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Kejriwal, wife never transferred out of Delhi, but points finger at Pulok Chatterjee

Kejriwal said he has information of at least 376 other such instances where IRS officers, including him and his wife have been posted continuously at New Delhi for more than 10 years. He also questioned why Chatterjee, a close confident of Sonia Gandhi, is serving in Delhi for over 25 years

India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal, while accepting that he and his wife Sunita Kejriwal (both belong to the Indian Revenues Services-IRS) were never transferred out of Delhi, said that this happened due to shortage of honest and competent officers with technical skills. While Kejriwal forgot to take note of Ashok Khemka (the IAS officer from Haryana, who cancelled the mutation of the over three-acre plot that Robert Vadra's company allegedly sold to DLF last month, has been transferred for 43 times during his 20 years service), he pointed a finger towards IAS officer Pulok Chatterjee, who shares good relations with the first family of the Congress party.

 

A release, issued by IAC, says, “Posting within Delhi is not unique to Arvind. Arvind has information of at least 376 other such instances where IRS officers have been posted continuously at New Delhi for more than 10 years. Due to the severe shortage of honest and competent officers with technical skills, Arvind’s tenure/postings were repeatedly extended wherever he was posted, approvals followed in due course.”

 

“Shree Digvijaya Singh may kindly provide, in his next letter to Arvind, all postings of Shree Singh’s good friend Shree Pulok Chatterji, IAS during past 25 years, including his deputation to serve private non-governmental organisations (NGOs) closely associated with Honourable Chairperson of National Advisory Council (NAC) (Sonia Gandhi),” the release said.

 

At present Chatterjee, perceived as being close confidant of Sonia Gandhi, is working as principal secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

 

The IAC release also tries to convince that Kejriwal’s wife Sunita is an honest and competent officer and the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) extended her tenure over the years. “Due to her qualities the SFIO had on its own repeatedly requested her tenure to be extended. Shree Singh is making such personal allegations to ensure that honest officers are not posted to sensitive offices inquiring into the business dealings of Mr.Singh’s cronies. In June 2009 Smt Sunita Kejriwal was also appointed as the Central Public Information Officer for RTI disclosure of the SFIO,” the release said.

 

Here are the questions raised by Digvijay Singh, Congress spokesperson and replies given by IAC...

 

IAC HQ denies that Arvind has violated provisions of All India Service Rules as alleged by Sh. Digvijaya Singh. Arvind has repeatedly applied under provisions of

 

* The All India Services (Leave) Rules, 1955

* The All India Services (Study Leave) Regulations, 1960

* The All India Services (Joint Cadre) Rules, 1972, etc.

 

When his applications were malafidely not disposed of in time, Arvind followed the dictates of his conscience in the larger public interest.

 

Q1: Is it a fact that in your entire service of 20 years in Indian Revenue Service, you never served outside Delhi, even though the norms of the service are that all IRS officers  serve a posting only for 3 years in a place‘?

 

A: The facts, reasons and reasons for Arvind not being transferred out of Delhi are very well known to the prime minister and the finance minister. Everything which Arvind has ‘contributed’ during his posting at Delhi was ‘shared’ with his senior officers under the finance ministry and certainly up to the level of finance ministers. Posting within Delhi is not unique to Arvind. Arvind has information of at least 376 other such instances where IRS officers have been posted continuously at New Delhi for more than 10 years. Due to the severe shortage of honest and competent officers with technical skills, Arvind’s tenure/postings were repeatedly extended wherever he was posted, approvals followed in due course. Just recently the Income Tax department has again written to the DoPT stressing there is a severe shortage of qualified officers extending to 21,000 vacancies. Sh. Digvijaya Singh may kindly provide, in his next letter to Arvind, all postings of Sh. Singh’s good friend Sh. Pulok Chatterji, IAS during past 25 years, including his deputation to serve private NGOs closely associated with Hon’ble Chairperson NAC.

 

Q2: Is it a fact that even your wife, who also is an Indian Revenue Service officer, has never served outside Delhi?

