Sharad Kumar loses out on NIA
It seems that Haryana cadre IPS officer Sharad Kumar has lost the chance to become the chief of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
His name was being mentioned as a contender along with Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Arup Patnaik for the post that is lying vacant after NIA chief SC Sinha was made a member of the National Human Rights Commission.
Rumour has it that union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde wants Patnaik as the NIA chief but home secretary RK Singh is not very keen on him.
PMO appoints former petroleum secretary as director of DBT
Apparently unhappy with monitoring of government’s direct benefit transfer scheme, the Prime Minister’s Office has decided to replace planning commission secretary Sindhushree Khullar as mission director of DBT.
The PMO has appointed former petroleum secretary S Sundareshan, who did the ground work for implementing DBT for cooking gas. In less than a month, subsidy to around 2.5 lakh LPG consumers in 20 districts has been disbursed through Aadhaar based DBT.
The government believes he can help the scheme to take-off in nine months before next general elections.
Retirement age set to change as pre-poll bonanza
Bureaucracy is expecting an increase in the retirement age from 60 to 62 as pre-poll bonanza for over a crore of government servants before the elections.
The bureaucratic circles are abuzz with the government proposal to increase the retirement age even though the nodal department of personnel says no such proposal has been floated.
Senior government officials believe that the proposal would come from top UPA quarters as it is an election move.
Ajit Seth plays vital role in appointments
After the cash-for posting scandal in the railway ministry, cabinet secretary Ajit Seth seems to have taken a pro-active role in key appoints in Rail Bhavan, the headquarters of Indian Railways.
Seth had written to railway board chairman asking him to furnish details about all prospective candidates for vacancies.