The ministry of road transport and highways is increasingly focusing its attention on providing road connectivity in remote areas of the north-east region.
Recently, for the first time the ministry appointed four chief engineers for the region. Of these, two have been posted in Guwahati and Silchar to monitor the work on the field. This is understandable as the road projects in the region are moving ahead at a tardy pace despite the PM having announced a special
road development package for the north-eastern states in 2009.
Super rich engineers in the road ministry
The recent move of the road ministry ordering engineers declare information related to their movable assets on the ministry’s website has set tongues wagging. Going by the information posted, it seems that though road
ministry engineers do not get fat pay packets they are among the wealthiest in the government. About half-a-dozen superintendent engineers have listed a minimum of five-six properties in their name.
Government officials encouraged to take a break
To encourage government officials to go on holidays, the department of personnel and training has recently changed the rules to allow them to encash earned leave up to a maximum of ten days when they avail leave travel concession. Contrary to public perception, a large number of officials do not go on holidays despite liberal provisions.
Fresh guidelines on confirmation of probationers
Mounting instances of fresh recruits to the government having to suffer due to arbitrary actions by their superiors or inordinate delays in their confirmation, the government wants to bring out guidelines that lay down specific conditions when the period of probation can be extended beyond the routine one year. The fresh guidelines have introduced the concept of deemed confirmation of probationers in case an explicit order extending the period of probation is not issued.
Govt changes cadre of IAS couple on marriage grounds
The government has acceded to a request by a young IAS couple to change their cadre. Rajan Vishal of the Manipur-Tripura cadre, and his 2008 batchmate Archana Singh of the Gujarat cadre, have been allocated to Rajasthan cadre on grounds of marriage.