GUJARAT CADRE IAS

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Gujarat: Retired IAS officers for COVID management or managing civic body polls ahead?

Gujarat government is trying every bit to deal with COVID-19. The state government seems to give preference to the services of retired IAS officers to manage COVID-19 and urban affairs in the two largest cities of the state; Ahmedabad and Surat, both the worst hit by the pandemic.

The latest appointment of retired IAS officer S K Langa is testimony to the fact. Langa has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). Earlier, another retired IAS R J Makadia was also appointed to SMC as OSD.

Both have been appointed on contractual position for one year period. Before them, another retired IAS C R Kharsan was appointed in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) as OSD.

Kharsan recently retired as Collector of Valsad while Langa retired as Collector Gandhinagar last September and Makadia retired as revenue inspection commissioner from the revenue department.

All three are considered widely experienced and have held multiple positions including deputy Municipal commissioner posts in AMC earlier.

According to the sources, the government needs experienced hands to combat the pandemic and also manage civic affairs in the Corporations which will go for elections later this year in case the local elections are not postponed.

30 Jun 2020
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No gyan ki baat, only kam ki baat!

Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS:1986:GJ) is being widely appreciated for his go-getter approach. He was made overall in-charge of Ahmedabad city for CIVID-19 management after the Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, in the first week of May, put himself under isolation apprehending COVID infection. 


A sharp decline in active COVID-19 cases in Gandhinagar city from 4.25% to 1.75% in May first week was an outcome of certain proactive professional measures like roping in private hospitals; augmenting bed capacity for COVID treatment and isolation; announcing a set of “immediate measure” to control viral spread; issuing IDs to enlisted vegetables and fruit vendors etc.


What was noticed more loudly was his strategy of ascertaining more clarity in decisions and set of guidelines. Documents on decisions, guidelines, COVID protocols were released and disseminated in public on a daily basis. Gupta regularly released his videos informing people about revised guidelines, a fresh set of decisions which were widely appreciated so much so that some media-persons based out of Ahmedabad city said that Gupta’s regular release of videos mirrored his administrative skills as he talked business and spoke to the point i.e. “No gyan ki baat only kam ki baat”.

19 May 2020
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Gujarat: Retired IAS officers for COVID management or managing civic body polls ahead?

By IndianMandarins 30 Jun 2020

Gujarat government is trying every bit to deal with COVID-19. The state government seems to give preference to the services of retired IAS officers to manage COVID-19 and urban affairs in the two largest cities of the state; Ahmedabad and Surat, both the worst hit by the pandemic.

The latest appointment of retired IAS officer S K Langa is testimony to the fact. Langa has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). Earlier, another retired IAS R J Makadia was also appointed to SMC as OSD.

Both have been appointed on contractual position for one year period. Before them, another retired IAS C R Kharsan was appointed in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) as OSD.

Kharsan recently retired as Collector of Valsad while Langa retired as Collector Gandhinagar last September and Makadia retired as revenue inspection commissioner from the revenue department.

All three are considered widely experienced and have held multiple positions including deputy Municipal commissioner posts in AMC earlier.

According to the sources, the government needs experienced hands to combat the pandemic and also manage civic affairs in the Corporations which will go for elections later this year in case the local elections are not postponed.

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No gyan ki baat, only kam ki baat!

By IndianMandarins 19 May 2020

Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS:1986:GJ) is being widely appreciated for his go-getter approach. He was made overall in-charge of Ahmedabad city for CIVID-19 management after the Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, in the first week of May, put himself under isolation apprehending COVID infection. 


A sharp decline in active COVID-19 cases in Gandhinagar city from 4.25% to 1.75% in May first week was an outcome of certain proactive professional measures like roping in private hospitals; augmenting bed capacity for COVID treatment and isolation; announcing a set of “immediate measure” to control viral spread; issuing IDs to enlisted vegetables and fruit vendors etc.


What was noticed more loudly was his strategy of ascertaining more clarity in decisions and set of guidelines. Documents on decisions, guidelines, COVID protocols were released and disseminated in public on a daily basis. Gupta regularly released his videos informing people about revised guidelines, a fresh set of decisions which were widely appreciated so much so that some media-persons based out of Ahmedabad city said that Gupta’s regular release of videos mirrored his administrative skills as he talked business and spoke to the point i.e. “No gyan ki baat only kam ki baat”.

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Crumbling Rajkot citadel!

By IndianMandarins 19 May 2020

In the power corridors of Ahmedabad, it has been consistently observed how Vijay and Anjali Rupani has been promoting Rajkot at the cost of merit. It is believed that CM Rupani promoted and given shelter to his Rajkot coterie of officers. But in the recent past, a few officers were either removed or replaced without taking the CM or CMO into confidence. Similarly, a small bureaucratic rejig effected on May 17 evening too exhibited the same phenomena i.e. shunting out of the officer allegedly having a strong Rajkot connection.

