Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why this MP cadre IAS officer repeatedly threatens to self immolate?

Ramesh Thete, a 1993 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer, hogged the limelight in January this year when he announced he would self immolate in front of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) if he was not reinstated from service by February 5, 2011. After he got reinstated in service, Thete has now again threatened to self immolate if he does not get a promotion, according to local media reports. 51-year-old Thete, originally hailing from Maharashtra, is now posted as director of the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA).
Thete was dismissed from service as a sequel to a bribery case dated back to 2002. The principal of a technical institute in MP complained against him saying Thete had demanded a bribe of Rs 1 lakh, but the officer was acquitted by courts. Then dismissed officer claimed that he was hounded because he is a Dalit officer.
Now, Thete has asked the government to immediately constitute Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) so that he gets his promotion which he claims an overdue. In a letter to principal secretary Deepak Khandekar, Thete reportedly mentioned that he would self immolate if he was denied his promotion.

Action and Appointments
a) Mugdha Sinha, a 1999 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS, has been appointed as Officer-on Special Duty (OSD) against the sanctioned post of private secretary in the personal establishment of minister of textile Anand Sharma. Ms Sinha will hold the rank of a deputy secretary.
b) The government has cancelled its earlier order of appointing T Srinidhi, a 1979 batch Central Secretariat Service officer as Director, Institute of Secretariat Training and Management. Instead, it has now appointed KG Verma, a 1995 batch Central Secretariat Service officer as its director.

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