Tuesday, November 10, 2009
IAS officers posted in Maharashtra don't need to worry about a possible MNS backlash at least on one count -- their skill over local language. Thanks to the mandatory training, IAS officers posted in any state can not only speak the vernacular language but write it perfect. No wonder, their file noting are very much in the local language too. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) diktat to newly elected legislators to take oath only in Marathi and the subsequent vandalism in the Assembly on Monday after Samajwadi Party member Abu Azmi began taking oath in Hindi is being condemned across the country as an instance of extreme chauvinism and intolerance. But there are a number of "outsider" IAS officers in the state who can make Marathi Manush run for their money so long as their writing skill in Marathi is concerned. The classic case is that of Manu Kumar Srivastava (see picture), a 1986 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS hailing from Uttar Pradesh. Mr Srivastava, who is known as urban infrastructure man from Mumbai, thanks to his long innings as additional municipal commissioner of Greater Mumbai and then urban development secretary in the state, has such a good hand and excellent command that his writing in Marathi may impress all who matter in Marathi circle. A post graduate in physics, he is one of the key men in Mumbai who are deciding the fate of the dream infrastructure projects of India's financial capital. Delhi HC gives green signal to appoint a bureaucrat as next CIC Delhi High Court said on Monday that it is a misconception that a civil servant would not turn out to be a good Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). In a major blow to RTI activists' lobby to appoint a non-bureaucrat as the next CIC after Wajahat Habibullah resigned to take up his new appointment as J & K Information Commissioner, a Bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar said that someone outside bureaucracy might not necessarily become an effective CIC. The Court, however, said that a non-bureaucrat should be the first choice. In fact, a high-powered committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and a Union minister nominated by the PM, is finalizing the name of the next CIC. Action & Appointments (i) Justice Krishnaswami Chandru, (ii) Justice V.Ramasubramanian, (iii) Justice S Mani Kumar, (iv) Justice A.Selvam, (v) Justice P.R.Shivakumar, (vi) Justice G.Rajasuria, (vii) Justice Thiruneelakantam Sudanthiram, (viii) Justice Saminathan Nagamuthu, (ix) Justice Shunmugavel Palanivelu, (x) Justice K.K.Sasidharan, (xi) Justice M Venugopal, (xii) Justice V.Periya Karuppiah, (xiii) Justice R Subbiah and (xiv) Justice Meenakshi Sundaram Sathyanarayanan, Additional Judges of the Madras High Court, have been appointed as Judges of Madras High Court, in that order of seniority, with effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.