Nalla Baalu wrote:
In an effort to undermine misplaced/mistaken strategic implications (of DDM) of Mr. Mahalingam's disappearance, please do not discount the man's expertise in his field, Reactor Operation Simulation/Training.
Acc to one of recent news reports (here
), Mr. Mahalingam is Scientific Officer of Sc-G designation. From my limited knowledge it is one of the higher desgnations Central Govt officer cadre can get to. Rarely, distinguished scientists are given Sc-H designation. He is barely 50 and IMHO he could be be one of the best in his profession.
chetak wrote:Mr Mahalingam is a fairly low level employee who was moved to HR and training duties because he was not found appropriate for placement elsewhere. Mr Mahalingam trains some apprentices and others who work at the power plant.
Mr Mahalingam worked at the Kaiga Atomic Power Station in Karnataka. This facility is used solely for power generation and is not the repository of any state or atomic secrets. Its a profit center for the NPCIL which is headquartered in Bombay. Most of the Kaiga activities are controlled from there, like from any headquarters.
You could do Sc G in about 14 years earlier and probably faster nowadays. Absolutely nothing to stop one from making it up the alphabetical ladder. Perks however depend solely on position / appointment and not grade.
You have many Sc G s and H s whose telephone bills are not even reimbursed. There are numerous G s and H s in all government organisations. Many do relatively low level and mundane duties because all the high profile projects and important appointments are all taken by ambitious, result producing go getters.
Nothing rarefied or particularly esoteric about these designations.
Any timeserver who keeps his nose clean can aspire and reach this grade. Its called being kicked upstairs.
There is no pyramid structure operating in any of these organisations. In due course, Mr Mahalingam may well make it to H grade after he returns and continue to train in the same place.
No body is undermining anyone's expertise or status. But training and HR are kind of mundane jobs that brighter lights avoid and some souls are shunted to for various reasons in every organisation. Fact of life. The pay of a G or even H shuts the mouth of many timeservers.
Promotions in govt service are routine and time scaled and organisations tend to play safe because of aggressive and agitated officers associations who want everyone promoted and the CAT ever ready and willing to step in and start swinging with both fists.
Promote and sideline is a well used strategy rather than jeopardise the boss's future and also drag the organization through a very public and colorful media discourse. DDM is just waiting for an opportunity to pounce on such a case, especially when it concerns the atomic energy establishment and so called "proliferation"
Certainly Mr Mahalingam would himself agree that "Top nuclear expert" is not a term that can be used to describe him ( even loosely) by any stretch of imagination.
Nor would anybody else in the Indian nuclear establishment describe him as such.
Please see this in its correct perspective as opposed to the DDM view.