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50% drop in IAS, IPS officers promoted in central govt in 2018, and no one can explain why

According to govt data, appointments through promotion at the level of deputy secretary, joint secretary, additional secretary & secretary fell to 2,918 in 2018 from 5,953 in 2016.
BJP chief JP Nadda and PM Narendra Modi at a parliamentary meeting | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

5 weddings and a mundan — that’s how many Modi has managed to attend despite busy schedule

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CPR president Yamini Aiyar at the event Monday

‘Lateral entry in civil services vital to state’s ability to deliver to citizens’

Speaking at CPR Dialogues 2020, T.V. Somanathan, secretary in Department of Expenditure, said lateral entries should be based on merit & not on political connections.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Lateral entry, biometric attendance won’t fix Modi’s bureaucracy issue. Reinvest in the state

Contrary to popular belief, the Indian state is remarkably thin. Compared to other G20 countries, India has the smallest number of bureaucrats per capita.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

These are the new steps Modi govt is planning to make civil services dynamic & attractive

The Modi government is seeking to expand the civil services reforms it began in its first term — introduction of lateral entry for example.
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

Govt says reservation in lateral entry of professionals difficult and not viable

Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the lateral entry procedure was designed to be objective and hence background would not matter, just one's capability and experience.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt ready for second round of lateral entry recruitment for 40 posts

Posts for lateral entry have already been identified at the level of director and deputy secretary, and advertisement for this will be released soon.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

How to work like IAS officer — lessons taught to 8 lateral entrants recruited by Modi govt

In a 2-week training programme, the lateral entrants got a crash course on governance matters that will help them begin their journeys as joint secretaries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with IAS officers participating in a training programme in New Delhi | pmindia.gov.in

Modi govt is shaking the foundation of India’s IAS-led civil service — one reform at a time

Modi govt has forcibly retired officers, pushed for lateral entry & sought to break IAS stranglehold, earning both praise & flak for tinkering of civil service.
Manmohan Singh | PTI photo

Manmohan & Montek were lateral-entry appointments too with no adverse effect: Modi govt

There has been no adverse effect on the morale of civil servants because of lateral recruitments, said Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

On Camera

Doctors treat Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit at a Hospital in Rome, Italy | Bloomberg

Why coronavirus treatments shouldn’t take back seat to vaccines

Everything would have to go right to get a vaccine this year, but several types of treatments may be able to help patients in a matter of months.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.