Thursday, September 03, 2015

Know Your Babu: New tourism secretary Vinod Zutshi’s marketing skills may come handy now

Zutshi (right) with minister Dr Mahesh Sharma
FIRST, let’s take a close look at this photo. Newly-appointed tourism secretary and 1982 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS Vinod Zutshi is seen while being welcomed by minister of state for tourism (independent charge) Dr Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi on Wednesday. In the backdrop of the photo which was released by the tourism ministry on Wednesday, the photo of prime minister Nadendra Modi too stands out. Eyes say it all – the minister is likely to give Zutshi enough room to experiment, innovate and undertake new…

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

An IPS marries an IAS; applies for cadre transfer to Uttarakhand; MHA declines; IAS spouse makes fresh bids in DoPT, and…

IT’S a story about an IPS-IAS couple wanting to live together after their marriage but got it “denied” because of a maze of sarkari rules and procedures. Here it goes. Ram Chandra Rajquru, a 2013 batch IPS officer wanted to change his cadre from Bihar to Uttarakhand on the grounds of marriage to Uttarakhand cadre IAS Ms Ranjana. But in December 2014, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) declined the request of the IPS officer citing Bihar government’s denial to issue a no-objection certificate. But on Monday, a panel headed by DoPT secretary Saniav Kothari took up the case again as…

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Action Packed Monday: Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as new home secretary; LC Goyal shifted as ITPO chairman

IN A highly action-packed Monday which witnessed many a twist and turn in the corridors throughout the day, the Centre appointed 1978 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS Rajiv Mehrishi as union home secretary after removing 1979 batch Kerala cadre IAS LC Goyal from the post, even as Goyal’s two-year-term in the North Block would have ended only in February 2017. Most bureaucrats across ministries were thoroughly confused with the way…

Monday, August 31, 2015

Know Your Babu: Did you know new DeitY secretary JS Deepak championed a successful 3G auction?

JS Deepak, 1982 batch IAS
FOLLOWING the 2G spectrum scam during the UPA regime, there was one bureaucrat in the ministry of telecom who designed and conducted the 3G AND Wi-Max spectrum auctions that fetched the Central government whopping about Rs 1,06,260 crore (USD 24.5 billion). It was the first time spectrum was auctioned in India in a transparent manner and that too through a massive e‐auction route. The bureaucrat concerned was JS Deepak, then a JS (joint secretary) in the department of telecom. As the 2G scam was so over-powering, no one actually paid much attention to the good work done by the…

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Secretary Reshuffle: More about 16 new secretaries in DEA, revenue, I&B, tourism, sports etc.

THE Central government on Friday night undertook a major secretary-level reshuffle virtually changing the entire administrative set-up of the ministry of finance, and appointing new NHAI head and secretaries in ministries such as information and broadcasting, corporate affairs, tourism and sports. Here is the list of 16 new secretaries, their qualifications and date of retirement:

Friday, August 28, 2015

It’s bizarre. You can calculate your pay hike even before 7th Pay Commission submits its report

Under Construction? A work in progress in 7th CPC
SOUNDS odd, but random internet sites have placed calculators to give you a fair idea of what could be your salary hike post 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, even as the union cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod for the extension of the Pay Commission’s terms by four months, i.e. up to December 31, 2015. So, the question is how can you know your new salary when the 7th CPC is yet to finish writing its reports? BoI finds out this simple formula. In fact, if you…

Thursday, August 27, 2015

IES/ISS 2015 Results: One day, corridors’ top economists and statistical officers will all be women

AFTER the civil services exam results declared in June this year where women candidates bagged four out of five top slots, here is another example of woman power at full display. The women candidates bagged the first three positions in both the Indian Economic Service (IES) and Indian Statistical Service (IIS) exam 2015, the results which were announced on Wednesday night. Significantly, in IES results, out of 14 successful candidates, as many as…

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Iqbal Khanday who objected “officers’ transfers like shuttlecocks” puts in his papers as J&K chief secretary

Dal Lake of Kashmir Valley
IN AN unusual move, Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary and 1978 batch IAS Mohammad Iqbal Khanday sought voluntary retirement three months ahead of his retirement, reportedly over his differences with Mufti Muhammad Sayeed-led PDP government which has been shuffling officers without his consent. According to some TV reports, Khanday objected to IAS officers’ transfer like “shuttlecocks”. Khanday, by the way, knows Sanskrit, apart from…

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

104 units of govt hostels, guest houses in Delhi allotted to 2013 batch IAS officers; “no marriage or other private functions” to be allowed in premises

A night view from a CWG Village flat in Delhi
FOR three months beginning August 31, very few government guest houses or hostels will be left vacant in Delhi, as the Central government has allotted 104 such units located in Commonwealth Games Village, HUDCO Palace, Kidwai Nagar, Curzon Road etc. to young IAS officers of 2013 batch who were recently appointed as assistant secretaries in the Central Secretariat for a period of three months, a first-of-its-kind initiative taken by the department of personnel and training (DoPT). But the government has issued a note of caution to the officers saying that…

Monday, August 24, 2015

Training Has Fun and More: A young customs officer gives 20 tips for civil servant probationers

THIS Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officer is better known as Cowmaaa in social media platforms. And he claims, like many veteran civil servants, that the training period of a civil servant is one of the most interesting ones. After all, this phase lays the foundation for the rest of one’s career, and for some individuals it also changes one’s life. Here are Cowmaaa’s 20 tips on how to take initiatives, how to be receptive of change and what all you must do when you find your soul-mate in the academy. Read on: