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delhi Updated: May 12, 2013 23:40 IST
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Sujatha Singh next foreign secretary
Sujatha Singh, IFS officer of 1976 batch appears to be almost certain to succeed Ranjan Mathai as the next foreign secretary even though many in the South Block believe that Dr S Jaishankar, IFS (1977 batch) could be the dark horse.

Singh is at present our ambassador to Germany while Jaishankar is India's envoy to China.

If selected, Singh will be the third woman to be the FS after Chokila Iyer and Nirupama Rao.

Jaishankar's claim for the position has been strengthened after his deft handling of the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh.

Singh incidentally is the daughter of former DIB and UP Governor, TV Rajeshwar and her husband is also her batchmate in the IFS.

Former CEC has his hands full
Former CEC Navin Chawla seems to be even busier in retirement. Last heard he was in Venezuela as an Observer for the Presidential Elections.

Meanwhile, he has requests pending from several other countries.

Add to this his public policy trusteeship commitments (including the The Hindu newspaper and the South Asia Foundation), as well as invitations to lecture various universities besides attending to leprosy patients in Delhi.

He believes he can't handle any more.

Rly ministry official thanks his stars
An officer on special duty in railway minister Pawan Bansal's office hardly got access to official files during his six-month stint in the Rail Bhavan.

His subordinates often politely told him, "saab, kuchh file toh aana chahiye".

After the job-for-post scam broke out and Bansal's PS Rahul Bhandari came under scanner, the OSD told his staff, "Now don't you enjoy the fact that we remain untouched while dirt is flying all around? There's also a benefit of being an out-of-the-loop bureaucrat."

Govt's publicity plan to clean up image
As the UPA government battles controversies, there is a message to bureaucrats to prepare plans to propagate benefit of government schemes at the ground level.

All secretary level officials have been asked to prepare publicity material of the benefits for poor and marginalised from government schemes.

They have been asked to indicate tangible benefits to be shared with the publicity wings of the I&B ministry.