Friday, 21 January, 2022
TopicJoint Secretary

Topic: Joint Secretary

Loopholes have failed the new 360° assessment to empanel IAS officers. It needs reforms

The govt needs to encourage officers with experience to bring their perspective to the table. So far, only 'non-preferred cadres' have been chosen.

Arun Goel, lateral entrant joint secretary in commerce ministry, resigns after a year

Arun Goel, former vice-president of ShopClues, had joined the govt last year, but DoPT officials say he left due to ‘bureaucratic tangles’.

More reform for IAS officers as Modi govt adds new criteria to pick joint secretaries

Starting with the 2007 batch, IAS officers can’t join the central govt as joint secretaries straight from their state cadres, a DoPT office memorandum said.

The IAS has thinned at the top of the bureaucracy under the Modi government

Just 11 IAS officers have been empanelled by the government this year for joint secretary posts, down from 87 officers in 2014.

The tiny ad that will stop IAS officers from believing they are superior human beings

The opening up of the civil service to qualified outsiders has brought down one of India's stoutest walls.

Lateral entry into bureaucracy may not be the panacea for the ills

There is not only a need to induct professionals in the ministries, but it is equally important that they are given the space to express their views on files and in meetings.

What does an IAS officer bring to the table that regular mortals can’t?

We now have a system where a potato expert is looking after defence, a veterinary doctor is supervising engineers, and a history graduate is dictating the health policy.

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How Facebook and Amazon rely on an invisible workforce

The market for on-demand, digital tasks is estimated by the World Bank to be worth $25 billion, with Meta Platforms, Amazon, YouTube as some of the biggest buyers.
Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.

Defence

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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