Skip to main content

IB Director says ‘no’ to extension (the hindu)

The chief of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has turned down the government’s offer for an extension, The Hindu has learnt.

The decision by the IB chief has come as a surprise to many as the NDA government is known for retaining retired bureaucrats at key posts.

Dineshwar Sharma, a 1979-batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre was appointed in 2014 as Director, IB for a fixed tenure of two years by the NDA government. He retires on December 31.

“He was offered an extension but he turned it down. The government was keen that he continues in service,” said a senior government official.

Mr Sharma had worked with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval during the latter’s earlier stint as IB chief. Known to keep a low-profile, Mr. Sharma was handpicked by the NDA government to head the IB by superceding two officers.

Mr. Sharma’s decision has come as a surprise to many in the bureaucratic circles as there are many examples of officers seeking post-retirement benefits from the government.

“Even though he has refused an extension, the government can employ him in some other capacity,” said the official.

Race for replacement

The race for the next IB chief has begun with government considering names from within the ranks.

On Friday, the government handed over additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer, currently its additional director. Mr. Asthana was appointed following the superannuation of Anil Kumar Sinha on Friday.

This is the first time in ten years that the investigation agency has been left without a full time chief.

The post of Gujarat DGP is also being headed by IPS officer P.P. Pandey as an additional charge.

Mr. Pandey is an accused in the alleged Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

Last minute decisions

Rajiv Mehrishi, a 1978 batch IAS officer was appointed as Union Home Secretary on August 31 last year, hours before he was to superannuate as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs.

Similarly, 1977 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer S. Jaishankar was appointed as foreign secretary on January 29, 2015, two days before he was to retire as Indian ambassador to the U.S.

He replaced Sujatha Singh, whose tenure was cut short by eight months.

Last month, the government gave a second extension of one year to 1979 batch IPS officer and National Investigation Agency NIA chief Sharad Kumar re-employing him as Director General of the agency.


Popular posts from this blog

Cloud seeding

Demonstrating the function of the flare rack that carries silver iodide for cloud-seeding through an aircraft. 
Water is essential for life on the earth. Precipitation from the skies is the only source for it. India and the rest of Asia are dependent on the monsoons for rains. While the South West Monsoon is the main source for India as a whole, Tamil Nadu and coastal areas of South Andhra Pradesh get the benefit of the North East Monsoon, which is just a less dependable beat on the reversal of the South West Monsoon winds.

SC asks Centre to strike a balance on Rohingya issue (.hindu)

Supreme Court orally indicates that the government should not deport Rohingya “now” as the Centre prevails over it to not record any such views in its formal order, citing “international ramifications”.

The Supreme Court on Friday came close to ordering the government not to deport the Rohingya.

It finally settled on merely observing that a balance should be struck between humanitarian concern for the community and the country's national security and economic interests.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions, one filed by persons within the Rohingya community, against a proposed move to deport over 40,000 Rohingya refugees. A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, began by orally indicating that the government should not deport Rohingya “now”, but the government prevailed on the court to not pass any formal order, citing “international ramifications”. With this, the status quo continues even though the court gave the community liberty to approach it in …

Indian Polity Elections (MCQ )

1. Who of the following has the responsibility of the registration of voters
a) Individual voters
b) Government
c) Election commission
d) Corporations

2. Democracy exists in India, without peoples participation and co operation democracy will fail. This implies that
a) Government should compel people to participate and cooperate with it
b) People from the government
c) People should participate and cooperate with the government
d) India should opt for the presidential system

3. Which of the following are not the functions of the election commission
1) Conduct of election for the post of the speaker and the deputy speaker, Lok sabha and the deputy chairman, Rajya sabha
2) Conduct of elections to the state legislative assemblies
3) Deciding on all doubts and disputes arising out of elections

a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) 2

4. Which of the following electoral systems have not been adopted for various elections in India
1) System of direct elections on the basis of adult suffrage