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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.

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Mizoram: IPS officer removed from service for underperformance, says home ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lingala Vijaya Prasad, an IPS officer posted in Mizoram, has been removed from the service after the government found his service to be “unsatisfactory”, a Home Ministry officer said.Prasad, a 1997 batch police officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, was removed from the service due to “unsatisfactory” service records, the officer said.The performance of the DIG-rank officer was reviewed after completion of his 15 years of service in the IPS and he was found to be unfit to continue.The performance review of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers was conducted to weed out “deadwood”, the home ministry officer said on condition of anonymity.As per rules, performance review of an all-India service officer is conducted twice first after the completion of 15 years of qualifying service, and then after 25 years.The order removing them was issued by the home ministry yesterday after approval by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.According to the service rules, the central government may, in consultation with the state government concerned, require a member of the service to retire in public interest, after giving at least a three-month notice in writing or as many months pay and allowances in lieu of such notice

Now, right person for right job, no more lobbying for PS, OSD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lobbying for the posts of private secretaries and officers on special duty to Union ministers had been eliminated and senior appointments were now dictated by the mantra of “right person for the right job”, the personnel ministry has said. Merit and integrity were the keys to appointments in the Modi government, the ministry said in a report. Speculations related to transfers and postings in the higher levels of government had been checked with IT being used to bring in transparency in the system, it added. A multi-source stakeholder feedback, also known as 360 degree approach, was being followed for selecting officers for senior level appointments, the ministry said in a booklet titled, “3 years of sustained HR initiatives: Foundation for a New India”, released in a function attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. The deciding factor for postings was “right person for the right job”. This had led to placements becoming more representative, with 120 non-IAS officers from services like the Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, Indian Revenue Service and Indian Audit and Accounts Service currently placed as joint secretaries, it said. The total number of joint secretaries is 291. The high number is significant as civil services have been demanding career opportunities equal to those enjoyed by the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), considered the backbone of the bureaucracy. Earlier, for empanelment to the posts of joint secretary and above, an experts’ panel would scrutinise the marks of the annual performance appraisal reports of the officer for the past 10 years and aggregate the scores for every year. This led to a situation where most officers were graded as outstanding without any differentiation on the basis of specific aspects of their performance and character, the ministry said. “Now, a robust system has been instituted which weeds out officers with an ambiguous record. This has been institutionalised by implementing a system of obtaining multi source stakeholder feedback by the expert panel for officers under consideration for empanelment,” it said. The ministry said care had taken to ensure that the feedback was sufficiently broad-based to avoid any possibility of individual prejudices materially affecting the final assessment. The changes in the empanelment process have not been limited to the central staffing scheme. For central deputations, even Inspector General empanelment for Indian Police Service officers has now been aligned with the more rigorous joint secretary empanelment procedure, it said. “Similarly, the scope for lobbying associated with the posting of PSs and OSDs to ministers has been eliminated. The focus on merit, integrity and objectivity in senior placements has ushered in better work culture,” the ministry said. The government has laid out reforms to ensure merit, objectivity and probity in senior appointments, it said. “Realising that the efforts would come to a naught without the instant flow of information to support it, systems have been institutionalised to provide for on-demand real-time dissemination of information to all stakeholders,” the ministry said. An online application — Employees Online — launched by the government has introduced unprecedented transparency in the system and has eliminated speculations on transfers and postings in senior echelons of the government. “It has also eliminated the potential for corruption arising out of information asymmetry,” the ministry said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two IPS officers sacked for non-performance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two IPS officers from Chhattisgarh were dismissed from service citing non-performance after an approval from the Appointments Committee of Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.AM Juri, who belongs to the 2000-batch of the Indian Police Service, and KC Agrawal, who joined the IPS in 2002, were removed following a recommendation of the Chhattisgarh government, sources said.The Home Ministry — the nodal authority for administration of Indian Police Service officers — issued an order for removing them on Saturday after reviewing the performance of the two DIG rank officers.Juri, who joined the state police service in 1983, was promoted to the IPS in 2000, while Agrawal joined the state police service in 1985 and was promoted to IPS in 2002.They were removed as per the All India Services Rules – 1958 “in the public interest” after extensive review of the service performance of the two officers, who have completed 15 years of qualifying service.Performance review of an all-India service officer is conducted twice, first after the completion of 15 years of qualifying service, and then after 25 years.According to the service rules, the Central Government may, in consultation with the state government concerned, require a member of the service to retire in public interest, after giving at least three-month notice in writing or as many month’s pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.Another Home ministry official said there were complaints of alleged misconduct by the two officers.In January, Mayank Sheel Chohan, a 1998-batch Union Territory cadre officer, and Raj Kumar Dewangan, a 1992-batch Chhattisgarh cadre officer, were removed from the service on similar grounds.

Trivandrum Police declares Section 79 of Kerala Police Act to prevent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Trivandrum Police on Friday declared Section 79 of the Kerala Police Act in Thiruvananthapuram to prevent demonstrations, protect marches and meetings till July 30. Political clashes occurred earlier in the day between major political parties. They attacked houses, party offices, vehicles and other valuable items at various areas in the city. Looking at the situation, Indian Police Service G. Sparjan Kumar, in a statement, said, ?I am taking charge of the situation here as there are chances for further untoward incidents to happen in the city. If protest marches and meetings are held in these places, then the members will be grounded for proceeding under the Section of 79 of Kerala Police Act.” ?I do hereby prohibit all forms of demonstrations, protest marches and meetings within the jurisdiction of Thiruvananthapuram City Police limit for 3 days from July 28 to July 30,? Kumar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IPS officers may have to specialise in policing domain to get

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Police Service (IPS) officers may soon have to specialise in at least one policing domain like counter-insurgency, terror funding or cyber crime to get promotion to the senior ranks. According to a proposal prepared by the Home Ministry, each of the IPS officer will have to specialise in different policing domains like anti-terrorism, terror funding, economic crimes or cyber offences before being promoted to senior ranks. “As per the proposal, IPS officers will have to speacilise on a particular domain and mandatoryly undergo training before being promoted to the ranks of deputy inspector general (DIG), inspector general (IG) or additional director general (ADG),” a home ministry official said. The domain subjects or the area of specialisation, will be listed in the performance appraisal report, the official said. Among the subjects in which the IPS officers can speacilise include anti-corruption and vigilance, police research and development, criminal investigation (CBI, CID), intelligence, cyber crime, counter-insurgency and anti- terrorism. Before being promoted as a DIG, an officer will have to undergo training in at least one of the domains. Similarly for the promotion to ranks of the IG and ADG, mandatory training will have to be completed in two or three subjects. The National Police Academy in Hyderabad and other similar institutes will be asked to prepare training modules. The plan was discussed in November last during an annual conference of top police officers of the country in Hyderabad which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh. The proposal has been prepared as part of the follow-up of the discussion that took place in that meeting. Future postings of senior police officers may be decided as per specialisation, the official said. An IPS officer goes through at least three mid-term training programmes. The first one is after seven to nine years in the job, the next comes after another seven years and the final one is on completing at least 24 years in service. These courses are mandatory and linked to promotions and increments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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.)

Canada regrets denial of entry to retired CRPF officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Canada has regretted the inconvenience caused to a retired CRPF officer Tejinder Singh Dhillon, who was stopped by the Canadian immigration despite possessing a valid visa. A statement issued here by its High Commissioner Nadir Patel said Indians were welcome in his country. “From time to time… oversight on visa applications can happen, which is regrettable. In situations were established procedures may not have been followed, a review takes places to avoid any reoccurrence,” the statement said.It said the denial of entry to Dhillon was no reflection on the CRPF, which plays an important role in upholding law and order in India.Dhillon, who returned to India, said he has been travelling to Canada for more than 30 years and had visited several times as a serving officer of the CRPF. He said he had a Canadian visa issued in India that was valid till 2024.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the issue was taken up with the Canadian government. “We have seen the news report regarding denial of entry by Canadian authorities to a senior retired Indian Police Officer. Such a characterisation of a reputed force like the CRPF is completely unacceptable. We have taken up the matter with the Government of Canada,” he said.Curiously, Dhillon was denied entry at Vancouver airport last week. A document handed over to him at the airport stated he was a “prescribed senior official in the service of a government that, in the opinion of the Minister, engages or has engaged in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity”.