 

A: Same as above. Smt. Sunita Kejriwal is an honest and competent officer deputed in sensitive postings like the Serious Frauds Investigation Office under the ministry of corporate affairs. Due to her qualities the SFIO had on its own repeatedly requested her tenure to be extended. Sh .Singh is making such personal allegations to ensure that honest officers are not posted to sensitive offices inquiring into the business dealings of Mr Singh’s cronies. In June 2009 Smt. Sunita Kejriwal was also appointed as the Central Public Information Officer for RTI disclosure of the Serious Frauds Investigation Office. As a consequence of discharging her designated functions in an open and transparent manner, Smt. Sunita Kejriwal was ‘selected’ to go for advanced training in Public Administration at IIPA Delhi in 2011-12 vide DoPT’s letter no. 12103/01/2011-Trg dated 27.May.2011

 

Q3: Is it a fact that any serving officer who goes on a study leave for two years with full pay, has to submit a full report of his study to GOI?

 

A: In terms of Regulation 3 of the “The All India Services (Study Leave) Regulations, 1960” such full report is to be submitted in only in the situations covered u/r 3(1)(ii) and 3(1)(iii) therein. This does not encompass Arvind’s study leaves. Sh. Singh may kindly refer to DoPT’s letter AIS-III dt.9.8.1994 to broaden his knowledge.

 

Q4: Is it a fact that you didn’t submit a full report, but only an interim report to G0I with a promise to submit a full report later, which you never did?

 

A: Please see answer to previous question and the concerned letter of DoPT.

 

Q5: lsn’t it a fact that the Service Rules provide that an officer who goes on a study leave has to compulsorily serve GOI for 3 years?

 

A: Sh. Digvijaya Singh is advised to again read the aforesaid Service Rules and DoPT’s clarifications. The said Rule provides that an applicant for study leave who has previously had long term training abroad must serve the State for at least 2-3 years before the leave is sanctioned.

 

Q6: Is it a fact that you went on an unsanctioned leave, without permission, after serving for only one and a half year, post the study leave?

 

A: All the facts and circumstances concerning this are in the records of the PMO and the finance ministry, including the letters of recommendation sent by Hon’ble Chairperson of NAC and Smt Aruna Roy member NAC etc.

 

Q7: Is it a fact that you were transferred to Chandigarh once, but you never joined?

 

A: All the facts and circumstances concerning this are in the records of the PMO and the finance ministry, including the letter sent by Hon’ble Chairperson NAC.

 

Q8: Is it a fact that you then sought voluntary retirement from service and even without it being approved, you absented from your office?

 

A: All the facts and circumstances concerning this are in the records of the PMO and the finance ministry, including the letters sent by Ho’'ble Chairperson NAC.

 

Q9: As a serving officer of IRS did you take permission of Gol to form your NGO?

 

A:  Arvind was not associated with any NGO while actively serving as an IRS officer. Doing this would be in violation of the service rules applicable to him.

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COMMENTS

MG Warrier

3 years ago

Great! Moneylife is providing a forum for giving vent to each one's personal grievance against individuals also. Nothing wrong in it. But let us not totally deviate from the main issues and the 'PRESENT'. I liked the example of breaking window pane while playing cricket! As we have seen in Lok Sabha on February 18, we are going through tough times. Corrections will take place. We can reduce the time-lag, if all of us be serious about the issues we discuss.

Mohitkbansal

3 years ago

Arvin's kejriwal does not seem to be a normal aam admi who gets transfered if in govt job or have to switch on priva jobs.Arvind kejriwal claim that only he and his wife are clean and able can not be accepted by us

nagesh kini

4 years ago

It appears Shri & Smt.Kejrival + 376 others are the only 'honest and competent' VIP - Very indispensible personalities - in the civil services not to be moved out of Delhi!
Others incl. Arun Khemka and our Arun Bhatia at Pune who are shuttled about left, right and centre are not!

Do two wrongs make a right?

All those who are transferred are to be deemed to be incompetent and dishonest to be punished with frequent transferred?

