With the extended term of Lok Sabha Secretary General S Bala Shekhar ending on February 28, many aspirants, including serving and retired bureaucrats, have begun lobbying for the post. Among those aspiring to get the coveted post are some serving Lok Sabha Secretariat officers who don’t want another extension given to Bal Shekhar. However, even if Bal Shekhar isn’t granted an extension, the chances of a regular appointment being made look bleak, what with the term of the 15th Lok Sabha scheduled to end soon. Temporary charge may be given to one of the senior officers in the Secretariat itself.
After former Justice J S Verma’s family refused to accept the Padma Bhushan, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is inundated with requests from jurists, academics and other eminent personalities. The applicants citing media reports about Verma’s family refusal have volunteered to nominate themselves and also said they have no problem if their nomination is considered for the award. The Home Ministry which is yet to decide on these nominations said they will still try to convince the family of Justice Verma
The shock of the sudden transfer of former health secretary Keshav Desiraju to the Consumer Affairs Ministry still seems to be reverberating. A senior Congress minister is learnt to have told Ghulam Nabi Azad that he has lost a good officer who he “should have done more to retain”. Meanwhile, among some of the names doing the rounds for a replacement are secretary, corporate affairs, Naveed Massod, a Manipur-Tripura cadre 1977 batch officer, and Madhav Lal, secretary, small and medium enterprises, a 1977 batch J&K cadre officer.