Thursday, March 30, 2017

GST bills passed in LS; how top finance ministry bureaucrats react to this historic move; CBEC to turn CBIC

AS THE historic Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime on Wednesday came one step closer to a rollout on July 1 — with Lok Sabha saying “yes” to four supplementary legislations — secretary of the department of economic affairs (DEA) Shaktikanta Das said, he was “fortunate to witness this transformative moment” whereas his colleague in the North Block and revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia took to Twitter to compliment everyone including the officers behind the success. Adhia, a 1981 batch Gujarat cadre IAS said:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1994, 95, 96 batch of Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service officers promoted; Full List

Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service, a  Group ‘A’  service -- the officers of which cater to the department of posts and department of telecommunications -- does not always make news. But last week, as many as 22 officers got promotion to the next rank. First, here’s the batch-wise list of the promoted officers:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Babu Marriage: Govt gives cadre change nod to ensure 2 more IAS couples work from the same cadre

Vigneshwari V, 2015 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS, has been transferred from Uttar Pradesh to Kerala on grounds of marriage to Umesh NSK, her batch mate posted in Kerala. The order of approval was issued on Friday last week. Twenty seven years old Vigneshwari originally belongs to...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Allowance hike only after finance secretary-headed panel submits report: Govt in Lok Sabha; Any proposal to include Yoga in UPSC syllabus?

THE 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) has already been in force, but when will there be a hike in allowances other than dearness allowances, as recommended by the CPC? The question cropped up in Lok Sabha on Monday to which MoS personnel Jitendra Singh informed in a written reply that…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Former PMO director and AGMUT cadre IAS Santosh D Vaidya appointed as Senior Adviser to World Bank ED

Santosh Dattatraya Vaidya, 1998 batch AGMUT cadre IAS and former PMO official, is the new Senior Adviser to the Executive Director, World Bank for three years. He will replace 1997 batch Karnataka cadre IAS LK Atheeq in this Washington DC-located joint secretary-ranked post. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Tuesday approved the appointment of Vaidya, who is now a joint secretary in the ministry of…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Obituary: Ex-IAS and “Chanakya of Odisha politics” Pyari Babu; 10 things to know

ON SUNDAY, Pyarimohan Mohapatra, a 1963 batch retired IAS officer and former political advisor to Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik died, aged 77 years. One of the very few IAS officers playing a more exciting second innings in politics —he was also a Rajya Sabha Member—Mohapatra was instrumental in Patnaik’s rise in Odisha politics till the CM suspected Mohapatra’s “coup attempt” to topple him when he was away in London in 2012. Here are the 10 things to know about the former IAS who many fondly called as Pyari Babu:

Monday, March 20, 2017

7 Indian Information Service officers promoted; to get HAG scale now; Full List

AS MANY AS seven Assistant Director General-ranked officers belonging to Indian Information Service (IIS) were on Friday promoted to the HAG pay scale, i.e. the scale of a GoI additional secretaries or DG in IIS hierarchy. HAG pay scale is Rs 67,000—79,000 (level 15 in new pay matrix i.e. Rs 1.82 lakh to Rs 2.24 lakh per month). The seven IIS officers who got promoted were:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cabinet gives its nod to LBSNAA for capacity building of public officials of Namibia

UNION cabinet on Wednesday not only approved the release of an additional installment of dearness allowance (DA) to Central government employees and dearness relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from January 1, 2017, but gave its nod to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DoPT gets two new directors— Rajul Bhatt, Shri Prakash Dubey

Shri Prakash Dubey, IRS-IT
TWO officers — 2000 batch Indian Postal Service (IPoS) officer Ms Rajul Bhatt and 2001 batch IRS-IT Shri Prakash Dubey—have been appointed as directors in the department of personnel and training (DoPT), Government of India. Ms Bhatt, 40, was a…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

10 out of 16 new JS selected from IFoS, CSS, IPoS, IRAS etc.; non-IAS to replace IAS in 7 departments

LAST week, the Central government gave its nod to appoint 16 new joint secretary-ranked officers, the highlight being 10 out of 16 officers getting handpicked from non-IAS services, thereby making it a point that the government no longer chooses talent only among IAS officers for senior posts in key ministries. Also, in seven cases out of 16, non-IAS officers were picked up to replace existing IAS officers including in key ministries such as the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and the department of financial services under the ministry of finance. The break-up of those 10 non-IAS officers are as follows: two each from Indian Forest Service (IFoS), Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA and AS) and Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officers and one each from IRS-IT, Indian Information Service (IIS), Indian Postal Service (IPoS) and Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS). Here are the detailed postings of 16 joint secretaries: