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Delay in Kothari’s oath as CVC makes buzz

Two months have passed since Sanjay Kothari (Retd IAS:1978:HY) was selected as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) by a majority decision but oath and joining is yet to take place. Speculation is rife about reasons for inordinate delay in his joining.

Kothari presently the Secretary to the President was selected on February 19, 2020 as the next CVC; a post which has been lying vacant from June 10, 2019.

It may be underlined that the Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had opposed the decision while it was supported by other members in the panel -- Union Home Minister Amit Shah, MoS for PMO and Personnel Jitendra Singh, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Secretary Personnel C Chandramouli.

Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar (Retd IPS:1979:HY) was named as interim CVC after K V Chowdary completed his term on June 09, 2019. Following the selection, Kothari’s oath as CVC is yet to take place.

20 Apr 2020
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Signals from the latest secretaries' reshuffle; Reading between the lines

The appointment of cheerful, straightforward Ajay Bhalla (IAS:1984:AM) as OSD in MHA, almost five weeks before the completion of the term of Rajiv Gauba (the outgoing Home Secretary), is open to interesting interpretations. A section of officials believe that Gauba may be moved as OSD in Cabinet Secretary - maybe immediately after the Independence Day if not before. The reasoning is that the extended tenure of P K Sinha as Cabinet Secretary will end on September 12, 2019. And the government is looking for his replacement. So will Gauba replace Sinha? In case he misses the bus then certainly its all for 1983 batch IAS. Then who else?

Speculations about Gauba replacing Sinha have also gathered strength because if Bhalla's appointment as MHA OSD was only a matter of preplanning, it should have been done also in the case of the Defense Ministry where secretary Mitra will complete his term on August 23, 2019, a week before Gauba.

It is pointed out that Bhalla if promoted as Home Secretary, may be the ideal choice for the post. He has been an integral part of the NDA government’s plan to supply round-the-clock power to all. Having worked under the former Union Home Secretary like Raj Kumar Singh has helped Bhalla evolve certain traits to tackle critically-important issues in a mission mode. He may add to the strength of Amit Shah in handling issues in conflict areas, including J&K, and Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh. He may have a fixed two-year tenure as home secretary.

Further, following the exit of S C Garg (IAS:1983:RJ) from the FinMin to the Ministry of Power, speculations have triggered off as to who will be designated the next Finance Secretary. Rajiv Kumar ((DFS) or Ajay Bhushan Pandey (Dept of Revenue)? Of four secretaries in the FinMin, two each are from 1984 and 1985 batch respectively. Certainly it will follow seniority list of the batch. 

One of the most striking features of the latest reshuffle is by far the appointment of Mrs. Anuradha Mitra (IP&TA&FS:1982) as Secretary, Department of Official Language. Its importance lies in its future implication. Following this precedent, non-IAS officers may be drafted as Secretaries in Govt of India - a common fortress of IAS officers.

Of twelve appointments, Gujarat and West Bengal have something to cheer about in terms of representation in Govt of India.

The NaMo administration appears to have also sent out strong signals about rewarding efficient officers by appointing Atanu Chakraborty (IAS:1985: GJ) as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs vice S C Garg. Garg who is shifted to the Ministry of Power to work under the seasoned former bureaucrat and former Union Home Secretary R K Singh may not only enjoy the conducive work atmosphere under Singh but will have ample opportunity to resolve the challenged facing the electricity sector.

The latest reshuffle has also brought five IAS officers from states as Secretary in Govt of India. They are Anil Kumar Khachi (IAS:1986: HP) as Secretary DIPAM; R S Shukla (IAS:1986:WB) as Secretary Parliamentary Affairs; G V Venugopala Sarma (IAS:1986:OR) as Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA); Ravi Capoor (IAS:1986:AM) as Secretary, Ministry of Textiles; and P D Vaghela (IAS:1986:GJ) as Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals.

25 Jul 2019
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Delay in Kothari’s oath as CVC makes buzz

By IndianMandarins 20 Apr 2020

Two months have passed since Sanjay Kothari (Retd IAS:1978:HY) was selected as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) by a majority decision but oath and joining is yet to take place. Speculation is rife about reasons for inordinate delay in his joining.

