Before PM’s arrival, Ms Pillai was seen exchanging a few words with minister of road transport and highways Kamal Nath who had recently created a controversy by calling the Planning Commission an “armchair adviser”. He husband and home secretary GK Pillai was also seen talking to fellow bureaucrats and saying “hello” to chief minister of Andhra Pradesh K Rosaiah among others. Later, he had a quick lunch before proceeding for the North Block for an important meet with Gorkha leaders.
Before the function began, master bureaucrat and principal adviser to Prime Minister TKA Nair was busy talking to a number of ministers. Another high profile bureaucrat, finance secretary Ashok Chawla, a 1973 batch Gujarat cadre IAS spent some time catching up with fellow bureaucrats and other dignitaries. He was seen talking to a number of officials from other ministries during the lunch too.
At the dining area, food processing secretary Ashok Sinha was called by his minister Subodh Kant Sahai to a corner to discuss about a ministry project when everyone else was enjoying the lunch with peeli dal, chicken curry and fired chicken!
CAT takes up sacked IAS officers’ cause
The IAS officers, 1983 batch Desh Deepak and 1987 batch Vijender Kumar, who were asked to leave, are now fighting their battle through Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), The CAT has now issued notices to Himachal Pradesh government and Central government to reply to the allegations made by these sacked officers. Desh Deepak, who hails from
and is a doctor by profession before becoming an IAS, had a seven-year tenure left prior to the retirement. For Vijender Kumar, who is also from Himachal Pradesh cadre and originally belongs with UP, would have been retired only in February, 2017. Both the officers have now challenged the government’s order saying the decision as biased and unfair. Delhi
Bonanza for rural bank employeesFinance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee has announced a wage revision of the pay-scale and allowances of the employees of the RRBs corresponding to those of Nationalised Banks according to 9th Bipartite Settlement. The additional cost burden of the arrears on this account would be about Rs 791 crore.