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Meaning of moving from Mines to NCST: The grammar of governance and administration?

Union Mines Secretary Sushil Kumar (lAS:1987:TR) on Friday morning laterally shifted from the Ministry of Mines to National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCST) in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Govt of India. He got his first posting as Union Mines Secretary on December 13, 2019 and within seven months got shifted elsewhere.

Immediately after the ACC order flashed on Friday morning, it took others in a flashback. It reminded several other of cases that took place in the recent past from then Consumer Affairs Secretary Pawan Kumar Aggarwal (IAS:1985:WB), I&B Secretary Ravi Mittal (IAS:1986:BH), Union Secretary, School Education and Literacy Reena Ray (IAS:1984:UT) and former Coal secretaries Inder Jit Singh (IAS:1985:KL) and Sumanta Chaudhary (IAS:1985:WB). These officers were shifted to other departments on a little different gound whereas Mrs Ray was repatriated to parent cadre. Sumanta Choudhary remained in dilemma (awaiting posting orders from the Centre) for several weeks before he chose to repatriate to West Bengal. 

But Friday’s orders left Sushil Kumar’s peers puzzled over what exactly led to this development? If some well-placed sources are to be believed he found himself constrained in responding swiftly and bringing concrete outcome to Centre’s call for a fast policy push. Reportedly, mining as a subject under the ‘State-list’ required more time to invite consultations of the state governments. Probably, Sushil Kumar’s insistence on the time-consuming consultation process irked the government leading his abrupt and unceremonious lateral shift from a significant department (Mines) to a relatively insignificant one (NCST).

Power corridors abuzz Sushil Kumar bought peace for his future. Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta’s misfortune is not an old story who is still considered among few honest officers; at least in his service peers. Some former Union secretaries remarked that Sushil Kumar was a little more fortunate than his senior Pawan Kumar Aggarwal who was shifted from Consumer Affairs (in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Govt of India) to Logistics Department in the rank and pay of Special Secretary; something which almost civil servant termed it distasteful.

After all, Civil servants know it better that, for a popular government someone’s post, rank and pay hardly matters. 

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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25 Jul 2020
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Secretary-level reshuffle effected at Centre: Course correction vs realignment?

Following the minor Secretary-level reshuffle at Centre people in power corridors opine that it appears more of a course correction and realignment than a reshuffle reflecting a sound objective.

Appointment of Rajesh Bhushan (lAS:1987:BH), OSD in MoHFW, as Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare is something which was expected. He will succeed Ms Preeti Sudan (lAS:1983:AP) on her superannuation on 31 .07.2020. 

Ram Mohan Mishra (lAS:1987:AM) was appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development vice Ajay Tirkey. Presently, Mishra is working as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Castes. Ajay Tirkey (IAS:1987:MP) was laterally shifted to the Department of Land Resources as Secretary vice Ruolkhumlien Buhril (lAS:1984:TN) retiring next week. Appointment in the Department of Land Resources was obviously a routine requirement.   

The appointment of Tirky on a lateral shift basis from the Ministry of Women and Child Development to Land Resources appears more of making avenue for Ram Mohan Mishra who was working on Secretary equivalent level post in the rank and pay of Secretary (GoI).  

Union Mines Secretary Sushil Kumar (lAS:1987:TR) was appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCST) in the rank and pay of Secretary (GoI) vice Ram Mohan Mishra whereas Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain (lAS;1986:MP) was given the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Ministry of Mines.  

It is believed that the lateral shift of Sushil Kumar from Mines to NCST is something unusual yet unsurprising. Looking back, the Ministry of Coal and Mines have seen several abrupt and unpleasant changes at the top. Coal and Mines are tuff turfs and require a tight rope-walk. 

24 Jul 2020
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Meaning of moving from Mines to NCST: The grammar of governance and administration?

By Rakesh Ranjan 25 Jul 2020

Union Mines Secretary Sushil Kumar (lAS:1987:TR) on Friday morning laterally shifted from the Ministry of Mines to National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCST) in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Govt of India. He got his first posting as Union Mines Secretary on December 13, 2019 and within seven months got shifted elsewhere.

Immediately after the ACC order flashed on Friday morning, it took others in a flashback. It reminded several other of cases that took place in the recent past from then Consumer Affairs Secretary Pawan Kumar Aggarwal (IAS:1985:WB), I&B Secretary Ravi Mittal (IAS:1986:BH), Union Secretary, School Education and Literacy Reena Ray (IAS:1984:UT) and former Coal secretaries Inder Jit Singh (IAS:1985:KL) and Sumanta Chaudhary (IAS:1985:WB). These officers were shifted to other departments on a little different gound whereas Mrs Ray was repatriated to parent cadre. Sumanta Choudhary remained in dilemma (awaiting posting orders from the Centre) for several weeks before he chose to repatriate to West Bengal. 

But Friday’s orders left Sushil Kumar’s peers puzzled over what exactly led to this development? If some well-placed sources are to be believed he found himself constrained in responding swiftly and bringing concrete outcome to Centre’s call for a fast policy push. Reportedly, mining as a subject under the ‘State-list’ required more time to invite consultations of the state governments. Probably, Sushil Kumar’s insistence on the time-consuming consultation process irked the government leading his abrupt and unceremonious lateral shift from a significant department (Mines) to a relatively insignificant one (NCST).