Kothari presently the Secretary to the President was selected on February 19, 2020 as the next CVC; a post which has been lying vacant from June 10, 2019.

It may be underlined that the Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had opposed the decision while it was supported by other members in the panel -- Union Home Minister Amit Shah, MoS for PMO and Personnel Jitendra Singh, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Secretary Personnel C Chandramouli.

Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar (Retd IPS:1979:HY) was named as interim CVC after K V Chowdary completed his term on June 09, 2019. Following the selection, Kothari’s oath as CVC is yet to take place.

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Signals from the latest secretaries' reshuffle; Reading between the lines

By IndianMandarins 25 Jul 2019

The appointment of cheerful, straightforward Ajay Bhalla (IAS:1984:AM) as OSD in MHA, almost five weeks before the completion of the term of Rajiv Gauba (the outgoing Home Secretary), is open to interesting interpretations. A section of officials believe that Gauba may be moved as OSD in Cabinet Secretary - maybe immediately after the Independence Day if not before. The reasoning is that the extended tenure of P K Sinha as Cabinet Secretary will end on September 12, 2019. And the government is looking for his replacement. So will Gauba replace Sinha? In case he misses the bus then certainly its all for 1983 batch IAS. Then who else?

Speculations about Gauba replacing Sinha have also gathered strength because if Bhalla's appointment as MHA OSD was only a matter of preplanning, it should have been done also in the case of the Defense Ministry where secretary Mitra will complete his term on August 23, 2019, a week before Gauba.

It is pointed out that Bhalla if promoted as Home Secretary, may be the ideal choice for the post. He has been an integral part of the NDA government’s plan to supply round-the-clock power to all. Having worked under the former Union Home Secretary like Raj Kumar Singh has helped Bhalla evolve certain traits to tackle critically-important issues in a mission mode. He may add to the strength of Amit Shah in handling issues in conflict areas, including J&K, and Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh. He may have a fixed two-year tenure as home secretary.

Further, following the exit of S C Garg (IAS:1983:RJ) from the FinMin to the Ministry of Power, speculations have triggered off as to who will be designated the next Finance Secretary. Rajiv Kumar ((DFS) or Ajay Bhushan Pandey (Dept of Revenue)? Of four secretaries in the FinMin, two each are from 1984 and 1985 batch respectively. Certainly it will follow seniority list of the batch. 

One of the most striking features of the latest reshuffle is by far the appointment of Mrs. Anuradha Mitra (IP&TA&FS:1982) as Secretary, Department of Official Language. Its importance lies in its future implication. Following this precedent, non-IAS officers may be drafted as Secretaries in Govt of India - a common fortress of IAS officers.

Of twelve appointments, Gujarat and West Bengal have something to cheer about in terms of representation in Govt of India.

The NaMo administration appears to have also sent out strong signals about rewarding efficient officers by appointing Atanu Chakraborty (IAS:1985: GJ) as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs vice S C Garg. Garg who is shifted to the Ministry of Power to work under the seasoned former bureaucrat and former Union Home Secretary R K Singh may not only enjoy the conducive work atmosphere under Singh but will have ample opportunity to resolve the challenged facing the electricity sector.

The latest reshuffle has also brought five IAS officers from states as Secretary in Govt of India. They are Anil Kumar Khachi (IAS:1986: HP) as Secretary DIPAM; R S Shukla (IAS:1986:WB) as Secretary Parliamentary Affairs; G V Venugopala Sarma (IAS:1986:OR) as Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA); Ravi Capoor (IAS:1986:AM) as Secretary, Ministry of Textiles; and P D Vaghela (IAS:1986:GJ) as Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals.

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Secretary level reshuffle effected; Ajay Bhalla will be next Home Secretary

By IndianMandarins 24 Jul 2019

The NaMo administration on Wednesday effected a major bureaucratic reshuffle. Altogether 11 officers appointed as Secretary in various ministries and department.