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Gujarat: Minor bureaucratic rejig to formalize old decisions

By IndianMandarins 18 May 2020

The Gujarat government on May 17 has finally formalized its own decision which it took in the first week of this month only. Vijay Nehra (IAS:2001:GJ), who was relieved of his duties as Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation on May 05, 2020, has finally been transferred to the post of Commissioner of Rural Development and Secretary, Panchayats, Rural Housing and Rural Development Department relieving Manoj Aggarwal of the additional charge of the post.

 

Mukesh Kumar (IAS:1996:GJ), holding the additional charge of Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, was regularised as a new AMC Commissioner replacing Vijay Nehra (IAS:2001:GJ).

 

Further, Avantika Singh Aulakh (IAS:2003:GJ) on her return from long term training abroad, has been appointed as Vice Chairman and CEO of Gujarat Maritime Board vice Mukesh Kumar.

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Singh to get post-retirement job at Centre?

By IndianMandarins 02 Dec 2019

If some well-placed sources are to be believed former Gujarat Chief Secretary Jagdip Narayan Singh (Retd IAS:1983:GJ) is expected to be given some key position at Centre. He hanged his boots, though for now, following the completion of extended tenure as CS on November 29, 2019. 

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Gujarat: KK gets 3-year extension

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

If some well-placed sources are to be believed the Gujarat Govt has considered the proposal of extension of tenure of K Kailashnathan (Retd IAS:1979:GJ), popularly known as KK, for another three years beginning 26 December 2019. Currently he is serving as Chief Principal Secretary (CPS) to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

It may be underlined Kailashnathan's contractual appointment as CPS was extended on December 29, 2019 w.e.f. 26.12.2017.

KK (66) retired in June 2013 when he was Additional Chief Secretary to then CM Modi. The BJP government in the state then created the post of CPS, and appointed him to the post for two years. He got an extension in 2015 when Anandiben Patel was the CM and again in August 2016, till the remaining tenure of her successor, Vijay Rupani. When Rupani became CM for a second term KK’s tenure was extended till December 26, 2019. Having another extension KK will now remain firmly on turf till December 2022. 

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Gujarat: Mukim named as new Chief Secretary

By IndianMandarins 28 Nov 2019

As Indianmandarins reported first on November 11 (CLICK to read) the Govt of Gujarat announced Anil Gopishankar Mukim (IAS:1985:GJ), the incumbent Union Mines Secretary, as successor to the outgoing Chief Secretary Jagdeep Narayan Singh (IAS:1983:GJ) who is completing his extended tenure as CS tomorrow. Mukim is known for his grip on administration and perceived integrity.

Mukim supersedes Arvind Agrawal (IAS:1984:GJ), Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Finance Department. Till February 2016, prior to his stint as Union Mines Secretary, Mukim had handled General Administrative Department in Govt of Gujarat. In his early days in service he also served Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad. Mukim has had experience of heading the Finance, Revenue, Health & Family Welfare departments of the state government. His experience as Union Mines Secretary brings him an advantage over others. He has service till September next year. 

ALSO READ: 

Will Agrawal be the new Chief Secretary of Gujarat? (News dated 25.11.2019)

Problem of plenty: Whom to pick as next CS of Gujarat  (News dated 18.11.2019)

Mukim tipped as Chief Secretary, Gujarat (News dated 10.11.2019)





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Gujarat: 07 IAS officers promoted as Additional Chief Secretary

By IndianMandarins 25 Nov 2019

The   Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting held in the second week of November, cleared promotions of seven Principal Secretary rank officers to hold Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) rank posts in Gujarat. Notification and posting to this effect may be issued soon.

Among 7 officers 3 officers belong to 1988 batch whereas 04 belong to 1989 batch. They are;

  1. Sanjay Nandan (IAS:1988:GJ)- MD, Gujarat State Warehousing Corporation
  2. Anuradha Mall (IAS:1988:GJ)- CEO, Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA)
  3. Anita Karwal (IAS:1988:GJ)- Chairperson, CBSE (Govt of India)
  4. Pankaj Joshi (IAS:1989:GJ)- Principal Secretary, Energy & Petrochemicals
  5. Kathikithala Srinivas  (IAS:1989:GJ)- Additional Secretary, DoPT (Govt of India)
  6. Amrendra Kumar Rakesh (IAS:1989:GJ)- Principal Secretary, Panchayats, Rural Housing & Rural Development
  7. Sunaina Tomar (IAS:1989:GJ)- Principal Secretary, Ports & Transport 

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