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Gossip: Expecting more respectful ‘Pranamas’ from junior IAS officers?

With the re-appointment of Raghavendra Singh, a retired 1983 batch IAS officer, as Union Culture Secretary on a contract basis, the entire batch is reportedly enthused and expects more respect during the morning and evening walks. Junior batches too find it something insightful for better career prospects ahead.  

After the retirement of the last serving IAS officer from the batch, a few months ago, a problem of access to the Delhi Darbar was beginning to emerge but the lastest development has sparked-off rays of hope. Officers in junior batches too have started whispering, though in a lighter vein, that they should start extending more respectful ‘Pranams’ to the retired IAS officers during their morning and evening walks.

Who knows the outgoing DOPT Secretary Dr. C Chandramouli (IAS:1985:TN), retiring this week, would have to welcome and hand over the baton to a retired IAS officer from either of the senior batches.

28 Sep 2020
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IIT Delhi's C&P faux lands it in trouble

IIT Delhi might have just realized that the process of copy and paste also requires competence and common sense.

After advertising for the post of dog handler/s, IIT Delhi director Ramgopal Rao canceled on September 6, 2020, the recruitment process amid SM uproar on the qualification required for the job.

The advertisement, published on August 26, 2020, mentioned the minimum qualification of BA, BSc, B Tech, or equivalent for applying for the contract job which would be initially valid for three months.

Rao's explanation for the cancelation of the ad and recruitment process is that the job requirement mentioned in the ad was inadvertently copied from another job advertisement. The actual qualification required was of ‘Bachelor of Veterinary Science’.

07 Sep 2020
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Gossip: Expecting more respectful ‘Pranamas’ from junior IAS officers?

By IndianMandarins 28 Sep 2020

With the re-appointment of Raghavendra Singh, a retired 1983 batch IAS officer, as Union Culture Secretary on a contract basis, the entire batch is reportedly enthused and expects more respect during the morning and evening walks. Junior batches too find it something insightful for better career prospects ahead.  

After the retirement of the last serving IAS officer from the batch, a few months ago, a problem of access to the Delhi Darbar was beginning to emerge but the lastest development has sparked-off rays of hope. Officers in junior batches too have started whispering, though in a lighter vein, that they should start extending more respectful ‘Pranams’ to the retired IAS officers during their morning and evening walks.

Who knows the outgoing DOPT Secretary Dr. C Chandramouli (IAS:1985:TN), retiring this week, would have to welcome and hand over the baton to a retired IAS officer from either of the senior batches.

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IIT Delhi's C&P faux lands it in trouble

By IndianMandarins 07 Sep 2020

IIT Delhi might have just realized that the process of copy and paste also requires competence and common sense.

After advertising for the post of dog handler/s, IIT Delhi director Ramgopal Rao canceled on September 6, 2020, the recruitment process amid SM uproar on the qualification required for the job.

The advertisement, published on August 26, 2020, mentioned the minimum qualification of BA, BSc, B Tech, or equivalent for applying for the contract job which would be initially valid for three months.

Rao's explanation for the cancelation of the ad and recruitment process is that the job requirement mentioned in the ad was inadvertently copied from another job advertisement. The actual qualification required was of ‘Bachelor of Veterinary Science’.

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Motormouth leader adds embarrassment to his party

By IndianMandarins 26 Jun 2020

Motormouth leaders, across parties, often cause trouble for their parties. Former Congress minister Jitu Patwari provoked outrage when he tweeted: “Five daughters were born namely demonetization, goods and sales tax (GST), employment, inflation, and economic slowdown while anticipating a son called development (Vikas).” A similar statement was made for the leader of the party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury when he said that Army arsenal is not to hatch eggs.

Meanwhile, Patwari deleted his tweet after MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan hit out at him and the Congress and called them anti-woman. Patwari regretted his comments and said daughters are like goddesses. “My tweet was to suggest how people have been waiting for years for development promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but they got instead demonetization, GST, unemployment, inflation and economic slowdown which have broken the backbone of the economy.”

