THE government has reiterated that it has not relaxed its earlier order of not permitting an officer to work as private secretary to a minister beyond 10 years. Minister of state in the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions V Narayanasamy said it in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
It was also mentioned that the directions of the appointments committee of the cabinet regarding the 10-year tenure were circulated to all ministries or departments of the Government of India for ensuring compliance. The appointments in the personal staff of ministers at levels below deputy secretary and director are done by the ministries themselves. No centralized information is maintained for the same, it was added.
Secretaries In Action
Raghu Menon, secretary of information and broadcasting ministry, said innovations in technology led to increased access to quality information, facilitated better connectivity with affordable services and created a platform for mass empowerment and participation amongst the people. The emergence of new media had resulted in unconventional ways in which news and information was now being circulated. This has resulted in a series of policy initiatives which have aimed to create an enabling environment in the media and entertainment industry. Menon said it while inaugurating the BES Expo 2011 at Pragati Maidan in
on Thursday. New Delhi
Action and Appointments
a) Sanjay Singh, a 1976 batch IFS, presently ambassador in
, has been appointed as secretary (east) at the ministry of external affairs in place of Vijay Latha Reddy who has retired. Tehran
b) Reetu Jain, a 2001 batch economic service officer has been appointed as deputy secretary in the G-20 secretariat in the department of economic affairs under the ministry of finance.
c) R Vineel
Krishna, the 2005 batch Orissa cadre IAS who was abducted by Maoist extremists on February 16 was finally released. Krishna told a section of media that he was kept somewhere in a hilly area and was surrounded by Telugu speaking Naxals.