Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Transferred, or demitting office? PM Modi wants you to hand over “note for the successor”, and not just verbal briefing

Home secy Anil Goswami (R) taking charge from RK Singh (File)
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has asked officers who are retiring or leaving one office for another to hand over a written “note for the successor”, a practice which is technically in vogue, yet rarely practised. Usually, an officer gives a verbal briefing to her successor. “A need for re-institutionalizing the practice of leaving ‘note for the successor’ was highlighted by Hon’ble Prime Minister during the presentation of the M/o Personnel, PG and Pensions on 12 June 2014,”, a DoPT office memorandum (OM) dated September 26, 2014 said. Now, the DoPT has now directed...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meet new DPE secretary Kapil Dev Tripathi; will he deliver fast?

Kapil Dev Tripathi, 56, has cultivated many languages: English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali and most importantly Sanskrit. A 1980 batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS --- Tripathi who is currently the secretary in Central Vigilance Commission, has been appointed as secretary in the department of public enterprise (DPE), a department which is responsible for framing policies towards Central PSUs. It remains to be seen whether Tripathi’s command over…

Friday, September 26, 2014

Modi says India’s bureaucracy can be “enlivened”; but a “rockstar bureaucrat” gets a pat on the back

Kant with PM
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India’s bureaucracy could be “enlivened”, and the country’s direction could be “changed” with the same set of bureaucrats. While launching the global campaign of “Make In India” that envisions India to be a global manufacturing hub, Modi said: “…same office, officers, cars, files, and even ways of functioning, still they can be enlivened. India’s direction can be changed”. Meanwhile, after the event, DIPP secretary and 1980 batch IAS Amitabh Kant was praised in social media platforms, and one person went to the extend of describing him as...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

If you can’t buy tickets from Air India site, then only go to Balmer Lawrie or IRCTC, Govt tells LTC seekers

THE government employees going on a vacation and availing leave travel concession (LTC) can buy tickets from web-portal of government-authorized travel agents, namely Balmer Lawrie and Company Ltd., Ashok Travels and Tours and IRCTC, but the DoPT in an office memorandum (OM) dated September 24, 2014, said it in clear terms that those agencies should not be…

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Super Tuesday: 38 officers appointed as union joint secretaries. Full List

SEPTEMBER 23. Call it a super Tuesday for the corridors of power in Delhi. As many as 38 officers were appointed as Union joint secretaries at one go. In some cases, there were lateral shifts. In others, fresh appointments were made, some of who are currently directors and will soon join as joint secretaries, for the first time. There were also cases where the officers who are now on “compulsory wait”, have been appointed as JS, Here is the full list of 38 joint secretary-level appointments:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Are you a Central govt employee? Try out drawing a logo and win a cash prize

Time to Think Creatively
IF YOU are a Central government employee or a dependent, here is a chance to draw how should the logo of Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board (CCSCSB) look like. And if the selection panel finds yours is the best, you will be given a cash award of...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Abolition of Planning Commission: Will 100 IES officers be impacted?

IES Probationers: A file photo
DISBANDING of the six decades old Planning Commission, a process currently underway, has created panic among 500-strong Indian Economic Service (IES) officers. No one has a clue as yet whether the plan panel would be folded up in entirety, but if the government does so, it may impact as many as 100 IES officers who need to be…

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bandana Preyashi appointed as Ravi Shankar Prasad’s PS: Why many in Siwan called her “sir”?

Bandana Preyashi, 2003 batch IAS and the one who is considered a hard taskmaster among Bihar bureaucrats, has been appointed as private secretary to minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the department of legal affairs. Preyashi, 40, who as Barh sub-divisional officer hogged the limelight for locking the foodgrain godown of don-turned-JD (U) MLA Anant Singh alias Chhote Sarkar, continued to remain a news-maker in the state where young civil servants…

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Amended Rules: Lokpal chairperson could now be selected from a smaller pool of shortlisted candidates

THE government last month quietly amended earlier rules regarding search committee for choosing Lokpal chairperson and members, making it easier for the selection panel to finalize the chairperson and members from a fewer number of short-listed persons. According to a notification dated August 27, 2014, the words “The Search Committee shall” got substituted by the words “The Search Committee shall, as far as possible,” making it flexible for the search panel to recommend…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nominations for PM’s Awards for excellence in public administration now open; last date: October 17

Civil Services Day, April 21, 2013 (File photos)
DO YOU know a civil servant who has done an outstanding duty during the recent Jammu and Kashmir flood? Or anyone who has done exemplary work which is truly innovative? Then, that civil servant could be considered for the coveted Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration to be presented on April 21, 2015. The award is given annually and is open to