Saturday, September 25, 2010



two new Governors
New team of AICC likely after CWG

T K A Nair, principal secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), is likely to be  appointed governor of Madhya Pradesh and former Chief Election Commissioner  Naveen Chawla may become governor of Rajasthan. The official announcements  are likely to be made soo according to Adhiti Phadnis, a senior journalist-who has been  reporting Finance, Home ministries. Politically also when the CWG is to end in mid October, 
AICC shuffle and Changes in the Union Government also expected. Sonia Gandhi is serious  in finalising the team,said a senior aide of hers.

Coming to the main story of Governors,.Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur’s term ended in November last year, he has been on an extension since then, frequently not keeping good health. The post of Rajasthan governor fell vacant following the death of Prabha Rau in April this year. Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil is currently holding additional charge of Rajasthan.

Although no decision has yet been taken on Nair’s successor, it could be any one of the three senior bureaucrats: A frontrunner is former cabinet secretary and member, Planning Commission, B K Chaturvedi, but the existing Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekhar (whose term ends in June next year) and 1974 batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh cadre, Pulok Chatterjee, are also in the running. Chatterjee has been secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi while she was Leader of the Opposition and has served in the PMO prior to his World Bank assignment.
Chaturvedi has considerable experience in running a government and, in government circles, has the reputation of a doer. K M Chandrashekhar has the advantage of a smooth move without losing time in transition. Chatterji is due to return from the World Bank where he is executive director till February 2012. So, if he returns to PMO, it will be more than a year ahead of completing his three-year term. ends

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