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E-office becomes strongest helping hand to keep work going

With the bare minimum that is just 5 per cent government officers still coming to office, the rest are working from home with the help of Centre’s e-office tool that was developed way back in 2014-15.

E-office software was developed to accelerate movement of files in the offices through bureaucracy to make them accountable. The tool has now become the lifeline of the government as the country is giving a brave fight to coronavirus outbreak.

This is helping to create government files online and uploading scanned letters. The e-office is mandated not only to replace physical files but also to keep a tab on which officer is sitting on a file for how long.

The system also allows colour coding to ascertain priorities, if any file needs immediate clearance it is marked red. With travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place, the government’s e-office is busier than ever. While decisions are pushed through digital files, consultations happen through video-conferencing.

Almost 70 per cent inter-ministerial video conferences or files are related to Covid-19. Officials working from home, the e-office can be accessed through a VPN provided by the National Informatics Centre, which manages the entire e-office.


26 Mar 2020
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Retirement age galore: Indianmandarins’ reports proved accurate

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees had been the most discussed issue in past few months. Several such versions were floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one but it was Indianmandarins which relied on its own top sources and its successive news reports denying any such move of lowering the retirement age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs.  

Indianmandarins questioned (21.09.2019) the growing uncertainty over retirement age issue and made an effort (23.09.2019) to expose the rumours through a reality check. Terming the rumour on ‘proposal of lowering the retirement age’ a ghost Indianmandarins in its report dated 05.11.2019 underlined that “....contrary to the rumours Indianmandarins’ learnt through some key officials that no such proposal has been initiated as yet.”

Finally, Union Minister for Personnel Dr Jitendra Singh (on 27.11.2019) said in a written reply to Lok Sabha; "No Sir. Presently, there is no proposal to reduce age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years,"

It may be underlined that MPs Kaushal Kishore and Upendra Singh Rawat had asked whether there was any proposal before the government to decrease the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years or under article 56(J) of compulsory retirement on attaining the age of 50 years.

Further, in his reply, the Dr Jitendra Singh said that there were provisions under Fundamental Rules 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, according to which the government has the absolute right to retire officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

CLICK TO READ:

Retirement age 58 years: The ghost returns (News dated 05.11.2019)

NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality (News dated 23.09.2019)

Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop? (News dated 21.09.2019)


29 Nov 2019
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E-office becomes strongest helping hand to keep work going

By IndianMandarins 26 Mar 2020

With the bare minimum that is just 5 per cent government officers still coming to office, the rest are working from home with the help of Centre’s e-office tool that was developed way back in 2014-15.

E-office software was developed to accelerate movement of files in the offices through bureaucracy to make them accountable. The tool has now become the lifeline of the government as the country is giving a brave fight to coronavirus outbreak.

This is helping to create government files online and uploading scanned letters. The e-office is mandated not only to replace physical files but also to keep a tab on which officer is sitting on a file for how long.

The system also allows colour coding to ascertain priorities, if any file needs immediate clearance it is marked red. With travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place, the government’s e-office is busier than ever. While decisions are pushed through digital files, consultations happen through video-conferencing.

Almost 70 per cent inter-ministerial video conferences or files are related to Covid-19. Officials working from home, the e-office can be accessed through a VPN provided by the National Informatics Centre, which manages the entire e-office.


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Retirement age galore: Indianmandarins’ reports proved accurate

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees had been the most discussed issue in past few months. Several such versions were floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one but it was Indianmandarins which relied on its own top sources and its successive news reports denying any such move of lowering the retirement age from 60 yrs to 58 yrs.  

Indianmandarins questioned (21.09.2019) the growing uncertainty over retirement age issue and made an effort (23.09.2019) to expose the rumours through a reality check. Terming the rumour on ‘proposal of lowering the retirement age’ a ghost Indianmandarins in its report dated 05.11.2019 underlined that “....contrary to the rumours Indianmandarins’ learnt through some key officials that no such proposal has been initiated as yet.”

Finally, Union Minister for Personnel Dr Jitendra Singh (on 27.11.2019) said in a written reply to Lok Sabha; "No Sir. Presently, there is no proposal to reduce age of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 58 years,"

It may be underlined that MPs Kaushal Kishore and Upendra Singh Rawat had asked whether there was any proposal before the government to decrease the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years or under article 56(J) of compulsory retirement on attaining the age of 50 years.

