Always First/ Always the topper
Delhi’s most promising upcoming public prosecutor has topped the UPSC examination for the position of senior public prosecutor in the Central Bureau of Investigation. Naveen Kumar who has been handling special cell and perjury cases in the court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate was selected from a field of 6000 applicants. He had also stood first when he was selected to the position of assistant public prosecutor in the Delhi Government.
Declare assets or face action
Not only politicians, even some bureaucrats are reluctant for transparency. The government realised this fact the hard way and has finally decided to take disciplinary action against officials who fail to submit their property returns as required under the government rules. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has listed 397 IAS officers and 461 Central Secretariat Service officials who have failed to declare their property returns for two years — 2009 and 2010. They have been asked to comply by June-end or face disciplinary action. So far, about 4,009 IAS officers and 7,000 CSS officers have filed their property returns.
RS Gujral on way out?
Transport secretary RS Gujral may be on his way out following differences with Transport Minister CP Joshi over undue interference of planning commission advisor Gajendra Haldea in the ministry’s functioning. Gujral first wanted to become NHAI chairperson to which Joshi objected as he wanted a technocrat for the post. Thereafter, Gujral went on leave when Joshi asked him to brief a junior Central government minister. The grapevine has it that Gujral might be on his way out and Anil Kumar Upadhyay, secretary, Youth Affairs Ministry, may replace him.
RK Singh to be new home secy
RK Singh, a Bihar batch IAS officer, who would be new home secretary from July 1, maintains a low profile unlike the incumbent GK Pillai. With Singh taking charge, the ministry’s functioning is expected to change and get traditional, where the home minister is face of the ministry.