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When nothing else inspires, History does! (93)

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.



What is wrong if Modi is Hitler ?

A couple of bureaucrats were discussing Narendra Modi during dinner. One bureaucrat said that style of functioning of Narendra Modi is akin to Hitler. Another bureaucrat, however, retorted - "What is wrong if Modi is Hitler, History shows Hitler made Germany to Germany".







As many as 32 IAS officers are retiring in September 2014. They are - B Vijayan and Ms Archana Arora of AGMUT cadre; Dr Indrajit Pal of Andhra Pradesh cadre; Syed Iftikhar Hussain, Mrs L Kharkongor, Harendra Nath Bora of Assam Meghalaya cadre; Jayant Dasgupta of Bihar; G A Shah of Gujarat; Ms Shakuntala Jakhu of Haryana; Ashok Thakur of Himachal Pradesh; Pankaj Jain of Jammu & Kashmir cadre; Rajendra Pratap Sinha of Jharkhand; Mrs Anita Kaul and V B Patil of Karnataka; P G Thomas of Kerala; Dillip Kumar Samantaray, A K Bhatt, Ms Raj Kumari Khanna, Yogendra Sharma of Madhya Pradesh cadre; M M Adtani, L V Deshmukh of Maharashtra; Dr Rameswar Prasad Meena and H Imocha Singh of Manipur-Tripura cadre; Ms Banuo Zopianga Jamir of Nagaland; Dr Karamjit Singh of Punjab cadre; Ravi Mathur and Pramod Kumar Anand of Rajasthan; K Sellamuthu of Tamil Nadu cadre; Dr V Rajagopalan of Uttar Pradesh; S K Nurul Haque, Juvviguntla Sundarasekhar, Kashi Nath Behera of West Bengal.





Panel for Executive Director in the Nationalised Banks prepared during the UPA Government is likely to be scrapped. Altogether 14 GMs were selected for the ED and four were waitlisted.




Former Secretary in the Government of India Amita Sharma has been appointed Senior Consultant in EDCIL under the Ministry of HRD . She is retired 1981 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.





CSB takes places on Monday

Meeting of the CSB has taken place on Monday. Details are now awaited.






Orders of Harpreet Singh for MD, CWC issued

The orders of Harpreet Singh, Director (P&S), CONCOR, for the appointment as Managing Director, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) have been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on March 18, 2014)






ACC approves appointment of Capt Devadas as Director, SCI

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) is reported to have cleared the appointment of Capt Kelath Devadas, Sr VP, SCIL, as Director (Technical & Offshore Services), Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI).
(We said this on April 25, 2014)






CMDE P H M Salih selected as Director (CP&P), HSL

CMDE P H M Salih, Director in the Ministry of Defense, has been selected for the post of Director (Corporate Planning & Personnel), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 22, 2014. As many as eight persons were interviewed for the same.






File of D S Rana for Director, DFCCIL moved to ACC

The file of D S Rana, CPM, DFCCIL, for the post of Director (Infrastructure), Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) has reportedly been sent to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) for its final approval.






Minister signs file of Charles after two months

The concerned Minister of Shipping is reported to have signed the file of S Charles, Vice President, SCIL, for the appointment as Director (Finance), Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) after two months. Now the file is being sent to ACC for its final approval.





New appointment guidelines for CBDT & CBEC Members yet to be approved

Amid the six posts of Member with CBDT & CBDT lying vacant together the new appointment guidelines is awaiting its approval. Experts say that the appointment process can not be initiated until the new appointment guidelines are approved. Reported the guidelines have been drafted but awaiting the ratification of ACC.






Bhagirath Prasad is Member Standing Committee HRD

BJP Member of Lok Sabha Bhagirath Prasad has been appointed Member of the Standing Committee of the HRD Ministry.Prasad who is 1975 batch retired IAS officer has been Principal Secretary Education in MP Government and VC of Indore University.






Dharmendra Kr likely for ADG empanelment

As the grapevine has it, Dharmendra Kumar may soon be empanelled to be posted as ADG in Govt of India. The 1984 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre is presently serving as DGP, Mizoram. Previously he served Delhi Police as Special CP, Crime.





AAI Chairman to be appointed through selection and not deputation ?

Countdown for the selection interview for the post of Chairman, AAI is about to be over in a day or two. If sources are be believed the Ministry of Civil Aviation wanted the post to be filled with deputation whereas PESB wanted to follow the standard route & procedures for the selection. After consultation ACC suggested to have the concurrence of PESB. Interestingly, PESB opined to go by the selection interview only since the interview date was already finalised. It is reliably learnt that in case of no suitable candidate PESB would be agree to Minstry's take for deputation for the post.





Arvind Kr all set for empanelment as ADG

As the grapevine has it, Arvind Kumar may soon be empanelled to be posted to the rank of Additional Director General with Govt of India. The 1984 batch IPS officer of Assam Meghalaya cadre is presently serving on central deputation with Intelligence Bureau.





Sirpurkar to be Judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court

Orders of the appointment of Law Secretary Madhya Pradesh C V Sirpurkar as Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court are expected to be issued by this month end.





