Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Official IAS profiles to include 10 entries of awards, citations, articles & books

THE government has requested Indian Administrative Service, or IAS officers to submit their awards, citations, articles, books etc. in a revised format, but capped the number of such entries only at 10. The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), which maintains the profiles of IAS officers, had earlier decided to include such items in the Executive Record Sheets, or ER Sheets of IAS. It was now decided that the number of such entries cann't be more than 10. The recent DoPT circular also said that in the event of an officer writing another article or book, or receiving an award, she is free to remove an earlier entry to make way for a more recent achievement. Yet, the number of total entries cannot be over 10. The DoPT issued two circulars on the subject recently --- on October 26 and October 30, 2009. Currently, ER Sheets are mere biodata covering personal details of the officers including educational qualifications, experiences, postings and trainings. A DoPT circular dated July 20, 2009 however said that necessary permission for accepting the awards or citations needs to be duly accorded. Among the high profile book launches by IAS officers this year include "Bankruptcy to Billions", by 1982 batch Bihar cadre Sudhir Kumar jointly with Shagun Mehrotra, "Branding India - an incredible story" by 1980 batch Kerala cadre IAS Amitabh Kant and “An Alternative Approach to Project Planning in Public Works - The Indian Context”, by urban development secretary M Ramachandran. In fact, Mr Ramachandran who is front-runner for cabinet secretary's post next year is coming out with another book on India's urban saga. Read: DoPT Circular Also read: Sudhir Kumar should help Lalu recalculating Rs 90,000 crore railway surplus (July 13, 2009) M Ramachandran presents the first copy of his book to PM (July 8, 2009) Action & Appointments Atul Chaturvedi has taken over as steel secretary. He succeeds P K Rastogi who superannuated on the 31st October. A 1974 batch IAS of UP cadre, Mr Chaturvedi was the secretary, department of fertilisers in the ministry of chemicals and fertilisers. Read: Atul Chaturvedi's profile


  1. Good for book publishing industry! The behind-the-scene actors in government will now be encouraged to take up writing seriously. --Mishra

  2. Just awards don't reflect anybody's efficiency. This is anybody's guess how thess awards are bought.