Tuesday, 25 January, 2022
TopicIndian Revenue Service

Topic: Indian Revenue Service

Bid to break ‘IAS monopoly’? Forest service officer named MHA additional secretary in rare move

B.V. Umadevi, a 1987-batch Chhattisgarh-cadre IFoS officer, has been posted as an additional secretary in MHA. Govt officers also point to a crunch of IAS officers at the Centre.

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.

IRS officers’ tips to revive economy and how radical ideas of 1970s are lurking in the air

In episode 454 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta analyses the ideas presented by 50 IRS officers to revive the economy after Covid-19 that are reminiscent of 1970s India and Lenin's Soviet Union.

‘Can’t ensure functioning mess’ — 150 IRS trainees told to leave Nagpur academy amid lockdown

IRS trainees at National Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur say their leave requests weren’t heard earlier when transport was available. Official says order not mandatory.

To break IAS grip, Modi govt is picking more non-IAS officers for top jobs

Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet has empanelled four non-IAS officers as secretaries and at least one of them was elevated to secretary level. 

CAT transfers official who stayed Modi govt’s move to compulsorily retire IRS officer

A.K. Patnaik stayed the compulsory retirement of IRS official G. Shree Harsha on 25 June. He was transferred just a day later to Karnataka.

Modi govt has reduced recruitment of IRS officers by over 70% since 2014

In 2013, 409 IRS officers were recruited through the UPSC exam. By 2018, the number of posts released by the Modi govt stood at 106.

Behave properly with taxpayers: Income tax department tells its officers

The poor conduct of tax officers and staff is believed to have drawn a lot of complaints from taxpayers, damaging the image of the department.

On Camera

YourTurn

Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

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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