Saturday, October 30, 2010

Obama’s 150 bureaucrats are gays: Reports

OBAMA administration has appointed gay officials more openly than his predecessors, media reports from US said. According to estimates, about 150 key bureaucrats in charge of policy and staff happen to gays now. It’s a part of Obama administration’s effort to bring in diversity in administration, reports said. 
In 1993, there were furor when then President Bill Clinton nominated a confirmed gay and San Francisco Supervisor, Roberta Achtenberg as assistant secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Achtenberg was the first openly gay official to be appointed at such a high position, according to reports.
The interest about Barack Obama administration has increased among Indian bureaucrats ahead of US President’s visit to India next week. Obama would first land up in Mumbai on November 6 and stay at the Taj hotel which became the target of attackers during the Mumbai strike almost two years ago. He would be addressing Indian Parliamentarians on November 8 in Delhi.

Action and Appointments
a) Rajan S Katoch, a 1979 batch MP cadre IAS presently in the cadre, has been appointed as additional secretary and financial adviser in the department of commerce, ministry of commerce and industry in the vacancy of Sutanu Behuria, a 1976 batch HP cadre IAS.
b) Dr Amarjit Singh, a 1982 batch Gujarat cadre IAS, presently Executive Director, Jansankhya Stllirta Kosh (JSK) has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of school education and literacy on lateral shift basis in vacancy of Ms Anita Kaul, a 1979 batch Karnataka cadre IAS.
c) The competent authority has approved the proposal of the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) for extension in the tenure of Shashi Ranjan Kumar, a 1992 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS, Director in that department for a period of three months beyond December 20, 2010.
d) Virendra Kumar Pareek, a 1982 batch Indian Defence Service of Engineers  has been selected for appointment as director in the ministry of urban development for a period of five years.

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