Thursday, October 30, 2014

Old hand in tourism Lalit K Panwar appointed as tourism secretary; where is Mayaram heading for?

Lalit K Panwar
THE government has cancelled the appointment of finance secretary Arvind Mayaram as tourism secretary, and instead brought in a veteran in tourism sector Lalit K Panwar, as India’s new tourism secretary, according to an order dated October 29. Panwar, 1979 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS, has been working as secretary in the ministry of minority affairs. Now, Mayaram has been appointed as…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why 50,000 foreign cos are housed in Luxembourg; and how a bearded tax official with a ponytail helped them

EUROPE’S tiny nation Luxembourg has just 5.5 lakh residents, but it is home to 50,000 companies where one bearded tax official with a ponytail helped build a tax haven. As Wall Street Journal has written in a recent article, confidential tax arrangements for MNCs like Amazon and Fiat have saved taxes but they are now under pressure from the EU. At a time, Swiss Bank account holders are the newsmakers in India, albeit for wrong reasons, here is about a tax bureaucrat named Marius Kohl who as head of...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy’s parents wanted him to be an IAS, but…

Receiving Padma Vibhushan from Prez Pratibha Patil (May 5, 2008)
CO-FOUNDER of Infosys and one of leading IT czars in India, NR Narayana Murthy, has said his parents wanted him to be a civil servant. "When I was a high school student, my parents wanted me to clear the IAS examination and become a civil servant," Murthy writes in a special edition of a…

Monday, October 27, 2014

Home Secretary Anil Goswami: How “Kaki” is India’s 3rd Most Powerful Bureaucrat

Inspecting a toilet as part of Clean India campaign
DAYS before Narendra Modi took charge as the Prime Minister of India, home secretary and 1978 batch IAS officer Anil Goswami had a chance to brief him about internal security. As the meeting proceeded, it appeared, Modi had already known quite a lot about this Jammu and Kashmir cadre officer who was divisional commissioner of Jammu, chief executive officer of Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (first CEO after it was taken over by the government in 1986) and principal secretary to the then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. And that meeting itself cleared doubts that…

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why Tripura chief secretary’s appreciation for this young IAS means more

Ajit Kumar Yadav, IAS
Ajit Kumar Yadav, IAS, currently working as a sub-divisional magistrate in Tripura’s Dhalai district has recently got appreciation from state chief secretary G Kameswar Rao. The chief secretary, a 1983 batch IAS officer, calls Yadav efficient, energetic and dedicated. But Yadav, as some of you may remember, is not just another administrative officer. Unlike his peers, he had to struggle more to join as an IAS even after getting selected as IAS...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another Administrative Reshuffle: Alok Kumar appointed as secretary in CVC, KP Krishnan shifted out of North Block

FROM appointing 1984 batch IAS Alok Kumar as the secretary in Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to shifting out finance ministry old-timer and 1983 batch IAS KP Krishnan, the Centre on Monday did yet another round of reshuffle of senior officers. All these officers are just a few batches junior to secretary-ranked officers, meaning they are quite high in bureaucratic hierarchy. The order includes six additional secretary-level appointments too. Here are 11 new appointments:

Monday, October 20, 2014

What should an officer do with an oral instruction from his minister? Excerpts from an Office Memo

WHAT should an officer do with an oral instruction from his minister? In an office memorandum dated October 17, 2014, which was regarding the beginning of an in-house weekly training programme, it was stated that secretary of the department must be kept in loop irrespective of whether the oral instructions from the minister or his personal staff are in accordance with the rules or not. “If the oral instructions from the…

Friday, October 17, 2014

Know Your Babu: New coal secretary and UP cadre IAS Anil Swarup

Anil Swarup, a 1981 batch UP cadre IAS and additional secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, will be the new coal secretary. Being the head of the Project Monitoring Group, a mechanism created by the last government to coordinate between warring ministries (for example, coal and power) and clear as many as 215 stalled projects valued at Rs 7 lakh crore, Swarup has been quite familiar…

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mega IAS Reshuffle: Finance Secretary Mayaram shifted as tourism secretary; Anil Swarup coal secretary, Mehrishi DEA secretary

THE day the elections in Maharashtra and Haryana got over, Centre engineered yet another major bureaucratic reshuffle in less than a month, shifting out finance secretary Arvind Mayaram and water resources secretary Alok Rawat, and appointing cabinet secretariat additional secretary Anil Swarup as the new coal secretary. Only on September 23, a mega bureaucratic reshuffle took place. (Read: Reshuffle on Super Tuesday). Mayaram, who was close to former finance minister P Chidambaram and has been working quite closely with incumbent Arun Jaitley as well, has now been appointed as…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Officers' foreign study in 2015-16: Programmes and list of global universities

THE government has come out with the details of long-term and short-term programmes in foreign institutes for the year 2015-16 under the Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) scheme. The foreign study is mean for officers as junior as of 2006 batch and as senior as secretaries of government of India. For long-term programmes, however, IAS officers who have completed just…