Sachin M Regundwar

4 years ago

Do you expect GOD to come out and fight against corruption?? Kejriwal is no GOD, he is a human being. To err is human. I feel general public should forgive him for any small mistakes (or one may say corruption in bigger sense) done by him in the past. Tomorrow, somebody will come out in public and tell that he has broken my glass while playing cricket when he was a child of 10 years!!! Somebody will say that he was driving vehicle without holding any licence!!! All these allegations are only to distract his team from the bigger issues.

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Vipul Kaushik

In Reply to Sachin M Regundwar 3 years ago

Breaking someone's glass while playing cricket is not corruption. But the kind of charge that is pressed against Kejri is quite serious. He must have used some kind of powerful source to avoid his transfer. And by your logic, all the corruption that had taken place in the past should be forgotten and a fresh start should be made. Kejri is one man who projects himself as the synonym of honesty and if he had done any corruption in the past, he should be rebuked 10 times more than others.

Sachin M Regundwar

In Reply to Vipul Kaushik 3 years ago

Yes, I agree that he must be rebuked 10 times more for any corruption he had done in the past. But, my point is not that. What I want to tell is let us accept him. Let us allow somebody who want to do something good for our country to do so. Yes, he may be corrupt also, who knows?? But, he is a human being. I don't think anybody living in India is very crystal clear. At some point of time, everybody has to pay some bribe (i will call it a kind of corruption only), it may be small only. Like, giving money to get vehicle license, to get passport in fast track, to get ration card or aadhar card. Sometimes, people just do this to save their time. But, that doesn't mean that he favors corruption.
Finally, I would like to say that he is far better that other Leaders in our country whose hands are so dirty in corruption that I feel shame to vote for them. At least Kejriwal has given us other option.

SL Narula

4 years ago

I have very much liked the report about Kejriwal's answers questions of Diggy. Please continue giving such reports. You are doing very good work for removal of corruption in the country.

MK Gupta

4 years ago

Whatever Kejriwal may now say, it requires very high contacts and networking to be able to have been retained at Delhi-I mean, the same station-right from the beginning of one's active career in the corrupt IRS. The mystery must be unravelled at any cost and it sure smacks of a extremely high level of wire pulling. Compare the case of another person-a less wellknown man though honest and no less courageous-who having been banished in 1990 to the south was never brought back to his place of domicile despite the govt rules that any officer had the right to get his choice place of posting two years before retirement. This officer had no uncles or friends anywhere in the bureaucracy or political echelon, though his name is indeed associated with some of the most high voltage investigations. Controversial for his courage, he was certainly no blue eyed baby of the CBDT or anyone higher above. Kejriwals'uninterrupted stay in Delhi and the reluctance of the CBDT to pursue the disciplinary proceedings against him, despite one Member (P)'s insistence, would remain a mystery as none in the CBDT had the courage to annoy this person. Would the govt now initiate an inquiry?

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SL Narula

In Reply to MK Gupta 4 years ago

You have raised this issue but I am wondering why the Govt with all the powers it has, has not ordered any enquiry on the long tenure of Kejriwal at Delhi. And in spite of this why such questions have to be raised by Diggy when all information is available with the Govt. What is the motive of Diggy?

MK Gupta

In Reply to SL Narula 4 years ago

Yes, very correct. A High-Level investigation is certainly called for UNLESS the MoF (CBDT/Ad.VI) bis afraid of the skeletons jumping out of its cvupboards! It certainly is a mysytery as to why theb then CBDT was al;l eager to protect this person.

Pradeep R Hattangadi

4 years ago

Instead of saying all facts and circumstances are in the records of PMO and Finance Ministry does not give clarity. If the contents of those relevant records are explained with references, the public would have have a different opinion on the matter than what it seems right now.

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nagesh kini

In Reply to Pradeep R Hattangadi 4 years ago

The so-called records of the PMO seems to be harbouring a hell of a lot of explosive stuff in addition to Kejrivals - once thrown open a lot of skeletons are sure to emerge. So Arvind is safe to pursue his Aam Admi Party - why not Aam Aurat? Has his Shrimatiji, the other 'honest and competent' not to be transferred out civil servant agreed to keep the females of the species out?

