Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“Add a traditional touch to your attire” — why this IAS officer’s fashion tips matter

“Add a traditional touch to your attire. Opt for hand-crafted shawls, bundis, kurtas, dhotis and churidars” 
These fashion tips are not provided by Ritu Kumar or Manish Malhotra, but by an IAS officer! Yes, you have read it right. CEO of Prasar Bharati and 1975 batch IAS Jawhar Sircar was featured by HT on Saturday when the national newspaper announced…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

IAS Gyanesh Kumar appointed JS in MHA, Manish Thakur in defence; 2 telecom services officers in dept of higher education

THE Centre on Monday issued appointment orders of several officers, mainly at the rank of joint secretary to Government of India. The appointments included Kerala cadre IAS Gyanesh Kumar as joint secretary in MHA and lateral shifting of UP cadre IAS Alok Tandon from the department of financial services to the cabinet secretariat. But the highlight of the orders issued on Monday was the appointment of two Indian Telecom Service officers as directors in higher education department under the ministry of human resources development (HRD). The following are the new appointments:

Monday, May 23, 2016

More about Aparna Kumar, first woman IPS to scale Mt Everest; home minister calls it a “proud moment"

2002 BATCH UP cadre IPS officer Ms Aparna Kumar has become India’s first woman police officer to scale the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. The DIG-ranked officer who had earlier conquered the highest peak in the Antarctica too, on Saturday morning scaled the Everest and hoisted the Indian Tricolour. “A proud moment for our police forces as Ms Aparna Kumar becomes the first female IPS officer to scale Mount Everest”, commented Union home minister Rajnath Singh in social media site Twitter. In January this year, Aparna Kumar became the country's first civil servant to...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pension hike for pre-2006 retiree babus

GOOD news for those babus, who have retired before 2006. Now, IAS and IPS officers, who have retired before 2006, will get a hike in pension, apart from the arrears. This follows the Centre doing away with a provision of 33-years of service for earning full pension.
The move comes after the Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare decided that the revised consolidated pension of pre-2006...

7 additional secretaries appointed; Girish Chandra Murmu shifted to financial services dept; UP Singh to water resources

THE government on Thursday appointed seven additional secretaries in various ministries, four of whom being laterally shifted from one ministry to another. Significantly, all powerful additional secretary in petroleum ministry and 1985 batch Odisha cadre IAS UP Singh has been shifted to the water resources ministry whereas Gujarat cadre IAS Girish Chandra Murmu has been shifted from expenditure to financial services department. Here are the 7 additional secretaries:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Drought in Corridors? No full time rural development secretary as yet; Panchayati Raj secretary to continue holding additional charge

IT SOUNDS odd, but in the midst of the worsening drought situation across the country, Panchayati Raj secretary and 1982 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Jitendra Shankar Mathur has been asked to double up as rural development secretary too, till August 24, 2016, as the government has failed to identify the right bureaucrat as the rural development secretary. This saga began on February 29, 2016 when the then rural development secretary Jugal Kishore Mahapatra had…

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

“You are not in Railways just to earn a living” — President Mukherjee's prescription to IR probationers

INDIAN RAILWAYS (IR) has a deeper meaning than being a mere transportation system, said President Pranab Mukherjee when he had interacted with a group of probationers of various Indian railway services — Indian Railway Service of Engineers, Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers and Railway Protection Force — at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. President also reminded the probationers that they are not in Indian Railways merely for earning a livelihood, but for making a meaningful contribution to the nation. Based on the statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan, BoI here presents 8 major points that President Mukherjee made while addressing the young officer-trainees:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Why is Forest Service Association upset with Jairam Ramesh? IAS Association lends support to IFoS body

INDIAN Forest Service Association on Monday took a strong objection of former union environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh’s “corrupt forest bureaucrats” comment, demanding an apology from the senior Congress leader. The IAS Association immediately lent its support stating: “We stand by our colleagues in Indian Forest Service and condemn such sweeping comments against officers”. The issue arose when Ramesh while…

Monday, May 16, 2016

Planning an LTC vacation by train? You can now draw the advance money 125 days before the journey

IF YOU are a government employee planning to go on a vacation on LTC (Leave Travel Concession), you can draw the advance 125 days prior to the journey, provided you travel by train. The government in an order has relaxed the time-limit for withdrawal of LTC advance to 125 days from earlier 65 days. The logic for relaxation has to do with the decision of the…

Friday, May 13, 2016

Do you know each ministry is required to maintain a list of officers of doubtful integrity? 10 things on efficiency review rules

DO YOU know each ministry is required to prepare and maintain a list of officers of doubtful integrity? Or, do you have any idea under what rules, the government can ask an officer to leave the service on the ground of public interests? Based on the answers given in Parliament during this current session, BoI compiles 10 things about efficiency review rules: