Yuva Sai Sagar

Online news channel!

Tag: administrative

Rajasthan doctors’ strike ends after 12 days

As per the agreement signed with ARISDA leader on Wednesday, demands include removal of the officer of Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) Girish Parashar from the health department and adjustment of leaves taken by doctors during their agitation, even in earlier months, against their earned leaves. The agreement also reiterates the execution of the agreement from November 12 and withdrawal of cases registered against the doctors under the Rajasthan Essential Services Management Act (RESMA) during the agitation.”
}

<!– Google Analytics –><!– comScore –>

<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_ATF –><!–end of top add–>

<!–end of mega-menu–>

<!–end of nav–><!–end of logo–><!–end of extrnavi–>

<!–end of hdrscl–><!–end of container–><!–end of hdrup –>

Trending#TTV DhinakaranKulbhushan JadhavWinter Session of ParliamentBigg Boss 11Amit Shah<!–end of container–><!–end of hdrup –>

Home
India
<!– one –>
Home
India
–><!–end of breadcrumbx–>Rajasthan doctors’ strike ends after 12 days doctors-strike
– File Photo<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Right_300x250_ATF –><!–bnr300–>Share

<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 28 December 2017 3:32 ISTMust readSurgical Strike 2.0: Indian Army planted IEDs to surprise Pak; toll could be higher Jaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brass<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>After eight-hours of negotiations and the intervention of four ministers and state BJP president, the protesting in-service government doctors in Rajasthan finally called off their strike. The discussions on Wednesday were held between government representatives and leaders of All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Association (ARISDA), the body under which doctors were agitating. These doctors have been striking the last 12 days and the deadlock was broken only after two fresh agreements were signed.As per the agreement signed with ARISDA leader on Wednesday, demands include removal of the officer of Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) Girish Parashar from the health department and adjustment of leaves taken by doctors during their agitation, even in earlier months, against their earned leaves. The agreement also reiterates the execution of the agreement from November 12 and withdrawal of cases registered against the doctors under the Rajasthan Essential Services Management Act (RESMA) during the agitation.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of col 9–><!–end of row–><!–<a href=”/delhi/report-controversy-around-vaccine-gets-muckier-2571092″ title=”Controversy around vaccine gets muckier” rel=”next” class=”nextstorylink” onclick=”window.location.hash=’article-2571092′;” > –>Next story
Controversy around vaccine gets muckier
<!–</a> –><!– <a href=”/delhi/report-controversy-around-vaccine-gets-muckier-2571092″ title=”Controversy around vaccine gets muckier” rel=”next” class=”nextstorylink” > Next storyControversy around vaccine gets muckier –><!–end of container–>
<!–end of 1st article–><!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_BTF –>Next Story<!–bnrhorbx–><!– <script src=”http://static.dnaindia.com/sites/all/themes/mobile2017/js/jquery.autopager-1.0.0.min.gz.js?v=4″>–><!– .articleBlock –>

<!– /11440465/DNA_Desktop_Article_Outofpage –>

<!– izooto push notification –>

8% of GDP is spent on govt salaries

India spends a whopping Rs 10.18 trillion on the emoluments of government employees, both at the centre and in states, a staggering 8.15% of the country’s GDP.Taken against the backdrop of spending on education, health and defence, the figures show a large chunk of government budget goes into the salaries, pensions and allowances of government employees, leaving a trickle for social sector and development activities.A note submitted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to a parliamentary panel highlighted the fact that out of the total GDP of India amounting to 124.88 trillion, Rs 10.18 trillion is spent on paying salaries, etc.The Committee on Estimates chaired by veteran BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, while reviewing the performance of all India services, found that a huge expenditure was met on wages, besides the expenditure on building infrastructure like offices and houses for bureaucracy, rather on delivery.The panel had actually asked the government to furnish details of total expenditure incurred on Indian Administrative Service (IAS) , Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers posted at the Centre and in states and its share in the GDP. But the government while circumventing the request submitted an overall data related to all government employees without specifying services.The government in its presentation stated that there was no study at hand to suggest expenditures incurred on officers belonging to superior services. Taking exception to the fact that there was mechanism to find out the expenditure and its share in the GDP, the panel agreed that bureaucracy was fully committed to citizens and reflects hopes and aspirations, but said it should be held accountable for accomplishments, when it is being paid from the exchequer.According to figures, the salaries of 10 million central government employees account for 12.6% of the central government’s total expenditure. The government recently accepted the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, doubling the minimum starting salary from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The Commission’s recommendations added an extra 0.7% burden on the GDP and a yearly burden of 102,000 crore.The government also admitted that payment of salaries, wages and other allowances to government employees is the main element of Gross value added (GVA) — the total output and measure of the value of goods and services.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Leaders at NDA meet seek all India judicial service

Some leaders of the BJP-led NDA have pitched for an all India judicial service on the lines of the civil services and sought a discussion on the matter in Parliament.The issue, which involves the demand for reservation in the judiciary for Dalits and backward classes, was raised in the meeting of top NDA leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, on Friday, the first day of the Winter Session, highly-placed sources said.A senior BJP leader told PTI that the matter was raised in the meeting by some members, who sought a discussion on the issue in Parliament.They said there should be all India judicial service like the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Police Service, he said on the condition of anonymity.The sources, however, declined to name the leaders who raised the issue at the meeting.A large section of politicians, especially those drawn from disadvantaged classes, has been vocal over the issue, citing minuscule presence of these communities, especially Dalits and STs, in the higher judiciary.The matter was in the limelight recently after President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his concern at a public event over “unacceptably low” presence of women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the higher judiciary.Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha had demanded recently that gates of higher judiciary be opened for women and disadvantaged classes, claiming that most high court and Supreme Court judges have come from 250-300 families.”Not only for Dalits and backward castes, the door is closed even for people from general castes. Members of over 250-300 families have been becoming judges in high courts and the Supreme Court since Independence. Doors are closed for all others. They must be opened,” he had said at a public meeting to mark the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar.Dalit members of Parliament have long been raising the issue and saying that an all India judicial service will pave the way for reservation for the traditionally deprived sections of society in higher judiciary.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Air India suspends three after flight with aviation minister on board delayed by 90 minutes

Air India on Thursday announced that it had suspended three employees and issued a warning to the captain for arriving late for a flight that was delayed by one and a half hours on Wednesday. The flight also had minister for civil aviation P Ashok Gajapat Raju as one of the passengers.As per reports, the Air India flight AI459 from Delhi to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh with over 100 passengers, including minister of civil aviation P Ashok Gajapat Raju, was delayed by 90 minutes after four staff members, including the pilot were delayed in arriving to Delhi airport.According to Air India spokesperson GP Rao, the passengers protested and questioned the minister over the delay. “The Minister then asked Air India CMD Pradeep Kharola for the reason behind the delay,” Rao added.Also readDGCA probing flying of Air India aircraft with dent, 3 derosteredThe three staff members have been suspended, while the captain, who arrived 15 minutes late, was issued a warning, a spokesperson for the national carrier informed the media.According to media reports, poor visibility also played a role in delaying the flight. The airline’s operational team then decided to wait for the weather to improve, but failed to inform the ground staff that had already begun the boarding procedure for passengers.Also readNew Air India chief likely to assume charge this weekThe flight was delayed even more when the pilot was reportedly stopped at the security check over a problem with his airport pass, according to an NDTV report.Interestingly, Kharola, a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, took charge as Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director on Monday. He is helming the airline at a time the government has started the process for its strategic disinvestment. The delay in flight has not been the ideal start to the new job.Battling multiple headwinds, the disinvestment-bound airline has been working on ways to reduce its debt, including by way of selling non-core assets and expanding operations.The source said the airline has received Rs 1,500 crore loan from Bank of India after the tender for the amount was floated last month in order to meet “urgent” working capital needs.A tender was issued by the carrier on October 18 in which it had sought government guarantee-backed short-term loans totalling up to Rs 1,500 crore to meet “its urgent working capital requirements”.Prior to that, the airline had borrowed around Rs 3,250 crore as short tenure loans from two lenders — IndusInd Bank and Punjab National Bank, sources had said. This loan too was for meeting urgent working capital needs and the tender was floated in September.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Yogi Adityanath looks for leaner bureaucracy, to merge 94 departments into 37

Not satisfied with the performance of the state bureaucracy, the Yogi government is mulling over drastic administrative reforms in Uttar Pradesh by allowing merger of 94 government departments into 37 to bring in efficiency, coordination and effective implementation of government schemes in the state.A proposal, drafted by the Additional Chief Secretary (Planning) Sanjiv Sharan, is ready and will be submitted to the government shortly for perusal and Cabinet approval. “The merger will gear up the administrative machinery and make it more accountable for effective delivery,” Sharan told media persons.During their visit to the state last month, officials of the Niti Ayog had also suggested to downsize the state machinery by merging different government departments under one for their effective functioning and greater convergence. Currently, Uttar Pradesh has as many as 94 government departments, highest than any other states in the country. The draft proposes to merge these 94 departments into one to bring down their numbers to 37.It proposes to merge important government departments like health, agriculture, cooperative, administration, cane development, Public Works department, estate and transport to streamline their functioning and better coordination.“At present, there are three to four departments for one sector which hampers the administrative functioning due to lack of coordination between them. If they are brought under one department, it will certainly help the state government to implement its various schemes more effectively,” pointed a senior officer involved in the drafting the proposals. A few senior bureaucrats are, however, against the government’s move fearing that many it may seriously affect the work allocation to the ministers and IAS officers. They suggest that the government should not drastically bring down their numbers but allow merger of only those department which have less or no work. The health department which is divided into four different departments viz family welfare, medical education, medical and health and Child Welfare is being proposed to be merged under one ministry. At present, these departments are headed by three Cabinet ministers.Dr Siddharth Nath Singh is Cabinet minister for Medical and Health, Ashutosh Tandon is Cabinet minister for Medical Education while Cabinet minister Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi heads Child and Family Welfare.Similarly, the energy department is divided into two different departments – Energy and Renewable Energy being headed by Srikant Sharma and Brijesh Patahk respectively. The draft proposes to merge both and bring them under one Energy ministry.The draft also proposes to merge PWD, Rural Engineering, Transport and Estate under one Road and Transport department. Likewise, Secretariat Administration, General Administration, Administrative Reforms and National Integration are proposed to be merged under one department to be called General Administration.The Agriculture, Cooperative and Cane development are to be clubbed under Agriculture and Farmer Welfare. Once the proposals are approved, the Yogi Adityanath government is planning to effect a Cabinet and administrative reshuffle accordingly.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Bombay High Court dismisses woman’s leave plea for SRS

Observing that the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal can look into the issue raised of right to live with dignity, enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution, the Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by a woman police constable, Lalita Salve, seeking one month’s leave for undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS).A division bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice Bharati Dangre said, “We have never seen the tribunal brushing aside the challenges made to the service rules. We have no doubt that the tribunal will cover the matter and give sympathetic hearing. If the petitioner is not satisfied, it can come to the high court, until then we cannot bypass the alternate remedy available.”Salve had challenged the communication of the higher authorities rejecting her plea for leave to undergo the surgery as it is not mandated in the rules governing the police force. The relief sought by Salve is based on a medical examination and thus wants to undergo the surgery to live a dignified life.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Go to Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal for leave: Bombay HC tells cop seeking sex-change op