Vaidya Dattatraya Vasudeo

4 years ago

This seems to a dialogue between IAC and Digvijaysing. The replies like ' All the facts and circumstances concerning this are in the records of the PMO and the finance ministry, including the letters sent by Ho’'ble Chairperson NAC. ' does not help common people to know what it is and if it supports the morality of IAC members. It is necessary to give all these details to the public, instead each individual seeking this info under RTI from PMO. Will the IAC take note of it. And it also needs to be properly published in the media.

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Subhojit Dhar

In Reply to Vaidya Dattatraya Vasudeo 3 years ago

Common people are only allowed to know what this khaas aam aadmi wants them to know.

Nem Chandra Singhal

4 years ago

Instead of asking funny questions from Kejriwal, one may ask these questions from any Govt. servants. The answers will be the same. Many Govt. servants are closely connected with their powerful bosses, and beg all favour in the power of corridors. It is not a secret. Transfers are used both for enjoyment & punishment.
Nem Chandra Singhal

China’s slowdown: Why the analysts keep getting it wrong

The irony is that capitalist analysts’ and economists’ predictions rely so much on government policy rather than the market forces and not just in China

 
The growth of the Chinese economy decreased this quarter as it has since the beginning of 2010. It is also much slower than the average growth for the past decade and the downward trend is pretty consistent. But that does not seem to matter. Most analysts mistakenly predicted that China’s economy would start to accelerate in the second or third quarter of this year. They were wrong. Now the vast majority of them again believe that the Chinese economy is about to bottom in the third quarter and resume growth. This is despite indicators like electricity usage growth. This has been steadily declining since the middle of 2011. It is also running at roughly half the average rate of the last five years. The real question is why are these analysts so optimistic despite the fact that they have been consistently wrong? The reason is that they have enormous faith in the Chinese government.
 
Their faith seems to have a good foundation. The Chinese technocrats engineered the fastest development of a country in history. China’s economy has grown from one of the smallest in the world to the second largest. When the economies of more developed countries collapsed in 2008, China was able flood its economy with stimulus and rebound at a breath-taking rate which was the envy of the world. 
 
China has been able to create this environment with state control of large segments of the economy. In a recession, they do not have to encourage banks to make loans to businesses to get the economy going as they do in the US or Europe. The government simply commands state-owned banks to make loans set by quota. It doesn’t stop there. The central government can command the local governments to finance infrastructure projects with these loans to create demand and jobs. It also can command state-owned companies to make investments to create more growth and more jobs. So China can prevent recessions, right? Wrong.
 
China’s economic miracle has been based on private enterprise not state ownership. For more than two decades the Chinese have loosened controls over various sectors of their economy. This does not mean that they have encouraged it. Quite the contrary, they have spent far more time and money nursing inefficient state firms. But once you start to loosen some controls, institutions and markets can start to act in ways that are not intended. The central government’s control of the economy is not what it once was.
 
For example look at the state-owned banks. Their loans prevented a collapse in 2009, but at a cost. They lent money according to commands, not necessarily to borrowers who could pay them back. The result has been the growth of bad loans. So now with the Chinese economy slowing they have been less willing to open the coffers. In July the Chinese central bank told the banks to lend at 30% discounts to the large state-owned companies. But this time the banks have been resisting. For good reason. Chinese corporate profits show no signs of recovery and estimates have been cut by the most since 2009. Bad loans in some banks in Wenzhou are reported to be at 3% and could be as high as 7%. 
 
Loans to local governments are also in question. Local governments get most of their revenues from land sales. To stem a housing bubble, the central government placed restrictions on these sales. As their finances deteriorated, the locals started to ignore these commands. Land sales are supposed to pick up, but during the recent holidays, a time for real estate sales, the housing market suffered a 70% decline from last year.
 
