Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Soft spoken retired IAS, Satyananda Mishra, set to become new CIC

1973 BATCH retired IAS of Madhya Pradesh cadre Satyananda Mishra is set to become the new RTI chief. A three-member high-level committee headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday zeroed in his candidature as the next Chief Information Commissioner in place of AN Tiwari who is retiring on December 16.
A soft-spoken bureaucrat who understands the nuances of government rules thanks to his long innings in the personnel ministry, Mishra is currently the senior most information commissioners. Two other members of the selection panel include law minister Veerappa Moily and leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj.
Hailing from Orissa, Mishra had earlier served as Establishment Officer and special secretary in department of personnel and training (DoPT), before being elevated as DoPT secretary in January, 2007. Current steel secretary and 1976 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS PK Mishra was the Establishment Officer then.
At present, the other five Information Commissioners are Annapurna Dixit, Deepak Sandhu, Sushma Singh, ML Sharma and Shailesh Gandhi.
(In picture: Mishra, left, with first CIC Wajahat Habibullah)

Sebi to keep tab on bureaucrats investing in MF
A bureaucrat investing in mutual fund will now be recorded. Market watchdog Sebi is set to keep a tab on mutual fund investments made by bureaucrats and politicians. According to new rules effective from January 1, 2010, all the new and existing MF investors will have to disclose their actual identity. This would even apply to Member of Parliament, MLA or MLC.

Another Indian envoy asked to pat down in US airport
Hardeep Puri, 1974 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and Ambassador to the United Nations, was recently asked to remove his turban during an airport ‘pat-down’ search in the US. But he refused to oblige and instead opted for another procedure. Recently, Indian ambassador to US Meera Shankar was forced to pat down despite she showed her diplomatic credentials.
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1 comment:

  1. Satyananda Mishra is known for being too scared to speak his mind or do anything courageous, and also known for taking up the cause of his fellow babus no matter what. However he is known to be a very honest officer. This is his big plus point. In this time of huge scams and corruption,the CIC needs to be a person with great guts and someone with impartiality who will not show even slightest favour to his colleagues or ex-colleagues. Government errs in appointing retired babus as information commissioners or CIC. Wrong choice again. Let's see if he sheds his old skin and shows guts.