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Accounting officers back merger of all their five services  

Days after the Modi government unified eight services of the Railways, there is a growing clamour within the government to unify another group of services — the accounting services. Currently, there are five accounting services — the Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Indian Defence Accounts Service, Indian Civil Accounts Service and Indian Railway Accounts Service.

According to officers from these services, they go through similar training and develop similar expertise on the job, and, therefore, unifying them makes logical sense. Associations of these services could, in fact, soon make a presentation to the government in this regard. There is another reason for this proposal too. If all the accounting services are merged, the officers of the unified finance and accounting service can land important postings that are related to finance in all ministries, and hence challenge the IAS hegemony. This demand comes at a time when railway officers are still concerned and upset about the merger of their services by the Modi government. 

No end to IPS, CAPF officers’ tussle

The bad blood between IPS officers serving with the CAPFs (Central Armed Police Forces) and the CAPF officers recently spilt onto the virtual world. Ahead of Sunday’s farewell dinner for outgoing CRPF DG, R.R. Bhatnagar, an IPS officer, #WhyDGCPF FarewellParade began trending on Twitter. Many slammed the officer for holding a lavish farewell in a year when many CRPF jawans died in Pulwama. Speculation is that it was someone from the “CAPF camp” behind the tweets against the officer to “ruin his exit”.

It is an extension of the tussle between the CAPF and IPS officers over the latter securing all the top positions — the DG post in all CAPFs is reserved for IPS officers. In addition, a certain percentage of other senior posts like ADG (Additional Director General) and IG (Inspector General) too are reserved for the IPS cadre. The CAPF officers have been running an aggressive social media campaign to end the IPS deputation to their forces.

The hashtag began trending after one person tweeted saying “Why DGCRPF Farewell Parade is trending should make DG crpfindia contemplate what he is intending to ask from his troops. He would rather reconsider his validity, considering his very authority is not accepted by his troops.” Many also started posting pictures of CRPF personnel posted outside the farewell dinner. “For DGs dinner and parade, the CRPF personnel are posted out in the cold,” one tweeted. Another source alleged that the CAPF hired a paid twitter agency to stall the DG’s farewell parade. “They are tweeting in hundreds tagging HMO and the PMO to stall it by putting pressure,” he said. “Most likely the handiwork of people against whom action initiated by DG CRPF.”

The V-C with the home minister’s backing

If one were to go by the buzz in the corridors of power, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar has managed to survive a string of controversies on the campus, thanks to Home Minister Amit Shah’s backing. It is believed that Shah is taking crucial calls in JNU’s affairs. According to official sources, both HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Higher Education Secretary R. Subrahmanyam were of the opinion that the fee-hike in JNU should be rolled back and the V-C be held accountable for the ruckus in the university. Subrahmanyam has been transferred to another ministry and Pokhriyal, according to insiders, has received a dressing down from Shah for interfering in JNU matters. Shah has asked the HRD minister to let the university function as an autonomous body. 

(Contributors: Sanya Dhingra, Ananya Bhardwaj and Kritika Sharma)

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  1. I read Railway budget separated in 1924 and Railway Account Service was created from CAG . Now when Rail Budget merged in General Budget, Railway Account Service must be merged with Civil Account Service which is looking after Govt Finance and account. Merger of all account service is a step in minimise the civil services .

  2. I too believe that Gandis are stoking fires in india. How many Sikh kids did they adopt after 1984? Today, its an open & shut case of abuse of Democracy by the gandis sitting in front of a rack of books and lecturing on tv divisive narrative. Ek kitab nahin padhi. Obvious! At this rate, they will be wiped out in 2024. Sarv Dharm Sambhav but no appeasement. And, Law of the Land is Supreme. Not a word for Pundits kashmiri and their return to their Valley?

  3. IAS at even District level are not priving as able administrators.
    Almost all Offices of the district are found giving a deserted look..
    Even Complaint redressal at district level seems the poorest taking months to even address the complaint.. Leave aside solving..

    Rarely an IAS is seen involved in effective management of the district

  4. We should be aware of the facts of the issue before being judgemental. Discipline can be imposed on forces but respect has to be earned by commanders through their conduct & acts. Chiefs of armed forces are expected to be just, honourable & impartial while dealing with all issues pertaining to their undercommand. However Mr R R Bhatnagar, outgoing DG CRPF acted in a partisan way more like an IPS representative first & DG CRPF later. So he lost out on winning respect of his subordinates.

  5. Are we all aware of why CRPF officers are against a ceremonial send off of their DG? Firstly Sh R R Bhatnagar, DG CRPF preferred to play a partisan role as an IPS representative rather than fulfilling his bonafide responsibilities impartially as DG CRPF. Secondly there is a need to reassess the need for a highly cost intensive ceremonial farewell parade on the occasion of retirement of chiefs of forces in every one or two years. Barton exchange in office, a modest guard of honour & farewell dinner & barakhana with men should suffice. Pulling of personnel from active duties, loss of manhour & strength at places of duty, travel expenses, pay & allowances, daily allowances, expenditure on ceremonial arrangements are few issues needing attention. Thirdly discipline can be enforced but respect has to be earned. There is no point hosting such events like ceremonial parades with utter discontent and lack of respect amongst participants.

  6. An IAS is born in service to lead but then he can’t be master of all the fields , hence officers from specialised fields should be given executionary powers to implement the best in the interest of the nation. Interference of IAS in specialised fields should only for feedbacks and results but operational responsibility with full decision making powers should rest with specialized officers.

  7. Stop interfering with the security and defence forces. They work differently, much different than the civilian. The occasions matter, the cheif od defence services are also given the guard of honor while they retire and a party is thrown. Indian army has got more martyrs this year than CRPF if my memory serves me right, so General bipin Rawat shouldn’t have been given the guard of honor?? Talk sensibly, he’s the DG of CRPF. Stop interfering with their processions and occasions.

  8. What a farce? HRD ministry will not intervene in matters related to autonomous JNU. Instead Home Ministry will intervene through a titular VC of its choice & finish off a prestigious institution. Wah politics.

    • This Government wants it’s fingers in every pie.
      So what about looking into the economic suitation of the country
      Pakistan, Bangladesh and others have to look after their citizens, why are you not looking after the Indian citizens ? Stop monkeying around with unnecessary issues

  9. IAS officers should focus on Administration limited to District level and thereafter to Revenue, local self government, municipal matters, panchayati raj etc. They should be kept out of Defence,Finance,Health, Agriculture, Irrigation, Electricity etc where professional persons should head the governance efforts.
    Similarly IPS should be kept out of CAPF so that these forces can function and nurture their professional character without interference from IPS guest leaders who have no ownership of these functions.

  10. Saren veiw is practical one. How can a I A S man is good in medical fields?
    Let the Government to encourage the respective department for higher post

  11. Indiscipline in the CRPF and other CAPFs must be dealt with a heavy hand. This move to embarrass an outgoing chief of the CRPF and the government via an underhand social media campaign, is shocking. This premier force that the nation depends on in sensitive spots from Kashmir to Naxal ingfested jungles appears to be led astray by hot-headed, unscrupulous officers driven by their ambition to secure promotions by hook or by crook. Such indiscipline is dangerous and must be weeded out immediately, lock stock and barrel.

  12. I’m Kanak Chandra das from Assam resently I’m done my upsc exam 2019 I’m waiting for result

  13. The IAS and IPS has been a total failure. Reorganisation and separating then from professional cadres like finance, engineering , and medical must be done immeduately.

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