Saturday, January 02, 2010

Chinese officials buying fancy cars at state expenses questioned; any lesson for Indian bureaucrats?

INDIAN bureaucrats following the Chinese model in almost every policy, be it SEZ or infrastructure, must take note the dark side of the Chinese babudom as well. Over 1,068 people including top state corporate honchos and government officials were recently handed over to disciplinary or judicial authorities for their roles in misusing government funds to the tune of a staggering USD 34.4 billion (Over Rs 1.5 lakh crore in Indian currency). Many officers indulged in luxuries like buying fancy cars and other consumer durables at state expense in addition to getting involved in money laundering, insider trading and providing false receipts, according to Chinese official news agency Xinhua.
The audit, conducted by auditing agencies under National Audit Office (NAO) across the nation in the first 11 months of 2009, covered 99,000 companies and 20,000 government officials including provincial-level cadres and heads of large state-owned enterprises. Cases involving 67 senior officials and 164 others were handed over to judicial authorities.
Meanwhile, in a routine exercise in India, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) disposed of 416 cases during October 2009, according to the latest data available. Of these, 32 were from public sector banks, 27 from ministry of railways, 9 from MCD, 6 each from Central Coalfields Ltd. and Hindustan Copper Ltd., 5 from ministry of Information & Broadcasting, 4 each from Central Board of Excise and Customs and Damodar Valley Corporation and 3 each from NHAI and Delhi government. The remaining 14 cases pertained to different departments of the government of India and PSUs.

Action and Appointments
a) Ms Bhupinder Prasad, a 1976 batch Uttarakhand cadre IAS, presently special secretary in the department of justice, has been appointed as secretary, in the department of justice, ministry of law and justice.
b) Ms Vijaya Latha Reddy, a 1975 batch IFS, has been appointed as secretary at the headquarters of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) in place of N Ravi, a 1973 batch IFS, who retired on December 31, 2009.
c) Uday Kumar Verma, a 1976 batch MP cadre IAS, presently special secretary in the ministry of information and broadcasting as central provident fund commissioner, Employees Provident Fund Organisation under ministry of labour and employment in the rank and pay of secretary in the vacancy of K Chandramouli, a 1975 batch UP cadre IAS.
d) Ram Phal Pawar, a 1988 batch West Bengal cadre IPS, SK Pandey, 1988 batch MP cadre IPS and SL Thaosen, a 1988 batch MP cadre IPS have been appointed as IGs in the SPG, as measure personal to the officers and the post will revert to the level of DIGs once they vacate the posts.

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