Friday, August 22, 2014

58 IAS of 1996 batch empanelled as GoI joint secretary; Full List

AS many as 58 IAS officers of 1996 batch including prime minister Nadendra Modi’s private secretary and Gujarat cadre IAS Rajeev Topno have figured in the first list of officers empanelled as joint secretary or joint secretary equivalent at the Centre. Here is the full list:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cadre allocation, appointment, retirement policies… 12 things where PM is the final word

PM Modi
IT HAS always been the case that prime minister is the final authority in posting and transfer of officers of joint secretary and above. But in reality, PM just okays the file seen by his principal secretary. Now, new prime minister Narendra Modi makes it clear that he is the final word on variety of issues including posting, transfer and cadre allocation etc. Here are some of the matters where…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Manipur and Tripura will now be two separate cadres; defence secy RK Mathur allocated Tripura; Full List

RK Mathur, Tripura Cadre
DEFENCE secretary RK Mathur and corporate affairs secretary Naved Masood, both IAS batch-mates of 1977 batch, will no longer be from the same Manipur-Tripura cadre. The reason? The government has hived off the cadre for IAS, IPS and other all India services and re-allocated the officers to Manipur and Tripra cadres. Here is a complete list of IAS and IPS officers according to their new allocation:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

India’s 5th Most Powerful Bureaucrat: Why Mr Peon is powerful?

FOR the sixth consecutive year, BoI is coming out with a power list that includes India’s 5 Most Powerful Bureaucrats. Like in the past, our ranking is based on off-record interactions with at least 50 bureaucrats, apart from considering inputs from politicians, academics and journalists who understand corridor’s changing power equations. Then, who is India’s 5th Most Powerful Bureaucrat, 2014? For that you have to first read what…

Monday, August 18, 2014

10 Commandments for Mussoorie-Bound: Any dress code for trainees in LBSNAA? Is drinking prohibited?

COME September 1, a fresh batch of trainee civil servants will undertake the foundation course at Mussoorie’s Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA). The written joining instructions tell them whether they can use a mobile phone, or whether a lady officer trainee (OT) compulsorily needs to wear a saree “in sober colours”? What if an OT is found drinking whiskey? Read these 10 Commandments.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

#ModiSpeech in Red Fort: 5 messages to babus of the corridors of power

PM Modi interacting with school children after his I-Day address 
DOES every GoI secretary have his or her own fiefdom? Or how less (or more) capable a government peon is, if compared to cabinet secretary’s power? And, is there a difference between a “job” in private sector and “service” in government? A day after prime minister Narendra Modi’s hour-long extempore speech in Red Fort on the occasion of 68th Independence Day, BoI presents here excerpts of the speech that relates to babudom:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Do you know there is a provision of age relaxation for divorced women to join govt? 7 key provisions for women

Cleopatra: A painting by IAS Subhra Saxena
NO WOMAN officer has become a cabinet secretary or home secretary in the last 67 years of India's Independence. But, do you know women are officially encouraged to join the government service? Or, do you know about the provision for age relaxation for appointment in government service for women judicially separated from husbands and not re-married? If you don’t, here are 7 points below:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Is there an innovative idea on how to engage 50,000 government personnel who retire every year?

IN PENSIONERS' portal, a government of India website, one can post innovative ideas to help the department of pension and pensioners’ welfare to perform better and with more transparency. But are there any thoughts on how to meaningfully engage 50,000 government officials from central ministries and departments who retire every year? In January this year, i.e. four months before the new government came to power, a number of secretaries, social entrepreneurs…

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MEA Integrity Pacts with Vendors: Selection process of independent monitors extended

THE government has extended the last date of receipt of application for the post of independent external monitor (IEM) till 2 pm, August 19, 2014. Two such monitors with civil service background, retired judges, eminent private persons among others, will implement pre-contract integrity pact to be signed between the ministry of external affairs and…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What are excise and customs officers dual role? FM articulates

Chairperson Sundharam
SENIOR officers of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) need to have a dual role, first as facilitators for tax payers and then as strict tax-men taking action wherever cases of revenue leakages or tax evasion are spotted, said finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Monday. It was a conference of chief commissioners and directors general of customs, central excise and service tax, but at least four GoI secretaries including…