To read the illusion of China’s stimulus, click here
 
Banks have more reason to worry about their loan portfolios. They now have more competition for depositors. Bad loans can no longer be written off from profits made by suppressing the amount of interest paid to depositors. Profit growth at banks has slowed to 6% from over 20% at the beginning of the year.
 
It is not just the financial system that has to adapt to the increased liberalization. Increased travel and international trade means that more Chinese can vote with their capital and their feet. Money has been leaving China as never before. At the height of the financial crises about $110 billion left the country in the 12 months prior to March 2009. According to the latest figures about $225 billion left last year. So many Chinese, specifically communist party officials, have followed the cash that the Communist Party has set up a special Command Group to Fight against Communist officials and government employees fleeing the country.
 
The irony is that capitalist analysts’ and economists’ predictions rely so much on government policy rather than the market forces and not just in China. They should instead take heed of the biblical dictum: trust not in princes.
 
To read more articles from the same writer, click here.
 
(William Gamble is president of Emerging Market Strategies. An international lawyer and economist, he developed his theories beginning with his first hand experience and business dealings in the Russia starting in 1993. Mr Gamble holds two graduate law degrees. He was educated at Institute D'Etudes Politique, Trinity College, University of Miami School of Law, and University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He was a member of the bar in three states, over four different federal courts and has spoken four languages. Mr Gamble can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected].)
 

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Air Kerala: Vishu-ful planning!

Air Kerala, a state government promoted venture, is set to become a reality in April next year. It remains to be seen how the Directorate General of Civil Aviation reacts to offer Air Kerala a license to fly first, after which the five-year mandatory rule will have to be overcome to enable it to fly overseas

Conceived in 2004 by Oommen Chandy, salted away in 2006, Air Kerala has now been revived after he became chief minister, and is set to fly on 14 April 2013.  It is a not wishful thinking of a Keralite but a Vishu undertaking, determined to settle scores with Air India which has been charging high rates on the Gulf sector, affecting the large population of Keralites working in the Middle East. 

 

The Air India drama last week, has now precipitated the resolve and is certain that expeditious moves are afoot to ensure that Air Kerala is a reality that will takes its wings on Vishu day.

 

The unfortunate incident, if the media reports are to be believed, has been blown out of proportion due to inept handling of the irate passengers, who apparently had poor customer service from the very outset. The flight itself was inordinately delayed before it took off from Abu Dhabi. The upset passengers may have had arguments with the cabin crew, who were also subject to insults for no fault of theirs, and, when the commander of the aircraft had sufficient safety concerns to divert the plane, announcements may have been made only just prior to touching down at Thiruvananthapuram. The full story will become known once an internal investigation is carried out and the report is made public.

 

Expressing the right of the state government to establish an airline with 26% holding, with the balance equity being made easily available (or secured) from NRIs working in the Middle East, it will be a cake-walk for Air Kerala to become operative. There are an estimated three million Keralites working in Gulf countries, a large number of them living in this area fore decades now. Almost every single family has at least one or more of the family working in the Middle East.

 

Although there is a general mandatory requirement of five years of successful domestic service before an airline is allowed to “go overseas”, there has been exception to the rules in the case of Air India Express, where this was waived on the pretext of it being a subsidiary of the national carrier—Air India.

 

It remains to be seen how the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) reacts to offer Air Kerala’s license to fly first, after which only the five-year mandatory rule will have to be overcome.  Any leniency by DGCA will set a precedent with applications coming in for Dravida Vimanam, Air Deccan or Vayu Karanataka, Andhra Air, Punjab Express, Maratha Speedways and Gujarat Airways.  And, Air India will disintegrate or find itself as a minor working partner with some of these airlines. Consolidation and regrouping of airlines, mergers and acquisitions can be expected in the next 12-18 months at best.

 

There is no doubt that Air India has a strong technical and commercial base.  Why is the government not thinking in terms of selling out the national airline or allow it to branch out, in a manner of spin off, into regional airlines and letting the survival of the fittest?

