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BJP to train its MPs on public speaking, ideology in a two day camp

New Delhi: To tell its lawmakers how to behave, the ruling party at the Centre -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- has planned a two-day training camp in the Balayogi Auditorium in New Delhi on August 3-4, 2019. Every member of Parliament of the BJP from both the houses will have to compulsory show up at the event to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with many other senior leaders.

The BJP leaders are of the view that this is an attempt of the saffron outfit to train and sensitise all its 381 members of Parliament on the issues related to parliamentary practice, debates, party ideology, public speech, handling media and even the internal issues of the party.

The meeting is important because of the fact that training session would give clarity to the BJP MPs on ideological issues which is important for the BJP. They will also be told not to speak out of turn and on such subjects that they are not well equipped with. The meeting will not only attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on both days but he is likely to speak at the event as well.

Sources in the BJP said that the meeting will also be addressed by speakers not only from the BJP but outside the party as well on specialized subjects. Besides the PM and Union Home minister Amit Shah, there is a possibility that party general secretary and in-charge of BJP training cell Muralidhar Rao might also address it. All the MPs have been asked to attend this meeting without a miss. Actually the BJP wants to pull string on some of motor mouths in the party by telling them how to speak saving the party from any unnecessary controversy and embarrassment due to some of its own leaders.

Sources further informed that this is a hectic meeting that would start at 9 am and would finish at 9 pm. MPs will get breakfast, lunch and dinner at the venue itself. Training cell of the BJP has major role to play in it as it is continuously doing the same but at smaller level. It will take up many issues including etiquette and how to deal with media which is a major concern of the party.

Sources are not ready to divulge any further detail about the programme but the purpose of the entire exercise is to ensure that certain basic things are required for a MP, minister and people having organizational responsibilities.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) too keeps on doing such training camps for its workers but this would be the first such event when all BJP MPs will be participating in such a mega event that is dubbed as (Abhyas Varg).

02 Aug 2019
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G P Gupta takes over as CGA

Girraj Prasad Gupta (ICAS:1983) took over as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) in national capital here today. Earlier, the Government of India had appointed as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance w.e.f. 01.08.2019.

Gupta has vast and rich experience in the government at the Centre. He worked at higher positions in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Ministry of Rural development, and Ministry of Finance.

He also worked as the Director of National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad. As Additional Controller General of Accounts, he is highly credited for his work in development and implementation of Public Financial Management System (PFMS), a backbone IT infrastructure for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and other financial management modules in Government of India. Mr. Gupta also worked as Director (Finance) on the joint venture mega hydel power project in Bhutan.

01 Aug 2019
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BJP to train its MPs on public speaking, ideology in a two day camp

By IndianMandarins 02 Aug 2019

New Delhi: To tell its lawmakers how to behave, the ruling party at the Centre -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- has planned a two-day training camp in the Balayogi Auditorium in New Delhi on August 3-4, 2019. Every member of Parliament of the BJP from both the houses will have to compulsory show up at the event to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with many other senior leaders.

The BJP leaders are of the view that this is an attempt of the saffron outfit to train and sensitise all its 381 members of Parliament on the issues related to parliamentary practice, debates, party ideology, public speech, handling media and even the internal issues of the party.

The meeting is important because of the fact that training session would give clarity to the BJP MPs on ideological issues which is important for the BJP. They will also be told not to speak out of turn and on such subjects that they are not well equipped with. The meeting will not only attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on both days but he is likely to speak at the event as well.

Sources in the BJP said that the meeting will also be addressed by speakers not only from the BJP but outside the party as well on specialized subjects. Besides the PM and Union Home minister Amit Shah, there is a possibility that party general secretary and in-charge of BJP training cell Muralidhar Rao might also address it. All the MPs have been asked to attend this meeting without a miss. Actually the BJP wants to pull string on some of motor mouths in the party by telling them how to speak saving the party from any unnecessary controversy and embarrassment due to some of its own leaders.

Sources further informed that this is a hectic meeting that would start at 9 am and would finish at 9 pm. MPs will get breakfast, lunch and dinner at the venue itself. Training cell of the BJP has major role to play in it as it is continuously doing the same but at smaller level. It will take up many issues including etiquette and how to deal with media which is a major concern of the party.

Sources are not ready to divulge any further detail about the programme but the purpose of the entire exercise is to ensure that certain basic things are required for a MP, minister and people having organizational responsibilities.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) too keeps on doing such training camps for its workers but this would be the first such event when all BJP MPs will be participating in such a mega event that is dubbed as (Abhyas Varg).

