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Intelligence: Nothing may happen to Mumbai police commissioner

Analysis of Open-source intelligence (OSINT) reports suggests that the ruling BJP may not find it convenient or useful to focus its ire on Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in its battle against the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government of Maharashtra. The bottom line is he may not face the music like former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar.

Once an administrative issue is caught in the quagmire of politics, leaders prefer to let it sort out itself in due course. The same may be the preferred option in the case of Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh's involvement in cooked or uncooked controversies that emanated from a host of unfortunate incidents (Ajit Pawar’s oath as CM and clean chit, SSR death case, Rhea, Bollywood, Drugs, TRP tampering) in quick succession.  

While Singh may or may not have followed the path of neutrality in his conduct as an IPS officer, he has been known as the 'most obedient public servant' of every political dispensation of the state. During the previous BJP-Shiv Sena government, for example, he followed the political direction or inclination of the regime to implicate and neutralize individuals and organizations opposed to the Fadnavis administration.

Similarly, when the NCP-Congress government ruled the state from 2005-09, he, as a distinguished member of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which proved its "professional competence" in its despicable failure to deal with the 26/11/2008 terrorist strike on Mumbai, was, however, very good at promoting the 'saffron terror conspiracy" implicating and torturing counter-terrorism Operations expert, Col. Prasad Purohit, and present Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.

More instances could be cited from Singh's career records to show his great survival instinct, not a condemnable thing at all in view of the quality of the elected representatives all over the country.

Further, OSINT reports point to his 'deep and intimate' connection with the BJP - deeper and more intimate than those of Republic TV Arnab Goswami and actress Kangana Ranaut who are seen as the spearheads of the BJP's double pincer maneuver to discredit and destroy Uddhav Thackerey, Sharad Pawar, Sonia Gandhi axis founded on the tried and tested primordial principle of dynastic alliances.

The Mumbai police commissioner, through his son Rohan and his wife Radhika Meghe, is related to a prominent BJP family of Nagpur with deep political connections, friends, and associates across the spectrum.  In brief, it's a highly networked family.

Radhika is the daughter of businessman Sagar Meghe who is the son of Datta Meghe, a highly-skilled politician who, having spent a lifetime in Congress Party and being its MP, MLA, and MLC for a long time, decided to cross the 'Vaitarni' by tagging himself with the BJP in 2014. Sagar's brother, Sameer, is a BJP MLA.  The family business includes a lot of educational institutions and commercial organizations.

So, from whichever angle you may look on the basis of OSINT reports, it is clear that Singh is well protected by his web of alliances and patronage given and received. Moreover, his reputation to save and protect his subordinates in every given situation, an admirable true leadership quality, stands him in good stead.

In the given situation, it is not seen as convenient or beneficial for the BJP to get directly involved in the scramble for power among its different constituents. To limit the strife, however, it has been balancing forces to save its spearheads like Arnab and Kangana. In the case of the former, a TRP case was filed in Lucknow and transferred to CBI; in the case of the latter, Y-category security was provided for safety against any physical assault from Sena hoodlums. 

(By M K Shukla and Rakesh Ranjan)

28 Oct 2020
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Truth prevails: Kerala Govt reinstates IAS officer Anupam Mishra as Allapuzha sub-collector

With the passage of time, panic caused by pandemic subsided and the Kerala Government chose to revisit its decision by reinstating and appointing Anupam Mishra (IAS:2016:Kerala) as the sub-collector of Allapuzha district. As per media reports IAS officer Anupam Mishra had allegedly filed in following the guidelines for home quarantine after he returned from his honeymoon from Singapore. He was placed under suspension by the Kerala government on March 27. Later the Government examined the case and revisited its decision.
B Abdul Nasar (IAS:2012:KL), the then Kollam District Collector, had then told media that “he got married in February and was traveling to Singapore with his wife....he came back on March 19... he had left his official residence for Bengaluru with his wife on a flight on the same day. Although he was not showing any symptoms, the protocol was such that he had to be quarantined...May be he misunderstood what home quarantine is… May be he thought it is his home where he has to be quarantined, but the point is that he left without informing anyone.” Mishra moved to Bengaluru where his brother -- a doctor. Later media reports said that he had reached his hometown Kanpur in the midst of imposition of lockdown.   
For a newly-wed IAS officer, the Kerala Government’s decision comes as if truth triumphs. Speaking to Indianmandarins’ a few young IAS officers underlined that same Kerala government had conferred Mishra as the Best Sub-collector Award 2019, the only award by the government at the Sub-collector level, for his tenure as Chairman of the senior citizen Tribunal for administering justice.
It appears as if the Kerala Government in 2019 awarded Anupam Mishra for administering justice and in 2020 it rewarded him with justice.

17 Jul 2020
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Intelligence: Nothing may happen to Mumbai police commissioner

By M K Shukla and Rakesh Ranjan 28 Oct 2020

Analysis of Open-source intelligence (OSINT) reports suggests that the ruling BJP may not find it convenient or useful to focus its ire on Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in its battle against the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government of Maharashtra. The bottom line is he may not face the music like former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar.

Once an administrative issue is caught in the quagmire of politics, leaders prefer to let it sort out itself in due course. The same may be the preferred option in the case of Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh's involvement in cooked or uncooked controversies that emanated from a host of unfortunate incidents (Ajit Pawar’s oath as CM and clean chit, SSR death case, Rhea, Bollywood, Drugs, TRP tampering) in quick succession.  

While Singh may or may not have followed the path of neutrality in his conduct as an IPS officer, he has been known as the 'most obedient public servant' of every political dispensation of the state. During the previous BJP-Shiv Sena government, for example, he followed the political direction or inclination of the regime to implicate and neutralize individuals and organizations opposed to the Fadnavis administration.

Similarly, when the NCP-Congress government ruled the state from 2005-09, he, as a distinguished member of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which proved its "professional competence" in its despicable failure to deal with the 26/11/2008 terrorist strike on Mumbai, was, however, very good at promoting the 'saffron terror conspiracy" implicating and torturing counter-terrorism Operations expert, Col. Prasad Purohit, and present Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.

More instances could be cited from Singh's career records to show his great survival instinct, not a condemnable thing at all in view of the quality of the elected representatives all over the country.

Further, OSINT reports point to his 'deep and intimate' connection with the BJP - deeper and more intimate than those of Republic TV Arnab Goswami and actress Kangana Ranaut who are seen as the spearheads of the BJP's double pincer maneuver to discredit and destroy Uddhav Thackerey, Sharad Pawar, Sonia Gandhi axis founded on the tried and tested primordial principle of dynastic alliances.

The Mumbai police commissioner, through his son Rohan and his wife Radhika Meghe, is related to a prominent BJP family of Nagpur with deep political connections, friends, and associates across the spectrum.  In brief, it's a highly networked family.

Radhika is the daughter of businessman Sagar Meghe who is the son of Datta Meghe, a highly-skilled politician who, having spent a lifetime in Congress Party and being its MP, MLA, and MLC for a long time, decided to cross the 'Vaitarni' by tagging himself with the BJP in 2014. Sagar's brother, Sameer, is a BJP MLA.  The family business includes a lot of educational institutions and commercial organizations.

So, from whichever angle you may look on the basis of OSINT reports, it is clear that Singh is well protected by his web of alliances and patronage given and received. Moreover, his reputation to save and protect his subordinates in every given situation, an admirable true leadership quality, stands him in good stead.

In the given situation, it is not seen as convenient or beneficial for the BJP to get directly involved in the scramble for power among its different constituents. To limit the strife, however, it has been balancing forces to save its spearheads like Arnab and Kangana. In the case of the former, a TRP case was filed in Lucknow and transferred to CBI; in the case of the latter, Y-category security was provided for safety against any physical assault from Sena hoodlums. 

(By M K Shukla and Rakesh Ranjan)

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Truth prevails: Kerala Govt reinstates IAS officer Anupam Mishra as Allapuzha sub-collector

By IndianMandarins 17 Jul 2020

With the passage of time, panic caused by pandemic subsided and the Kerala Government chose to revisit its decision by reinstating and appointing Anupam Mishra (IAS:2016:Kerala) as the sub-collector of Allapuzha district. As per media reports IAS officer Anupam Mishra had allegedly filed in following the guidelines for home quarantine after he returned from his honeymoon from Singapore. He was placed under suspension by the Kerala government on March 27. Later the Government examined the case and revisited its decision.
B Abdul Nasar (IAS:2012:KL), the then Kollam District Collector, had then told media that “he got married in February and was traveling to Singapore with his wife....he came back on March 19... he had left his official residence for Bengaluru with his wife on a flight on the same day. Although he was not showing any symptoms, the protocol was such that he had to be quarantined...May be he misunderstood what home quarantine is… May be he thought it is his home where he has to be quarantined, but the point is that he left without informing anyone.” Mishra moved to Bengaluru where his brother -- a doctor. Later media reports said that he had reached his hometown Kanpur in the midst of imposition of lockdown.   
For a newly-wed IAS officer, the Kerala Government’s decision comes as if truth triumphs. Speaking to Indianmandarins’ a few young IAS officers underlined that same Kerala government had conferred Mishra as the Best Sub-collector Award 2019, the only award by the government at the Sub-collector level, for his tenure as Chairman of the senior citizen Tribunal for administering justice.
It appears as if the Kerala Government in 2019 awarded Anupam Mishra for administering justice and in 2020 it rewarded him with justice.

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Gujarat cadre retired IAS officers victim of witch-hunting?

By IndianMandarins 16 Jul 2020

In bureaucratic circles, it is widely believed that two senior retired IAS officers from Gujarat are constantly being targeted by their own few peers.

Going by the reports in the media former Union Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty (Retd IAS:1985:GJ) had to resort to filing a defamation case against a news platform for allegedly targeting his wife for holding a senior position in a state-funded PSU. Though the media organization later claimed (CLICK TO READ) that it stood by its previous report.

Further, if some insiders are be believed former Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh (Retd IAS:1983:GJ) is also said to have been facing rough weather in his own cadre state as few decisions that were taken during his tenure were revisited recently by the incumbent Gujarat administration with few more under watch.

These recent examples are being seen as living examples of witch-hunting but few insiders termed it 'politics in bureaucracy'. 

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Retirement age galore: Indianmandarins’ reports proved accurate

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees had been the most discussed issue in past few months. Several such versions were floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one but it was Indianmandarins which relied on its own top sources and its successive news reports denying any such move of lowering the retirement age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs.  

Indianmandarins questioned (21.09.2019) the growing uncertainty over retirement age issue and made an effort (23.09.2019) to expose the rumours through a reality check. Terming the rumour on ‘proposal of lowering the retirement age’ a ghost Indianmandarins in its report dated 05.11.2019 underlined that “....contrary to the rumours Indianmandarins’ learnt through some key officials that no such proposal has been initiated as yet.”

Finally, Union Minister for Personnel Dr Jitendra Singh (on 27.11.2019) said in a written reply to Lok Sabha; "No Sir. Presently, there is no proposal to reduce age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years,"

It may be underlined that MPs Kaushal Kishore and Upendra Singh Rawat had asked whether there was any proposal before the government to decrease the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years or under article 56(J) of compulsory retirement on attaining the age of 50 years.

Further, in his reply, the Dr Jitendra Singh said that there were provisions under Fundamental Rules 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, according to which the government has the absolute right to retire officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

CLICK TO READ:

Retirement age 58 years: The ghost returns (News dated 05.11.2019)

NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality (News dated 23.09.2019)

Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop? (News dated 21.09.2019)


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Bureaucrazy gets crazier?

