Friday, January 07, 2011

Not just files, Indian bureaucrats too go missing!

SOUNDS odd, but some Indian bureaucrats have virtually gone “missing”. If finance ministry’s latest order of spotting Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers overstaying abroad is anything to go by, several I-T officials have not reported back to work after they had completed training programmes and courses in foreign universities and institutions. Whereas the latest talking point in corridors of power is about missing defence ministry files on multi-billion dollar contracts which eventually surfaced on a south Delhi street, here is a new flavour to the story--- senior officers too go missing!
According to some reports, minister of state for revenue SS Palanimanickam took up the issue by writing a letter to CBDT and wanted Chief Commissioners of Income Tax to report as to how many IRS officers have not reported back to work after they had completed their trainings and studies in foreign universities or institutions. The letter stressed the word “urgently”.
As workload on I-T officials has risen thanks to the revised target of direct tax collections, the spotting the “missing” officers could be of some help. It’s not known how many of such officials have not reported back after undertaking foreign junkets.

Babus in Demand
Are you a deputy secretary or director level officer with two years of experience in Central ministries like Overseas Indian Affairs, Labour or department of financial services? You can bet for a foreign posting at Abu Dhabi. The government has proposed to fill up the post of Counsellor, Community Affairs (Development) under the ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs at Abu Dhabi in place of Dr K Ellangovan, a 1992 batch Kerala cadre IAS. The last date is February 4, 2011.
For details, check out this DoPT CIRCULAR, dated January 5, 2011.

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