NCR Planning Board finally gets a new boss
After remaining headless for seven months, the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) - set up for promoting regional development in the NCR region - will finally get a new boss. Naini Jayaseelan, advisor in the Planning Commission will soon take over as NCRPB member secretary. The post had been lying vacant after the incumbent Noor Mohammad, a 1977 batch IAS, took over as National Disaster Management Authority secretary. He has since retired.
ASI officials 'forced' to remain absent from own function
GD Ahead of its general assembly in October, where the historic urban landscapes recommendations would be up for vote, the UNESCO wanted to "sensitise" Indian officials to get their support. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was asked to conduct a daylong workshop on 'Conservation and Management of Historic Urban Areas'. Those present comprised UNESCO officials and regular faces in the field of heritage conservation. But apart from the inaugural session and a little time later, most conspicuous by their absence was ASI top brass. Only a lone officer responsible for the workshop was seen at the venue the whole day. "What do we do? In the morning, we went to the Parliament for question hour. Later, the Minister had scheduled important meetings," said senior ASI officials.
Missed deadline to cost vigilance clearance
The government has finally issued formal orders preventing All India Service officers from getting vigilance clearance if they did not stick to the January 31 deadline to file their property returns. Sources said the orders have been issued to ensure compliance as part of the department of personnel's efforts to streamline the processes in this regard.
SK Nayak to join WCD ministry as new joint secy
Sundeep Kumar Nayak, a 1988 batch IAS will soon join the Ministry of Women and Child Development as joint secretary (JS). Nayak was earlier serving as JS in the Ministry of Mines. He replaces Sadhna Rout, who recently moved to the Tribal Affairs ministry. Another JS post in the WCD ministry is likely to fall vacant with rumours that incumbent Vivek Joshi might head to World Bank soon.