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G P Gupta takes over as CGA

By IndianMandarins 01 Aug 2019

Girraj Prasad Gupta (ICAS:1983) took over as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) in national capital here today. Earlier, the Government of India had appointed as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance w.e.f. 01.08.2019.

Gupta has vast and rich experience in the government at the Centre. He worked at higher positions in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Ministry of Rural development, and Ministry of Finance.

He also worked as the Director of National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad. As Additional Controller General of Accounts, he is highly credited for his work in development and implementation of Public Financial Management System (PFMS), a backbone IT infrastructure for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and other financial management modules in Government of India. Mr. Gupta also worked as Director (Finance) on the joint venture mega hydel power project in Bhutan.

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DG empanelment: 26 IPS officers (1986 batch) on the list

By IndianMandarins 26 Jun 2019

The NaMo administration on June 25 cleared the empanelled of 1986 batch of IPS officer to hold DG and DG equivalent level post at Centre. Altogether 12 officers were empanelled to hold DG level post whereas 14 empanelled to hold DG equivalent level post.

 

Twelve officers empanelled to hold DG level post at Centre are:

  1. Jyotirmoy Chakravarty (AM)
  2. V S K Kaumudi (AP)
  3. Sheel Vardhan Singh (BH)
  4. Keshav Kumar (GJ)
  5. Abhay (OR)
  6. Mithilesh Kumar Jha (TN)
  7. M A Ganapathy (UD)
  8. M Jawed Akhtar (UP)
  9. Nasir Kamal (UP)
  10. Kuldiep Singh (WB)
  11. Rakesh Kumar Gupta (WB)
  12. Shashi Bhushan Singh Tomar (WB)


Fourteen officers empanelled to hold DG equivalent post at Centre:

  1. R P Agarwal (AM)
  2. Rakesh Kumar Mishra (BH)
  3. Ashok Kumar Verma (BH)
  4. Kamal Nayan Choubey (JH)
  5. A Hemachandran (KL)
  6. Shambhu Nath Singh (MN)
  7. Alok Kumar Pateria (MP)
  8. Anil Kumar (MP)
  9. Rajendra Prasad Sharma (OR)
  10. N R K Reddy (RJ)
  11. Bhupendra Singh (RJ)
  12. Aloka Prabhakar (TG)
  13. Ashutosh Shukla (TN)
  14. Akhil Kumar Shukla (TR)

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DG empanelment: Five IPS officers on the list

By IndianMandarins 14 Feb 2019

The NaMo administration, on Wednesday cleared the empanelment of as many as five IPS officers belonging to 1984 and 1985 batch to hold Director General rank post in Govt of India namely;

  • C V Muralidhar (IPS:1984:WB)
  • Maithili Sharan Gupta (IPS:1984:MP)
  • Ajay Kashyap (IPS:1985:UT)
  • Sachidanand Srivastava (IPS:1985:UT)
  • M Hari Sena Verma (IPS:1985:WB)

First three on the list will be retiring in the month of May, October and March in 2020 respectively whereas Sachidanand Srivastava will remain on the turf till June 2021. Hari Sena Verma will hang his boots December this year.

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360 may sink civil services' anchor

By IndianMandarins 15 Sep 2016

Governments run on established and time-tested rules and regulations with institutional support mechanism and not on peripheral procedures with changes introduced frequently to both circumvent and override the existing institutional mechanism which invariably runs the risk of destroying the anchor of the ship and break the confidence of the participants.

 

As days pass, more and more glaring violations of rules have begun surfacing as the administration continues to follow the 360-degree evaluation method which is not only opaque, but also contravenes the established institutional mechanism. The following brings out the contradictions between the procedure of 360 feedback and the institutional mechanism of feedback based on Performance Appraisal Reports and obtaining vigilance clearance from CVC, CBI and State Government.

 

The All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007 being violated are as follows :-

Rules 5(2), 6(4), and 5(7) Rules 5(2), 6(4), and 5(7) clearly stipulates that after one month of superannuation or relinquishment of the post, the retired officers cannot report or review the performance of serving officers. In the case of 360, officers who have retired or have demitted the post much earlier are also being consulted. In many cases the consulted officer may also be working with the private sector which results in conflict of interests.


