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Scandals : Congress vs BJP

What is the difference between the Congress and the BJP when it comes to scandals? The Congress right from the days of Nehru has been taking action with the recent cases being that of Pawan Bansal, Suresh Kalmadi, Ashwani Kumar, Ashok Chavan, Sushil Kumar Shinde etc. The BJP on the other hand only makes noise and takes no action.


BJP CMs owe their position to self popularity

Grapevine has it that the Chief Ministers of the BJP ruled states owe their position to their own popularity and not because of Narendra Modi's support.

Why politicians don't want intellectuals?

Why politicians these days don't want intellectuals? Simply because people feel that they do not have the capacity to co-exist with the scholarly people.








Will a non-IAS officer succeed Rajiv Mehrishi as Secretary, Finance in the Government of India on August 31? One can only wait and watch. Rajasthan cadre 1978 batch IAS officer, Mehrishi is scheduled to retire on August 31.




Who will be new Chief Secretary of Karnataka?

Who will succeed Kaushik Mukherjee as Chief Secretary of Karnataka? Logically, his batchmate who is seniormost IAS officer in the state, Arvind Jadhav, should succeed him. Names of 1981 batch IAS officer V Umesh and two 1982 batch IAS officers Shobhana K Pattanayak and Ms G Latha Krishna Rao are also in circulation.






Appointment of TRAI's new Chairman this month !

Appointment of new Chairman, TRAI is expected to be made in a couple of weeks. Four names have already been shortlisted.







1981 batch IAS - an exception

1981 batch IAS in Madhya Pradesh is an exception in the cadre. This is the only batch which has not produced either Chief Secretary or Secretary in the Government of India since 1948.







Whose brain is behind 'Moderation'?

In the power gallery, now a days - a hot topic is that of Moderation. Officers of all services from juniors to seniors, are busy trying to find out the formula which excluded many probable IAS officers from empanelment of AS & Secretary.







New UP, DGP to retire in December

Jagmohan Yadav, newly appointed DGP of UP will superannuate in December this year. 1983 batch IPS officer Yadav has superseded many from 1979 to 1982 batch officers.






Ram Chandra Meena relieved to join as OSD to Ram Vilas Paswan

Ram Chandra Meena has been relieved to join as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. He is a 1992 batch IRS-IT officer.






Dinesh K Patnaik appointed Ambassador to Kingdom of Morocco

Dinesh K Patnaik, presently Ambassador of India in Phnom Penh, has been appointed next Ambassador of India to Kingdom of Morocco. He is a 1990 batch IFS officer.






11 Customs officers promoted to Assistant Commissioner grade

As many as 11 officers of Customs and Central Excise have been promoted to the grade of Assistant Commissioner. The officers are: Devdas P Kumaran, A K Pandey, K Venkatesachar, M Chandramouli, Dennis Caleb, Davinder Singh, Manbir Singh, Sunil P Bharne, S C Gangar and N Ravindra Kumar.







The orders for appointment of SK Sahni, GM, BHEL, as Director (Finance), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) have not been issued by the Government of India as vacancy arose on June, 1, 2015.







Karnataka Govt to pay for telephone bills/servants hired by retired ACS/CS

Acting in line with the Kerala Government, the Government of Karnataka has issued a circular authorising a payment of Rs.7,000 per month towards telephone expenses and kind of a servant allowance to all IAS officers who retired as Additional Chief Secretary or above.







Ms Aparna U to join AP cadre on deputation

An inter-cadre deputation of Ms Aparna U from Uttar Pradesh cadre to Andhra Pradesh cadre has been approved for a period of three years. She is a 2001 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






Garg and Bharadwaj promoted as ADG

Two 1987 batch UT cadre IPS officers Satyendra Garg and Pradeep Kumar Bharadwaj have been promoted to the rank of ADG.








Lt Gen Cheema to move Jalandhar?

Lt Gen J S Cheema is being tipped as GOC of 11Corps at Jalandhar.







K Venkateswar Rao relieved to join AP Govt

K Venkateswar Rao, Joint Director, APPA, Hyderabad, has been relieved by the Telangana Government to join Andhra Pradesh. He is a 1998 batch IPS officer.







PESB seeks applications for Director (HR) NALCO Ltd

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Human Resources), NALCO Limited falling vacant next year on July 1, 2016. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the PESB before August 26, 2015.







Seven IAS officers facing inquiry in Haryana

As many as seven IAS officers belonging to Haryana cadre are facing inquiry against complaints.






R B Sinha appointed DG, DT, CAG, New Delhi

R B Sinha, Director General of Audit, Post and Telecommunications, Delhi, has been transferred as Director General (DT) in this office of CAG. He is a 1983 batch IA&AS officer0






Ms Padmapriya Balakrishnan relieved to join as Deputy CEO, Ayush in GoI

The Government of Madhya Pradesh has relieved Ms Padmapriya Balakrishnan of cadre responsibility enabling her to join central deputation as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Ayush for a period of four years. She is a 2001 batch IFS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






12 Joint Commissioners of Income Tax get NFSG

As many as 12 Joint Commissioners of Income Tax (JCIT) have been given Selection Grade (NFSG). The officers are: Radha Kishan, Bnagari Malikarjun Rao, G P Shrivastava, R S Naik, Ramesh S Mutgar, T P Shukla, Sharat Chandra Sarangi, B L Yadav, Achal Sharma, Sanjay Kumar Sinha, B K Dixit and Sampooranand.






15 IIS officers nominated as Observers

Ministry of I & B has nominated 15 IIS officers as Observers to check the progress of Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan and other related programmes in various districts being conducted by the Ministry of HRD. The officers are- Maushami Chatterjee, Director, DFP, New Delhi, Ashish Goyal, Director, DFP, Chandigarh, Ritu Shukla, Director, DFP, Jaipur, Kismat Anil Saagar, Director, DFP , Lucknow, RK Jain, Director, DFP, Bhopal, Vijay Kumar, Director ,DFP, Patna, Arimardan Singh, Director, PIB, Lucknow, Ravindra Singh, Director, PIB, Chandigarh, Dinesh Kumar, Director, PIB, Patna and B. Subramaniam, Joint Director, DFP, Thiruvananthapuram.




NSIC CMD Ravindra Nath gets 'CMD of the year' award (UPDATED)

Ravindra Nath, CMD, NSIC, has been conferred 'CMD of the Year Award' for his commendable contribution in the growth of NSIC, by Bharat Nirman, a NGO which has been engaged in advocacy of social issues. A K Mittal, Senior Chief General Manager, NSIC received the Award on behalf of CMD, NSIC on July 1, 2015.






12 senior IPS officers shifted in UP (UPDATED)

As many as 12 officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Uttar Pradesh. Accordingly, Pravin Singh has been appointed as DG, CBCID, Lucknow while Dr Suryakumar will now be DG, Prosecution and Ramnarayan Singh is DG, Anti-Corruption Organisation. Similarly, Subesh Kumar Singh has been appointed as DG, EOW; Alok Prasad as DG, Fire Services; Mrs Sutapa Sanyal as DG, Human Rights Commission; G P Sharma as ADG, Power Corporation; Virendra Kumar as ADG, Telecommunications; Vishwajit Mahapatra as ADG, Training, PHQ; Gopal Lal Meena as ADG, Fire Services; Chandra Prakash ADG, Special Investigation and Ms Tanuja Shrivastava was made ADG, Human Rights with Rules and Manual charges.






Minor reshuffle of IAS officers in Odisha (UPDATED)

Some IAS officers have been shifted in Odisha. Accordingly, G V V Sharma has been assigned an additional charge of Principal Secretary, GAD and MD, OSDMA while C J Venugopal is Principal Secretary to Governor with additional charge of Science & Technology and Vijay Arora was made Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Public Enterprises Department. Besides, Mrs Ranjana Chopra has been appointed as Commissioner-cum-Secretary, School and Mass Education Department.






Vinod Kumar posted as ED (Vig), Railway Board (UPDATED)

Vinod Kumar has been posted as Executive Director, Vigilance (Traffic) in Railway Board. He is an IRTS officer.






Mrs Naglakshmi appointed as Under Secretary, Human Resources (UPDATED)

Upon return from leave, Mrs D S Naglakshmi has been appointed as Under Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resources.







Bureaucracy in UPA regime and under NDA government

Is functioning of bureaucracy better under the present NDA rule or in the UPA regime.

Send your brief specific views to or





Banerjee appointed CS of Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd

Oracle Financial Services Software Limited has appointed Onkarnath Banerjee as its Company Secretary.






Laporte resigns as Director of Alstom T&D India Limited

Pierre Laporte has resigned as Director of Alstom T&D India Limited






Gupta resigns as Non Exec. Director of UltraTech Cement Ltd

Adesh Gupta has resigned as Non-executive Director of UltraTech Cement Ltd on account of his professional and personal engagements







Chaudhury resigns as CS of Rexnord Electronics & Controls Ltd

Debabrata Guha Chaudhury has resigned as Company Secretary of Rexnord Electronics & Controls Ltd





Choudhary appointed Senior VP (Corporate Finance), Snapdeal

Amit Choudhary has been appointed Senior Vice President ( Corporate Finance), Snapdeal





Ms Hattangady resigns as Independent Director of National Peroxide Ltd

Hema Hattangady has resigned as Non-Executive Independent Director of National Peroxide Ltd






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Where is bureaucracy ?

Where is the bureaucracy now ?Therefore, you cannot compare.

V S Ramachandran

Smart Cities

The idea and the concept of developing smart cities is commendable. However, before venturing upon such fanciful schemes, is it not necessary that the civic authorities ensure basic infrastructural facilities to the residents living in the chosen cities. Are the chosen cities having proper roads as per the norms laid down by the Indian Roads Congress and are the cities having safe footpaths for the pedestrians and space for the cyclists to go about their business without the risk of being hit by a speeding four wheeler or by an overenthusiastic two wheeler rider. Is there proper drainage . Are there adequate parking facilities for the cars and twowheelers. Aren't the pavements occupied unauthrisedly by the school buses, cars, autorikshaws etc. Are there adequate traffic signals and are there adequate policemen to regulate and control the unruly and ever increasing traffic. Do the school buses and the citi buses have fitness certificates and do they conform to the emission norms. re the autorikshaws and taxis charging as per meter. Are there adequate street lights? Are the roads and the streets being sweeped on a regular basis or there are heaps of garbage everywhere making a mockery of the Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan. ? Basics first, Sir !

SC Agrawal

Director General of Police Retd. MP

Disturbing trend

A new disturbing trend has started for the last almost one year that officers of the level of Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Director have been asking for wooden tiles, flat TV with DTH connection recurring and non recurring, costly tables, sofas, chairs, Fridge, Carpets etc for their rooms in offices. Unfortunately D/o Expenditure has no instructions on this issue and when one of the Deptt. asked from them for clarification whether these comforts can be provided their answer was we have no instructions on this and HOD has powers to spend Rs. 1 lakh. Now all Ministries are spending this hard earned money of tax payers on the luxury of these officers. D/o Expenditure should take a call and fix a limit on what can be spend on these items and entitlements so that this unfortunate wasteful expenditure be stopped and this money can be utilised for gainful purposes. Even in putting up brass nameplates some norms should be fixed as DEA will provide brass plate to US level officers but none else in M/o Finance will do so, who is right who is wrong can be decided by a simple instruction from D/o Expenditure and unfortunately the Deptt. is shirking its responsibility. The habit of free lunch & dinner in DEA is so rampant that all class IV staff wants to work in DEA only, From where this Deptt is getting these funds needs to be find out. Similarly employment of a large number of field staff in D/o Revenue and provision of all eatables from field comes from Govt exchequer and this system needs to be checked or stopped. This wasteful expenditure needs to be checked and curbed. PMO needs to take a call on this as these practices are prevalent in all govt. system.

Rajiv Ranjan Sahai


Already in the National Service Scheme Organisation under Ministry of Youth Affairs, one officer facing enquiry was promoted as Asst. Programme Adviser which caused embarrassment for the senior officers later. Now some vested interests have concealed the investigation reports of 2007 which levelled serious charges of various youth officers. They are going to be promoted. What happened to the Investigation Report submitted by Deputy Programme Advisers? Media is watching everything. So be careful while processing promotion cases.


Yoga training

Yoga guru at National Academy of Administration, even in 1973, the then Director Rajeshwar Prasad, IAS, & at National Academy of Direct Taxes (IRS DT Staff College) the then Directot VR Bapat,IRS,(1946) in 1971, implemented Yoga training by engaging Yoga experts from Haridwar. He himself taught yoga to the probationers till 2001 at Nagpur NADT.


Scrapping of this Forum

Scrapping of this Forum where posting personal messages, spewing venom against one cadre or the other, speaking ill-will against somebody or the other by a select few bodes ill for this site, where posting informative details should be of paramount importance. Perhaps Editor of this site may see usefulness of this Forum or consider scrapping of this space altogether so that these type of negative postings are eliminated altogether once for all.









Disclosure of the reasons for the decision taken by the Supreme Court

The appellant sought for the copy of judicial record related to the case decided by the Supreme Court of India and the reasons for some of the conclusions reached in that order. The Public Information Officer (PIO) advised the appellant to deposit a certain amount of money for getting the copy of the order and informed him that it is beyond the scope of the PIO's duty to offer any justification/explanation for the orders passed by the Supreme Court of India. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) endorsed the views of the PIO. The Central Information Commission rejected the appeal observing that if there are certain conclusions in the order, the reasons for those conclusions have to be found out in the order itself. The PIO cannot interpret the order and come out with his own justifications.


Explanations cannot be sought under the RTI Act. There are many cases where the judge has not given any reasons or justification for coming to a conclusion. The only remedy available is to go for an appeal. However, if a case is thrown out with a single word "dismissed" by the apex court, there is very little option for an individual.

Citation: Ahsan Halim v. Supreme Court of India in File No. CIC/SM/A/2011/000789

No. CIC/SH/A/2014/001245 File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/002761
File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/002763 File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/002760 File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/

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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