Further, in his reply, the Dr Jitendra Singh said that there were provisions under Fundamental Rules 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Rule 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, according to which the government has the absolute right to retire officials prematurely, on the ground of lack of integrity or ineffectiveness, in public interest, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

CLICK TO READ:

Retirement age 58 years: The ghost returns (News dated 05.11.2019)

NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality (News dated 23.09.2019)

Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop? (News dated 21.09.2019)


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A boon turns out to be a bane?

By IndianMandarins 19 Nov 2019

An All India Service officer, who once had held the high offices at the level of Apex Grade, has started feeling the heat post retirement. Reportedly, the pension and other post retirement benefits have been put on hold in the garb of discontinued service.

The position which was once given by the establishment with a lot of expectations and was held by the officer with a sense of great pride finally turned out to be a curse.

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Former finance secretary says, his exit was bit unceremonious

By IndianMandarins 01 Nov 2019

Pain of apparent humiliation came to his face when senior officer Subhash Chandra Garg (IAS:1983:RJ), who retired on October 31 on voluntary basis after he was shifted from the post of the finance secretary to the power secretary.

Without mincing word, Garg said that his postings as the head of the finance departments at the Centre and in Rajasthan ended ‘little bit unceremoniously’. “It is not that I was immune to the consequences of my independent and unconventional ways of functioning. It might be a little strange, but all my postings as chief of finance departments in the state (Rajasthan) and at the Centre ended little bit unceremoniously,” he tweeted.

The power secretary was of the view that he was an independent-minded officer who implemented bold and unconventional decisions that may have not kept his bosses in good humour sometimes. He said he could have become the longest-serving finance secretary if he had held the post until his superannuation in October 2020.

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PM’s resolve to shake-up bureaucracy; asks to shed colonial legacy

By IndianMandarins 01 Nov 2019

Hitting hardly on the colonial legacy and hinting clearly at his resolve to shake up the bureaucracy Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that young Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers should go to people, and change the legacy of colonialism. He was addressing the 'combined foundation course' comprising 400 young officers from various services including IAS officers in the 'tent city' of Kewadia in Gujarat. “We don’t expect status quo from you. Everyone is working to build new India, but our responsibility is more," PM said. “The presence of silos and hierarchy does not help our system. Whoever we are, wherever we are, we have to work together for the nation."

While addressing a programme at the Statue of Unity attended by IAS officers among others, he underlined that civil servants should make efforts to change the perception of bureaucracy by working as a comprehensive team in the best interest of an aspirational country.

He said “Let’s change how we look at things. Earlier, people would keep saying backward districts...now we say aspirational districts. Why should any posting be a punishment posting? Why not see it as an opportunity posting?"

PM added that “as service providers, it is our duty to increase the ease of living. People should not struggle with the government on a daily basis, and the poor should not suffer."

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NaMo administration effected a major secretary level bureaucratic rejig; 24 IAS officers on list

By IndianMandarins 22 Oct 2019

The NaMo administration on Tuesday cleared over dozen of appointments in Secretary level whereas a dozen of officers freshly empanelled to hold  Secretary/Secretary equivalent posts in Govt of India. The complete goes as follows:  

  1. Braj Raj Sharma (IAS:1984:JK) as Chairman, Staff Selection Commission in the rank and pay of Secretary. Presently, he is Secretary, Department of Border Management (MHA).
  2. Sanjeev Gupta (IAS:1985:HP) appointed (in-situ) as Secretary, Inter State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs.
  3. Sailesh (IAS:1985:AM) appointed as Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises. He replaces Ms Seema Bahuguna who retired in September this year. Presently, Sailesh is Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  4. Alok Tandon (IAS:1986:UP) appointed as  Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. In his new assignment he will hold the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare. Presently, he is in cadre and serving as Chairman Noida Authority.
  5. Sanjeev Nandan Sahai (IAS:1986:UT) appointed (In-situ) as Secretary, Ministry of Power vice Subhash Chandra Garg (IAS:1983:RJ) upon his retirement on 31.10.2019. Presently, Sahai is working as Special Secretary, Ministry of Power.
  6. Pramod Kumar Das (IAS:1986:MP) appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs vice Sailesh on his appointment as Secretary, DPE. Presently, he is Special Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
  7. Nagendra Nath Sinha (IAS:1987:JH), Chairman, NHAI, appointed as Secretary, Department of Border Management (MHA) vice Braj Raj Sharma.
  8. Tuhin Kanta Pandey (IAS:1987:OR), presently in the Cadre, appointed as Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management vice Anil Kumar Khachi (IAS:1986:HP) on his repatriation to his parent cadre on personal grounds with immediate effect.
  9. Pankaj Kumar (IAS:1987:NL) appointed as CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank and pay of Secretary by temporarily upgrading the post. Presently, he is Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  10. Rajesh Bhushan (IAS:1987:BH) appointed (In-situ) as Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat.
  11. Pravir Krishna (IAS:1987:MP)- MD, TRIFED in the rank and pay of Secretary.

