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Cushy posts for retired babus

PGC is a haven for retd officials and many of them serve as consultants on government projects, writes Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 16:49 IST

The Delhi government has be®come a paradise of retired government officials -primarily from the IAS. The pensioners manage to get the trappings of power with intensive lobbying and the habit of the government in distributing largesse.

The list of the retired officials, serving in one capacity or the other with the government, is indeed long. Baleshwar Rai, who once held posts like the chairman of the NDMC and chief of the Jal Board is now the chairman of the Public Grievance Commission (PGC).

The PGC, the appellate body under the Right to Information Act, has the distinction of giving employment to several retired bureaucrats. Two former chief secretaries — PS Bhatnagar and Shailja Chandra — were the chairpersons of this body. A retired IPS officer, SK Kain, is also a member of the PGC to look into the complaints related to the Delhi Police.

Shailja Chandra recently demitted office from the PGC after completing a two-year term. She, however, hopes to get some other appointment from the government soon. Retired chief secretary S Regunathan is yet to be accommodated but he too is hopeful that something would turn out before he vacates his official residence in Rouse Avenue.

GK Marwah, who retired as divisional commissioner earlier this year, is a member of the VAT tribunal. Another retired IAS official, SP Marwah, is with the State Election Commission and looking into delimitation exercise of the MCD.

Ramesh Chandra is an adviser with the VAT council while Satish Chandra is the member secretary of the council. Both of them retired from the IAS not so long ago.

MK Bezbaruah, the tough IAS officer who made life hell for several influential people as the director of Enforcement, is the chairman of the Delhi Finance Commission for the last two years. Recently, he was given the fourth extension as his report could not come out despite many deadlines.

Former chief secretary Omesh Saigal is the head of the committee to study the municipal system and suggest changes while another retired official, Ashok Pradhan, heads another committee on multiplicity of authorities. There are also some retired officials who are consultants to the government on specific projects.