  • Ajay Kumar Bhalla (IAS:1984:AM)  appointed as OSD in the Ministry of Home Affairs with immediate effect. Presently he is Secretary, Ministry of Power.  He will replace Rajiv Gauba (IAS:1982:JH), the outgoing Union Home Secretary completing his tenure on July 31, 2019.
  • Mrs Anuradha Mitra (IP&TA&FS:1982) appointed as Secretary, Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs. Presently she is  Member (Finance), Digital Communications Commission, Department of Telecommunications.
  • Atanu Chakraborty (IAS:1985:GJ) appointed as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs. He replaces Subhash Chandra Garg on his appointment as Secretary, Ministry of Power. Presently he is  Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) under Ministry of Finance.
  • Subhash Chandra Garg (IAS:1983:RJ) appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Power. Presently he is Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. He replaces Ajay Bhalla on his appointment as OSD in MHA.
  • Anshu Prakash (IAS:1986:UT) appointed as Secretary, Department of Telecommunications. Presently, he is Additional Secretary, Department of Telecommunications. He replaces  Ms Aruna Sundararajan (IAS:1982:KL) retiring this month end.
  • Anil Kumar Khachi (IAS:1986:HP), presently in cadre state of Himachal Pradesh, appointed as Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Ministry of Finance vice Atanu Chakraborty.
  • R S Shukla (IAS:1986:WB), presently in the cadre, appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs against existing vacancy.
  • G V Venugopala Sarma (IAS:1986:OR), presently in the cadre, appointed as Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in the rank and pay of Secretary by temporarily upgrading the post.
  • Guruprasad Mohapatra (IAS:1986:GJ), presently Chairman, AAI, appointed as Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Ministry of Commerce & Industry. He replaces Ramesh Abhishek (IAS:1982:BH) retiring this month end.
  • Ravi Capoor (IAS:1986:AM), presently in the cadre, appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Textiles against existing vacancy.
  • Atul Chaturvedi (IAS:1986:AM), presently Additional Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, appointed as Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying. He replaces  Tarun Shridhar (IAS:1984:HP) retiring this month end.
  • P D Vaghela (IAS:1986:GJ), presently in the cadre, appointed as Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

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CBI: Gauba prematurely repatriated

By IndianMandarins 11 Jul 2019

The NaMo administration on Wednesday pre-maturely repatriated Tarun Gauba (IPS:2001:UP) to cadre state of Uttar Pradesh. Gauba served as DIG, CBI  


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Home Secretary inaugurated 6th ILO Conference- 2019 at CBI Hqrs

By IndianMandarins 20 Jun 2019

The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday inaugurated the two day, 6th Interpol Liaison Officers Conference at CBI (HQ) in New Delhi. It is being organised by CBI which is the National Central Bureau (NCB) of India and represents India in the Interpol.

 

ILO conferences are being organised by the IPCU of CBI since 2003. Five Conferences have been organised so far. Around 37 Interpol Liaison Officers (ILOs), including ADGPs, IGPs, Joint CPs, Directors, Additional Directors, Joint Directors, DIGs and SPs from states, Union Territories and other law enforcement agencies are attending the conference.

 

During his address Gauba underlined that while the term “Globalization” is normally used in the context of economics – trade liberalisation and foreign investments crime has also become globalised and therefore law enforcement agencies were required to constantly update their knowledge about the functioning of the Interpol and its data-bases and how to use them effectively. He added that the digital revolution has equipped criminals to move funds across borders making it a dangerous confluence of financial globalisation.

 

He further emphasized that in the midst of the digital revolution, law enforcement agencies have realised that they cannot operate in silos. In the scenario of seamless internet and easy mobility, there is an urgent need for real time sharing of information and greater mutual coordination amongst law enforcement agencies, in order to optimize their responses.

 

Gauba also observed that during its 53 years as the designated National Central Bureau of India, the CBI being the window of Interpol to Indian agencies has acquired considerable domain expertise in use of Interpol tools and database.

 

CBI being the National Central Bureau-India (International Police Cooperation Unit) is coordinating with Indian law enforcement agencies and assisting them in matters of International Police Cooperation. For coordinating with state law enforcement agencies, Interpol Liaison Officers (ILOs) have been designated as contact points.

