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After Gandhi, Modi is only Communicator!

It is said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only communicator with the masses of the country after Mahatma Gandhi.






R K Verma has sought voluntary retirement from November 1.He is 1984 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.





Vijay Dev is likely to succeed K K Sharma in Chandigarh as Administrator.He is 1987 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.




S K Sahni, GM, BHEL, has been selected as Director (Finance), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on October 21, 2014. As many as 13 persons were selected for the same.






Venkateswar joins as CMD, PDIL

S Venkateswar, Director (Fin), PDIL, has recently joined as Chairman and Managing Director, Projects & Development India Limited (PDIL).
(We said this on June 30)





S B Bhadrannavar joins as MD, RDPL

S B Bhadrannavar, DGM, KAPL, has taken over the charge as Managing Director, Rajasthan Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Limited (RDPL).
(We said this on July 16, 2014)






Verma is now Justice of Allahabad HC

Yashwant Verma is now 85th Justice of Allahabad High Court. Previously he served Allahabad High Court as Standing Counsel.






Major overhauling in Haryana bureaucracy

A major overhauling is going to take place in Haryana bureaucracy in a couple of weeks.






Sanjay Chaudhary promoted as DG, Prosecution in MP

Sanjay Chaudhary has been appointed as Director General of Police, Prosecution, PHQ, Bhopal, after he was promoted to DG rank in Madhya Pradesh. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






PESB invites applications for CMD, HPCL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) falling vacant on August 1, 2015. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the PESB before December 23, 2014.





RBI man joins Odisha Government

Senior official in the RBI Tapan Kumar Pradhan has joined the Odisha Government as Director Institutional Finances.






Post of Addl Secretary in UPSC falling vacant in Oct

The post of Additional Secretary at Joint Secretary level is falling vacant in UPSC in October, 2014.






N Gopalaswami appointed Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation

N Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, has been appointed as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai for a term of five years.






Iyer takes command of NCC in Nagpur

Wing Commander Priyadarshan A Iyer has taken over the command of No 2 (Mah) Air Sqn NCC from Wg Cdr MS Choudhary. Iyer was commissioned in the flying branch of IAF on December 16, 1995.






Rahul Himalian posted to Western Railways

After return from deputation to IRCTC, Rahul Himalian has been posted to Western Railways in the cadre. He is an IRTS officer.






Rahul Himalian posted to Western Railways

After return from deputation to IRCTC, Rahul Himalian has been posted to Western Railways in the cadre. He is an IRTS officer.





Sidhu is Chairman of Punjab Milkfed

Former IAS officer Amarjit Singh Sidhu has been appointed as chairman of the Punjab Milk Cooperative, Milkfed.







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India needs right persons at right places

This debate as to which service is superior or which is inferior is futile. What India really needs is right persons at right places. The lateral entry in to administrative posts above the rank of joint secretary should be started to attract the best talent available in the country in administrative service also. After all, how long a person can be allowed to reap the fruits of clearing one examination?

Rajiv Singh

Penalise erring officers for adopting delaying tactics

Personnel and Training towards the information being sought by DP&T and the information from the Ministries/Departments are still awaited despite repeated reminders from the Under Secretary concerned. DP&T may kindly take up the matter with the higher authorities in Ministries/ Departments from where the information is still awaited. DP&T should not end up the matter by sending another reminder. If the information are not received despite the repeated requests and without any valid reasons, the erring officers in the different Ministries/Departments may be held responsible for adopting delaying tactics and penalise accordingly.

V P Sharma







First Appellate Authority should give a hearing to the appellant if asked

The Appellant had filed two separate RTI applications. In one of these applications, he had wanted the details of all the files in the possession of the Department on the subject of RTI, appointment of the CIC and Information Commissioners, sanction of staff for the CIC including an independent Pay and Accounts Officer, the amount of money collected in all these years by way of RTI fees and penalty imposed and recovered. In the other application, he requested for the copy of the order/notification by which the Search Committee was constituted for shortlisting candidates for appointment as Information Commissioners in the CIC, the next date of the meeting of the Search Committee etc.. In both these applications, he had requested for permission to inspect all the relevant files. In respect of his first application, the PIO offered the copies of the correspondence part of two of the relevant files on payment of photocopying charges. However, in respect of the remaining information, he had not provided any information on the ground that the collection of the information would disproportionately divert their resources. In regard to second application, the PIO observed that since the Search Committee had been constituted by the Cabinet Secretariat, his RTI application was being transferred u/s 6(3) of the RTI Act. The First Appellate Authority endorsed the response of the PIO in both the cases. The Appellant argued before the CIC that the information regarding the constitution of the Search Committee for shortlisting of candidates for the post of Information Commissioners in the CIC was available in the DoPT at the time of his RTI application but, even then, the PIO had chosen to transfer the RTI application to the Cabinet Secretariat for the latter only to send it back. He also complained the PIO did not produce all the relevant files before him for his inspection and did not even facilitate the inspection of whatever files he had himself placed before him. He also alleged that the First Appellate Authority had disposed of the appeals without much application of mind and by merely endorsing the response of the PIO. The PIO and the First Appellate Authority disagreed with the appellant's version and said that the sheer number of RTI applications and appeals handled in their division was so voluminous and huge that it was almost impossible to manage it within the time lines prescribed under the RTI Act. The CIC disapproved the approach of the PIO and observed that the PIO could have given a more detailed response justifying his conclusion that providing such information would disproportionately divert the resources of the Department by stating the exact number of files in question and likely man-hours required to assemble them. The CIC further held that the PIO was totally wrong in transferring the RTI application regarding search committee to the Cabinet Secretariat as the entire information was available in the Department itself. The First Appellate Authority was cautioned to be more careful in future in dealing with appeals.


It is not enough for the First Appellate Authority (FAA) to reproduce the contents of the RTI application and the reply of the PIO. The FAA must pass a speaking order justifying her decision in each case. Wherever the Appellant wants personal hearing, he should be given that opportunity.

Citation: Shri R K Jain v. PIO, Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan in File No.CIC/SM/A/2012/000784 & 786

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












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