Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thinking Out Of The Box: PMO directs DoPT to train JS ranked officers to be leaders, not administrators

IN A serious bid to make senior Indian bureaucrats imbibe the philosophy of becoming leaders rather than continuing as mere administrators, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) is executing a directive from Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that joint secretary level officers must undertake a mandatory training programme on leadership and strategic thinking.
The first such programme, designed for joint secretaries by IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Indore, will be conducted during January 25 to February 5, 2010 at IIM-B.
DoPT secretary Shantanu Consul wrote a letter to all Government of India secretaries on January 8, 2010, to nominate and relieve one of the joint secretaries from each department or ministry for the purpose. The cost of the course fee, boarding and lodging will be met by DoPT whereas travel costs will be borne by the concerned ministries.
The programme is designed to make a joint secretary level officer develop a strategic orientation and become innovative, adaptive and flexible. They are expected to adopt an user or stakeholder orientation.
And yes, the course includes a module of watching a movie “Ek Rukha Hua Faisla” to explore how to influence others to think out of the box!
DoPT secretary’s letter (January 8, 2010) and detailed programme

Case registered against ex-IAS
The economic offences wing (EOW) of Uttar Pradesh police lodged an FIR against former chief secretary A P Singh and 19 others for alleged irregularities worth over Rs 5.5 crore in a case related to procurement of seeds five years ago, media reports said on Friday. The other officers include former MD of UP Seeds Development Corporation M Q Alvi.

Action and Appointments
a) Dr PK Anand, a 1983 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS, presently in the cadre has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of rural development.
b) The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the ministry of home affairs (MEA) for ex-post-facto extension of tenure of Rajiv Mehta, a 1981 batch Assam cadre IPS, IG, CRPF for a period of three months.
c) Rajeev Kapoor, a 1983 batch UP cadre IAS has been appointed as joint secretary in the DoPT.

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