Former CRPF DG K Vijay Kumar, who was appointed as a Senior Security Advisor (SSA) by the UPA government post retirement, will no longer draw a salary from the Government of India. Kumar, who completed his tenure of SSA last month, has been retained by the Home Ministry but will only be entitled to remuneration on the basis of the number of meetings attended by him.
Senior Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana is seen in the North Block corridors quite often these days. Asthana, presently posted as Surat police commissioner, is said to be trying for a central deputation and is hoping to be posted in the CBI. A 1984 batch IPS officer, Asthana is considered close to BJP chief Amit Shah who also served as Gujarat’s home minister.
NEXT IN LINE
While the appointment of information commissioners in the Central Information Commission is likely to take time, the Centre will have to take an immediate decision on the appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner as the incumbent Rajiv Mathur retires on August 23. Convention has been to appoint the senior most information commissioner as the CIC, which makes Vijay Sharma, presently the senior most, the obvious choice. The selection committee comprising the Prime Minister, a minister nominated by him (usually the Law minister), and Leader of Opposition (Leader of Opposition or of single largest opposition party) is likely to meet early next week to decide on the appointment. Incidentally, Sharma is considered very close to 10, Janpath. His wife, Rita Sharma, also a retired IAS officer like him, has been secretary of the National Advisory Council headed by Sonia Gandhi. If appointed, Vijay Sharma will have a tenure till next year, sufficiently longer than his predecessors Mathur, Sushma Singh and Deepak Sandhu.
RACE FOR POST
While he retires on August 31, the term of the current Lok Sabha Secretary General P K Grover will end on October 31. However, with many retired bureaucrats and serving officers of the Lok Sabha Secretariat working overtime to net the coveted position, which carries the perks of cabinet secretary, there is no clarity on who will succeed him or whether Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will extend his contract. Interestingly, a retired Law ministry officer, who is still employed with the government, has thrown his hat into the ring and is trying hard to get the job. However, he has competition in a retired IRS officer, who is considered close to senior BJP leaders.