Ministry of Personnel; Public Grievances and Pensions Current Affairs - 2019

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Andhra Pradesh CM allows CBI to enter state

The new state government under newly appointed Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy revoked previous governments’ order of barring Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from conducting raids in state without state government permission.

Key Highlights

Background: The previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government headed by then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu issued a government order number 176 ( GO 176), on 8 November 2018 withdrawing ‘general consent‘ to CBI officers for exercising jurisdiction in state and for investigating corruption charges against central government officials and private persons. This GO barred CBI from conducting raids or carrying out investigations in state without its permission.

Then CM and TDP President, N. Naidu accused Modi government of misusing central agencies such as CBI and Income Tax (IT) department to target TDP leaders, stating this as reason for the order.

Recent Developments:

  • The Yuvajana Sramika Raithu (YSR) Congress Party government under Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy issued new orders allowing CBI to now operate in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The order for cancelling last year’s Government Order was issued by Manmohan Singh, Principal Secretary (Home) in exercise of his powers under Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), 1946.
  • CBI will now have all powers to take up corruption and other cases in Andhra Pradesh without requiring any state permission.

About Central Bureau of Investigation

  • CBI is the premier investigative agency, headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It operates under jurisdiction of Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and functions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), 1946. It is not a statutory body.
  • Under Section 6 of DSPEA Act 1946, a state government routinely grants consent to CBI for exercising its authority in the respective state.

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Mrutyunjay Mohapatra appointed Director General of IMD

Renowned scientist, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra is appointed as Director-General the India Meteorological Department (IMD). His appointment order was issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

About Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

  • The 54-year-old cyclone warning specialist is Scientist ‘G’ (grade) in IMD. Prior to joining IMD, he worked at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory in Chandipur.
  • He is appointed as chief of IMD and will assume charge of the post on or after 1 August 2019 for a period of five years.
  • He leads the Cyclone Warning Division (CWD) of the IMD and is well known as ‘Cyclone Man‘ for his cyclone forecasts. In past six years, CWD has given accurate forecasts on cyclones such as Phailin (2013), Hudhud (2014) and Titli (2018) which hit the eastern coast.
  • Focus Areas: He seeks to strengthen the IMD’s infrastructure and improve dissemination of weather-related information with focus on sector-related forecast and giving impact-based prediction in all areas. By sector-related forecasts, IMD intends to give predictions on specific areas like information for transport systems (like trains). At present IMD gives impact-based predictions only for cyclones.

About India Meteorological Department

  • It is an agency of Union Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • It is responsible for meteorological observations, seismology and weather and climate related forecasts for the country.
  • It is mandated to warn against severe weather phenomenon like cold and heat-waves, dust storms, cyclones, heavy rain and snow and others.

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