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Ahilya Bai, a ruler of Indore, raised the city from a village to a wealthy city. She made her state prosperous at a time when the greater part of India was in a state of turmoil.



Who is the BJP leader with maximum following of MPs ?

Grapevine has it that Rajnath Singh is the only BJP leader who has the maximum following of Members of Parliament, say about 100.




Relations were strained between Minister & Secretary?

Relations between recently transferred one Secretary and his ex- boss were not cordial. If sources are to be believed in maximum official meetings Secretary used to reach after the Minister.


GoI facing toughest task to select candidate for CMD, OIL

The Government of India appears to be helpless with facing the toughest task to appoint a person for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Oil India Limited (OIL) lying vacant since July 1, 2015. The Government failed to appoint the person despite making four attempts. In first interview at the PESB selection meeting held on November 21, 2014, no candidate was selected with Selection Board seeking further candidates. In second interview on February 10, 2015, Mrs R S Borah, Director (Finance), OIL was selected, but her panel was scrapped by the Government. In third interview held on September 9, 2015, no suitable candidate was found with the Government of India deciding to form a search-cum-selection committee. The committee, which met on April 25, 2016, failed to find a suitable candidate.







Kaun Banega new Chairman Railway Board ? (2)

Who will succeed A K Mittal as Chairman of the Railway Board in July ?. Member (Staff) Pradip Kumar is said to be ahead in the race. Eligibility and seniority goes in his favour.





Nishi Singh and Rajendra Kumar to be new Members of CBDT ?

If all goes well, at the top, 1979 batch IRS (IT) officer Nishi Singh and 1980 batch IRS (IT) officer Rajendra Kumar will be new Members of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).







Fidelis Toppo quits IAS

Fidelis Toppo has resigned from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He is a 1999 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.







Cadre of Samuel Paul transferred to UP

The cadre of Samuel Paul N has been transferred from Nagaland to Uttar Pradesh on the grounds of marriage to Ms Divya, a 2013 batch IFS officer of UP cadre.






Overstaying officers on deputation to face action

The All India Service (AIS) Officers of Group 'A' overstaying on deputation on foreign assignment beyond the approved tenure will face disciplinary action.






Bhagat is new DG, RPF

S K Bhagat has taken over the charge of DG, RPF. He is an Uttarakhand cadre 1982 batch IPS officer.






Will IIS officers be appointed SD, AIR ?

According to sources Indian Information Service ( IIS) officers are likely to be appointed as Station Director, All India Radio (AIR). These officers will sent on deputation to Prasar Bharti Board and PB will post them to different stations.






RBI man to be Secretary, BBB

A RBI official is being appointed first Secrtary of the Banks Board Bureau.Presently UP cadre IAS officer Mustafa Mohammad is officiating Secretary.






NAFED is back on rails

NAFED is said to be back on rails. Untiring efforts of 1987 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre IAS officer Ram Subhag Singh has led to this development.Singh is presently MD of the organisation which had been running in heavy losses for the last several years.






New Environment Secretary joins

A. N. Jha has taken over as Secretary, Environment, Forest and Climate change on Monday. He is a MN cadre 1982 batch IAS officer.






Mittal joins as I&B, Secretary

Ajay Mittal, a HP cadre 1982 batch IAS has taken over charge of the Secretary I & B on Monday.






HPCL headless for nine months

The post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) has been lying vacant since August 1, 2015.





Post of Director (SP), HSL advertised

The post of Director (Strategic Project), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) has been advertised with the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) seeking applications before June 20, 2016 for the post falling vacant next year on January 1, 2017.






Post of Director (Tech), MECON Ltd advertised

The post of Director (Technology), MECON Limited has been advertised with the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) seeking applications before June 17, 2016 for the post falling vacant next year on January 1, 2017.






Interviews for CMD, PEC Ltd today

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is reported to be conducting interviews for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, PEC Limited on May 3, 2016. The post has been lying vacant since December 30, 2015.






M K Singh joins as Director (Fin), IRCON International Ltd

M K Singh has taken over the charge as Director (Finance), IRCON International Limited. He succeeded K K Garg retired in April.
(We said this on Nov 16, 2015)






A K Nanda to join as Director (Pers), GRSE on May 3

A K Nanda, CGM, BEML, will be joining as Director (Personnel), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) on May 3, 2016.





Mishra likely to join in June

Newly appointed ADG, CRPF, Deepak Mishra is likely to join his new place of posting in June. It is said that he is going on long leave.He is a 1984 batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer and presently posted as Spl CP Delhi Police.





Why officers are not being relieved ?

Power galleries in North Block are abuzz that despite transferred twice officers are not being relieved? These officers - one is Director and two are DS ranks, are posted in MHA and looking after important desks for the last 5-8 years. It is said that two officers were transferred to some other ministry long back but got cancelled . After some years both were transferred again but they were called on deputation and given the same desks. GOI rule says that officers should be shifted after 3-5 years from one desk. Experts asks why this rule is not being followed in MHA? and why favor is being given to some officers ?





MP Govt recognized GRP Help App wins e-Governance award

"It is a matter of great pleasure that 'Integrated railway passenger security and investigation support system' in the form of GRP Help App and web based response monitoring system have been duly recognized by Madhya Pradesh Government by declaring us as winner for" innovative use of ICT in e-governance award", said Maithili Sharan Gupta, DGP, Home Guards, Civil Defence and State Disaster and Emergency Response Force. He further said that the GRP help App and web based monitoring and support system is functional across the country and seamlessly providing services to railway passengers who are otherwise helpless and in distress. It is internet neutral, it holds the message if network is not available and pushes it at feeblest signals. It is great empowerment to help each and everybody in distress. "We have so far launched 11 version of GRP Help App. Any worthwhile suggestion would be incorporated in our next version. Let everyone be benefited by your suggestions and advice to further improve our delivery", he added.






IDAS officer promoted to HAG

R N Dash, SAG, has been promoted to HAG and posted as PCA ( Fys) Kolkata. He is a 1986 batch IDAS officer and was posted in Delhi.




Dinesh Kumar Pande deputed as Manager, CONCOR, Kolkata

Dinesh Kumar Pande presently in south Eastern Railway, has been deputed as Manager (Commercial & Operations), CONCOR at Kolkata.






Mrs Amarjeet Kaur promoted to HAG+

Mrs Amarjeet Kaur has been promoted to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG+) plus. She is an Indian Statistical Service (ISS) officer.





Anil Goel appointed as CCIT, Chennai

Indian Revenue Service officer of Income Tax cadre, Anil Goel, CCIT, Thiruvanantapuram, has been transferred and posted as CCIT, Chennai.





Subrat Mishra appointed as PrCIT in Principal CCIT office, WB & Sikkim

Subrat Mishra has been appointed as PrCIT in the office of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, WB & Sikkim. He is an IRS-IT officer.





Thakur to head NFR Directorate in Railway Board

Non-Fare Revenue Directorate has been set up in Railway Board. It will focus on areas enhancing revenues by 10 to 20 % from Non-Tariff sources. Ranjan P Thakur, ED Traffic & Commercial will head the Directorate. he is a 1990 batch IRTS officer. ED, Engineering and ED Finance will be other members of the Directorate.






DoPT invites applications for Counsellor, PMI, WTO, Geneva

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has invited applications for the post of Counsellor (Services), Permanent Mission of India (PMI), WTO, Geneva. Those willing to apply for this post can send their applications to the DoPT before June 1, 2016.






Justice Bikki Raveendra Babu appointed as Judicial Member, NCLT

Justice Bikki Raveendra Babu has been appointed as Judicial Member in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for a period of five years.






D M Gautam appointed as Technical Member in NCLT

D M Gautam has been appointed as a Technical Member in National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for a period of five years.





Deputy Secretary level post of CVO vacant in NEPA Ltd

The post of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at Deputy Secretary level has been lying vacant in NEPA Limited, Nepanagar.






P S Gautam empanelled as DIG in GoI

P S Gautam has been empanelled for holding Deputy Inspector General (DIG) level posts in Government of India. He is a 1999 batch IPS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre.






Vacancy of Joint Secretary arising in Commerce

A vacancy of Joint Secretary level is falling vacant in the Department of Commerce in May.





Natarajkrishanppa joins as Director (O), BEL

Natarajkrishanppa has taken over the charge as Director (Others), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).






Girish Kumar takes charge as Director (BC), BEL

Girish Kumar GM, BEL, has taken over the charge as Director (BC), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
(We said this on Oct 26, 2015)





8 8 CSS officers promoted to Under Secretary grade

As many as eight Section Officers of Central Secretariat Service have been promoted to Under Secretary grade in Government of India. The officers are: Micheal Sundar Paul Dara, Narender Kumar, Lakhmi Chand, Vidyawati, Debadutta Behera, Arun
Kumar, Sarla Kumari and Gokul Chand.





Babu Menoki posted as Under Secretary, Defence

Babu Menoki has been appointed as Under Secretary, Ministry of Defence.





Gurbachan Jagat joins Tribune Trust

Former DGP of BSF Gurbachan Jagat has joined the Tribune Trust. He is former 1966 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre.