Power corridors abuzz Sushil Kumar bought peace for his future. Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta’s misfortune is not an old story who is still considered among few honest officers; at least in his service peers. Some former Union secretaries remarked that Sushil Kumar was a little more fortunate than his senior Pawan Kumar Aggarwal who was shifted from Consumer Affairs (in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Govt of India) to Logistics Department in the rank and pay of Special Secretary; something which almost civil servant termed it distasteful.

After all, Civil servants know it better that, for a popular government someone’s post, rank and pay hardly matters. 

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

Your feedback: 

shukla1554rakesh@gmail.com 

indianmandarins@gmail.com

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Secretary-level reshuffle effected at Centre: Course correction vs realignment?

By IndianMandarins 24 Jul 2020

Following the minor Secretary-level reshuffle at Centre people in power corridors opine that it appears more of a course correction and realignment than a reshuffle reflecting a sound objective.

Appointment of Rajesh Bhushan (lAS:1987:BH), OSD in MoHFW, as Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare is something which was expected. He will succeed Ms Preeti Sudan (lAS:1983:AP) on her superannuation on 31 .07.2020. 

Ram Mohan Mishra (lAS:1987:AM) was appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development vice Ajay Tirkey. Presently, Mishra is working as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Castes. Ajay Tirkey (IAS:1987:MP) was laterally shifted to the Department of Land Resources as Secretary vice Ruolkhumlien Buhril (lAS:1984:TN) retiring next week. Appointment in the Department of Land Resources was obviously a routine requirement.   

The appointment of Tirky on a lateral shift basis from the Ministry of Women and Child Development to Land Resources appears more of making avenue for Ram Mohan Mishra who was working on Secretary equivalent level post in the rank and pay of Secretary (GoI).  

Union Mines Secretary Sushil Kumar (lAS:1987:TR) was appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCST) in the rank and pay of Secretary (GoI) vice Ram Mohan Mishra whereas Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain (lAS;1986:MP) was given the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Ministry of Mines.  

It is believed that the lateral shift of Sushil Kumar from Mines to NCST is something unusual yet unsurprising. Looking back, the Ministry of Coal and Mines have seen several abrupt and unpleasant changes at the top. Coal and Mines are tuff turfs and require a tight rope-walk. 

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Major Secretary level appointments include Banking Secretary & Air India CMD

By IndianMandarins 13 Feb 2020

The NaMo administration on Thursday effected a major bureaucratic rejig at the level of Secretary as follows:
  1. Debasish Panda (IAS:1987:UP) appointed as Secretary, Department of Financial Services (Secretary, Banking) vice Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) upon his superannuation on 29.02.2020. Presently, he is Special Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
  2. Ms. Usha Sharma (IAS:1985:RJ) appointed as Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Presently, she is Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture.
  3. Rajeev Ranjan (IAS:1985:TN) appointed as Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying vice Ms. Rajni Sekhri Sibal (IAS:1986:HY) upon her superannuation on 29.02.2020. Presently, he is Special Secretary, GST Council Secretariat, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.
  4. Tenure of Parameswaran Iyer (Voluntarily Retired IAS:1981:UP) as Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (Ministry of Jal Shakti) was extended  for a further period of one year beyond 30.04.2020 i.e. upto 30.04.2021.
  5. Pawan Kumar Agarwal (IAS:1985:WB) appointed as Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Presently, he is Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI).
  6. Saraswati Prasad (IAS:1985:AM) appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in the rank and pay of Secretary. Presently, he is Special Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Steel.
  7. Rajiv Bansal (IAS:1988:NL) appointed as Chairman & Managing Director, Air India in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary. Presently, he is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. 

  8. Raj Kumar (IAS:1987:GJ) appointed as as Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence. Presently, he is working as DG, Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

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Tshering panel runs into obstacles

By IndianMandarins 09 Jan 2019

The three-member team of the Union tribal affairs ministry headed by joint secretary Meera Ranjan Tshering (IPoS:1988) who has been engaging with the representatives of a number of communities in Sikkim and Bengal may find itself in a tight corner following the Sikkim CM, Pawan Chamling, sounding sceptical of the prospects of the Centre giving ST tag to the 11 Gorkha communities in the Himalayan state.

 

“The central government had formed such a committee in the past, but there has been no action till date. No report has been submitted. They (the committee) are roaming here before the election, doing a routine job,” the chief minister said, adding that he saw no point in meeting the panel members.

 

The 11 Nepali-speaking communities seeking tribal status are Rai, Mangar, Gurung, Thami, Bhujel, Jogi, Sanyasi, Giri, Newar, Khas, and Dewan (Yakha). A similar demand has also been voiced in the neighboring Darjeeling hills. The government of Bengal, too, backs the demand.

 

The tribal affairs ministry had set up a committee under Ashok Pai, a joint secretary, in the first week of April 2016 to examine the proposal to declare the 11 communities in Bengal and other states Scheduled Castes.

The committee was given three months to submit its report. But before Pai could examine the matter, he was transferred to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.

 

The panel was later reconstituted under another senior officer, Vishu Maini, and is now headed by Tshering.

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Raghav Chandra retiring today

By IndianMandarins 31 Oct 2018

Versatile senior civil servant, an alumnus of Harvard University and St Stephens, Raghav Chandra (IAS:1982:MP) is retiring today. Chandra, the outgoing Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, also served as Chairman, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

 

Chandra is the author of SCENT OF A GAME, a mystery-thriller which is about tigers, endangered wildlife and conservation. 

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