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Former UT cadre IAS tipped as Member, CERC

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that the NaMo administration has picked  Arun Goyal (Retd IAS:1985:UT) for the post of Member, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). Goyal retired August last year from the post of Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat. Until last week name of CMD of a Central PSU did rounds for the key position.

Presently, Dr P K Pujari is Chairman of CERC whereas Indu Sheskhar Jha and Dr M K Iyer are Members. Subject to ACC approval Goyal will replace the outgoing Member Dr M K Iyer completing his tenure next month.

 

The Commission (CERC) aims at fostering the interests of power consumers by promoting competition, efficiency and economy in bulk power markets, improving the quality of supply, promoting investments and advising government on the removal of institutional barriers to bridge the demand supply gap.

13 Jan 2020
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Selection of Member, Finance: A curious case

For many others it is a puzzle but for many others it is luck as well. The public-sector headhunter on Friday selected K Vinayak Rao (IRAS:1987) for the post of Member (Finance) Airport Authority of India (AAI). Interestingly, Rao was initially not shortlisted for interview. If some well-placed sources are to be believed PESB revised the list on Wednesday and Rao got in. Many things matter for selection but sometime luck matters the most. 

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13 Jan 2020
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Former UT cadre IAS tipped as Member, CERC

By IndianMandarins 13 Jan 2020

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that the NaMo administration has picked  Arun Goyal (Retd IAS:1985:UT) for the post of Member, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). Goyal retired August last year from the post of Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat. Until last week name of CMD of a Central PSU did rounds for the key position.

Presently, Dr P K Pujari is Chairman of CERC whereas Indu Sheskhar Jha and Dr M K Iyer are Members. Subject to ACC approval Goyal will replace the outgoing Member Dr M K Iyer completing his tenure next month.

 

The Commission (CERC) aims at fostering the interests of power consumers by promoting competition, efficiency and economy in bulk power markets, improving the quality of supply, promoting investments and advising government on the removal of institutional barriers to bridge the demand supply gap.

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Selection of Member, Finance: A curious case

By IndianMandarins 13 Jan 2020

For many others it is a puzzle but for many others it is luck as well. The public-sector headhunter on Friday selected K Vinayak Rao (IRAS:1987) for the post of Member (Finance) Airport Authority of India (AAI). Interestingly, Rao was initially not shortlisted for interview. If some well-placed sources are to be believed PESB revised the list on Wednesday and Rao got in. Many things matter for selection but sometime luck matters the most. 

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CBDT: Gupta tipped as Member, Administration?

By IndianMandarins 10 Jan 2020

If some top sources are to be Satish Kumar Gupta (IRS IT:1984) may be picked up for the post of Member, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT); a post (Member, Administration) which fell vacant after the retirement of Ms Neena Kumar (IRS IT:1982). Presently, Gupta is Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax (PCCIT), Mumbai Region.

The post, vacant vice Mrs Neena Kumar, was advertised in the second week of November 2019. Interestingly, it is believed CBDT wanted to widen the net for the appointment of members by inviting applications from relatively younger officers in rank of Principal Commissioner and above.

Presently, the posts of Member, Administration and Member Investigation are lying vacant but the later is not on offer as the post appears to have been attached to Chairman, CBDT for a couple of years. Gopal Mukherjee was the last Member (Investigation) who retired in January 2018.

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Marandi may emerge either as a King or the King maker in Jharkhand

By IndianMandarins 21 Dec 2019

Amid the exit polls survey reports indicating none getting full-majority JVM leader Babu Lal Marandi may emerge either as the King or the King-maker. The fate may put him in a situation where he may outsmart the BJP or Congress-JMM-RJD coalition. There are few who believe that BJP had managed in JVM well before elections which might help the limping BJP getting some lost foothold. Marandi does not have any problem to join the BJP as he had some issues with the then BJP president who replaced him for Arjun Munda for no reason. He has a better rapport with the PM.

At the very outset of elections BJP workers were not ready to give the party 16-20 seats but now they are of the view that the party is going to get comfortably 25 seats and they won’t be surprised if the number is something between 30 and 33.

It may be underlined that the JVM has been facing serious resource crunch but fielded its candidates on all 81 Assembly seats apparently with the tacit help from the BJP and is expected to get around 5-6 seats. Until recently, over dependence of JVM on Muslim vote was eroding its base, so the new alignment has put things in perspective. In certain tribal dominated region JVM has wider acceptability and it would have made dent to JMM.

If some insiders are to be believed the BJP has already started touching upon strong independent candidates looking at the prospects getting better and better by the day. It might have further improved with PM pitching strongly for CAA. The people’s verdict will be out on Monday but till then it appears that Marandi would command the marginal number that may make or marr the prospects for new government in Jharkhand.  

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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NITI Aayog on renovation spree

By IndianMandarins 19 Dec 2019

If some well placed sources are to be believed, the premier institution carved out for innovative ideas i.e. National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) is presently on renovation spree. After having a complete makeover of its fifth floor involving an expenditure of approximately Rs 14 crore, it has now decided to transform its fourth floor which is expected to incur an expenditure of around Rs 15-18 crore. Reportedly, the work has already been assigned to CPWD. In addition, it is under talks with Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) for hiring its warehouse where scarps would be dumped and later auctioned.

