he had reportedly opposed to some of the policies initiated by urban development minister Kamal Nath.
Only a few days ago, a media report quoting sources said Nath was unhappy with Patnaik as the latter had opposed the farm house policy, regularization of affluent colonies like Sainik Farms etc. There are rumours that Patnaik might be sent to Arunachal Pradesh.
New DDA vice chairman Srivastava is an MSc in botany and is also an MBA. He has five more years to retire unlike Patnaik who is superannuating in October next year. Srivastava has been chief secretary of Goa for the last three years. He had earlier served as a joint secretary in the Central department of food and distribution on a deputation.
Action and Appointments
a) The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Ms Omita Paul, a 1973 batch retired IIS officer, as secretary to the President on re-employment on contract basis, in the rank and pay of secretary. Her tenure would be on co-terminus basis with the tenure of the President of India with effect from the date of joining as secretary to the President or till she ceases to function as secretary to the President or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
b) Ms Stuti Narain Kackar, a 1978 batch UP cadre IAS, presently in the cadre, has been appointed as secretary in the department of disability affairs in the ministry of social justice and empowerment.
c) Anil Kumar Agarwal, a 1981 batch West Bengal cadre IAS, has been appointed as Director General, ESIC under ministry of labour and employment in the rank and pay of additional secretary in place of CS Keda, a 1979 batch Karnataka cadre IAS.