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    ...In fact, sources say, the ministry has now scrapped the search-cum-selection (SCS) committee formed earlier this year to come up with suggestions for suitable names for appointment, apparently after the panel failed to find a “suitable” name for the UGC chairman’s post. Soon after the retirement of Mr Prakash in April this year, the ministry had instituted the committee which shortlisted four names in June and sent the same back for final approval. The issue is stalled here. Meanwhile, V.S. Chauhan, who is one of eight commission members, has been the acting chairman since then, after the HRD ministry granted him an extension. But Mr Chauhan, who is serving his second term as UGC member, is set to retire by the end of this month. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2017, 6:54 a.m.

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    ...The committee also approved curtailment of the deputation tenure of Ms Swaminathan, who is also secretary, Department of Health Research. Ms Swaminathan's appointment as the deputy director-general for programmes was announced early last month by the WHO. The government now has to find a successor. Sources say it has set up a panel headed by Cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha to identify Ms Swaminathan's successor. The other members of the search committee include Mr P.K. Mishra, additional principal secretary to the Prime Minister, Prof P. Balaram, former director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Mr T. Ramasami, former secretary, Department of Science And Technology and Mr P.N. Tandon, emeritus professor, neurosurgery, AIIMS. J&K babus in a merry-go-round Dilli is getting crowded with babus from the Jammu & Kashmir cadre. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Dec. 3, 2017, 12:48 a.m.

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    ...And the government has been firm in acting against non-performance by babus. Earlier this year, the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions took unprecedented actions such as premature retirement and a cut in remunerations against 381 civil services officers, including 24 officers from the IAS, for being non-performers and for allegedly being involved in illegal activities. Consequently, babus serving at the Centre remain on tenterhooks, knowing that they are under close observation all the time. Some observers explain this as the reason behind the dip in the number of babus willing to come on Central deputation, even if eligible. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Nov. 26, 2017, 12:24 a.m.

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    ...The index will bring out annual scores and rankings of public sector undertakings, banks and financial institutions, departments and ministries of the Government of India by linking the essential drivers of vigilance with long-term efficiency, profitability and sustainability of public organisations. According to Chief Vigilance Commissioner K.V. Chowdary, IIM-Ahmedabad has been engaged to develop the integrity index. Initially, 25 organisations have been selected for development of the integrity index. These include ONGC Ltd, NTPC Ltd, NHAI and Railways Ministry, among others. Subsequently, the integrity index will extend to all other organisations of the Government of India, Hopefully, it will go a long way in ensuring further probity in public organisations. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Nov. 19, 2017, 1:07 a.m.

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    ...Mr Adhia will continue as the revenue secretary. Mr Adhia’s elevation, of course, was widely expected after Ashok Lavasa’s term ended in October. He has been the Prime Minister’s key man in the implementation of the various reforms initiated by the government, most notably demonetisation and for delivering the GST on time. Their association goes back to when Narendra Modi was chief minister of Gujarat and Mr Adhia was his principal secretary. He was behind the successful rehabilitation of victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake and also state’s highly successful Vibrant Gujarat investor summits during Mr Modi’s tenure in the state. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2017, 1:05 a.m.


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    ...He is known among babu circles as the “turnaround man”, and he seems to be doing just that. Clearly, Mr Lohani’s biggest decision has been to do away with a 36-year-old protocol that many believe led to the creation of a VIP culture in the Railways. In a recent order the Railway Board said it was no longer mandatory for general managers to be present on arrival and departure of the Railway Board chairperson and other senior members during their zonal visits. Officials should also no longer be presented with bouquets and gifts. The order further states that senior officials of the ministry have to relieve junior staff who work as domestic help at their homes. All Railway staff — estimated at some 30,000, mostly trackmen — who doubled as domestic help at the residences of senior officials have been ordered to quit and resume their regular duties immediately. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Oct. 29, 2017, 6:28 a.m.

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    ...The commission is entrusted with the task of recruiting government employees. But it has often run into legal trouble for mismanagement and inefficiency in conducting recruitment exams. According to sources, there is no indication that the state government has any plans to name a new chairman soon. Among the frontrunners for the post are current chief secretary Ashok Jain and DGP A.S. Shekhawat, both are due to retire this year-end. It is believed that at least three members of the commission R.D. Saini, Surjeet Lal Meena and K.R. Bagaria are Congress appointees and they are not likely to be promoted to the post of chairperson by the BJP government, while the remaining two are too inexperienced. Of course, the government might go with a retired bureaucrat to fill up this post of chairman considering that administrative inexperience is a major problem plaguing premier recruiting agency of the state government. But its silence merely adds to the mystery. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Oct. 22, 2017, 3:51 a.m.