EC wants change in rules to check harassment of officers
Talk of a fortnight of hard work in return for six months' reprieve. This is just what civil servants posted on election duty may look forward to, if the Election Commission has its way. The Election Commission (EC) is considering a change in rules to check harassment of civil servants after elections. Normally, a set of bureaucrats considered close to the ruling party are transferred. Sometimes, they are also harassed after the change in guard. But, for the commission, preventing harassment of officials - who performed their duty honestly during elections - is the main consideration. About half of all IAS officers in India were posted on election duty for the just-concluded elections in five states.
UPSC's single window to kill delays in recruitment
The Union Public Service Commission may have finally cracked the code to kill delays in recruitment. The commission has started a single window system at its office for receiving proposals from ministries, where the documents are scrutinised at the first instance, before they are accepted. This not only cuts the time taken by the commission to get back to the ministries concerned with lacunae in their proposals. It also ensures that the ball remains firmly in the court of the ministries. This, in turn, is a great incentive for the ministries to remove the lacunae quickly.
KK Sharma raises questions over Shunglu Committee
Delhi's former principal secretary of the public works department - now adviser, Chandigarh administration - KK Sharma, cleared his name in his representation to the Prime Minister's office. But in the process, he did raise rather uncomfortable questions on the credibility of the Shunglu Committee that "selectively" indicted him and a few others for the failures of the Delhi government. Sharma, who was indicted by the Shunglu panel, for instance, came to the Delhi government less than two years ahead of the Commonwealth Games and was held responsible, among others, for sleeping over the projects even before he joined them.