Retirements ahead to open vacant top slots in railways
A crisis is emerging in the top hierarchy of the Railways, with four railway board members scheduled to retire next month. As a little birdie whispers, the process of finding replacements has not been initiated so far. Seven critical posts of general managers also remains vacant. Routine promotions to subordinate ranks of joint directors, under secretaries and deputy directors have also been hanging for past several months.
Walkout is order of the day
The Public Accounts Committee chief Murli Manohar Joshi clearly is not the only one walking out of meetings. A senior member of the Planning Commission Abhijit Sen too walked out of a meeting he was chairing to decide on public private partnership in food grain storage. The problem started when the panel’s consultant made a presentation on the PPP model that Sen believed was created by a private person. It seems the consultant had outsourced his work. Sen then refused to be part of the committee.
Opinion for a sitting judge?
A Cabinet committee has sought legal opinion whether justice Ajit Bharioke can be appointed as a judicial member in the newly formed National Green Tribunal. The appointments committee wants to know about the implication of treatment of service in the tribunal in respect of a sitting judge. The committee has, however, decided to appoint seven members — one of them Vijay Sharma, who retired as environment secretary in January.
JNU’s Hyderabad connection
The human resource development (HRD) ministry is learned to have recommended Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, professor at the school of physical sciences in Jawaharlal Nehru University for the post of vice-chancellor of Hyderabad Central University — to succeed a fellow JNU academic, Syed Hasnain. The President — visitor to all central higher educational institutions — is expected to approve Ramaswamy’s appointment soon. The two universities, JNU and Hyderabad, are considered closest to each other among India’s central universities: both have no affiliate colleges, have a unitary campus and are post-graduate and research focused. And Hyderabad very nearly also gave JNU its latest VC — Hasnain was tipped to take over the JNU top job after his Hyderabad assignment.
VC should thank Tagore
Visva Bharati vice-chancellor Rajat Kanta Ray is set to survive the probe into alleged irregularities and nepotism in appointments — and he has not just the enquiry findings to thank. The probe found him innocent of most major charges but held him responsible for minor infringements. A vital — albeit unstated — reason why the government is not keen on rocking the boat is because this is the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the founder of Visva Bharati. Punishing the varsity’s VC, the only university in India which has the Prime Minister as its Chancellor — isn’t the most appropriate way to celebrate the anniversary, the government has concluded.