Saturday, July 23, 2011

Who replaces who in PMO rejig?

AS several officers are on their way out from India’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), here are the replacements.

IN: Pulok Chatterji, a 1974 batch IAS who is recalled from his World Bank assignment half-way. Is joining as secretary, PMO, in place of MN Prasad. He could be elevated to principal secretary if TKA Nair is given a Governor’s post.
OUT: MN Prasad, a 1972 batch retired IAS officer, is likely to replace Pulok Chatterji in the World Bank. Prasad, a Bihar cadre officer has continued in the PMO after his retirement.

IN: BVR Subrahmanyam, a 1987 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IAS. Joining as joint secretary in PMO. Subrahmanyam was the private secretary to PM between 2004 and 2008, and then was on a World Bank assignment.
OUT: Vini Mahajan, a 1987 batch Punjab cadre IAS. Also, Sanjay Mitra, a 1982 batch West Bengal cadre IAS who remained in PMO for over six years, recently joined Mamata Banerjee government as principal secretary.

IN: Sanjay Lohiya, a 1994 batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS and Krishan Kumar, a 1997 batch Punjab cadre IAS. Both are joining as directors in PMO.
OUT: Ashish Gupta and DPS Sandhu, both directors. Sandhu, an Indian Information Service officer who had also served PM’s media adviser during the fag-end of UPA-I, is heading for a World Bank assignment. 

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