in hand.   

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Food & PD: Srivastava gets additional charge

By IndianMandarins 13 Nov 2019

The NaMo administration on Wednesday assigned the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution to Avinash K Srivastava (IAS:1982:UP) from 14.11.2019 to 18.11.2019 during the period of absence of Ravi Kant (IAS:1984:BH).  

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Srivastava is also Secretary, F&PD

By IndianMandarins 31 May 2019

The NaMo administration assigned Avinash K Srivastava (IAS:1982:UP) the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution during (31.05.2019 to 06.06.2019) the absence on leave of  Ravi Kant (IAS:1984:BH). Srivastava is Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs.

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Ajay Yadav is OSD to Ram Vilas Paswan

By IndianMandarins 22 Dec 2018

The NaMO administration, on Friday, appointed Ajay Yadav (IAS:2005:BH) to the post of Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution. Previously, Yadav served as OSD to M J Akbar, the then Union MoS for External Affairs. 

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