Will Omendra Bhardwaj be Chairman of Rajasthan PSC ?

Rajasthan DGP Omendra Bhardwaj is likely to be appointed new Chairman of the Rajasthan Public Service Commission. He is 1977 batch IPS officer.





D B Singh appointed Adviser, Rajya Sabha Secretariat

It is reliably learnt that Dr D B Singh has been appointed for the post of Adviser with Rajya Sabha Secretariat. Previously he held the post of Additional Secretary with Rajya Sabha Sectt.





Vinod Kumar to go to Dehradun

Vinod Kumar 1978 batch IFS officer from orissa is now appointed to join as Director IGNFA Dehradun






Warm response from US to Gujarat
A K Vijay Kumar
Bharat Lal

In connection with 7th Global Summit - Vibrant Gujarat 2015 for Investment Promotion which is being held during January 10-12, 2015; a high level delegation headed by Bharat Lal, IFS, Resident Commissioner, Government of Gujarat and A. K. Vijay Kumar, Special Director, Government of Gujarat, visited Montreal, Toronto, (Canada), Washington D.C., New York, Boston (US East Coast). The delegates received warm welcome and huge response in Canada and USA. January, 2015 VG Summit is expected to solicit larger participation of global business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, academicians, exhibitors and delegates from these countries in making this event a grand success.





Tenure of APIIC Development Commissioner Kishore extended

The tenure of Development Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrascture Corporation Limited (APIIC) S Kishore at Achutapuram, Vishakhapatam, Andhra Pradesh, has been extended for a period of three months. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.






Minor reshuffle of IAS officers in HP

As many as five officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Himachal Pradesh. Accordingly, Upma Chawdhry has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Social Justice & Empowerment and Language Art & Culture while Prem Chandra Dhiman will now be Principal Secretary, Education and Manish Nanda was made Principal Secretary, Printing & Stationary and Rural Development & Panchayat Raj. Similarly Ali Azar Rizvi has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Town & Country Planning, Housing and Information Technology and R D Nazeem as Executive Director (South), Food Corporation of India.





DoPT seeks applications for Adviser to ED, World Bank

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has invited applications for the post of Adviser to Executive Director, World Bank, Washington, USA for a period of three years. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the DoPT within one month of issuing circular.






Misra gets full charge of RC, Telengana Bhawan

Ajay Misra has been given full additional charge of Resident Commissioner, Telangana Bhawan, New Delhi. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of AP cadre.





PESB invites applications for Director (Tech), CMPDIL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board has invited applications for the post of Director (Technical), Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL) falling vacant next year in October 1, 2015.Those willing to apply for this post can send their applications to the PESB before November 26, 2014.





J&K Govt bans transfers & postings in State

The Government of Jammu & Kashmir has imposed ban on transfers and postings of officers in view of the emergent situation obtaining in the State due to incessant rains and floods.





Ram Vilas Paswan visits CWC at ICP Attari (UPDATED)

Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution visited the Cargo Terminal of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari (on Indo-Pak border) operated by Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) on September 18, 2014. During the visit B B Pattanaik, Managing Director, CWC, Anil Bamba, Member, LPAI, J K Birdi, Commandant, BSF, senior officials of the Customs and BSF were present. Hon'ble Minister took round of the Passenger Terminal and Cargo Terminal of ICP and was informed of the infrastructure and facility available at the ICP and the EXIM trade with Pakistan through land route. ICP, Attari developed by the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI), Ministry of Home Affairs spread over 120 acres started functioning on April 13, 2012. The management of the Cargo Terminal at ICP has been entrusted to the CWC. During 2013-14, CWC handled 85,484 export/import trucks as against 74,847 trucks handled during 2012-13 and earned a gross revenue of Rs.39.28 crore as against Rs.33.12 crore earned during 2012-13. The Minister expressed his satisfaction over the management of Cargo Terminal by CWC. The Minister also witnessed the joint parade by BSF and Pakistan Rangers at the joint check post at Wagah border in evening.




Dholakia is new DG IMI

Bakul Dholakia, former Director of IIM-Ahmedabad will take over as the Director-General of International Institute of Management (IMI), Delhi.





Mathew to be MD & CEO, The South Indian Bank Ltd

V G Mathew is to be appointed as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of The South Indian Bank Limited w.e.f. October 1, 2014.





Ramachandran handed addl. charge as Director (Finance), CPCL

T S Ramachandran, Director (Technical), Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) has been given additional charge of Director (Finance) of the company.





Chouhan resigns as MD, RPG Life Sciences Ltd

Ajit Singh Chouhan has resigned as the Managing Director of RPG Life Sciences Limited. However, he will continue as a Director on the Board of Directors of the company.






Singh ceases to be Non Official Director, OBC

C P Singh has relinquished his post as Non Official Director of Oriental Bank of Commerce on completion of his tenure.





Mathias appointed Addl. Director, Nucleus Software Exports Ltd

Nucleus Software Exports Limited has appointed Ms Elaine Mathias as Additional Director of the company with immediate effect.






