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Nobody for Rae Bareli

It appears that nobody wants to go to Rae Bareli in the government. There are few takers for the post of project director in the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU), located in Rae Bareli’s Fursatganj area. Rae Bareli is Sonia Gandhi’s constituency and RGNAU is a major institution in the area. In the changed political circumstances, there few takers for the post. Basically, it is used as a private helipad by Rahul Gandhi, Captain Satish Sharma, Sonia Ganhi and Priyanka Gandhi. They all travel by private planes and seldom use train to reach Rae Bareli It was originally a joint secretary-ranked post, downgraded possibly after there were few takers. The earlier government in March 2014 decided to keep the place of posting in New Delhi so as to possibly attract more applicants. The DoPT office memorandum dated June 8, 2016, however, added that “the project director would be required to also operate from the project site, i.e. Fursatganj, UP” though the officer will be stationed in New Delhi. In 2013 when the UPA-II headed by the Congress was at the helm and Rae Bareli Member of Parliament and Congress President Sonia Gandhi was all powerful, the JS level post was designed to be located in Rae Bareli only. But even in 2013, the government received a lukewarm response from applicants. “Since no response has been received from the eligible officers, it has been decided to once again circulate the post of Project Director (Joint Secretary Level), Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation on deputation basis,” a DoPT letter dated November 22, 2013 and signed by a DoPT director, said. The post was originally advertised on October 3, 2013 after the Union Cabinet on July 11, 2013 decided to set up the aviation university and construction works needed to be planned and monitored. The decision to shift the project director’s location to New Delhi was taken by the UPA-II itself, as mentioned in a DoPT advertisement dated March 19, 2014. In May 2014, the NDA government came to power. The NDA government continues to hunt for an eligible officer. The post is a non-Central Staffing Scheme post to be filled through the civil services board (CSB) procedure. The officer will be posted on a deputation to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for an initial period of three years.

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