Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Debroy panel suggests merger of Railway Group “A” services into 2; entry of IAS, IPS etc. into railways

Railway Probationers
IN A measure that could eradicate unhealthy inter-service competition and even bitter rivalry among various Group “A” services of the Indian Railways, the Bibek Debroy-headed panel has recommended consolidation and merger of existing eight organized Group ‘A’ services into two services i.e. the Indian Railway Technical Service (IRTechS) comprising five...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Babu Marriage: Know more about 10 young bureaucrat couples

DURING THE last many decades, marriages among bureaucrats have been taking place quite regularly, making babu marriage not a new trend at all. Officer trainees do meet at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussorie, go out for field visits and trekking together, get attracted to each other, and many of them end up tying the knots once their training gets over. Here are 10 babu marriages of the recent time:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Reviving Nostalgic Memories: DIPP secretary Amitabh Kant's journey to Tellicherry, his first posting

A bumper fish catch! Kant at Tellicherry’s fish market
WHEN DIPP secretary Amitabh Kant visited Tellicherry last week, he tweeted: “Reviving nostalgic memories of d past!”. No wonder, it was this town located on the Malabar coast of Kerala where Kant, now known to many as a brand guru in government, began his IAS career as a sub-collector. A key driver of some of India’s most popular sarkari campaigns -- God’s Own Country, Atithi Devo Bhava and Make in India – this 1980 batch IAS went to Tellicherry’s fish market on Friday and wrote:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Know Your Babu: 2 IAS, 2 IPS and 1 IFoS begin a 70-day-long expedition to Mt Everest

All India Services expedition team with PM
AFTER 2011 batch Sikkim cadre IAS Ravindra Kumar’s success in scaling the Mt Everest in 2013, as many as five civil servants including two IAS (Kumar included), two IPS and one Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officers have embarked on the first ever All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. The team, led by Kumar, will soon begin a 70-day-long expedition from Nepal’s Lukla, which is the highest airport in the world. Know more about these five adventurous babus:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Secretary Alok Rawat pitches for online registration of FIR, self-defence training for women

Alok Rawat, 1977 batch Sikkim cadre IAS and secretary in the department of administrative reforms and public grievances, has suggested a slew of measures for the government including online lodging of FIR and self-defence training for women on a mission mode. Rawat, who is retiring in July this year, has made these suggestions under a government’s new initiative called Anubhav in which retiring employees submit online the commendable work done by them and also give ideas for the government. Here are Rawat’s suggestions for the government:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Govt wants “conducive frame of mind” for bureaucrats, organizes yoga camp, workshops on stress relief

Cover photo of Harry Cohen's "Demonics of bureaucracy"
COME Saturday, the Central government’s new initiative of stress relief-cum-rejuvenating programmes will formally begin in New Delhi. The department of personnel and training (DoPT) will first hold a two-day programme this weekend on stress management for officers of DoPT and the cabinet secretariat. It will be followed by yoga camps, workshops, sports, cultural events etc. for IAS and other government officers across the country. According to the official statement, this exercise will help bureaucrats maintain a “conducive frame of mind” and ensure…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Whispers in the Corridors: Railway services like IRTS, IRPS, IRAS could be merged into one

IF YOU go by the rumors in the Rail Bhawan, merging of various railway services such as Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) and Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) etc. is on the cards. In fact, the idea of discarding some of the services may be suggested by the…

Monday, March 23, 2015

Grammy winner Ricky Kej pays tribute to IAS DK Ravi; Court asks CID not to publish report

GRAMMY-award winner Ricky Kej who came into limelight for his album “Winds of Samsara” has paid a moving tribute to 2009 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer DK Ravi by dedicating a heart-touching Kannada song that in English means – Fill every heart with new colours. Kej’s tribute apart, it was an eventful Sunday as the Karnataka high court ordered the CID not to publish any interim report on its inquiry into the mysterious death of Ravi who was found hanging at his Bengaluru residence a week ago. The order is significant, as parts of the CID report were leaked to a section of media which published reports linking Ravi with a woman batch-mate of his belonging to the same cadre. It was reported that the woman IAS, who is married, told…

Friday, March 20, 2015

Civil Servants, Assets and Deadline: What all they have to declare under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act

A civil servant to declare amount of precious stones one has
AS CIVIL servants need to furnish their movable and immovable assets by the end of the next month under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013, the DoPT on Tuesday issued an office memorandum giving details of the formats and deadlines. Though the civil servants had earlier too furnished immovable properties, this will be a bigger exercise, as they have to give minute details of what all they have including precious stones, antiques and paintings. Here are the disclosures a civil servant has to make by April 30:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

If RTI information is denied, give a detailed reason: Panel

A GOVERNMENT-appointed panel, comprising representatives from DoPT, home ministry and Central Information Commission, has said, in case information requested through RTI is denied, "detailed reasons for denial quoting the relevant sections of the RTI Act" should be...