Saturday, January 10, 2015

One Day Many Appointments: Centre effects major joint secretary level reshuffle; List of 11 officers

One Day Many Appointments
CONTINUING the new trend of One Day Many Appointments, the Centre on Friday night announced yet another major administrative reshuffle at the joint secretary level. Whereas some of the key JS appointments like Ashutosh Jindal in petroleum ministry and Rajesh Aggarwal in financial services department, are the hallmark of the reshuffle, there are a few cases where officers are shifted from high-profile posts to relatively insignificant departments. Following is the list of 11 such appointments:

1. Ashutosh Jindal, 1995 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS, has been appointed as joint secretary in the ministry of petroleum and natural gas.
2. Rajesh Aggarwal, 1989 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS, has been appointed for the post of joint secretary in the department of financial services.
3. Rajiv Sadanandan, 1985 batch Kerala cadre IAS currently joint secretary in the ministry of labour and employment has been shifted to the post of joint secretary in rural development ministry.
4. Arun Kumar Mehta, 1988 batch Jammu and Kashmir IAS, has been appointed as joint secretary in the ministry of environment, forests and climate change.
5. Anurag Srivastava, 1992 batch UP cadre IAS presently joint secretary in information and broadcasting ministry has been shifted as joint secretary in the ministry of AYUSH.
6. Mihir Kumar Singh, 1993 batch Bihar cadre IAS, has been appointed as joint secretary in the ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
7. Dr Bipin Bihari Mallick,1986 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS, has been appointed as joint secretary in the ministry of labour and employment.
8. Ms Aindri Anurag, 1988 batch Indian Postal Service officer, has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of social justice and empowerment.
9. Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, 1990 batch IAS from UT cadre, has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of commerce.
10. Dr Sameer Sharma, 1985 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS, now joint secretary in HUPA, has been shifted as joint secretary in urban development ministry.
11. CK Khetan, 1987 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IAS, presently joint secretary in urban development ministry has been appointed as joint secretary and Chief Executive Officer of National Trust for the Welfare of the Person with Autism, Cerebral palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities under department of disability affairs.


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  2. I think as a Director in Urban Development Ministry, A K Mehta was incharge of JNNURM the flagship Mission mode Schemes of Congress Government under Manmohan Singh. There was a minor scandal in the purchase of low floor buses under JNNURM during Commonwealth Games. JNNURM was a failure and the report of Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission who headed the Plan Panel is an eye opener. The report says only 60% of funds were spent, only 18% of projects were initiated. The report points out several factors for failure like poor planning focus on expenditure related targets and one size fits all approach. The government should investigate the 10 properties angle of the officer. It appears a case of disproportionate assets. NAMO should disassociate himself from such constricting bureaucrats with bad track records but high connections.

  3. Lok Nath Mehra is a fake. The truth is that Mr. A K Mehta worked in Ministry of UD till 2011 and was hardly on leave during seven years at Centre between 2005 and 2012. He was never surrendered to DoPT. He has never faced any corruption charges and properties transparently declared by him are mostly inherited .
    People like Lok Nath Mehra only spread rubbish.
    The truth is also that Mufti Government is quite keen to have him back in the State.

  4. BoI decided to delete the comment made by one of our visitors, Lok Nath Mehra after receiving the following letter from A K Mehta, 1988 batch IAS and joint secretary in the ministry of environment, forest and climate change. The officer wrote to us as follows:

    "Dear Editor,
    I have been finding adverse comments on your web site related to me which is highly malicious and instigated by officers against whom administrative actions were taken. These are all based on vilification campaign launched by a subordinate officer who was repatriated due to sheer incompetence and inefficiency.
    The officer concerned uploaded some frivolous allegations which she had made before CAT Delhi which ruled against her. These have subsequently been used as a source of spreading rumors which is highly unfortunate.
    Repeated reference has been made to Jute Matting Case and statement of the then Chief Minister Mr. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to malign my reputation including a comment that I came out of the state in hurry because I feared him. Suffices to state that the Hon'ble CM has taken up the matter regarding placing of services of 5 officers at the disposal of state including mine with the Hon'ble PM. I am also attaching a judgment of High Court in the case which is self explanatory. In any case, there was never a charge against me in the case since I was not a party to the decision.
    My immovable property statement has also been used to run a malicious campaign. It does not require much grey matter to understand that most of these are ancestral and officers who acquire illegal wealth do not report it for public display.
    I have won State Award for meritorious public service this year on Republic Day( Earlier also, I won a silver medal in the State for elections in 1996 during peak of militancy. I received a commendation letter from Indian Army.
    It is extremely unfortunate that such falsehood as being surrendered to DoPT is spread through your site. Any one can read the ER Sheet of IAS officers to find out truth.
    I hope you shall expunge all adverse references after going through judgments of Hon'ble High Court and CAT, Delhi and not allow your site to be used for spreading falsehood. I hope you realize how difficult it has become to act against any one these days for fear of being maligned and lend at least passive support to those who act firmly."