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Category Archives: Governance

Govt seen quarreling with EC also

The government is seen fighting not only the Supreme Court but also the Election Commission of India (ECI). While Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi has been pushing the government to implement the electoral reforms that have been pending for a decade, the government has been happily shooting them down. Except…

HRD proposes National Testing Service

  The HRD Ministry has moved a note for the Cabinet to set up an independent body dedicated to entrance tests for higher education, on the lines of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States. Several administrations in the past have proposed and, subsequently, shelved the idea of…

Currency availability to become normal soon: SBI

The Reserve Bank of India replaced as much as 44% of the currency extinguished by demonetisation with new notes by December 30, according to a State Bank of India report. It forecasts that, by the end of this month, 67% of the cancelled currency will get replaced if the central…

Health secretary’s move to improve functioning of the Ministry

Health Secretary C K Mishra has issued a circular to streamline the process and delegate decision-making authority at various levels to ensure files are not processed through circuitous routes. He has advised all departments under the Ministry to submit a pro forma on the list of pending files, the number…

Adhia: No legal infirmity in GST amendment notifications

The Finance Ministry has clarified that  there is no “legal infirmity” in the notifications issued by the government with regard to the GST Constitution Amendment Act. Some experts have raised doubt about the legality of levying excise duty by the Centre on various commodities till the implementation of the goods…

H C Gupta case: IAS Association to approach PM

  After Indianmandarins stuck its neck in defence of former coal secretary H C Gupta through its widely-read and moving column captioned “Travails of a former civil servant” two days ago, the conscience of IAS officers was aroused. And on Thursday, the IAS Association held a meeting and decided to…

Nadda brings disrepute to NaMo administration

Health Minister J P Nadda has brought another public blow to the NaMo administration: the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has quashed orders passed by Nadda (as AIIMS President) and Director, indicting Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi for alleged indiscipline and lack of work ethics during his tenure as Deputy…

Quick Take: growth deceleration is cost of power without BJP

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has been on a mission to make a Sangh Mukta Bharat. To fulfill his mission which is seen as a camouflage to keep Islamists in good humor, he renounced his long and successful alliance with the BJP. Now it turns out that the break-up of…

Mellelamadugu & Gopalpuram now become 100% digitally literate villages in Telangana

  The numbers of villages that have become 100% digitally literate under NDLM have now risen to six, with Mallelamadugu and Gopalpuram villages in Khammam district being added to the list. With hard work and perseverance, VLE Konda Srinivas of Ashwapuram Mandal has completed digital literacy training for one individual…

Railways to have CSR cell for greater involvement of corporates

The railways have decided to set up a separate corporate social responsibility (CSR) cell to rope in more private players. Addressing a CII summit on CSR, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Tuesday that the “Railways have a clear-cut policy on how CSR funds can be used. We are in…

Kerala to reform administration

The  CPI(M)-led LDF government on Wednesday appointed the veteran Marxist leader and former chief minister, V S Achuthanandan, as the Chairman of the State Administrative Reforms Commission with cabinet rank. The much-awaited decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. In addition to the 92-year-old…

UPSC advised to introduce additional tests for IFS candidates

A Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs has advised that the UPSC should introduce an additional paper in the civil service exam for those wanting to join Indian Foreign Service so that their knowledge of international affairs and required aptitude can be tested. In its report tabled in the Lok Sabha,…

DRDO restructuring follows expert advice

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr T Subbarami Reddy in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday stated that the Committee under the chairmanship of Dr P Rama Rao, which was constituted to conduct a comprehensive review of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has recommended a set of…

IT department goes for technology to fulfill its mandate

The Income Tax Department on Tuesday signed a contract with L & T Infotech Ltd for implementation of Project Insight.  The Project will be rolled out in three phases and the first phase is expected to go live in May 2017. A new Compliance Management Centralized Processing Centre (CMCPC) will…

PM set to chair inter-state council meeting at 10.30 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to chair the 11th meeting of the Inter-State Council in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss, among other things, the use of Aadhar as an identifier, use of Direct Benefit Transfer for providing subsidies, as well as aspects of internal security. An official…

All central plans to be included in PFMS

The government has decided to include all Central Plan schemes under the Public Financial Management System (PFMS). The Finance Ministry asked all Central Ministries and Departments on Friday to fully roll out the PFMS for their subordinate offices by October 31 and for all grantee institutions by March 31, 2017….

RTI Act: SCOPE DG calls for level-playing field

Dr U D Choubey, DG, SCOPE

  Dr. U D Choubey, Director General of SCOPE, said at a conference that the public sector has adopted RTI Act in letter and spirit. However, public sector enterprises are subjected to too many complex and heterogeneous checks and balances and RTI Act is another addition in the system Therefore,…

Steps initiated to revive PSU fertiliser plants

The government has cleared a proposal to revive the sick fertiliser units in Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni through a special purpose vehicle of public sector units – Indian Oil Corporation, NTPC, Coal India Ltd and Fertiliser Corporation of India/Hindustan Fertilisers Corporation Ltd. While the two closed units at Sindri (Jharkhand)…

Bank employees to go on strike

Bank employees may go ahead with their nationwide strike on July 12-13, a top AIBEA official said.This follows the conciliation meeting convened by the chief labour commissioner failing to yield any results, C H Venkatachalam, General Secretary, All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), said. On the first day, July 12,…

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