NHAI starts looking for replacements to top three posts
With three top posts in National Highways Authority of India due to fall vacant in the next few months, the road ministry has started the process to fill them up. While the term of Rajeev Yadav, member (administration) and BN Singh, member (projects) is due to get over in December, JN Singh, member (finance) term is ending in January 2013. The ministry is getting the process expedited as the apex highway building authority is already reeling under a staff crunch at the top. NHAI has got five posts for members of which only three are occupied right now.
NCPCR to get a new member secretary
Asheem Srivastava, a 1982 batch Indian Forest Service officer is set to take charge as member secretary, National Commission for Protection of Children's Rights (NCPCR) in place of Lov Verma. Verma is a 1978 batch UP cadre IAS.
NHAI chairman cracks whip on anonymous complainants
With a spate of anonymous complaints against its officers inundating his office, NHAI chairman RP Singh has decided to crack the whip on such complainants who level allegations without "substantive facts." In a circular, Singh has ordered that anonymous complaints received at NHAI should be destroyed immediately as such complaints divert resources and delay investigations into genuine complaints. Singh has noted that complaints by disgruntled elements increases at the time of promotions. Singh also said that strict action will be taken against frivolous complainants, if they are identified. However, Singh has reiterated that this circular should not deter genuine complainants.
Pranob Sen to be plan panel's chief economic advisor
The Planning Commission has appointed Pranob Sen as Chief Economic Advisor, but for just three months. Reason: He is retiring in November. The plan for the first time created the post, similar to the one in the finance ministry and appointed well-known economist Sen for the job. But the appointment came when Sen had just months left in a government job. He can hold the post for a longer period if the plan panel decides to give him an extension as it has done to several secretary level officials like Sen in the past. As of now, there is no such move, say officials.