Pulok to decide on key appointments
As Pulok Chatterjee takes charge as the principal secretary to the Prime Minister, among other things, he has to decide on at least three key appointments in his own team. Three joint secretary level posts in the PMO are set for a change — Pankaj Saran, Shatrughna Singh and Vini Mahajan. Out of these three officers, Mahajan has already got an assignment outside the PMO and her replacement has to be quickly decided. Singh and Saran, looking after home and external affairs, may get an extension.
Tainted chief engineer back in road ministry
AP Pathak, former secretary of Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, who was removed from the Lok Sabha secretariat following a CBI raid in September in a disproportionate asset case, joined back his parent cadre, the ministry of road transport & highways recently. Pathak is yet to be given a charge but according to ministry grapevine, the tainted chief engineer would be given a non-sensitive posting on account of CBI charges against him.
Former UD secretary takes over as Bihar chief secretary
Navin Kumar, former secretary in union urban development ministry, who was shunted out from the ministry following differences with UD minister Kamal Nath, has been appointed as the new chief secretary of Bihar. He would replace Anup Mukherjee who retired on September 30. Kumar was shifted out of the UD ministry in August and for a brief period was the secretary in the newly carved department of drinking water supply and sanitation. Ever since Kamal Nath took over in January, the two were not on the same page over a host of issues. Sources say that the minister’s office had infact put in a written request to the PMO asking for a replacement for Kumar.
Captain Subodh Nigam is new Chief of Flight Safety
Air India’s ace pilot Captain Subodh Nigam has been appointed as the Chief of Flight Safety (CoFS) of the national carrier. CoFS is considered to be the most prestigious and sensitive posts in airline industry and the officer heading the department is usually one of the most experienced one. Nigam, has over 32 years and 25,000 hours of flying experience, is one of the top pilots in AI, who has been operating flights to Kabul for more than 25 years.