Kuldeep Singh reminded Kejriwal about his promise, right after he came to power, that the government would encourage and promote honest officers.
A senior DANICS officer, who has been waiting for nearly four months for his posting, has written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, urging him to develop a system under which the salary of officials like him are released without any harassment.
The letter was written by Kuldeep Singh Gangar, former special secretary, transport. The letter was also marked to the President, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Home Ministry and the LG’s office. Singh also reminded Kejriwal about his promise, right after he came to power, that the government would encourage and promote honest officers.
ECONOMIC TIMES, MAR 9, 2016
Leave Travel Concession: Centre allows nonentitled government employees to
NEW DELHI: All nonentitled central government employees have been allowed to travel by air while availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) with a condition that reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train or actual expense. The Ministry of Personnel had recently eased norms for processing claims of LTC which allows grant of leave and ticket reimbursement to eligible central government employees to travel to their home towns and other places. "Government employees not entitled to travel by air may travel by any airline. However, reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train, transport or actual expense, whichever is less," an order issued by the Ministry said. The move comes after the government received a number of queries in this regard. In many cases, employees did not have railway station or good road network to their home towns and they had requested for permission to travel by air to save time, which was being denied, officials said. Now, they will be allowed to travel by air and by any airline, they said. At present, those entitled to travel by air have to mandatorily travel by Air India. A government servant may also apply for advance for himself or his family members 65 days before the proposed date of the outward journey and he or she would be required to produce the tickets within ten days of the withdrawal of advance, irrespective of the date of commencement of the journey, as per the new norms. There are about 50 lakh central government employees. All central government employees have been asked to share photos and interesting details of their holidays. The DoPT has decided to put a limit of one month for verification of LTC claim after the LTC bill is submitted by government employee for settlement and final payment. "Efforts should be made to reduce the duration of processing of LTC applications or claims at the earliest. The maximum time limit should be strictly adhered to and noncompliance of time limit should be adequately explained," its directive said.
PIONEER, MAR 8, 2016
3 DOZEN BABUS TRANSFERRED In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs ordered transferring of three dozen officials of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre at a Joint Cadre Authority (JCA) meeting held in Goa on Saturday.
Most of the officials are those who were at loggerheads with the Arvind Kejriwal Government in the past.
Principal Secretary (Power) Shakuntala Gamlin — on child care leave from six months — who is 1984 batch IAS officer, would be chief secretary of Arunachal Pradesh.
Gamlin would replace Ramesh Negi a 1984 batch officer who has been transferred to Delhi.
Anindo Majumdar, 1985 batch IAS officer would be new chief secretary to Andaman Nicobar Islands while Anand Prakash 1979 batch IAS officer has been transferred to Delhi.
Secretary (Environment) Ashwini Kumar, 1992 batch officer, has been transferred to Goa. Jitendra Narain, 90 batch IAS officer, has been transferred from Delhi to Arunachal Pradesh. He was not given any departments for the past six months.
Principal Secretary (GAD) Arvind Ray, 84 batch IAS officer, has been transferred to Mizoram.
A 1996 batch officer Geetanjali Kundra, who is holding the charge of director in Women and Child Welfare department, has been transferred to Mizoram.
Principal Secretary (Finance) Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, 1986 batch IAS officer, has been transferred to Goa. Food and Supplies Commissioner Sanjiv Khirwar, 94 batch, got transferred to Anadaman Nicobars.
Dharmendra Sharma, 88 batch IAS officer, has been transferred from Arunchal Pradesh to Delhi.
A 1994 batch officer Ashish Chandra Verma has been transferred to Arunchal Pradesh. Besides, Madhu K Garg, 1982 batch has been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh.
The other IAS officers include Gobind Jaiswal (2007) transferred to Goa while Blaklunga (2003) and Harleen Kaur (2012) transferred to Mizoram.
Himanshu Gupta (2012), Sonal Swaroop (2012), Kashish Mittal (2011) Danish Ashraf (2011), Prince Dewan (2012) and Satyendra Singh Dursawat have been also been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh
Besides, JCA has ordered transferring of over two dozen officers of AGMUT.
ECONOMIC TIMES, MAR 9, 2016
IPSIAS couple posting blues may end with Gujarat transfer
NEW DELHI: Government has come up with a solution for the unique case of the IASIPS couple who cannot be transferred to each other's home state given the existing rules to send them to the Prime Minister's home state, Gujarat.
A Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) committee on March 3 has sent the file to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister, recommending that IAS officer P Parthiban and his wife and IPS officer Nisha Parthiban be sent to the Gujarat cadre. The committee has cited that Gujarat was among the 'next preference' cadres cited by the officers while applying for the civil services examination and Gujarat is also among the most deficit cadres regarding the number of civil servants. As per a last count, Gujarat had 32% shortage of IAS officers and 19% shortage of IPS officers. Out of sanctioned strength of 297 IAS officers, Gujarat has only 204 in place. Out of 195 IPS officers sanctioned strength, only 158 officers are in place in Gujarat.
ET was the first to report on February 6 about this unique case which is heralding a change in rules regarding intercadre transfers. Nisha, an IPS officer of 2011 batch who hails from Delhi, married her batchmate and IAS officer P Parthiban in 2012. She got allotted Tamil Nadu cadre and is posted in Coimbatore. Parthiban, who is from Tamil Nadu, got allotted AGMUT cadre (which includes Delhi and UTs) and is posted in Puducherry. Their intercadre transfer request met a roadblock as either of the officers can't opt for the cadre of the spouse being their respective home cadres.
