The National Green Tribunal is set to get a new chairperson, Justice RV Ravindeeran, who recently retired from the Supreme Court. He will replace Justice Lokeshwar Panta, who has been appointed as Lokayukta of Himachal Pradesh. Environment ministry sources said the Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia has recommended Ravindeeran’s name to the ministry. His appointment will be notified soon.
PK Misra returns to dept of personnel and training
It is a homecoming of sorts for PK Misra, the new secretary of the Department of Personnel and Training. An IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, Misra presided over the crucial division in the department that handles all senior-level appointments for several years and left for a short stint at the steel ministry when he first got his secretary-rank.
But some things have changed in the last one year or so that Misra has been away. For one, the Lokpal bill — that had been tucked away — could occupy a significant portion of his time over the next few months when the UPA makes a renewed effort to push the Bill in Parliament. Of course, Misra will also
find that the department is still struggling with the same issues that were under discussion when he was the establishment officer including the civil service reforms and the proposed improvements to the Right to Information Act.
Govt amends deputation rules for All India Service
The government has finally amended the deputation guidelines for All India Service officers, nine months after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) accepted the proposal to treat the Union Public Service Commission, Election Commission of India, Central Vigilance Commission and Central Information Commission as Central Staffing Scheme posts.
Incidentally, these posts were treated as CSS posts till the guidelines were brought out in a consolidated form in 2007 when their names were left out of this list. Since the error in the consolidated guidelines had been cleared by the ACC, it needed this panel’s approval to undo the inaccuracy.