Rules 5(4) & 6(3): Rules 5(4) and 6(3) mandates that the reporting/reviewing/accepting authority shall write the CR only if he has seen the performance of the officer for at least three months during the period for which the CR is to be written. The present 360 consultation violates the basic nature of this rule as many of the officers being consulted have never worked with the officer and thus may not have any information/knowledge of the work done by the officer in his career, as no recorded documents or copies of the ACR are made available to the retired officer who is being consulted. Most of the comments and views are thus on hearsay, gossip or their individual perceptions.


Rule 8(1) Under Rule 8(1), before the Amendment in 2007, an adverse remark in the CR was communicated to the officer in writing within two months of the receipt of the CR. This Rule is violated as there is no mechanism for communicating the comments received under 360, to the officer concerned.


According to Rule 9, before 2007 amendment, the officer may represent to the government against the remarks communicated to him within 45 days and Rule 10 provides for consideration of the representation made against adverse remarks by the officer. After 2007 Amendment, the performance appraisal report, as a whole, is communicated which ensures more transparency and also acts as an improvement oriented reporting system and this is grossly violated by the 360-degree evaluation methodology. In the place of a transparent institutional mechanism of review, an opaque system of 360 is now being followed.


Under the 360-degree evaluation methodology, as adverse remarks are not communicated, the officer has no chance of representing against the remarks and there are chances of the officer being condemned unheard. This also brings in subjectivity at both the level of gathering the inputs and at the level of giving inputs.

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360 model of empanelment: No big deal

By IndianMandarins 28 Jul 2016

There is a general feeling in the higher echelons of NaMo administration that the newly-introduced outlandish concept of 360-degree evaluation for empanelment as Secretary, Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary may be not as effective as it was initially thought to be.

 

The feeling is fuelled by the fact that a whole lot of 'good and efficient' candidates has been left out of empanelment from senior postings. Take, for instance, the case of empanelment of only 29 IAS Officers of 1986 batch. This number is considered too low for AS empanelment and came as a bolt from the blue for many eligible aspirants. Naturally, it triggered a debate whether the first-time introduced system of 360-degree evaluation worked or failed.

 

Further, the debate was fuelled this week by empanelment of merely 31 officers as Secretary and 11 as Secretary Equivalent, as many senior officers found it incredible that many left-outs were considered for Secretary Empanelment at the cost of several better ones.

 

What is the big deal about the system of 360-degree evaluation?


Many senior-most officers posted in cadre states and centre as well say that there is no big deal, except the whims of some and cronyism that enabled four retired secretaries to be picked up and deployed to fish out all kind of information some of which could not be ruled out to be saucy and irrelevant on their unknown successor officers.

 

It is learnt that the committee members were given a set of six questions and limited and rigid framework of answers. It is pointed out that efficient and good governments are run on institutional mechanisms and not on subjective evaluations.

 

The problem with the 360-degree evaluation system is that it bypasses the institutional mechanisms like APRs, CVC & IB clearance and replaces them with the subjective evaluations -based on hearsay - of retired officials picked up without any institutional procedure to carry out evaluations of officers whom they have neither known nor worked with.

 

Further, since the 360-degree evaluation relies heavily on subjective judgments of peer groups and subordinates, it lends itself to be unduly influenced by feelings and gossips.

 

Therefore, the system has not only raised the eyebrows among all the officers across services, it has unavoidably put the junior batches (1984, 1985, 1986 and further junior batches) under a high level of insecurity and apprehensions about their future. As the process of critical assessment gets under way, it's becoming clear to one and all that the propounder of the 360-degree system has opened up a can of worms.

 

Take, for instance, the Secretary level empanelment of 1983 batch that took place on July 18, 2016. Altogether 42 officers were empanelled as Secretary (31 officers) and Secretary Equivalent (11 officers). It's generally believed that while this empanelment list has many competent, capable and credible officers, it has also ignored, if not discarded, a lot of capable and credible officers for no convincing reasons.

 

The ongoing criticism of the 360 system revolves around well-known principles of governance: transparency versus opacity; objectivity versus subjectivity; idealism versus pragmatism; utility versus futility; professionalism versus sycophancy, etc.

 

A retired senior IAS officer added "the intent of coining the 360-method certainly emanates from NaMo administration's conviction to make the system robust and responsible but don't you think that it will create avenues for a compromised breed of bureaucrats. The increasing insecurity for career prospects may compel them to keep compromising with the basic premise of civil service. 

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