Friday, December 19, 2014

Viral Video: Who is B Chandrakala? And how this IAS pulled up officials, contractors

LAKHS of Indians on Thursday watched a video where district magistrate of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh B Chandrakala is seen shouting at officials and contractors for shoddy construction work. Chandrakala, a 2008 batch UP cadre IAS, instantly became a hero in social media as she…

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Does a suspended govt official get LTC? What about pension? 10 things to know

WHAT happen when a government servant gets suspended? Currently, a number of rules such as CCS (CCA) Rules 1965, or Fundamental Rules etc. along with a number of orders constitute the basic framework of suspension rules. Should a suspended official get LTC, or leave? And what happen if he retires and then claims pension. Here are 10 things to know about suspension:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One plus one is equal to what? Better ask textiles secretary and 1980 batch IAS SK Panda

Panda (right) presenting a copy of the book to Vice-President Ansari
UNION textiles secretary and former chief secretary of Tripura Sanjay Kumar Panda is convinced that one plus one is not two but eleven, provided a positive mind-set works in tandem with team-spirit and right technology. As chief secretary of the North-eastern state of Tripura, Panda teamed up with a select bureaucrats, bankers and academics to produce a book titled, “Making One plus One Eleven- Some Innovative Experiences with Tripura”, highlighting some of the unique achievements…

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

More about Patna Municipal Commissioner Kuldip Narayan, his proposal of rail ticket auction, other “fuzzy thoughts”

Kuldip Narayan: "A simple person in wilderness"
THE Patna High Court on Monday stayed the suspension of 2005 batch IAS Kuldip Narayan as Patna Municipal Commissioner, giving relief to the officer known in his circle as honest and the one who took on the city’s builders lobby. Though the officer was suspended for his inability to spend allocated fund for two consecutive financial years, it was highly suspected that he became the victim of the powerful political-builders nexus. As the case is on, with the High Court asking the state government to submit papers related to the case on Tuesday, BoI here attempts to know the officer more: how he proposed auctioning of cinema and railway tickets (like spectrum) and how he openly criticised the...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chemistry or Maths: What works in favour of cabinet secretary Ajit K Seth to remain at top?

A rare instance of media interaction
WHEN cabinet secretary Ajit K Seth got yet another 6-month-long extension a week ago, his second extension after Narendra Modi became the country’s prime minister, many in the corridors kept guessing Seth’s secret of success. After all, Modi-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has rejected a number of extension proposals of senior bureaucrats in the last six months, and many babus were prematurely repatriated to their parent cadre. Then, what this low-profile bureaucrat did that forced the new PM feel "this man is indispensable”. Those who have...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Know more about Kuldip Narayan, IAS; Is his suspension a handiwork of Patna builders’ lobby?

Kuldip Narayan
IN A late night order on Friday, Bihar government suspended chief executive officer-cum-commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation Kuldip Narayan for his failure to utilize allotted fund meant for development of civic amenities in FY2012-13 and FY2013-14. But, as it seems apparent, this 2005 batch IAS officer known for honesty and integrity, has become a victim of all-powerful builders’ lobby in Patna. The Bihar chapter of IAS officers’ association which had earlier met chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is demanding security cover to Narayan for alleged threat on him by…

104 officers including 64 IPS, 12 IRAS and 8 IRS empanelled as joint secretaries at the Centre; Full List

ON FRIDAY, the Centre empanelled as many as 104 officers as joint secretary or equivalent. Those include 4 IAS officers of 1989 batch, 16 officers belonging to Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (8 each of 1983 and 1984 batch), 12 IRAS (Indian Railway Account Service, 1986 batch), 8 IRS-IT (1987 batch) and 64 IPS (of 1992 and 1993 batch). Full list below:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Senior officers may soon take classes in schools every Tuesday and Thursday before reaching office

DON’T get surprised if you spot a high-ranked PMO or home ministry official taking a class at a senior secondary school before reaching his office. In a new government scheme tentatively called “Interaction of officers with School Students” to be launched shortly, senior officials will be encouraged to visit a school, a Kendriya Vidyalayas or a Navo Vidayalaya, between 7 and 9 in the morning and share their perspective with the students. The scheme could be...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New JS in PMO: 10 things about Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS Anurag Jain

ON WEDNESDAY, the Centre appointed 1989 batch IAS from Madhya Pradesh cadre Anurag Jain as a joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).  Known as a confidant of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, this IIT graduate-turned-IAS is known for his IT skills. In some ways, it’s a déjà vu in PMO, as former prime minister Manmohan Singh too appointed a JS from MP, R Gopalakrishnan, who had worked as PS to former MP chief minister Digvijaya Singh. Gopalakrishnan turned out to be a highly efficient bureaucrat playing a stellar role in generating ideas and rolling out of UPA’s Bharat Nirman programme. But he died while in service. Here are 10 things you may like to know about Anurag Jain:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy Meal Cell, WhatsApp and young Maharashtra IAS Astik Pandey

Photo Courtesy: Pandey's Facebook
HMC is a WhatsApp group with a difference. Run by a young IAS officer and Kalwan’s sub-divisional magistrate Astik Pandey, HMC, meaning Happy Meal Cell, facilitates sharing of reports and photos on food provided to children in Ashramshalas and hostels in the sub-division under Nashik district of Maharashtra. According to a report published in…