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Despite tiff with bureaucrats, government to mark Civil Services Day

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Despite tiff with bureaucrats, government to mark Civil Services Day

On one hand, the AAP government is at loggerheads with a large number of bureaucrats, but on the other it is all set to celebrate the Civil Services Day. The event on Tuesday will see addresses by none other than chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.
In Delhi, a section of the bureaucrats have been at loggerheads with the AAP government over a host of issues concerning policy-making and day-to-day governance. Delhi also earned the distinction of becoming the first Union Territory where civil servants went on a half day leave on December 31 in protest against the AAP government’s order to suspend two special secretaries of the home department for not toeing its line. A former chief secretary said: “The strike by civil servants is a very serious issue. It is also a rare occasion that they have en-mass gone on strike in any state or in the Centre in the past 68 years.”
Another senior officer said that the AAP government has been humiliating bureaucrats (both IAS and Danics) and giving prime postings to other cadres. “For instance, the AAP government has appointed officers from IRS to handle vigilance department; engineering services engineer to handle PWD and a doctor to head the health department. This has happened for the first time in the national capital.”

Deputy secretary (general administration department) Amitabh Kundoo issued a circular about Tuesday’s event. “The Civil Services Day is celebrated on April 21 on each year. As part of the celebration, a function is being held on April 19, where the chief minister and deputy chief minister have graciously agreed to share their insights with the civil servants of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.”

Asked why the AAP government was celebrating the Civil Services Day on April 19, a senior bureaucrat said that the officers will be attending a programme organised by the BJP-led government at the Centre on the Civil Services Day on April 21. This will be the second occasion when the city government is celebrating the Civil Services Day.
The Civil Services Day is being celebrated on April 21 every year since 2006.


Centre increases inter­cadre deputation period up to five years
NEW DELHI: Civil servants can now stay up to five years on inter­cadre deputation. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has increased to five years from existing three years the period of such deputation. Inter­cadre deputations are normally processed only in cases of personal difficulties for officers of three all India services­­ Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS). "Now, it has been decided that all cases of inter­cadre deputation of all India services officers initially be restricted to three years, extendable by two more years, after review," it said in an order issued today. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, cadre controlling authorities for IPS and IFoS respectively are requested to consider all the requests for inter­cadre deputation accordingly, the order said.


Narendra Modi government to add 2.2 lakh central employees in two years

Pradeep Thakur 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally at Krishnanagar in Nadia district of West Bengal.
NEW DELHI: 'Minimum government, maximum governance' has been one of PM Narendra Modi's catchiest slogans. But the Modi government is set to add more than two lakh central employees over a period of two years from March 1, 2015, despite the Centre's announcements from time to time on a freeze in fresh recruitments.

The central government's actual staff on March 1, 2015 was 33.05 lakh, which increased to 34.93 lakh in 2016 and is estimated to grow to 35.23 lakh by March 1, 2017, according to the budget estimates for 2016-17. This includes the railways — which has not added a single worker to its strength of 13,26,437 in the last three years — but excludes the defence forces.

The biggest increase of 70,000 is projected in the revenue department which comprises income tax and customs and excise, followed by central paramilitary forces, projected to rise by 47,000. The strength of the home ministry, excluding paramilitary forces, has increased by 6,000.

The cabinet secretariat, a fairly small department assisting the government, will add 301 employees, going up from 900 in 2015 to 1,201 by March 1, 2017. The I&B ministry added nearly 2,200 personnel in the last two years.

The personnel ministry, which manages government staff, added 1,800 jobs in the last two years, the urban development ministry 6,000, mines ministry 4,399 and department of space 1,000.

However, the financial allocation for salaries and allowances for the revenue department has not shown any major difference, for the reason that the department has not been able to recruit personnel due to slow progress in the cadre restructuring exercise.

Some departments have faced downsizing. Interestingly, there has been a cut in the department of rural development, the focus area of the government, where the strength has come down from 538 in 2015 to 472 in 2016-17.

A major reason for the spurt in hiring is that many departments faced acute staff crunch in Group B and C categories due to a moratorium on fresh recruitments for the past several years.

A lot of the new appointments have been in these categories. Vacancies have piled up over the years. More than six lakh posts are vacant in various central government ministries, according to the personnel ministry.



50% of NIT Srinagar faculty will be from outside state: Centre

Prakash Kumar

 The HRD ministry has said efforts will be made to fill up 50% of the teaching positions at the institute with faculties from outside the Jammu and Kashmir.

Making an assurance to students, the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry also said there will be fair evaluation of their examination papers and expressed its readiness to look into their demands for action against some of the staff and faculty members accused of discriminating against non-Kashmiri students in the institute.

The ministry, however, remained firm on its stand that no outstation student will be shifted from the NIT-Srinagar campus, maintaining that such a move, if accepted, would have “larger implications,” a student privy to the last week’s meeting of NIT-Srinagar delegation and HRD Minister Smriti Irani told DH.

“The ministry officials said shifting of outstation students cannot be a solution. They assured filling up of 50% teaching positions with faculties from outside the state but insisted that the ministry cannot force any teacher to join NIT-Srinagar. The minister paid a patient hearing to the students and assured of examining their other demands,” he added.

Students said more than 70% faculties at the NIT Srinagar were temporary staff. “The institute has never taken a sincere effort to fill up teaching posts with permanent faculties. 

Ministry officials said shifting of outstation students cannot be a solution. They assured filling up of 50% teaching positions with faculties from outside but insisted that the ministry cannot force any teacher to join NIT-Srinagar


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