COME Christmas, Santa won’t visit Russian bureaucrats’ homes! Had Russians celebrated Diwali, there would have been no mithai packets during the coming festive season.
In fact, Kremlin has sought to ban gifts for bureaucrats totally and even decided to follow strict rules of seizing assets of bureaucrats as a part of its new move weed out corruption.
Currently, accepting a gift upto 3,000 rubles ($100, or Rs 4400) is allowed under the civil codes. But now, Kremlin spokesman Alexei Pavlov confirmed that Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Naryshkin had ordered the justice ministry to draft a new law by June end to ban gifts for civil servants altogether, Moscow Times reported. In
, public servants including politicians and bureaucrats are allowed to take gifts upto a specified small amount. After all, the CVC does spare Diwali mithais! India
was ranked 146th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s global corruption index last year. Russia was reasonably up at 86th position. India
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Action and Appointments
Sanjay Kumar Panda, a 1980 batch IAS officer hailing from
, will be the new chief secretary of Tripura. A gold medalist in chemistry in Utkal university, Mr Panda is also a litterateur. Earlier, he was handling the affairs of AYUSH as joint secretary in the Government of India. Cuttack