PRINCIPAL RESIDENT COMMISSIONER

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Resident Commissioners unite to help people in general; like a cadre in itself

Exhibiting a live example of cooperative federalism Principal Resident Commissioners (PRCs), Resident Commissioners (RCs) and Additional RCs of various states these days find several reasons for contentment and rejoice as civil servants. While handling the increasingly complex tasks related to the COVID-19 crisis at the time of nationwide lockdown, RCs have joined hands together via Whatsapp group and video conferencing ensuring seamless coordination between all RCs and their respective state administration.

 

Many RCs told Indianmandarins that to their own amazement, they handled numerous emergency situations and problems in a matter of minutes and hours. For example, Himachal Pradesh CM was awestruck when RCs of other states ensured purchase order of perishable items like fruits and vegetables within an hour. Similarly, ration, food packets, medical emergency help were also made available to residents of a state stranded in another state in almost no time. Finding themselves in a sort of relay race, RCs developed a sense of togetherness so much so that a few of them termed RCs a cadre in itself.

 

When there is nationwide distress, RCs emerged as a bridge between states across country and lifeline in the hour of need for seamless coordination, conflict resolution, and realtime solution to tasks that ranged from the repatriation of migrant laborers to people stranded across states to patients suffering complex ailments to supply chain management of essential goods like medicines, medical equipment, food grains to perishable commodities like fruits, vegetables and other consumables.

 

Amid a few limitations, constraints and even small failures in providing solutions RCs find some silver-linings as well which they could cherish throughout their professional career. When the complete administrative machinery of the Centre and state governments have been handling the situation at ground level, RCs played a crucial role in plugging the need gap.

 

Sharing their experiences, some RCs underlined the exemplary role and guidance of senior government of India officials like P Parameshwaran Iyer (Retd IAS:1983:UP); Tarun Bajaj (IAS:1988:HY), while he coordinated during his tenure in PMO, and Vennecaganti Radha (IAS:1994:MH). On the other hand, some RCs of Hindi heartland were a little bit dismayed from UP as they could not get much response and coordination from Gautam Buddha Nagar and Ghaziabad districts which holds a big chunk of migrant laborers. But overall PRCs, RCs, ARCs across states appear to have gone through a unique experience of togetherness and a deep sense of cohesiveness. Several RCs told Indianmandarins that state governments too would have realized that RCs, ARCs could play a crucial and wider role in the times of national crisis.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

19 May 2020
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Bureaucratic rejig in AP: Abhay Tripathi is Principal RC, Saxena is RC

The Jagan Reddy Government effected a major bureaucratic reshuffle in Andhra Pradesh. The 1986 batch IAS officer Abhay Tripathi is appointed as Principal Resident Commissioner while 1996 batch officer Bhavana Saxena, previously Additional RC, was appointed as Resident Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi . Praveen Prakash (IAS:1995:AP), formerly RC in AP Bhavan, was named as the Special Secretary of the CM's office. Further, Ashok Kumar (IPS:2006)  was appointed as the Joint Director of ACB.

27 Nov 2019
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Resident Commissioners unite to help people in general; like a cadre in itself

By Rakesh Ranjan 19 May 2020

Exhibiting a live example of cooperative federalism Principal Resident Commissioners (PRCs), Resident Commissioners (RCs) and Additional RCs of various states these days find several reasons for contentment and rejoice as civil servants. While handling the increasingly complex tasks related to the COVID-19 crisis at the time of nationwide lockdown, RCs have joined hands together via Whatsapp group and video conferencing ensuring seamless coordination between all RCs and their respective state administration.

 

Many RCs told Indianmandarins that to their own amazement, they handled numerous emergency situations and problems in a matter of minutes and hours. For example, Himachal Pradesh CM was awestruck when RCs of other states ensured purchase order of perishable items like fruits and vegetables within an hour. Similarly, ration, food packets, medical emergency help were also made available to residents of a state stranded in another state in almost no time. Finding themselves in a sort of relay race, RCs developed a sense of togetherness so much so that a few of them termed RCs a cadre in itself.

 

When there is nationwide distress, RCs emerged as a bridge between states across country and lifeline in the hour of need for seamless coordination, conflict resolution, and realtime solution to tasks that ranged from the repatriation of migrant laborers to people stranded across states to patients suffering complex ailments to supply chain management of essential goods like medicines, medical equipment, food grains to perishable commodities like fruits, vegetables and other consumables.

 

Amid a few limitations, constraints and even small failures in providing solutions RCs find some silver-linings as well which they could cherish throughout their professional career. When the complete administrative machinery of the Centre and state governments have been handling the situation at ground level, RCs played a crucial role in plugging the need gap.

 

Sharing their experiences, some RCs underlined the exemplary role and guidance of senior government of India officials like P Parameshwaran Iyer (Retd IAS:1983:UP); Tarun Bajaj (IAS:1988:HY), while he coordinated during his tenure in PMO, and Vennecaganti Radha (IAS:1994:MH). On the other hand, some RCs of Hindi heartland were a little bit dismayed from UP as they could not get much response and coordination from Gautam Buddha Nagar and Ghaziabad districts which holds a big chunk of migrant laborers. But overall PRCs, RCs, ARCs across states appear to have gone through a unique experience of togetherness and a deep sense of cohesiveness. Several RCs told Indianmandarins that state governments too would have realized that RCs, ARCs could play a crucial and wider role in the times of national crisis.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Bureaucratic rejig in AP: Abhay Tripathi is Principal RC, Saxena is RC

By IndianMandarins 27 Nov 2019

The Jagan Reddy Government effected a major bureaucratic reshuffle in Andhra Pradesh. The 1986 batch IAS officer Abhay Tripathi is appointed as Principal Resident Commissioner while 1996 batch officer Bhavana Saxena, previously Additional RC, was appointed as Resident Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi . Praveen Prakash (IAS:1995:AP), formerly RC in AP Bhavan, was named as the Special Secretary of the CM's office. Further, Ashok Kumar (IPS:2006)  was appointed as the Joint Director of ACB.

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TN: Three in race for Resident Commissioner post

By IndianMandarins 05 Dec 2018

With the VRS application of Jasbir Singh Bajaj (IAS:1987:TN) under-process, the job of Resident Commissioner at Tamil Nadu House in Delhi.

 

Bajaj (Principal RC), is expected to be relieved from the services by the end of this month. Meanwhile, N Murugandam (IAS:1991:TN), initially posted as Resident Commissioner, has already been designated as Principal RC. Subsequently, the RC post has virtually fallen vacant.  

 

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that at least three IAS officers have reportedly thrown their hats into the ring. They are Hitesh Kumar S Makwana (IAS:1995:TN), Ms R Jaya (IAS:1995:TN) and Ashish Vachhani (IAS:1997:TN). All three are currently  posted in cadre state.

 

Makwana and Ms Jaya previously served as Joint Secretary in MHA and I&B respectively and are about to complete the cooling-off period. However, there is a feeling among some officials that another officer, Vachhani, may have an edge over other claimants for certain reasons.

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Orissa bureaucracy reshuffled; Pandey is PRC in Delhi

By IndianMandarins 03 Dec 2018

Senior IAS officer Tuhin Kanta Pandey has been appointed the Principal Resident Commissioner of Government of Odisha in New Delhi. The 1987 batch IAS officer held the post of Additional Chief Secretary, Finance.

 

Principal Secretary of the General Administration and Public Grievance (GA&PG) department and 1993 batch officer, Ashok K. K. Meena, will replace Pandey as Principal Secretary of the Finance department.


Girish S.N, who currently holds the post of Managing Director of the Odisha State Cooperative Bank Ltd. has been appointed a Special Secretary of the GA and PG department.

 

Additional secretary, Planning and Convergence department, Debendra Kumar Jena was given additional charge as managing director of Odisha State Cooperative Bank Ltd.

 

On Friday, 1986 batch IAS officer Asit Tripathy was given the additional charge as the Development Commissioner.

 

Tripathy, who succeeds 1984 batch IAS officer R Balakrishnan following the latter’s superannuation, will also remain in charge as Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Home department.

 

Moreover, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi was given the additional charge as Chairman of Odisha State Pollution Control Board. Similarly, commissioner-cum-secretary of Cooperation department, Ranjana Chopra, was given the additional charge as Chairperson of Odisha State Warehousing Corporation (OSWC).

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Bajaj, senior IAS officer, seeks VRS

By IndianMandarins 02 Nov 2018

The 1987 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer, Jasbir Singh Bajaj has moved the application for VRS ten months ahead of his scheduled retirement on 31 July 2019.

 

According to rules, he has requested the Govt to relieve him from duties and responsibilities of the service on the expiry of three months notice period beginning 01 October 2018. Bajaj started his career with CBI and later in August 1987, he joined IAS. 

 

Currently, he is serving as the Principal Resident Commissioner at Tamil Nadu House in New Delhi.

 

It may be mentioned that probably Bajaj has the longest tenure as Resident Commissioner/Principal Resident Commissioner. Reportedly, he has served at  TN House for over 17 years. It is said under his supervision TN House became the first State Guest House to have ISO 9001 certification.

 

Having six professional degrees in Public Administration, Management and Law from reputed institutions, Bajaj may pursue the legal practice.  

 

Interestingly, Bajaj's VRS application is seen as one of the finest cases of a smooth transition as Bajaj has already delegated almost all decisionmaking & executive powers to his junior colleague N Murugandam (IAS:1991: TN) who too has been serving as Principal Resident Commissioner, TN House.  

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Agarwal is Chief Secretary, Govt of Himachal

By IndianMandarins 30 Sep 2018

The Government of Himachal, on September 30, appointed Brij Kumar Agarwal (IAS:1985:HP) to the coveted post of Chief Secretary. He replaces Vineet Chaudhary (IAS:1982:HP) retiring today.


Prior to his appointment as CS, Agarwal served as Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Home & Vigilance and held additional charge of several key posts namely; ACS, Health & Family Welfare, Financial Commissioner (Appeals) and Principal Resident Commissioner, Himachal Bhawan in Delhi.

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