Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle and Sujata Mehta: Know more about 2 new UPSC members

Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle and former Indian Forest Service officer Ms Sujata Mehtaon Tuesday took the oath as members Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). His oath was administered by Prof David R Syiemlieh, chairman of UPSC. Here are the snapshots of these two new UPSC Members:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2,345 applications poured in for PM’s Award to be conferred on Civil Service Day, April 21

AN OVERWHELMING number of applications — 2,345 in total in two categories — have been received for PM’s Awards for excellence in public administration to be given on Civil Services Day-- April 21. Out of those 1,515 applications were received from about 600 districts across states and Union Territories under the priority programmes category, and another 830 applications were received from organizations of Central or state government/district under the innovation category.There will be a maximum of...

Monday, February 20, 2017

When this secretary-ranked officer Parameswaran Iyer gets down to clean a toilet pit at Warangal

ON SATURDAY, Parameswaran Iyer — the Government of India secretary who is in charge of Swachh Bharat Mission — posted a couple of photos in a social media site. The caption says the complete story. “Great to be emptying a toilet pit in Gangadevipalli, Warangal @swachhbharat… It's perfectly safe and clean to empty a twin pit toilet. The @swachhbharat team joins Gangadevipally village today.” The images caught the imagination of many people in social media. The IAS Association quoted one of his Tweets to say: “Amazing. This is true leadership. Secy to GoI getting down to clean a toilet pit. #SwachhBharat #RoleModel.”  Not just that, many in social media sites…

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Doctor-turned IAS Anu Aggarwal deemed to have resigned; but why?

DOCTOR-turned IAS Anu Aggarwal, belonging to Nagaland cadre of 2001 batch, is deemed to have resigned from IAS because of unauthorized leaves for over five years. The resignation will have a retrospective effect from September 1, 2015. The DoPT notification issued on Tuesday and signed by a deputy secretary-level officer reads as follows:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Know Your Bureaucrat: New mines secretary and 1983 batch IAS Arun Kumar

ARUN KUMAR, 1983 batch Assam cadre IAS, has been appointed as the new secretary of the ministry of mines. Kumar, currently a special secretary in the ministry of social justice and empowerment will take up the post on superannuation of the present incumbent Balvender Kumar, 1981 batch UP cadre IAS. Kumar, haling from Uttar Pradesh did engineering before he was…

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What if there is no public transport available in a particular stretch of LTC journey? Govt clarifies

WHAT if a government servant travels on LTC up to the nearest airport, railway station or bus terminal by authorized mode of transport and finds no public transport available for the rest of the journey? Can the officer and the family take a taxi for the rest of the journey to reach his destination? DoPT in an office memorandum (OM) dated February 9, 2017, clarified that in case, there is no public transport available in a particular stretch of journey, the government servant may be…

Monday, February 13, 2017

Non-IAS bureaucrats demand disruptive change in Indian civil services; call for PM’s intervention

AFTER the 7th Central Pay Commission had failed to address the grievances of non-IAS officers, the Confederation of Civil Services Association (CoCSA) representing 20 civil services including IPS, IFoS, IRS, IIS, IRAS etc. has now demanded total civil services reforms in an “unbiased manner”. Without directly naming the IAS, the representatives of the association who last Friday met minister of state in the PMO and personnel Jitendra Singh, argued that the initiatives of civil services reforms could not be left to be decided by the very segment of civil services which are beneficiaries of status quo, according to…

Saturday, February 11, 2017

New SEBI chairman Ajay Tyagi: 10 Things to Know

FROM March 1, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will have a new chairman: 1984 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre IAS Ajay Tyagi. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Friday not only cleared Tyagi’s name as the new Sebi chief but gave him a full five years tenure. Tyagi will take over from incumbent UK Sinha who is currently on extension. Here are 10 things to know about Tyagi:

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Pune-based administrative academy YASHADA to run an RTI helpline; Centre extends a grant

THE Centre has sanctioned a grant of Rs 3.62 lakh for Pune-based Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) for setting up an RTI helpline. The grant is mainly to buy computer systems, wireless and noise canceling headsets, broadband telephone line, software etc. YASHADA is the administrative training institute of the government of Maharashtra, and it meets the...

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Innovation by Tax Bureaucrats: CBDT so far issues certificates of appreciation to 23 lakh taxpayers for “contribution towards nation building”

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IN AN innovative way to incentivize honest tax payers, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) now issues certificates of appreciation — in the third round it has recently issued certificates to nearly 3.74 lakh tax payers, with the total number of such certificates now standing over 23 lakh. But whose idea was it? And who's eligible to receive those certificates of appreciation by the direct tax board? To receive a certificate of the platinum category, one needs to…