Monday, February 05, 2018

A Flight to New York: Tripura cadre IPS Thirugnana Sambandan appointed in permanent mission of India in UN

Thirugnana Sambandan, 2006 batch Tripura cadre IPS officer, has been appointed as the first secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York. The  38-year-old IPS officer has been chosen for this post that comes the ministry of external affairs. Sambandan will get a tenure of…
three years. However there’s a condition. According to the order issued on Thursday last week, “the diplomatic equation of the officer i.e. First Secretary (with RG) will not be upgraded during the course of his posting abroad due to any reason such as revision of pay scale from a prospective or retrospective date, earning of annual increment (s) and promotion in parent cadre etc."
Originally belonging to Tamil Nadu, Sambandan completed his post-graduations in agriculture before getting selected as an Indian Police Service officer. 
Meanwhile, Mukesh Nigam, an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer and director (operations) in Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), has been elevated as CRIS’ Managing Director. The CRIS, an autonomous organization under the ministry of railways, develops and manages the information technology applications of the Indian Railways, and provides IT applications for non-railway government and public sector organisations.
Also, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) last week approved the proposal for appointment of Supratim Bandopadhyay, MD and CEO of LIC Pension Fund Ltd. as a Whole-Time Member (Finance) in Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) for a period of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office, or till the age of 62 years, or until further orders.


  1. Typical example of the foolish way Indian government is run. Why would anyone post a 2006 batch IPS officer in the UN mission? Does his training prepare him for this? Did the years he spent as SP / DySP help? I understand he can be posted in Interpol / other law & order / police organisations but UN !?

    This is not an isolated case. Every few months the government doles out the occasional "foreign" posting to non IFS officers as a sop rather than as a meaningful move.

    In a private company this would be be like moving an officer from security to sales. A sad reflection of incompetence at its best.


  2. An example of official favoritism.

    Indian bureaucracy is full of such examples of favoritism.

    Jai Hind.

  3. Previous comments have been made without full understanding of the requirement of the job. Someone with security background will do a great job as First Secretary in the India's mission to the UN. Among the many duties of the officer, the person will have to represent India in the Peace and Security commission as well as the many relevant UN bodies that are increasingly dealing with terrorism and related issues.