Govt to select 980 officers through civil services exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 980 officers will be selected through civil services examination 2017, over 200 less than last year’s intake, the government said today. Thousands of aspirants appear in the examination conducted annually 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. “The number of vacancies that are proposed to be filled by civil services examination-2016 is 1,209. “In civil services examination, 2017, 980 vacancies have been fixed tentatively, which are subject to further change based on the firm number of vacancies to be received from the cadre controlling authorities,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. The cadre controlling authorities of the respective services report their annual vacancy indents to the government and Union Public Service Commission, which conducts the test. The proposed recruitment of 980 officers is 229 less than last year’s notified vacancy. The vacancies for this year’s test are the lowest advertised in the past five years by the government. The result of civil services examination 2016 is yet to be declared.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt unveils major changes in voluntary retirement rules for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bureaucrats seeking voluntary retirement can now hope to see their requests acted upon within a set time frame under new service rules unveiled by the Centre. The move to effect major changes in service rules for babus seeking voluntary retirement comes against the backdrop of complaints of harassment by few bureaucrats who claimed that their requests were kept pending for long time. The new rules also allow bureaucrats to take back their voluntary retirement request. The request for voluntary retirement by an IAS and IPS officers will not be kept pending beyond the notice period mentioned by them in such requests, according to the new rules issued by the Department of Personnel and Training(DoPT). If the competent authorities don’t issue any order before the expiry of the notice period specified by a service member, the voluntary retirement shall become effective from the date of expiry of the said period, the rules said. “Provided that, where no order is issued by the competent authority, then after the expiry of the period specified in the notice, the central government may issue orders.” The new rules are applicable on three all-India services–Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS). Existing rules allow a service member to retire before attaining 60 years age of superannuation, after giving three months’ notice in writing to the state government concerned, on the date on which he or she completes 20 years of qualifying service or any date thereafter to be specified in such requests. The request for withdrawal of notice of voluntary retirement shall be submitted to the competent authority within the period mentioned in the notice, the rules said. Earlier rules allowed an IAS, IPS or IFoS officer to withdraw notice of voluntary retirement only “after it is accepted by the state government”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UPSC strikes to have gender balance, encourages women to apply for civil services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central government strives to have gender-balanced work force and women candidates are being encouraged to apply for the civil services examination, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has said.The Commission conducts civil services examination to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others. “The government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply,” it said in a notification issued for this year’s test.The examination is conducted annually in three stages– preliminary, mains and interview. The preliminary test for this year will be held on June 18.The government has decided to hire 980 officers this year for various civil services post through the exam. The applicants have also been advised by the UPSC to apply early so that they could get the examination centre of their choice.The applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur, it said.The total number of examination centres across the country are 72. “Allotment of centres will be on the ‘first-apply-first- allot’ basis, and once the capacity of a particular centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get a centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a centre from the remaining ones. “Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a centre of their choice,” the Commission said.The last date for receiving the applications for the preliminary test is March 17 till 6 PM.

To check overstay, Centre cuts deputation allowance of babus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bureaucrats on central deputation abroad and within the country will not get deputation allowance beyond five years of such tenure. Norms allow a maximum of seven-year, in break-up of five plus two years in usual cases, central deputation term for officers to work outside their state cadre or abroad. The admissibility of deputation (duty) allowance would be up to the fifth year, if the deputationist has opted to draw such monetary benefit, an order issued recently by the Personnel Ministry said. The decision has been taken to check overstay of central deputation period by officers including those in Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others, officials said. The move comes after the government noticed a few cases where officers’ central deputation tenure was being extended, mainly while they were working abroad, by ministries concerned beyond the maximum period of seven years citing “exigencies”, they said. The Personnel Ministry has already issued a directive to warn officers that they may lose their job for overstaying on foreign posting. In case of deputation within the same station, the allowance will be paid at the rate of 5 per cent of basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs 2,000 per month; and in other cases, it will be payable at the rate of 10 per cent of the employee’s basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs 4,000 per month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Appointments Committee of Cabinet approves extension of service of Gujarat police chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the extension of service of P.P.Pandey, Director General of Police (DGP) and Director, Anti Corruption Bureau, Gujarat for three months beyond January 31, 2017. An officer of the 1980 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), Gupta was scheduled to superannuate today. It maybe recalled that Gupta’s elevation as state police chief was challenged in court owing to him being an accused in the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others. Gupta will now superannuate on April 30, 2017. The Union Cabinet also took a decision to prematurely repatriate Rupak Kumar Dutta, Special Secretary (CFT) in the Ministry of Home Affairs to his parent cadre Karnataka with immediate effect. Kumar is an officer of the 1981 batch of the Indian Police Service, Karnataka cadre.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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