UPSC to hold exclusive Railway Service Exam from 2021

UPSC to hold exclusive Railway Service Exam from 2021

New Delhi: With the Modi government having decided to combine all of eight existing rail services into one Indian Railways Management Service (IRMS), the UPSC will be holding an exclusive railway service examination, ThePrint has learnt.

The exclusive UPSC examination for the new Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) will be first conducted in 2021.

This year’s UPSC examination will follow the previous pattern — where officers for the Indian Railway Accounts Service, Indian Railway Traffic Service, Indian Railway and the Indian Railway Personnel Service will be recruited through the Civil Services Exam (CSE), while those for the other services will be recruited through the Indian Engineering Service (IES) examination.

From next year onwards, however, there’ll be a preliminary examination for the railway service but the main examination for engineers will be on their domain experience and not general studies, an official said on condition of anonymity.

‘It would adhere to the Indian Forest Service (IFS) exam pattern,’ the official said. ‘IFS officers have the preliminary examination that is identical as IAS, IPS but have a mains paper exclusively designed for them.’

UPSC will be intimated about the amount of officers needed in the IRMS. Senior UPSC officials said the commission has received no such proposal.

‘The government will determine how to do it…We have not been informed or asked about anything yet,’ an official said.

The commission also has no knowledge of whether the IRMS will be considered not or a service.

DoPT not consulted before Railways service merger.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), that is the coordinating agency for all personnel matters, was not consulted by the Modi government prior to the controversial merger, ThePrint has learnt.

‘They announced that they would consult with UPSC and the DoPT after making the announcement,’ said a DoPT official. ‘But the fact that the DoPT is the nodal agency for these matters, it was not consulted before the announcement was made.’

Officials are foreseeing a lot of problems in unifying the cadres of the eight services as well. ‘There will be issues of promotion, seniority, amongst others.

According to ThePrint before, the government will constitute a Group of Ministers to sort out all the matters.

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JNU attack aided by administration, says teachers association, needs V-C’s resignation

JNU attack aided by administration, says teachers association, needs V-C’s resignation

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) Monday said they were attacked by’goons’ Sunday day whose entry into the campus was eased by the varsity administration.

‘The administration is easing entry of individuals from outside…they are allowing goons enter the campus. This is a planned attack on faculty members,’ said Majumdar.

‘What happened in JNU isn’t a law and order issue or a clash between two groups…it was a planned attack. The administration is currently trying to attack us.’

Teachers and students of JNU were beaten up and land damaged during a gathering by a group of masked men. Including JNU Students’ Union President Aishe Ghosh teachers and students received injuries in the incident, around 34.

Visuals of students bleeding from the assault and people roaming the campus carrying sticks and batons surfaced on social media. 1 footage showed faculty member Sucharita Sen injured in the incident.

‘VC should resign’

JNUTA members said the goons begun attacking everybody present there and had arrived at the place of the gathering. Teachers were the first ones to get hit when they moved forward to talk with the mob.

‘they started attacking us, although As a first line of defence for the pupils, the teachers went ahead to talk to the guys that were masked to understand what they desired. They also threw stones at the gathering,’ said a faculty member at JNU, Atul Sood.

The gathering was called to maintain calm following the JNU campus saw a series of scuffles between activists of the ABVP and Left outfits.

‘told me she was hit by a rock the size of a brick. When we arrived at the campus the stones weren’t there,’ added Sood.

JNUTA members have also demanded that Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar should resign in the aftermath of the attacks. The association has further requested the JNU administration to make public the records of CCTV footage and evidence .

Some faculty members alleged that the mob of attackers had come to their houses. Bikramditya Choudhary, a faculty member who resides in the campus, said,’Some goons knocked on my door as well.I was not home, but my wife was. She called and was terrified the police for help.’

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Fines can not be lowered by states under Motor Vehicles Act: Centre under limits that are prescribed

Fines can not be lowered by states under Motor Vehicles Act: Centre under limits that are prescribed

NEW DELHI: No state can lower traffic penalties under the level prescribed under the Motor Vehicles Act, the central government said on Monday.

In an advisory to countries, the road, highways and transport ministry said the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 is a parliamentary legislation and the state governments can’t pass any law or take executive action to lower penalty below the prescribed limit unless President’s assent has been obtained to related state law.

The transportation ministry had sought legal advice on this after one of the states had notified amounts for compounding of certain offences reduced to what has been prescribed in the new Act.

The new Act with stricter provisions has come into force in the country from September 1, 2019.

“Ministry of Law and Justice has tendered their information after seeking opinion of Attorney General of India.

The advisory to the principal secretaries of states also mentioned the legal opinion that in case of the failure of states to implement the Act, reference could be made to Article 256 of the Constitution that authorises the Union of India to issue directions to a state as may be necessary for the purpose.