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court refused on Monday to grant any immediate relief to a woman police constable seeking directions to the police department to grant her leave of one month to undergo a sexual reassignment surgery.A division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre asked petitioner Lalita Salve, who calls herself Lalit, to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) for relief. However, advocate Ejaz Naqvi argued that the plea was not related to service rules of policemen, but dealt with a larger issue of right to live life with dignity and, therefore, needed the court’s consideration.The court then posted the matter for further hearing on November 30.Salve approached the High Court after her leave application was denied by police authorities. According to Salve’s petition, the relief sought is based on medical examination in which ‘Y’ chromosomes were found, and thus, she wants to undergo the surgery to live a dignified life.The plea further claims that the government should bear the expenses for conducting the sex-change surgery and allow her to continue the job as a male constable. Lalita, who now calls herself Lalit, stated in the plea, “Sex reassigning as per her emotional inclination towards straight male is her natural right and in the heart of the fundamental right of the Constitution to live with dignity instead of being a transgender.”The petition also wants the court to quash and set aside a communication dated November 20 issued by the Inspector General (Aurangabad range), denying her a month’s leave to undergo the reassignment surgery. Salve also claims that the state government has not promulgated adequate policy about rescuing such distressed citizens with gender identity trauma. Sexual preferences are part and parcel of rights to privacy of an individual, which falls under the fundamental right to life and liberty as per Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the petition states.Salve joined the Maharashtra Police force in May 2010 as a constable and has been posted at Beed since then. In 2014, she underwent a medical test and claims that male genes were found. In 2016, she took a test at JJ Hospital which suggested that she have a sex change, Salve’s petition states.

Pujari’s call lands builder in trouble, police on watch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai-based developer, whose name was dropped by fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari while threatening an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has come under the scanner of Thane Crime Branch. The police claimed they would soon arrest the said developer.On November 3, Thane Police had arrested detective Satish Mangle and his second wife Shraddha for allegedly making an extortion demand from IAS officer Radheyshyam Mopalwar. The police arrested Mangle’s alleged associate Atul Tawde in the case the next day. Pujari called Mopalwar on November 12 and told him to withdraw his case against Mangle and demanded Rs 7 crore extortion. Pujari also threatened to kill Mopalwar and his family if he failed to do so.”Our probe revealed that Pujari in his threat call to Mopalwar had stated that Mopalwar should withdraw the case he had filed against Mangle, prepare an affidavit in this regard and give a copy of it to a Chembur-based developer,” said Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma, who also heads Thane Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC).According to sources from the police, this developer allegedly looks over the forcible eviction of slums and then gives the land to other builders in the city. “We are scrutinising his phone details, and a few other people associated with him are on our radar too. On the basis of Pujari’s involvement, we had applied MCOCA charges in the case. Our probe revealed that Mangle is a blackmailer,” said Sharma.

JNU students fined for cooking biryani on campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have been fined for cooking and eating biryani near the stairs in front of the university’s administrative building.The incident allegedly took place on June 27 when students, holding a night long protest against the Vice Chancellor, stayed at the administration block and cooked food.While three students — Chepal Sherpa, Amir Malik and Manish Kumar — have been fined Rs 6,000 each, former JNU Students’ Union general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty has been fined Rs 10,000.Chakraborty was also punished under another clause for “leading the protest demonstration along with slogan shouting against Vice-Chancellor, administration and Professor Atul Johri, and sitting inside the V-C’s office even after repeated requests from CSO (Chief Security Officer) and security personnel to stop”.”In the proctorial enquiry, you have been found guilty of being involved in cooking food (biryani) near the stairs in front of the Administrative Building and eating it thereafter along with other students. This act is serious in nature, unbecoming of a student of JNU and calls for strict disciplinary action,” the Chief Proctor, Kaushal Kumar, said in a circular issued to the students on November 8.Calling it a “serious act”, university authorities have asked Chakraborty to deposit the fine within 10 days of the issuing of the notice.The authorities also warned students “to be careful and not to get involved in such incidents in future”.Responding to the incident, Chakraborty said, “Is a university proctor’s office here to monitor who is cooking and eating what? Since when is seeking an appointment to meet the V-C or shouting slogans against him a crime? Is this how the ‘discretionary power’ is supposed to be exercised where student union members would be kept out of any dialogue with the university authority?”

After 50 yrs, officer unites woman with kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since she was a child, Preeti Goyal was fascinated by her neighbour Anita Devi’s tales about her family in a faraway land. The fact that Anita was not even her original name and that she had lost touch with her family decades ago touched a tender chord in Preeti’s heart. So much so that years later, when Preeti became an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, she did not forget Anita and her long-lost family. And, in fact, reunited them after a gap of half a century, a deed that has earned Preeti the moniker of ‘female Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.Anita, 65, who belonged to the Angami tribe in Nagaland, was named Nikhetou Angami by her parents. The family hailed from Dimapur at Kohima in Nagaland, where a young Army officer from Punjab, Vakil Chand, was also posted. The two met in 1967, fell in love, and got married. Anita was only 14 at the time.The very next year, the couple moved to the Lehragaga village of Sangrur in Punjab. The huge geographical and cultural difference led to Anita losing touch with her family. After some years, she could hardly remember the village where she was born and brought up.After Chand retired from the Army, the couple started a small garments’ business. Then he passed away and Anita found herself pining for the family that she had left behind all those years ago. But, she could not remember anything except her father’s name and the fact that there was a cinema hall very close to her house. Her two sons also tried their best but to no avail.Preeti, who became an IAS officer in 2013, could not get the tale out of her mind. Currently posted as SDO at Arambagh in Hooghly district, she had been trying to find a way to help Anita since 2015, sources close to her said.”Preeti used all her resources and her entire network to find Anita’s family. The first breakthrough came about a month ago, when a batch mate of hers in Nagaland located the Angami tribe through a police inspector. She immediately mobilised people, located the family, and arranged for a phone call and then a video call. After both sides were satisfied, Anita set off from Punjab,” Kamini Singla, Anita’s granddaughter told DNA over the phone from Punjab.She added: “I went with her to Nagaland with my brother. The reunion was right out of a movie. Everyone in the family was in tears. Her parents had passed away but her siblings and their family members welcomed her with open arms. We spent some days there in September and then returned to Punjab. The best thing is that now she is in touch with her family and we all owe it to Preeti Goyal, who took so much trouble for her sake. For my grandmother, she is the Bajrangi Bhaijaan in real life.”

J&K: Attack on BSF camp near Srinagar Airport; 3 jawans injured, terrorist killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One militant was killed and three jawans were injured in a gunbattle after the militants attacked a three Border Security Force (BSF) camp near the high-security Srinagar International airport on Tuesday morning.”Three personnel have been injured. Firing is ongoing,” BSF officials said.The ultras targeted the administrative block of BSF’s 182nd Battalion, located just outside the main gate of the airport.The attack took place at 4.00 am and exchange of firing was going on between the militants and security forces.The terrorists are holed up inside the building campus of the 182nd Battalion camp, according to BSF officials.No employee, passenger or vehicle is being allowed to go towards the Airport.Besides the only civilian airport, the technical airport used by Armed Forces and VIPs is also in the vicinity. The area also houses training centres of the BSF and CRPF.

Rajiv Mehrishi takes over as CAG

Mehrishi, a 1978 batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre, completed his two- year fixed term as the home secretary last month. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi took over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on Monday. He succeeded Shashi Kant Sharma, who demitted office on Friday.President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mehrishi (62) at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, which was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other dignitaries. Mehrishi, a 1978 batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre, completed his two- year fixed term as the home secretary last month.

Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar picked up in extortion case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar was picked up by encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma on Monday for his alleged involvement in an extortion case being probed by Thane Police.According to the police sources, it is alleged that Iqbal was trying to extort a builder and after the builder approached the police, Iqbal was picked up from his Nagpada den in Mumbai Central on Monday evening.Sharma, who had gunned down over 100 criminals was dismissed by the then police commissioner Hasan Gafoor in 2009, after he found that Sharma had alleged links with the underworld. Sharma had challenged the order in the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal and the decision came in his favour.Later Sharma was arrested in the fake encounter of suspected Chhota Rajan gang member Lakhan Bhaiya and was later discharged from the case.In August this year, Sharma was reinstated in the police force and was transferred to Thane Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell.

Assam ministers to visit flood-affected areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Assam cabinet on Thursday took a decision that all ministers and senior officers of the state government will visit all flood affected areas from September 15 next.A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, took the decision to extend necessary support for implementation of Swacch Bharat Mission in flood affected areas and ministers and officers would visit these areas to ensure the same, Industry Minister Chandramohan Patowary briefed reporters after the meeting.The cabinet also took a decision that families of deceased employees will get the last pay of the employee till the time of his retirement instead of appointment on compassionate grounds and this will be effective from April one, 2017.Patowary said that it was also decided that a new unit of Assam Petrochemicals Limited would be constructed with an outlay of Rs 1337 crore.The cabinet also approved the Municipal Administration Reform Bill and consequently all Municipal Boards will have officers from Administrative Service, Finance Service and Engineering Service.The cabinet also approved Bills for formation of Assam State Capital Region, setting up of Majuli University of Culture and setting up three new universities, namely Bhattadev University, Madhabdev University and Rabindranath Tagore University.Assam State Population Bill, focussing on women empowerment, was also approved The cabinet also approved 32 bighas of land at Beltola in Guwahati for construction of International Trade Centre where twin towers having 65 storeys will be constructed, Patowary added.

Centre finalises new cadre policy ensuing national integration for IAS, IPS officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new policy for cadre allocation has been finalised by the Central government for IAS, IPS and other officers, aimed at ensuring “national integration” in the country’s top bureaucracy.Officers of all-India services — the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) — will have to choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states.The officers of the three services are currently allocated a cadre state or a set of states to work in.They may be posted on central deputation during the course of their service after fulfilling certain eligibility conditions.The existing 26 cadres have been divided into five zones in the new policy proposed by the personnel ministry.Zone-I has seven cadres — AGMUT (also known as Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories), Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana.Zone-II consists of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, while Zone-III comprises Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland will constitute Zone-IV, while Zone-V will have Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.Under the new policy, candidates can only select one state/cadre from a zone as their first choice. Their second, third, fourth and fifth choices have to be from the different zones.Usually candidates choose their home state as their first choice and neighbouring states as their subsequent preferences.The new policy will seek to ensure that officers from Bihar, for instance, will get to work in southern and north- eastern states, which may not be their preferred cadres, a personnel ministry official said.”This policy will ensure national integration of the bureaucracy as officers will get a chance to work in a state which is not their place of domicile,” the official said.He said the new policy would help in upholding the rationale behind the all-India services.”All-India service officers are supposed to have varied experiences which can be earned when they work in a different state, which is new to them. The officers may not be able to experiment new things if they work in their own domicile state,” the official said.Candidates appearing for the civil services examination– conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission — will have to first give their choices in a descending order of preference from among the various zones, as per the new policy.The preference for the zones will remain in the same order and no change will be permitted there, it said.”If a candidate does not give any preference for any of the zones/cadres, it will be presumed that he has no specific preference for those zones/cadres,” the policy said.If candidates are not allocated any one of the cadres for which they have indicated a preference, they shall be allotted along with other candidates any of the remaining cadres, arranged in an alphabetical order, where there are vacancies, it said.Candidates will be allotted their home cadre on the basis of merit, preference and vacancy in the category, it said.The official said the policy is likely to be put into effect from this year

BJP accuses K’taka govt of ‘misusing’ authority to implicate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing the Karnataka government of “misusing” the authority to implicate its leaders, the opposition BJP today submitted a memorandum to the governor, urging him to intervene in the matter. They accused the Congress government in the state, led by Siddaramaiah, of violating the constitutional mandate by indulging in “unethical” acts like phone-tapping of its political opponents, hoisting “false” cases against them, “engineering” complaints through the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and “pseudo” Right to Information (RTI) activists. The BJP leaders met Governor Vajubhai Vala days after the ACB registered a case against the state unit president of the party, B S Yeddyurappa. The case was lodged in connection with the denotification of over 257 acres of land at the Dr K Shivaram Karanth Layout in northern Bengaluru, when Yeddyurappa was the chief minister between May, 2008 and July, 2011. The case against the BJP leader was based on a complaint from a member of the ‘Jana Samanya Vedike’, a social organisation. Also, a senior Karnataka Administrative Service officer, on Saturday, had alleged that he was “pressured” by ACB officers to give a statement against Yeddyurappa in connection with the case. The memorandum urges the governor to intervene and order a high-level inquiry by an agency, which is independent of the state government, against the ACB officers concerned and put an end to the agency being “misused politically”. The BJP leaders, under the leadership of Union minister Ananth Kumar, opposition leaders Jagadish Shettar and K S Eshwarappa, marched to the Raj Bhavan, and submitted the memorandum to the governor. Speaking to reporters after meeting the governor, Kumar accused Siddaramaiah of “creating an atmosphere of an undeclared emergency” in Karnataka. “We have informed the governor in detail about how the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government is conspiring against our leader Yeddyurappa through false allegations and false cases by using the ACB,” he said. Kumar also termed the state government as “anti- democratic”. Opposition Leader in the Assembly Shettar alleged that the complaint against Yeddyurappa was received, the FIR lodged and summons issued in a matter of few days, “which clearly indicates that the ACB is being misused for political reasons”. “I would like to ask the ACB and the chief minister that of the over 25 complaints filed against the latter in the last one year, how many have been inquired into so far, how many FIRs have been lodged and in which of these cases, a summons has been issued? “No inquiry against the chief minister or his ministers, as also against certain IAS officers…but, soon after receiving a complaint against Yeddyurappa, you have swung into action. This shows that it is politically motivated,” he alleged. In the six-page memorandum, the BJP has accused the government of tapping the phones of its political opponents “by misusing the legal provisions and abusing its authority”. It has also accused Siddaramaiah of using a team of officers and “political appointees” for this purpose. The saffron party has also accused the government of “failure” to prevent the anti-social elements from killing the RSS activists in the state, especially in the coastal region. The BJP has been alleging that the ACB is being used by the Karnataka government to target the opposition party, “in retaliation” to the recent Income Tax raids at Energy Minister D K Shivakumar’s properties.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Probe allegation against Kerala minister: Achuthanandan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Virtually backing the Congress-led UDF opposition’s demand for a probe into encroachment charges against Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan today asked the party-led LDF government to order an investigation into the case. In a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Achuthanandan, Chairman of the State Administrative Reforms Commission, sought the probe, saying it was necessary as the government’s image should not be affected by the charges. The CPI(M) leader said though the government had explained the matter, the UDF and the media were repeatedly raking up the issue. Achuthanandan said the UDF should not be allowed to take political mileage out of the allegations. The former chief minister also demanded a probe into the charges against LDF independent MLA M V Anwar that he was running a ‘Water Theme’ park in violation of rules. Attacking the government on the issue, KPCC President M M Hassan said the LDF has become a government of “encroachers”. The charges against Chandy, a businessman-turned- politician representing Kuttanad in the assembly, is that he had encroached upon backwaters near his tourist resort at Kuttanad in Alappuzha district. It was also alleged that he misused his position and constructed a road to his resort using government funds. Chandy, an NCP nominee in the LDF cabinet, had rejected the charge and stated that he would quit public life if the allegations were proved true. The chief minister had stated that the charges were “politically motivated”. The UDF opposition members had staged a walkout in the assembly on August 17, demanding the resignation of Chandy and a probe into the charges against him and Anwar. The charge against Anwar, MLA from Nilamboor, is that the legislator was running a theme park in an environmentally- sensitive area at Kakkadam Poyil in Kozhikode district, violating rules. He had allegedly constructed a check dam blocking the natural flow of water in a stream, to facilitate its flow to the theme park. Anwar, a former Congress worker, has also denied the charges and termed it as an “effort to tarnish” his “political image”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC notice to Centre on CAT’s plea challenging Finance Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre on a plea of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) challenging the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the newly-amended Finance Act. The CAT said the ‘Tribunals, Appellate Tribunals and Other Authorities (qualifications, experience and other conditions of service of members) Rules, 2017’, framed under the Act, provides that the search-cum-selection committee to select its administrative members will be headed by a nominee of the central government. Earlier, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) or his nominee had a role in selection of administrative members of CAT, the tribunal told a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud. The bench found prima facie merit in the submission of senior advocate C A Sundaram, representing the CAT, and sought the response of the Centre in two weeks. The panel also sought an interim stay on the provisions of the new Act and the Rules, under which new Search-cum- Selection Committee for the post of Administrative Member would be set up. The senior advocate told the court that the new Act will take away the powers of the CJI. “Because of the provisions of the new Act, the power of your Lordships have been taken away as the final authority in deciding the administrative members of the tribunals which used to rest with the CJI,” he said. However, on the issue of selection of CAT’s chairperson and judicial members, the 2017 Rules provide that the search- cum-selection committee would be headed by the CJI or his nominee. The Finance Act, which came into effect from April 1, led to the framing of the 2017 Rules, which allegedly gave “unbridled” powers to the Executive to decide on the qualification of the members, their appointment and removal among other issues, one of the petitions filed by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, said. The apex court had earlier issued notice to the Centre on two other similar pleas filed by Ramesh and an NGO Social Action for Forest and Environment (SAFE). The NGO, in its plea filed through lawyers Vivek Chib and Ruchira Goel, had sought the quashing of Part 14 of the Finance Act and Rules framed under it. It alleged that the alterations brought about by the Finance Act would weaken the functioning of tribunals including the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and curtail their powers. Senior advocate Mohan Parasaran, who had appeared for Ramesh, had submitted that the power of judiciary has been compromised by the provisions of the new law. The petition has said the changes brought about by the Act would weaken functioning of tribunals including the NGT and curtail their powers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmiri Pandit cop embodies hope in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the valley of death, a Kashmiri Pandit cop embodies hope!Superintendent of Police, Manoj Kumar Pandita aka Manoj Sheeri has embarked on a mission to spread the message of communal amity and build reconciliation between two estranged communities — Pandits and Muslims — through his writings in Urdu and Kashmiri.After Khushbuay Kashmir (Fragrance of Kashmir), a compilation of short stories in Urdu, Manoj Sheeri is all set to release his collection of Urdu dramas ‘Bikharay Bichaday’ (Scattered Separation) in Kashmir.The 51-year-old, who has been witness to killings of his relatives and neighbours during the painful migration, has chosen Urdu to communicate with the people to build an atmosphere of reconciliation and spread communal amity.“When I released Khushbuay Kashmir, it was liked by everyone. There was an overwhelming response to the book. It delved deep into the human relationship and highlighted our happiness, sadness, pain and trauma. There were rave reviews of the book,” Manoj Pandita, who writes by his penname Manoj Sheeri, told DNA.Sheeri is a small village in Baramulla district where Manoj was born to a family of farmers and orchardists. After completing his degree from Government Degree College Baramulla, Manoj went to Jammu to pursue his masters in journalism.Soon after, he joined an English newspaper in Jammu before he cracked Indian Information Services in 1994. Luck however had other things in store for him as he cracked Kashmir Administrative Service exam in 2001 and was allotted police cadre.URDU HIS FIRST LOVEThe subtext of Manoj’s works is to spread communal harmony and reconciliation.
His Urdu dramas revolve around relationships and social milieu of Kashmir.

357 babus, 24 IAS officers punished: DoPT tells PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Perform or perish’. This is one of the mantras of good governance being followed by the Modi government to make its workforce accountable, a senior personnel ministry official has said. The ministry has taken actions like premature retirement and cut in remuneration against 381 civil services officers, including 24 from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, for being non-performers and allegedly being involved in illegal activities, he said. It highlighted these measures in a booklet titled ‘3 years of sustained HR initiatives: Foundation for a new India’ and in a presentation made before Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. “To ensure accountability of bureaucracy, the government has made probity and performance the twin pillars on which good governance rests,” the booklet said. Strict action has also been initiated against officers on foreign postings who were continuing on such assignments beyond their approved tenures, it said. “These strict measures have gone a long way towards inculcating a sense of discipline and accountability in the bureaucracy and have sent a message to employees to either perform or perish, while having a positive impact on the performing workforce,” the ministry said. It said the records of 11,828 Group A officers, including 2,953 all India services like the IAS, the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS), were reviewed. The service records of 19,714 Group B officers were also reviewed to eliminate the deadwood and the corrupt. In the presentation before the prime minister, the ministry said action was taken against 381 bureaucrats. A total of 25 Group A officers, including one IAS and two IPS, and 99 Group B officers were prematurely retired by the government, the ministry said. As many as 21 civil servants, including ten IAS officers, deemed to have resigned, it said. The penalties like dismissal, removal or compulsorily retirement and cut in pension was imposed on 37 Group A officers that included five from the IAS. In addition to this, 199 Group A officers, including eight from the IAS, were penalised on remuneration, it said. The ministry, while highlighting its initiatives, said there was “visible demonstration of the will of the State in punishing wrongdoers”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

