A relatively lowly vacant post of desk officer at the powerful National Advisory Council (NAC) has attracted a lot of interest in babu circles, for obvious reasons. The most obvious reason is that the chosen official will not just get to work closely with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who heads NAC, but also get a VVIP address to operate from! Apparently the Prime Minister’s Office has sent out a letter to various ministries seeking applicants f
or the desk officer’s post.
One can safely assume that there will be a lot of interest in the position among eligible babus. The NAC is currently headed by 1974 batch retired IAS officer Rita Sharma, who runs a small yet efficient team. She’s a batch mate of Pulok Chatterji, the powerful Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister and a close confidante of Sonia Gandhi. Clearly, it’s not every day babus get an opportunity to work directly with the UPA’s power centre.