Wednesday, January 16, 2019

4 persons of eminence required as Information Commissioners; lawyer, scientist, journalist et al may apply

THE government has sought the applications for four Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission — the officers who have the final say on issues pertaining to Right to Information Act, 2005, commonly called the RTI. The officers will be located in New Delhi. According to the RTI Act, an Information Commissioner needs to be a person of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass-media or…

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Know more about new UPSC member Dr TCA Anant

Dr TCA Anant, former chief statistician of India and ex-secretary in the ministry of statistics and programme implementation, took the oath as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in New Delhi on Monday. A PhD from Cornell University and masters in economics from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Anant served as professor at Delhi School of Economics for more than a decade before…

Monday, January 14, 2019

2014 batch woman IAS harassed in Delhi; IAS Association demands action against perpetrators of the “cowardly and dangerous attack”

A representative image

THREE days after a 2014 batch woman IAS officer was allegedly harassed in a court premise in Delhi’s Saket area, the IAS Association on Sunday said “action must be taken against the perpetrators of this cowardly and dangerous attack”. The incident took place on Thursday (January 10) when the woman IAS officer, presently posted in Mizoram, was allegedly harassed by a…

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Railway accounts officer Adithya Joshi’s term in CVC extended; 2004 batch IAS BVRC Purushotttam prematurely repatriated from revenue dept

Adithya Joshi, 1995 batch Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer, presently serving as director in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), has been given extension for three months till May 6, 2019. In another development, the government has prematurely repatriated 2004 batch Uttarakhand cadre officer, BVRC Purushotttam, presently working in the department of revenue, to his parent cadre on the ground of…

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Foreign Training: How much an Indian officer gets as monthly allowance, warm clothing allowance et al; list of allowances post DoPT review

SENDING officers abroad under the Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) programme is not an inexpensive affair, and the rate needs to be fixed from time to time according to the variation in purchasing power of a nation. For example, the Government of India pays an officer $1,803 (approx. Rs 1.27 lakh) per month as allowance if she pursues a course in Philippines whereas the same allowance goes up to $2,205 (approx. Rs 1.55 lakh) for studying in Switzerland. Here below is list of allowances including for warm clothing ($500 or Rs 35,200), departure ($500 or Rs 35,200), arrival ($375 or Rs 26,400) and…

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

20 IPS officers of 1989 batch empanelled as ADG, ADG-equivalent; Full List

APPOINTMENTS Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved empanelment of the
following Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of 1989 batch for holding Additional Director
General (ADG) and ADG equivalent level posts at the Centre: Here’s the full list of the 20 newly-empanelled officers:

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

2018-19 in-service training for IAS, IPS includes one on Mahatma Gandhi for better decision-making for the poor; List of 24 courses

A famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi

WHAT kind of a course an All India Service officer (IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service) is being imparted during their in-service training? The service calendar of 2018-19 has a wide range of topics from the WTO and public procurement to Mahatma Gandhi as an approach for decision-making for the poor, rural and the marginalised. The one on Gandhi will be held in IIM-Ahmedabad in March this year. In-service trainings are week-long mandatory trainings. Here below are the names of the courses, the institutes where those will be held and also the date:

Monday, January 07, 2019

6 Vacancies: Corporate affairs ministry asks for applications from retired government officers

THE ministry of corporate affairs has invited applications from retired and willing government servants as consultants in the ministry. The monthly remuneration, according to the circular issued on December 20, will be the last drawn salary minus the pension plus dearness allowance. The consultants won’t, however, be given any perks, allowance or even leave. The consultants are needed at the following level:

Friday, January 04, 2019

Know Your Babu: Chhattisgarh’s new chief secretary Sunil Kujur

IN A sudden decision, the newly-installed government of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday night appointed 1986 batch IAS, Sunil Kumar Kujur, as the state’s new chief secretary. Kujur will be the first tribal chief secretary in the state which was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000. About 30% of the state's population is tribal. 
Kujur replaced Ajay Singh, a 1983 batch IAS, who in turn was made the new chairman of Revenue Board, Bilaspur. Here are 10 things you may like to know about new chief secretary Kujur:

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Wow! IAS officer Ankur Garg gets 171/170 marks in a Harvard course

Photo Credit: Garg's FB profile

IT MAY sound odd, but 2003 batch AGMUT cadre IAS, Ankur Garg, got 171 marks out of 170 in the final examination of macroeconomics course in Harvard University, USA, where the officer has been studying after taking a sabbatical from the service. “When I was in school, my father used to say - 10 out of 10 isn't good enough in any exam. Always strive for 11 out of 10,” Garg wrote in a Facebook post last month. He also placed photo of his mark sheet along with the post. Garg was thrilled that the mark sheet was signed by none other than…