Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How the steel frame strangulates “railway officer” Ravina’s ideations…In a fiction by IRTS Ateesh Singh

“Ravina Shekhar starts off ‘Right Time’ from an overcrowded platform just like a newly announced train in the Railway Budget. As she chugs along an over-wrought career path, the steel frame strangulates her ideations and the high horses of power mock her polished percipience. Train operations fascinate her but there are scoffing side games in the loop lines which derail mainline work…” Hold on. Ravina Shekhar is not a real railway officer but a…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More about the IAS couple of Chandigarh-Panchkula -- Gauri Prasher Joshi and Ajit Balaji Joshi

Pinjore Garden in Panchkula
LAST WEEK, 2009 batch Odisha cadre IAS Gauri Prasher Joshi was appointed as deputy commissioner of Panchkula, a planned Haryana city adjoining the union territory of Chandigarh that houses the capitals of both Punjab and Haryana. Significantly, Chandigarh’s deputy commissioner and 2003 batch IAS Ajit Balaji Joshi of Haryana cadre is Gauri Prasher’s husband. With Gauri Prasher’s appointment, Panchkula gets third deputy commissioner in one year. A product of St. Stephens college, Ms Joshi did her journalism from…

Monday, January 16, 2017

Who says IAS only manage plum posts? At director level non-IAS grab key positions

IF YOU go through the officers’ appointments that were approved last week, you can’t complain IAS only manage good postings. Yes, all those were director-level posting and hence are junior to joint secretary or secretary-ranked ones, but officers belonging to Indian Statistical Service, Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) and IRS (Customs ann Central Excise) did manage key posts on deputation. For example, IRS (Customs and Central Excise) officer Alok Shukla is the new Counsellor (director level) at Permanent Mission of India, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva. Here are 6 major appointments approved last week:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

An IPS vigilance director; disgruntled IAS officers and the Kerala CM; 10 things on officers-government friction

KERALA chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said his government maintains a warm relationship with the IAS fraternity, in an apparent bid to normalize ties between the Kerala government and top administrators after IAS officers had threatened to take causal leave en-mass against what they called “abuse of power” by state's director of vigilance and anti-corruption bureau Jacob Thomas. The officers, however, called off their proposed strike on January 9 after chief minster Vijayan took a strong stand. As reported, there was a stand-off between state CM and state chief secretary as well. Here are 10 things to explain the government-IAS friction in Kerala:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MTNL to remain without a permanent CMD for longer; Oriental Insurance too joins the list of headless entities

TWO major government-run companies — Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Oriental Insurance Company Ltd will continue to be run without permanent CMDs as their regular heads are still being searched for, and the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet in the meantime, gave its nod to adhoc postings. According to order issued on Tuesday, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister, approved the proposal of…

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LLB, MBA, PhD…Know more about KP Krishnan, secretary designate of skill development ministry

THE Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Monday approved the appointment of 1983 batch Karnataka cadre IAS KP Krishnan as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship with immediate effect. It was decided in the month of November itself that Krishnan would succeed Rohit Nandan as secretary in the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, as Nandan is set to retire in January end. A Tamil from Delhi, Krishnan was allotted Karnataka cadre, which is why he is fluent in four languages —

Monday, January 09, 2017

Punjab Poll: Also a battleground for former IAS, Army officers and cops

PUNJAB poll scheduled to be held on February 4 will also see many a battle of former civil servants including cops and Army officers. Here are a few prominent former officers given tickets by ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the two main challengers — Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress. Here below are the details:

Friday, January 06, 2017

PV Ramesh: This doctor-turned IAS is new CMD of Rural Electrification Corporation

PV Ramesh, a 1985 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS, took over as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). A trained physician from the Christian medical college and hospital, Vellore, Ramesh was serving at his cadre as special chief secretary, environment, forest, science and technology and also…

Thursday, January 05, 2017

When a cabinet minister sits behind PMO officials in a government function

WHAT could be described as a rare instance in protocol-heavy government functions where sitting arrangement is well-calibrated and pre-determined, a cabinet minister of the Government of India was seen sitting behind PMO officials at a function held in New Delhi on Wednesday. The occasion was the presentation of ideas on governance, science and technology, and energy and environment to Prime Minister by three group of GoI secretaries. As this government-released photo shows, union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar was seen sitting in the second row behind three officials from the Prime Minister’s Office viz…

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Look beyond financial aspects and focus on overall defence scenario: President Mukherjee to IDAS probationers

President of India with IDAS probationers (2015 batch)
THE focus of the Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) officers should not just be the financial aspects, but they must think for overall defence scenario in the country, said President of India Pranab Mukherjee when a group of IDAS probationers of 2015 batch called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday. Significantly, Mukherjee in his long political career handled both the defence and finance portfolios. President further told the probationers that as watchdogs, Indian Defence Accounts Service officers need to be careful in…