Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Hostage Crisis: Some Orissa politicians blame Patnaik for giving in to IAS lobby

DAYS after R Vineel Krishna, 2005 batch Orissa cadre IAS and district collector of Malkangiri was released by the Maoist extremists, a section of opposition political leaders in the state have questioned Naveen Patnaik government why it gave bureaucrats, mainly the IAS officers, a free hand to negotiate with the Naxals. The CPI leaders are the most vocal among the lot who claimed that the Orissa government had surrendered before the IAS lobby. The CPI in the state further questioned the government whether the authority would have followed up the case with the same rigour had only the junior engineer been abducted.
CPI state secretary of Orissa Dibakar Nayak told reporters that the democratic processes were subverted as the Patnaik government allowed bureaucrats to hold talks and make all announcements without taking politicians into confidence. According to him, the elected representatives including the ministers were ignored during the hostage episode. The party went to the extent of saying that the episode was dangerous for democratic set up.
Action and Appointments
a) Ms Vijayalakshmi K Gupta, a 1974 batch IDAS officer has been appointed as secretary (defence finance) in the ministry of defence in place of Nita Kapoor, a 1973 batch IDAS, on her retirement on March 31, 2011.
b) RG Nadadur, a 1980 batch Karnataka cadre IAS, presently Director (PP and PM), Indian Space Research Organisation under the department of space has been appointed as additional secretary and financial adviser in the department of space in place of G Balachandran, a 1977 batch West Bengal cadre IAS. It was also directed that in so far as his work relating to financial adviser is concerned, he should work under the supervision of the Member (Finance), Space Commission.
c) R Desikan, Trustee, Consumer Association of India (CAI) has been appointed as Member of the Civil Aviation Economic Advisory Council(CAEAC). The CAEAC was constituted by the ministry of civil aviation on December 9, 2010 to look and advise the ministry on economic issues relating to the civil aviation sector.

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