Observance of ethics by Civil servants-Letter of Cabinet Secretary to Secretaries of all Ministries/Departments of the Government of India

                                                                   CABINET SECRETARY
                                                                   NEW DELHI
                                                                D.O. NO. 11017/04/2010-AIS-Ill
                                                                     March 3,2010
Dear Secretary,

              Of late there have been some disturbing incidents which call for serious introspection by civil servants. It is important that we ponder over the manner in which we discharge our duties and fulfil our responsibilities and what we need to do to refurbish our image.

2.           Civil servants are appointed on the basis of a fair and open competition. We must respond in full measure to the faith that citizens have reposed in us and meet their hopes and aspirations of good governance. Integrity, honesty,objectivity, impartiality, transparency, accountability and devotion to duty are the core values which civil servants should cherish and which should form an integral part of our decisions and actions.

3.           The issue of corruption needs to be addressed fairly and squarely. The Government's policy of zero tolerance for corruption must be implemented fully and effectively. Preventive vigilance should be strengthened. Transparency must be introduced in decision making and in all our systems. Stringent action
must be taken against officers found guilty. Disciplinary proceedings must be expedited.

4.           We need to stand by and uphold our core values. Senior officers must set an example and mentor their colleagues. The Civil Services must work wholeheartedly to provide good governance.

5.         Please share these sentiments with all officers. Let us resolve to serve the nation and the citizens in a committed manner.

With regards,
( K.M. Chandrasekhar )

Secretaries of all Ministries/Departments of the Government of India

Shortage of officers in Armed Forces

               There has been shortage of officers in the Armed Forces. The shortage of officers in the Army is around 11,500 and in the Navy, the shortage is 1606. The number of vacancies in Air Force is 1342.

             The shortage is partly attributable to accretions in the Armed Forces from time to time, tough selection procedures, difficult service conditions coupled with perceived high degree of risk involved in service career.

            A number of steps have been taken to attract the talented youth to join the Defence Forces. All officers including those in Short Service Commission (SSC) are now eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel after two, six and 13 years of reckonable service respectively. The tenure of SSC officers has been increased from 10 to 14 years. A total number of 750 posts of Lt. Col have been upgraded to Colonel towards implementation of AV Singh Committee Report (Phase-I). Further, 1896 additional posts in the ranks of Colonel, Brigadier, Major General and Lieutenant General and their equivalents in the other two Services have been upgraded towards implementation of AV Singh Committee Report (Phase-II). The implementation of the recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission with substantial improvement in the pay structure of officers of Armed Forces, is expected to make the Services more attractive.

           The Armed Forces have also undertaken sustained image projection and publicity campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career. Awareness campaigns, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media, motivational lectures in schools, colleges are also some of the other measure in this direction.

         This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri Tariq Anwar in Rajya Sabha today.


Public Private Partnership(PPP) in higher technical education

                  To address the increasing skill challenges of the Indian IT industry and growth of the domestic IT market, this HRD Ministry intends to establish 20 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) during the XIth Plan. Although, the proposal is for setting up all twenty IIITs in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, since industry participation may not be forthcoming in some States like in the North East, it is proposed that IIITs in the North East may be set up by the Central Government with contributions from Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER).

                Besides this, 300 polytechnics are to be set up through PPP by the State Government/Union Territories with roughly 1/4th of the cost of capital assets being provided by the Government of India with a ceiling of Rs.3 crore. These 300 Polytechnics will be selected in consultation with State Government/Union Territories, various industrial organizations such as CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and PHD Chamber of Commerce, etc.

              This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Changes in the Recruitment Process of Civil Services Exam

                       The examination system of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is updated from time to time to keep it in harmony with the changing environment. In regard to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) the Prime Minister has approved the proposal for introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in place of the existing Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. The CSAT is expected to come into effect from Civil Services Examination, 2011.

                  This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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