Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ex-industry secretary Ajay Shankar appointed as member secretary in NMCC

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Ajay Shankar, a 1973 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre retired IAS, has been appointed as Member Secretary in National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) on a contract basis for three years. Mr Shankar, who is the husband of former Indian ambassador to US Meera Shankar, was in Washington DC for over one and half years after he had retired as industry secretary in December 31, 2009. He has been a non-executive independent director of Tata Global Beverages Limited since April 30, 2010. According to the company’s disclosure, Mr Shankar’s total calculated compensation in Tata Global Beverages is $90,000, or roughly Rs 45 lakh.
While appointing Mr Shankar for the post of NMCC’s Member Secretary, the Prime Minister-headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) decided to terminate the appointment of 1967 batch retired IAS V Govindarajan as Member Secretary of the Council.
Significantly, a former industry secretary V Krishnamurthy who is still known for his stint as chairman and CEO of Maruti Udyog between 1981 and 1990, is the chairman of the Council.
An MA in political science from Allahabad University and MA in economics from Georgetown University, Washington DC, Shankar had earlier served as principal adviser in the Planning Commission, additional secretary in the ministry of power, CEO of Greater NOIDA Industrial Development Authority and secretary to the Lt Governor of Delhi.
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  1. Retiring in Dec.2009,joining a private company in April 2010 at a compensation of Rs.45 Lakhs and now in 2011 getting appointed as Member Secretary NMCC.In this UPA Government any body can do anything provided he is close to 10 Janpath.

  2. It's an unfair comment. First, Mr Shankar joined the company as an independent director, and not as a full-fledged employee. And I don't think you need to be close to 10 Janpath to get a posting in NMCC. Let's now judge him on merit and performance.

  3. Sir, I SHALL BE GRATEFUL IF either your esteemed web site or readers of this journal can give me authentic info about when the 1967 IAS officers were given the HAG SCALE