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Dilli Ka Babu: Cabinet secretary gets to stay

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Published : Apr 30, 2017, 4:49 am IST
Updated : Apr 30, 2017, 6:15 am IST

Collectors who excelled in their duties would be given special tasks to implement the schemes in the districts.

Cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha
 Cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha

The one-year extension of Cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha’s tenure has not come as a surprise to many in Dilli. Though the Cabinet secretary’s post is for a fixed tenure of two years, like home and foreign secretaries, Cabinet secretaries usually gets extension mainly because often the Prime Minister does not want to take risks in experimenting with a new hand at the level. So, there is a precedent. Two of Mr Sinha’s predecessors — K.M. Chandrasekhar and Ajit K. Seth — served for four years each, due to several extensions.

Sources say that it’s just possible that Mr Sinha, a 1977 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer, may end up getting a four-year-term. Though, again, as with his predecessors, extension of tenure does deny other eligible IAS officers the opportunity to occupy the top post in the bureaucracy. Remember the extensions of Mr Chandrasekhar denied the hope of Sudha Pillai of 1972 batch IAS to become India’s first woman cabinet secretary. It was the case with Mr Seth too.


Interestingly, by extending Mr Sinha’s tenure, the PMO has ensured that all contenders of 1980 and 1981 batch of IAS, except noticeably revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia, would have retired.

So could it be that Mr Adhia is in line to succeed Sinha as India’s next Cabinet secretary. But babu buzz does not a Cabinet secretary make. So don’t hold your breath guys. The jury (and Modi) is still out!

Ratings that matter
After ascertaining the performance of MLAs and MPs through a survey, Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has now embarked on another major task of rating the performance of senior IAS and IPS officers.

The chief minister, according to sources, has entrusted the responsibility of taking up the survey to the state GAD (political, services) and state human resources development services wings, with chief secretary S.P. Singh overseeing the survey.


The performance of all 31 district collectors, secretaries of various departments and heads of the departments of other important government wings would also be assessed and a list prepared of the most efficient officials. Collectors who excelled in their duties would be given special tasks to implement the schemes in the districts.

The other selected senior officials would be appointed in the mainstream departments for the successful implementation of government flagship programmes and other welfare and developmental schemes in the next two years.

A quiet comeback IN Chennai
Three months after he was suspended following income-tax raids at his residence and office, former chief secretary of Tamil Nadu P. Rama Mohana Rao is back as director of the entrepreneurship Development Institute, his rehabilitation complete.


The senior bureaucrat was removed from the post in December, after a high publicised raid, bringing much embarrassment to the AIADMK government. He was replaced by Girija Vaidyanathan.

He continued to insist that he remained the chief secretary of the state and alleged that he was being targeted for political reasons.

All that is apparently forgotten now. Perhaps to ease his reinstatement, Mr Rao’s name was included in the latest of list of transfers of IAS officers ordered by the Tamil Nadu government. Among these are Ashok Ranjan Mohanty, who has been posted as archaeology commissioner and S. Divyadarshini, who has been appointed as secretary, state Human Rights Commission. But it’s Mr Rao’s return that has caused the loudest buzz in Chennai.


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