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No central government ministry can order an inquiry into complaint an all-India cadre official working in the state.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2012 23:50 IST

Central ministry can't inquire into conduct of state officials
No central government ministry can order an inquiry into complaint an all-India cadre official working in the state. In an opinion given to PMO, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has described environment ministry's decision to conduct an inquiry into alleged harassment of IFS official Sanjiv Chaturvedi in his home cadre Haryana as improper. The DoPT said the central ministries can inquire into conduct of officials working directly under them and not the state governments.

Selection of IGNOU's vice-chancellor fixed?
Allegations of 'match-fixing' during the selection process for the vice-chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) are now doing the rounds. It is being alleged that each of the Search Committee members have included a nominee of their choice in the three- member panel sent to the ministry. To add insult to the injury, the Ministry has been asked to send the panel as it is to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to enable the President to take the final view on who should be selected for the Central University. The ministry is now in a dilemma on how to salvage the situation by not becoming a party to this match-fixing.

Row over appointment of UGC's chairman escalates
The controversy regarding the selection process for the UGC Chairman refuses to die down. To substantiate the allegations that the process was manipulated, a letter written by Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi on February 27 is being cited as proof. Joshi had apparently congratulated Pankaj Chandra, one of the two panelists, for his selection for the coveted post without realising that the Centre has yet to make up its mind. Academic circles are wondering why would Joshi write such a letter unless he was sure of Chandra's selection to the position once held by the Prime Minister.