381 babus, including 24 IAS, punished:Personnel ministry to PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Perform or perish’. This is one of the mantras of good governance being followed by the Modi government to make its workforce accountable, a senior personnel ministry official has said. The ministry has taken actions like premature retirement and cut in remuneration against 381 civil services officers, including 24 from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, for being non-performers and allegedly being involved in illegal activities, he said. It highlighted these measures in a booklet titled ‘3 years of sustained HR initiatives: Foundation for a new India’ and in a presentation made before Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. “To ensure accountability of bureaucracy, the government has made probity and performance the twin pillars on which good governance rests,” the booklet said. Strict action has also been initiated against officers on foreign postings who were continuing on such assignments beyond their approved tenures, it said. “These strict measures have gone a long way towards inculcating a sense of discipline and accountability in the bureaucracy and have sent a message to employees to either perform or perish, while having a positive impact on the performing workforce,” the ministry said. It said the records of 11,828 Group A officers, including 2,953 all India services like the IAS, the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS), were reviewed. The service records of 19,714 Group B officers were also reviewed to eliminate the deadwood and the corrupt. In the presentation before the prime minister, the ministry said action was taken against 381 bureaucrats. A total of 25 Group A officers, including one IAS and two IPS, and 99 Group B officers were prematurely retired by the government, the ministry said. As many as 21 civil servants, including ten IAS officers, deemed to have resigned, it said. The penalties like dismissal, removal or compulsorily retirement and cut in pension was imposed on 37 Group A officers that included five from the IAS. In addition to this, 199 Group A officers, including eight from the IAS, were penalised on remuneration, it said. The ministry, while highlighting its initiatives, said there was “visible demonstration of the will of the State in punishing wrongdoers”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to open lateral entry door for private sector specialists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major move aimed at bringing domain expertise to policy making, the government has decided to open its doors for private sector specialists in select departments, a senior personnel ministry official said. A proposal is being worked out to induct 50 such specialists from the private sector in government departments at the level of director and joint secretary, he said. Many of these posts are manned by civil service officials. A presentation giving details of the proposal was shown to Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently by the personnel ministry, the official said. Private sector talent can be brought in on fixed- term contracts to supplement the government’s effort of providing good and effective governance, he said. About 48 lakh employees work in various central government departments. Over 4.2 lakh posts were vacant as on March 1, 2015, according to latest data. The move to induct private sector specialists comes following a suggestion from the government’s policy think tank Niti Aayog. “Today, rising complexity of the economy has meant that policy making is a specialised activity. Therefore, it is essential that specialists be inducted into the system through lateral entry. “Such entry will also have the beneficial side effect of bringing competition to the established career bureaucracy,” a draft agenda report on civil services reform by the Aayog had said. In areas requiring specialised knowledge, it is important to develop expertise among internal staff and induct lateral entry, the report said. “This specialisation by the internal staff needs to be complemented by lateral entry of highly specialised staff on fixed-term contracts. Specialists could be brought on three to five year contracts. Such a system will bring top talent and energy into the government and will lend new dynamism to the ministries,” it said. The government has already been appointing private persons in some departments. Last month, an ayurveda physician, ‘Vaidya’ Rajesh Kotecha, was appointed as special secretary in Ayush Ministry. Usually a senior bureaucrat, preferably an IAS officer, is appointed to such a post. Last year, former IAS officer and renowned sanitation specialist Parameswaran Iyer was appointed secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Iyer, who had taken voluntary retirement from Indian Administrative Service (IAS), was appointed on contract basis for two years. The Centre recently also opened banking sector and central public sector enterprises for private sector specialists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UPSC NDA and NA 1 2017 Results declared: Check you marks on upsc.gov.in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, UPSC National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) written examination were declared on upsc.gov.in.The results of the 2017 exam was declared on July 18. The exams were conducted on April 23 at 41 test centres across the country and now interview round will be conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) of the Ministry of Defence. Candidates will get admission into three sections of NDA – the Army, Navy and Air Force and the course will begin from January 2018.Here’s how you can check your result.Step 1: Log into the official website – upsc.gov.inStep 2: Click on the link that shows the link of UPSC NDA results 2017.Step 3: Click on the result link.Step 4: Enter your registration id or roll number.All the best for your results. About the National Defence Academy:The National Defence Academy (NDA) trains cadets of three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, together before they are summoned on a pre-commissioning training in the respective academies. It offers only a full-time residential undergraduate programme, which offers candidates an choice between two streams. While the Science Stream offers subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, the Humanities stream offers studies in History, Economics, Politics Science, Geography and Languages.Earlier, all aspirants for the civil services preliminary examhave been asked to download the e-admit card “well in advance” to avoid last minute rush, the UPSC has said.The Union Public Service Commission has stopped issuing paper admit cards for the past few years and candidates are required to download it from its website. “To avoid the last minute rush, candidates are advised to download their ‘e-admit card’ and ‘Important Instructions to the Candidates’ well in advance,” the UPSC said in its latest advisory. The directive assumes significance as there have been complaints in the past of the UPSC website crashing or being slow to respond.Early downloading of e-admit card will relieve pressure on the website that sees a large number of visitors close to the exam. Candidates have also been asked to check the e admit card carefully and bring discrepancies, if any, to the UPSC’s notice immediately. They should note that any omission, mistake, discrepancy in encoding or filling in details in the OMR answer sheet, especially with regard to roll number and test booklet series code, will render the answer sheet liable for rejection, it said.In a set of dos and don’ts, UPSC has asked candidates not to bring any costly items inside the examination venue. “Electronic gadgets like cellular/mobile phones, any other devices for communication, laptop, blue tooth device, and calculator are banned inside the examination hall. “Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action against the candidates concerned including debarment from futur examinations/selection,” it said.The civil services examination is conducted annually by the Commission in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. The civil services preliminary examination 2017 is scheduled to be held on June 18. A large number of students from across the country appear in this prestigious test. About 4.59 lakh had taken last year’s civil services prelims. Of these, 1,099 have been declared successful in the test, the result of which was declared on May 31.The e-admit card can be downloaded from the website, www.upsconline.nic.in.

Petitioners must approach CAT before coming to courts: Ukd HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttarakhand High Court has asked whistleblower bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi to move the Central Administrative Tribunal first before coming to the courts directly on service matters. The court was examining whether any officer can directly approach the high court for redressal of his service matter grievances or he has to first approach the tribunal. A petition was filed by Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer of Uttarakhand cadre, regarding his poor grading in appraisal report for the year 2015-16, during his deputation in the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Chaturvedi had impleaded J P Nadda, now Union health minister, and certain other senior central government officers as respondents by name alleging that the poor grading was the result of his action against corruption. In his plea, Chaturvedi had cited a number of judgements by the apex court wherein it was held that in spite of availability of alternate remedy, the high court should entertain cases involving violation of fundamental rights and principal of natural justice. In its order, the high court said, “The fact that in some other cases the court may have intervened cannot advance the case of the petitioner. In this case, at least objection has been raised on behalf of the respondents (central government as a whole), at the earliest stage when the matter came up.” It said any “erroneous entertainment” of any other writ petition will not confer any right on the petitioner to persuade the court to overlook the law laid down by the apex court. “Therefore, we would think that petitioner must be relegated to approach tribunal under the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985,” said the order issued by Chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice Alok Singh. The court left it open to the petitioner to raise all the reliefs before the tribunal. “We also leave it open to the petitioner to approach this court seeking any relief, which may be rejected by the tribunal on the ground that it does not have jurisdiction,” it said. The Assistant Solicitor General, representing the central government, had raised objection on direct entertaining of Chaturvedi’s case in the high court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Achal Kumar Joti takes over as new Chief Election Commissioner today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Achal Kumar Joti on Thursday took charge as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).The former Gujarat chief secretary was appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday succeeding Nasim Zaidi.Joti retired as the Gujarat Chief Secretary in January 2013. He was also the Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments in the State.Joti, a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, had joined the three-member Commission as an Election Commissioner on May 8, 2015.

5 new IAS officers join home ministry as assistant secretaries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five newly-recruited IAS officers have joined the home ministry as assistant secretaries on deputation as part of an initiative to familiarise them with the functioning of the central government. Vijay Dayaram K, Arvomd Kumar Chauhan, Pooja Kumari Parth, Akanksha Bhaskar and Raja P, all belonging to the 2015 batch of the Indian Administrative Service, have joined the home ministry and will work for three months before proceeding to their alloted cadre, an official said. Dayaram has been allocated the Chhattisgarh cadre, Chauhan Uttar Pradesh, Pooja Kumari Parth Rajasthan, Akanksha Bhaskar West Bengal and Raja P the Karnataka cadre. The initiative of appointing new IAS officers as assistant secretaries in various central government ministries and departments was started by the Narendra Modi government to familiarise them with the functioning of the Centre and enable them to get themselves introduced to various functionaries. The young IAS officers joined the central government after completion of their training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-BDO, 2 others sentenced to 2-year in jail for graft

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A vigilance court in Kalahandi district today sentenced an Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) officer and two others to two years’ rigorous imprisonment for causing Rs 2.94 lakh loss to the state exchequer in the purchase of water coolers. Special vigilance judge Chitranjan Dash also slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 each on the three for the offence committed during 2005-06. The three convicts are OAS officer Benjamin Prasad Deogam, former BDO of Khariar block in Nuapada and now Deputy Secretary in tourism department; Labanya Sundar Nayak, former head clerk of Khariar block; and Tarachand Agrawal, supplier. However, the three moved bail applications soon after being convicted and the court granted them bail. According to the prosecution, the case was registered against the three for manipulation of records and showing undue favour to Agrawal by entertaining forged quotations and issuing purchase orders to him to supply six water coolers. The water coolers supplied did not match with the quotation cited by the supplier and due tender process was also not adopted by the officials. This caused excess payment to the tune of Rs 2,94,600.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prasar Bharati Board meets to discuss AIR, DD functioning

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prasar Bharati Board today discussed issues related to the functioning of All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan at a meeting here. It was the Board’s first meeting after Shashi S Vempati assumed charge as the chief executive officer of the public service broadcaster. 43-year-old Vempati is the first non-Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer to head the organization. Under the chairmanship of A Surya Prakash, the meeting was also attended by Board Member (Finance) Rajeev Singh, Additional Secretary in Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Jayashree Mukherjee, and part-time member Ashok Tandon, among others. However, part-time member and actress Kajol did not attend the meeting, amid reports that she may lose her membership on the account of repeated absence from the meetings.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt probe into Rs 2,500 cr Wakf land scam stalled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The probe into Rs 2,500 crore Wakf land scam touted as state’s biggest Wakf fraud, which rocked the state early this year, is stalled midway after Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) ordered an interim stay on the matter. The highly publicised probe has gone into the cold storage.”The stay has stopped the probe into this case. We have filed a detailed affidavit in MAT recently and expect a favourable verdict,” admitted Shyam Tagade, Secretary of Minorities Development Department.The government had suspended the then acting Chief Executive Officer of the Wakf Board Naseema Banu Patel after a preliminary inquiry indicated her “mala fide intention” in ruling a 55-acre Wakf property in Nashik as a non-Wakf one in February 2016. A township is coming up on it after the builder took possession of it by paying compensation to encroachers who became the legal heir of the land after the CEO declared the land non-Wakf.Patel had challenged her suspension in the MAT on the ground that even the Wakf Tribunal (above in hierarchy than the CEO) had passed similar order in the disputed property as Patel. The government officials claim the two properties are different.Interestingly, the MAT has not revoked Patel’s suspension but ordered interim stay in the probe. The embarrassed Minorities Development Department has now initiated probe into more such cases during Patel’s tenure.As per law, a Wakf is an endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational, or charitable cause. It can neither be transferred nor sold. The land in question belonged to the Masjid Doodhwari Katra in Nashik and was reportedly donated for a mosque by Shah Jahan in the 15th century.The Revenue Department claims to have all documents – starting from the Shah Jahan’s order till the last Wakf survey in 1997-2000 to prove that the disputed land belongs to Wakf board.

