President of India Pranab Mukherjee at a reception hosted by Indian Ambassador in Vietnam and 1982 batch IFS Smt Preeti Saran (sitting at right) at Ho Chi Minh City on September 16, 2014. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan (sitting at left) is also seen.
FORMER IAS officer Avinash Dharmadhikari, and activist of Shiv Sena will run an IAS-IPS training academy to help Maharashtrian youths with preparing the UPSC exams. The institute, set up by Sena MLA Vinod Ghosalkar and inaugurated by Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray recently, is meant for producing more IAS officers from Maharashtra.
Mr Dharmadhikari who became a newsmaker for his book “Aswastha Dashakachi Diary”, (Diary of a Decade of Agony) was a 1986 batch IAS, but quit the service in 10 years. Some of his major postings as an IAS included additional collector, Pune, district collector, Raigad (Alibag) and deputy secretary to Maharashtra chief minister.
After leaving IAS in 1996, Mr Dharmadhikari got engaged in various social works and founded Chanakya Mandal Pariwar, a network organizations for competitive examinations, career guidance, entrepreneurship development and personality development. Last year, he joined the Shiv Sena and became a full-fledged political activist for the cause of Marathi Manoos.
Prabeer Kumar Basu, a 1976 batch Bihar cadre IAS officer, has taken charge as secretary, agriculture and cooperation in New Delhi on Tuesday, replacing T Nanda Kumar who retired from service on February 28, 2010. He served as additional secretary in the department of agriculture from March, 2007 to November, 2009 before being elevated as special secretary in the ministry from November, 2009.
According to a government release, Basu has been instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of flagship programme of the ministry of agriculture including Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, and played a special role in the revision of the Macro Management of Agriculture and drawing up the guidelines for the National Food Security Mission. Being the Drought Relief Commissioner earlier, he played a key role in Centre’s attempts to contain draught last year.
a) Karan A Singh, a 1984 batch Punjab cadre IAS has been appointed as Protector General of Emigrants (joint secretary level) in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs for five years with effect from April 1,.2010 or until further orders.
b) PK Mehta, a 1977 batch Haryana cadre IPS, has been appointed as Additional Director General (ADG), Northern Railway, RPF for a period upto November 8, 2011.
c) Anup Chandra Pandey, a 1984 batch UP cadre IAS has been appointed as joint secretary in the ministry of labour and employment.
d) The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for waiver of cooling off requirements and has approved the appointment of Ashok Pal Singh, as Deputy Director General (under non-Central Staffing Scheme) in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for a period of three years.
e) The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for lateral shifting of AK Srivastava, a 1980 batch JK cadre IFS (Indian Forest Service) to the post of Inspector General of Forests under the ministry of environment and forests.
f) The ACC has approved the proposal for the extension of Central deputation tenure of Vipin Kumar, a 1975 batch Haryana cadre IPS as Adviser (Security) in the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) upto November 30, 2011.
g) Navin Kumar, a 1975 batch Bihar cadre IAS has been appointed as Principal Adviser, Planning Commission in the rank and pay of secretary.
h) Arun Kumar Sinha, a 1983 batch UP cadre IAS has been appointed as joint secretary in the Department of Public Enterprises.