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Govt review service records of over 1,100 IAS officers to check ‘deadwood’

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New Delhi: The service records of over 1,100 officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been reviewed by the Centre in about past four years to check deadwood from the government, officials said Friday.

The review was done by the central government following a strict criteria with respect to officers who had completed 25 years of service or attained 50 years of age, they said.

The review of service records of a total of 1,143 IAS officers was carried out under Rule 16 (3) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits ) Rules, 1958 during 2015 and 2018 to check non-performers, the officials said.

 

The rules says that the central government in consultation with the state government concerned may ask an IAS officer to retire in public interest by giving at least three months previous notice in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

Of the total of 1,143 officers, four — two from Chhattisgarh cadre, one each from Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (or AGMUT cadre) and Bihar cadre– were recommended for premature retirement from the service in public interest, they said, without disclosing the names of the officers concerned.

As many as 5,104 officers of the IAS, considered the ‘steel frame’ of India, are working across the country, according to a Personnel Ministry data.

The officials said there are many states who had not carried out the review despite the Centre’s reminder.

“The states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura and Uttarakhand have not carried out intensive review of record of officers in respect of 25 years of service,” a senior official said citing an official data.

He said timely review of service record was necessay to check corruption and deadwood from the governance.

“The central government has been following a policy of zero tolerance towards corruption. At the same time it is necessary to conduct a thorough review of officers so that they do not lack in performing their duty towards people. Those found non-performing need to bid good bye from the government service and the ones performing need to be rewarded to ensure god governance,” the official added.


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ACB officers to undergo training at CBI Academy

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Srinagar, Jul 18: The Governor-led administration Thursday accorded sanction to the deputation of 20 officers and officials of the State’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for undergoing 10 days training programme at CBI Academy in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

The training programme, as per an official order, is scheduled to be held from July 22 to August 02, 2019.

The officers deputed for the training include SP Sandeep Gupta, SSP Dalip Kumar, SP Mushtaq Ahmad Choudhary, DySPs Zoheb Tanveer, Ramiz Rashid Bhat, Hamid Ali Banday, Sheikh Mudasir Ahmad Farooqui, Sajad Ahmad Sheikh, Masood Ahmad Beigh, Pardeep Singh, and Ayaz Ahmad Sheikh.

 

Other officials and officers of the ACB in the list are: Sr PO Fayaz Ahmad, Inspectors Rameshwar Dutt Sharma, Shrikant Parihar, Raj Kumar Dhar, Mohammad Arif, Rakesh Kumar, Farooq Ahmad Khanday, Sajid Ali, and Mohammad Rouf Bazaz.

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Hafiz Saeed sent to 7-day judicial custody

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Islamabad: Jamaat ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed on Wednesday was sent to seven-day judicial custody following his arrest on “terror financing charges”.

Speaking to ARY News, spokesperson of the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province Shahbaz Gill said that Hafiz’s arrest was made under the ongoing National Action Plan (NAP).

The spokesperson refused to share any further details in this regard.
Saeed was arrested while he was on his way to an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala to seek bail.

 

The development has come just two days after an anti-terrorism court in Lahore had granted interim bail to Saeed and three of his aides until August 31 against surety bonds of PKR 50,000 each.

On July 3, the top 13 leaders of the banned JuD, including Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

The CTD, which registered the cases in five cities of Punjab, had stated that JuD was involved in terror funding collected through charitable organisations including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust.

In February, Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had warned Pakistan to deliver on its commitment to curb terror financing and money laundering.

Pakistan may be blacklisted by the watchdog as it is already on the “grey list” of countries who have been inadequate in curbing money laundering and terror financing.

In the wake of previous warnings by the FATF, Pakistan had re-instated a ban on two terror outfits linked to Saeed, namely, JuD and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation in February.

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Soldier hit by falling tree in Kupwara, dies

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Srinagar, Jul 18: A 35-year-old soldier died after a tree fell on him due to a landslide while he was patrolling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said Thursday.
The incident took place when the soldier, Naik Ramandeep Singh, was leading an operational team for patrolling along the LoC in Tangdhar sector on Tuesday, it said.

Singh was critically injured in the incident and rushed to 168 Military Hospital in Tangdhar for medical treatment but succumbed, Srinagar-based 15 Corps of the Army said in a handout.

A solemn ceremony was held Thursday at the Badamibagh Cantonment of the Army for paying tributes to Singh.

 

Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Corps Commander, and all ranks paid homage to Singh on behalf of a proud nation. In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also paid their last respects to him, the handout said.

Naik Singh had joined the Army in 2002. He belonged to Village Tibba of Dhuri Tehsil in Sangrur district of Punjab and is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.

“The mortal remains of the martyr were flown for last rites to his native place, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family and remains committed to their dignity and well being,” the Army said.

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