Jitendra Singh meets IAS officers, urges states to follow DoPT guidelines for postings & transfers

New Delhi: The Minister of State (MoS) PMO Jitendra Singh urged the states to follow DoPT guidelines for postings and transfers and said timely cadre-review should be done by the states. Singh was addressing IAS officers of the State Civil Services from different states undergoing the Induction Training Program in New Delhi today.

Jitendra Singh said that technology needs to be utilised optimally by officers to acquire knowledge, adding that there are ample opportunities in the area of training in the internet era. He said that learning is a dynamic process and officers should optimally utilise their training skills acquired during their careers.

India is an evolving nation and certain systemic issues need to be addressed in the long run to optimally utilise resources available, Singh said, emphasising the feedback system that will help make improvements in the training modules in the future.

Singh also spoke about the ‘Anubhav’ initiative of the Government where superannuating officers give account of their experiences during the job, adding that it will help policy makers and enable them to make improvements in the system.

The Minister said that certain initiatives have been taken by the Government to make improvements in the training for officers. He quoted the example of ‘Aarambh’ initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kevadia on 31 October this year.

Singh stressed upon the capacity building, skill upgrades, and mid-career training programs for officers, and said that a possibility can be explored to bring uniformity in training modules and also in imparting specialised training wherever required.

On the occasion, Additional Secretary, DoPT, K. Srinivas, spoke about the iGOT (Integrated Government Online Training Programme) and COMMIT training program developed by Department of Personnel and Training. He said that states can always give their suggestions to DoPT so that new modules can be introduced in these programs.

There are a total of 55 Officers undergoing the Induction Training Program. The representation of women in the officers is 20% (11 out of 55). Officers belonging to cadres of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal participated in the Induction Training Program.

The 121(A) ITP started on 4 November 2019 and will culminate on 14 December 2019. Participants have undergone 4 weeks of academic inputs in the faculties of management, economics, public administration and ICT during their stay at the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh.

They then went on a one-week domestic study tour, called the ‘Bharat Darshan’ to States other than their own cadre. During the tour, participants had attachments with NGOs, Urban Local Bodies and District Administrations. The Domestic Study Tour is followed by a 2-day stay in Delhi on 6 & 7 December 2019. The officers will also visit Rashtrapati Bhawan before proceeding on a Foreign Study Tour to Seoul, South Korea from 7 to 14 December.

In Seoul, they will have 6-days’ training with the Korean Development Institute in order to get exposure to best practices and administrative efficiencies. On completion of the Foreign Study Tour, the officers will be relieved from the Course on 14 December 2019 to join their respective cadres.

The Secretary, Government of Punjab and also Director & Course Coordinator, Jaspreet Talwar, and Punjab Resident Commissioner, Rakhee Gupta Bhandari were also present on the occasion.

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