Makeover: Bureaucracy set
to harness youth power
What is India News Service,
Wednesday, 30 March 2005, 1600 hrs IST
Indian bureaucracy is readying
for a \93major makeover\94 that will include younger officers, a more
performance-oriented regime and e-governance, says Cabinet Secretary B.K.
\93We are hopeful we will be able to introduce key reforms like
performance-based retention and recruiting of officers at a younger age this
year,\94 Chaturvedi said in an interview.
He was speaking after delivering a talk on \91Bureaucracy at the
crossroads\92 at the Gymkhana Club here on yesterday.
\93The Indian bureaucracy is on the cusp of a major makeover and long-awaited
reforms like e-governance will make a huge difference to the delivery system,\94
One of the better methods of bringing transparency and accountability in the
system is e-governance. \93The lesser the direct interface between officials and
the people, the lesser the chance of harassment,\94 said Chaturvedi, who also
chairs an apex committee that monitors computerisation in various departments.
Soon after taking charge in May last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
announced bureaucratic reforms as one of the key priorities of his Congress-led
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to significantly improve the
delivery system of the administration.
quake: Stung once, India swings into action within an hour: India
swung into action within an hour of the earthquake in northern Sumatra in
Indonesia on Monday and alerted various state governments that another tsunami
might be triggered.
committed to finding solution to all issues with Pak: Reasserting India's commitment to resolve all outstanding issues
with Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that he was looking
forward to the visit of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf slated next month.
to spend Rs 3360 crore on defence: India approved 33.6 billion rupees of
defence spending including the purchase of nine offshore naval patrol boats and
the upgrading of Sea Harrier planes, the defence minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
flays US offer, Govt's discordant views:
The BJP on Tuesday said USA's offer to sell multirole fighter aircrafts to
Pakistan and India was a result of its own "industrial-military
conflict" and promotion of their commercial interests. The party also
accused the Government of airing "discordant" views on the issue.
moves to shut door on Netaji truth: The haste with which the
Government appears determined to close the Justice MK Mukherjee Commission is
sure to be noted by future generations as confirmation that the Nehruvian
Congress always had something to hide, about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's
post-World War II whereabouts.
security threat to bus service: Mufti:
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today asserted that there
was no security threat to India due to the \93permit system\94 adopted by India
and Pakistan for running the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, beginning April
NHRC chief, says Zaheera:
Gujarat riots much debated Best Bakery case
key witness Zahira Sheikh in her fresh affidavit filed before the Supreme Court,
has tried to give a new twist to the case by seeking cross examination of
National Human Rights Commission Chairman Justice Anand.
Tripathi to chair ICHR: Noted
historian Prof DN Tripathi, former Head of Department of Ancient History and
Archaeology in Gorakhpur
University, will be the Chairman of the Indian Council
of Historical Research (ICHR). The Government has also nominated 18 eminent
in the reconstituted council.
seer misses death by a whisker: The
Shankaracharya of Kanchi mutt, Jayendra Saraswathi, had a brush with death when
his van crossed an unmanned level crossing.
won't dump BJP for governance in Bihar:
On the eve of a three-day brainstorming session of the party at
Rajgir, JD-U leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of parting
ways with alliance partner BJP in its bid to form a popular Government in Bihar.
Mr Kumar also called upon all anti-RJD forces to adopt a flexible approach for
the formation of an elected Government in the State.
to bid for 2014 Asian Games: Delhi
will now bid for the 2014 Asian Games with Government backing. The Union
Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to
the Indian Olympic Association's proposal to bid for the 17th Asian Games.
Singhania set to touch edge of space: He is ready to fly to levels
where eagles never dared. To put it in his own words, he wants to "touch
the edge of space". In mid-November 2005, renowned aviator and
industrialist Dr Vijaypat Singhania will embark upon what he himself calls
"Mission Impossible", by attempting to become the first man to fly a
hot air balloon to a staggering height of 70,000 feet (or 21,000 meters) above
the sea level.
no longer an option, says former Pak PM:
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Shujat Hussain today categorically
said that \93war is no longer an option and failure is also not an option\94 for
the two neighbours in pursuing peace.
centrifuges to IAEA:
Pakistan may hand over
parts of used centrifuges to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at
the 'express request' of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
ready to curb 'bad money': Aziz:
Shaukat Aziz on Tuesday called for joint efforts at the international level for
the success of campaign to curb money laundering.
Afghan soldiers injured in blast:
A roadside bomb
exploded in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, wounding six soldiers of the
National Army, while two US soldiers were injured in a separate incident,
View from abroad
the FBI allowed Osama\92s kin to flee US after 9/11: The
Federal Bureau of Investigation actively assisted wealthy Saudis, including
relatives of Osama bin Laden, to flee the USA soon after the September 11, 2001,
attacks. The Saudis feared for their well-being following reports that 15 of the
19 hijackers that flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York, the
Pentagon on the outskirts of Washington, and a field in Pennsylvania, were Saudi
Drug victim in CP Harry's friend
The boy who died in a Connaught Place hotel of drugs overdose was reportedly
Prince Harry's friend.
supporters launch signature campaign: Friends and supporters of Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the US have launched a signature campaign
against the Bush administration's decision to deny him a visa.
Bureaucracy will get younger:
Centre plans to recruit young people and assign them responsible jobs.
India responded quickly to quake: This time it was an all-round alert,
and quick action to avert tragedy.
Defence got a big boost: The Navy will get all new equipment, thanks to
the approval of a huge allocation.