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Hard at work

Railway minister Mukul Roy spends long spells away from Rail Bhawan and has attended just two cabinet meetings so far. But now he seems to have realised that files are getting stuck and work has hit snail's pace in his office.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2012 23:51 IST

Another officer to assist Mukul Roy
Railway minister Mukul Roy spends long spells away from Rail Bhawan and has attended just two cabinet meetings so far. But now he seems to have realised that files are getting stuck and work has hit snail's pace in his office. So, he has roped in Rajesh Kumar, a West Bengal cadre IPS officer as his Officer on Special Duty, to oversee his office. After a private secretary, an additional private secretary, a special officer and an advisor, he now gets Kumar, to help him in his work.

IAS officer wanted deferment of new appointment, denied
Seldom does an IAS officer seek deferment of being appointed as secretary to a government of India ministry. But Desh Deepak Verma, apparently wanted his appointment as secretary, ministry of parliamentary affairs, to be delayed a bit so that he could attend the London Olympics. Verma was secretary Sports Authority of India (SAI) and could have been part of the official delegation to the Olympics. But the government did not oblige as the all-important monsoon session will start before the end of Olympics.

Woman and child development ministry to get a new secy
Prem Narain, a 1978 batch UP cadre IAS officer, is all set to take over as the secretary of the women and child development ministry after the present incumbent, Neela Gangadharan, retires on July 31. Narain is presently posted in the planning commission as principal advisor. Another Karnataka cadre IAS officer K Ratnaprabha is set to take over as the additional secretary in the ministry.

Appointment Committee wants a new civil aviation DG soon
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has observed that the appointment of a regular person to the post of Director General of Civil Aviation has been held up for far too long and that the post should be filled up without the loss of any further time. The DGCA has not had a full-time chief for nearly one-and-a-half years now. Bharat Bhushan, an IAS official, has been holding the additional charge.

Pranab's OSD opts for a three-month-long leave
Along with finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's exit from North Block, it was expected that his advisor Omita Paul and additional private secretary Pradyut Guha will also go. But another key figure in Mukherjee's office, his Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pradip Gupta, too has opted for a three-month-long leave. After his return from the long self-imposed holiday, he may still find a slot in the President's secretariat as he is Mukherjee's trusted lieutenant.