From steel pen to pen drive: thoughts of a bureaucrat T C James, who had recently retired as a DIPP director under the ministry of commerce and industry after four decades of the Central secretariat services, sent babu blogger a message. Here are some excerpts: “I started my career in the secretariat when steel pens were the rule and departing when a PC adorns the table of every officer, who now carries his correspondence in a pen drive. This is material progress, indeed and some thing on which India has kept pace with the advanced world. One can be proud of it.” Mr James, who was with the government for 13,578 days, according to a calculation of his friend, further wrote, “We inherited a system designed by an external imperial power who never trusted the subjects. The whole administrative apparatus and financial management systems were built on the foundation of ‘trust not the Indians to do the right thing.” We further added to this, more hierarchical steps which every paper and proposal have to climb up and down myriad times to reach a decision which, in more cases than less, would be a decision to defer the decision by referring the matter to a committee or a meeting. It is time we think of alternatives to this process.”
Action & Appointments a) P K Pradhan, a 1977 batch IAS of West Bengal cadre has been appointed as additional secretary in the department of health and family welfare in the vacancy of G C Chaturvedi, a 1977 batch UP cadre IAS who joined financial services division of the Finmin sometime ago. b) Rakesh Singh, a 1978 batch IAS has been appointed as additional secretary in the department of Information Technology under the ministry of communications and Information Technology. c) Anil Bhushan Prasad, a 1976 batch IAS of Bihar cadre has been appointed as additional secretary in the National Disaster Management Authority under the ministry of home affairs in the vacancy of Harishankar Brahma, a 1975 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS, who had recently moved to power ministry as the secretary. d) Jitendra Shankar Mathur, a 1982 batch IAS of Madhya Pradesh cadre has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of drinking water supply, in the pay band of Rs 37400-67000/- (PB-4) plus grade pay of Rs 10000, for a period of five years or until further orders.