Conflicting posts

BUREAUCRATS ARE known for their contrasting work styles. Working in seemingly conflicting assignments, one after the other, comes naturally to them.

The latest assignment for M. Raman, an IAS officer heading the Ennore Port, is perhaps the mother of all such postings. He was recently entrusted the additional charge as chairman, Chennai Port Trust, an institution with which Ennore port competes. Though it played a lead role in the development of Ennore port - for handling thermal coal meant for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board - the new facility plans foray into areas considered a stronghold of ChPT, including cars, containers and liquid cargo.

Shipping industry sources, however, are quick to point out that it is not the first time that a head of a nearby port was given the additional responsibility to head ChPT.