|MS, an earlier occupant of the room, with three of today's officers|
that was one of the biggest rooms then. The other advantages included its location on the ground floor, closer to the entry gate and the attached toilet there.
Most of the Indian Trade Service (ITS) officers working in the building were amused on Tuesday when 1953 batch Karnataka cadre retired IAS, Mani Narayanswamy, who had an interactive session with them, gave that interesting piece of information.
Narayanswamy, popularly known as MS to his friends and colleagues, was the chief controller of imports and exports between 1980 and 1983. The post was renamed later as DGFT. Significantly, current occupant of the room, DGFT Anup K Pujari, had just joined the IAS when his senior colleague MS occupied the room in 1980.
While talking to young ITS officers present in the interactive session, MS recounted his experience with the then commerce minister VP Singh, and how they were trying to introduce changes in the export-import policy of the country, according to officials present during the session. VP Singh later became the country’s prime minister. MS further recalled how the then joint chief controller, Late Takhat Ram used to be the repository of rules and regulation regarding export-import policy.
Here is MS’ advice to the young officers: Find ways to accept a proposal rather than rejecting it.