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Rahul Gandhi may change his constituency?

Some leaders in the Congress party are of the view that Rahul Gandhi should leave Amethi Lok Sabha seat and go for a better and safe seat, because the Modi-led govt at the Centre will create many hurdles for Gandhi scion. It has started with scrapping of proposed food park in Amethi and the party is also promoting Smriti Irani in Amethi. These leaders are of the opinion that Rahul should opt for Rae Bareilly for the next LS election.

 


What is required to be a successful politician?


What is required to be a successful politician? Few veterans discussing this question came out with a conclusion that a successful politician needs to be ruthless and afraid of none.

 

 

 



Probe to find land ownerships in Goa


Intelligence agencies are these days learnt to be trying to find out how many IAS and IPS officers have land in Goa.

 


Differences between Rajnath Singh and Jaitley?


Differences between Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were reportedly openly seen during the meeting held for selection of CVC and CIC on Saturday.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Empanelment of 1985 batch IAS officers to the rank of Additional Secretary in the Government of India is expected to take place this week.


 

 

 

File of CBEC members cleared!

File of CBEC Members has been approved and orders of Najib Shah, (DG, DRI), Neerja Shah (DG, HRD), AK Kaushal (CC Mumbai), VS Krishnan (CCE), Mumbai, and Vanaja Sarna (DG, Inspection and Vigilance) will be issued immediately against existing vacancies and that of Ram Tirath, DG, Export Promotion, on May 31 on retirement of Mrs Joy Chander. Ananya Ray will join on June 30 when Kaushal Srivastava, Chairman retires. Najib Shah will succeed Kaushal Srivastava on June 30.

 

 

 

 

 

Kamlendra Prasad to be DG, Civil Defence?

Kamlendra Prasad is being tipped as DG, Civil Defence and Home Guards in the Government of India. He is a 1981 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.

 

 

 

 

 

Will Akbaruddin be High Commissioner to Pakistan?

Syed Akbaruddin is likely to be appointed India's High Commissioner to Pakistan. He has been spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No decision on CIC and CVC

The Prime Minister-led selection committees could not arrive at a decision on the appointment of chiefs of Central Information Commission (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) at a meeting held on Saturday. Next meeting will now be held in the first week of June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KV Choudhary is out of the race?

The powerful contender for the post of CVC, K V Choudhary (IRS) seems to be out of the race. Some complaint reportedly surfaced against him in Stock Guru. Also IAS/IPS officers have ganged up to prevent him.

 

 

 

 

 

13 IAS officers retiring in May

As many as IAS 13 officers of various batches and cadres are retiring in May 2015. The officers include: T M Balakrishnan of AGMUT cadre; D Kadmiel of Andhra Pradesh cadre; Jitesh Khosla of Assam-Meghalaya cadre; Rajendra Prasad Jain of Chhattisgarh; Jagatheesa P L Darbar and C P Patel of Gujarat cadre; Balraj Singh of Haryana cadre; Dr Hrusikesh Panda of Orissa cadre; Mandeep Singh of Punjab cadre; P Seetharaman of Tamil Nadu; Sudhir Kumar of Uttar Pradesh cadre; K N Desiraju and Alok Kumar Jain of Uttarakhand cadre.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview for CMD, BHEL next week?

Interview for the post of CMD BHEL is expected to take place next week. Present CMD, B P Rao will retire on December 31.

 

 

 

 

 

G Mohan Kumar joins as Defence Secretary (UPDATED)

G Mohan Kumar has taken over the charge as new Defence Secretary in the Ministry of Defence in Government of India. He is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.
(We said this on May 5 and again on May 11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are going to be 24 vacancies of members in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Kaul be GM, NFR?

Will S Kaul be new General Manager of the North-Frontier Railways (NFR) Guwahati? One can only wait and watch. Post is currently lying vacant.

 

 

 

 

 

Jyoti to oversee 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections

Newly appointed Election Commissioner, Achal Kumar Jyoti after becoming CEC will oversee 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections. He is former 1975 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

 

 

 

 

 

Door of Maharashtra CS open for general public

Chief Secretary of Maharashtra, Dr. Swadheen S Kshatriya, an IAS officer of 1980 batch of Maharashtra cadre has dedicated one hour every day in his office for meeting people. One need not take any prior appointment to meet this highest echelon of power. They have direct access to meet the CS with their grievances. This apart, Dr. Kshatriya encourages his colleagues and subordinate officers to practice this type of working approach for smooth and effective functioning of governance.

 

 

 

 

 

Agrawal to be repatriated to parent cadre in June

After completion of central deputation, Nitin Agrawal will return to parent Kerala cadre in June. He was IG training in ITBP and is on leave. He is a 1989 batch IPS officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why orders of Rahul Bali for CMD, SIL delayed?

Why are the orders for the appointment of Rahul Bali, Director (Tech), SIL, as Chairman and Managing Director, Scooters India Limited (SIL) getting delayed? The post has been lying vacant since April 23, 2015. RK Singh, Joint Secretary, Heavy Industries, has the additional charge of CMD, SIL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manoj Mishra yet to assume charge as CMD, NFL

Manoj Mishra, Director (Finance), STC, who received orders for appointment as Chairman and Managing Director, National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), is to take over charge this week. The Ministry of Commerce is yet to relieve him of STC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orders of BK Mishra for Director (Tech), WCL yet to come

The orders for appointment of B K Mishra, GM, SECL/CIL, as Director (Technical), Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) are yet to be issued by Government of India as the post has been lying vacant since October 9, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three banks without heads

Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda and Canara Bank have been running headless for over seven months. MS Raghavan (CMD, IDBI) and Ms VR Iyer (CMD, Bank of India) are also retiring on May 31.

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Subhashini Srinivasan posted as DG, Audit, Central Chennai

Ms Subhashini Srinivasan, Principal Accountant General (G&SSA), Karnataka, Bengaluru, has been transferred as Director General of Audit, Central, Chennai. She is a 1982 batch IA&AS officer.

 

 

 

 

 

Vijay Zade's inter-cadre deputation

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sought comments of Punjab government on Vijay Namdeorao Zade seeking inter cadre deputation to Maharashtra cadre. He is a 2002 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.

 

 

 

 

Ms Muanpuii Saiawi transferred to Tokya

Indian Foreign Service officer, Ms Muanpuii Saiawi has been transferred to Tokyo (B) in place of Mrs Sunita Narang.

 

 

 

 

Bharti S Chavan empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Bharti S Chavan has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary in Government of India. He is a 1987 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

 

 

 

 

 

Two IAS officers shifted in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Two IAS officers have been shifted in Delhi government. Accordingly, Amar Nath has been posted as Secretary, Health with additional charge of CEO, DUSIB while F O Hashmi was made Special Secretary, Health.

 

 

 

 

 

7 DANICS officers get new postings in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

As many as seven DANICS officers have been transferred and posted at different places in Delhi Government. K D Dogra has been posted as Additional Director, Education while Geetika Sharma will now be DC, EDMC and C R Garg is Director, Delhi Jal Board. Similarly, B S Jaglan has been posted as DC, West; Ajay Kumar Bisht as Additional Secretary, Power; Sandeep Gulati as Assistant Director, Delhi Jal Board and Meena Tyagi was made Deputy Secretary, Power.

 

 

 

 

 

Cadre of Varun Ranjan transferred to Jharkhand (UPDATED)

The cadre of Varun Ranjan has been transferred from Uttar Pradesh to Jharkhand on the grounds of marriage to Mrs Nancy Sahay, a 2014 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.

 

 

 

 

 

S K Chaudhary of Jharkhand awarded IAS cadre (UPDATED)

S K Chaudhary, a person of non-state Civil Service of Jharkhand, has been awarded Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre.

 

 

 

 

 

V G Prasad selected as Director (Prod), BDL (UPDATED)

V G Prasad, GM, BDL, has been selected for the post of Director (Prod), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on May 25, 2015. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashok Kumar Gupta joins as Secretary, Defence Production (UPDATED)

Ashok Kumar Gupta , who was special secretary in the Department of Defence Production, has taken over as the new Secretary, Defence Production, succeeding G Mohan Kumar. He is a 1981 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

 

 

 

 

 

Saurabh Kumar appointed as Ambassador to lran (UPDATED)

Saurabh Kumar presently Joint Secretary, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Islamic Republic of lran. He is a 1989 batch IFS officer.

 

 

 

 

 

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WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
Mathew is Ind. Director, Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd

Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd has appointed John Mathew as its Independent Director.

 

 

 

 

 

M&M ED is Hon. Ambassador of Foreign Investment Promotion for South Korea

Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Pawan Goenka has been appointed Honorary Ambassador of Foreign Investment Promotion for South Korea

 

 

 

 

 

Kumar re-appointed Whole-time Director, SRS Limited

SRS Limited has re-appointed Vinod Kumar as Whole-Time Director of the company i.e. June 1, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Parikh resigns as CFO, Flexituff International Ltd

Dilip Parikh has resigned as Chief Financial Officer of Flexituff International Limited

 

 

 

 

 

Patel is Director, Tarang Projects & Consultant Ltd

Tarang Projects & Consultant Ltd has appointed Bhaumik Shailesh Patel as Director of the company.

 

 

 

 

Selot resigns as Director (Finance) & CFO, Federal-Mogul Goetze (India) Ltd

Sachin Selot has resigned as Director (Finance) and Chief Financial Officer of Federal-Mogul Goetze (India) Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chadha appointed CFO, Federal-Mogul Goetze (India) Ltd

Manish Chadha has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Federal-Mogul Goetze (India) Ltd w.e.f. June 1, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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DEBATE (1)

Bureaucrats allow politicians to be used to get good postings.

R K Sahu


Tax base


There is a plan to widen tax base targeting Tier-II cities but without any roadmap or scheme how to go about? This is just asking field officers to target low income group. There is no plan or CBDT is unable to come out with a innovative plan to widen tax base of those people whose taxable income is more than one crore or 50 lakhs. IT department always start the exercise from lowest taxable income group. Though there is pressure to increase tax base due to fall in collection from direct tax category. CBDT is not able to make data base of the people whose taxable income is more than 50 lakhs. It should not be based on returns based. There should be intelligence gathering for preparation of such data base. IRS officers are doing routine things like clerks. Now ITR filing is on line and it can simply be finalised by CPC without involving local field units unless it is required. Let IRS officers be more utilised for some creative work to figure out the numbers of people having taxable income more than 50 lakhs and more than 1 crore whether salaried or self employed/business professionals. This exercise may be completed in time bound manner without harassing small tax payers who are soft target of IT officials.

N Prakash


PPS Posting


Class I Officers of the rank of PPS/SPPS/PSO in Ministry of External Affairs are saving precious foreign exchange of government by performing multifarious tasks, encompassing the wide range of Administration, Consular, Protocol, Commercial, Political, Press/Information/Culture etc., apart from secretarial work. Thus, minimum government and maximum governance envisioned by Modi government is implemented in letter and spirit. Such a wide ranging reach in work profile of officers of Stenographers cadre has made the life of middle level officers of clerical cadre insecure, as, barring a few, mostly this lot is interested only in enjoying the spoils of foreign posting without bringing any value to the system. Further, lately, the divisive activities of clerical cadre of IFS (B), undercutting the Administration in MEA, has the invited the ire of many in the system.

B Sundaram


Govt expenditure


The Supreme Court has taken a strict view on the government's spending huge sums of govt. (or tax payers' money) on full page advertisements in the print media bearing photographs of Chief Ministers, others. This certainly has to be stopped as such advertisements are a clear and vulgar attempt on the part of the govt. to "purchase" the press by giving them full page advertisements doling out huge sums of money. The publication of photos of ministers and other netas has absolutely no justification. Why hero worship should be perpetuated at the cost of the exchequer. The court has made exceptions in the case of the President of India, the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Justice of India. Government advertisements are released to give publicity to government schemes which are supposedly for the good of the masses. As such carrying photos of the Head of the State and Head of the govt. (i.e. the PM) is justified but where does the Judiciary come in the picture. The Judiciary's function is to dispense justice and during the course of this duty many a times the government decisions and policies are challenged or taken notice of suo moto also by the Court. The Judiciary, not being a party to these decisions has to take a non partisan and judicial view of the case and give its decision. The independence of the Judiciary is sacrosanct and should not be compromised by publishing the photographs of the Chief Justice of India. I think that the Court should review its order in so far as it relates to the photos of the CJI. Instead the photos of the Chief Minister of the State should be permitted in relation to the State government sponsored and funded scheme, like Laadli Laxmi Yojna of the Madhya Pradesh CM. Since that yojna is his brainchild, it would be in the fitness of things that his photo should be allowed to be published while giving a press release or ad regarding that scheme.

SC Agrawal

DG, Police (retd)


Media attempts


The attempt of media to treat a post as significant and the other as insignificant is most uncalled for. Posting in DAR&PG was earlier treated as insignificant. Look at the strides, which it has made only because of one of the former lady Secretaries. If one has the initiative and drive, then any post could be made significant. The need of the hour is innovations.

BBS


Reason behind Delhi impasse


What is the real reason behind the Delhi impasse? Is it that Mr. Kejriwal wishes to divert attention from issues of development in Delhi? Is it that Mr. Kejriwal wishes to use the current imbroglio for launching an agitation for changing the Constitutional scheme prevalent in Delhi? Is it another way of remaining in the public eye? Whatever it is, one thing is certain. Between governance and pursuit of power, the latter wins hands down.

Vijay Kumar


Graded weightage


If a Steno can become an Ambassador, can't an LDC become at least a Joint Secretary! The 3-year ante-dated seniority is a misleading. It's 3-year graded weightage given on induction without which the whole exercise of induction becomes a farce. For instance, if Mr. A is a 2005 batch IFS Officer. Any officer from Grade I of IFS-B allotted 2005 Year of Allotment would

A Visitor

Sujata N. Sharma

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATE WITH RTI

Information regarding a VSAT tender

Appellant sought detailed work information, i.e., design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 25 remote quick deployable suitcase type portable VSATs along with Accident site communication system on ARTs for Disaster Management in respect of a particular Indian Railways Tender. The PIO informed that portable VSAT equipment along with accident site communication equipment comes in the category of critical/security equipment used for strategic purposes of Disaster Management in Indian Railway. Since the equipments are also interlinked with material related to Ministry of Defence, the information cannot be disclosed to third party u/s 8(1)(a). The CIC directed the respondent to enable the appellant to inspect the relevant file within 30 days of this order.

Comments

It is surprising to see that the PIO had not invoked section 8(1)(d) relating to commercial confidence either of the Railways or the supplier.

Citation: Laxmi Singh v. Indian Railway Project Management Unit in Decision No.CIC/BS/A/2013/002265/VS/09430

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

(dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in), 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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