It may be underlined that NITI Aayog has recently added a world-class infrastructure on its fifth floor with an unmatched quality work-space. When Indianmandarins talked to a few top officials one of them responded that probably the idea of renovation would have emanated from the catch line of an advertisement ‘Life Me Ho Aram To Ideas Aate Hain’ (Ideas come when you are in comfort). NITI Aayog has been trying to make a mark for its innovative thinking and ideas. 

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IT Settlement Commission: Over a dozen of member post vacant, ACC’s call awaited

By IndianMandarins 16 Dec 2019

If some top sources are to be believed the ACC is expected to clear the proposal for appointment to the post of members in the additional benches of Income Tax Settlement Commission.

Reportedly, the strength of Income Tax Settlement Commission has depleted at the top amid a dozen of Member post lying vacant. In addition, another two posts of Member is all set to fall vacant January next year.

Three posts are lying vacant in Kolkata Additional Bench, one each in Mumbai and Chennai Bench and six posts vacant in Delhi. Further, altogether two posts are all set to fall vacant in January 2020 i.e. one each in Mumbai and Delhi Bench.

It may be underlined that IT Settlement Commission consists of one Chairman and two Members in the Principal Bench in New Delhi and one Vice Chairman and two Members in each of the four Additional Benches; Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Delhi.

The Settlement Commission is a statutory body and deals with the settlement applications filed by the assesses under the Income-tax Act, 1961 and the Wealth-tax Act, 1957. As per the provisions, an assessee can approach the Settlement Commission at any stage of the proceedings for assessment pending before an Assessing Officer, subject to certain prescribed conditions. Further, where the application relates to income tax, the additional tax payable on the income disclosed in the application must be more than Rs. 3.00 lakh.

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IT Settlement Commission: Over a dozen of member post vacant, ACC’s call awaited

By IndianMandarins 16 Dec 2019

If some top sources are to be believed the ACC is expected to clear the proposal for appointment to the post of members in the additional benches of Income Tax Settlement Commission.

Reportedly, the strength of Income Tax Settlement Commission has depleted at the top amid a dozen of Member post lying vacant. In addition, another two posts of Member is all set to fall vacant January next year.

Three posts are lying vacant in Kolkata Additional Bench, one each in Mumbai and Chennai Bench and six posts vacant in Delhi. Further, altogether two posts are all set to fall vacant in January 2020 i.e. one each in Mumbai and Delhi Bench.

It may be underlined that IT Settlement Commission consists of one Chairman and two Members in the Principal Bench in New Delhi and one Vice Chairman and two Members in each of the four Additional Benches; Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Delhi.

The Settlement Commission is a statutory body and deals with the settlement applications filed by the assesses under the Income-tax Act, 1961 and the Wealth-tax Act, 1957. As per the provisions, an assessee can approach the Settlement Commission at any stage of the proceedings for assessment pending before an Assessing Officer, subject to certain prescribed conditions. Further, where the application relates to income tax, the additional tax payable on the income disclosed in the application must be more than Rs. 3.00 lakh.

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CBIC: 16 officers empanelled for Principal CC & PDG rank posts

By IndianMandarins 14 Dec 2019

The NaMo administration cleared the much awaited empanelment of sixteen IRS officers for holding Principal Chief Commissioner & Principal Director General level (Apex level) posts in Custom and Central Excise in the Indian Revenue Service. Of sixteen seven officers are from 1986 batch (IRS C&CE) and nine are from 1987 batch. They are;

  1. Syed Haider Hasan (IRS C&CE:1986)
  2. Rakesh Kumar Sharma (IRS C&CE:1986)
  3. Kailash Chand Gupta (IRS C&CE:1986)
  4. Sungita Sharma (IRS C&CE:1986)
  5. Reena Arya (IRS C&CE:1986)
  6. Om Prakash Dadhich (IRS C&CE:1986)
  7. Ranjan Kumar Sahoo (IRS C&CE:1986)
  8. Sandeep Kumar (IRS C&CE:1987)
  9. Baruah Sailaja Ray (IRS C&CE:1987)
  10. Jayant Kumar Jha (IRS C&CE:1987)
  11. Himanshu Gupta (IRS C&CE:1987)
  12. Vasa Sesha Giri Rao (IRS C&CE:1987)
  13. Anil Kumar Jain (IRS C&CE:1987)
  14. Balesh Kumar (IRS C&CE:1987)
  15. Suchitra Sharma (IRS C&CE:1987)
  16. Manoj Krishna (IRS C&CE:1987)

Interestingly, Syed Haider Hasan and Kailash Chand Gupta retired in June 2019. Reena Arya, Vasa Sesha Giri Rao and Ranjan Kumar Sahoo will be retiring July, August and November next year respectively.

Among the empanelled ones Sungita Sharma, Baruah Sailaja Ray and Suchitra Sharma will have the longest term as they will be retiring in January, February and July 2023 respectively. 

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