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M/o Defence: Ranjan appointed as Deputy Secretary

The NaMo administration on Thursday announced the appointment of Piyush Ranjan (IDSE:2002), as Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Defence for a period of four years.

12 Mar 2020
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Defence Secretary is also Secretary, Defence Production

The NaMo administration on Tuesday given the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Defence Production to Dr Ajay Kumar (IAS:1985:KL) upon superannuation of Subash Chandra, (IAS:1986:KN) on 31.12.2019. Dr Kumar is working as Secretary, Department of Defence.

Further, Barun Mitra (IAS:1987:MN), Special Secretary, Department of Defence Production has been the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Defence and Secretary, Department of Defence Production w.e.f. 01.01.2020 to 03.01.2020 during the period of absence on leave of Dr Ajay Kumar (lAS:1985:KL).

31 Dec 2019
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M/o Defence: Ranjan appointed as Deputy Secretary

By IndianMandarins 12 Mar 2020

The NaMo administration on Thursday announced the appointment of Piyush Ranjan (IDSE:2002), as Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Defence for a period of four years.

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Defence Secretary is also Secretary, Defence Production

By IndianMandarins 31 Dec 2019

The NaMo administration on Tuesday given the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Defence Production to Dr Ajay Kumar (IAS:1985:KL) upon superannuation of Subash Chandra, (IAS:1986:KN) on 31.12.2019. Dr Kumar is working as Secretary, Department of Defence.

Further, Barun Mitra (IAS:1987:MN), Special Secretary, Department of Defence Production has been the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Defence and Secretary, Department of Defence Production w.e.f. 01.01.2020 to 03.01.2020 during the period of absence on leave of Dr Ajay Kumar (lAS:1985:KL).

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Defence Secretary gets extension

By IndianMandarins 31 May 2019

The NaMo administration extended the service of Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra (lAS:1982:WB) for a period of three months ending 23 August 2019. Two years fixed term of Defence Secretary was supposed to end today. 

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Team PMO in NaMo administration 2.0: Continuity Vs Disruption

By IndianMandarins 29 May 2019

While addressing the Parliament the outgoing Prime Minister and Prime Minister­ designate Narendra Modi suggested the newly elected MPs and his partymen to abstain from speculations over portfolio allocation. But despite efforts to abstain; speculations keep circulating, in several formats by several means, about the prospects of who’s who.


Hours ahead of PM’s oath various speculations are gathering moment as who will continue and occupy top positions in crucial quarters and who all will be inducted in a fresh re-hashed ‘Team PMO’. When PM designate has mammoth task ahead of making India a 5 trillion dollor economy with investments of over 100 lakh crores for infrastructure development and over 25 lakh crores investment for rural sector it becomes imperative to explore the bandwidth capability of new ‘Team PMO’.  

 

Principal Secretary to PM: It is being considered as an open secret that Nripendra Mishra (Retd IAS:1967:UP), Principal Secretary to PM Modi, may be rewarded with gubernatorial assignments immediately after PM Modi’s oath on May 30. In all likelihood the PMO may be rehashed barring few officers allowed to continue with PMO. But replacement of Nripendra Mishra would be decided by Dr P K Mishra’s (Retd IAS:1972:GJ) next role in PMO. Power corridors are abuzz that Dr P K Mishra’s health issue constrains him from accepting further responsibilities. In case, Dr PK doesn’t chose to take rest his elevation as PM may elevate him as Principal Secretary to PM with the same role i.e. personnel matters.

 

Additional PS to PM:

You start talking to any senior civil servant, serving at Centre, about Dr P K Misra and you will get the same note; it would be too difficult for PM to find an alternative to Dr P K as he enjoyed unparalleled trust and comfort with PM Modi. Though, Mishra’s ageing too does rounds in crucial quarters. In case, Dr P K doesn’t chose to take rest PM may not look for his replacement though few names are often mentioned as his heir apparent namely;  K Kailashnathan (Retd IAS:1979:GJ), Ratan P Watal (Retd IAS:1978:AP). It is also said that initially Dr P K may be continued in his position but Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) may become his replacement post his retirement next year.

 

National Security Adviser: Post CBI faction-feud it appeared for a while that something had fallen out of sync. But increasingly assertive (counter terrorism) operations in J&K and affirmative action in Balakot (post Pulwama) dettered the apprehensions. Now it is widely believed that PM Modi may not look for alternatives to his trusted lieutenants; Amit Shah, Ajit Doval (Retd IPS:1968:KL) & Dr P K Mishra. It is widely believed that PM may chose to continue Doval in NSA role.

 

Private Secretary to PM:

Having played flawless role as Secretary to PM Rajiv Topno (IAS:1996:GJ) too is being seen as the one whom PM may like to continue him in his  proven role. Further, A K Sharma (IAS:1988:GJ), Additional Secretary, PMO, too may be retained in next team PMO.

 

Secretary, PMO:

Though Bhaskar Khulbe (IAS:1983:WB), the incumbent Secretary, PMO is scheduled to complete his extended tenure next month (30 June) it is believed that his term may be extended for another six months. In case, he does not get extension then it may open avenues for several takers.