Garg appointed Nominee Director, Essar Oil Ltd

Sudhir Garg has been appointed as Nominee of IFCI Ltd on the Board of Directors of Essar Oil Limited.





Two Independent Directors cease to be on SAIL Board

Ms Parminder Hira Mathur and N C Jha have resigned as Independent Directors of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).





Mohan appointed Addl. Director, Arcotech Ltd

Arcotech Limited has appointed SL Mohan as an Additional Director of the company.





Dixit appointed Addl. Director, Bhartiya International Ltd

Bhartiya International Limited has appointed Ms Annapurna Dixit as an Additional Director of the company.






Two Directors cease to be on Board of Nicco Corporation Ltd

Dr Tridibesh Mukherjee and Sanjoy Bhattacharya have resigned as Directors of Nicco Corporation Limited






Agarwal ceases to be Part-time Non official Director, UBI

Dr Atul Agarwal has ceased to be Part-time Non official Director of Union Bank of India.








Three Independent Directors cease to be on Board of ONGC

P Umashankar, S Ravi and R K Singh have ceased to be Independent Directors of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited .






Agarwal resigns as CS, Prime Focus Ltd

Navin Agarwal has resigned as Company Secretary of Prime Focus Limited





Ms Desai appointed CS, Prime Focus Ltd

Ms Kirti Desai has been appointed as Company Secretary of Prime Focus Limited.






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Civil Service Empanelment and Promotion Guideline Reform

Joint Secretary to Government of India is a civilian rank which as per salary, perks, retirement benefits is equivalent to Major General/equivalent. In the Indian Armed Forces., a candidate can only think to become Major General only after completing a minimum of 33 years of service (however this may take even longer). IAS officers being just promoted anywhere after just 17 to 20 years of service is a joke. I think a person belonging to either All India or Central Service (Group A/I) should only be promoted after completing a minimum service of 26-28 years.

As per CSS cadre civil list, more than few officers in CSS have earned a PhD and even some have even an MBBS degree. There are currently 47 officers who are serving as Joint Secretaries and 2 as Additional Secretaries. According to me, there has been no significant complaints against CSS cadre officers from Ministries. Only to remind people, CSS cadre is equivalent to Office Management Group (OMG) in the Central Superior Services of Pakistan. The most important positions in the Federal Secretariat in Pakistan are occupied by the OMG officers. Moreover, after DMG, OMG has the highest share in BS-22 positions (Secretary to Government of Pakistan/Chief Secretary to Provincial Government rank) of the Secretariat Group and hence end up at the highest levels of Pakistan's bureaucracy.

- Jose,

Additional Secretary to Government of India (Retd.)

Overstaying in govt accommodation

It is a laudable step by the U.D. Ministry to evict Ajit Singh . All other VIP'S overstaying in government accommodation, esp. Lutyens bungalows should also be evicted. This will be a step towards restoring rule of law and good governance.

All existing and future memorials should be located in the respective constituencies/ states ,or in a memorial Park to be developed along the banks of the Yamuna , in line with the Samadhis.

S Swarup

ICFRE DG has already initiated action

Dr. Ashwani Kumar, DG, ICFRE has already initiated action in this regard. He wants to build a team in the council, to make ICFRE world renowned council in the field of Forest, Environment and Climate Change. He has been reviewing the activities of the council immediately after his joining. He is true forestry professional and good human being. The council employees are quite sure that he will solve all pending grievances and issue related to the regular employees and scientists of the council.

Sudhir Kumar

Medical facility for pensioners---

Degraded level of facility to the retired is as per the prevailing culture wherein the son does not care for the age-old father at everyone's home so why should anyone have grievance. Policy is formulated by younger lot. Just stretch your imagination as to how much you cared for retired during your hay days and you would have the answer.

S C Poddar

CMO at CGHS Dispensary ?

Since the taking over of new Health Minister, I feel CMO at CGHS Dispensary is above Willingdon Hospital, as brand of medicines prescribed by Specialist are changed by CMO. It seems specialist has wasted his time for so much higher studies. Result patients suffer.

Harish Kumar


Congratulations to Harvinder Singh on his appointment as Officer Employee in BoI.

A K Jain







All information about a government servant is private

The appellant sought certified copies of the documents of all the lecturers/HODs of a Polytechnic college relating to their names, appointment orders, promotion orders, pay fixation orders, pay fixation orders after 6th Pay Commission, enhancement orders, pay modification/alteration orders, etc. The matter came up before the Central Information Commission which ruled that except for information that can be disclosed u/s 4(1)(b), all other information about the employees would be personal information, which includes the service details, property returns, etc. The CIC directed the public authority to give only the information relating to the names of the lecturers working in the Polytechnic, along with their designations and pay scale.


Many public information officers are harassed by RTI applicants who seek information about a government servant through a series of RTI applications. This order provides a way to deal with such cases.

Citation: Mr. M.C.Ghatak v. Directorate of Training & Technical Education, GNCTD in File No.CIC/AD/A/2013/001541SA

Weekly article by Dr Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in), RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles regarding RTI can be read at http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/












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