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Bharat Lal never goes out of the scene?

By IndianMandarins 23 Apr 2020

Whenever it comes to top-level appointments, re-appointments, and extension Bharat Lal (IFS:1988:GJ) is never out of a scene from the discussion and gossip. Several senior civil servants still consider Lal as invisible, though an important, factor.

Lal, currently an Additional Secretary (Water), Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti was Additional Secretary to the President of India and had been the Gujarat government’s Resident Commissioner in Delhi from 2010 to 2014.

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MoS’ request heard but wish remains unfulfilled

By IndianMandarins 08 Nov 2019

If some well informed officials are to be believed, a Union minister of State of a key ministry was instrumental into bringing two officers from Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand to the Centre. The minister was eyeing to have them as his Private Secretary and OSD.

The NaMo administration listened to the minister’s request and brought them at Centre but instead of appointing them as his PS and OSD it placed them in two different key offices. It is often said that NaMo administration listens to the requests of ministers but does not fulfill their wish.

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Curious case of Ajay Mittal: Competence Vs personal loyalty

By IndianMandarins 22 Mar 2019

Power corridors often look curious over the future prospects of retired IAS officers and those approaching retirement age. Take, for instance, the case of former Union Secretary for I&B and DoPT I&B Ajay Mittal (Retd IAS:1984:HP) who, in the official circle, is known for his affinity for Hindutva philosophy. However, he is also known for his dedicated professionalism and his peers often underline his attributes as a credible civil servant. Indeed, his sense of professionalism always overrides his political philosophy come what may. 

 

So, despite his well-known penchant for Hindutva, he has not been picked up for any post-retirement prize postings, even as many of his peers, on account of their allegedly pliant attitude, have been picked up for accommodations in organizations/institutions like Air India, Competition Commission of India, IRDAI, Election Commission, UPSC, CAG etc.

 

Even though the country’s top political authorities are known to have much soft corner for civil servants dedicated to Hindutva philosophy. At the same time the country’s top authority is seen uncomfortable with such officers who display high professionalism and refuse to compromise the service code for their personal political beliefs. 

 

Mittal's case may suggest that it is neither the ideological nor the high degree of professionalism that can earn one a reward from the NaMo administration; all that matters in the administration is one's willingness to take orders and execute them. But that has been the hallmark of all administrations in the country. So, the present NaMo administration can't really be singled out for that.

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Avoiding trouble, biding time

By IndianMandarins 26 Oct 2018

There is no way to measure it. But opinions and views have it that most of the senior officials, particularly at the top level of secretaries, have stopped initiating ideas and plans. It is said many of them have got into a kind of tortoise-like defensive module even as they are steadfast in implementing and executing political decisions and orders. Clearly, they wish to avoid getting into the crosshairs of either the ruling or opposition parties.

 

Even though the situation may attract the politically-loaded charge of policy paralysis in governance, it has been the general norm among the officials before every national election to avoid getting into the mud-slinging campaigns of political parties. 

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Art of survival is not easy

By IndianMandarins 26 Oct 2018

Even as secular and idealistic power brokers and 'Kursi lovers' engage themselves and entertain others with their penetrating thoughts and analyses about the survivability of the NaMo administration, smart and practical ones are already jockeying for positions in the next round of Modi dispensation.


One such top official, possibly the smartest of all (known for high-profile, low content & loud presentation) is believed to have been angling for another extension of his prestigious assignment. He is said to complete the extended tenure early next year. And to ensure that he gets the desired extension, he is deliberately avoiding the limelight and maintaining a low profile to prevent his detractors from locking in on to him and initiate their poisonous whispers against him. 

 

As it is, it hasn't been easy for many officials to survive the style of functioning of the NaMo administration. So, if the official  of our story has survived and flourished in the NDA regime as he did during his long years of posting in a politically difficult state, he seems to be made of the stuff that no politician may afford to ignore. Since his sense of timing is also perfect, it may be no wonder if he may be still around if NaMo returns to power in 2019.

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