 

And how will Air Kerala operate? Successfully and profitably because of full occupancy in all flights. The bulk of Air India’s passengers have been Keralites from the Gulf and they will now fly directly from their Middle Eastern locations to main airports in Kerala without having to stop over at Mumbai, Chennai or Bangalore or even Mangalore. 

 

This airline will have all economy seats and the cabin crew will speak Malayalam also; during the holy month of pilgrimage to Sabari Malai, special food will be offered and several flights a day will take care of the rush. Similarly, their Haj flights will strictly adhere to Islamic requirements for making the holy trip a joyful experience.

 

In all cases, food packets will be pre-sold and collected against coupons as you enter the aircraft and drinks will be served once airborne. During the pilgrimage seasons, only soft drinks will be served apart from food requirements.

 

Finally, if the DGCA puts any sort of stumbling blocks due to political pressures, chances are that Air Kerala and other prospective regional airlines will come in via foreign collaborators such as Emirates, Gulf and other airlines operating from the Gulf who have been awaiting such an opportunity to enter the Indian aviation market for a long time.

 

(AK Ramdas has worked with the Engineering Export Promotion Council of the ministry of commerce and was associated with various committees of the Council. His international career took him to places like Beirut, Kuwait and Dubai at a time when these were small trading outposts; and later to the US. He can be contacted at [email protected].)

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Dr Anantha K Ramdas

4 years ago

Thank you Mr Dasgupta and Mr Ganesan for commenting on the article on Air Kerala.

Mr Dasgupta: I note you are upset with government spending money on aviation, particularly as the Ministers referred to are from a party who you appear not to like or approve. The writer has no interest in politics involved, but, living as we do in a demoCRAZY, these are the "benefits" that citizens are forced to face.

Aviation is a necessary evil and this is one reason why government at the centre has now permitted FDI in this sector to bring in more facilities.

Sir, it is responsibility of citizens to elect or dislodge a government if they do not serve the promised purpose in their election campaigns, but you must understand this is no kid stuff to write on what an "elected" state official as CM who has revived the idea to improve the lot of his fellow Keralites who work abroad and remit crores of rupees to the state. The prosperity of Kerala today is due to NRIs, which we may bear in mind and little help in their flights back and forth will be appreciated. It is same as improving the bus service from one part of town to another in Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram!



DEBARSHI DASGUPTA

4 years ago

Mr Ramdas,This is an irresponsible and foolish article.Also it is worded like a kid's arguement.
Everyone knows Govt. of Kerala's poor fiscal health.And they dare to burn taxpayers money yet again by playing to the gallery.Not so long Vayalar Ravi from the state and the same party that is in the governement in the state and the centre was the aviation minister.Throwing tax payers money at sectors like aviation is not a good idea.
Also Moneylife editor,
Pls dont publish such foolish artciles.

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SRINIVASAN GANESAN

In Reply to DEBARSHI DASGUPTA 4 years ago

The article has the primary aim of helping to promote an important requirement of the NRI Kerlaites who slog all the day in Gulf and send money back to Kerala, India. I do see that NRIs feel the need for a good and comfortable connectivity when they visit their home town once in way. I see that this is what Chandy wants to do.
It is important for the local people to elect a proper Government to address their basic needs.
Competition among airlines including Air India will certainly help alleviate the sufferings of the travellers.

I enjoyed reading this article.

M G WARRIER

4 years ago

I spend about six months in a year in Kerala and the remaining six months in Mumbai. The neglect of road and water transport systems in Kerala and the criminal neglect of facilities in suburban locals in Mumbai always leave a lingering pain in my heart. Who will tell the powers that be to divert a small portion of the heavy expenditure being incurred for improving the comforts of the rich class (additional airports, metro rail, super-fast trains which will take one from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram-over 600km- in less than 2 hours and so on in Kerala and Express highways, fly-overs, more facilities for air travel and so on in Mumbai) for reducing the risk to life while traveling in Kerala and Mumbai? (I have in mind the daily deaths and injuries while traveling by road in Kerala and while traveling by suburban locals in Mumbai).

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