Union Public Service Commission Current Affairs - 2019

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Skill India gets its first Batch of IES officers to ISDS cadre

The first batch of newest central government services, ‘Indian Skill Development Services’ (ISDS) commenced their training program at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Mysuru, Karnataka. This is the first batch which is joining ISDS cadre from Indian Engineering Service (IES) Examination conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

Key Highlights

As this is the 1st batch of young minds from IES to be included in Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), the aim behind it is to attract young and talented administrators towards institutionalizing Skill Development environment in country.

The new service will give a new impetus to central government’s skilling initiative by significantly improving efficiency and effective implementation of various schemes.

In coming years MSDE will be able to create a workforce of trained skill administrators who will further enable ministry to achieve the set goals of the Skill India Mission.

About Indian Skill Development Services

It is the newest central government services and has 263 all India posts.

This service has been specially created for Training Directorate of Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

The ISDS service caters to highly specific task of skill development and thus is a unique combination of skills, technology, management and public service.

It is a Group ‘A’ service and the cadre comprises of 3 posts at Senior Administrative Grade, 28 posts at Junior Administrative Grade, 120 posts at Senior Time Scale and 112 posts at Junior Time Scale.

SC Dismisses pleas on Appointment of DGPs

The Supreme Court has dismissed the pleas of the states of Punjab, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar which sought implementation of their local laws regarding the selection and appointment of DGPs.

Dismissing the petition the Supreme Court held that the directions of the court on selection and appointment of DGPs were issued in larger public interest and to protect the police officials from political interference.

Directions issued by the Supreme Court in appointing DGPs

The Supreme Court had issued following directions to the states on appointing DGPs:

  • The states and Union Territories are required to send names of senior police officers to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for being considered as probable candidates for the post of DGPs or police commissioners (as per applicability)
  • The UPSC would then prepare a list of three most suitable candidates out of the list of names sent by states and Union Territories.
  • The states are free to appoint any one of them as the police chief.
  • It is mandatory for the states to send the list of senior police officers to the UPSC at least three months prior to the retirement of the incumbent.
  • The UPSC would then form a committee and intimate the state concerned, which in turn will immediately appoint one of the persons from among that list.

However, the Supreme Court had granted some relaxation to the states which already had laws related to appointment of DGPs. The Supreme Court had asked those states to move a plea before it, seeking modification of the order.

States of Punjab, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar had sought the modifications of the Supreme Court order citing their local laws.