Friday, July 29, 2016

Secretary Reshuffle: Health secretary BP Sharma shifted to DoPT; water resources ministry to virtually have 2 sectaries for next 5 months

THE Central government on Thursday had a major round of secretary-level reshuffle, the key highlight being appointing would-be secretaries as Officer-on Special Duty in the ministry where the incumbent secretaries have a tenure of one to five months months. For example, the secretary of the ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation Shashi Shekhar will retire only on December 31, 2016, but 1982 batch Gujarat cadre IAS Dr Amarjit Singh is asked to immediately join the ministry as OSD with a direction that he will take over as secretary once the incumbent retires. Also, this round of reshuffle heralds the appointment of 1983 batch IAS who were empaneled as secretaries only recently. Here are the new postings:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Talent Hunt? All three IAS toppers of CSE 2015 get the same cadre — Rajasthan

ADVANTAGE Rajasthan? All three toppers of civil services examination, 2015 — Tina Dabi, Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan and Jasmeet Singh Sandhu have been allotted the same cadre — Rajasthan. The DoPT which released on Monday the list of cadre allocation of all 180 IAS recruits, gave the first three rank holders the same cadre. Fourth rank holder Artika Shukla gets AGMUT cadre whereas the 5th rank holder Shashank Tripathi gets his home cadre — Uttar Pradesh. The allocation of cadre is done through a process under which one IAS may not get the cadre she wants irrespective of whether she is a topper or not. But one-cadre-for-all-three-toppers has possibly turned out to be an exceptional case this time when the creme la creme of the …

Monday, July 25, 2016

Spot NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant wearing HoloLens; what it is and how it has many industrial applications

Amitabh Kant (Photo Courtesy: Twitter)
LOOK at this photo. The person wearing HoloLens is none but Amitabh Kant, 1980 batch retired IAS currently serving as NITI Aayog CEO in a post-retirement assignment. The photo was posted in Twitter on Saturday after Kant was given a demonstration on what mixed reality is all about and what experiences one gets once HoloLens are worn. In fact, mixed reality, which is also described as hybrid reality, is defined as…

Friday, July 22, 2016

Should a private person’s request for sanction of prosecution of an IAS officer in a corruption case be entertained? Govt asks your comments

SHOULD a private person’s request for sanction of prosecution of an IAS officer in a corruption case be entertained? If yes, how? The Centre has decided to solicit public opinions and comments from all stakeholders including state governments, ministries or departments till August 12 before taking a call on this contentious issue. Till now, only investigative agencies ask for such sanction. But the DoPT in an office memorandum acknowledges that it has been receiving requests from private persons seeking sanction for prosecution, but without any proper proposal and supporting documents. So, the DoPT has come forward with a…

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A revision of civil services exam on card? Will there be a pay parity between IAS and other officers? How the Parliament session gives answers to some queries

CURRENT monsoon session of Parliament has given reasonably clear answers on a number of confusing issues concerning bureaucracy and civil servant aspirants. Will there be a revision of civil services exam? Is there still a chance of introduction of pay parity between IAS and non-IAS officers? And, are employees unions contemplating on an indefinite strike against what they call a historical low revision of salaries? First, let’s find out what the government told the Lok Sabha about the much-talked about revision of civil services recruitment system. Will there be an overhaul? MoS in personnel ministry Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a Lok Sabha said on Wednesday that the tenure of…

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ex-foreign secretary Nirupama Rao takes to Twitter to discuss TV channels’ Kashmir debate; gives befitting replies to trolls

ON A day, IAS officer from Kashmir, Shah Faesal stirred up a debate by writing a newspaper article with a strong argument that every hour of prime time TV news aggression pushes Kashmir a mile westward from India, former foreign secretary of India and 1973 batch retired IFS Nirupama Rao carried forward the debate in micro-blogging site Twitter, giving reasons why there is a need for matured and intelligent discourse, and also giving befitting replies to trolls. Rao, who had huge experience in effectively handling many a tricky issue including Kashmir diplomatically at various global forums in the past, said,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

31 IAS officers of 1983 batch empanelled as union secretary; 11 others as secretary equivalent

THE Centre on Monday empanelled 31 IAS officers of 1983 batch for the post of Union secretary and another 11 IAS of the same batch as secretary-equivalent. Further, the government empanelled five  IAS officers of 1985 batch and one from 1986 batch as additional secretary. Here are the names of all officers empanelled as secretary, secretary-equivalent and additional secretary. Full List below:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fake Officers: One “IAS” and one “IPS” arrested last week; Are there more such fake officers at large?

LAST week, authorities in Mumbai and Hyderabad in two separate cases caught two fake officers — one “IAS” and another “IPS” after both of them defrauded innocent people. The instances of English-speaking frauds posing as IAS, IPS and duping ordinary businessmen, have grown, leaving the police to be extra-cautious of fraudsters posing as senior officers. Here, one Suresh Yadav, 42, from Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur, landed up in Mumbai and duped four individuals of Rs 25 lakh in just one month after posing as a "suspended IAS" officer. According to media reports, Yadav became so audacious that after…

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Time to Reshuffle: List of new additional secretary level officers

THE Central government has appointed 1986 batch IAS officers, currently serving as joint secretaries in various ministries, as additional secretaries. In some cases, the officers have been shifted to other departments whereas in other cases, it’s a promotion in the same department or ministry. Here are the new additional secretary-level appointments:

Friday, July 15, 2016

Corridors witness jolt as Centre appoints 28 new joint secretaries, 19 additional secretaries and repatriates 1 officer prematurely

THERE was a mini earthquake of sort on Thursday in Delhi’s power corridors, as the Central government in one go undertook a massive administrative reshuffle concerning joint secretary and additional secretary-level officers, by both appointing new officers and shifting departments for others. Among the joint secretary-level appointments, there was a smart division among IAS and non-IAS officers, some of the highlights being the appointment of as many as seven Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officers out of 28 JS-level appointments and also appointing an Indian Police Service officer as joint secretary in the ministry of water resources development. Also, 1987 batch MP cadre IAS Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi has been appointed as chairman of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a post lying vacant for a long time. Here below are 28 new JS appointments and one premature repatriation: