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Delhi pacer Parvinder Awana attacked in #GreaterNoida

Greater Noida, Jul 21 (PTI) Delhi pacer Parvinder Awana was today attacked by five persons here, police said.

The assailants attacked Awana near ice factory at Kasna site 4 when he was returning from Haridwar, they said.

Awana’s Mahindra XUV has been damaged.

The assailants were of Ghangola village, they added.

Awana has made two appearances for India in a T20I series against England in 2012.

How to make government officers more efficient

Last month, the UN celebrated its annual Public Service Day highlighting the importance of public servants for development and recognising the work of public servants across the world. It is easy to see why competent public service matters and especially in India – because whether it is a teacher neglecting their duty (one study in India revealed that 24% of teachers are absent on any given day) or corrupt field staff diverting funds into their own pockets (by one estimate, as much as 36% of in India’s public distribution system does not reach the intended recipients), inefficient workers can cripple the delivery of well-intentioned public services and even harm the poor. A productive, scrupulous government workforce is an important, first-order input for effective public service delivery and broader economic gains – however acquiring this workforce is a challenge and requires systematic, evidence-based reforms.

The natural place to start is the selection of public officials delivering public services. India faces severe staff shortages in critical public service functions like education and health. One report last year estimated a shortage of one million government school teachers while India’s doctor-patient ratio of 1:1,674 is below the WHO norm of 1:1000. A major reason for these shortages is limited budgets – creating additional roles is expensive especially since government jobs pay significantly more than their private sector counterparts. This higher pay combined with unparalleled job security also means that government jobs are heavily oversubscribed. Yet the higher salaries and larger candidate pool may not translate to better productivity in all cases. For example, evidence from an evaluation conducted by researchers affiliated with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Andhra Pradesh revealed that contract teachers are as effective as public teachers and less likely to be absent. These research insights ask us to explore alternatives to adding on more government employees, like contractors or apprentices, to fill the shortfall, with effective workers and without burdening the exchequer. Another possibility is screening for traditional government roles can be changed. There is evidence to suggest that ‘pro-social’ traits like empathy and openness could be better predictors of performance than a candidate’s qualifications.

After selection, the major challenge is ensuring that workers remain motivated and perform. An effective incentive (or disincentive) is one way to do this. Incentives could take two forms: output-based (like rewarding teachers for improving student learning outcomes) or input-based (rewards or punishment based on an input like attendance). Globally, evidence suggests that performance-based incentives can be a useful tool if performance is easy to observe (like in education and tax collection). For instance, in India, performance-linked pay in schools in Andhra Pradesh improved learning outcomes as teachers exerted more effort in classrooms. However experiments with incentives for absenteeism have been less conclusive. A new attendance-recording system for health centres in Rajasthan worked initially but enforcement gradually weakened. Any incentive system hinges on implementation and follow-up; otherwise behaviour can revert to the status quo, as it did in Rajasthan.

Typical government departments are characterised by rigid bureaucracies and inflexible budgets, which make implementing incentives and changing a status quo difficult. In this environment of inertia, where even the intrinsically motivated can lose enthusiasm, driving change may require more innovative solutions. For instance, the World Bank is experimenting with a values-based leadership approach with water departments in Tamil Nadu, where trained facilitators lead officials through a series of intensive, day-long group sessions to engage in open dialogue and introspection. At the end of the workshops, officials are re-energised, rediscover their motivation for public service and establish connections with fellow-entrepreneurial public officials to drive improved performance. While this is in the process of being evaluated, ideas like these could improve worker productivity without disrupting existing institutions and entrenched interests.

Finally, technology can improve service delivery by supplementing government officials’ work and obviating opportunities for corruption. In India, biometric authentication in program delivery significantly reduced corruption in Andhra Pradesh by ensuring the right beneficiaries received the right benefits. Similarly an electronic fund-flow reform in Bihar, which directly transferred money from state to field level officers decreased corruption and improved program efficiency. Implementation of any new technology has technical, logistical and political challenges – that can be overcome by pushing for policy reforms based on evidence from approaches that have been found effective.

In sum, the productivity of government workers is a major public management problem that can be addressed by simultaneously improving the recruitment and selection of public officials; enforcing incentives to reward performance or finding other ways to motivate staff; and leveraging technology to streamline delivery. The existing evidence have given us some ideas on how to do some of this but more research is needed. Ultimately public personnel reform requires changing a deep-rooted status quo – this needs strong political will along with the willingness to continuously test and evaluate ideas.

