Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nothing Unofficial About It: Indian government hunts for a Muslim officer to fill up a Consul General’s post

ARE you a Muslim officer by any chance? It may not be a politically correct question to be posed in secular India, but government of India has officially been on a manhunt to spot a Muslim officer at the rank of a director to fill up the post of Consul General, Jeddah under the ministry of external affairs (MEA).
In fact, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) in a letter to dated April 9, 2010 to all government of India secretaries and state chief secretaries, said, “Officers of Islamic faith of the rank of Director in the Government of India or equivalent level, eligible for appointment under the Central Staffing Scheme are eligible for the post.” The period of deputation is of two years.
“Names of willing and eligible officers of Islamic faith who can be spared by the state
governments/ministries/departments may be forwarded to this department along with cadre clearance, vigilance clearance, detailed bio-data in the enclosed proforma and
CR Dossier” it said.
DoPT CIRCULAR, dated April 9, 2010

PM’s award for excellence announced
The Prime Minister’s Awards for excellence in governance for 2008-09 have finally been announced. Those who won it at the individual category are Sanjay Dubey, IAS, Gulshan Bamra,IAS, (both from Madhya Pradesh), Dr. Samit Sharma, IAS (Rajasthan), Kolhapur’s (Maharashtra) municipal commissioner Vijay Singhal, IAS and Rajesh Lakhani, IAS (Tamil Nadu).
The only non-IAS who won this award in the group category is SS Khan, Member (IT) CBDT for Integrated Tax Payer Data Management System (ITDMS).

Action and Appointments
a) Ms Bhupinder Prasad, a 1976 batch UT cadre IAS, presently secretary, department of justice has been appointed as chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India in the rank and pay of secretary.
b) Neela Gangadharan, (In Picture) a 1975 batch Kerala cadre IAS, presently in the cadre, has been appointed as secretary in the department of justice, ministry of law and justice.
c) V Venkatachalam, a 1977 batch UP cadre IAS has been appointed as additional secretary in the department of agriculture and cooperation, ministry of agriculture.
d) KN Desiraju, a 1978 batch Uttarakhand cadre IAS has been appointed as additional secretary in the department of health and family welfare.


  1. Why a Christian or a Hindu CG can't work in Jeddah? Why such religious preference? Is it because Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country?

  2. Apeasement on religious ground is apotent germ in the blood of our ruling system. It is always visible while dealing with either internal or external front.we are cawardish in displaying ourselves as indians only.cast, creed,religion are exclusively personal matters and should be beyond the ambit of state.when we call an indian as a minority on count of a religious faith ,are we not abusing an indian citizen a son of motherland with all equal constitutional a persoanl religious faith can be empowered to attract the abusing word "minority".can we treat communist with no religious faith as minority.