Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Govt releases 2nd empanelment lists for secretary, addl secretary; Sanjay Mitra, Aruna Sharma, Snehlata Shrivastava find place

Aruna Sharma (File Photo)
THE government on Monday released two more IAS empanelment lists, one belonging to 1982 batch for union secretaries and another of 1985 batch as additional secretaries. New secretary-empanelled IAS officers include West Bengal chief secretary and former PMO official Sanjay Mitra and former Doordarshan DG Aruna Sharma. Here is the full list of officers, their educational qualifications and when they are retiring:

1. Ajay Mittal, 1982 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre
(LLB, Post-Graduation in rural development; Retirement: February 2018)
2. Raghav Chandra, 1982 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre
(MSc in mathematics, PG in public administration, Harvard University; Retirement: October 2018)
3. Aruna Sharma, 1982 Madhya Pradesh cadre
(PG in development studies, English, PhD in physiology health management; Retirement: August 2018)
4. Susheel Kumar, 1982 batch UP cadre
(PG in physics, MBA from Birmingham, UK; Retirement: April 2018)
5. Sanjay Mitra, 1982 batch West Bengal cadre
(PG in physics, economics and public administration; Retirement: May 2019)

Secretary equivalent
1. Amarendra Kumar Dubey, 1982 batch Kerala cadre
(LLB, PG in public administration, economics and rural development; PhD in social sciences; Retirement: December 2018)
2. Snehlata Shrivastava 1982 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre
(PG in geography, special mention: knows Sanskrit; Retirement: September 2017)
3. Rajiv Sharma, 1982 batch Telangana cadre
(BE in civil engineering; PhD in engineering and public policy; Retirement: May 2016)
4. Trilochan Singh, 1982 batch West Bengal cadre (LLB, PG diploma in public administration; Retirement: January 2016)

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet also approved the empanelment of the following IAS officers as additional secretary or additional secretary equivalent

1. Sumeet Jerath, 1985 batch Assam cadre
2. Saraswati Prasad, 1985 batch Assam cadre
3. Sujit Gulati, 1985 batch Gujarat cadre
4. Sanjeev Gupta, 1985 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre
5. M Gopal Reddy, 1985 batch MP cadre
6. Iqbal Singh Bains, 1985 batch MP cadre
7. Sanjeev Chopra, 1985 batch West Bengal cadre
8. Pawan Kumar Agarwal, 1985 batch West Bengal cadre


  1. i think ms.aruna sharma is the same aruna limaye. can anyone confirm this.

    1. Yes, Ms. Aruna Sharma, presently ACS in MP, is daughter of Late Sh. Limaye, retired from BHEL, Bhopal and resident of Narayan Nagar: T. Alex John

    2. I was the one who got a copy of Competition Success magazine for her
      as they published a cover photo of Aruna ji. Ms. Aruna Sharma stayed in the BHEL R&D staff quarters Hyderabad when she was selected to the civil service.
      Philip KB

  2. Chennai's top newspapers blame bureaucrats for floods

    Source : SIFY
    Last Updated: Thu, Dec 10, 2015 10:25 hrs
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    Adyar River in Chennai
    Chennai: With the floods of Chennai finally receding, the long process of restoring the city has begun. However, even as reconstruction occurs, the big question on everyone's mind is - Why did this happen?

    While the once-in-a-century level of heavy rainfall in itself was a natural disaster, many questions are being raised regarding the management of Chennai's water bodies, whose uncontrolled overflow is being seen as the main reason behind the severity of the floods.

    Several newspapers, like 'The Hindu' and 'Times of India', traced a sequence of events around the releasing of excessive waters from the Chembarambakkam reservoir, which is being seen as the principal cause of the misery from December 2.

    Officially, here are the facts -

    The Chembarambakkam Lake is one of two reservoirs for Chennai's drinking water supply. It is also the lake from which the Adyar River originates. Dams and other water-management devices have been constructed to store up the water in the rain-fed lake to be used as and when needed. The basic consideration for levels in the lake is the drinking water requirement of the city.

    When heavy rains lashed the city on November 16, the reservoir's gates were opened, releasing about 18,000 cusecs into the Adyar River (officially). Then there were no other releases till the night of December 1, when the city saw unprecedented levels of rainfalls. On the night of the December 1, around 10 pm according to sources, city PWD officials opened the floodgates of the Chembarambakkam Lake, which had by then reach maximum capacity and was in danger of bursting its banks. The resulting surge in the water in the Adyar River devastated most areas within the city that the river touched.

    The questions these newspapers raised are these -

    1) As there was no rain between November 20 and December 1, but there was a forecast for heavy rain of December 1, why was the lake still allowed to sit at nearly maximum capacity? Why was its levels not slowly lowered over the days, since extremely heavy rain was predicted? Why was there delay in this crucial decision, since some sources claim the officials were warned about the same beforehand?

    2) Who was responsible for the decision to open the floodgates as an emergency last resort late in the night? Why wasn't the decision taken earlier, giving people time during the day to escape?

    3) The Chembarambakkam Lake is inter-connected to nearly 200 other water bodies. The massive amount of the water sent out of the lake - nearly 30,000 cusecs, is given as the official 'amount of water released in Adyar River'. However once the surge of water passed through all other lakes and smaller tributaries on the way, experts say nearly 100,000 cusecs of water probably entered Adyar River that night. Why was this fact not considered?

    4) Why was holding drinking water to maximum possible capacity seen as more important than preventing a possible flood in the PWD? Is this is a general policy? Or were the officials simply not clear in their understanding of water management?

    While the questions have been raised, as both the Hindu and the Times of India point out, not official as so far clarified these on the record, neither has the State government shown any inclination to investigate the same.