Sunday, 23 January, 2022
TopicIndian Civil Services

Topic: Indian Civil Services

How civil servants tackle retirement phobia—take up service extensions and live in luxury

With former IAS Durga Mishra and DGP Abhay in news for post-retirement services, what civil servants do after their term is back in debate.

UPSC, SSC, Railways, Banking — Recruitment for govt jobs shows massive dip in last 5 years

The Modi govt has advertised 10% fewer jobs for the civil services this year, a trend that is replicated in SSC, banking and railway recruitments.

Govt wants IAS, IPS officers to be nice to public, organises training to make them ‘friendly’

The voluntary training programme is likely to be organised in February next year. Officers with a minimum of four years in service all the way up to secretary rank will be eligible.

6 years on, PM Modi’s core team is in the grip of IAS, IPS, IRS officers from Gujarat

From the PMO to investigative agencies and key regulators, civil servants from the Gujarat cadre — or those with a connection to the state — wield much power in Modi govt.

Telecom accounts & finance service writes to PM, repeats call for merger of audit services 

The audit services of India have been seeking a merger to bolster efficiency, as well as to tackle what they describe as IAS hegemony over top posts.

IRS body of NE seeks makeover as officers fear faceless taxation reduces them to ‘cyber cops’

Under new scheme, tax appeals can be randomly allotted to any officer, whose identity will remain anonymous. IRS officers say this will hit the service hard.

Nothing wrong with cut-offs for EWS candidates being lower than SC, ST & OBC, says UPSC

UPSC says cut-offs for civil services exam for EWS candidates doesn't impact the chances under other categories. Also notes that it depends on the number of people availing the quota.

IAS my true passion, modelling a hobby, says former Miss India finalist who cracked UPSC exam

A DU graduate, Aishwarya Sheoran did not take any coaching classes to prepare for the exam. She says her priority now is to work on women empowerment, education and health.

Merger of J&K IAS, IPS cadre into AGMUT ‘on hold’ as officers say it’s recipe for confusion

J&K cadre for All India Services ceased to exist last year after Modi govt recategorised state as two union territories. It was supposed to be merged into AGMUT cadre.

Dadabhai Naoroji believed the Indian civil service was the reason for India’s poverty

In Naoroji, Dinyar Patel writes about the Parsi politician’s theory of how a lack of Indians in the administrative corps caused Indian impoverishment.

On Camera

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Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Texas attack shows a long, violent struggle for America’s soul is inevitable

The shock of Covid 19—both economic and cultural—has strengthened the maniacal conspiracy culture with which the American Right is suffused.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.

Defence

Chinese army has found missing 17-year-old boy from Arunachal, Defence Ministry PRO says

Indian Army had sought assistance from China's People Liberation Army to locate and return Miram Taron, who had gone missing on 18 January and was reportedly captured by PLA.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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