Farmer’s suicide: Top revenue official collects evidence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after a farmer allegedly ended his life due to “harassment” by village officials in Kozhikode, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) P H Kurien today visited the Village Administrative Office (VAO), where his body was found, and collected evidence. He checked the files related to the land of the deceased farmer, Kaavilpurayidathil Joy, who was found hanging outside the VAO on June 21, said an official release issued here. Kurien also examined the authenticity of the charges that the 57-year-old farmer had taken the extreme step due to harassment by the village officials who refused to accept the tax for his land for the last 18 months. He directed that the cases similar to that of Joy’s pending before the land tribunal be considered and land tribunal adalats be organised at the panchayat level. He also directed the district collector to settle such cases without any delay, the release said. Kurien later chaired a review meeting of revenue officials at the collectorate. He also visited the kin of the deceased farmer and consoled them. Later, the senior revenue official told reporters that the preliminary probe pointed towards the failure of the officials in the issue. “The preliminary investigation hints at the failure of the officials. If it is proved, stringent action will be taken against them which may even include dismissal from service,” said Kurien. Earlier in the day, a group of activists of the Muslim Youth League, affiliated to the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), staged a demonstration on the VAO premises, demanding compensation and a job for the next of kin of the deceased. In a related development, the police registered a case against one of the two suspended officials under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC. The body of Joy was found hanging outside the VAO at Chembanod on the night of June 21. The farmer allegedly took the extreme step after the officials refused to accept the tax for the land owned by him. District Collector U V Jose had subsequently suspended a village assistant and a village officer for “not accepting the land tax”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GST readiness: Haryana sets up district offices in 5 ranges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government is fully geared up for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state and has set up district offices in five ranges of Ambala, Gurugram, Faridabad, Hisar and Rohtak. Excise and Taxation Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, said here today that Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner (JETC) has been made the range in-charge. He said that while Ambala range would comprise Panchkula, Ambala, Jagadhri, Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Karnal; Gurugram range would consist of Gurugram (East), Gurugram (West), Gurugram (North), Gurugram (South) and Nuh. Similarly, Faridabad range would cover Faridabad (East), Faridabad (West), Faridabad (North), Faridabad (South) and Palwal; Hisar Range would include Hisar, Bhiwani, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Jind and Rohtak Range would have Rohtak, Panipat, Sonipat, Rewari, Narnaul and Jhajjar. The minister said that there would be three First Appellate Authorities at Ambala, Rohtak and Faridabad headed by JETC (Appeal). Apart from this, there would be 27 Tax Districts headed by Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Sales Tax). While Gurugram district has been divided into Gurugram (East), Gurugram (West), Gurugram (North) and Gurugram (South); the Faridabad district will cover Faridabad (East), Faridabad (West), Faridabad (North) and Faridabad (South), the rest would be same as revenue districts, he added. Referring to the GST migration status as on June 21, Abhimanyu said that 1,90,234 applicants in different districts of the state have been logged in successfully, which constitutes about 77 per cent. Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department, Sanjeev Kaushal said that a meeting was held with the officers of state’s Central Excise and Service Tax administration recently to review the arrangements being made for implementation of GST in the state. Kaushal said that at present, Haryana State s Central Excise and Service Tax administration comes under Delhi Central Excise and Service Tax Zones with nine Administrative Commissionerates. “Now, Haryana GST Zone would be headed by a Chief Commissioner with office at Panchkula,” he said. He said that there would be four Administrative Commissionerates at Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak and Panchkula and two Audit Commissionerates and Appeal Commissionerates each at Gurugram and Panchkula. Referring to the jurisdiction of Administrative Commissionerates, Kaushal said that for Gurugram, the Administrative Commissionerates would have the jurisdiction of district Gurugram with eight divisions and 56 ranges whereas for Faridabad, they would have the jurisdiction of Faridabad district, Palwal, Nuh, Mahendragarh and Rewari (six divisions with four in Faridabad and one each at Palwal and Rewari and 34 ranges).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mosquito breeding: NDMC slaps notice on Rashtrapati Bhawan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has issued show cause notices to prominent government buildings in the national Capital, including Rashtrapati Bhawan, Ministry of Defence (MoD), and South Avenue, among others, for being potential breeding grounds for Aedes mosquito, the carrier for dengue and chikungunya.The Rashtrapati Bhawan, at present, is undergoing renovation, and has been issued two notices for having ‘mosquitogenic conditions’ (potential grounds for mosquito breeding). At some other buildings, the civic body officials detected actual breeding.Earlier this month, the civil engineer and junior engineer at the President’s Estate were issued notices for keeping over 50-60 uncovered overhead tanks with rain water in them.The civic body’s Health Department has issued over 1,100 notices, besides issuing 12 challans, so far this season, for mosquito breeding in Lutyens’ Delhi.Meanwhile, mosquito larvae were found in flower pots on the lawns of the Ministry of Defence and at South Avenue, an official said.The other places where breeding was found included the fountains of Delhi High Court and Haryana Bhawan. Larvae were found at Paryavaran Bhawan, Mausum Bhawan, Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Safdarjung Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi Police Headquarters, and the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, among others.”AIIMS has been issued a challan as breeding was noticed in the same spot repeatedly. Notices were also issued to the Safdarjung Hospital, where construction is going on and breeding was spotted in open drums,” the official said.These challans are issued under the NDMC Act.AnalysisGovernment establishments are often slapped with notices for mosquito breeding but the authorities fail, repeatedly, to take appropriate measuresThese establishments need to take the matter seriously, as it affects a large number of people

CAT refuses to entertain ex-AIIMS deputy director’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has refused to entertain a plea of a former AIIMS deputy director to remove him as a party in a case seeking contempt proceedings against him and an ex-director of the institute for allegedly filing forged documents before it. The application of former Deputy Director (Admn) V Srinivas came after the CAT had on April 19 sought his reply along with former director M C Mishra on the plea of IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi. However, when a bench headed by Justice Permod Kohli refused to accept Srinivas’s contention that he was relieved from the charge of AIIMS deputy director (Admn) on March 21, 2017 to join the Rajasthan government from May 22, his counsel sought to withdraw the application. The tribunal then dismissed it as withdrawn. Srinivas had claimed that the documents were filed by him in a case, pending before CAT, in his official capacity as Deputy Director (Admn) and not personal. He had claimed that if the plea was not allowed he would “suffer irreparable loss”. Chaturvedi had sought initiation of contempt of court proceedings against them for allegedly violating CAT’s last year order in a matter related to re-writing his Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR). In his plea, Chaturvedi had asked the tribunal to set aside January 21 AIIMS order for making entries into his APAR for the period from December 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015. He had also sought a direction to the Centre to take appropriate action against Srinivas for his “various omissions and commissions”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Narayanasamy greets Karunanidhi on eve of his birthday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today greeted DMK patriarch and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on the eve of his 94th birth day. Narayanasamy who highlighted the multi faceted features of Karunanidhi in the assembly, said his political acumen, administrative skill, literary supremacy and adept handling of administrative and political issues were of high order. PWD Minister A Namassivayam, Welfare Minister M Kandasamy, Revenue Minister Shah Jahan, Agriculture Minister R Kamalakannan and legislators belonging to the ruling Congress and its alliance partner DMK expressed their greetings to Karunanidhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UPSC 2016: Namrata Jain, girl from Naxal-hit area in Chhattisgarh stands 99th

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Growing up in Chhattisgarh’s Naxalite-affected Dantewada district, Namrata Jain had one dream — of joining the civil services. The dream came true yesterday, as Namrata, 23, learnt she had cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam, conducted annually for top government jobs. Namrata, who lived and studied in the troubled Geedam town of the district before moving to Durg for high school and to Bhilai for an engineering degree, stood 99th in the list of 1099 successful candidates.”She had been very studious all through her schooling and in her college also. We knew she would clear the civil service examination some day,” said her uncle, Suresh Jain, from Geedam.He remembered how she travelled on her own from Geedam to Durg and Bhilai, about 350-400 kms from her hometown, for her studies. “She made a lot of effort to complete her education. But she never lost interest in studies and remained focused. This is all the result of her hard work,” said Jain, a shopkeeper.After completing her engineering in electronics, she came to Delhi to prepare for the UPSC exam. A delighted Namrata told PTI that the result was like a dream. “I am really happy to get selected in the exam. It is like a dream come true for me and my family,” she told PTI from Raipur. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who is on an official visit to Japan, congratulated her for the success. “Elated to learn Namrata Jain from Dantewada clinched 99th rank in UPSC exams! Maybe someday she’ll become the district’s collector,” Singh tweeted. Dantewada district comes under the state’s Bastar region, where Naxalites have been waging a guerrilla war for years.Three other students from Chhattisgarh have also qualified for the civil service.Gagan Giri Goswami, Lal Das and Piyush Kumar Lahre have been ranked 710th, 746th and 977th respectively. They stayed in the Tribal Youth Hostel, managed by the Chhattisgarh state government to help students from the state, in Delhi to prepare for the examination.While Goswami belongs to Other Backward Classes (OBC), Das and Lahre are from the Scheduled Castes category. “They studied hard to clear the examination,” a state government official said.Nandini K R, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service Customs and Central Excise), topped the prestigious civil services examination 2016.A total of 846 men and 253 women cleared the exam this year. Of them, 500 belonged to the general category, 347 were OBCs, 163 from the Scheduled Caste category and 89 from Scheduled Tribes.The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages– preliminary, main and interview–to select candidates for the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

All of us should be involved in implementing SDGs, chief secy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The concept of sustainable development goals and its implementation in Assam was today discussed at a conclave here. “Since SDGs encompass everyone, so all of us need to be involved in it to achieve its goal”, Assam Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia said while inaugurating the divisional conclave on sustainable development goals. The conclave was organised by divisional commissioner, lower Assam division in collaboration with Transformation & Development Department, deputy commissioner of Kamrup Metropolitan District, Centre for Sustainable Development Goals and Assam Administrative Staff College. Divisional Commissioner, LAD, Ahmed Hussain, Additional Chief Secretary Tranformation and Development Department K V Eapen, DC Kamrup (M) Dr M Angamuthu, were among the other speakers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UPSC 2016: Kashmiri man comes 10th in exam, hopes to serve state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again — these words that always moved Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat came true for the Kashmir forest officer who scored the 10th position in the civil services, the results of which were declared today.”Words can hardly describe my feelings. I feel on top of the world today,” Bhat, an Indian Forest Officer at present based in Lucknow, told PTI over the phone. Bhat, who had appeared for the examination four times, would have in November this year crossed 32 — the cutoff age for appearing for the elite services. “I believed in this quote — Try, try, try again. I have been trying from 2010,” Bhat said, his voice choking with emotion.Bhat, who belongs to the remote border district of Handwara in North Kashmir, completed his schooling and college from Srinagar before studying Veterinary Sciences in Jammu.The product of a government college, he cleared the Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) and later the Indian Forest Services. “However, my aim was the IAS and now I am sure that I will get my home cadre,” Bhat said. “I have had to sacrifice every comfort to achieve my goal,” Bhat, who has three brothers and a sister, added.His father, who was also a KAS officer, was “elated” by his son’s success. “He is longing to see me back in my home state so that I can serve my people,” Bhat said.The father in him credits his success to his seven- month-old daughter, Mariam. “After she was born in September, I cleared my preliminaries. And since then there has been no looking back,” he said.As the news of Bhat’s success spread, congratulatory messages were flashed by Union Minister Jitendra Singh and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. “It is encouraging to see that youths from militancy-hit areas are appearing and emerging as toppers in the civil services,” Singh told PTI. In his message, Omar said Bhat had made the state proud and hoped that “all the dreams of the son of the soil” would be fulfilled.

