Wednesday, January 19, 2011

MAYAJAAL: Disha Chamber’s art of politics puts her IAS father’s job at risk

WHEN 1980 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS JN Chamber’s daughter Disha was appointed as Youth Congress’ Lucknow president two and half years ago, state chief minister Mayawati did not take the episode kindly. Just in two days, Disha’s father was shifted as the additional resident commissioner to Delhi. JN Chamber was a blue eyed boy of Mayawati holding all-powerful portfolio of principal secretary (home) till April, 2008 but was shifted to a less important rural development department in the state after it was noticed that his daughter led a protest against the CM at Hazratganj on April 8, 2008. Later, Disha, a product of Delhi’s Lady Sri Ram College, left Congress to join BSP and moved fast in the hierarchy to become vice-chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation.
Now, 25 year-old Disha was robbed off the post and expelled from the BSP after it was noticed that she had reportedly pressurized officials in the state thanks to her father’s influential position. One report suggests that Disha resigned from the BSP as she found she could not do much in the party. She told a section of media that she still had high regards for Mayawati. It now remains to be seen whether Mayawati extends her anger to JN Chamber too who is retiring only in 2014. For the record, JN Chamber is an LLB and doctorate in economics and has an MBA degree from Yugaslavia.

Govt transfers diplomat for misbehaviour
After 1989 batch IAS Anil Verma was recalled from Indian High Commission in London for assaulting his wife, here is yet another case of Indian diplomat getting a premature transfer to India. Alok Ranjan Jha, a 2002 IFS officer and first secretary in the permanent mission in New York, has been asked to return to Delhi for allegedly misbehaving with a passenger on an Air India flight to New York on January 7.

Action and Appointments
a) Rakesh Garg, a 1980 batch UP cadre IAS, presently joint secretary in department of food and public distribution has been appointed as additional secretary in the ministry of culture against the newly created post.
b) Sudhir Mittal, a 1978 batch Punjab cadre IAS, presently in the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010, has been appointed as additional secretary in the ministry of corporate affairs in place of PD Sudhakar, a 1976 batch UP cadre IAS who is retiring on January 31, 2011.
c) Suspended union home ministry officer Ravi Inder Singh, a 1994 batch West Bengal cadre IAS, sought bail from the Delhi High Court after lower court had rejected the plea. Singh is accused of leaking sensitive information to unauthorized people though he has denied it. 

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