Thursday, February 25, 2010

delhi gossips

Panjab University is being given a special grant of Rs 20 crores 
mostly likely in the 2010 Union Budget. This is the third time
that the University is getting extra attention by UPA Government.
Secret is that it is the Alma Mater of Hon. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
Insiders jokingly say  the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee when present
the 2010 Budget is to make a special mention that Panjab University 
will continue to receive such grants, as it produced a Prime Minister.
In future Prime Ministers will also now use this route to be more generous
to their educational institutions.
Interviews are to be held for the post of Chairman of Steel Authority of India
(SAIL) on Tuesday Feb 23, by the Public Enterprises Selection Board.
Internal candidates from SAIL have been given priority. And IAS have
been given secondary treatment. Lobbying is so hectic. From different
quarters including that of PMO, President Secretariat and from influential
politicians. Insiders say that PESB interview is just an eyewash, as the
Government has decided to give  present Chairman SAIL  S K Roongta.
one year extention. 
Girish Chandra Chaturvedi presently Additional Secretary Financial
Services is being appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth
Games. GC as affectionately addressed  Chaturvedi has completed seven
years of services with Government of India. He was to get back to his
Uttar Pradesh his cadre. But influential that he is despite renovating his
room with a massive expenditure, GC used his relative's influence to stay
back in New Delhi. GC will be treated as IAS rules 6.2.2. By that time th
Commonwealth Games are over in December, he would have been empanelled
as Secretary to Government of India.Thus he would not be getting back to
Lucknow. Continue to serve New Delhi. 
PMO is in search of a new Joint Secretary. In place of R Gopalakrishnan.
1989 IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre who is undergoing treatment in
Mumbai. Gopalakrishnan has completed five years of his tenure as JS in Delhi.
But special permission was given to him to continue for two more years in PMO.
Meanwhile he was indisposed. Now the workload has increased, that is why 
TKA Nair Principal Secretary to PM sought a panel of three names from 
establishment officer. Insiders say that there were massive lobbying from
senior AICC leaders to push their 'man' inside PMO.


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