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Srinivas takes over as EO and Secretary to the ACC

Katikithala Srinivas (IAS:1989:GJ) on June 1 took over as the new Establishment Officer, DoPT and Secretary to the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister. Prior to this Srinivas was working as Additional Secretary in the DoPT itself. He has replaced P K Tripathi (IAS:1987:JK) who takes over as Union Steel Secretary today.

Srinivas is considered to be among the trusted officers of the PM so much so that when Narendra Modi moved to New Delhi as the PM of the country, he handed over his ambitious project of ‘Statue of Unity’ to him. During his stint in cadre state of Gujarat, he also headed the General Administration Department (GAD).

The post of EO is considered to be the most powerful in the Government of India at the level Additional Secretary as the office of EO is considered as the ‘Gateway to the ACC’.

It may be mentioned here that as Secretary to the ACC the Establishment Officer (EO) handles all senior appointments under the Government of India requiring the approval of the ACC. EO also handles the policy on regulation of tenure of officers serving at the Centre, Inter-cadre deputation/transfers of All India Service officers, the appointment of Central Observers of Election to Lok Sabha/Assembly elections, maintenance of ACRs and APRs of IAS officers, empanelment of IAS/IFS/IPS officers for holding Joint Secretary or equivalent posts at Centre. In addition, EO also handles the cadre clearance to AIS officers for taking up foreign assignments and matters relating to career management and foreign assignment.

01 Jun 2020
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Group A officers need not submit a medical report this year for APAR

The government has ordered to delink recording of annual performance appraisal reports of Group A officers from submission of summary of medical report for year 2019-20 in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been decided by the ministry of personal to delink the submission of summary of Medical Report from recording and completion of APAR for the year 2019-20. The timeline for conducting of Annual Medical Examination and thereafter submitting the summary of the Medical Report for the year 2019-20 is extended up to December 31, 2020.

The ministry of personal already extended dates for initiation and completion of the central government employees’ APARs due to coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020. A revised target date for completion of APARs for Group A, B and C officers of central civil services had been issued by the ministry.

According to the revised schedule, the distribution of blank APAR forms needs to be completed by May 30 and the submission of self-appraisal to reporting officer by June 30. This measure is a one-time relaxation only.

23 May 2020
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Srinivas takes over as EO and Secretary to the ACC

By IndianMandarins 01 Jun 2020

Katikithala Srinivas (IAS:1989:GJ) on June 1 took over as the new Establishment Officer, DoPT and Secretary to the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister. Prior to this Srinivas was working as Additional Secretary in the DoPT itself. He has replaced P K Tripathi (IAS:1987:JK) who takes over as Union Steel Secretary today.

Srinivas is considered to be among the trusted officers of the PM so much so that when Narendra Modi moved to New Delhi as the PM of the country, he handed over his ambitious project of ‘Statue of Unity’ to him. During his stint in cadre state of Gujarat, he also headed the General Administration Department (GAD).

The post of EO is considered to be the most powerful in the Government of India at the level Additional Secretary as the office of EO is considered as the ‘Gateway to the ACC’.

It may be mentioned here that as Secretary to the ACC the Establishment Officer (EO) handles all senior appointments under the Government of India requiring the approval of the ACC. EO also handles the policy on regulation of tenure of officers serving at the Centre, Inter-cadre deputation/transfers of All India Service officers, the appointment of Central Observers of Election to Lok Sabha/Assembly elections, maintenance of ACRs and APRs of IAS officers, empanelment of IAS/IFS/IPS officers for holding Joint Secretary or equivalent posts at Centre. In addition, EO also handles the cadre clearance to AIS officers for taking up foreign assignments and matters relating to career management and foreign assignment.

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Group A officers need not submit a medical report this year for APAR

By IndianMandarins 23 May 2020

The government has ordered to delink recording of annual performance appraisal reports of Group A officers from submission of summary of medical report for year 2019-20 in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been decided by the ministry of personal to delink the submission of summary of Medical Report from recording and completion of APAR for the year 2019-20. The timeline for conducting of Annual Medical Examination and thereafter submitting the summary of the Medical Report for the year 2019-20 is extended up to December 31, 2020.

The ministry of personal already extended dates for initiation and completion of the central government employees’ APARs due to coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020. A revised target date for completion of APARs for Group A, B and C officers of central civil services had been issued by the ministry.

According to the revised schedule, the distribution of blank APAR forms needs to be completed by May 30 and the submission of self-appraisal to reporting officer by June 30. This measure is a one-time relaxation only.

