Revision of Civil Services Examination



Revision of Civil Services Examination 
The Union Public Service Commission has so far constituted following committees for review of different aspects of Civil Services Examination including the language issues:- 


i) Kothari Committee

ii) Satish Chandra Committee

iii) Y.K. Alagh Committee

iv) Anandakrishnan Committee

v) Bhattacharya Committee S.K. Khanna Committee

vii) Nigavekar Committee

viii) Purushottam Agarwal Committee.

ix) Baswan Committee.

Except for the Baswan Committee, which is yet to submit its report, all other Committees have since submitted their reports and in none of these reports, any recommendation has been made for revising the Civil Services to set questions in all the languages listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

The Committee inter-alia recommended that the candidates in the Civil Services Examination should be allowed to write their papers (other than the Indian language and English compulsory papers) in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution provided the candidate has had his/her graduation in that particular language medium for the examination. However, in view of the concerns raised in the Parliament, print and electronic media about Civil Services Examinations Rules, 2013, the said recommendation was not given effect by the Central Government.

The Central Government has constituted an Expert Committee under chairmanship of Shri B. S. Baswan, vide Notice dated 12.8.2015 to examine the various issues connected with the Civil Services Examination. The Committee has been asked to submit its report within 06 months of its constitution.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Tiruchi Siva in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Vacancies in State Information Commissions 
Section 15 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 provides that every State Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute a State Information Commission to exercise the powers conferred on, and to perform the functions assigned to, it under this Act. As per Section 15(2) of the RTI Act, 2005 the State Information Commission shall consist of (a) the State Chief Information Commissioner, and (b) such number of State Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten, as may be deemed necessary. State-wise data on number of Information Commissioners and other staff is available in each State Information Commission.

Section 25(1) of the RTI Act, 2005 provides that the State Information Commission as soon as practicable after the end of each year, prepare a report on the implementation of the provisions of this Act during that year and forward a copy thereof to the appropriate Government. Further, Section 25(4) of the RTI Act, 2005 provides that the State Government may as soon as practicable after the end of each year, cause a copy of the report of the State Information Commission referred to in sub-section (1) to be laid before each House of the State Legislature, where there are two Houses, and where there is one House of the State Legislature before that House.

However, the 9th Annual Report of Maharashtra State Information Commission is available on their website.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Husain Dalwai in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Abolishment of the practice of interview for Group B and C posts 
The Central Government has decided to dispense with the interview for all Group 'C' and non-gazetted Group 'B' category in Central Government by 31.12.2015. If a Department considers interview absolutely necessary for any specific posts, then clearance of Department of Personnel & Training is necessary.

Further, the State Governments have also been requested on 4th September 2015 and 29th September, 2015 to undertake similar exercise in respective States in consultation with State Public Service Commissions or other agencies involved in the recruitment for junior level posts. This issue was also deliberated during a meeting held on 8th September, 2015 and in a one day workshop organized on 16th November, 2015 in which the State Secretaries of Personnel/General Administration Department were invited.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Anil Desai in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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ACC Appointments 
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following:

(i) Additional charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Price Stabilization Fund Trust (PSFT) (Joint Secretary level) under the Department of Commerce to Ms. Anita Praveen, IAS (TN:89), Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce for a period of three months from 11.11.2015 to 10.02.2016, or till such time the post is filled up on regular basis, or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.

(ii) Shri T. V. Ravichandran, IPS(TN:90) as Minister(Personnel) in the Embassy of India, Berlin (IG Level) under the Ministry of External Affairs, in the pay band of Rs. 37,400-67,000/-(PB-4) plus grade pay of Rs.10,000/- for a period of three years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Shri Amitabh Ranjan, IPS(MT:88).

(iii) Additional charge of the post of Chairman (JS level), Coffee Board, Bengaluru under the Department of Commerce to Ms. Leena Nair, IAS (TN:82), Chairperson (Secretary level), Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Department of Commerce for a period of three months from 12.11.2015 to 11.02.2016, or till such time the post is filled up on regular basis, or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.

(iv) Shri Anwar Hussain Shaik, 1RTS (2000), who was recommended for central deputation by the Ministry of Railways, has been selected for appointment as Director in the Department of Consumer Affairs, Delhi under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of five years from the date of taking over charge of the post or until further orders, whichever event takes place earlier. He may kindly be relieved of his duties immediately with instructions to take up his new assignment in the Consumer Affairs.

(v) Sh. Babu Lal Meena, Ind. Ordnance Factory Service (2005), who was recommended for central deputation by the Ministry of Defence, has been selected for appointment as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of four years from the date of taking over charge of the post or until further orders, whichever event takes place earlier. He may kindly be relieved of his duties immediately with instructions to take up his new assignment in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

(vi) Shri Gopi Chandra Chhawaniya, Ind. Telecom Service (1991), who was recommended for central deputation by the Department of Telecommunications, has been selected for appointment as Director in the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of five years from the date of taking over charge of the post or until further orders, whichever event takes place earlier. He may kindly be relieved of his duties immediately with instructions to take up his new assignment in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

(vii) Shri Praveen Vashista, IPS (BH:1991) as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs from the date of assumption of the charge of the post for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Shri Rakesh Singh, IAS(KN:1989). The appointment of Shri Praveen Vashista, IPS (BH:1991) as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines vice Shri Naresh Kumar, IAS (UT:1987) issued, vide DOPT order No.33/12/2015-E0(SM-1) dated 03.12.2015, is cancelled

(viii) Shri Subhash Chandra, IFS (UT:1988) as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines from the date of assumption of the charge of the post for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Shri Naresh Kumar, IAS (UT:1987).

(ix) Ms. Meera Swarup, IA&AS (1988) as Joint Secretary & FA , Department of Expenditure from the date of assumption of the charge of the post for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Shri H.P. Rao, IA&AS(1981).

(x) Shri R.K. Chaturvedi, IAS (MP:1987) as Joint Secretary, Implementation Cell, Seventh Central Pay Commission under the Department of Expenditure from the date of assumption of the charge of the post for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, by shifting one post of DS/Director level from Department of Economic Affairs to Department of Expenditure and upgrading the same to JS level for a period of two years or until a regular Joint Secretary level vacancy arises in the Department of Expenditure, whichever is earlier.

(xi) Ms. Deepti Umashankar, IAS (HY:1993), Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat as Joint Secretary against the newly created Joint Secretary level post in the Cabinet Secretariat, to be treated akin to non-CSS, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post for a period of maximum overall seven year central deputation tenure upto 26.12.2017 or until further orders, whichever is earlier, by upgrading one vacant post of DS/Director level in the Cabinet Secretariat to JS level for a period of two years. 
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