Games Gaikwad plays
A master strategist, he has always known which strings to pull. But like an overconfident gambler, Ratnakar Gaikwad seems to walking on thin ice now.
by Ajit Ujjainkar
The higher you go, the harder you fall – this simple law of physics till now has not applied to Ratnakar Yashwant Gaikwad, the high-profile and well-connected 61-year-old Chief Information Officer. But, if the current situation is any indication, his days are numbered. The big question is: when and how will he have his great fall?
A 1975 batch IAS officer, Ratnakar Gaikwad is virtual power-house in Maharashtra, one who knows how, when and which string to pull. He has his men strategically placed at all levels in Maharashtra and Delhi. Such is his clout that no one – ruling party, opposition, State administration, media or civil society – dare to cross his path. So far, he has been getting his way, but the issue is for how long?
This follows the notice sent to him by the Mumbai Metropolitan Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner Rahul Asthana to pay for the services availed after he was transferred to the Mantralaya as Chief Secretary. Also, within six days of his retirement as Chief Secretary on May 31, he became the Chief Information Commissioner—a post he kept vacant for nearly 10 months after Vilas Patil, the last occupant, retired…Read More