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06 October 2022 ~ Comments Off on Why is Govt not filling vacancy of third EC member as polls get near?

Why is Govt not filling vacancy of third EC member as polls get near?

India still doesn’t have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) after the tragic death of Gen Bipin Rawat in December last year, and many have given up expecting an announcement anytime soon. Meanwhile, an Election Commissioner post has been vacant for the past four months after the retirement of Sushil Chandra in May earlier this […]

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05 September 2022 ~ Comments Off on Mystery of the vanishing IAS: shrinking turf, fall in muscle?

Mystery of the vanishing IAS: shrinking turf, fall in muscle?

Is the hallowed ‘turf’ of the IAS shrinking? Evidently, yes. In the years since the Modi sarkar came to power, the IAS cadre at the joint secretary and additional secretary levels has noticeably shrunk. From 249 IAS officers in 2015 (from a total of 391 joint secretaries) to 2017, the number was down to a […]

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26 August 2022 ~ Comments Off on Railway officers now likely to face appraisal by juniors and peers

Railway officers now likely to face appraisal by juniors and peers

The Centre’s 360-degree evaluation system for senior IAS, OPS and IFoS officers has found a new enthusiast in the Indian Railways. The Railways Board has introduced a process that allows peers and juniors to evaluate their reporting officers. The move obviously has Rail Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw’s back, with the benign nod of approval from the […]

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14 August 2022 ~ Comments Off on New worry for UP govt: Exit of senior officers

New worry for UP govt: Exit of senior officers

Just last week, DKB reported on the repatriation of 1987-batch IAS officer Renuka Kumar to her parent cadre of Uttar Pradesh. Now it seems that the officer has applied for voluntary retirement. Apparently, the senior officer was reluctant to return to UP. However, Kumar is not the only officer who does not wish to serve […]

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25 July 2022 ~ Comments Off on Curious moves led to choice of Himachal’s new chief secretary

Curious moves led to choice of Himachal’s new chief secretary

Himachal Pradesh, which is going to the polls shortly, has got a new chief secretary. Ram Dass Dhiman, a 1988-batch IAS officer, got the coveted post after the incumbent Ram Subhag Singh surprised many by quitting and applying for another sought-after post of state Chief Information Commissioner. But apparently, for insiders and those in the […]

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20 July 2022 ~ Comments Off on No room now for laggards in Delhi govt

No room now for laggards in Delhi govt

Taking its cue from the Centre’s order on premature retirement, the Finance Department of the Delhi government has ordered all department heads to conduct periodical reviews of account cadre officers, especially those nearing retirement and who have been found to be performing below par. Sources have informed DKB that the aim is to identify such […]

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08 July 2022 ~ Comments Off on UP plans to hire retired babus to probe serving IAS bureaucrats

UP plans to hire retired babus to probe serving IAS bureaucrats

Several state governments find it difficult to find a serving IAS officer to investigate another IAS officer who is facing an inquiry. Often such officers have to set aside their departmental duties to attend to the probe. There is also the prickly question of finding an officer who is senior to the person who is […]

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30 June 2022 ~ Comments Off on Protocol chief background to help India’s new UN envoy

Protocol chief background to help India’s new UN envoy

India’s representative to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj, is on her way to the United Nations to succeed T.S. Tirumurti as India’s new Permanent Representative. The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer from the 1987 batch, Kamboj has a lot of expertise with political problems, maintaining peace, and handling crises. Besides, she will be returning to a place […]

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23 June 2022 ~ Comments Off on More IAS babus for Uttarakhand, but not enough

More IAS babus for Uttarakhand, but not enough

The Uttarakhand government has been struggling to work with only 76 IAS officers in the state, even though it has an allocated cadre strength of 120 IAS officers. Of these, seven are on Central deputation. They include Ashish Joshi, Sridhar Babu Addanki, Jyoti Yadav, Raghav Langar, Mangesh Ghildiyal, and Amit Singh Negi. Last week, the […]

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15 June 2022 ~ Comments Off on Centre faces calls to shift Mizoram chief secy, bring in a Mizo speaker

Centre faces calls to shift Mizoram chief secy, bring in a Mizo speaker

The Centre often claims that it is very sensitive to the needs of the north-eastern states. Now it faces an issue in Mizoram that will test its claim. For some time now, major civil society groups in the state have been campaigning with the Centre to replace the state’s Chief Secretary Renu Sharma with an […]

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