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Trainee IAS officers being sent directly to field job

By IndianMandarins 16 May 2020

Total 96 out of 182 trainee IAS officers have left Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for their respective postings by road amid Covid-19 lockdown to begin their year-long field training as assistant collectors. Remaining officers are awaiting the resumption of flights.

 

These trainee officers generally spend between a month and three months at state academies mostly at the beginning of their field training and attend lectures. But due to Covid-19 pandemic, they are being moved directly to districts.

 

Officers travelling to far off states such as Sikkim, Assam, Telangana, Karnataka and West Bengal are waiting for flights to resume. Their convocation was held on May 8. Some of the 96 officers travelled in cars sent by their respective states to pick them up from the Academy while others first travelled on 30-seater buses from Mussoorie to Delhi before leaving for their districts.

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DOPT going slow, officers under dilemma: SFIO Director Bhatia completes tenure

By IndianMandarins 27 Mar 2020

COVID-19 pandemic has severely hit day-to-day administration across departments and ministries forcing them to focus time, resources and attention in handling counter measures and future strategies and Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) too is not an exception.

There are several officers who are feeling the heat amid DOPT going slow in issuing regular orders pertaining to appointments, extension in tenures etc. Several officers who completed or approaching completion of central deputation tenure are clueless for want of official orders.

There are many officers awaiting either extension orders or relieving orders after completion of their tenure. For example, Amardeep Singh Bhatia (IAS:1993:NL), Director (JS level post), Serious Fraud Investigation Organization (SFIO) completed his tenure on Wednesday. Neither his term was extended nor did he get relieving order from the ministry.

While speaking to Indianmandarins few senior officials indicated that ACC orders and deputation rules clearly state that a person does not necessarily require relieving order. As per provisions officials stand relieved on the date of completion of tenure.     

It is pertinent to mentioned that on completion of tenure officers are relieved and given a ‘Term end leave’, usually for a two months period, to address personal needs arising in the transition period. During the period, they get salary from the same ministry though the period is adjusted from one’s own quota of leave. But with DoPT not issuing such orders have put such officers under dilemma. Though, in extraordinary situations such orders (relieving or term end leave) are sanctioned in retrospection as well.

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Tripathi’s name doing rounds for J&K Chief Secretary

By IndianMandarins 28 Jan 2020

Amid NaMo administration considering Secretary level IAS officers for next top bureaucratic rejig at Centre P K Tripathi’s (IAS:1987:JK) name has started doing rounds for the coveted job of Chief Secretary, J&K. Tripathi is Secretary to the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet and Establishment Officer, DoPT. Though, he is also being seen as NaMo administration's choice for Secretary, PMO. 

Having accomplished one of the most critical tasks in recent decades the incumbent Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam (IAS:1987:CG) is considered to have win the full confidence of NaMo administration so much that he might be drafted suitably as Secretary in an important Ministry at Centre soon. It is also believed that few other names too may not be overlooked for the top job.

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Who is delaying promotion of 19 DANICS officers to IAS?

By IndianMandarins 27 Jan 2020

These days several DANICS officers have their own version of delay in promotion of  DANICS cadre officers to IAS. Hardly six weeks had passed when DPC was conducted recently and hence it may not sound convincing that someone at DoPT is suspected to delay the file movement but many DANICS officers are smelling rat.

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that UPSC, on December 12, 2019, conducted the DPC for promotion of DANICS officers. As many as 19 DANICS officers belonging to 1995 batch are eagerly awaiting their turn to become IAS.

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Govt asks to fill-up vacancies; reports asked from every department

By IndianMandarins 24 Jan 2020

The NaMo Government has directed filling up all existing vacancies pegging at around 7 lakh as per the last disclosure before Parliament. The DoPT in a circular has directed every secretary in the ministries to fill up all the existing vacancies in various ministries and departments.

The has been done after recommendation on CCIG that comprises the PM, Home Minister Amit Shah among some other members. The ministries have been asked to take a time-bound action in this regard.

The government has sought a report with the action taken to fill up the existing vacancies by the fifth day of every month. “The first such report should reach this department latest by February 5, 2020,” the DoPT circular says.

There were nearly 7 lakh vacancies in the central government as of 2018, and the total number employees has decreased since 2014 though the sanctioned number of posts has increased by almost 1.57 lakh, the government had told Parliament last November.

The data suggests that around 31.81 lakh central government were filled on March 1, 2018 as against 38 lakh post. The biggest central government employer, Indian Railways, had nearly 2.5 lakh vacancies, the data showed. About 1.9 lakh vacancies exist in the Defence (Civilian) sector, as per the data. Almost all ministries have vacancies.

 

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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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