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What a coincidence ?
Narendra Modi has visited Madhya Pradesh twice since becoming Prime Minister. He came the first time five months ago on the birthday of the Chief Secretary of MP. And on Thursday, he visited the second time on the birthday of the Chief Minister of M P!




Amarnath yatra to begin from July 2.
Sri Amaranth yatra, 2015 will commence from July 2 and will conclude on August 29. This year registration is necessary for the yatri. Registration has started.

BBC documentary: why some officers lips are tied ?
BBC documentary on Nirbhaya's accused has became a new headache for NDA government. It is clear that permission was given during UPA time in 2013. Now whisper in various circle is that why officials lips are tied on the issue ? Whom they want to save ?







S Machendranathan, former Secretary, Civil Aviation, is being appointed next Chairman of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) next week. He is retired 1979 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.




Chandra is new Dy Secretary Shipping

Abhishek Chandra has joined the Government of India as Deputy Secretary Shipping. He is 2003 batch IAS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre.






Mahapatra is Administrator Jagannath Temple

Suresh Mahapatra has been appointed Chief Administrator of the Shri Jagannath Temple in Odisha. He is 1986 batch IAS officer.








Rajiv Umrao appointed as DPS, South Bengal region

Rajiv Umrao has been appointed Director, Postal Service (DPS), South Bengal region, West Bengal circle. He is a 2001 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.






Rakesh is new CEO, Tripura

Sanjay Kumar Rakesh is new Chief Electoral Officer of Tripura. He is 1990 batch IAS officer of MT cadre.






Former CPMG is Chairperson in Kerala

Former Chief Postmaster General, Sobha Koshy, has been appointed Chairperson of the Kerala Sate Commission for Protection of Child Rights. She would succeed Neela Gangadharan.






IPS postings in Kerala

Additional Director General of Police Loknath Behra has been appointed ADG (Administration) and Arun Kumar Sinha as ADG (Modernisation).






PESB invites applications for MD, BCPL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Managing Director, Brahmaputra Crackers & Polymers Limited (BCPL) falling vacant on March 1, 2016. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the PESB before May 7, 2015.






Ved Pal is also Adviser (Elect), Railway Board

Ved Pal has been assigned an additional charge of Adviser (Electrical)/G, Railway Board. He is an IRSEE officer.






Shashi Bhushan Prasad, Chief Vigilance Officer in Hindustan Organic Chemicals Limited (HOCL), Mumbai, has been accorded premature repatriation to his parent cadre. He is an IRS-IT officer of 1990 batch.







Saurabh Gaur appointed as PS to Venkaiah Naidu

Saurabh Gaur has been appointed as Private Secretary to M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs for a period of five years. He is a 2002 batch IAS officer of AP cadre.






BMS Rathore deputed as Chief Policy Adviser, ICIMOD, Kathmandu

B M S Rathore has been deputed as Chief Policy Adviser in International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu on foreign assignment. He is a 1982 batch IFS officer of MP cadre.






S P Yadav posted as Asst Secretary General, GTF, Noida

S P Yadav has deputed as Assistant Secretary General in Global Tiger Forum (GTF), Noida, Uttar Pradesh for a period of three years. He is a 1989 batch IFS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.







Reshuffle of IPS officers in Haryahan (UPDATED)

As many as 17 IPS officers have been transferred and posted at different places in Haryana. Accordingly, Accordingly, Mohinder Lal has been appointed as DGP/OSD Rules while Mohinder Singh Mann will now be DG, Human Rights and Litigation and Rajvant Pal is Director Vigilance and Surveillance Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam. Similarly, K K Sindhu has been appointed as Director, Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban; Sudhir Chowdhary as Director, State Crime Records Bureau; Alok Kumar Roy gets additional charge as IGP, Crime; Sanjay Kumar as Joint CP, Faridabad; Y Puran Kumar as SP/Railways; B Satheesh Balan as SP, Yamunanagar; Ved Parkash as DCP,Crime, Gurgaon; Sukhbir Singh as DCP, Crime, Faridabad; Arun Singh Nehra as SP, Mewat, with additional charge as Commandant, 2nd IRB, Bhondsi; Ashok Kumar as SP Sonepat; Manisha Choudhary gets additional charge as Commandant, 3rd Battalion, HAP, Hisar; Abhishek Jorwal as SP, Jind; Pratiksha Godara as ASP Hisar; Balwan Singh SP as SP, Mahendragarh at Narnaul.







CGDA holds Symposium on Defence Budget (UPDATED)

A Symposium on the Defence Budget 2015-16 was organized by the Controller General Of Defence Accounts on March 2, 2015 at its Centre for Training & Development, Delhi Cantt. The symposium was inaugurated by the Chairperson of Standing Committee on Defence, Major General B C Khanduri, AVSM (Retd). The symposium was attended by the security and strategic affairs experts, defence service officers, defence finance professionals, and representatives from Defence PSUs and private sector industries. Chairperson of Standing Committe on Defence in his inaugural address emphasized that we should not get obsessed with the issue of low or high level of defence expenditure in percentage to GDP but try available resources to build our capacity as per the threat perception. He said we should come up with new ideas for effectively utilizing the available resources for capacity building as stressed by our PM. Approach should how to best utilize the existing resources and consolidate. The symposium deliberated on the highlights of the provisions and allocations made for the Defence Services in the General Budget 2015-16 and its impact on defence preparedness and the overall national security. The discussions underscored the need for faster decision making for utilization of capital budget in full to avoid any surrenders at the Revised Estimate stage. It also stressed that we should look at the defence budget from the overall national security perspective and coordinate our resources to develop requisite capacity. The symposium also discussed the issues relating to modernization of Armed Forces through "Make in India" and concluded that there is enough space for private industry in this process with the measure like increasing FDI in defence, technology development and improving ease of doing business.








Ms. Ishita Roy bags National e-governance Award for second time

Ms Ishita Roy, Member Secretary of the Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India, has won the National Award on e-governance for the year 2014-15. The project called Sericulture Information Linkages & Knowledge System (SILKS) has been developed, which is a single window ICT tool for policy planners, implementers and stakeholders, eg silk farmers and reelers. The project involves innovative applications of Remote Sensing and GIS for silk development in the country. The Award was given in the 18th National e-governance Conference held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat by the Chief Minister of Gujarat. The National Award is instituted by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Govt of India. This is the second time that Ms. Ishita Roy has received the National e-governance Award. She is an IAS officer of 1991 batch.








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Clerical staff in a mess

Future of clerical staff of Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi ?
What is the future of clerical staff of Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi? Who will decide? Who responsible? The clerical staff (Group C) of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi recruit through Staff Selection Commission. But no cadre no future for them.

"Passport Conundrum"
While MEA's decision to organise 250 passport Seva kendras across the country in 2015, is commendable, the malady of cash-for-passport continues. The passport applicants are made to run from pillar to post between passport offices and police stations . The touts roam outside RPOs and Seva Kendras in search of hapless victims, promising to get the job done on payment of huge " facilitation charges". They have free access to officials. Will the MEA please take the call ?
A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)

Good luck to Sikkim DIG

After crossing all hurdles, the SSP of Sikkim, Gyanendra Singh could get DIG promotion. Good luck








Copies of the TA / DA & LTC bills

The appellant sought information regarding TA / DA & LTC bills claimed by Shri Achal Kumar Gupta, Managing Director of the State Bank of Patiala which was denied by the Public Information Officer citing Section 8(1)(d) and (j). The Central Information Commission (CIC) referred to the judgment of the Hon'ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana and ors in Civil Writ Petition No. 4930 of 2011 and ruled that the copies of TA bills etc. would clearly be in the nature of personal information and not relatable to the discharge of the duties in official capacity. The CIC directed to provide the date of travel and the amount reimbursed.


The quantum of payment made to a public servant is liable be made public. However, in case of a LTC travel, the place visited and the details of the family members are exempt from disclosure by virtue of being personal information.

Citation: Shri H N Wadhwa v. State Bank of Patiala in Appeal: No. CIC/MP/A/2014/000124

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles can be read at

(, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore and Co-author of the books: RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO's Guide to RTI by Taxmann. (The views are Personal)









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