TAMIL NADU CHIEF SECRETARY

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TN Chief Secretary gets three months’ extension

Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu K Shanmugam (IAS:1985:TN) has been given three month’s extension till October 31, 2020. The Centre has communicated this to the TN government on June 3. Shanmugam assumed the office of CS on July 1, 2019 and was to retire on July 31, 2020. But, in view of COVID-19 pandemic his term has been extended.

 

There are 25 senior IAS officers of Additional Chief Secretary rank in the Tamil Nadu government including those who are on deputation to the Centre. The process for selection of the next Chief Secretary is likely to begin after a couple of months since the state is preoccupied with COVID-19 related work.

03 Jun 2020
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Views split on TN CS 10-point plan to tone up district administration

Views on TN Chief Secretary K. Shanmugam’s initiative to make civil servants more responsive are divided.


In a circular dated July 10 to DMs/collectors, he spelled out a 10-point plan to improve local administration in the state. The plan instructs DMs/collectors to increase field visits; focus on rural transformation through economic development; ensure construction of brick and cement houses for hut dwellers; launch a special drive to complete pending drinking water works; accord “special attention” to agriculture and allied activities; and promote greater public participation for water conservation and better management of water bodies.


While some see the initiative as an encroachment into the political domain, there are officials who believe that DMs/collectors are already accountable for their performance through multi-layered screening procedures for their performance appraisal.


However, some officials support the initiative of the CS. They point out that the Sterlite plant and the proposed Chennai-Salem Expressway ran into controversies, the Collectors of Thoothukudi and Salem districts would have responded in a better manner than the way they did, had there been a better system of oversight in place.

15 Jul 2019
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TN Chief Secretary gets three months’ extension

By IndianMandarins 03 Jun 2020

Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu K Shanmugam (IAS:1985:TN) has been given three month’s extension till October 31, 2020. The Centre has communicated this to the TN government on June 3. Shanmugam assumed the office of CS on July 1, 2019 and was to retire on July 31, 2020. But, in view of COVID-19 pandemic his term has been extended.

 

There are 25 senior IAS officers of Additional Chief Secretary rank in the Tamil Nadu government including those who are on deputation to the Centre. The process for selection of the next Chief Secretary is likely to begin after a couple of months since the state is preoccupied with COVID-19 related work.

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Views split on TN CS 10-point plan to tone up district administration

By IndianMandarins 15 Jul 2019

Views on TN Chief Secretary K. Shanmugam’s initiative to make civil servants more responsive are divided.


In a circular dated July 10 to DMs/collectors, he spelled out a 10-point plan to improve local administration in the state. The plan instructs DMs/collectors to increase field visits; focus on rural transformation through economic development; ensure construction of brick and cement houses for hut dwellers; launch a special drive to complete pending drinking water works; accord “special attention” to agriculture and allied activities; and promote greater public participation for water conservation and better management of water bodies.


While some see the initiative as an encroachment into the political domain, there are officials who believe that DMs/collectors are already accountable for their performance through multi-layered screening procedures for their performance appraisal.


However, some officials support the initiative of the CS. They point out that the Sterlite plant and the proposed Chennai-Salem Expressway ran into controversies, the Collectors of Thoothukudi and Salem districts would have responded in a better manner than the way they did, had there been a better system of oversight in place.

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Tamil Nadu: Batchmates became CS & DGP

By IndianMandarins 29 Jun 2019

The Tamil Nadu Govt appointed K Shanmugam (IAS:1985:TN) and J K Tripathy (IPS:1985:TN) as the Chief Secretary and DGP (Law and Order) and State police chief.

 

Shanmugam replaces Girija Vaidyanathan who retires from the service on June 30, 2019. His long stint in the Finance Dept has helped him get the coveted post, despite being 6th on the seniority list.

 

Further, J K Tripathy, a native of Odisha, was picked as the new DGP from a list of six candidates vetted by the UPSC. Tripathi replaces T K Rajendran, whose term ends on June 30, 2019.  

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Batchmates Shanmugam & Tripathy to be new CS, DGP of TN

By IndianMandarins 28 Jun 2019

The Tamil Nadu government is believed to have favored the names of senior officers K Shanmugam (IAS:1985:TN) and J K Tripathy (IPS:1985:TN) as the next chief secretary and director general of police (law and order) and head of the police force respectively. Both are from the 1985 batch.

 

Recommendations to this effect were said to have been made to the state governor who is expected to make the announcement today or tomorrow.

 

Further, it is expected that the senior IAS officer S Krishnan, now heading the housing department, may take over the Finance department from Shanmugam.

 

Shanmugam will be the 46th chief secretary of the state after incumbent Girija Vaidyanathan retires from service this month-end. His long stint in the finance department has helped Shanmugam get the coveted post, despite being sixth on the seniority list.

 

Hailing from a village near Valappady in Salem, Shanmugam is a first graduate in a middle-class farming family. His first posting was as assistant collector training in Thanjavur in 1985. He next moved to Cheranmahadevi in Tirunelveli district as subcollector, before holding various key posts, including that of deputy commissioner of commercial taxes, director of sericulture, collector of Sivaganga and Pudukottai districts, director of rural development, chairman and managing director of TN Civil Supplies Corporation and later secretary, food department.

 

Shanmugam has been holding the post of finance secretary since May 2010.  Tripathy, who is from Odisha, was chosen as the new DGP from a list of six candidates vetted by the Union Public Service Commission. The officer, with his impeccable record in the police force spanning over three decades, will succeed T K Rajendran, whose term ends this month-end.

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TN CS and DGP come unscathed in Gutkha scam

By IndianMandarins 19 Mar 2019

The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Monday dismissed petitions against Tamil Nadu director general of police T K Rajendran (IPS:1984:TN) and the chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan (IAS:1981:TN) in connection with the infamous Gutkha scam. Both retiring in the month of June and July this year respectively.  

 

After examining all the relevant documents and submissions, a division bench of Justice K K Sasidharan and Justice P D Audikesavalu held that the perjury allegations against the chief secretary did not hold water.

 

On the petition against the DGP, the division bench observed that the petitioner had been repeatedly filing petitions targeting a single police officer and held that he was a mere name lender who had lent his shoulders for others to train their guns, directed at the police officer. "The petitioner had given it a name of "public interest litigation" to make it appear as if everything is in a larger public interest," the court held and dismissed the petition

 

K Kathiresan, a trade union member, first moved the court in December seeking interim directions to restrain T K Rajendran from continuing as Director General of Police (DGP) and direct the CBI to constitute a special investigation team to conduct inquiries into the involvement of high-level bureaucrats in the gutkha scam.

 

Subsequently, the same petitioner also filed another petition that accused the chief secretary of perjury.

 

When Kathiresan's different petitions came before the court for hearing, the counsel for the state submitted that they had submitted all available information with them and that there was no prima facie evidence with regard to the claims made in the petition and they were mere allegations.

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Will EC listen to TN CS?

By IndianMandarins 10 Jan 2019

Will the Election Commission accede to TN Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan's request for not holding by-elections to 18 Assembly constituencies of the state immediately.

 

In her letter dated December 3, the contents of which were made public through the Commission’s order of January 6, she referred to the impact of Cyclone Gaja on 12 districts. Apparently, no other reason was cited in the letter, as recorded by the EC’s order.

 

She also urged the EC not to hold the by-election to Tiruvarur constituency, where a vacancy was triggered in the wake of former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s death.


In her letter to the EC, Ms. Vaidyanathan explained how Gaja had “severely affected” 12 districts and caused extensive damage to standing crops and livelihoods of people in the districts.

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TN Chief Secretary's FB account hacked to embarrass Kerala CM

By IndianMandarins 23 Nov 2018

TN Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan is the latest victim of Facebook's soft security code or using a soft password. Someone has used her name to post a politically embarrassing message against the Kerala CM for permitting women devotees to worship at Sabarimala in deference to the Supreme Court order.

 

This has prompted Vaidyanathan to ask the state director general of police to identify the fraudster who had posted an offensive message in her name against the Kerala Chief Minister. 

 

The FB post in Malayalam, with her photograph at the top, went viral attracting comments of all sorts from the netizens, posing a huge embarrassment to the senior IAS officer known for her no-nonsense attitude devoid of any controversy, and her commitment to honest work.

 

A translation of the questionable FB post reads: “Every government has the responsibility to implement Supreme Court orders. But the government in Kerala respects Supreme Court orders only as per their interests. Even the party slaves have started realizing that those who have not implemented the order of SC's seven-judge bench are showing high interest in implementing the Sabarimala order, not because of their respect to the Supreme Court”.

 

Meantime, Vaidyanathan has denied any knowledge of this FB post and also informed the Kerala CM office her that she has asked the state DGP to investigate the matter.

The Kerala DGP too is investigating the matter.

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