Aadhaar-based attendance at plan panel
Babus in the Planning Commission are part of the first online Aadhaar-based authentication system to mark their attendance.
The panel, whose brainchild was the Aadhaar project, had instructed all officials to get Aadhaar numbers and then mark their attendance on new machines installed for the purpose. In the system, a plan panel official has to provide his fingerprint and employee number to mark his attendance unlike non-Aadhaar systems where the fingerprint is enough to mark attendance. The system has not been made mandatory till all employees get Aadhaar number.
New secretary joins green ministry
The environment ministry, grappling with shortage of officials at senior level, has got Susheel Kumar as new additional secretary.
Kumar, a UP cadre Indian Administrative Service officer, is as of now an additional secretary in the Urban Development ministry, where he joined a few years ago as joint secretary. Kumar would be handling multiple portfolios in the ministry and is expected to look after climate change issues after Meera Mahrishi retired earlier this year.
Top secretaries get extension
The Centre's top bureaucrat-Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth-and Maharashtra chief secretary Jayantkumar Banthia, both got extensions from June.
While Seth was retained for a year to keep continuity ahead of the 2014 polls, Banthia got an extension of six months reportedly due to the lack of a good substitute. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had searched for a new face not just in the state but also in New Delhi. He, however, couldn't find a suitable candidate who can take over amid continued efforts in drought management.
New headquarters for NCW in South Delhi
The National Commission for Women's office, presently located at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, is set to get a brand new headquarters in south Delhi's Jasola. To be built by National Buildings Construction Company at a cost of R17 crore, it will be named "Nirbhaya Bhawan" after the 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim. President Pranab Mukherje will lay the foundation stone of the building on Tuesday.