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Prime minister Narendra Modi interacting with the officers of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the occasion of first anniversary of the NDA government in New Delhi on May 26, 2015.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What PM Modi says about Team PMO

Misra and Mishra of PMO
IF YOU check out the official website of India’s prime minister’s office (PMO) and go through the RTI section, you will come across a sub-head called “official working hours”. It is 9 am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday excluding Gazetted holidays, it mentions. But the reality is when the PM himself works till late night, there is no chance for the junior staff to log out at 5.30 pm. And on the day, when Modi Sarkar completed a year, PM Modi chose to sit down with PMO officials and…

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pradip Baijal Book: Now, another ex-secretary targets former PM Manmohan Singh

AFTER ex-coal secretary PC Parakh, here is yet another ex-bureaucrat -- former disinvestment and telecom secretary Pradip Baijal – who has written a tale-all book that is expected to hog the limelight for the next few days. There have been striking similarities in the way those two former babus chose to come out with the books. After all, both these former bureaucrats are embroiled in ongoing CBI cases, and their books attempt to reveal…

Monday, May 25, 2015

Why DGCA’s inspectors love to be on surveillance duties on Fridays and Mondays?

TWO years after a CBI probe on free-ticket scam covering large number of officials of India’s civil aviation regulator DGCA, there has been yet another embarrassment for the regulator, as it has come to light that the airline surveillance inspectors have been regularly taking free rides on weekends at the expense of private airlines. They do the surveillance on Friday, reach the destination they wish to go, spend the weekend there and then take the return flight (...and do the duty on air) on Monday. A DGCA notice calls it "inappropriate". The Times of India on Monday front-paged the story giving details about the modus-operandi of DGCA inspectors’ weekend holidays. More here:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Know Your Babu: 10 things to know about India’s new defence secretary G Mohan Kumar

G Mohan Kumar in a cleaning drive at South Block (file photo)
FINALLY, the speculations on who could be India’s the next defence secretary were over on Friday when 1979 batch Odisha cadre IAS G Mohan Kumar was appointed for a two-year-term. An MSc in chemistry, Kumar has an MBA degree from the University of Hull, UK. More about this officer:

Friday, May 22, 2015

What MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh told a group of IAS aspirants about UPSC exam pattern

MoS in PMO Singh with an IAS aspirant
IN UPSC examinations, there should be a level-playing field to all student groups regardless of their background -- rural or urban upbringing, their stream or subject of study in high school or graduation, etc., says MoS personnel and PMO Dr Jitendra Singh while talking to a group of civil service aspirants in New Delhi on Thursday. The minister’s statement came at a time when the government decided to…

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In order, cabinet secretary comes at 11th, CBI director 25th; LG comes ahead of CM only in Delhi

FOR any government occasion (or a ceremony), President of India comes first and a GoI joint secretary comes at 26 with respect to the rank and precedence. The chief minister of a state comes at 7th whereas Lieutenant Governors in union territories are ranked at 11th along with the cabinet secretary (the top career bureaucrat in the country). However, for Delhi, as the footnote says, Lieutenant Governor will take precedence over the chief minister (root cause of the current jung). CBI director, Border Security Force’s DG, CRPF's DG and director of Intelligence Bureau along with GoI additional secretaries—all come at 25th position. Here is the complete list of precedence as approved by the President in 1979.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Working in Delhi, but residing in Noida or Faridabad? This DoPT clarification on LTC will benefit you

Destination Modhera (Photo courtesy: Gujarat Tourism)
A SMART marketing person selling real estates in Noida, Ghaziabad or Gurgaon can resort to this May 18, 2015, office memorandum (OM) when he or she pitches a Central government officer next time. In fact, this OM, issued by DoPT, clarifies that those government employees residing in areas in National Capital Region of Delhi (e.g. Noida, Indirapuram, Gurgaon or Faridabad etc.) can actually avail of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) using the…

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Centre seeks details of deemed resignation of IAS; asks queries on recovery of interests from 2 officers

THE Centre has disclosed the names of IAS officers --- Dr Prabhat Kumar (1985 batch UP cadre), Atul Bagai (1983 batch UP cadre), Arun Arya (1985 batch UP cadre), Shishir Priyadarshi (1980 batch UP cadre), Shantanu Mukherjee (1990 batch Assam cadre) – all of whom resigned (deemed resignation) but no further action could be taken because of want of initiation of action by the state governments, according to a document released on the eve of…

Monday, May 18, 2015

Shakuntala Gamlin Saga: Who will defend an officer if she is publicly shamed?

THE controversy around two IAS officers, Shakuntala Gamlin of Delhi and Amit Kataria of Chhattisgarh, during the last one week, has raised one pertinent question: How should an officer react to or defend herself if she is shamed publicly? If the officer speaks directly to the media to defend her, there is a possibility that she could be charged of violating the conduct rules. And if she does not, it will be assumed that the officer concerned has conceded to be guilty! Let’s first see how 2004 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IAS…

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Know Your Babu: Delhi’s new acting chief secretary Shakuntala Gamlin

FOR the last couple of days, 1984 batch AGMUT cadre IAS Shakuntala Gamlin, has been in news, as she is sandwiched in the jung (war) between Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Kejriwal did not want Ms Gamlin as his acting chief secretary (Delhi chief secretary is now in US on a personal visit), but Jung found her the most suitable among the names proposed by Delhi government. In fact, Delhi government formally asked her not to take charge, but on Saturday, Ms Gamlin took over as the top bureaucrat of the Delhi. Here are 10 things you may like to know about Ms Gamlin.