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india Updated: Oct 29, 2012 00:11 IST

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R&AW desperately short of paper pushing babus
India's external intelligence agency is desperately short of paper-pushing babus. The Research & Analysis Wing has sent an SOS to the department of personnel to seek secretarial cadre officers who can contribute to the spy agency's personnel management and handle logistic support to its ring of field agents. The officers - in the rank of director or deputy secretary - will be entitled to a special security allowance of 15% of their basic and grade pay. An official who had worked with the agency in the past said officers willing to join the organisation on deputation for three-four years, however, should expect to remain under the agency's close watch.

Govt raises ceiling of officers eligible for joint secy posts
The government has quietly enhanced the ceiling of officers who can be empanelled to hold joint secretary posts from 60% to 75% of the eligible officers in a batch.

The first set of beneficiaries of this change in the existing rule are 10 IAS officers from the 1991 batch who had been left out of the list in 2010, when their batchmates were empanelled.

Of course, the decision raises serious questions about the quality of personnel management within the government and the grounds for changing standards at the drop of a hat.

Transfer application raises curiosity in power corridors
An application from an IAS officer for a posting in Kolkata has evoked a lot of curiosity in the power corridors of Delhi. The officer concerned is currently working with rural development ministry under Jairam Ramesh and she has applied for a post under Commerce ministry-headed by Anand Sharma. Given the dynamics of equations between Ramesh and Sharma, people are curious to see if finally the transfer is granted.