Bamboo a timber: Jayanthi to decide
Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers in the environment ministry had a last laugh when Jairam Ramesh was ousted. The IFS officers had resisted Ramesh’s move to change the colonial Indian Forest Act (IFA) forcing the former environment ministry to write to chief ministers to treat bamboo as a minor forest produce. In IFA, bamboo is still a timber and the officers now say that Ramesh’s letter was in violation of law. They are likely to raise the issue with new environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan.
No MCD, no UD, Rai may join Delhi government
It seems to be a case of being unlucky twice for former NDMC chairman Parimal Rai. Government sources say, first Rai was being touted to take over as MCD commissioner after the incumbent KS Mehra got promoted. But the proposal failed to find favour with the ministry of home affairs (MHA) after Rai came in for flak for delay in completing some of Commonwealth Games related projects. Mehra, meanwhile, continued his role as MCD chief. According to the grapevine, Rai’s name was again turned down by MHA for the post of joint secretary in the urban development ministry. According to ministry mandarin, Rai was all set to join the UD ministry but the adverse remark about NDMC during his tenure in the Shunglu committee report seems to have again turned the tide against him. Rai, a 1985 batch IAS of UT cadre is likely to join the Delhi government now.
Many government officials yet to file property returns
No one has ever heard of government penalising officers for not filing their immovable property returns. A quick review of the list of property returns received by the government indicates there are hundreds of officers who haven’t filed their property returns. Last week, the department of personnel circulated a list of about 275 central secretariat service (CSS) officers who are yet to file their returns for last year and many for 2009. According to officials the CSS officers were no exception as there are such officers in every services. With the lists being made public, the government will, however, come under pressure to act against the defaulters.