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Embarrassed RS Secretariat issues revised office order, Rao’s service-term expired and not terminated

Deteriorating English language skill of central government officials show no signs of improvement. Consequently, a case of ghastly and shocking error, that casts a shadow on the service/professional record of a senior Indian Information Service officer, has come to light recently.

AA Rao has been serving on a year's contract as Additional Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat since August 2019 and his contract naturally expired on 31.08.2020. Reportedly, Rao was offered an extension for another year (beyond 31.08.2020) as OSD in the status of Additional Secretary which he did not accept for personal reasons and chose to demit the office on 31 August 2020.

However, the order issued earlier in this regard mentioned that Rao’s services were 'terminated' instead of mentioning the word ‘expiration’. Clearly, the issuing authority just signed on the order that caused avoidable and unacceptable damage to Rao's reputation.

Later, on 05 September 2020 (Saturday; a non-working day), the Rajya Sabha Secretariat issued a revised order that reads; “In supersession of Notification No. RS/20/2020/95-Perl dated 01.09.2020, on completion of tenure of engagement of Shri A. A. Rao as Additional Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat on contract basis w.e.f 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020, he has relinquished the charge of the office of the Additional Secretary in the afternoon of 31 August 2020”

This reflects poorly on the institution. Several senior officials in Govt of India raised questions saying what about the damage done to the senior officer who was in several media reports branded as a non-performer, deadwood etc.

Rao, a retired Indian Information Service officer once led DD News as director. It may be underlined that Rao had coined the acronym of MODI as ‘Making of Developed India’ and ‘Mission of Developing India’ that appeared on Government ads under caption and was widely used by Venkaiah Naidu during NaMo’ first tenure as PM.

He is seen as a close confidant of Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and handled the latter's media publicity for several years. As such, and because of his long years of service, he deserved some courtesy in the announcement of his contract expiry.

Using language unmindful of its meaning and implication, by an exalted institution like RS Secretariat, for whom every word matters, is disturbing. It’s a classic case that requires to be part of the unforgettable institutional memory.

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06 Sep 2020
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Congress goes more aggressive against Modi; govt remains unfazed

Congress is constantly putting pressure on the Modi government whether it is on ramping up testing or Rs 1 lakh crore package for MSME sector or asking some measures for migrant labourers or accusing a scam in rapid test kits. But the government is working in its own way unfazed with suggestions and criticism. Moreover, people appear to be in no mood to pay attention, despite more aggression shown by the Congress.

Now former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has come up with allegations of a scam in the supply of rapid test kits to the government to detect coronavirus cases saying it was unbelievable that people were indulging in profiteering from suffering people. Gandhi requested the PM to take immediate action to bring the culprits to book.

Gandhi tweeted: “That any human being would try and profiteer from the immeasurable suffering of millions of his brothers and sisters is beyond belief and comprehension. This scam is an insult to every Indian. I urge the PM to act swiftly to bring the corrupt to justice.”

Earlier he requested the PM to clear ‘bottlenecks’ and ramp up coronavirus testing in the country holding the PM responsible for this delay in the same breath. He said: "Random testing is the key to beating the virus".

India has to scale up COVID-19 testing from present 40,000 to one lakh per day. Experts agree that mass random testing is the key to beating Corona. In India, a bottleneck is stopping us from scaling testing from the current 40,000 per day to 1 lakh tests a day, for which test kits are already available.

Sonia Gandhi demanded a special package for the MSME industry with former Union defence minister A K Antony and former Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal having their own sets of demands from the government. This could be a good tactic on part of the Congress to keep the government on toes.

28 Apr 2020
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Embarrassed RS Secretariat issues revised office order, Rao’s service-term expired and not terminated

By IndianMandarins 06 Sep 2020

Deteriorating English language skill of central government officials show no signs of improvement. Consequently, a case of ghastly and shocking error, that casts a shadow on the service/professional record of a senior Indian Information Service officer, has come to light recently.

AA Rao has been serving on a year's contract as Additional Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat since August 2019 and his contract naturally expired on 31.08.2020. Reportedly, Rao was offered an extension for another year (beyond 31.08.2020) as OSD in the status of Additional Secretary which he did not accept for personal reasons and chose to demit the office on 31 August 2020.

