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P D Vaghela appointed as TRAI Chairperson

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Monday appointed Dr P D Vaghela (IAS:1986:GJ) as Chairperson, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for a period of three years or until he attains the age of 65 years. Vaghela has also served in the state as a commissioner of commercial tax. He was also instrumental in bringing GST in 2017.

Vaghela, the outgoing Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, is retiring on Wednesday.

He will take over Ram Sewak Sharma, the outgoing TRAI Chairperson who demits office on September 30, after a five-year tenure.

28 Sep 2020
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Secretary-level changes effected: Aparna goes to Pharma, Chandra as Labour Secretary

The NaMo administration on Friday effected Secretary-level changes that include the appointment of Ex-IAS Raghavendra Singh (1983:WB) as Union Secretary, Ministry of Culture on a re-employment basis for a period of one year. Raghavendra Singh will continue to hold the charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer, Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces. His appointment would follow the terms and conditions applicable to re-employed Central Government officers.

Ms S Aparna (lAS:1988:GJ), awaiting posting, was appointed as Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. She will succeed P D Vaghela (lAS:1986:GJ) on his superannuation on 30.09.2020. Prior to this, she worked as Executive Director, World Bank. 
Apurva Chandra (lAS:1988:MH) appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment; a post that is falling vacant this month with the retirement of Heera Lal Samariya (IAS:1985:TG). Presently, Chandra is working as Special Secretary and Director General Defence Acquisition.
Further, Anand Kumar (lAS:1984:KL), Union Culture Secretary, was abruptly shifted to National Commission for Backward Classes under the Ministry of Social Justice as Secretary. He replaces Ajoy Kumar (lAS:1984:BH:84) retiring on 30.09.2020.

The appointment of all four senior IAS officers offers many things to observe and analyze. 

Having got a fresh lease of career Raghavendra Singh joins the league of Parameshwaran Iyer, PC Mody (CBDT Chairman), V K Yadav (Chairman Railway Board), and alike who were re-appointed on Secretary rank position on a contract-basis. It makes few others hopeful as well. Though Raghavendra Singh is already working as CEO, Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces in the rank of Secretary on a re-employment basis but ahead of West Bengal elections his appointment assumes a little more significance. This also signifies the influence of another West Bengal cadre IAS who was supposed to be a factor in his empanelment from Secretary-equivalent to Secretary-level in Govt of India. Interestingly, Raghavendra Singh is back to the chamber which he left in June 2019 on his retirement. Ex Culture Secretary becomes incumbent Culture Secretary now. 

Further, the lateral shift of Anand Kumar in quick succession is something that has drawn attention as well.  He was laterally shifted from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to the Ministry of Culture in the month of April this year.

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18 Sep 2020
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P D Vaghela appointed as TRAI Chairperson

By IndianMandarins 28 Sep 2020

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Monday appointed Dr P D Vaghela (IAS:1986:GJ) as Chairperson, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for a period of three years or until he attains the age of 65 years. Vaghela has also served in the state as a commissioner of commercial tax. He was also instrumental in bringing GST in 2017.

Vaghela, the outgoing Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, is retiring on Wednesday.

He will take over Ram Sewak Sharma, the outgoing TRAI Chairperson who demits office on September 30, after a five-year tenure.

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Secretary-level changes effected: Aparna goes to Pharma, Chandra as Labour Secretary

By IndianMandarins 18 Sep 2020

The NaMo administration on Friday effected Secretary-level changes that include the appointment of Ex-IAS Raghavendra Singh (1983:WB) as Union Secretary, Ministry of Culture on a re-employment basis for a period of one year. Raghavendra Singh will continue to hold the charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer, Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces. His appointment would follow the terms and conditions applicable to re-employed Central Government officers.

Ms S Aparna (lAS:1988:GJ), awaiting posting, was appointed as Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. She will succeed P D Vaghela (lAS:1986:GJ) on his superannuation on 30.09.2020. Prior to this, she worked as Executive Director, World Bank. 
Apurva Chandra (lAS:1988:MH) appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment; a post that is falling vacant this month with the retirement of Heera Lal Samariya (IAS:1985:TG). Presently, Chandra is working as Special Secretary and Director General Defence Acquisition.
Further, Anand Kumar (lAS:1984:KL), Union Culture Secretary, was abruptly shifted to National Commission for Backward Classes under the Ministry of Social Justice as Secretary. He replaces Ajoy Kumar (lAS:1984:BH:84) retiring on 30.09.2020.

The appointment of all four senior IAS officers offers many things to observe and analyze. 

Having got a fresh lease of career Raghavendra Singh joins the league of Parameshwaran Iyer, PC Mody (CBDT Chairman), V K Yadav (Chairman Railway Board), and alike who were re-appointed on Secretary rank position on a contract-basis. It makes few others hopeful as well. Though Raghavendra Singh is already working as CEO, Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces in the rank of Secretary on a re-employment basis but ahead of West Bengal elections his appointment assumes a little more significance. This also signifies the influence of another West Bengal cadre IAS who was supposed to be a factor in his empanelment from Secretary-equivalent to Secretary-level in Govt of India. Interestingly, Raghavendra Singh is back to the chamber which he left in June 2019 on his retirement. Ex Culture Secretary becomes incumbent Culture Secretary now. 

Further, the lateral shift of Anand Kumar in quick succession is something that has drawn attention as well.  He was laterally shifted from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to the Ministry of Culture in the month of April this year.

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Major Secretary level reshuffle: Health Secretary gets an extension, Tarun Bajaj appointed as Secretary, DEA




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Problem of plenty: Whom to pick as next CS of Gujarat

By IndianMandarins 18 Nov 2019

Gujarat Chief Secretary Jagdip Narayan Singh (IAS:1983:GJ) is completing his extended tenure this month. Contrary to the earlier rumours, the incumbent Union Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra (IAS:1986:GJ) is unlikely to move back to state as the CS. It may be noted that there is no dearth of eligible claimants for the top job and a plenty appears to have been posing a challenge before the Gujarat government to pick Singh’s successor.

 

If some well-placed sources are to be believed, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary P D Vaghela (IAS:1986:GJ), Union Mines Secretary Anil Gopishankar Mukim (IAS:1985:GJ) and Union Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty (IAS:1985:GJ) too are unlikely to opt repatriation for the CS’ job. In all likelihood the Gujarat government would have to supersede several officers as 1986 batch appears to have advantage over seniors.  

 

With three names from 1986 batch IAS doing round, the Gujarat government may supersede several officers. Among the prospective claimants (all 1986 batch), Pankaj Kumar (ACS, Revenue), Vipul Mittra (ACS, Labour & employment) and Rajiv Gupta (ACS, Forest & Environment) are being seen as the front runner. Pankaj Kumar will be retiring in April next year whereas Rajiv Gupta and Mittra have advantage of having service till May 2022 and July 2023 respectively.  

 

Reportedly, the government will have to supersede many officers if one out of these three is chosen as the next CS. In the case of Pankaj Kumar (IAS:1986:GJ) the government will have to supersede Arvind Agrawal (ACS, Finance) retiring April next year; 1985 batch IAS Punamchand Parmar (ACS, Agriculture) and 1985 batch IAS Mrs Sangeeta Singh (ACS, Home. To consider Mittra’s name, the government will have to supersede all above officers and for Gupta, the government will have to supersede all of his seniors and even his batch mates.

 

Sometimes opulence too brings problems and Central leadership and Gujarat government this time may find it difficult to accommodate its favourites suitably. However, choice and preferences of officers hardly matters for the NaMo-Shah led government be it at Centre or at state.

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