By IndianMandarins 04 Nov 2019

M K Kaw (Retd IAS:1964:HP), the Former Union Finance Secretary and Member Secretary to Fifth Pay Commission breathed his last on 28th of October in New Delhi. Strangely, senior IAS officers in Himachal Pradesh were so heavily occupied with the final round of preparations for investors meet that the HP IAS Association forgot to condole the death of man who authored the book “Bureaucrazy gets Crazier” back in 1993.

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Only 90 IAS officers as JS at Centre: Shortage to worsen ahead?

By IndianMandarins 27 Jun 2019

Indianmandarins has learned that the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) is increasingly feeling helpless in view of an acute shortage of IAS officers at the Joint Secretary level - which is considered the pivot in the functioning of the administration.


If some well-placed sources are to be believed the DOPT Secretary Dr C Chandramouli (IAS:1985:TN) recently admitted that there are only 90 IAS officers at the Centre serving at JS-level as against the available 345 posts.


It is feared that the situation may worsen in times to come as 1989 and 1990 batch IAS officers have become Additional Secretary in Govt of India whereas 1991 batch would soon be empanelled as AS by July this year. Each successive batch of IAS, 1995 batch onwards, is too short to fill the gap and it will add to the scarcity situation.

 

One may say that in view of this situation, the Centre might have decided to open the system for lateral entry but it's not true. If this is the case the Govt of India could well have created pull-factors to motivate IAS officers to come and serve at the Centre. But despite its utility and beauty the opaque 360 has proved to be a deterrent. Several IAS officers keen to serve at Centre have been denied opportunity saying their 360 reports were adverse. By removing the ‘Offer-list’ from public exposure the NaMo administration had made its intent clear. Not to mention, the scarcity of IAS officers have made the State Govts reluctant from allowing their officers to give NoC for Central deputation.

 

There are several senior officers who believe that if the current shortage of IAS officers continues for a few more years, which is possible, it is bound to cast a shadow on the quality of policy making and implementation. It is believed that ahead of Govt’s aim to make India a five trillion dollar economy and double farmers income, the Govt should create pull-factors so that more competent officers serving in the cadre state may come and contribute to achieving the goal. Then only lateral entry would prove to be beneficial. The efficient functioning of the departments and ministries requires a right mix of manpower, competence, and talents.     

(By Rakesh Ranjan) 

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Raju Swamy wins; Kerala CM rejects proposal for his termination

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2019

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has rejected a proposal of Kerala chief secretary Tom Jose to terminate the service of Raju Narayana Swamy (IAS:1991:KL) who is considered clean.


Swamy, who holds the rank of additional CS, has alleged that he was being targeted as he took stern action against corruption in the Coconut Development Board and that he even rejected union minister D V Sadananda Gowda's request to help the accused.


Indianmandarins has learned that the Chief Minister returned the recommendations against Swamy by seeking some clarifications, including the status of a petition Swamy filed against his abrupt removal from the Coconut Development Board chairman post by the center. The CM also wanted to know whether there were adverse remarks in Swamy's confidential reports.


Swamy was appointed as Coconut Development Board chairman in August 2018. But he was removed from the post in March this year. He, then, moved the CAT against the abrupt removal and final orders are expected in July.


Swamy had claimed that he took stern actions against corruption at the board's regional offices in Bengaluru and Kolkata. He even alleged that union minister Sadananda Gowda wanted him to revoke the suspension of corrupt officials, which he rejected.

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Raj's appointment nullified

By IndianMandarins 23 Feb 2019

The Hyderabad High Court has set aside the appointment of IAS officer K Manicka Raj as commissioner of Telangana Vaidya Vidhana Parishad.

 

The Court directed the government to appoint a person who was a member of medical profession as the commissioner instead of an IAS officer and to complete the appointment process within two weeks.

 

Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili passed this order following a petition filed by Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association, represented by its president Dr K Mahesh Kumar.

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