Tuesday, December 31, 2013

13 of 2013: Meet these bureaucrats who turned newsmakers of 2013

THERE is no death of newsmakers in India’s corridors of power. Here, a new issue, whether big or small, crops up everyday. BoI picks out 13 bureaucrats who hogged the limelight in 2013 for reasons as varied as taking on sand mafia, becoming ministers, scaling up the Mt. Everest, and wrapping a steel almirah with a four-metre-long cloth to fix corrupt politicians. Here are those 13 of 2013:
1. Rajni Sekhri Sibal: You often hear about stories of bureaucrats passively becoming a party to politicians’ loot for next election. But this Haryana IAS was different. Had this woman officer not dared to wrap a steel almirah with a four-metre-long cloth and bandages, former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and others would not have gone to jail. FULL STORY  
2. Rinchen Ongmu: When this IAS officer took over as the first woman chief secretary of Sikkim in March this year, the rest of India virtually ignored it as yet another uninspiring story. But for the state that was annexed to India only in 1975, the appointment meant a lot. After all, Sikkim does not have a tradition of dowry, and instead has the practice of bride price. FULL STORY
JD Seelam: In June, this two-time Rajya Sabha MP and former IAS became a Union minister of state for finance. Seelam’s high-risk appetite placed him in the same league of bureaucrat-turned politicians like Yashwant Sinha and Ajit Jogi etc. FULL STORY
4.  Sujata Singh: Indian Foreign Service officer of 1976 batch Sujata Singh shot off a letter to Prime Minister reportedly stating in clear terms that she would resign if a junior of hers (she meant the then India’s ambassador to China S Jaishankar) is given the post of foreign secretary. Finally, her views prevailed. FULL STORY
5. Rahul Anand: In Himachal Pradesh power circle gossips, this 1996 batch IAS officer is missing in action. Some are airing their sympathy as this bright officer would soon lose his job. But the reality is Anand is very much available at 700, 19th Street, N.W., Washington DC. FULL STORY
6. Ravindra Kumar: This Sikkim cadre IAS officer of 2011 batch created history this year by scaling the Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world. Now, five IAS officers all belonging to Rajasthan are preparing to venture out for the same next year. FULL STORY
Durga Shakti Nagpal: This 28-year-old was in the forefront of a fight against unauthorized dredging along Yamuna and Hindon rivers,  located in Western UP. But she was framed and suspended creating a nation-wide protest. FULL STORY
8. Ravikant Singh: This 2008 batch UP cadre IAS hogged the limelight for giving clean chit to fellow IAS Durga Nagpal who was victimised by a section of the UP government. Singh, a milkman’s son who fought his way up to become an IAS officer is an inspirational story and an unsung hero. FULL STORY
9. Ranjit Sinha: Is this 1974 batch Bihar cadre IPS officer really a caged parrot? He was appointed as CBI director in November, 2012, but all throughout 2013, the CBI Director remained a newsmaker. How? FULL STORY
10. Sanjay Gupta: He is an engineer-turned IAS officer of 1985 batch, but left the service to turn an entrepreneur. He is now the owner of Rs 2,000-crore Neesa Group. This year, he launched a PE Fund with a plan to raise Rs 300 crore to fund SMEs. He was hated by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, but later, he became the darling of the BJP's PM candidate. FULL STORY
11. Koppula Raju: This IAS officer of 1981 batch left the elite service to join active politics. He is now an important member of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's core team. How Raju became a core part of Team Rahul? FULL STORY
12. Devyani Khobragade: Indian diplomats across the world were shocked and angry when they heard the news that one of their colleagues Devyani Khobragade, a doctor-turned Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1999 batch as arrested by law enforcement authorities in New York and “strip searched”. FULL STORY
13. Arvind Kejriwal: This former Indian Revenue Service officer has been a newsmaker all throughout the year because of his anti-corruption crusade and formation of a new political entity, Aaam Aadmi Party. And on December 28, Kejriwal took oath as chief minister of Delhi. FULL STORY

1 comment:

  1. Very good compilation!!!
    I didn't know about Rinchen Ongmu and Sanjay Gupat before.
    Thanks BoI.