FOR those Indian officers who have spent a number of years in personal staff of ministers, here’s a big relief. The DoPT has clarified that its earlier order dated March 4, 2010 saying that an officer can work in personal staff of ministers only up to 10 years, will not have any retrospective effect, implying that those officials who have already worked over 10 years under one or more ministers may not necessarily pack up and go back to their parent cadres. In fact, only the new appointments made after March 4 this year will be impacted by the order.
“It would not be practical to open cases of all appointments with ministers at all levels and recalculate their tenure or cancel their appointments as the case may be”, a new DoPT circular dated
May 13, 2010 said.
The circular has, however, made it clear that the 10 years limit would be applicable to all appointments in the personal staff of ministers even for retired or private persons.
Pulok Chaterji may prefer to complete a 3 year stint in World Bank. Why?
The speculations that India’s one of the most influential bureaucrats Pulok Chaterji, a 1974 batch UP cadre IAS, may come back from the World Bank to join newly-constituted National Advisory Council (NAC) which is being reconstituted under UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are ill placed, sources close to him said. Mr Chaterji may rather complete three years as Executive Director in the Bank to get himself eligible for World Bank’s pensions rather than venturing into an early homecoming. Mr Chaterji, who has always remained close to 10 Janpath thanks to his earlier stints as district magistrate of Rae Bareli in early 1980s, a director in the PMO during Rajiv Gandhi’s time, a secretary (joint secretary equivalent) in Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in early 1990s, and then a private secretary to Sonia Gandhi when she was the leader of the Opposition.