Friday, April 17, 2015

Serving or Retired: DoPT says it has no clue on status of 2 missing officers; requests colleagues to give tips on their whereabouts

IN A bizarre situation, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) of the government of India has found out that the department not only does not know the whereabouts of two officers, Nokhey Lal Hans and Prem Prakash, but is also unsure whether they are still serving or retired. In other words, the two officers are missing, and their records too must have been lost. So, the DoPT in the last resort issued an office memorandum (OM) on April 16 requesting other officers to...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

33 Indian diplomats, 1,150 years of experience in IFS and a book on diplomacy

WHEN 33 Indian diplomats who have collectively put in more than 1,150 years in Indian Foreign Service (IFS) decide to pen a book, the final product is bound to be a treasure of thoughts and ideas on international relations and contemporary history. The book titled “India and the World – Through the eyes of Indian Diplomats” edited by former IFS officer Surendra Kumar, is said to be a “healthy cocktail of reflections and reminiscences, hardnosed analysis and…

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DoPT to continue initiatives on training with “more enthusiasm”; more about training of civil servants

A trainer being awarded by PMO's PK Mishra
IN THE end of the 1st National Symposium on Excellence in Training that was organized by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) in collaboration with UNDP India in New Delhi on April 11-12, 2015, it was announced that the symposium would now be an annual event. At the closing session, attended by PK Mishra, additional principal secretary to the prime minister, it was further announced that DOPT would continue this initiative “with even more enthusiasm and...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Why a lion as a symbol in GoI campaign—Make in India? PM Modi explains at Hannover Fair

WHEN Make in India campaign, currently the most talked about government campaigns, was launched last year to woo companies to manufacturing, various ideas reportedly cropped up before creating the campaign symbol. Should it be a tiger or a lion? And finally, when a walking lion was chosen to depict the Make in India campaign, the gossip was that it was invariably from Gujarat's Gir forest, the only habitat of lions in India. For the record, Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat for about 13 years before becoming the Indian prime minister. On Monday, none of than PM himself explained at Germany’s Hannover Messe, one of the biggest industrial fairs in the globe, why his government chose a lion to depict the Make in India campaign. He said…

Monday, April 13, 2015

Over 30 NDA MPs move privilege notice in Lok Sabha against Bihar IAS Sudhir Kumar; 10 Things to Know

Kumar (2nd from right), Lalu Prasad (left) among others (File Photo)
IN A rare instance, over 30 MPs of the BJP and its allies from Bihar moved a privilege notice in Lok Sabha against 1982 batch IAS officer Sudhir Kumar, now member of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), alleging that the senior bureaucrat “insulted” the law makers over a discussion on the condition of Bihar’s road projects. Kumar, 59, in his capacity as officer on special duty (OSD) to the then railways minister Lalu Yadav during the UPA-I, played a key role in the Indian Railways’ “turnaround” saga. Here are 10 things about this new Neta-Babu row:

Friday, April 10, 2015

IAS officer Prashant who is “missing” in Washington DC deemed to have resigned

Prashant, 50, does not write his family name. A West Bengal cadre IAS officer of 1998 batch, he was “missing” in action. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the cadre controlling authority of the IAS officers, had no clue, at least officially, where Prashant has been in the recent years after he completed a foreign posting in Washington DC in 2010. He went to US in August 2009 as a…

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Action Inside CBI: Deputation tenure of 6 officers extended; 8 get new rank, 2 prematurely repatriated

Some of former CBI directors
ON WEDNESDAY, as many as six officers belonging to India’s premier investigative agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI, were given extension whereas two officers -- 2004 batch AGMU cadre IPS Braja Kishore Singh and 2006 batch Assam cadre IPS Dr N Rajamarthandan, both currently working as Superintendents of Police (SP) in CBI, have been prematurely repatriated to their respective cadres. Meanwhile, eight CBI officers including two women, all of whom are now ranked as Superintendents of Police in CBI, were given…

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

How government converted an April Fool joke into reality; this DA hike not fake

THE government on Tuesday converted an April Fool joke into a reality by hiking the dearness allowance (DA) by six percent, a move that will benefit 48 lakh government employees and 55 lakh pensioners. On April 1, the department of expenditure under the ministry of finance was forced to clarify that an office memorandum bearing the number F. No. 1/2/2015-E.II (B) dated March 30, 2015 regarding hike of DA is “fake”. According to the fake circular under the signature of…

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Know Your Babu: New ITDC chairman and 1989 batch IAS Umang Narula

JAMMU and Kashmir cadre IAS of 1989 batch Umang Narula is the new as CMD of Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), a government-owned hospitality company that owns 17 properties under the brand of Ashoka Group of Hotels. Narula, 49, was deputy secretary in the department of culture under the union ministry of tourism and culture way back in…

Monday, April 06, 2015

April 1 Reshuffle: Know more about new entrants in PMO

Tarun Bajaj (left) in Singapore (File photo)
ON MARCH 31 and April 1, the appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC) headed by the prime minister engineered a major reshuffle in the PMO by bringing in five IAS officers including one from the finance ministry and two from the DoPT and paved the way for the exit of four existing PMO officials. Whereas Odisha cadre IAS Ms Anu Garg was shifted as joint secretary to the ministry of textiles, DEA joint secretary Tarun Bajaj was brought into the PMO. More about the men and women at the entry and exit gates: