Newspapers these days are increasingly carrying a new type of report from their correspondents in New Delhi. It deals with the appointments, transfers, promotions and demotions of IAS officials. To give a sample:
Mr. Y.Y. Chandrachud, presently joint under-secretary in the prime minister's office, is being transferred to the ministry for agriculture as senior joint secretary in the department of lift irrigation. Mr. R.V. Barooah, whom he will be replacing, is going back to his Assam cadre as secretary in the ministry of social welfare. Mr. chandrachud's transfer is reportedly because of his closeness to the previous government.
Mr. Ashok Lalwani, secretay, ministry of law judiciary, is proceeding on leave prior to retirement. He is taking early retirement and it is understood he has been forced to do so because of the extra enthusiasm he showed in preparing the brief for refusal or residential permit to a prominent Indian industrialist with a British passport.
Meanwhile, Mr. G.V. Mynduswamy, oftern referred to as General Steel in the coal and mines ministry, presumably because of his open connections with a steel magnate, is being reverted to his home state, Tamil Nadu. The government is tight-lipped about what his exact posting is going to be, but indications are that he will be given charge of the Madras municipal corporation. Mr. Munduswamy will be replacing Mr. R.K. Swamy, who is being sent as a consul at the Indian high commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Mr. Rabindra K. Bosuchatterjee, the No. 2 in the cabinet secretariat and known to be the official who wielded the real power in the last prime minister's truncated cabinet, was slated to be transferred to the Indian embassy in Amsterdam. However, his family is believed to be close to the West Bengal chief minister, and the chief minister's influence is being used to retain him in New Delhi, though not is the cabinet secretariat. Chances are that Mr. Bosu Chatterjee may be appointed it, governor of Delhi.
Mr. R.V. Vengsarkar, deputy secretary in the I & B ministry, in charge of the directorate of audio visual publicity, is taking over as additional secretary in the ministry of surface transport. The transfer is understood to have been made at the request of the minister of surface transport.
More news tomorrow.