 

Cabinet Secretary:

Though; the outgoing Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba (IAS:1982:JH)  has occupied the imagination of whos who is power corridors as the heir-apparent of P K Sinha (IAS:1977:UP) completing his extended tenure as Cabinet Secretary in June second week one may not rule out the possibility of another extension to Sinha. In fact the present rule, technically, does not stop the possibility. In case of extension to Sinha appointment of next Cabinet Secretary may become a tricky question drawing a line between 1982 and 1983 batch.

 

Home Secretary:

Amid loud speculations over Rajiv Gauba’s prospects as next Cabinet Secretary; DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek (IAS:1982:BH), Rural Development Secretary Amarjit Sinha (IAS:1983:BH), Urban Development Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra (IAS:1984:UP) and Banking Secretary Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) are being seen as prospective claimants. In case; P K Sinha is given another extension Gauba would continue as Home Secretary until his two years fixed tenure ending August this year.

 

Defence Secretary: The outgoing Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB) is set to retire this month end; the very next day after PM’s oath. It is believed that the top authorities may have identified Mitra’s successor. Power corridors are abuzz that Environment & Forests Secretary C K Mishra (IAS:1983:BH), Secretary Defence Production Ajay Kumar (IAS:1984:KL), Food & PD Secretary Ravi Kant (IAS:1984:BH) and Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) would be among the officers in the reckoning. 

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Two secretaries (GoI) retiring this month

By IndianMandarins 28 May 2019

At a time when every senior civil servant posted at Centre is gauging one’s prospects ahead of the oath of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister on 30 May 2019, there are officers who will be retiring the very next day. Among them are Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB), the outgoing Defence Secretary and Jai Priye Prakash (IAS:1982:AM), the outgoing Pharmaceuticals Secretary.

 

Indianmandarins learns that the next Govt may draft Mitra into some critically important assignment post retirement; though not very soon.  

 

In addition, Ms Veena Ish (IAS:1985:AP) too is retiring this month end who is presently serving as Special Secretary, Department of Land Resources.

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Mitra is Secretary of three departments

By IndianMandarins 28 Dec 2018

Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB) was, on Friday, assigned with the additional charge of Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare and Department of Defence Production till 06 January 2019, during the absence of Ms Sanjeevanee Kutty (IAS:1983:MH) and Dr Ajay Kumar (IAS:1985:KL) respectively.

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Bomdila incident: A lesson for civil services and military officers

By IndianMandarins 09 Nov 2018

The increasing dichotomy and lack of understanding, as well as a yawning gap in communications between the civil and military administrations of the country, was once again highlighted by what happened in West Kameng, Bomdila, on November 02 when the civil administration, during an ongoing festival, detained two boys of 2 Arunachal Scout Battalion on the specious charges of drunken behavior.

 

Arunachal Scout is a specialized force - like Ladakh Scout that played a critical role in winning the Kargil battle.

 

Even if it's admitted for the argument sake that the Scout boys were drunk and acted inappropriately, it was incumbent upon civil administration to call up the Commanding Officer (CO) of 2nd Arunachal Scout and seek the assistance of Military Police (MP) to handle the situation. Instead, the district administration took the law into its own hand and its police personnel reportedly misbehaved with the detained boys.

 

After their release, once the boys returned to their camp, the story spread of what had transpired. In a situation like this, the CO had two options: either to do nothing and lose the respect of boys under his command or to do what happened, and what he reportedly did - warning the civil administration against touching his boys.

 

On the basis of the information provided to him, President of the Indian Civil and Administrative Services (Central) Association (IC&AS) Rakesh Srivastava (IAS:1981:RJ) might have felt aggrieved to write the letter he did to Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra in support of District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Sonal Swaroop.

 

Secretary Srivastava is absolutely justified in stating that what happened to Dr. Swaroop should not have happened at all. In the same spirit, he should also appreciate the stand of the 2nd Arunachal CO and his officers in defense of their boys. Earlier, in the spirit of Arunachal Scout CO, senior officials of IB too registered their resentment with the concerned top authorities after PSOs of CBI chief Alok Verma manhandled their agents for allegedly snooping on Verma.

 

Such measure is always taken by senior officials to maintain the morale of their cadres and justify the respect their positions command.

 

It goes without saying that India's civil administration needs to unlearn what it has been taught about the half-baked concept of civil supremacy in the affairs of the country. What it needs to learn to make itself more effective and thus worthy of respect is the philosophy of military ethos - like the colonial Indian (Imperial) Civil Service did.

 

As the Bomdila incident reveals, the problem is the civil administration is trying to blow up the issue that apparently arose out of the civil administration's, particularly police's, pathological tendency to take the law into its own hand.

 

The reality is that ugly incident, such as the one that happened in Bomdila and keeps happening quite frequently, can be to a large extent prevented by setting right the hierarchical gap in the Order of Precedence between military and civil services. This will help generate mutual respect and better coordination. If it doesn't, better mechanisms may have to be explored - including the practices followed by British colonial rulers and other matured democracies like the US and France.

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Kumar gets addl charge of Secretary, Defence

By IndianMandarins 28 Aug 2018

Ajay Kumar (IAS:1985:KL), Secretary, Defence Production, has been given additional charge of the post of Secretary, Defence during the absence of Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB) from 29 August to 13 September 2018.

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