Girl from naxal-hit area gets 99th rank in civil services exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Namrata Jain, who hails from naxal-affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, today qualified the prestigious civil services examination. “Elated to learn Namrata Jain from Dantewada clinched 99th rank in UPSC exams! Maybe someday she’ll become the district’s collector,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said in a tweet. Dantewada district comes under the state’s Bastar region, considered as den of the naxals. Nandini K R, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), has topped the prestigious civil services examination. A total of 1,099 candidates (846 men and 253 women), including 500 in General category, 347 belonging to Other Backward Class, 163 from Scheduled Caste and 89 from Scheduled Tribe, have been recommended for appointment to various central government services, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said. The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages– preliminary, main and interview– to select candidates for the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IAS officer drowns in pool, family suspects foul play

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pool side party of young bureaucrats turned tragic when a 30-year-old newly inducted IAS officer Ashish Dahiya, drowned while saving his colleague from drowning late on Monday night, at the Foreign Service Institute in South Delhi.While Dahiya’s family has alleged foul play claiming he was an excellent swimmer, police have ruled out any such possibility.Policeman-turned-bureaucrat, Dahiya was to leave for J&K soon for his first posting as an IAS officer.Having arrived from the Indian Administrative Service training center in Mussoorie on Sunday, Dahiya, a former Deputy Superintendent of Police in Himachal Pradesh, had to leave for J&K for his first posting as an IAS. He was married for a year-and-a-half to his doctor (MBBS) wife Pragya Dahiya, who is also preparing for civil services.The tragedy unfolded as Dahiya along with his batch-mates and a few IRS officer friends had gathered at the Foreign Service Institute at Ber Sarai area on Monday, to celebrate their convocation which had concluded a few hours before.According to the police, Dahiya along with a few of his friends and a woman colleague, entered the pool.While they were all partying, the woman suddenly lost balance and slipped in the water. Seeing her drown and panicking Dahiya and others rushed to rescue, while some others outside the pool, jumped in too.”The men pulled the woman out of the water, but as the drama came to end, the woman realised Dahiya was no where to be seen. After a minute, Dahiya’s body was spotted floating in the pool,” said a senior police officer.Dahiya was pulled out of water and the station medical officer, Dr Pramyesh Basall, was called. Attempts were made to administer CPR to the deceased and he was rushed to Fortis Hospital, where he was declared brought dead at 12.50 am, Additional DCP south, Chinmoy Biswal said.He also said that the evidence collected from the spot suggests that the revellers had been consuming alcohol. Dahiya’s uncle, two elder brothers Surender and Ashok Dahiya both engineers and his parents, who reside in Sonipat, Haryana, were informed about the incident.Dahiya’s family has alleged foul play claiming he was an excellent swimmer. “The fact that he died of drowning is unbelievable. He was a very good swimmer. It is difficult to believe that a former police officer, an IRS and now a trained IAS, would be such callous,” said Kuldeep Singh, Dahiya’s uncle.”Statements of those who were present there and Dahiya’s batch-mates have been recorded and they have not alleged any foul play. Post mortem examination reports have cleared death by drowning. No injury marks were found on the victim’s body. Inquest proceedings are on and the incident is being looked into. Deceased’s body was handed over to the family members after post mortem,” said Ishwar Singh, DCP South.The pool area where the incident took place also did not have any CCTV cameras which could establish the sequence of events. “We suspect the facts stated by police and demand stringent probe. The government has lost a talented officer and they must show concern. The family is devastated by the incident, ” Singh added.Police, however, confirmed that there were no CCTV cameras in the pool area of the institute. They also said that the party that had started with 25-30 people, only had a handful of guests left by the time the incident took place.(With inputs from Sanjana Ghosh)

Poor-quality pic on admit card? Bring ID proof like Aadhaar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Civil services aspirants will have to bring a copy of Aadhaar card or other identify proof to appear in the UPSC’s preliminary examination on June 18 in case the photographs on their admit cards are of poor quality. In instructions issued to the aspirants for the test, the UPSC said those who have poor-quality photographs on the e admit cards will have to bring “a photo identity proof like Aadhar card, driving licence, passport or voter i-card and two passport-sized photographs one for each session for appearing in the examination with an undertaking”. The admit cards for the examination can be downloaded from the UPSC’s website. The Aadhaar card, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India, is a 12-digit unique identity number and it can act as proof of identity and residence. The civil services examination is conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. Mobile phones, calculators, IT gadgets and any other communication device such as bluetooth etc. won’t be allowed inside the premises where the examination is being conducted, the UPSC said. “Any infringements of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examinations,” the Commission said. Candidates are advised not to bring any valuables/costly items and bags to the examination halls, as safe keeping of the same can not be assured. The Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard, the instructions said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Consultants to help Law Commission identify, weed out antiquated laws

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to make the Indian legal system more contemporary, the Law Commission of India has decided to hire a team of legal consultants to help identify laws that are no longer relevant and can be repealed. The country’s law panel has also decided to work actively on repealing laws that affect the poor. In a circular issued on Wednesday, the law panel said, “The Law Commission intends to prepare a panel of consultants to assist the commission in its broad-based research work on the projects in hand.”The law panel listed a number of projects including the review/repeal of obsolete laws for which it would engage legal consultants. The commission wants to engage consultants in not just identification of laws that have become irrelevant but also identification of laws that require amendments. The circular stated that it would need assistance of the consultants in identification of “laws which are not in harmony with the existing climate of economic liberalisation and need change”.The law commission would also engage the consultants for examination of “laws which affect the poor and carry out post-audit for socioeconomic legislation” and to “suggest suitable measures for quick redressal of citizens’ grievances in the field of law”. On Friday, BJP chief Amit Shah also cited repeal of obsolete laws as one of the important achievements of the government. Shah announced that in the last three years, the BJP government had repealed 1,100 laws that were irrelevant.The NDA first initiated the process of review and repeal of obsolete laws in 1998. It created the Commission on Review of Administrative Law, which recommended repeal of 1,382 central laws. Of those, 415 were repealed.In June 2014, shortly after the Narendra Modi government came to power, the Law Ministry wrote to the Law Commission, seeking a report identifying obsolete laws. In August that year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also set up a two-member panel for performing the same task. In September 2014, the law commission submitted its first report on the matter to the government. Giving a definition to obsolete laws, the commission had said, “First, the subject matter of the law in question is outdated, and a law is no longer needed to govern that subject; second, the purpose of the law in question has been fulfilled and it is no longer needed and third, there is newer law or regulation governing the same subject matter.”

Army officer arrested in rape case not connected with DRDO:Def

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Defence ministry today said that a Colonel-rank officer arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman here was in no way connected with the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO). The concerned army officer Col.Rishi Sharma is not working at the DRDO centre in Shamirpet, near Hyderabad, and is also in no way connected with the DRDO, the ministry said in a statement issued in Delhi. Sharma was arrested by the Hyderabad police on May 15. The police while giving details of the arrest the next day said the officer was on deputation with the DRDO. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shamshabad Division) P V Padmaja maintained today that Col.Rishi Sharma is working on deputation as Administrative Officer at DRDO, Shamirpet. Padmaja also said that following the arrest of the officer he was produced before a court here which rejected the army’s request for trial in army court and send him in judicial remand.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Manesar land PMLA case: ED raids Jt Secretary in Delhi, others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ED today raided 10 locations in Delhi and Haryana, including residence of an IAS officer serving in the Union government here, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Rs 1,500- crore alleged illegal land acquisition in Gurgaon’s Manesar. Several farmers and land owners are alleged to have been cheated in this case, in which former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is one of the accused. The ED teams swooped down on various premises of at least eight people, including a retired IAS officer, in Panchkula, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and the official residence of IAS officer Rajeev Arora in New Moti Bagh area in Lutyens’ Delhi. Arora, a 1987-batch Haryana cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has served as the Managing Director of the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC) between 2005-2011. At present, he is serving as a Joint Secretary in the Union Labour ministry on central deputation. When contacted by(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to give adequate protection to officers: MoS PMO

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The central government is committed to provide adequate protection to performing officers while being zero-tolerant towards corruption, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today. His assertion assumes significance as a special CBI court had yesterday sentenced former coal secretary H C Gupta to two-year in jail in a coal block case. The sentencing has caused a feeling of angst among serving bureaucrats who feel that it may paralyse bureaucracy as officers would be hesitant in taking any decision. “While being zero tolerant towards corruption, we will also give adequate protection to the performing officers,” the minister said during a press conference. He was referring to changes in the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act being suggested by the government. As per a bill to change the PC Act, all central government employees, including those who have retired, will be getting a ‘shield’ from prosecution as it would be made mandatory for investigating agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take the Centre’s prior approval before conducting any inquiry against them. The move is also based on the recommendation of a Parliamentary committee, which had suggested the shield for public servants by making it mandatory for the agencies like the CBI and the police to take “previous approval” of competent authority before conducting any inquiry or investigation against a public servant including from peon to secretary. However, such an approval will not be necessary for cases involving “arrest of a person on the spot on the charge of accepting or attempting to accept any undue advantage for himself or for any other person”, the panel had said. The bill may come up during the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, the minister suggested. Gupta and two serving senior officials — K S Kropha and and K C Samaria — were sentenced to two years in prison for irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to a private firm. They became the first public servants to be convicted and sentenced for the multi-crore coal block allocation scam, unearthed during the previous UPA regime. Gupta, a 1971-batch officer of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), was the coal secretary between January 1, 2006 to November 30, 2008.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gehlot asks officials to work last-mile connectivity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly appointed Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot today stressed on the need to provide the last-mile connectivity to the commuters in the city. During a review meeting with the department’s senior officials, he sought the status report of the various pending and ongoing projects. Gahlot, who was administrated the oath of office and secrecy as the minister in the Delhi Cabinet on Saturday, also holds the portfolios of Law and Justice, Information Technology and Administrative Reforms. He has been allotted the office of sacked Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra on the 8th floor of Delhi Secretariat. “The minister has asked for reports from all branches of the department on their pending and ongoing projects. In next two-three days, reports will be submitted to his office,” a senior government official said. The Najafgarh MLA faces an uphill task as the public transport system in the city is not particularly in a good shape. Since its formation, the AAP government has not been able to add a single new bus to the fleet of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian doctors stranded in Shenzhen leave for Macau

