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Rajya Sabha: Gandhi appointed as Additional Secretary

KSCSVP Gandhi (AGM, BSNL) on Monday assumed charge as Additional Secretary in the Office of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha on deputation/foreign service terms for a period of three years. Prior to this, he worked as OSD (JS rank) in the personal staff of the Rajya Sabha Chairman.

08 Sep 2020
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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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Rajya Sabha: Gandhi appointed as Additional Secretary

By IndianMandarins 08 Sep 2020

KSCSVP Gandhi (AGM, BSNL) on Monday assumed charge as Additional Secretary in the Office of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha on deputation/foreign service terms for a period of three years. Prior to this, he worked as OSD (JS rank) in the personal staff of the Rajya Sabha Chairman.

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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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Rajya Sabha Secretary General gets extension

By IndianMandarins 24 Jul 2020

The tenure of Rajya Sabha Secretary-General Desh Deepak Verma (Retd IAS:1978:UP) was on Friday extended for a period of one year ending 31.08.2021 (w.e.f. 01.09.2020).

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Some heartburn as Tulsi goes to Rajya Sabha from Chhattisgarh

By IndianMandarins 22 Jun 2020

There were several eying a Rajya Sabha berth but the matter was put to the rest when the Congress declared its candidates in March, 2020. Apprehensive Jyotiraditya Scindhia had already taken the route of defection to the BJP but many are heartburn. So they are venting out their displeasure by one way or the other. One of the close journalists to the Gandhi family on the election of K T S Tulsi from Chhattisgarh has gone to the extent of saying that he was redeemed for standing in court for Robert Vadra. The journalist was not considered despite taking on PM Narendra Modi without pause. Apparently, he needs to prove his worth more than what has he been doing.

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BJP builds labyrinth against Congress for RS polls

By IndianMandarins 19 Jun 2020

The BJP has built a labyrinth against the Congress in the ongoing Rajya Sabha elections on 20 vacant seats. However, the same is being faced by the BJP in Manipur. Political parties have been herding their lawmakers to hotels and resorts in some states.

There are four seats each in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh; three each in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan; two from Jharkhand; and one each from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Meghalaya.

The BJP has made things a little difficult for its second candidates in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and up to a certain extent in Rajasthan where the Congress is fearing cross-voting. Eight Congress legislators had resigned from the Gujarat Assembly since the Rajya Sabha polls were first announced in February reducing the party’s strength to 65 from 79 in 2017.

The Congress needs the support of five more legislators to help both its candidates Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki to win. However, the BJP with 103 members needs two extra votes to ensure the victory of the three candidates -- Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramilaben Bara, and Narhari Amin.

The BJP is set to win two seats in Madhya Pradesh as the BSP, SP, which have 2 and 1 lawmakers, respectively, as well as two of the four independent legislators, pledged support to the party. The BJP has fielded former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki while Congress Digvijaya Singh and Phool Singh Baraiya. 

The effective strength of MP Assembly is 206 and the BJP with 107 and Congress with 92 members can win a seat each easily as 52 first preference votes are needed for a win. For the third seat, the BJP has an advantage as it has more first preference votes and the support of four of the seven legislators from smaller parties and independents. 

KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi od Congress are expected to win from Rajasthan as the party enjoys the support of a total 125 legislators, including independents and those from smaller parties. The BJP has 72 legislators and can easily win one seat as 51 votes are required for that. The BJP has fielded Rajendra Gehlot and Onkar Singh Lakhawat. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot is accused the BJP of trying to poach Congress lawmakers.

In Jharkhand, JMM chief Shibu Soren is set to win his seat. Jharkhand BJP president Deepak Prakash is pitted against Congress’s Shahzada Anwar for the second seat from the state. The BJP with 26 MLAs has the support of Babulal Marandi’s MLA and AJSU. So the chances of Congress is negated in Jharkhand.

The ruling YSR Congress Party is poised to win all four seats given its strength--151 in the 175-member House-- in the Andhra Pradesh assembly. The BJP-led coalition government in Manipur was dealt a blow on Wednesday after three of its legislators resigned and a key alliance partner withdrew its support two days before the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

Before the crisis, the BJP-led government had 39 lawmakers in the 60-member House. The Opposition had 21. To win the Rajya Sabha seat, a candidate requires 26 votes.                

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Now or Never: Swamy cautions Uddhav to break alliance

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

With Maharashtra situation getting grim by the day, Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted recently: ‘time is now or never: Uddhav break the alliance now otherwise NCP and Congress will destroy you by staged events.” The Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra has failed to handle the Coronavirus situation resulting into huge spike into the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, the President’s Rule is the only way out in Maharashtra to prevent its further spread. Although, it is a clear embarrassment to the present government because of the collapse of the economic capital of India as the country is virtually at the doors of an economic emergency.

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Nominated members embarrass BJP; does party appreciate it?

By IndianMandarins 20 Mar 2020

The BJP is quite often embarrassed by its two academicians nominated members in the Rajya Sabha for breaching party lines. If some insiders are to be believed it is difficult for the party to rein in both the leaders as one draws its strength from his own activities, qualifications and taking on Gandhies while the other draws it from the RSS which has come down to its lowest ebb now.

If the elder one is constantly embarrassing the government by attacking FinMin for handling Indian economy badly then the younger one is talking about bringing bill to do away with ‘socialism’ and ‘secularism’ from the preamble of the Indian Constitution.

He also caused flutter when he had announced in 2018 bringing Private Member Bill in Rajya Sabha to take legislative way to facilitate construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya but he was given a dressing down by one of the party general secretaries at the BJP headquarters by asking if the party wanted or the RSS asked for it. He was speechless and constantly demanded audience of the then president Amit Shah. Hope this time round, the BJP leader has sanctions from the party as he is close the present party president.

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Former CJI Gogoi Nominated to Rajya Sabha

By IndianMandarins 16 Mar 2020

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated to Rajya Sabha. Gogoi served as the 46th Chief Justice of India from 03 October 2018 to 17 November 2019.

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