However, the order issued earlier in this regard mentioned that Rao’s services were 'terminated' instead of mentioning the word ‘expiration’. Clearly, the issuing authority just signed on the order that caused avoidable and unacceptable damage to Rao's reputation.

Later, on 05 September 2020 (Saturday; a non-working day), the Rajya Sabha Secretariat issued a revised order that reads; “In supersession of Notification No. RS/20/2020/95-Perl dated 01.09.2020, on completion of tenure of engagement of Shri A. A. Rao as Additional Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat on contract basis w.e.f 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020, he has relinquished the charge of the office of the Additional Secretary in the afternoon of 31 August 2020”

This reflects poorly on the institution. Several senior officials in Govt of India raised questions saying what about the damage done to the senior officer who was in several media reports branded as a non-performer, deadwood etc.

Rao, a retired Indian Information Service officer once led DD News as director. It may be underlined that Rao had coined the acronym of MODI as ‘Making of Developed India’ and ‘Mission of Developing India’ that appeared on Government ads under caption and was widely used by Venkaiah Naidu during NaMo’ first tenure as PM.

He is seen as a close confidant of Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and handled the latter's media publicity for several years. As such, and because of his long years of service, he deserved some courtesy in the announcement of his contract expiry.

Using language unmindful of its meaning and implication, by an exalted institution like RS Secretariat, for whom every word matters, is disturbing. It’s a classic case that requires to be part of the unforgettable institutional memory.

ALSO READ:

Rajya Sabha: Additional Secretary Rao terminated?

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Congress goes more aggressive against Modi; govt remains unfazed

By IndianMandarins 28 Apr 2020

Congress is constantly putting pressure on the Modi government whether it is on ramping up testing or Rs 1 lakh crore package for MSME sector or asking some measures for migrant labourers or accusing a scam in rapid test kits. But the government is working in its own way unfazed with suggestions and criticism. Moreover, people appear to be in no mood to pay attention, despite more aggression shown by the Congress.

Now former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has come up with allegations of a scam in the supply of rapid test kits to the government to detect coronavirus cases saying it was unbelievable that people were indulging in profiteering from suffering people. Gandhi requested the PM to take immediate action to bring the culprits to book.

Gandhi tweeted: “That any human being would try and profiteer from the immeasurable suffering of millions of his brothers and sisters is beyond belief and comprehension. This scam is an insult to every Indian. I urge the PM to act swiftly to bring the corrupt to justice.”

Earlier he requested the PM to clear ‘bottlenecks’ and ramp up coronavirus testing in the country holding the PM responsible for this delay in the same breath. He said: "Random testing is the key to beating the virus".

India has to scale up COVID-19 testing from present 40,000 to one lakh per day. Experts agree that mass random testing is the key to beating Corona. In India, a bottleneck is stopping us from scaling testing from the current 40,000 per day to 1 lakh tests a day, for which test kits are already available.

Sonia Gandhi demanded a special package for the MSME industry with former Union defence minister A K Antony and former Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal having their own sets of demands from the government. This could be a good tactic on part of the Congress to keep the government on toes.

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New ordinance: Modi’s masterstroke?

By IndianMandarins 06 Apr 2020

Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has approved an Ordinance in which allowances and pension of all MPs will be reduced by 30% for a year. MPLAD fund too has been temporarily suspended for two years which would now go to the Consolidated Fund of India in the fight against coronavirus.

Following the decision Union Home Minister Amit Shah also thanked President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Governors for voluntarily deciding not to take 30 percent of their allowances for one year.

If one goes by the reactions of a large section (including social media) of the society Union Cabinet’s decision is being seen as Modi’s master-stroke. The decision once again catapult his popularity among the masses. Probably the decision also decodes Modi’s intent to meet former Presidents, PMs and some other leaders including CMs.

At one end it is being seen as if Parliament of the world's largest democracy stands together in these challenging times. But on the other end a large section of taxpayers and the public is welcoming the move for reasons in public life. There are also who believe that most of the funds were either improperly utilized or remained unutilized. There is a section that might say it will impact development in the far off areas.

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Is Cabinet reshuffle likely to happen on April 7?

By IndianMandarins 13 Mar 2020

Power corridor is abuzz that the first reshuffle of the council of minister of the NaMo 0.2 is likely to take place on April 7, 2020 however people have been saying it from long that it is overdue now. Some more faces have to be inducted and the responsibility of some other has to be changed.