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty-five Indian doctors and their families, who were on a trip to China and got stuck at a hotel in Shenzhen over non-payment of dues, moved to Macau today after the issue was settled, Indian officials said. The doctors attached with the Malad Medical Association (MMA)in Mumbai, were made to vacate their hotel rooms in Guangdong Province yesterday and forced to remain in the lobby until the entire amount was paid. A tour operator in Mumbai failed to make payments to a Chinese travel agency for the doctors and their families who were on a tour of China. They were stuck at the hotel in Shenzhen where Chinese tour operators refused to facilitate their return to India until their fee is paid. They left for Macau, a Special Administrative Region of China, today after the issue was sorted out, an Indian official from the Consulate in Guangzhou told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Portfolio changes in AAP Cabinet: Transport to Gahlot, Gautam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the President gave nod to the appointment of Kailash Gahlot and Rajender Pal Gautam as ministers in the AAP government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal effected major changes in the portfolio allocating key responsibilities to his new colleagues. While Gahlot was named the city’s new Transport Minister, replacing Satyendar Jain, Gautam has been given the Water Ministry, held by Kapil Mishra before he was sacked on May 6. After his sacking, Mishra had alleged that he had seen Jain give Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal. The portfolios were allocated to Gahlot and Gautam after Lt Governor Anil Baijal administrated them the oath of office and secrecy at the L-G secretariat. Kejriwal and Assembly Speaker Ramniwas Goel attended the oath-taking ceremony. After humiliating defeat in the recent MCD polls and in the Rajouri Garden bypoll, the reshuffle assumes significance as the Aam Aadmi Party seeks to regain the lost ground. Gahlot, the Najafgarh MLA, faces an uphill task as the public transport system in the city is not particularly in a good shape. Since its formation, the AAP government has not been able to add a single new bus to the fleet of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Gahlot has also been given the charge of Law and Justice, Information Technology and Administrative Reforms which were until now with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Similarly, Seemapuri MLA Rajender Pal Gautam’s responsibilities bring him challenges as the AAP government has promised to provide tap water to every household by the end of this year. Gautam will be the new Social Welfare and SC/ST Minister also. Besides, he has also been given all portfolios held by Mishra– tourism, art and culture, gurudwara elections. The government said that some portfolios held by Sisodia and Jain were given to the newly appointed ministers as they were already loaded with several portfolios and can now focus on remaining departments. Sisodia moved out of three departments-IT, Administrative Reforms, Law and Justice- but he still looks after education, finance, planning, land & building, revenue, vigilance, services while Jain still has Urban Development, Health, Industries, PWD and Home. Kejriwal does not hold any portfolio. A senior government official said “revolutionary steps” are being taken by the government in the education and the health sectors and Sisodia and Jain can now focus on them. Important decisions on Mohalla Clinics, poly clinics, free medicines and tests in government’s hospitals have been taken under the leadership of Jain. In the education sector too, several infrastructural projects are being carried out in government-run schools. “Government is also focusing on quality education in its schools. Under the leadership of Sisodia, education department recently decided to send government school teachers to other cities and abroad for skill training,” the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Development will be a befitting reply for naxalism: Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Development of Gadchiroli will be a befitting reply to the menace of naxalism in the region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here today. “Naxalism can be defeated by development and people of Gadchiroli support development. The proposed sponge iron plant of Lloyds Metals and Energy in the district is a step in the right direction,” said Fadnavis. He was speaking at a award ceremony at High court auditorium organised by Vidarbha Lady Lawyers Association. Administrative Judge Bombay High Court Bench at Nagpur Justice Bhushan Gavai, guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Advocate General of Maharashtra Rohit Deo were present for the programme. “Earlier, big industries like Tata Steel and Bhilai Steel Plant were supposed to set up their units here. However, due to naxal menace they could not do so,” said Fadnavis. Fadnavis today visited Gadchiroli district where he attended different functions and also took stock of security scenario in the district. Fadnavis handed over land for the proposed sponge iron plant of Lloyds Metals and Energy Ltd at Konsari village in Ashti tehsil of Gadchiroli. He also distributed cheques to farmers, who gave their lands for this sponge iron plant of Lloyds. Fadnavis also visited a village in Chamorshi taluka of Gadchiroli district and inspected work of Malgujari talao. He interacted with locals and girl students in Bamanpeth village in Chamorshi taluka. Journalist Rakesh Ghanode was felicitated for his legal reporting during the function in Nagpur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EVM tampering row: All eyes on crucial ‘EC all-party’ meet today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission will on convene an all-party meeting over the issue of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and other electoral reforms in New Delhi on Friday.In its communication to the presidents of all the seven national and 48 state political parties, the Commission sent a status paper on EVMs and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail, VVPAT.The poll panel will try to assure parties that the EVMs cannot be hacked in any manner.Last month, sixteen opposition parties had urged the Election Commission to revert to the paper ballot system saying that the alleged tampering has created trust deficit in the credibility of the EVMs.However, the poll body has been maintaining that EVMs are tamper proof and cannot be manipulated.
ALSO READ EVM tampering row: Akhilesh Yadav questions poll panel, demands future elections be held with ballot paperThe poll panel intends to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units attached with EVMs in the coming elections for greater transparency and to keep voters’ confidence in the electoral process.The Union Cabinet had given its nod to sanctioned funds of nearly 3200 crore rupees to procure more than 16 lakh VVPATs as sought by the EC.
ALSO READ EVMs can’t be hacked, ballot paper system worst alternative: Former election commissionersBesides EVMs, the meeting is expected to deliberate on making bribery in elections a cognisable offence, disqualification on framing of charges for the offences of bribery in elections and suggestions in VVPAT recount Rules.On Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), during a special session of the Delhi assembly, conducted a live demonstration on how EVMs can be tampered with.
ALSO READ Hack EVM machines if you can: Election Commission dares political partiesReacting to the demonstration, the poll panel said the machine used to conduct live demonstration was a ‘look-alike” which was made to function in a ‘tampered’ manner.”It is commonsense that gadgets other than ECI EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that ECI EVMs will behave in the same manner because the ECI EVMs are technically secured and function under an elaborate Administrative and Security Protocol,” an official release said.”Such so called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the ECI cannot be exploited to influence our intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process,” it added.Conducting a mock poll on an EVM machine, AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj demonstrated how despite giving two votes each to various parties; the final count showed that votes of some parties had been transferred to one party.A day before the all-party meeting, the AAP on Thursday forwarded a new demand, calling for an all party committee to be formed under the monitoring of the EC to ascertain whether EVMS were hacked in the recently held elections or not.

EC invites all parties on May 12 to redress EVM issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In order to allay doubts raised by political parties over the allegation of rigged Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission has scheduled an all political parties meeting on May 12 where issues related to electoral reforms, besides non-tamperable EVMs, would be discussed. This came hours after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), during a special session of the Delhi assembly, conducted a live demonstration on how EVMs can be tampered with. Reacting to the demonstration, the poll panel said the machine used to conduct live demonstration was a ‘look-alike” which was made to function in a ?tampered? manner. ?It is commonsense that gadgets other than ECI EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that ECI EVMs will behave in the same manner because the ECI EVMs are technically secured and function under an elaborate Administrative and Security Protocol,? an official release said. ?Such so called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the ECI cannot be exploited to influence our intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process,? it added. Conducting a mock poll on an EVM machine, AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj demonstrated how despite giving two votes each to various parties; the final count showed that votes of some parties had been transferred to one party. Soon after a demonstration, Kejriwal alleged tampering of EVMs poses a real ‘threat’ to the country. “Saurabh is a computer engineer who has worked with chips in the past, and today, he has shown how easily the EVM can be rigged. This is a serious threat to democracy. Citizens in unison should raise their voices against this,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After SC flak, red-faced Kerala govt reinstates TP Senkumar as DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A red-faced Kerala government today decided to reinstate senior IPS Officer T P Senkumar as state’s DGP (Law and Order), on a day the Supreme Court dismissed its clarification petition on his appointment with cost.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan signed the related file tonight and the government order would be issued tomorrow, sources in his office said. Senkumar told media persons that he would react only after the order has been issued. Incumbent DGP Loknath Behara is likely to be appointed DGP, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. Senkumar, who is due to retire on June 30, was removed two days after the CPI(M)-led LDF government assumed office on May 25 last year.He had moved the Central Administrative Tribunal, challenging his removal, but his plea was turned down. The Kerala High Court had later upheld the CAT’s verdict. The Supreme Court had, however, on Apr 24 directed the reinstatement of Senkumar, saying he was transferred by the LDF government “unfairly” and “arbitrarily”. The Supreme court order was widely seen as a setback to the LDF government. The Senior IPS officer’s relation with ruling CPI-M was not cordial as he had probed various cases, including the sensational T P Chandrasekharan murder case in which CPI(M) cadres were allegedly involved.
ALSO READ Kerala govt mocked judgement by delaying reinstatement of Senkumar: Supreme CourtThe Chief Minister had all along justified Senkumar’s removal, saying that he was not fit for the post.With the government not taking a decision on the SC order, Senkumar had filed a contempt petition accusing it of “wilful, deliberate disobedience”. The Supreme Court earlier today dismissed the Kerala government’s clarification petition and imposed a cost of Rs 25,000. It also sought the response of Kerala chief secretary Nalini Netto on the contempt plea. The Kerala government had defended Senkumar’s removal, saying he had tried to shield erring policemen in last year’s Puttingal temple fire tragedy which left over 100 people dead.Following the SC’s order, the Congress-led UDF and BJP attacked the government, demanding Vijayan’s resignation and immediate reinstatement of Senkumar. While Law minister A K Balan said the verdict was not a setback for the government, Panniyan Ravindran, leader of the CPI, a ruling front ally, blamed the government’s decision on the wrong advice of legal experts. The decision on Senkumar’s reinstatement followed a meeting of the CPI(M)’s state secretariat earlier in the day where the matter was discussed.NDA ‘s Kerala vice chairman and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the apex court’s verdict was yet another “stinging slap” on the Kerala government.

