Wednesday, July 27, 2011

1972 batch continues to be lucky; PMO secretary MN Prasad is new World Bank ED

MN Prasad, a 1972 batch retired Bihar cadre IAS will soon be 62 years. But he has a job offer in hand for the next three years. Prasad, presently secretary to the Prime Minister, has been appointed as Executive Director, World Bank in place of Pulok Chatterji for a period of three years. And yes, there is no holidaying for Prasad between his high profile PMO job and the new assignment in the World Bank beginning October this year.
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 ( 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 Assam 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 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.


  1. I am just wondering about the contributions that the past IAS officers like Pulok Chatterjee have made while being posted as Executive Director, World Bank and who has held them accountable for their actions against the heavy expenditure made on them by the poor people of India. Why contributions made by them or their failures not made public. Even sportsmen representing India abroad lose captainship and their places in the national team if they do not perform. Why are professionals and eminent people from other relevant walks of life not considered and posted as ED of World Bank representing India. What is that these past IAS officers as EDs have achieved for India that a professional - a reputed economist or a top investment banker or a veteran academician or a seasoned lawyer or for that matter a senior IFS officer couldn't have achieved. What is the government's written and clear brief for MN Prasad and what is expected of him to achieve - both in quantitative and qualitative terms, during his three year assignment there. Or is it just that Mr.Prasad has been lucky enough to manage this plum posting near his retirement simply by virtue of his powerful IAS credentials and his proximity to PM.

  2. the above writer is right ... file an rti.. the bureaucrat issuing reply will have smile on his face.. he would think "bacha hai ladka" u wud certainly get a fair reply i am sure