Article 256 provides that the executive authority of each nation shall be so exercised as to guarantee compliance with regulations made by Parliament and any present laws which apply in that state, and the executive power of the Union shall extend to the giving of such directions to a state as may seem to the Government of India to be necessary for this purpose.

The advisory also quoted Attorney General’s opinion that”the disobedience of these directions could well attract the provisions of Article 356 of the Constitution of India, and you could therefore proceed on the basis that the central law could implicitly be obeyed by the state governments”.

The ministry said the aim of this Act and enhancement of penalties for traffic offenses was to ensure greater compliance and enhancing deterrence for violation of traffic rules which is intended to provide for improved road safety resulting in decrease in deaths and accidents on roads.

Earlier, the government had stated that for offences Gujarat, Karnataka, Manipur and Uttarakhand had reduced the penalties.

Penalty for driving without licence was increased to $5,000 from $500 before, while riding two-wheeler without helmets will not only attract fine of $1,000 but could lead to suspension of licences for another three months.

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After attacks, JNU becomes rallying cry for student protests that are pan-India day

After attacks, JNU becomes rallying cry for student protests that are pan-India day

New Delhi: The attack on students and teachers in the Jawarharlal Nehru University by unidentified goons triggered protests across India on Monday as the clamour grew for the resignation of the vice chancellor who is being blamed for inaction during the violence which left 34 people injured.

As dreadful first-person accounts emerged of the attack on Sunday evening, including on JNU students union president Aishe Ghosh, Delhi Police said no arrests have been made and that they have transferred the case to the Crime Branch, who claimed to have found”vital clues”

The violence was condemned by politicians of all parties. The opposition and JNU students blamed the ABVP, the students’ wing of the BJP for its violence, and accused the Delhi Police of inaction. The BJP said campuses shouldn’t become political battleground.

On Sunday, a mob of masked young people stormed the JNU campus in south Delhi and systematically targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods, hitting offenders and breaking windows, furniture and personal possessions. They attacked a women’s hostel.

“I was specifically targeted on Sunday during a peace march on campus. Around 20-25 masked persons disrupted the march and assaulted me with iron rods,” union president Ghosh, her head swathed in bandages, told PTI after being released from hospital earlier Monday. At least 15 stitches were received by her on the head, and her arm was in a cast after the assault.

The ABVP has been responsible, and subsequently, has blamed Ghosh’s Left-supported union of stage managing the violence. In addition, it claimed that many of its activists were hurt, but has not presented the media with any.

“For the last four-five days, some RSS affiliated professors were encouraging violence to violate our movement,” Ghosh alleged in a press conference later.

Also Union Home Minister Amit Shah talked to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the HRD ministry to take stock of this situation that was volatile.

“The horrifying and unprecedented violence unleashed on India’s young by goons with busy abetment of the ruling Modi government is deplorable and unacceptable,” alleged Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Union minister Smriti Irani said \Rcampuses should not be made a”political battlefield” and expected students would not become political pawns.

With no face to the terror, of which did endless rounds of news stations and media videos of Sunday night, the tide of anger showed no signs of ebbing.

The assault against students of JNU and protests against the citizenship amendment act — that has seen a strike against the increase in fees — segued into one with students joining parties across the political spectrum to call for accountability.

The 34 people, including faculty members and students , who were admitted to the AIIMS trauma facility were discharged on Monday morning, officials said.

Huge protests took place Monday in universities from Pondicherry to Aligarh and Chandigarh to Kolkata. Protests were also held in the National Law University at Bangalore and IIT-Bombay as well as at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

In Mumbai, the protest continued.

Pupils of Calcutta University hold placards and raise slogans during a demonstration against the attacks on JNU students and CAA, in Kolkata, on Monday.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said JNU students were subjected to a”cowardly and intended assault”.

Bollywood spoke. “Horrifying”,”heartbreaking” and “barbaric” is how many in the film business, such as actors-filmmakers Anil Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Rajkummar Rao, Anurag Kashyap and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, described the assault.

The JNU campus was a battle zone with the shattered windowpanes and the shards of glass mute testimonies of this violence the night before.

As students began cleaning the debris, hundreds of security personnel swarmed the campus – and outside it too — keeping a watchful eye on the restless crowds that sang songs of revolution and raised slogans. Pupils packed their bags and left for their homes.

A Kashmiri student, requesting anonymity, said that he was chased by the mob and’d leap from the first floor with his buddies.

“We were three-four buddies within a room. Suddenly, a number of our friends came running and said,’The ABVP is coming with lathis and sticks’. We latched the space but within a couple of seconds, they began banging on it. They broke glass windows on top of the door. Scared, we opened the balcony door and jumped from the first floor.

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