KOLKATA-born JAWHAR Sircar, a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service(IAS), respected as a leftist-minded intellectual, is set to get elected to The Rajya Sabha as the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate. The 69 years old ex-bureaucrat will fill up the vacancy caused due to the resignation of Dinesh Trivedi following his migration to the BJP on February 12 ahead of the last assembly elections in the state before his 6 -year -the term was to end on April 2, 2026. The by-election for the vacant seat will be held on August 9. Sircar, a known critic of the NDA Government, had quit as the CEO of The Prasar Bharti managing All India Radio(AIR) and Doordarshan (DD), GOI’s official media. Earlier he was Cultural Secretary. Recently, he was in the news defending then West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay after he was served showcase notice for dereliction of duty by the federal government.
Commenting on his nomination for RS seat, Jawhar Sircar said “I was a bureaucrat. I am not a political person but I would work for the development of the people and raise the issues concerning the masses in parliament,” he said. Jawhar Sircar, an alumnus of the Universities of Calcutta and Cambridge, is an active member of a powerful pressure group of retired central secretaries, chief secretaries of states, director generals of police, Indian ambassadors and others, known as the ‘Constitutional Conduct Group. He is also involved with civil society in its constant opposition to right-wing political and governmental forces encroaching on the liberty of thought, idea, expression and belief. He had joined Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1975 in West Bengal (India), he held several postings in the districts of Burdwan and 24 Parganas where he made a name for himself in tackling very difficult problems including communal riots.
In May 2006 during UPA regime, Sircar joined the Government of India in New Delhi on promotion as Additional Secretary and Development Commissioner for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). Edited by PK Chakravarty