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04 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Endless wait

Endless wait -Two senior IAS officers in Govt of India and one from UT cadre are yet to get their next posting even as their successors have been appointed. According to sources, Sanjay Kumar Singh, a 1987-batch IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre was replaced by Ansuli Arya, a 1989-batch IAS officer at the […]

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27 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

SC on excessive babu ‘bias’

SC on excessive babu ‘bias’ The Supreme Court has questioned the propensity of the government to fill posts of information commissioners for the Central Information Commission (CIC) and state information commissions with mostly bureaucrats. It said the selection of Information Commissioners for the CIC and State ICs should include people of eminence from various fields […]

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18 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Mixed-up confusion!

Mixed-up confusion! Days after the Modi sarkar firmly claimed that the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) labour survey report was a mere “draft” and not the final word as being widely reported, Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar stated in Lok Sabha that the National Statistical Commission (NSC) had approved the report. Rather awkward […]

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11 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

A new Niti Aayog?

A new Niti Aayog? Former finance secretary and ex-Finance Commission chairman Vijay Kelkar has suggested a revamp of Niti Aayog and creating a new organization which, unlike the present avatar, can allocate capital and revenue grants to the states. Interestingly the suggestion has come less than five years after the government replaced Planning Commission with […]

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08 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Mayawati’s presence on Twitter could increase her followers or shatter the enigma around her

Mayawati has always had twin political hallmarks. The first, her legendry ability to turn her support base into votes for her and her party, BSP; the second, her enigmatic inaccessibility. So, when Mayawati chooses to ascend into the portals of Twitter, it is a significant moment. Yes, both for her and for Twitter. The question […]

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04 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Kerala’s babu problem

Kerala’s babu problem With a spate of retirements due over the next few months, Kerala is likely to face an acute shortage of experienced IAS officers. While additional chief secretary (revenue and disaster management) P H Kurien retired last month, additional chief secretary (home and vigilance) Subrata Biswas is due to depart in April and […]

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28 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Selecting the CIC

Selecting the CIC The search committee for selection of Chief Information Commissioner did not short-list two senior Information Commissioners who had applied for the position and brought in four others who did not show interest in the post, documents made public by the government show. Now even the Supreme Court wants to know. It has […]

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15 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Governance deficit

Governance deficit The government has clarified that it does not propose to lower the age limit for general IAS-IPS aspirants from 32 years to 27 years, as suggested by Niti Aayog. It had also said that recruits should be placed in a central talent pool, which would then allocate candidates by matching their competencies and […]

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07 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Surveillance state?

Surveillance state? Have we entered the era of mass surveillance with little oversight? The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order authorising 10 Central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt “any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.” The order, signed by Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, gives a licence to snoop […]

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31 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Govt resets lateral entry

The Modi sarkar has perceptibly slowed down in the last leg of its tenure. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tried to streamline the functioning of the government, it has had mixed results. While the 360-degree evaluation system is now well established, Mr Modi is having significantly more trouble trying to induct outside talent to […]

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