Friday, August 07, 2009
IN YET another tale of Netagiri and babudom, Indian political masters have recently imposed a set of additional instructions on how officers should behave with the Members of Parliament. This set of detailed instructions issued recently on the conduct of government servants in official dealings and correspondence with the Members of Parliament are in addition to the provisions in the Conduct Rules, and the Manual of Office Procedure, minister of state for parliamentary affairs & planning V Narayansami said in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Though the details of the instructions were not mentioned in the minister’s reply, it was added that the need for observance of the instructions was reiterated from time to time as and when felt necessary. The minister further said complaints were received on a few occasions, and they were taken up and pursued with concerned authorities. The names of the officers against whom MPs have complained so far, were not mentioned. In fact, political masters often blame the bureaucrats for non-performance and at times cover up their own inability and corrupt practices by making the officials scapegoats. For bureaucrats, the biggest menace is random transfer which is a major political tool to punish officers and at times even de-motivate them. Aradhana Johri of NACO to participate in Bali conference on AIDS Aradhana Johri, joint secretary, National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and other senior officers will accompany minister of state for health & family welfare Dinesh Trivedi to participate in 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific being held at Bali in Indonesia from 9 – 13 August, 2009. Ms Johri is a 1980 batch IAS from UP cadre and a key official in AIDS control initiative of the government. The theme of the congress is, “Empowering people. Strengthening networks”. Preceding the visit to Bali, Mr Trivedi and his team of officials will visit Yogyakarta of Indonesia on August 7 and 8, 2009 to see the HIV prevention interventions undertaken by NGOs in that island state. Govt wants ST, SC & women Judges in Courts The government favours giving representation to persons from the Bar, belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and from amongst women, who may be suitable for appointment as High Court Judges, minister of law and justice M Veerappa Moily said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday in a written reply. In fact, appointment of Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts is made under Articles 124 and 217 of the Constitution of India respectively, which do not provide for reservation for any caste or class of persons.