Who does not know Omita Paul in New Delhi, she is the Secretary to the President of India till July 25, 2017. She has been one of the most influential civil servants of the decade. She stood by Pranab Mukherjee in his darkest days. It was reportedly Omita Paul who decided who would meet the President. Even for ceremonial functions organised within the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the invitee list used to be decided by her. Pranab will retire on July 25, 2017 and is likely to move to Rajaji Marg, New Delhi. According to reports, President Pranab Mukherjee’s friends are reportedly keen to launch a foundation in his name after he demits office. This foundation is likely to propagate and educate future generations about the ideals which the Mukherjee stood for and will also have fellowships and encourage research papers on foreign policy, defence and energy policy — areas on which Mukherjee has devoted his life. There will be a faculty and many industrialists and business houses have reportedly begun to contribute from their Corporate Social Responsibility Funds. Not surprisingly, Omita Paul is likely to be Chief Executive Officer to drive this foundation. Sources disclosed that another influential official of the President House, Dr. Thomas Mathew, will also work with Paul. Those who know Omita well state that she is very ambitious. Sources disclosed that she was aspiring to be nominated as a Rajya Sabha member but Narendra Modi had not approved of the idea. She had to be content with the transfer of her husband, former Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul, from Governor of Meghalaya to Governor of Uttarakhand.
…by the way / July 2017