Thursday, April 28, 2011

PAC report on 2G scam raps bureaucrats

THE Public Accounts Committee probing the 2G spectrum scam has raised many loopholes in Indian bureaucracy and wanted the government to step in to plug those. The panel headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi gave instances where senior bureaucrats became a party to “the dirty game”.
In its controversial report, the panel has not even spared former DoT secretary DS Mathur and IRS (I-T) officer Manju Madhavan, who as member (finance) in Telecom Commission, had actually flagged the issue. (Also Read: Did a 1971 batch IRS officer flag the 2G scam?)
For Mathur, the panel said he gave an impression that he was against the telecom minister’s policies, but it was not reflected in his official communications as DoT secretary. It also said that Manju Madhavan did not bring it to the notice of the finance minister or secretary the disparaging remarks that she received from the telecom minister when she had objected to certain matters.
The panel has also rapped then finance secretary D Subbarao who is now the Governor, Reserve Bank of India.
The panel says that if the current situation is not changed, honest and upright officers will become mute and ineffective.
It further recommended a panel headed by Prime Minister, and comprising a Supreme Court judge, home minister and leader of Opposition should appoint CAG, CVC and the CBI director who are expected to play non-partisan roles.

Babus in Demand
A director’s post lying vacant in Brussels
The government wants to fill up the post of Adviser (Information and Engineering) in the Embassy of India, Brussels, under the department of commerce. The officers in the rank of deputy secretary or director in the government of India or equivalent level are eligible for the post. The mandatory requirements include work experience of at least two years at the Centre under the Central Staffing Scheme. The candidate should not be over 54 years of age to qualify for the post. The last date of application is May 31, 2011.
(In Picture: It’s a landmark in Brussels. The sculpture depicts a naked little boy urinating into the fountain’s basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy and put in place in early 17th century)
Actual DoPT CIRCULAR, dated April 26, 2011

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