- Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma as the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
- He will succeed Anil Sinha, who retired on December 2 last year.
- His name was cleared by a three-member selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge as members.
- A controversy had preceded Verma’s selection to the post by a three-member search and selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and Leader of largest Opposition party (Congress) in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge as members with the government shifting the second-in-command in CBI RK Dutta (1981-batch Karnataka cadre IPS officer) to the Ministry of Home Affairs as Special Secretary and an NGO approaching the SC against it.
- Since then, Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana was acting as the interim director of the agency.
- Though the selection panel meeting took place on January 16, a decision in this regard was issued today, which showed how the government was careful in Verma’s appointment, as even Kharge had expressed his reservation on his name.
About Alok Verma
- Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, has been appointed the Director of the CBI, an official said on Thursday evening.
- Verma, who has been the Delhi Police chief for the last 11 months, was, however, one among the frontrunners for the post.
- The others in the race were ITBP chief Krishna Chaudhary, head of National Police Academy Aruna Bahuguna, SSB DG Archana Ramasundram and 1981-batch Maharastra cadre IPS officer Satish Mathur.
- Verma was earlier the director general of Tihar prisons and the police chief of Mizoram.
- He has also served as the joint and special commissioner of the Delhi Police crime branch between August 2007 and December 2008.
- The new Director’s appointment in the CBI is his 24th posting in his 36-year career. Verma is due to retire in July this year, but he will now have a fixed two-year tenure from the date of assumption of office.
About Central Bureau of Investigation
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of India, which simultaneously serves as the nation’s prime federal law enforcement agency.
- It operates under the jurisdiction of the Government of India. The CBI is overseen by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions of the Federal government, headed by a Cabinet Minister who reports directly to the Prime Minister.
- As far as national security is concern its comparable to those of the American FBI, British MI5 or Russian FSS.
- However, CBI’s powers and functions are limited to specific crimes by Acts (primarily the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946). Alok Verma has been announced as the director on 19th Jan 2017
- The CBI is involved in major criminal probes, and is the Interpol agency in India.
- The CBI was established in 1941 as the Special Police Establishment, tasked with domestic security. It was renamed the Central Bureau of Investigation on 1 April 1963.
- Its motto is “Industry, Impartiality, Integrity”. Agency headquarters is in the Indian capital, New Delhi, with field offices located in major cities throughout India.
- In an effort to further strengthen its e-Governance initiative, the Government has launched a mobile app named ‘SEZ India’ which would enable easy access of information and track transactions
- SEZ Division, Department of Commerce under its broader e-Governance initiative i.e. SEZ Online System, has developed mobile app for Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
- Commerce Secretary launched the app and mentioned that the App would help the SEZ Units and Developers to find information easily and track their transactions on SEZ Online System.
- Now the SEZ Developers & Units can file all their transactions digitally through SEZ Online system and track the status on the go through the SEZ India mobile app.
Where it is available & the sections
- The app is available on Android Platform for use by SEZ Developers, Units, officials and others.
- The app has four sections i.e. SEZ Information, SEZ Online Transaction, Trade Information, and Contact details.
Salient Features of the four sections are:
- SEZ INFORMATION: This is a compendium of the SEZ Act, 2005, SEZ Rules, 2006, MOCI Circulars, details of SEZs and Units etc. It gives up to date comprehensive details on all the above aspects.
- TRADE INFORMATION: This provision gives access to important information / tools such as Foreign Trade Policy, Hand Book of procedure , Duty Calculator , Customs & Excise Notification and MEIS Rates.
- CONTACT DETAILS: We see that the contact details of all Development Commissioners Office, DGFT, DG System, DGCI & S and SEZ online.
- SEZ online Transaction This is a dynamic submenu that tracks the Bill of Entry / Shipping Bill processing status and also does verification. The app also helps the Importers / Exporters to track the status of ‘Bill of Entry / Shipping Bill” integration and processing in the EDI system of the ICEGATE.
- The National Festival will ensure the participation of youth from all over India taking active part in various competitive and non-competitive events, Yuva Kriti exhibition, food festival, spreading the message of national unity and integration etc. from Jan 12 to Jan 16, 2017.
- The host state Haryana is making elaborate arrangements for successful organization of this prestigious national event, along with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), a Government of India organisations.
- The opening and closing ceremony of the 21st National Youth Festival will be held on January 12 and January 16 respectively in the sports stadium complex of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak.
- All the participating State contingents will participate in the march past in their traditional custom attire. A gala cultural programme will be organized during the opening ceremony.
- Competitive and non-Competitive events, Suvichar, Yuva Kriti exhibition and Food Festival, Adventure Sports event will be organized during the festival.
- State contingents will take part in Competitive Events like One Act Play (English/Hindi), Folk Dance, Folk Song, Classical Vocal Solo (Hindustani/Carnatic), Classical Instrumental Solo (Sitar/Flute/Tabla/Veena/Mridangyam), Harmonium (Light), Guitar, and Classical Dance. Besides, Non-Competitive events, Young Artistes Camp will also be organized.
- The National Youth Festival 2017 will also showcase the policies and programme of Government of India, especially to promote Digital economy. Stalls for Digital Payment Training (UPI/e-wallet/debit cards/credit cards/PoS etc.) will be put up at various venues of NYF to educate the masses about digital financial transactions.
- Another unique attraction of NYF 2017 will be a number of Selfie Spots with attractive backdrops based upon flagship programmes of Government of India where the delegates and general youth may get their selfies clicked.
About National Youth Festival
- The National Youth Festival in India is an annual gathering of youth with various activities including competitive ones. Celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda.
- It is organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in collaboration with one of the State Governments. Thus it is held in a different state each year during National Youth Week, 12 to 16 January every year
- The National Youth Festival began in 1995 as a major activity under the programme of National Integration Camp (NIC).
- In collaboration with one of the States and institutions like Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and the National Service Scheme (NSS), the Government of India conducts this programme every year.
- Like the National Youth Festival, States are also encouraged to hold state level, district level and block level youth festivals in the same format as that of the National Youth Festival.
- The centre of the festival focuses on cultural aspects and a number of other programmes covering a wide variety of activities, which not only reflect the spirit of friendship but also peace and development.
- Besides all this, this festival provides a nationwide exposure to the youth for the expression and fulfilment of their cultural talents and aspirations.