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…

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Centre begins CVC selection process afresh; asks earlier applicants to reapply

THE Centre has decided to begin the process of selecting the new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) all over again, asking all those who had applied or whose names were sponsored or nominated in response to DoPT's earlier circular dated July 21, 2014, to apply again. The last date of application is now November 5, 2014, meaning the current adhoc arrangement of the CVC would continue at least for two and half months. It is, however, not known why the government…

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why is foreign secretary Sujatha Singh India’s fourth most powerful bureaucrat?

Sujatha Singh in Japan
FOR 1976 batch IFS officer Sujatha Singh, it was not a cakewalk for getting appointed as India’s foreign secretary succeeding Ranjan Mathai in July last year. A year down the line, with another government at the helm, Mrs Singh has turned a key person behind prime minister Narendra Modi’s highly successful diplomatic venture so far. In BoI Power List 2014, diplomat Singh is India’s 4th Most Powerful Bureaucrat. In fact, when Modi Sarkar took charge in May this year, there were credible reports that Mrs Singh’s junior and…

Friday, October 10, 2014

Know Your Babu: New CITCO MD and 2004 batch IAS Kavita Singh

AFTER getting appointed as Managing Director of Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (CITCO), Kavita Singh will be in AGMUT cadre, and not in Punjab cadre, at least for the next three years. According to a DoPT notification dated October 8, 2014, the Central government accorded approval of…

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Govt relaxes TA claim norm for officials; no need to produce boarding passes as proofs

GOVERNMENT officials may no longer need to submit boarding passes as proofs of their journey while claiming travelling allowances (TAs). According to an order dated October 7, 2014, the government claimed, this was done in order to “simplify the procedure of settlement of T.A. claims”, as difficulties were expressed by various quarters in production of original boarding passes along with TA claims from time to time. But in case of “extreme doubt”, the officer may be asked to…

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Officer X for Vacancy Y: Gujarat’s manpower management tool could be replicated across India

IN THE run-up to Lok Sabha elections, prime minister Narendra Modi often talked about the Gujarat Model and how some of the best practices of the state government could be replicated across India. Now, department of personnel and training (DoPT) that comes under the PM may push at least one of those. Last month, Gujarat government’s principal secretary in charge of general administration department pitched for a…