Tuesday, September 19, 2017

17 JS appointed; 3 IAS from 2000 batch become joint secretaries; 1 forest service officer gets berth in defence

THE government on Monday appointed 17 new joint secretaries including three IAS from 2000 batch, apart from prematurely repatriating one officer. The appointments also saw a 1990 batch income-tax officer (IRS-IT), Ms Ruchika Chaudhry Govil, as the new joint secretary in the steel ministry, and an Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer — Amit Sahai of 1987 batch — getting berth in the department of defence production as JS. Here are the details of the 18 appointments: 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jyotsana Varma Ray of Jharkhand cadre deemed to have resigned from IAS

Jyotsana Varma Ray, 1992 batch Jharkhand cadre IAS, who has been on unauthorised leave for a long period after her tenure in Asian Development Bank in Manila had ended, will no longer be in the service. The Centre on Friday issued a notification (to be published in part-I, section-II of Gazette of India) saying that the 1992 IAS is “deemed to have resigned from the Indian Administrative Service” with effect from August 12, 2015. The notification reads as follows:

Friday, September 15, 2017

26 IAS officers of 2000 batch empaneled as JS; “…we should promote our 1997-98 batches to Commissioner level”, appeal revenue officers

THE anguish displayed by Group “A” officers belonging to various Central Services against early promotion of IAS officers, is an old story; but have you noticed any Central service association appealing to the government regarding their promotion in the backdrop of empanelment of IAS — and that too all in a Twitter post? Here it is. IRS (Customs and Central Excise) Association in a Tweet on Friday morning pinged CBEC (Central Board of Excise and Customs) about the need to promote their 1997-98 batches officers to the rank of...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vijay Kumar Singh: Meet this marathon man; Service: IRS, Batch: 2004

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A SENIOR IRS-IT officer of 2004 batch, Vijay Kumar Singh, won a marathon on Sunday held at 11,500-feet above the sea level! Singh, currently serving in Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal in Ahmedabad as Additional Commissioner (Income-Tax), won the 42.2-km-long full marathon held at Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir that saw participation of as many as 5,800 runners from…

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mahendra Pratap Mall is new CMD of IRCTC; 1993 batch IRSEE Vinit Kumar made chairman of Kolkata Port Trust

Mahendra Pratap Mall, presently director (finance) in IRCTC, will be the new CMD of #IRCTC for five years. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Tuesday gave its nod to the proposal of Indian Railways to elevate Mall as the new chief of the rail PSU. The ACC on Tuesday also approved the appointment of Alok Tripathi, a 1999 batch Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer, as executive director of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), New Delhi till October 4, 2019. Another railway officer — Vinit Kumar, a 1993 batch IRSEE — has been appointed as…

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

3 IAS — T Jacob, Smita Nagaraj and Nikhilesh Jha — elevated as special secretary; More about them

THREE IAS officers of 1984 batch — T Jacob of Tamil Nadu cadre, Ms Smita Nagaraj, also of Tamil Nadu cadre and Nikhilesh Jha of Manipur cadre — were on Monday appointed as special secretary in the rank and pay of union secretary. According to the order issued on Monday, their posts would be upgraded in-situ as they were also empaneled as secretary-equivalent. Accordingly, T Jacob, the present secretary in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), will now be a…

Monday, September 11, 2017

Young IAS officers of 2015 batch make history by walking on the ramp to promote NE handlooms

“For the first time in the history of the country - IAS officers on the ramp! Presenting the HANDLOOM DEMO SHOW!!!”, said a fashion show advertisement last week put up in the official Facebook page of the ministry of development of North Eastern region (DoNER), Government of India. Yes, you are reading it right; young IAS officers of 2015 batch indeed participated in a fashion show held in New Delhi’s India Gate on Sunday evening (Sep 10). The occasion was…

Friday, September 08, 2017

5 non-official directors appointed in EIL, OIL and Bharat Dynamics Limited; More on eligibility criteria

THE government has appointed five distinguished individuals as non-official directors in the board of three Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), two under the ministry of petroleum and one under the ministry of defence. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Thursday approved the proposal of appointing…

Thursday, September 07, 2017

“If Mussourie days were like an adolescent crush, Nagpur is mature love…”, IRS officer S Sundar Rajan writes his decade-long journey in bureaucracy

S Sundar Rajan, a Bengaluru-based Indian Revenue Service officer, has written a fascinating blog on his completion of 10 years in bureaucracy. He writes: “It all began in Aug 2007. Now I'm in a middle management role which is basically like that of a home maker — no one notices your work, but things could collapse if you weren't around. The peculiarities of the work profile — you do not have much original work to handle, your job is to create an enabling environment to empower your team to deliver extraordinary results within the known limitations of time and resources but you are answerable to many. Basically, others job is your job. I keep exchanging notes with my friends in private organisations, and I draw comfort from the fact that even in those concerns the middle managers are always on the edge. 
It has been ten years with the government for me. Number 10 looks nice, and but for the looks there is nothing...

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Know Your IAS: N Baijendra Kumar, new CMD of NMDC

N Baijendra Kumar, 1985 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IAS who till recently has been serving as additional chief secretary in the state, will be the new chairman and managing director (CMD) of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), a government-run company that comes under the union ministry of steel. The government in an order dated July 21 had appointed 1988 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre IAS Ali Raza Rizvi as NDMC’s CEO, but it changed its mind saying in an order issued last week that “the earlier order of appointing Rizvi as CMD of NMDC stands cancelled”. Here are 10 things to know about Baijendra Kumar, the new CMD of NMDC: