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Judge a flower or a butterfly by its looks, but not a human being.







Tatas do not meet bureaucrats !

Heard at a luncheon meeting with bureaucrats - while all the top leaders of the Corporate World meet the key officials in GoI, Tatas do not. Any reason ?







After large scale changes on Joint Secretary level, now, a major Additional Secretary level reshuffle is expected to take place in the Government of India in a couple of weeks.





If insiders are to be believed, henceforth, all the ACC cases pertaining to Joint Secretary level will be decided by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. A new development.




Atul Srivastava, ED, SAIL, has been selected for the post Director (Personnel), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 29, 2014. As many as 13 persons were interviewed for the same.





Will Muruganandam go on UN Assignment ?

Joint Secretary, Shipping, N Muruganandam, is expected to go on an UN assignment. He is a 1991 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.






PM-Skill Development and Sunil Arora !

Prime Minister Narendra Modi twice referred the Department of Skill Development in Madison Square Garden speech in US. He had earlier referred about this in his Independence Day speech. And the PM has brought Sunil Arora 1980 batch IAS officer from Rajasthan as Secretary of this newly created Department.






Surendra Singh is new DGP of Madhya Pradesh

The 1980 batch IPS officer Surendra Singh is the new DGP of Madhya Pradesh. He has succeeded Nandan Dube .






Three vacancies of ED in Banks to arise on September 30

Three more vacancies of ED in the Nationalised Banks will arise on September 30.






240 applicants for seven posts of Judicial Member, CAT

It is reliably learnt that as many as 240 applicants have shown keenness on taking up the coveted post with CAT as its Judicial Members. Out of 240 approximately 40 applicants are from High Court former Judges. Reportedly, 11 posts are vacant with CAT including four posts of Administrative Members.






Singh poised to be empanelled as ADG in GoI

As the grapevine has it, Gurbachan Singh may soon be empanelled as ADG, Government of India. The 1984 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre is presently serving with Intelligence Bureau in the rank of IG at centre.





Gupta poised for ADG empanelment in GoI

As the grapevine has it, Maithili Sharan Gupta may soon be empanelled as ADG, Government of India. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






Johri poised for ADG empanelment in GoI

As the grapevine has it, V K Johri is all set to be empanelled as ADG, Government of India. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






Garg posted as OSD, DEA

Subhash Chandra Garg has been appointed as Office on Special Duty (OSD) in Department of Economic Affairs(DEA) at Additional Secretary level for two months. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.





Lokesh Chandra accorded premature repatriation to parent cadre

Lokesh Chandra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel, has been accorded premature repatriation to his parent cadre. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.





Mukhopadhyay is new ACS Home in Rajasthan

Anirban Mukhopadhyay has taken over as new ACS (Home) in Rajasthan .He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.





Negi to continue as CS of Arunachal Pradesh

Ramesh Negi will continue as Chief Secretary Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier the name of 1984 batch IAS officer of UT cadre Negi was in circulation for the post of Chief Secretary Goa.





Eight major Educational Institutions headless

As many as eight major educational institutions IIMs in the country are today headless.





Nidhi Khare gets additional charge

Nidhi Khare, Joint Secretary,(DBT) Ministry of Finance has been given additional charge of the Administrator of the newly constituted Swachch Bharat Kosh. She is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre





Extension to Haryana Chief Secretary rejected

The Government of India is reported to have denied three months extension in service to Haryana Chief Secretary Ms Shakuntala Jakhu. The 1978 batch IAS officer Ms Jakhu is retiring on September 30.






Gupta to be new Chief Secretary of Haryana

P K Gupta is expected to succeed Ms Shakuntala Jakhu as Chief Secretary of Haryana on October 1. He is a 1981 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.






Employees contemplating industrial action against GoI

Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers is mulling over holding a major industrial action in support of their demands and in protest against central government's negative attitude towards employees. The employees decided to organize two hours 'mass squatting' on November 18 at State Capitals to decide further course of action.






CVC clears file of Ahluwalia for Director (Fin), NMDC Ltd

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is reported to have cleared the appointment of D S Ahluwalia, ED, REC, as Director (Finance), NMDC Limited.





Why Rao not joining as Director, ECIL despite orders?

Why Prashant Rao, ED, DMRC, is not joining as Director (Technical), Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) despite having issued orders for the same? There's a whisper floating around that he may decline offer of appointment.






Singh tipped to be Jt Secy, MoEF

As the grapevine has it, Manoj Kumar Singh may soon join the Department of Environment & Forest vice B M S Rathore. In his new stint the 1988 batch IAS officer of UP cadre would succeed Brij Mohan Singh Rathore, a 1982 batch IFS officer of MP cadre, who repatriated to MP recently.






Railway Board officials left high and dry

Railway Board officials are left high and dry with Ministers' personal staff gobbling up Railway Quarters one after another. This is causing resentment as minister' staff should go for the central pool accommodation not Railway quarters as happens in other ministries Rather they have cornered all good Railway houses which got vacated in recent past.





Tenure of MRVC CMD ends in November

The tenure of Chairman & Managing Director of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVC) Rakesh Saksena is coming to an end on November 30, 2014. Prabhat Sahai is expected to succeed him in December.





Vacancies in 7th Central Pay Commission

The Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) has invited applications for filling up the posts of Under Secretary/Section Officer/Assistant on deputation basis.





B B Pattanaik, MD CWC superannuates today

B B Pattanaik, Managing Director, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC), who joined as MD, CWC on 1.7.2008, is retiring today on attaining the age of superannuation and after putting more than 35 years of service in the CPSEs. Pattanaik joined CWC in February 1979 and held various senior positions such as Regional Manager, Personnel Manager, Commercial Manager and Executive Director (Personnel) in CWC. Pattanaik also worked as Joint Commissioner (Storage & Research), Department of Food & Public Distribution, GOI from January 1998 to April 2002 and as Chairman & Managing Director, National Seeds Corporation Ltd (NSC) from September 2004 to June 2008. During the tenure of Pattanaik as CMD, NSC was turned around from a loss making CPSE to a profit making and dividend paying one. CWC also made great strides during the tenure of Pattanaik with the highest turnover of Rs.1528 crore, PBT of Rs.256 crore, PAT of Rs.161 crore and dividend @ 48% during 2013-14. Pattanaik is succeeded by Shri Harpreet Singh, Director (P&S), CONCOR, who will be joining CWC on 1.10.2014.





Chhiber re-elected President of Delhi Gymkhana Club (UPDATED)

V K Chhiber has been re-elected President of the Delhi Gymkhana Club by a margin of 527 votes. 1978 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS officer Chhiber is presently Secretary Surface Transport in the Government of India.





Approx 34 IAS officers to mark their concluding day in service today (UPDATED)

As many as 34 IAS officers are superannuating today including five Secretaries, Govt of India & two Chief Secretaries. Names include; Syed Iftikhar Hussain (1995, AM), Ms L. Kharkongor (1996, AM), Harendra Nath Bora (1997, AM), Indrajit Pal (1977, AP), Jayant Dasgupta (1981, BH), Sudhir Srivastava (1999, BH), Rajendra Prasad Ojha (1999, BH), Arun Kumar Singh (1999, BH), G A Shah (2000, GJ), Ashok Thakur (1977, HP), Ms Shakuntala Jakhu (1978, HY), Pankaj Jain (1978, JK), P G Thomas (2004, KL), Ms Anita Kaul (1979, KN), V B Patil (1997, KN), M M Adtani (1993, MH), L V Deshmukh (1996, MH), Dillip Kumar Samantaray (1982, MP), A K Bhatt (1993, MP), Ms Raj Kumari Khanna (1996, MP), Yogendra Sharma (1999, MP), Dr. Rameswar Prasad Meena (1984, MT), Ms Banuo Zopianga Jamir (1977, NL), Dr. Karamjit Singh Sra (2001, PB), Ravi Mathur (1979, RJ), Pramod Kumar Anand (1983, RJ), Lal Chand Aswal (RJ), K Sellamuthu (1995, TN), Shiv Shankar Singh (1997, UP), Bijendra Bahadur Singh (1997, UP), Shiv Nandan Prasad (1997, UP), B Vijayan (1982, UT), Ms. Archana Arora (1983, UT), Kashi Nath Behera (1985, WB).






WAPCOS Issues Bonus Share (UPDATED)

Uma Bharti, Minister (Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation), Government of India was presented Bonus Shares of Rs.900 lakh by R.K. Gupta, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, WAPCOS Limited, in the presence of Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. of India; Alok Rawat, Secretary; Dr. Amarjit Singh, Addl. Secretary and other senior officers from Ministry of Water Resources and WAPCOS. With this, the paid up Capital of the Company has increased by 12.5 times during the last 4 years. The Company has strengthened its position in Indo-China, Indian Sub-Continent and Africa. This also facilitated strengthening of bilateral relations between India and other countries. WAPCOS is now planning to increase its operations in Latin America and CIS Countries. During the year, WAPCOS received several prestigious Awards in the areas of Company of the Year; Best Consultancy Services; Corporate Governance and Human Resource Management.







Pankaj Jain posted as Advisor (CE), Railway Board (UPDATED)

Pankaj Jain, PCE, North Western Railway, has been posted as Advisor (Civil Engineering), Railway Board. He is an IRSE officer.






Arun Kumar appointed as IG, CRPF(UPDATED)

Arun Kumar has been appointed as Inspector General (IG) in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). He is a 1985 batch IPS Officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.






Reshuffle of IFS officers in AP (UPDATED)

As many as 13 officers belonging to Indian Forest Service (IFS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Andhra Pradesh. Accordingly, Dr Shantipriya Pandey has been posted as Conservator of Forests, Ananthpur while Rahul Pandey will be now Conservator of Forests WLM, Triupathi and M Ravikumar was made Conservator of Forests, Kurnool. Similarly S Srisaravanan is posted as Conservator of Forest and Field Director, Project Tiger, Srisailam; J S N Murthy as Conservator of Forest, Vishakapatnam; A Bharath Kumar as Regional Manager, APFDC Ltd, Rajahmundry; Md Diwan Mydeen as DFO, Visahkapatnam; P S Srinivasa Sastry as DFO, Chittor (East); Y Sreenivas Reddy as Divisional Forest Officer, Markapur; S Venkatesh as DFO, Rajampet; P Srilakshmi as DFO, Nandyal and V Saibaba as DFO, Atmakur.






T D Diwivedi appointed as Director, Railway Board (UPDATED)

T D Diwivedi, Deputy CAO(G), Northern Railway, has been appointed as Director (Finance PPP), Railway Board. He is an IRAS officer.






Upamanu Basu posted in Principal CCIT office, Delhi (UPDATED)

Upon return from deputation, Upamanyu Basu, Commissioner of Income Tax, has been posted as CIT (OSD) (CW) in the office of Principal CCIT (CCA), Delhi Region.






Orders of T K Nag as CMD, NCL issued (UPDATED)

The orders of T K Nag, Director (Technical), CCL/CIL, for the appointment as Chairman and Managing Director, Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) have been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on Feb 19, 2014)






Dr R S Jha joins as Director (Pers), SECL (UPDATED)

Dr R S Jha, GM, MCL/CIL, has assumed the charge as Director (Personnel), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL).
(We said this on January 17, 2014)






Goyal's exhibition on wildlife photography; I&B Min to inaugurate tomorrow (UPDATED)

Somesh Goyal is all set to come up with the next edition of his 'Wildlife Photograph Exhibition' which will be held at CSOI Art Gallery, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Javdekar, Union Minister for I&B and Environment & Forest & Climate Change will inaugurate the exhibition on October 01. It would continue till October 09.






Bhawani Singh Detha is also Administrator, BSE, Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Bhawani Singh Detha has been assigned an additional charge of Administrator, Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Rajasthan. He is a 1999 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.






Lalchand Aswal suspended in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Lalchand Aswal, Chief Executive Officer, Jaipur Municipal Corporation, has been placed under suspension on the charges of corruption. He is an IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.






Gayatri Rathore is also Project Director, RUIDP, Jaipur (UPDATED)

Gayatri A Rathore has been assigned an additional charge of the post of Project director, Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP), Jaipur. She is an IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.







G Narayan Rao, Chairman & Managing Director, Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), has retired on September 30, 2014.






B P Acharya gets full charge of DG, TRSAC (UPDATED)

B P Acharya has been given full additional charge to the post of Director General, Telangana Remote Sensing Application Centre (TRSAC). He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Telanagana cadre.






Subir Das takes charge as Director (Mines), NLC (UPDATED)

Subir Das, GM, BCCL, CIL, has taken over the charge Director (Mines), Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC).
(We said this on February 11, 2014)






K K Parida joins as Director (Fin), MCL (UPDATED)

K K Parida, GM, SECL/CIL, has assumed the charge as Director (Finance), Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
(We said this on March 25, 2014)






B R Reddy takes charge as Director (Tech), ECL (UPDATED)

B R Reddy, GM, CCL, CIL, has taken over the charge as Director (Technical), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL).
(We said this on January 21, 2014)






Dr B P Sharma selected as CMD, Pawan Hans Ltd (UPDATED)

Dr B P Sharma, ED, AAI, has been selected for the post of Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 30, 2014. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.






Hemant Contractor is new PFRDA Chief

State Bank of India Managing Director Hemant Contractor is being appointed new Chairman of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA.

(We said this on Feb 21 & march 19, 2014)







Maruti man to join Tatas

Former Maruti Suzuki chief operating officer (marketing and sales) Mayank Pareek is joining tomorrow as president of passenger vehicle business division ,Tatas.





Prasad resigns as ED, Gowra Leasing & Finance Ltd

Gowra L Prasad has resigned as Executive Director of Gowra Leasing & Finance Ltd.





Mundra resigns as CFO, EMCO Ltd

Ram Narayan Mundra has resigned as Chief Financial Officer of EMCO Ltd.






Mukherjee appointed Director ( Technical), Kalpena Industries Ltd

Kalpena Industries Ltd has appointed Dr P R Mukherjee as Director (Technical) w.e.f. October 1, 2014






Mistry appointed CS, Transoceanic Properties Ltd

Transoceanic Properties Ltd has appointed Dipesh Anupkumar Mistry as Company Secretary of the company.





Khaitan resigns as Non Exec. Director, Firstsource Solutions Ltd

Haigreve Khaitan has resigned as Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director of Firstsource Solutions Ltd.





Ganesh appointed CFO, BPL Ltd

BPL Ltd has appointed S V Ganesh as the Chief Financial Officer of the company with immediate effect.





Srinivasan resigns as Director, Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd

Sridhar Srinivasan has resigned as a Director of Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd.





Joshi appointed CS, Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd

Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd has appointed Jayant Joshi as the Company Secretary of the company.






Ms Rajagopalan appointed Non Exec. Independent Director, Redington (India) Ltd

Redington (India) Ltd has appointed Ms Suchitra Rajagopalan as a Non Executive Independent Director of the company.






Ms Gupta appointed Addl. Independent Director, Brooks Laboratories Ltd

Brooks Laboratories Ltd has appointed Ms Sonia Gupta as Additional Independent Director of the company.






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PM's immediate attention required

I am really worried about the ill health of our Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitly and wish him speedy recovery and good health. But, at the same time, the country should not suffer at the cost of ailing health of our Finance and Defence Minister. Every citizen of the country knows that the work and efficiency of these two key Ministries have been hampered. The Nation is unable to make preparation to meet the frequent incursions and threats of our enemies as we are still far behind the preparations, as fast and strong decisions can not be expected from a part time and ailing Defence minister.

The present scenario of the economy of the country is in bad shape which needs a economist Finance Minister who can devote more than 15 hours a day in working out to put the economy in right track.

Presently, the unemployment is the biggest problem in the country, job cuts in the private and Public Sector has further worsen situation.

This needs, PM's immediate attention. Hard and fast decisions at the top level in the Finance Ministry can only improve the Situation.In view of the above I would suggest that (i) New Full time Finance and Defence Ministers be inducted immediately in Modi's Cabinet. (ii)Fin. min. should be an Economist. (iii) Mr. Jaitly be given light Portfolio or Party work.

H S Bhandari

Health Minister should find solution

Even the generic medicines that are being changed by the Specialists are not available at CGHS Dispensaries on the plea that such generic medicines are not in the approved list of CGHS and hence cannot be issued.

Health Minister should find out some solution to this problem also besides the other problems being faced by pensioners now a days.

G.C. Duggal

Flexi time for office working women

Flexi time for office working women has become extremely important in light of the biometric system being implemented to ensure timely attendance of all Government employees. Women are multi-tasking i.e taking care of school/college going children, aged dependants and preparation of meals for the family members. Often due to long distances from home and due to heavy traffic they need to start very early from their homes thus giving them hardly any time for performance of their family commitments. Thus Flexi time for Women officers and staff is the need of the hour

Vox Populi

Build Memorial of all in one Bungalow

Even if a Memorial has to be built in the bungalow which was being occupied by Ajit Singh, then also he should vacate the bungalow. Did he want to reside there in the remaining part of the Memorial. A number of people come to Delhi for job. If there had been tit for tat i.e. no job to them for the water supply to Delhi being blocked, then imagine what would have happened. There should be only one bungalow wherein the Memorial of all could be built.

Anurag Srivastava

Unfortunate for country !

Unfortunate for the country whose leaders of this stature having grudges in heart.

Rajesh Talwar

Right hand man of PC

He was right hand man of PC, and was instrumental in micro managing PSU Banks, bypassing RBI.








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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