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Representational image of IAS officers being addressed by PM Narendra Modi | Photo: narendramodi.in

4,057 orders in 4 months: Covid crisis shows how much Indian officials love making rules

Central and state govts have since January issued 4,057 orders on Covid-19 crisis. Experts say the number & impenetrable language are evidence of red-tape.
PM Narendra Modi with 70th batch of IRS officers | Facebook/itaxirs

The ‘dreaded’ IRS is back and so is India’s pushback against it during Covid crisis

IRS officers — the eyes and ears of the government’s economic decision-makers — found themselves under extra scrutiny this week.
The committee’s report stated that IIS officers should be posted to Prasar Bharati for a specific period | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

I&B panel wants information service revamp — with double cadre strength, new media wings

10-member Cadre Review and Restructuring Committee will soon submit a report detailing the recommendations to the government.
Kannan Gopinathan | File photo | Facebook

If India is in crisis, it is because good guys like ex-IAS Kannan Gopinathan rather quit

To arrest India’s decline, it is important that the government attract, retain and empower the good guys. Kannan’s leaving is a loss to the government.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

There’s a drop in Muslims clearing UPSC exam this year, but it’s not all bad news

Muslim candidates who have cleared the civil service exam this year say coaching is now more accessible, and credit UPSC for being a ‘fair’ institution.
Why the IAS cannot be abolished

There is no way India can abolish the IAS

There is a feeling that all the problems of India would disappear simply if the IAS is abolished, writes former UPSC chairman Deepak Gupta.
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Older IAS entrants tend to have lower performance levels, says a global study

Research by scholars from University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and London School of Economics backs Niti Aayog suggestions for civil services.
PM Narenda Modi | Photo: @MannKiBaat_PMO | Twitter

Midnight orders and hurried transfers: Where Modi govt is going wrong with IAS officers

Enormous delays in postings, shifting of top IAS officers and short tenures — a lot is amiss in Modi government.
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India needs Reforms 2.0 to save both bureaucracy and good IAS officers like H.C. Gupta

Hope that the judiciary wakes up to the travesty of convicting good civil servants like H.C. Gupta.

Unhappy with ‘generalist’ tag, IAS body wants appointment based on qualification 

Newly appointed IAS Association president says most officers are engineers, CAs and doctors and have technical knowledge.

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
An SBI bank branch in Gwalior | ANI

Gwalior shuts banks for a week, a first as Covid cases spike in Madhya Pradesh district

The order suspends banking services until 21 July and prohibits customers from entering bank premises during this time. Banks can open for employees though.

Defence

Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane | Photo: ANI

Govt’s top China advisory group meets to discuss outcome of corps commander talks

Army chief General M.M. Naravane also separately met senior officers to discuss the 15-hour talks held between Indian & Chinese corps commanders to resolve LAC tensions.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.