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Ajit Kumar appointed as Director (Finance), IRCTC

Ajit Kumar (IRAS:1989) was on Wednesday appointed to the post of Director (Finance) in Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for a period of five years or till his superannuation on absorption basis.

Presently, he is Financial Adviser and Chief Accounting Officer, Indian Railway Organisation for Alternative Fuels.

27 May 2020
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Brazen discrimination in Railway Board: Is PMO watching?

During the COVID crisis, when officers are not able to travel and present their cases to higher authorities, the Chairman Railway Board is being blamed by several officers for discrimination and departmentalism; though Railway itself is a department comprising various cadres and services. While blaming the CRB they talk facts and examples as well.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister, approved the promotion of four Mechanical officers to the grade of Additional Member, which is a post equivalent to General Managers. Yet, one officer, A K Kathpal, the Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer of ICF, has been denied the elevation on the ground that there is a Vigilance case against him.

Even as the spate of vigilance cases against ICF officers involved in making the Train 18 have reached nowhere near conclusion, just a case in the initial stage is being used as a ploy to deny promotion to a senior officer.

The rules in this matter are very clear. Unless the vigilance case has reached finality and unless the Central Vigilance Commission has recommenced departmental proceedings against an officer, he cannot be denied promotion. Further, aas per CVC guidelines any complaint within 6 months of vacancy is not to be taken cognizance of.

In  Kathpal’s case the DPC was sent to ACC in April 2020 whereas the vigilance case now cited is much earlier. His case has not even been sent to the CVC. Yet, his promotion has been withheld and the Railway Ministry is planning to send a report to the ACC that Kathpal cannot be promoted. It is a complete mockery of ACC though it is unlikely that the ACC will agree to this nefarious design since the vigilance case existed against Kathpal even when his name was sent for empanelment as an Additional Member to the ACC.

The so-called ‘ism’, if any, is clear from the fact that the same yardstick has not been applied in the case of Electrical Officers. N K Gupta, the Principal Chief Electrical Engineer of ICF was promoted to Additional Member grade even when there were two vigilance cases pending against him. D P Dash, another Electrical officer, who was the Chief Electrical Design Engineer of ICF also had two vigilance cases against him, yet he was granted the Higher Administrative Grade. Two more Electrical Officers of ICF, Amitabh Singhal and Praveen Chauhan were promoted to Senior Administrative Grade in spite of vigilance cases against them.

O P Khare, a Stores Officer, who was the Principal Chief Materials Manager of ICF was allowed to retire with full benefits even as he had a vigilance case against him. 

The ‘ism’ is also evident from his propensity to post Electrical Officers on key posts not identified for the Electrical department. Sudhir Kumar an Additional Member in Railway Board is holding three posts of Additional Members, Planning, Electrification and Transformation. Navin Kumar, another Electrical Officer is holding two posts of Establishment Branch, Executive Director Gazetted Cadre and Joint Secretary Confidential, posts which were traditionally held by Personnel department officers. Yet another Electrical Officer, P C Lochab, is occupying the Establishment post of Railway Sports Control Board.

It is being said that Kathpal’s promotion is being denied to build a precedent to deny promotion to another Mechanical officer to the post to Additional Member or Secretary Railway Board. If the ACC agrees to these manipulations of the Ministry of Railways, it will not only be demoralizing for the officers in general,  it will also violate existing rules on vigilance cases.

23 May 2020
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Ajit Kumar appointed as Director (Finance), IRCTC

By IndianMandarins 27 May 2020

Ajit Kumar (IRAS:1989) was on Wednesday appointed to the post of Director (Finance) in Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for a period of five years or till his superannuation on absorption basis.

Presently, he is Financial Adviser and Chief Accounting Officer, Indian Railway Organisation for Alternative Fuels.

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Brazen discrimination in Railway Board: Is PMO watching?

By IndianMandarins 23 May 2020

During the COVID crisis, when officers are not able to travel and present their cases to higher authorities, the Chairman Railway Board is being blamed by several officers for discrimination and departmentalism; though Railway itself is a department comprising various cadres and services. While blaming the CRB they talk facts and examples as well.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister, approved the promotion of four Mechanical officers to the grade of Additional Member, which is a post equivalent to General Managers. Yet, one officer, A K Kathpal, the Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer of ICF, has been denied the elevation on the ground that there is a Vigilance case against him.

Even as the spate of vigilance cases against ICF officers involved in making the Train 18 have reached nowhere near conclusion, just a case in the initial stage is being used as a ploy to deny promotion to a senior officer.