From March 15 to March 25, 2020 the time is not good astrologically so after Navaratra it is likely to happen if things remain smooth. One of the sources told Indianmandarins that it is most likely to happen on April 7, 2020. Some of the ministers having extra ministerial burden will be relieved. The name of Jyotiraditya Scindia might figure in the list.

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PM meets 18 Lok Sabha MPs individually: Larger significance?

By IndianMandarins 06 Mar 2020

Has PM Narendra Modi taken matters related to West Bengal Assembly elections in his own hands? Meeting all 18 Lok Sabha MPs from the state individually appears a signal of sort. Political experts say that this is an attempt of giving a clear message that the BJP would contest Assembly elections of West Bengal with its full strength to change the government?

In one of the meetings with MPs of the state, the PM told one of them that winning West Bengal Assembly election is not like any other Assembly election rather it is important for the nation. Union Home minister Amit Shah will be spending two-three days every month in West Bengal. He has already started addressing pro-CAA rallies and PM is also having various programs in the state.

Sources said that for Sangh Pariwar having control over bordering state with huge infiltration coming in is of paramount importance. After winning Assam BJP aims at West Bengal where allegedly huge number of infiltrators have settled and incumbent Mamata Banerjee not taking any remedial measure to check the phenomena.

Reportedly, the PM is asking MPs about the aspiration of people, organisational requirement and governmental assistance. The new team under J P Nadda will have a representative from West Bengal besides the possibility of one more induction in the council of minister if reshuffle or expansion happens. But PM monitoring the situation will keep others on toes.

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PM’s Social media plans: Something bigger than what is thought about?

By IndianMandarins 04 Mar 2020

Elements of surprise, unpredictability and out of box initiative have been the hallmark of the Modi dispensation so has been the recent case when PM Narendra Modi tweeted leaving all social media platforms. However every such surprise has never been without any purpose and well thought out decision.

Several theories are doing round over PM’s surprising tweet. A couple of such speculation is that PM wants to tell social media platforms that the Indian government can keep them aside if they continue supporting selective outrage against it as this will have a definite impact on these social media platforms with PM having following of over 4.5 crore on just twitter.

Another speculation is that the government may come out with its own such platforms with more and more Indianess into it. The way China is using its own social media platform, India too can do it with 130 billion population to safeguard its true democratic values, sovereign character, culture and secular credentials. The government is for sure very serious about false propaganda unleashed against it. It has reports about posts talking good about the government being dumped and factually incorrect propaganda against it being pushed.

However, all these are speculations except the fact that the government has started sending rejoinders to foreign media as yesterday, ministry of information and broadcasting sent such a rejoinder to a foreign media house. This will go on till they start following the norms and journalistic ethics. Sources said that modus operandi of international media is that they come with a prepared story and just look for a quote that suits their agenda. The government wants to expose such plans.

But the real reason of the PM going out of social media will come from him only but for that everyone will have to wait but everyone is free to keep guessing also. 

(By Rakesh Ranjan and Vinod Shukla)

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PM Modi’s tweet leaves country perplexed

By IndianMandarins 02 Mar 2020

Though it is not clear as yet as why did PM Narendra considered quitting social media his supporters have been requesting him revisit his decision. People in power corridors are perplexed over PM Modi decision who is one of the most followed personalities in India.

PM’s tweet reads; “This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube,” PM Modi tweeted late on Monday evening.  “Will keep you all posted,” PM Modi said.

He is among the most-followed political leaders in the world on Twitter with 53.3 million followers, 44 million  Facebook and 35.2 million followers on Instagram, 4.5 million subscribers on YouTube.

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Mission 2022 gains momentum with ‘Destination India’ slogan

By IndianMandarins 13 Feb 2020

After its promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the NaMo Govt has interestingly coined another title ‘Destination India’; an initiative targeting admission of over 2 lakh foreign students by 2022 in courses like Yoga and Ayurveda. By projecting India as a hub of education and culture, the country might attract foreign exchange. But this will hardly help it becoming a $5 trillion economy looking at other parametres. However, short-term courses in Yoga, Buddhism and Ayurveda might attract foreign students even from countries like the US and UK. Ministries and departments like HRD, MHA, Health, Aayush, MEA and ICCR are getting convergent to evolve the mechanism to ensure PM’s mission 2022.

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