Sanjay Kothari appointed Secretary to new President

Sanjay Kothari, Chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board, has been appointed as Secretary to President-elect Ram Nath Kovind.

Senior journalist Ashok Malik has been named as Press Secretary to Kovind, said an order issued today by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

Senior Gujarat-cadre forest service officer Bharat Lal will be Joint Secretary to Kovind, it said.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has cleared these appointments for an initial period of two years, it said.

Kothari, a 1978-batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, retired in June last year as DoPT secretary.

He was in November 2016 appointed as the chief of the government’s head-hunter the PESB.

Malik is at present Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation–a policy think tank.

Lal, a 1988-batch officer of Indian Forest Service, is at present Resident Commissioner of Gujarat government in Delhi.

JEMAT 2017 results to be declared today

JEMAT 2017 results to be declared today , check at jemat.eadmissions.net

 

JEMAT 2017: JEMAT 2017 ‘s result to be declared by today . Candidates can check their result on jemat.eadmissions.net. Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal is likely to release the result of the Joint Entrance Management Aptitude Test (JEMAT) 2017 today. Candidates who have appeared for the exam can check their results on the official admission portal of the university.

The university has announced that the results for the written examination will be declared “around July 21, 2017”. The exam was conducted on Sunday July 16 this year and candidates who clear the exam will be eligible for admission to MBA, MHA and AICTE approved PG diploma programmes at various management institutions across West Bengal.

Candidates will be required to appear for the group discussion, personal interview and counselling sessions after the declaration of the results in order to secure their seats.

Steps to check JEMAT 2017 results:

Step 1: Go to the official website for the exam (jemat.eadmissions.net).

Step 2: Click on the link for the JEMAT 2017 results.

Step 3: Enter your details in the fields provided.

Step 4: Download the result and take a print out of the same for further reference.

House panel led by BJP MP says no shame in being transgender

House panel led by BJP MP says no shame in being transgender, favours right to marriage, divorce for community

A parliamentary panel led by a BJP lawmaker has recommended exemption of transgenders from the ambit of laws criminalising homosexuality, saying the draft Bill introduced in Lok Sabha last year does not guarantee the community’s civil rights such as marriage and divorce.

The standing committee on social justice and empowerment, headed by seven-time Lok Sabha Sabha MP Ramesh Bais, tabled its report on the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

The Bill seeks to define a transgender and end discrimination against the community, whose number was estimated at 6 lakh in the 2011 census.

The report comes at a time when the BJP-led NDA government is under pressure to decriminalise homosexuality and to recognise the rights of sexual minorities.

“Transgender persons remain at risk of criminalisation under Section 377. The Bill must at the very least recognise the rights of transgender persons to partnership and marriage,” the report said.

It also called for a provision for penal action against abortions of intersex foetuses and forced surgical assignment of sex to intersex infants.

“While there is no shame in being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex or even straight, there is a most certainly shame and dishonour in being a homophobe, a transphobe and a bigot,” the report added.

The panel said the definition of transgender person will be the fulcrum of any legislation on transgender rights and welfare and the whole law would depend on the scope of this definition.

It said the proposed definition of a transgender person in the Bill is in stark contrast to global developments, where they have been granted the right to self determine and to seek benefits according to such identity.

Delhi Metro staff to go on strike from Monday

New Delhi : This is a bad news for Delhi based people who daily stuck with metro for day to day travel. The non-executive staff of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have threatened a “complete shutdown” on Monday, if their demands on pay parity are not met. They also demanded that action taken against some protesting employees be reversed.

While the DMRC has denied reports of the protests impacting train operations, Anil Kumar Mahato, the secretary of the staff council, said protesting non-executive staff of the DMRC have started sit-ins at different stations, including Dwarka, Yamuna Bank, Badarpur, Shahdara, Qutub Minar and Vishwavidyalaya.

The staff members said they were promised that their pay scales would be increased back in 2015. “Now, more than two years later, the salary has seen no change. We were schedule C employees then and we are still getting the same pay,” added Mahato, who represents about 3,000 permanent non-executive (operations) staff, including train operators, line staff and station staff.

A spokesperson for the DMRC countered, “In the face of the fact that the recommendations of the Third Pay Commission have been accepted by the government and orders are to be issued any time, it is not an opportune moment to press for their demand for revision of pay scales at this juncture. All pay-related issues shall be dealt with shortly after issue of orders by the government.”

The spokesperson added that action taken by the DMRC against employees was “purely incidental to the individuals and the attempt. to push for their personal agenda, and to invoke others to cause disruption is uncalled for.”