Raju is now Chief Information Commissioner in Karnataka

Former 1984 batch IAS officer D.N. Narasimha Raju has taken over as Karnataka Chief Information Commissioner .






Reshuffle of IAS officers in Punjab

As many as nice IAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places in Punjab. Accordingly, NS Kalsi has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary (Development). The post of ACS (Development) had fallen vacant after the retirement of Additional Chief Secretary Suresh Kumar. Kalsi will retain charge of Principal Resident Commissioner, Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi, and Additional Chief Secretary, PWD (Buildings and Roads) and Grievances and Welfare of Pensioners. Roshan Sunkaria has been transferred as Principal Secretary, Labour, and in addition, Principal Secretary, Printing and Stationery, and Principal Secretary, Higher Education and Languages; Anurag Verma, as Secretary, Transport; Ajoy Kumar Sinha as Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation and in addition, Chief Administrator, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority, SAS Nagar; Abhinav as Special Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation. The latter will also handle the work of the Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation, during the election duty of Ajoy Sharma. Kuldeep Singh Vaid is now the Deputy Commissioner, Moga, and in addition, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Moga, while the services of Ghanshyam Thori have placed at the disposal of the Local Government Department for posting as Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. MK Aravind Kumar has been transferred and posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Fazilka, and the services of Surabhi Malik have been placed at the disposal of the Local Government Department for posting as Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana.






A K Nanda joins as Director (Pers), GRSE (UPDATED)

A K Nanda, CGM, BEML, has taken over the charge as Director (Personnel), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE).
(We said this on October 29, 2015)






CBI arrests Asst Commissioner, NDMC (UPDATED)

The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Assistant Commissioner, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Karol Bagh Zone, New Delhi for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.15000 from the complainant.






Two IAS officers shifted in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Matadin Sharma has been appointed as Additional Commissioner & Joint Secretary, Panchayati Raj while Vinita Shrivastava is Registrar, Revenue Board, Ajmer in Rajasthan.






Eight officers confirmed in IAS (UPDATED)

As many as eight officers of West Bengal cadre have been confirmed in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The officers are: Pasang Norbu Bhutia, shaique Ahmed, Manabendra Chakraborty, Somenath Mukherjee, Manindra Nath Pradhan, Runu Ghosh, Gopal Chandra Das, Shahzad Sibli.






NLC CMD commissions rejuvenated old mining machinery BWE 1571 (UPDATED)

Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited has successfully rejuvenated a Bucket Wheel Excavator 1571 which has been in service for the past 28 years. Sarat Kumar Acharya , CMD NLC, commissioned the machinery at the Specialized Mining Equipment (SME) Erection Yard of Mine-I,Neyveli on May 5,2016. The 700L Bucket Wheel Excavator 1571, (BWE) supplied by erstwhile M/S Krupp Germany (presently Thyssen Krupp Industrial Solutions, (TKIS) Germany) was commissioned on 26.12.1988. The BWE had completed 28 years of life with 1,35,843 total working hours in the excavation of overburden/Lignite. To extend the life of the BWE further, the Rejuvenation programme was taken up with the assistance of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) M/s. TKIS, Germany at a cost of Rs.45.75 Crores. During Major Overhaul, major repair, replacements, reconditioning and modifications were carried out. the Mechanical and Electrical parts were strengthened and worn out parts were replaced as required. The old Bucket Wheel was replaced with the New Bucket Wheel with 14 buckets without pre cutters and 2 nos of 5000 Litre Capacity Water tanks were introduced for Firefighting system. The dismantling, re-conditioning and re-erection of the complete BWE has been completed within the period of 9 months 23 days (11.07.2015 to 03.05.2016) against the scheduled period of 13 months. Rakesh Kumar, Director (Finance) and Subir Das, Director (Mines), V Thangapandian, Director(Power) and P Selvakumar, Director (Planning&Projects) of NLC Limited graced the occasion.






Vijay S Dahiya appointed as CEO, Haryana (UPDATED)

Vijay Singh Dahiya has been appointed as Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana. He is a 2001 batch IAS Officer.





M Nagaraj selected as CMD, PEC Ltd (UPDATED)

M Nagaraj, MD, NSKFDC, has been selected for the post of CMD, PEC Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on May 3, 2016. As many as nine persons were interviewed for the same.





Parmesh Pandey promoted as ACS, Personnel & Administrative Reforms in Karnataka (UPDATED)

Parmesh Pandey has been promoted to the Additional Chief Secretary grade and posted as ACS, Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms (Janaspandana) in Karnataka. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.





SC Collegium clears four names for Judges of Supreme Court (UPDATED)

The Supreme Court Collegium is reported to have cleared four names including three Chief Justices and one Lawyer for the posts of Judges in Supreme Court of India. They are: Ashok Bhushan, Chief Justice, Kerala High Court, Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar, Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Yashwant Chandrachud, Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court and one Lawyer from Andhra Pradesh.







Who should be RBI Governor ?

Who should be the next RBI Governor ? Whether he should be an Economist, a professor, a Banker or a Politician. The term of present RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan is coming to an end in September.

Mail your views to or





Jain appointed as Govt Nominee Director on IDBI Bank Board
Pankaj Jain, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Union Ministry of Finance, has been appointed as Government Nominee Director on the Board of Directors of IDBI Bank Ltd.






Toshniwal to get new role in Future Group

C P Toshniwal who is Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Future Lifestyle Fashions Limited is being designated to a new role within Future Group. Subsequently, he has resigned as an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the company.






Subharaman ceases to be CS of Bombay Dyeing & Mfg Company Limited

K Subharaman has ceased to be Company Secretary of Bombay Dyeing & Mfg Company Limited






Jhunjhunwala designated as CEO of JVL Agro Industries Ltd

S N Jhunjhunwala who is Managing Director of JVL Agro Industries Limited has been designated as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company






Nogja appointed Group CEO of HCCL

Hindustan Construction Company Ltd has appointed Rajgopal Nogja as the Group Chief Executive Officer of the company





Mundra resigns CS of Orient Abrasives Limited

Kamlesh Kumar Mundra has resigned as Company Secretary of Orient Abrasives Limited





Ms Jindal appointed Promoter Director of Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited

Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited has appointed Ms Deepika Jindal as Non-Executive, Non-Independent and Promoter Director of the company.





Kadam resigns as CFO of Bentley Commercial Enterprises Ltd

Sunanda Prabhakar Kadam has resigned as Chief Financial Officer of Bentley Commercial Enterprises Ltd








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Rajan should be given one more term since he is genuinely concerned about the economic stability of India and is not afraid to call a spade a spade despite huge political pressure and compulsion.

U K Mohanty


At this juncture of the Indian economy, Rajan should be given another term as RBI Governor. He is not replaceble.

Akshay Panda

What about others ?

32 'Sinha' rendering services in IAS at centre and cadres. what about in IPS, CBI , PSU 's govt etc. Also kindly inform about how many Srivastvas serving.


Sinha - a very common surname

It is common name from Bihar & Jharkhand, not to identify caste. But majority are from Chitragupta community. This includes Srivastavas, Vermas etc. many are do pooja to kalam or pen.


Civil Services Day or IAS officers service day !

Civil Services Day which is organized on 21st April every year has become an IAS officers service day. IAS officers are not lord almighty. They think they have wide range of experience agreed but you cannot neglect the other services. An officer of other Group 'A' services have wide experience. The DRM's of Railway Division deal with all kind of subjects ranging from generalists, to engineer to medical doctors. On an average all of them have ten thousand of people working under them. A bright IRTS officer of operating department of Railways, who has worked in the South Eastern and Eastern Railways (Coal, Iron Cement & Mines belt) can perform creditably in Ministries like Coal, Power & Steel. Many an IAS officer join the Ministry of Steel all off a sudden and they are not aware as to what is 'Blast Furnance (for melting of steel)' and not the normal coal rather coking coal is used for its heating. The Central Electricity Authority should be the Power Ministry. When we have Steel Authority of India Limited and Coal India limited, then we should not have Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Steel respectively.


A radical idea

I have a radical idea. Last 70 years nothing substantial have been contributed by IAS officers being in Central Ministries. For a change, let us try to have 5 years without any IAS being secretary in such Ministries. Let it be filled with professional services and other professionals/academicians like in USA and other developed countries.
I firmly believe that it may transform India.

Vikram Singh

Rehabilitation centres

CAT/SAT & Tribunals are rehabilitation centres for Sr.Citizens ( Civil Servants and Judges ).

A K Reddy







Compilation of employee information on zonal basis

The appellant sought the details of deductions made in his Provident fund and current balance. The Railways denied him the information stating that they do not have a centralized information system for the employees. The CIC directed the Railways to provide the information. Further, the CIC advised the Railways to set up an information System, where an employee can access PF details for his entire career by entering a unique employee ID.


Many organisations compile information on a regional or zonal basis. A consolidated information system would not only help the employees in keeping track of their PF balances and withdrawals, but would also save the time and efforts of the public authority in compiling the records.

Citation: Harsh Kumar v. Northern Rly in Appeal No.CIC/VS/A/2015/001928

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

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