Further, over a dozen of IAS officers belonging to 1987 batch of IAS were elevated (In-situ) as Special Secretary in the rank and pay of Secretary (GoI), in their respective ministries/departments presently serving in the rank of Additional Secretary.

  1. Arun Singhal (IAS:1987:UP)- Special Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare.
  2. V P Joy (IAS:1987:KL)- Director General of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum
  3. Sunil Kumar (IAS:1987:UP) - Special Secretary, Department of Commerce
  4. Talleen Kumar (IAS:1987:WB)- CEO, Government e-Marketplace
  5. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra (IAS:1987:TG)- DG, National Mission for Clean Ganga
  6. Pradip Kumar Tripathi (IAS:1987:JK)- Establishment Officer, DOPT
  7. Raj Kumar (IAS:1987:GJ)- DG, ESIC
  8. Barun Mitra (IAS:1987:MN)- Special Secretary, Defence Production
  9. Praveen Kumar (IAS:1987:TN)- Special Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  10. Manoj Jhalani (IAS:1987:MP)- Special Secretary, Dept of Heatth and Family Welfare
  11. Ms. Vasudha Mishra (IAS:1987:TG)- Special Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare
  12. Ms Leena Nandan (IAS:1987:UP)- Special Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

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Abrupt replacement of Coal Secretary remains unexplained: Reading between the lines

By IndianMandarins 21 Sep 2019

When corporate world was upbeat over announcement of Finance Minister reducing corporate tax resulting Sensex surging a new high, there was a complete uncertainty in coal sector.

 

The abrupt replacement of coal secretary Sumanta Chaudhuri (IAS:1985:WB) with Anil Kumar Jain (IAS:1986:MP) caused ruffle across services and batches even as senior members of bureaucracy are still clueless as what caused this unexplained reshuffle.

 

Certain aspects generate curiosity for sure. Appointment orders of Jain as new coal secretary is completely silent on Sumanta. Neither he was repatriated nor posted laterally to any other department/ministry at Centre, nor did it mention whether Sumanta was placed under waiting for further posting.

 

The order came at a time when Mamata Banerjee was right there in New Delhi meeting PM and HM adding to the rumour that Didi would have asked for the services of Choudhury as the outgoing chief secretary Malay Kumar De (IAS:1985:WB) is retiring in next couple of days. But various senior officers of West Bengal cadre believe that neither Didi was so keen to make Choudhuri as CS nor did Choudhury has the interest of leaving Delhi sixteen months ahead of his retirement i.e. 31.01.2021.

 

Coal ministry in the last few years had been a witness of such abrupt exits. Chaudhuri served as coal secretary for ten months whereas his predecessor Inderjit Singh (IAS:1985:KL) had less than five month’s tenure as coal secretary.


It appears that whatever happened during UPA-II continues to cast its shadow on Coal Ministry leaving everyone clueless about frequent unexplained exits.

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Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop?

By IndianMandarins 21 Sep 2019

For the past few years the ghost of retirement age has been haunting civil servants over and over again. It not only makes them apprehensive but keeps them on tenterhooks as well leaving them clueless that who’s and what purpose does it serve? And at what cost?

 

Sometime it is about lowering the retirement from 60 to 58 and sometime it is about increasing it from 60 to 62. The rumours keep oscilating between 58 to 62. Both ways the only certainty about retirement age is that there is uncertainty. Is this the response to clarion call made on employment generation?

 

This doesn’t seem to be the answer rather it is keeping bureaucracy in flux making their work hamper especially those who are at important positions. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the government of the day to clarify on issues like this traveling in public domain. But if the government wants to keep its officials at tenterhooks by such ambiguity, its prudence will be questioned for sure!

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