Saturday, October 03, 2009

Kerala Ahoy! Who is new telecom secretary P J Thomas?

YET another important ministry will be under an IAS from Kerala cadre as P J Thomas, former chief secretary of Kerala and Parliamentary affairs secretary in government of India took over as telecom secretary on October 1, 2009. The telecom secretary is a key post in the run-up to the auction of third generation mobile technology or 3G. In addition to cabinet secretary and foreign secretary, several other Keralite officers or ones from Kerala cadre are heading Central government’s key ministries such as the ministry of home affairs, urban development ministry, ministry of heavy industries and the ministry of Indian overseas affairs. Profile of P J Thomas
Service: IAS Cadre: Kerala Batch: 1973 Date of Birth: January 13, 1951 Place of Domicile: Kerala Mother Tongue: Malayalam
Educational Qualifications a) Graduate (Physics, chemistry and match) First div b) PG in Physics, First div c) PG in Economics, Second division
Major Postings a) District Magistrate (Deputy secretary level), Ernakulam (From June 1, 1982 to April 1, 1984) b) Secretary (Deputy secretary level) Finance (From April 1, 1984 to July 1, 1985) c) Chief Electoral Officer (Joint secretary level) State Election Commission (From February 1, 1998 to January 22, 2005) d) Principal secretary (Additional secretary level) Human Resource Development (From January 22, 2005 to September 13, 2005) e) Director, Additional secretary level, IIM (From September 13, 2005 to February 1, 2006) f) Additional chief secretary, Human Resource Development (From February 1, 2006 to September 17, 2007) g) Chief secretary (secretary level) Kerala September 18, 2007 to January 22, 2009) h) Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, New Delhi (From January 23, 2009 to September 30, 2009) g) Secretary, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications & Info Tech, New Delhi (From October 1, 2009 to ….)
Foreign Training One year course in public administration at IIPA, Paris (1987)
Straight From Files
Race for secretaries' posts (September 22, 2009) where babu blogger said Mr Thomas was a key contender to be telecom secretary


  1. P J Thomas should not resign.There is no reason to doubt his integrity.BJP behavior is very cheap.When they ruled they appointed hard core pro BJP/RSS men in key government positions even in judiciary.

  2. well they say the guilty is always punished. a scandaler is as a scandaler does.Well he is a stain on the post of cvc.Now i hope that with the supreme courts judgement and after he has resigned the dignity and the reigns of this prestigious post be given to somebody who is capable enough to understand and is capable enough to shoulder the responsibility.