Monday, March 22, 2010

Mining lobbies' hands suspected in a newspaper advertisement wishing an AP bureaucrat happy and peaceful retirement days

HOW should a bureaucrat react if there’s a newspaper advertisement greeting him on his impending retirement? M Veerabhadraiah, a promoted Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS of 1988 batch and AP’s industry and mining secretary, has suspected a foul play when he saw advertisements in various newspapers on Saturday wishing him a peaceful life after his retirement on March 31, 2010. The ad which carries the officer’s photograph also praised his recent official visit abroad, a section of media reports said.
Mr Veerabhadraiah, who is tipped to get an extension as mining secretary, complained to the state government and the Hyderabad police about the advertisement. According to reports, the officer finds the episode a “mischievous act”. Significantly, he has been handling court cases involving Karnataka minister and BJP leader Gali Janardhana Reddy, and there have been instances in which he took on the mining mafia after taking charge as the mining secretary!
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Skoch for M Ramachandran and Sunil Mitra
Urban development secretary M Ramachandran and revenue secretary Sunil Mitra are among the Skoch Challenger Awardees for 2010. Whereas Mr Ramachandran, a 1972 batch IAS, won the award in the field of urban development, 1975 batch IAS Mitra, got it in the category of governance. The other awardees include luminaries like Dr Vijay Kelkar, former NASCOM chairman Kiran Karnik and Microsoft Corporation (India)’s chairman Ravi Venkatesan.
And yes, Skoch award has no connection with scotch whisky!


  1. What does Skoch mean? Is it an Indian company?

  2. Nowadays the rival group used to greet in such a way that the person feels very insecured.