Monday, November 24, 2014

Kindly stand up while receiving an MP; 10 dos and don’ts for civil servants

THE government officials must show courtesy to MPs and MLAs and stand up to receive and see them off, according to a notification issued last week by the DoPT, quoting a three-year-old guideline of the same department. In fact, the committee on violation of protocol norms and contemptuous behaviour of government officers with members of Lok Sabha in its report…

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Name Change Saga: 5th IAS officer permitted to change name since June this year

Name change notification of S Prabhakar, IAS
THE change of names by serving IAS officers has continued at an alarmingly high pace as the department of personnel and training (DoPT) on November 13, 2014 approved the application of yet another IAS officer, Dr S Prabakharan to change his name to Dr S Prabhakar, the fifth officer of Indian Administrative Service to change name in less than six months. Tamil Nadu cadre IAS Prabakharan, now to be known as Prabhakar for all official purposes, was appointed to…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Confused Tuesday: Conflicting news on reduction of upper age hit thousands of UPSC aspirants

IT WAS a highly confused Tuesday for lakhs of UPSC aspirants as conflicting news emerged whether the government actually lowered the age-limit of civil service aspirants: 26 years for unreserved candidates, 28 for OBC, 29 for SC and ST candidates, apart from lowering the number of total attempts to three. Later on the day, a report published in the website of…

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Want CSS officers on deputation? Centre asks West Bengal and Uttarakhand govts

THE Centre has mooted the idea of sending officers belonging to Central Secretariat Service (CSS) to states such as West Bengal and Uttarakhand where there has been an acute shortage of officers at the middle level due to low intake of civil servants between 1992 to 2006. In two separate letters dated November 14 (the content being the same) DoPT secretary Sanjay Kothari wrote to

Monday, November 17, 2014

PMO’s Mishra Square: India’s second most powerful bureaucrat, 2014

PK Mishra (July 2008 photo)
THE PMO under Narendra Modi has a Mishra Square, quite literally. Two of Modi’s confidants, principal secretary to PM Nripendra Misra and additional principal secretary to PM PK Mishra are calling the shots in South Block, though many in the corridor are convinced by now that between the two, PK is more influential. In BoI Power List 2014, Mishra Square is the second most powerful bureaucrat. When Gujarat cadre retired IAS…

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Bureaucratic Nightmare" and Beyond: M Venkaiah Naidu’s 10 commandments

URBAN development minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s pep talk to about 130 senior officials of Nirman Bhawan three days ago might not have grabbed headlines in mainstream media, but his tough message that India can’t afford to be seen as a ‘bureaucratic nightmare’ reportedly shook the babus to an extent. After all, this is the same line prime minister Narendra Modi has taken for Indian bureaucracy. The officials at the rank of under secretaries, deputy secretaries, directors, joint secretaries and secretaries attended the 50-minute-long pep talk. Here are minister Naidu’s 10 commandments:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

No request to withdraw name from Central deputation offer list to be entertained: Centre

THE Centre has requested cadre controlling authorities to ensure that the offer list of officers for Central deputation under Central Staffing Scheme must not be changed, and no officer's name should be withdrawn midway, save under exceptional circumstances. Drawing references possibly to the previous UPA regime, a DoPT letter issued on November 10 said: “In the recent past, it has been observed that some individual officers…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Law interns to analyse RTI applications; study ministries’ suo motu disclosure

LAW students will now analyse RTI applications received by the government during the calendar year of 2014, as the department of personnel and training (DoPT) will manage an internship programme beginning next month. The selected interns, only from the law stream, will study the status of suo motu disclosure of the ministry or department, required under the RTI Act. Those in second year pursuing…

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Officers Undertaking Foreign Visits: 10 Rules

IN LESS than one month, the government issued two sets of directives imposing curbs on foreign tours by bureaucrats. No officer can now undertake foreign visits beyond four times. The fresh directive issued by expenditure department says the trend of officers travelling abroad at the expense of PSUs should be discouraged. Here are 10 commandments:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Basavaraju will be Dr B Basavaraaju; 4 IAS change names in 6 months, but why?

1988 batch Karnataka cadre IAS Basavaraju has become the fourth officer of Indian Administrative Service since June this year to change his name. In an order dated November 7, the government permitted Basavaraju to change his name to Dr B Basavaraaju for “all official purposes”.  Earlier...