 

The two day Interpol Liaison Officers Conference will discuss extradition; Interpol's Operational Databases-Data management and search tools and Interpol Notices System including RPD/Red Notice.

 

CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla said that the aim of the conference is to familiarise and update Interpol Liaison Officers about the functioning and capabilities of the Interpol and a platform to share experiences.

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What if Cabinet Secretary gets another extension?

By IndianMandarins 06 Jun 2019

If some top sources are to be believed several surprises appear to be in the store for top bureaucracy. And these are related to personnel and appointments policy to be followed through the initial days in the second term of NaMO administration. The outgoing and 31st Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha (IAS:1977:UP) may well be given another three months extension. Ahead of LS Polls his term was extended for six months. Thus, it has been slated to end on 12 June 2019. 

 

In case he gets further extension, as being assumed or at least not being ruled out now, a few aspirants for the top job would be out of the race. They include the outgoing Telecom Secretary Ms Aruna Sundararajan (IAS:1982:KL) and Ramesh Abhishek (IAS:1982:BH) the outgoing Secretary, DIPP. This is so because both of them are retiring on 31 July 2019.

 

Furthermore, if Sinha’s term is extended it would be an indication from the NaMo administration that Rajiv Gauba (IAS:1982:JH), the incumbent Union Home Secretary, may be ruled out for the top job despite the fact that till few days back Gauba was considered as the fittest candidate to become Sinha’s successor. Though there are several senior officers who still believe that Gauba should remain hopeful as Sinha’s term (in case of its being extended) would end on 12 September 2019 and Gauba may be appointed OSD to Cabinet Secretary in August itself. Gauba will be retiring on 31 August 2019.

 

The later view is endorsed by the fact that Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB) was given three months extension on 31 May 2019. It was assumed that this has been to ensure consistency and synergy as the new Defence Minister assisted by a new Defence Secretary might not have been a good idea. The same reason may apply to Gauba as well because new Union Home Minister assisted by a new Home Secretary would not be of much help. And this could be among the reasons for not announcing Gauba as OSD to Cabinet Secretary.

 

Yet, it may not be prudent to rush to any conclusion as unleashing one surprise after the other has been the hallmark of NaMo administration. This has been more so vis-à-vis matters related to personnel and postings in the past.

 

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Team PMO in NaMo administration 2.0: Continuity Vs Disruption

By IndianMandarins 29 May 2019

While addressing the Parliament the outgoing Prime Minister and Prime Minister­ designate Narendra Modi suggested the newly elected MPs and his partymen to abstain from speculations over portfolio allocation. But despite efforts to abstain; speculations keep circulating, in several formats by several means, about the prospects of who’s who.


Hours ahead of PM’s oath various speculations are gathering moment as who will continue and occupy top positions in crucial quarters and who all will be inducted in a fresh re-hashed ‘Team PMO’. When PM designate has mammoth task ahead of making India a 5 trillion dollor economy with investments of over 100 lakh crores for infrastructure development and over 25 lakh crores investment for rural sector it becomes imperative to explore the bandwidth capability of new ‘Team PMO’.  

 

Principal Secretary to PM: It is being considered as an open secret that Nripendra Mishra (Retd IAS:1967:UP), Principal Secretary to PM Modi, may be rewarded with gubernatorial assignments immediately after PM Modi’s oath on May 30. In all likelihood the PMO may be rehashed barring few officers allowed to continue with PMO. But replacement of Nripendra Mishra would be decided by Dr P K Mishra’s (Retd IAS:1972:GJ) next role in PMO. Power corridors are abuzz that Dr P K Mishra’s health issue constrains him from accepting further responsibilities. In case, Dr PK doesn’t chose to take rest his elevation as PM may elevate him as Principal Secretary to PM with the same role i.e. personnel matters.

 

Additional PS to PM:

You start talking to any senior civil servant, serving at Centre, about Dr P K Misra and you will get the same note; it would be too difficult for PM to find an alternative to Dr P K as he enjoyed unparalleled trust and comfort with PM Modi. Though, Mishra’s ageing too does rounds in crucial quarters. In case, Dr P K doesn’t chose to take rest PM may not look for his replacement though few names are often mentioned as his heir apparent namely;  K Kailashnathan (Retd IAS:1979:GJ), Ratan P Watal (Retd IAS:1978:AP). It is also said that initially Dr P K may be continued in his position but Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) may become his replacement post his retirement next year.

 

National Security Adviser: Post CBI faction-feud it appeared for a while that something had fallen out of sync. But increasingly assertive (counter terrorism) operations in J&K and affirmative action in Balakot (post Pulwama) dettered the apprehensions. Now it is widely believed that PM Modi may not look for alternatives to his trusted lieutenants; Amit Shah, Ajit Doval (Retd IPS:1968:KL) & Dr P K Mishra. It is widely believed that PM may chose to continue Doval in NSA role.

 

Private Secretary to PM:

Having played flawless role as Secretary to PM Rajiv Topno (IAS:1996:GJ) too is being seen as the one whom PM may like to continue him in his  proven role. Further, A K Sharma (IAS:1988:GJ), Additional Secretary, PMO, too may be retained in next team PMO.

 

Secretary, PMO:

Though Bhaskar Khulbe (IAS:1983:WB), the incumbent Secretary, PMO is scheduled to complete his extended tenure next month (30 June) it is believed that his term may be extended for another six months. In case, he does not get extension then it may open avenues for several takers.

 

Cabinet Secretary:

Though; the outgoing Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba (IAS:1982:JH)  has occupied the imagination of whos who is power corridors as the heir-apparent of P K Sinha (IAS:1977:UP) completing his extended tenure as Cabinet Secretary in June second week one may not rule out the possibility of another extension to Sinha. In fact the present rule, technically, does not stop the possibility. In case of extension to Sinha appointment of next Cabinet Secretary may become a tricky question drawing a line between 1982 and 1983 batch.

 

Home Secretary:

Amid loud speculations over Rajiv Gauba’s prospects as next Cabinet Secretary; DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek (IAS:1982:BH), Rural Development Secretary Amarjit Sinha (IAS:1983:BH), Urban Development Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra (IAS:1984:UP) and Banking Secretary Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) are being seen as prospective claimants. In case; P K Sinha is given another extension Gauba would continue as Home Secretary until his two years fixed tenure ending August this year.

 

Defence Secretary: The outgoing Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB) is set to retire this month end; the very next day after PM’s oath. It is believed that the top authorities may have identified Mitra’s successor. Power corridors are abuzz that Environment & Forests Secretary C K Mishra (IAS:1983:BH), Secretary Defence Production Ajay Kumar (IAS:1984:KL), Food & PD Secretary Ravi Kant (IAS:1984:BH) and Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) would be among the officers in the reckoning. 

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1982 batch of IAS: Srivastava would remain torch bearer

By IndianMandarins 29 May 2019

Ahead of PM’s oath scheduled tomorrow a massive bureaucratic reshuffle is speculated next month. When seniority and retirement age of senior serving IAS officers (serving at Centre) are being calculated in almost every quarters, the two senior officers Avinash Srivastava (IAS:1982:UP) would be the single from his batch to remain on the pitch beyond this year. He would be the last officers in his batch to retire January next year. Rest of his batchmates will be retiring this year itself. Sanjay Mitra (IAS:WB) is retiring this month whereas Telecom Secretary Ms Aruna Sundararajan (IAS:KL) and DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek (IAS:BH) would retire July this year. The outgoing Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba (IAS:JH) will be retiring August year though, as assumed, he may remain on turf for a couple of years as next Union Cabinet Secretary. However it is believed Ms Aruna and Abhishek may be rewarded some post-retirement assignments.

 

Further, rest of their batchmates (in cadre states) will be retiring by September this year namely; Deepak Singhal (IAS:UP), D S Dhesi (IAS:HY), Pravir Kumar (IAS:UP), Pravesh Sharma (IAS:MP), Amitabh Verma (IAS:BH).   

 

Though Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty (IAS:MP), Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh, would be the last from his batch to retire that is in March 2020, Srivastava, being posted at centre, will hold grounds till January 2020 who might emerge as a dark horse for coveted positions in Modi 2.0 administration.

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