Tuesday, August 03, 2010

After Trivedi, Subodh Kant Sahay slams bureaucrats, calls them autocrats

AFTER minister of state for health Dinesh Trivedi terming Indian bureaucrats “ineffective” and “non-accountable”, it’s the turn of Union food processing minister Subodh Kant Sahay, who has said bureaucrats in his home state Jharkhand have “gone out of control”. Sahay who is also an MP from Ranchi told media recently that there is a need to tighten the noose on those bureaucrats who have become autocrats after Jharkhand came under President’s Rule.
The Congress leader was provoked by the latest diktat of Jharkhand government withdrawing facilities provided to former chief ministers. Such facilities include bungalows in Ranchi, vehicles and fuel, personal secretaries and other perks. The alliance partner of the Congress, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) has also expressed its unhappiness over the Governor’s Advisory Council decision of withdrawing the facilities of former chief ministers. JVM leader Babulal Marandi is one of the politicians who would be impacted by the latest decision.
A retired IAS-IPS combo, 1973 batch IAS officer Wilfred Lakara and 1970 batch IPS officer Rajiv Ranjan Prasad are acting as advisors for Jharkhand Governor. The political leaders have also cited the large-scale transfer of bureaucrats, about 300 officials including 65 IAS and IPS, as unnecessary.
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Action and Appointments
a) BC Khatua, a 1976 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS has been appointed as chairman, Forward Markets Commission, on re-employment and contract basis, on the existing terms and conditions, for a period of one year with effect from August 1, 2010. As It came on his birthday, the one-year extension has been termed by many as a birthday gift from the government.
b) Anita Chaudhary, a 1976 batch Haryana cadre IAS has taken over as the secretary in the department of land resources under the ministry of rural development.

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