Kerala Law Minister says govt. will work according to SC’s spirit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kerala Law Minister A. K. Balan on Friday said the government will work according to the Supreme Court?s spirit in connection with the contempt notice to state Chief Secretary for not reinstating T.P. Senkumar as state Director General of Police (DGP). ?The government will work according to the spirit of the Supreme Court. It’s the responsibility of the government to comply with the Supreme Court?s order and government will do that. Let the contempt of court come. The contempt charges won’t stand in this,? Balan said. Asserting that this isn?t a setback, Balan said the government was using the remedial measures available legally. ?We asked clarification because there was ground to ask for clarification. The honourable Supreme Court has not accepted that. It was only a normal procedure. It’s better to ask the Chief Minister on the future course of action. It is a normal practice that the court asks to pay the cost when they dismiss a petition,? he added. The response has been sought by May 8. The apex court also imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000 on the state for seeking clarification on it verdict of reappointing Senkumar as DGP. Earlier on May 3, the Kerala Government had filed a modification petition before the top court seeking clarification on its order to reinstate Senkumar as the state police chief. The apex court directed the reinstatement of the former Director General of Police (DGP) after noting he was removed from the post “arbitrarily”. The court set aside the order of the Kerala High Court that had earlier upheld the Central Administrative Tribunal’s (CAT) decision. The CAT was in agreement with the State Government’s ruling that transferred Senkumar from the post of the state police chief. On April 11, the Kerala Government defended its decision to transfer Senkumar, citing his transfer was a punishment for how he had handled the fallout of the 2016 Puttingal temple fire tragedy, in which 110 people were killed and 300 were injured. The fire tragedy refers to an explosion leading to fireworks display going awry at the temple in Kollam district last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UN owes India USD 55mn for peacekeeping operations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UN owes a total of USD 55 million to India for its contribution to the world body’s peacekeeping operations, the second highest outstanding payment to any member country. Under-Secretary-General for Management Yukio Takasu, in his semi-annual overview of the Organisation’s finances, told reporters on Wednesday that the top troop contributing countries to UN peacekeeping operations such as Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Egypt “deserve timely payment” for their contributions and participation in UN peacekeeping. As on March 31 this year, the UN owed a total of USD 777 million to member states for peacekeeping operations. Of this, outstanding payment for amount owed for troops, formed police units and Contingent Owned Equipment to Ethiopia was the highest at USD 64 million. The UN owes India USD 55 million for peacekeeping operations, the second highest amount, followed by 53 million dollars to Bangladesh and 41 million dollars to Pakistan. Takasu said member states who are owed outstanding payments “deserve to be reimbursed” and the organisation is “making every effort” to make the payments to the nations. However, as at May 3, India was among the 39 member states which had fully paid all assessments it owed to the UN. India s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin pointed out the lag in paying outstanding dues to member states despite the fact that the same member states had paid their dues in full. “Who pays on time & who is owed huge dues by UN,” he tweeted, referring to the amount the UN owed to India and other countries for peacekeeping at a time when these nations had responsibly paid their dues on times. Earlier Takasu told the UN s Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) that on the regular budget, assessments were issued in 2017 at a level of USD 2.578 billion, USD 29 million higher than in 2016, he said. Payments received by April 30, 2017 amounted to USD 1.6 billion, unpaid assessed contributions by that date amounted to USD 1.4 billion, USD 8 million lower than a year ago. The total amount outstanding for peacekeeping operations at the end of 2016 was USD 1.8 billion, compared to the USD 976 million outstanding at the end of the previous year, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC issues notice to Kerala Govt. over not reinstating ex-DGP Senkumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Friday issued contempt notice to Kerala?s Chief Secretary for not reinstating T.P. Senkumar as state Director General of Police (DGP). The response has been sought by Monday i.e. May 8th. The apex court also imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000 on the state for seeking clarification on it verdict of reappointing Senkumar as DGP. Earlier on May 3, the Kerala Government had filed a modification petition before the top court seeking clarification on its order to reinstate Senkumar as the state police chief. The apex court directed the reinstatement of the former Director General of Police (DGP) after noting he was removed from the post “arbitrarily”. The court set aside the order of the Kerala High Court that had earlier upheld the Central Administrative Tribunal’s (CAT) decision. The CAT was in agreement with the State Government’s ruling that transferred Senkumar from the post of the state police chief. On April 11, the Kerala Government defended its decision to transfer Senkumar, citing his transfer was a punishment for how he had handled the fallout of the 2016 Puttingal temple fire tragedy, in which 110 people were killed and 300 were injured. The fire tragedy refers to an explosion leading to fireworks display going awry at the temple in Kollam district last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC asks AIR to expedite hearing against Assembly Secretary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today asked the All India Radio to expeditiously conclude the disciplinary proceedings initiated by it against the Delhi Assembly Secretary, who is stuck in a tug-of-war between the Centre and the AAP government. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, while disposing of a petition of Secretary Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara to quash the disciplinary proceeding against him, also directed him to file a written response within 10 days to the memos and charge sheet issued against him by the All India Radio (AIR). The court said after Suryadevara filed his response, the inquiry shall proceed as per law and directed the AIR to conclude the proceedings “as expeditiously as possible”. The proceeding was initiated against him by the AIR, his parent cadre, for not returning to it even after then Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had ordered his repatriation in August last year. Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel had refused to relieve the official then. In the instant matter as Suryadevara had not responded to the memos and charge sheet, the AIR had passed an ex-parte order for initiating an inquiry against him. During the hearing, AIR’s counsel said they were ready for relegating to the stage where charge sheet and memorandum were served on Suryadevara last year. The court had earlier suggested that Suryadevara should respond to the disciplinary proceeding initiated against him by the AIR. The AIR’s proceedings against him was also being carried out for writing an article – ‘Neither Office, Nor Profit’, with the permission of the Delhi Assembly Speaker, who too has already moved the court against Suryadevara’s repatriation. Earlier, an issue of maintainability was raised by the services department of the Delhi government and the AIR. The AIR and the services department had said that as Suryadevara was a central government appointee on deputation to the Delhi Assembly, therefore the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) was the appropriate forum to deal with the matter. On the other hand, it was argued on behalf of Suryadevara that since he was appointed to the secretarial services of the Delhi Assembly, he would not come under the jurisdiction of the Tribunal as per the CAT Act. Suryadevara, an officer of the Newsreader-cum-Translator (Telugu) cadre, was deputed to the Delhi Assembly for a year after which Jung had ordered to relieve him. Goel had, however, refused to relieve the official, insisting that since he, as the Speaker, held a constitutional office and the LG cannot repatriate the Assembly secretary without his concurrence. Suryadevara had earlier served in the offices of Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for five years and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari for over six years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

180 IAS officers to work as Asst Secy in central govt depts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 180 IAS officers of 2015 batch will be posted as Assistant Secretaries in different central government departments for three months, beginning July 3. The posting is part of a unique initiative started by the central government to groom bureaucrats at the Centre before they move out to their respective state cadres. All officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) are allotted cadres — which could either be a state or group of states. The officers are supposed to start their career in their respective cadre states. As per rules, IAS officers are eligible to come on central deputation only after completing nine years service at their respective cadres. About 180 officers of 2015 batch will be on central deputation for 13 weeks — July 3, 2017 to September 27, 2017, an order issued recently by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. These officers will be designated as Assistant Secretaries during the period and will be attached to departments allotted to them, it said. They will take over the assignment after expiry of Phase- II training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie on June 30. The officers will be entitled for medical facilities and Central Deputation on Tenure Allowance (CDTA), which is presently 10 per cent of basic pay subject to a ceiling of Rs 4,000. They will also be provided accommodation during the period of their central deputation. The DoPT has earmarked about 200 posts of Section Officer’s grade to accommodate these officers against the posts of Assistant Secretaries. “The idea behind allowing these young officers to start their career from Delhi is to familiarise them with the functioning of the Union government and enable them to get themselves introduced to various functionaries and officials in the central government hierarchy,’ a senior DoPT official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sukma attack: IAS officers to adopt martyrs’ families

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a unique initiative, IAS officers will adopt families of security personnel, who lost their lives in Maoist combat, anti-terror operations or maintaining law and order.The bureaucrats will approach such families within their area of posting and offer themselves as facilitators to help them (families) get their dues like pension, gratuity or allotment of services like petrol pump, jobs etc, an association representing them said on Friday.The officers, however, would not be providing any direct financial help to such families, it said.”Their job would be to help the families get their dues from respective governments. They may also help the children in such families to get admission in a school,” Sanjay Bhoosreddy, honorary secretary of Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association, said.The association represents all members of Indian Administrative Service (IAS).Initially, about 700 young officers, of past four batches–2012 to 2015–will be asked to adopt at least one family in the area of their posting.”Senior officers, or those from state civil services, can also adopt such families voluntarily,” Bhoosreddy, a Joint-Secretary level IAS officer, said.The officers will oversee whether the support (both in cash and kind) pledged by the state or local governments have been provided to the family concerned.They will ensure that the children of the martyred soldiers continue getting good education and mentor them so that they can pursue the career of their choice based on their aptitude and talent, the association said.The officers will also see whether any benefits can be provided to them based on various schemes being run by the government like Skill India, Start-up India, Digital India etc.Bhoosreddy said the support system will cater to the families of central armed police forces like Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), those in Army and all others working with local police.”The state governments have been asked to share with the association the details of such families,” he said.The official noted that the IAS officers, who work as Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDM), District Magistrate (DM) and at other senior positions in state and Central governments, have immense influence on the local administrative machinery.He added that such an influence can be positively channelised to support and help the families of martyred soldiers in an effective and sustained manner.

Will legally comply with SC’s order on Kerala DGP Vijayan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said the government would comply with the Supreme Court?s decision which ordered the reinstatement of former Director General of Police (DGP) T.P. Senkumar who was transferred ?arbitrarily?. ?After receiving copy of the judgment, the government will do whatever it can legally to comply with the court?s order,? Vijayan told the media. The apex court set aside the order of the Kerala High Court that had earlier upheld the Central Administrative Tribunal’s (CAT) decision. The CAT was in agreement with the State Government’s ruling that transferred Senkumar from the post of the state police chief. On April 11, the Kerala Government defended its decision to transfer Senkumar, citing his transfer was a punishment for how he had handled the fallout of the 2016 Puttingal temple fire tragedy, in which 110 people were killed and 300 were injured. The fire tragedy refers to an explosion leading to fireworks display going awry at the temple in Kollam district last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM honours babus for implementing govt’s priority programmes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today presented the awards for implementation of the central government’s priority programmes. A total of 12 awards, 10 under the five priority programmes category and two under the innovation category, were given by the prime minister on the occasion of Civil Services Day. Under the innovation category, Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district was awarded for the initiative ‘Cashless village Palnar’ and Dungarpur district of Rajasthan was honoured for the “Solar Urja Lamps Project”. For the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, Mizoram’s Siaha district was awarded in North East and hill states category, while Banaskantha district of Gujarat was honoured under the category of other states. For the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the awards were given to Gomati district (Tripura) and Jalna district of Maharashtra. Solan district of Himachal Pradesh and Nizamabad district of Telangana received the award under the e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM). Sivasagar district of Assam and Bihar’s Nalanda were felicitated for the good work done under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. For Start-Up India, the award was given to the state of Gujarat and for Stand-Up India, the award went to North and Middle Andaman of Andaman & Nicobar islands. The prime minister also released two books “New Beginning” on Innovations for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence and “Fostering Excellence” for initiatives under identified priority programmes. During the function, “Making New India-2017”, a film by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances was also screened. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that this year, 599 districts participated in the PM’s awards competition, as compared to 74 districts last year. The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances made an elaborate exercise through an online platform for young officers and 615 IAS officers of four batches (2013-2016) spent about 2,000 hours and provided their inputs on this platform, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Air Force Administrative College gets NAAC accreditation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: The Air Force Administrative College (AFAC) here has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with Cumulative Grade Point Assessment of 3.18 on a four-point scale at “A” Grade. Chairperson of NAAC Committee Prof. B Hanumaiah submitted the report to Group Captain J K Sahu, Chief Instructor, MET Faculty of AFAC, an official release said here today. The college, one of the oldest institutions to train officers in the Indian Air Force, was started in 1943 at Pune and shifted to Coimbatore in 1946. Since then it has been the alma mater of officers of the IAF. It has won many laurels, including the President’s Colours/standards in 2000 and is one of the few Defence establishments to be accredited by NAAC, the release said. In addition to conducting a large number of professional service courses, the institution is also affiliated to Bharathiar University for award of various degrees, including Post-Graduate diploma, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy – Meteorology and is the only one in India to conduct formalised training on Aviation Meteorology.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

© 2019 Yuva Sai Sagar. Theme by Anders Norén.