The rules in this matter are very clear. Unless the vigilance case has reached finality and unless the Central Vigilance Commission has recommenced departmental proceedings against an officer, he cannot be denied promotion. Further, aas per CVC guidelines any complaint within 6 months of vacancy is not to be taken cognizance of.

In  Kathpal’s case the DPC was sent to ACC in April 2020 whereas the vigilance case now cited is much earlier. His case has not even been sent to the CVC. Yet, his promotion has been withheld and the Railway Ministry is planning to send a report to the ACC that Kathpal cannot be promoted. It is a complete mockery of ACC though it is unlikely that the ACC will agree to this nefarious design since the vigilance case existed against Kathpal even when his name was sent for empanelment as an Additional Member to the ACC.

The so-called ‘ism’, if any, is clear from the fact that the same yardstick has not been applied in the case of Electrical Officers. N K Gupta, the Principal Chief Electrical Engineer of ICF was promoted to Additional Member grade even when there were two vigilance cases pending against him. D P Dash, another Electrical officer, who was the Chief Electrical Design Engineer of ICF also had two vigilance cases against him, yet he was granted the Higher Administrative Grade. Two more Electrical Officers of ICF, Amitabh Singhal and Praveen Chauhan were promoted to Senior Administrative Grade in spite of vigilance cases against them.

O P Khare, a Stores Officer, who was the Principal Chief Materials Manager of ICF was allowed to retire with full benefits even as he had a vigilance case against him. 

The ‘ism’ is also evident from his propensity to post Electrical Officers on key posts not identified for the Electrical department. Sudhir Kumar an Additional Member in Railway Board is holding three posts of Additional Members, Planning, Electrification and Transformation. Navin Kumar, another Electrical Officer is holding two posts of Establishment Branch, Executive Director Gazetted Cadre and Joint Secretary Confidential, posts which were traditionally held by Personnel department officers. Yet another Electrical Officer, P C Lochab, is occupying the Establishment post of Railway Sports Control Board.

It is being said that Kathpal’s promotion is being denied to build a precedent to deny promotion to another Mechanical officer to the post to Additional Member or Secretary Railway Board. If the ACC agrees to these manipulations of the Ministry of Railways, it will not only be demoralizing for the officers in general,  it will also violate existing rules on vigilance cases.

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Tourism Ministry sanctions 18 projects for Rs 1,456 cr

By IndianMandarins 03 Dec 2019

North Eastern states have been the focused areas for the Modi government so besides many other things, Union Ministry of Tourism is planning development and promotion of tourism in the region. Ministry under its Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD Schemes has sanctioned 18 projects covering all the North Eastern states for Rs 1,456 crore.

These activities include:

  1. Release of television campaigns on Doordarshan and private new channels in the country.
  2. Production of publicity material, creatives and television commercials/promotional films on the region
  3. The North East region is the theme of India Pavilion set up by Ministry at the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE)
  4. Complimentary space is provided to the North Eastern states for their participation in the India Pavilion set up by the ministry at international travel fairs and exhibitions
  5. The ministry organizes an annual International Tourism Mart in the North Eastern region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region
  6. Projects under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD are identified for development in consultation with state governments and UT Administrations and are sanctioned subject to availability of funds, submission of suitable detailed project reports, adherence to scheme guidelines and utilization of funds released earlier.
  7. The ministry identified Kaziranga as one of the 17 sites for development in the country under the Development of Iconic Tourist site scheme.

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IRCTC: Chandra selected for Director (CS) post

By IndianMandarins 30 May 2019

The public-sector headhunter selected Debashish Chandra (Group GM, IRCTC) for the post of Director (CS), Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). He was the single candidate who was interviewed at a Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on May 30, 2019.

 

Subject to requisite clearances and ACC approval Chandra may replace V Sriram; the outgoing Director retiring on June 30, 2019.

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Board level positions in KAPL & IRCTC on offer

By IndianMandarins 29 Jan 2019

The PESB on Monday invited applications for the posts of Managing Director of Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Limited (KAPL) and of Director (CS) in Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

 

It may be mentioned that V Sriram, the Director (CS) IRCTC will retire in June this year whereas KAPL top post is currently vacant.

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PESB: No suitable candidate for HEC & IRCTC

By IndianMandarins 02 Aug 2018

The public-sector headhunter, on Thursday, announced for the second consecutive day that it would like to see more candidates for the posts it interviewed the candidates.

 

PESB had, on August 02, conducted selection interview for the post of Director (Finance) IRCTC. Only two candidates appeared so far. The selection board could not find any of the candidates suitable and decided to see more candidates.

 

Similarly, on August 01 also PESB could not find any of the two candidates suitable for CMD post in HEC and announced to see more candidates.

As per the provisions PESB would re-advertise the posts. 

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