Friday, April 28, 2017

Flexi-fare of Rajdhani, Shatabdi to be admissible in LTC, but…

YES, the flexi-fare, also called dynamic fare, introduced by the Indian Railways in September last year, is admissible in Leave Travel Concession (LTC) journeys too, but the dynamic fare component will not be admissible in cases where a non-entitled government servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of…

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Govt appoints 1983 batch IPS Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar as new CRPF DG; CBI joint director Shankhabrata Bagchi prematurely repatriated

Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar
THE government on Wednesday appointed 1983 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar as Director General, Central Reserve Police Force, from the date of joining the post. Bhatnagar will have a tenure till December 31, 2019 i.e. the date of his superannuation. The appointment came a couple of days after the deadly Maoist attack on a CRPF team in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district that left 25 of its men martyred, leaving many critics to ask why…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Govt to send 26 officers to Cambridge University for a leadership training programme; Last date to apply is May 1

THE government has found that it has as many as 26 vacant slots for sending its officers to Cambridge University for a programme on “Leadership and Strategic Thinking” under Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT), 2017-18. The officers who are joint secretary and above in the Government of India and those who have not applied under DFFT in response to the DoPT’s circular dated November 29, 2016 are eligible to apply on or before…

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PK Sinha gets one year extension as cabinet secretary; why he’s likely to get one more extension?

IN AN one liner order, the government on Monday said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the extension of cabinet secretary and 1977 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS PK Sinha’s tenure for one year beyond June 12, 2017. That means, Sinha will get a tenure of three years as India’s top bureaucrat. Though cabinet secretary like home and foreign secretaries gets a fixed tenure of two years, the top bureaucrat usually gets extension mainly because PM does not want to take risks in experimenting with a new hand at the level. Two of Sinha’s predecessors —

Monday, April 24, 2017

PM presents 12 awards to civil servants; more about the award-winning schemes

DC of Nizamabad Dr Yogita Rana, secretary, APMC, Nizamabad K Sangaiah
FROM solar initiative in Rajasthan’s Dungapur to creating a cashless village in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, some of the district-level innovations were recognized at the Civil Services Day on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented 12 awards — 10 under the five priority programmes and 2 under innovation category. Here below are the details of the PM’s award-winning schemes and innovations:

Friday, April 21, 2017

“Anonymity is one of the greatest strengths of civil services”; 10 things PM said on Civil Services Day

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday cautioned civil servants that the use of social media should not lead to a decline anonymity which has been one of the greatest strengths of civil services, even as social media and mobile governance are being leveraged to connect people to government schemes. While presenting the PM’s awards on the occasion of the eleventh Civil Services Day, PM further urged senior officers to ensure that their experiences should not become a burden that stifles innovation of younger officers. Here are 10 things PM Modi said on the occasion:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

No Lal Batti from May 1; Are senior bureaucrats happy or sad?

THE use of red beacons which symbolize powers, sense of entitlements and VVIP culture in corridors of Delhi and state capitals and also act as incentives for some candidates wanting to appear for the UPSC examinations, will come to an end from May 1 this year. The union cabinet on Wednesday took a decision to delete several sections under 108 rule (use of red, white and blue light) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, to ensure that no dignitaries including President, Vice-President and Prime Minister, let alone bureaucrats in high positions, will be allowed to use red beacons atop their vehicles. Principal secretary-ranked IAS officer of Haryana cadre Ashok Khemka however took to Twitter to say that…

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Yogi government in UP engineers 2nd major administrative reshuffle; who’s in, who’s out?

Yogi Adityanath 
IN THE second major administrative reshuffle by new Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, as many as 41 IAS officers were transferred on Tuesday. The reshuffle included shunting out of vice chairman of Lucknow Development Authority Satyendra Singh while bestowing additional charge of the post of chairman of Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority to...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Govt warns Area Welfare Officers for using letter heads printed with Ashoka emblem

AFTER spotting a number of cases of Area Welfare Officers (AWOs) using letter heads printed with Ashoka Emblem, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) on Monday issued a circular asking for “strictly” adhering to the…

Monday, April 17, 2017

Govt appoints new CVOs in FCI, Neyveli Lignite; IAS Ramesh Kumar Sudhanshu appointed in AIIMS

THE government late last week appointed an IAS officer — Rajesh Kumar Singh of Kerala cadre as CVO in Food Corporation of India (FCI). Also, another IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre will take charge as deputy director (administration) in All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). Here are 4 appointments -- two IAS, and one each from IRSME and IPS service: