Earlier this month, his batch-mate and former defence secretary Pradeep Kumar had an offer at hand even when he was at the helm of the defence ministry. The government named him as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), and Kumar moved straight from South Block to CVC’s office. For this 62 years old officer, there is no holiday in between.
As early as January 2010, BoI (babusofindia.com) said: “Call it sheer talent or influence of numerological calculation, 1972 batch bureaucrats have continuously scripted success stories in occupying key government posts.”
Shiv Shankar Menon, a 1972 batch retired Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer was picked up for the coveted post of national security adviser (NSA) in place of MK Narayanan. Similarly, 1972 batch civil service topper and former finance secretary Dr D Subbarao of Andhra Pradesh cadre was made the 22nd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and two of his batch-mates, GK Pillai of Kerala cadre and Pradeep Kumar of Haryana cadre were India’s home and defence secretaries respectively for a period of two years. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai, also a 1972 batch IAS, has turned out to be one of the most outstanding CAGs of independent India. The Planning Commission Member Secretary Sudha Pillai, is also of the same batch.
Action and Appointments
a) DPS Sandhu, a 1987 batch Indian Railway Traffic Service officer has been appointed as adviser to the Executive Director in the World Bank. He will have a three year tenure.
b) Surajit Mitra, a 1977 batch
cadre IAS has been appointed as secretary in the ministry of minority affairs in place of Vivek Mehrotra, a 1974 batch Haryana cadre IAS who is retiring on Assam July 31, 2011.
c) Senior police officers and bureaucrats in Chennai who are believed to be close to the DMK were on Tuesday raided by officials in charge of tackling corruption. The raids included the home of Jaffar Sait, who was the chief of intelligence when the DMK was in power.