The government had then asked both officers to suggest their preference for a third cadre based on the immediate next option of cadre suggested by them in their UPSC forms but the couple has not conveyed their preference to the government till March 3. "In case of non receipt of preference within the stipulated time from the concerned officers, they can be assigned the most deficit cadre between the two subject to receipt of No objection Certificate from the parent cadre as well as recipient cadre," the DoPT committee has proposed to ACC as a new policy, hence recommending the Parthiban couple to be shifted to the Gujarat cadre.
ECONOMIC TIMES, MAR 8, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks secretaries to attend to 10 grievances a week NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister's Office is cracking the whip on unwarranted delays of ministries in attending to public grievances as also for bypassing the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) while deciding on disciplinary action against central officials. PMO has asked secretaries of all the departments which have substantial public dealing to personally examine at least 10 grievances every week and upload the report on the Cabinet Secretariat's eSamiksha portal which the PM monitors. The PM in his monthly Pragati meeting in January had asked all secretaries whose departments have extensive public dealing to set up a system for toplevel monitoring of grievances. The Centre received 8.81 lakh public grievances last year — an over threefold jump from the 2.7 lakh complaints in 2014. DoPT, which reports to the PM, has also written to secretaries expressing displeasure at the highest levels of government over some ministries passing final orders in disciplinary cases of officials without referring the case to it, when the UPSC had advised a different course of action. "This has been viewed very seriously. Such deviation from procedure may have farreaching implications that may manifest in the form of unnecessary litigation and embarrassment to the government," the DoPT letter has said. Ministries are mandated to refer a matter to DoPT if they choose to proceed with a disciplinary matter while overruling the advice of the UPSC. An note has to be submitted to PMO on all such disagreement, the letter adds. DoPT's advice has to be taken into consideration before a final order is passed by the ministry.
ECONOMIC TIMES, MAR 8, 2016
Rashtrapati Bhavan to host 'Festival of Innovations' NEW DELHI: The Rashtrapati Bhavan is going to host the 'Festival of Innovations' in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) in a weeklong event, officials said on Monday. The festival (March 12 to March 19) will open with the inauguration of an exhibition of innovations by President Pranab Mukherjee. It would remain open for the public, including visitors to the Mughal Gardens, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., officials said. The festival will also have three exhibitions, two workshops, four group discussions, two award presentation ceremonies and a roundtable on various topics such as inclusive innovation; innovation and skill development; and incentives for innovation in public policy and programmes, among others. The key recommendations of the roundtable discussions will be presented to the president.
STATESMAN, MAR 14, 2016
Uniform IDs for Persons with Disabilities soon: Minister The government has begun the process of implementing a uniform ID for Persons with Disabilities and steps are being taken to complete the process within one year, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot has said.
Gehlot made the announcement in Bolangir, Odisha, during the inauguration of a Modular Operation Theatre at the Swami Vivekananda National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR) Centre.
He laid the foundation stone for a Satellite Centre in SVNIRTAR in Bolangir. Krishan Pal Gurjar, minister of state for social justice and empowerment and Kulamani Samal, MP Jagatsinghpur, were present on the occasion, said an official statement on Monday.
Gehlot visited a mega surgical camp organised at the Vivekananda Institute at which around 150 patients from different parts of Odisha were operated free of cost. Self-employment kits were also distributed by the ministers and guests to the SC/ST beneficiaries who have undergone vocational training in different employable trades imparted by the institute. Besides that aids and appliances were also distributed to 56 persons with disabilities at the camp, said the statement.
Gehlot announced that financial assistance will be provided for upgradation of the institute from a 100-bedded hospital to a 200-bed one in view of the long queues of patients. He also said the vacant staff positions would be filled up soon.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
STATESMAN, MAR 14, 2016
Reform in China Although Chinese growth numbers are sliding in comparison to India, this may be temporary and based on curves in the business cycle; China’s economic fundamentals are stronger than any other emerging economy. The vice-governor of China’s Central Bank, Yi Gang, was not far from the truth when he said, “Chinese foreign exchange reserves are ample and reasonable”. Thus according to him, expectations are high on the yuan; therefore it should remain steady and cross-border capital flows should be manageable. Last week, credit rating agency Moody downgraded China’s performance on sovereign debt from stable to negative, citing the Chinese government’s lackadaisical performance vis-à-vis implementation of economic reforms, rising public debt and lowering reserves. However President Xi Jinping has reiterated China’s long-standing position that it must stick to its socialist principles. China’s economic agenda is a part of its global strategy, what it calls the “peaceful rise”. China aims to grow at between 6.5 and 7 per cent over the next five years; but Moody’s feels that China’s fiscal strength has weakened due to increase in borrowing across diverse sectors of the economy, and has led to stress in the financial system and state-owned enterprises.
The performance of state-owned enterprises has been the backbone of the Chinese economy and a much-extolled facet of its socialist system. Although weak economic growth has begun to increase pressure on policy banks -- state-owned enterprises that fund projects based on government advisories -- the Chinese government is trying to push more investment across sectors for the required economic expansion.
The downgrade of Chinese bonds will increase borrowing risks for China in the international financial markets. China’s public debt to GDP ratio in 2012 was 32 per cent and in 2015 stands at a gargantuan 40.6 per cent. There is a possibility that China’s target of 6.5 per cent growth may slow down structural reforms; with change in demographics and decreasing pace of investment, China must balance its policy objective of higher economic growth and reform measures that will eventually pave the way for a higher economic trajectory. The country’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen to their lowest in three years, to $ 3.2 trillion. Its banking system should not become the burden many expect it to be. With a closed and inefficient financial system, China will fail in overcoming its public debt. Reforms are a must for China’s peaceful rise; growth can wait. China has consistently grown at over 10 per cent in the past three decades. Blindly seeking growth now will increase inequality, weaken its dilapidated banking system and in the long run prove disastrous for economic development. Reform is the way forward.