Friday, February 05, 2016

Babu Marriage: Why cadre change proposal of this IAS-IPS couple forces DoPT to frame new rules

MARRIAGE among all India services officers and their subsequent cadre change are considered common in bureaucracy in India. But on Tuesday, a unique case cropped up during a meeting held under the chairmanship of DoPT secretary Sanjay Kothari, as it was found that the cadre-change proposal did not come under existing policies of inter-cadre transfers on ground of marriage. The case is regarding inter-cadre transfer request by P Parthiban, 2011 batch AGMUT cadre IAS and his spouse Nisha Parthiban, 2011 batch IPS to a common cadre on ground of marriage. But the problem arose because…

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Parameswaran Iyer: How this ex-IAS and new drinking water and sanitation secretary may give a Vietnamese twist to Swachh Bharat Mission

IN THE World Bank, everyone calls this program manager and lead water and sanitation specialist as Param. His full name is Parameswaran Iyer, a 1981 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS who took voluntary retirement about seven years ago. In a rare instance, the Narendra Modi government in an order dated February 3, roped in this IAS-turned sanitation specialist as union secretary in charge of the ministry of drinking water and sanitation, the agency that anchors the Centre’s ambitious programme of Swachh Bharat Mission, or Clean India Mission. Iyer’s appointment will be on a contract basis for…

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

22 JS vacancies at Centre; 4 in Election Commission of India

THE government has made public the list of vacancy of the joint secretary level officers that will arise till March, 2016. Significantly, four of those 22 vacancies will be in the Election Commission of India, a body gearing up for elections in four states --West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the process of which may kickstart in the next couple of years. The other departments which will have JS level vacancies include defence, home. commerce etc. Here is the list of 22 JS vacancies till March, 2016:

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Archana Ramasundaram: 10 things to know about the first woman IPS to head a paramilitary force

IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram was the first woman joint director in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). That innings was however much earlier than her controversial appointment as special director in the CBI in 2014, when the apex court forced her not to handle affairs in the investigative agency. Was she penalized by her home cadre because of her husband’s (a former IAS) reported proximity to Tamil Nadu's ruling party AIADMK’s rival, DMK? As Ms Ramasundaram is now appointed as director general of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) making her the first woman officer to head a paramilitary force, BoI picks out 10 facts about this officer with an outstanding track record:

Monday, February 01, 2016

Rakesh Garg in Mayaram, Takru, LC Goyal club; Loses telecom secretary's post; List of new secretaries

1980 BATCH UP cadre lAS Rakesh Garg, who will retire in November this year, has become the third union secretary serving in high-profile department to have been shifted out (or demoted?) to the ministry of minority affairs, in the last 20 months of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, the first two being 1978 batch IAS Arvind Mayaram (from finance secretary to secretary, minority affairs) and 1979 batch IAS Rajiv Takru (from revenue secretary to chairman, national commission for minorities). On the secretary-level reshuffle undertaken on Friday, Garg, a mechanical engineer-turned IAS, was shunted out of the high-profile ministry of telecom possibly because of…

Thursday, January 28, 2016

PM gets complaints against customs and excise officers; asks for strict action against erring bureaucrats

IN AN aggressive stand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday ordered strict action against officers who fail to redress public grievances of people. During the ninth interaction with secretaries through PRAGATI —multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, PM went to the extent of saying that options could include even dismissal of officers, according to reports. The complaints that PM had received were mainly related officers belonging to customs and excise sector, as he reviewed…

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Arunachal’s New Rulers: More about 3 former civil servants -- JP Rajkhowa, GS Patnaik and YS Dadwal

Governor Rajkhowa
ON THE night of the Republic Day, the Centre appointed two civil servants -- former Delhi government’s home secretary and IAS GS Patnaik and former Delhi commissioner of police and IPS YS Dadwal -- as advisors to Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, after President of India had given his assent to the union cabinet’s proposal of imposing President’s rule in the state where a revolt by 21 Congress MLAs against their chief minister Nabam Tuki led to a crisis and political instability. Interestingly, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, 71, himself is…

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How civil servants celebrated 67th Republic Day; their comments, photos and videos

AS THIS article is being written, Indian civil servants including diplomats stationed across the world have continued to post photos, comments with creative description of their moments of satisfaction while celebrating the 67th Republic Day on Tuesday. BoI picks out this photo of 2009 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS G Veerapandian while receiving an award for a tableau from Andhra Pradesh governor in Vijayawada. The reason? Very few people may be aware of Veerapandian's background and he had to work part-time in tea shops and make parathas at roadside eateries at night to support his education in Madurai. This 34-year-old IAS did his graduation from Loyola College, Chennai, before getting into IAS. Here below are the comments of over a dozen civil servants on how they had celebrated this big R-Day:

Monday, January 25, 2016

India celebrates Republic Day on Tuesday; BoI remembers Delhi Police’s first woman officer Shakuntala Vasishta

AS INDIA is celebrating the Republic Day on Tuesday, with French president Francois Hollande being the chief guest in the parade, it’s the Delhi Police which is taking the challenge in keeping the capital city safe. City’s commissioner of police Bhim Bassi has given messages in social media sites on how to stay alert. “If you notice anything suspicious, inform Delhi Police on tele no 100 or 1090”, he tweeted. But Delhi Police is not about one person or one boss. It has evolved over the years as a strong police force. BoI here remembers Shakuntala Vasishta, the first…

Saturday, January 23, 2016

11 officers appointed as joint secretaries; an IPS in heavy industries, a forest service officer in culture ministry

ON FRIDAY, the Central government announced appointing 11 joint secretaries in various ministries including defence, DoPT, power, culture etc., the high-point being eight out of 11 were not from Indian Administrative Service (IAS), something considered a major departure from the past. The joint secretaries appointed are from services such as IPS, IRTS, CSS, IAAS etc. Whereas an IPS officer was made a joint secretary in the department of heavy industry, an officer belonging to Indian Forest Service was made JS in the ministry of culture. Here is the full list with service-wise break-up: