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An ambition is a sin and --?

An ambition is a sin and political ambition is a greater sin by which even countries and people have fallen.





AAP divided into Satya & Asatya?

AAP is alost a divided house. As dissident's group call themselves Satya which is fighting against Asatya. Interesting point is that this group is not in a mood to leave the party. Only time will decide the fate of AAP.




Appointment of one dozen Governors soon ?

Appointment of about one dozen new Governors is expected to take place in a couple of weeks.








There is a ray of hope for Secretary Petroleum Saurabh Chandra who retires on April 30. In case present Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth is appointed Chief Election Commissioner on April 19,senior most 1978 batch IAS officer may succeed him . UP cadre IAS officer Saurabh Chandra is considered to be nobodys man. Anyway the ball is in the court of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.




This is the functioning of CBEC !

The COS for selection of Members for CBEC got postponed on 27th March. Now, unless FM intervenes, there be a piquant situation of non functional CBEC, post June. Considering that COS/ACC have not been able to resolve the issues of selection of Members for the last the 1 year, this likely scenario is not impossible. As things stand, there are 5 existing vacancies and, since now vacancies for 2015-2016 shall also be considered-in effect 9 persons have to be empanelled. 5+4 of next year(2 Members selected now shall retire next year, therefore 2 more officers have to selected for next year's vacancies.) Here to there is a twist, but confusion will be worse confounded for ordinary mortals: suffice to note that 9 persons are likely to be in the panel. If the decision of the earlier COS stands, VS Krishnan will miss, since he has less than a year of service from May 2015 when the next vacancy arises.






3 IGs & one Spl CP to be transferred from Delhi?

If sources are to be believed 3 IGs and one Spl CP of UT cadre are being transferred from Delhi. They are likely to be transferred to Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh And Andaman & Nicobar Islands.






B B Mishra likely to get extension as DG, NCB

B B Mishra, officiating Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), retiring on March 31, 2015, is expected to get an extension of six months. His file for extension is reported to have been lying stuck to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for 15 days for final approval. He is a 1983 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.






Is Vikram Doraiswamy junior for new appointment ?

Vikram Doraiswamy (IFS 1992) who joined as Ambassador in Uzbekistan in November 2014 has been pulled out and sent as Ambassador to South Korea. In MEA people say It is completely out of the way as he is quite junior for this assignment.







Tenure of T M Bhasin as CMD, Indian Bank extended

T M Bhasin, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Indian Bank, has been accorded an extension of 14 months. He was to retire on March 31, 2015. Interestingly, K R Kamath, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Punjab National Bank (PNB), was denied extension to the tenure of his post.






Justice D H Waghela to continue as CJ of Karnataka High Court

Informed sources said that Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Justice D H Waghela is going to continue.






NTPC becomes first PSU to issue bonus debentures

A replica of the Bonus Debentures Certificate of Rs 7725.76 crore and Rs. 2060.75 crore as Dividend Distribution Tax on the Debentures Presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The Government of India receives 618.06 crore bonus debentures amounting to Rs. 7725.76 crore by virtue of its 74.96% shareholding in NTPC. In addition to the bonus debentures, the Government of India has also received Rs. 2060.75 crore as dividend distribution tax on the debentures. NTPC Ltd. has earlier issued, by way of bonus, one fully paid-up, secured debenture of Rs. 12.50 each, for every one fully paid-up equity share of Rs. 10 each held by its members. The issue size of the bonus debenture is of Rs 10306.83 crore and is also the biggest issue of its kind in the Country and also the first ever by any PSU. The Bonus Debentures carries the Coupon Rate of 8.49% p.a. payable annually and has been allotted.






Sinha is new Chairman of Bihar PSC

Alok Kumar Sinha has been appointed new Chairman of the Bihar Public Service Commission. He is 1979 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






The tenure of P K Bajpai as Director (Finance), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is coming to an end on May 31, 2015. S K Sahni, GM, BHEL, is expected to succeed him on June 1, 2015.






Why orders of Suresh Kumar for Director, RCIL delayed?

Why the orders of Suresh Kumar, GGM, RCIL, for the appointment as Director (PO&M), Railtel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL) are getting delayed?






Post of CMD, SIL lying vacant for two years

The post of Chairman and Managing Director, Scooters India Limited (SIL) has been lying vacant since April 23, 2013. However, Rahul Bali, Director (Technical), SIL, was selected for this post on September 16, 2014, but was not appointed for want of orders.






Vacancy of Director (D&D), HAL arises

A vacancy of Director (D&D), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has arisen since T S Raju joined as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, HAL. However, Raju is holding an additional charge of Director (D&D), HAL.






No senior level post vacant in LIC

LIC is lucky enough as no senior level post - from Chairman to MD and ED - is vacant at present. If sources are to be believed, an MD level post will fall vacant in the middle of 2016. Till then no vacancy.






PESB invites application for Director (Tech), NHPC

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Technical), NHPC Limited falling vacant on April 1, 2016. Those willing to apply can send their applications to PESB before May 28, 2015.






PESB invites application for Director (Fin), NTCL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Finance), National Textile Corporation Limited (NTCL) fell vacant on March 13, 2015. Those willing to apply can send their applications to PESB before May 14, 2015.







MHA seeking 2 IPS officers for Additional Commissioner, Security, BCAS

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is looking for two DIG equivalent empanelled IPS officers for the posts of Additional Commissioner of Security (Civil Aviation) in Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.







Harinder Hora and Prem Kumar are Members of SAT in HP

Former Chief Secretary Harinder Hira and former Additional Chief Secretary Prem Kumar have been appointed two administrative members of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) in Himachal Pradesh.






Punjab and Sindh Bank gets Excellence Award

Punjab and Sind Bank has won an Excellence Award for achievement in PMJDY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana) parameters at a function hosted by FITS (Federation of Industry Trade & Services), in New Delhi. Jatinderbir Singh 1983 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre is the CMD of the Bank.





Rajeev Kumar appointed as DCM, Brasilia

Indian Foreign Service officer, Rajeev Kumar has been appointed as DCM, Brasilia (B) in place of Raj Kumar Srivastava.





Aseem Mahajan transferred as DHC, Dhaka

Indian Foreign Service officer, Aseem R Mahajan has been transferred to Dhaka (C) as DHC in place of Sandeep Chakravorty.





Ms Rugmini Parmar appointed as Senior Adviser, Panchayati Raj

Ms Rugmini S Parmar has been appointed as Senior Adviser, Ministry of Panchayati Raj after the promotion to the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG). She is a 1981 batch IES officer.







Two IAS officers of HP cadre empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Two officers Subhashish Panda and Rajneesh belonging to Indian Administrative Service of 1997 batch and Himachal Pradesh cadre have been empanelled for the posts of Joint Secretary in Government of India.






Post of Joint Secretary vacant in Expenditure

A post of Joint Secretary level is lying vacant in the Department of Expenditure in Government of India.






Post of Joint Secretary vacant in School Education & Literacy

A post of Joint Secretary level is lying vacant in the Department of School Education & Literacy in Government of India.







Post of Joint Secretary vacant in Food & Public Distribution

A post of Joint Secretary level is lying vacant in the Department of Food & Public Distribution in Government of India.






Abhinava Walia appointed as DDG, Postal Operations, Dte, Delhi

Abhinava Walia has been appointed as Deputy Director General, Postal Operations, Postal Directorate, New Delhi. He is a 1989 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.







Applications for Chairperson, TRAI invited

The Ministry of Telecommunications has invited applications for the post of Chairperson, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The last date for filing applications is April 9, 2015.







Manoj Kumar posted as DPS, Rajkot region

Manoj Kumar has been appointed as Director, Postal Service (DPS), Rajkot region, Gujarat circle. He is a 2003 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.







40 officers attended "Self-Management of Excessive Tension" workshop

About 40 officers from various Ministries have attended the workshop on "Self-Management of Excessive Tension" for the officers of different Ministries and their families, organized by the Department of Personnel and Training, in association with Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, in Delhi on March 29,2015.The government will organize Yoga Training Sessions fromApril 01, 2015 for the benefit of Central Government Employees and their dependents at Grih Kalyan Kendra Smaj Sadans in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. The government has selected 26 GKKs from Delhi and 14 from other parts of India for the same.






Sahoo takes over as Member of Competition Commission of India (UPDATED)

Former Member of the SEBI M S Sahoo has taken over as new Member of the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
(We said this on December 11,2014 )







Peter is also MD, TDWSC in Telangana (UPDATED)

J Raymond Peter has been assigned additional charge as Managing Director, Telangana Drinking Water Supply Corporation Limited (TDWSC). He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Telangana cadre.






N Siva Sankar is also Secretary, Revenue Dept in Telanagana (UPDATED)

N Siva Sankar has been assigned additional charge as Secretary, Revenue (Endowments) Department in Telangana. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Telangana cadre.







Ms Mukherjee posted as DRM, Waltair (UPDATED)

Chandralekha Mukherjee has been transferred and posted as Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Waltair. She is an IRTS officer.






R Senthil Kumar posted in SR cadre (UPDATED)

Upon return from deputation, R Senthil Kumar has been posted in the cadre of Southern Railway (SR). He is an IRTS officer.







Three IRS-IT officers posted at different regions (UPDATED)

Upon return from deputation, three officers from Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax cadre have been posted as Principal CIT (OSD) (CW) at different regions. Accordingly, A D Mehrotra and Sanjay Prasad have been posted to Principal CCIT (CCA), Delhi whereas Shashi Bhushan Prasad is posted to Principal CCIT (CCA), Mumbai.






Nandi posted as FA&CAO, KMRC (UPDATED)

Debabrata Nandi has been posted as FA&CAO, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRC) on deputation for a period of three years. He is an Accounts Officer.






Rawat posted as DGM/HR, DFCCIL in Delhi (UPDATED)

R S Rawat has been posted as DGM/HR, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), Delhi on deputation for a period of five years. He is a Personnel officer.






NBCC signs annual MoU with its Ministry (UPDATED)

NBCC, a Navratna CPSE, has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the FY 2015-16 with its Ministry i.e. Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) under which the Corporation functions. The annual MoU has been signed by Madhusudan Prasad, IAS, Secretary (UD), Govt. of India, on behalf of the MoUD and Dr. Anoop. K. Mittal, CMD, NBCC, on behalf of NBCC.
The MoU for 2015-16 sets out certain performance targets for the Company based on financial parameters, dynamic parameters, sector specific and enterprise specific parameters. While sales turnover have been targeted at Rs.4600 Crore, New Order during the year is aimed at Rs.6500 Crore; Gross Operating Margin Rate for the Company has been set at 11.20 percent.






UP DGP to get three months extension ? (UPDATED)

Uttar Pradesh DGP A K Jain is likely to get three months extension in service.1979 batch IPS officer is scheduled to retire onMarch 31.






A K Jha selected as CMD, MCL (UPDATED)

A K Jha, Director (P&P), MOIL, has been selected for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on March 30, 2015. As many as 11 persons were interviewed for the same.







Debate - Future of AAP after internal bickerings ?

Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP's) recent mammoth victory in Delhi was a super-landslide (the winning party securing 90 percent or more seats). Even the Congress which had the natural advantage of leading the freedom struggle successfully and had stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi could never achieve it in any general election despite dominating the political scene in the country post independence. The rise of the Aam Aadmi Party indicated that people once again saw politics as an act of faith and hope but given the bickerings among its leaders in too a short span, the question that now arises is that What is the future of AAP ?

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GoI to disinvest stake of OIL

The Government of India has proposed to disinvest stake of oil Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), Oil India Limited (OIL) to meet the revenue target.






SAIL Chairman C S Verma re-elected Chairman, SCOPE

The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) Chairman C S Verma has been re-elected as Chairman of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) for the second consecutive term






Sarin appointed MD & CEO, Tata Coffee Ltd?

Tata Coffee Ltd has appointed Sanjiv Sarin, the current 'CEO Designate' as Managing Director and CEO of the company w.e.f. April 25, 2015






Shah to be appointed MD, Unistar Multimedia Ltd?

The Board of Unistar Multimedia Ltd is to appoint Darshika Shailen Shah as Managing Director of the company.






Reddy appointed Addl. Director, Lycos Internet Ltd

Lycos Internet Ltd has appointed Ms S V Rajyalaxmi Reddy as an Additional Director of the company with immediate effect






Ledwani appointed Addl. Director, Pioneer Embroideries Ltd

Pioneer Embroideries Ltd has appointed Ms Jyoti Niranjan Ledwani as an Additional and Independent Woman Director of the company




Naik appointed Addl. Director, Nutraplus Products India Ltd

Nutraplus Products India Ltd has appointed Ms Nidhi Naik as an Additional Director of the company





Kolsawala appointed Woman Director, Arnold Holdings Ltd

The Board of Arnold Holdings Ltd is to appoint Ms Gazala Kolsawala as a Woman Director of the company





Sengadani appointed Addl. Director, CISTRO Telelink Ltd

CISTRO Telelink Ltd has appointed Ganesh Sengadani as Additional Independent Non-Executive Director of company w.e.f March 27, 201





Khosla appointed Addl. Director, Capital Trust Ltd

Capital Trust Ltd has appointed Ms Anju Khosla as an Additional Director of the company.






Surana appointed Addl. Director, Surana Telecom and Power Ltd

Surana Telecom and Power Ltd has appointed Ms Vinita Surana as Additional Director of company.








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Non-IFS Ambassadors towards extinction

Quite often Director level IFS officers are posted as Ambassadors in less important countries. This makes a lot of sense because the job does not require a senior officer. But when a Director level non-IFS officer was posted as Ambassador to Armenia (and concurrently to Georgia), the IFS officers launched a campaign against him, though the officer was a Director in the MEA itself and had served with distinction in several Indian Missions viz. Moscow, Odessa, and Minsk. Fluent in Russian, Dr. T. Suresh Babu is in his third successful year of ambassadorship. Very different from Secretary-level frustrated IFS officers in small European countries who abuse the host governments and take out their frustration on the local embassy staff bringing bad name to the country.

M. P. Bauer

Only IPS should head Home deptt

In fact the practice of appointing IAS to head the home department, a colonial legacy, should be discontinued and only the IPS should head the Home department. Mamta has taken a bold decision.

Parth Garg

IT department has most contemporary and reliable data

Income tax department has most contemporary and reliable data regarding salary etc. No other government department can have better information on this. Wonder if 7 th pay commission is taking this information while considering inter services parity and the salary profile of employees. It is time that the government takes decisions based on data rather than guesses and presumptions. Service associations should insist on such information.


Sorry status of bureaucracy

If a senior IAS officer resigns due to personal reasons, it is understood, however if it is due to any other negative/wrong reasons/pressures, then it speaks volumes about current sorry status of bureaucracy/IAS.

Akhilesh Chandra.

Eminent officer moved out of police department.

Vipul is an eminent officer and encounter specialist , and he is moved out of police department.

Manu Bhai

Total chaos in CGHS

Less said, it's better. Earlier I'd named CGHS as Cattle Grade Health Service particularly for the pensioners. 35 -40 years of glorious service in GoI - whether you were in IAS, IPS, IFS or in Foreign service or whether you were Secretary, Additional Secretary , Joint Secretary, Ambassador etc. , one thing is certain that in RML any doctor will treat you nothing more than cattle as if he is doing a great obligation on his part. I have written several times here that disband lock stock and barrel the entire facade of CGHS and give it to Private sector . Let the beneficiaries choose their own doctors and own hospitals. Ministry of Health should only regulate, check and monitor.

When you can change your mobile service operator, government also planning to provide facility of changing your Discom power service - Why adamant only and only on CGHS.

As I have earlier said atleast pensioners and if you want to be more cautious then pensioners of more than 65 yr of age in first instance should be allowed as under OPD Indoor go to any hospital of his her choice without any kind of reference from CGHS or any of its doctor Similarly all kinds of tests Laboratory procedures let them go to any any CGHS nominated outfits
All treatments minor major procedures surgeries let them go to any CGHS regd nominated hospitals . Only relationship wd CGHS shud be only the CGHS card. Everything cashless.

M L Chauhan








Information related to validity of HSC certificate

The appellant sought information regarding steps taken by DGCA to verify the HSC certificate of Capt Ajay Khadtale, the status of investigation to confirm its validity along with photocopies of relevant record. The PIO and FAA denied information taking shelter under section 8(1)(d) of the RTI Act. The respondent stated that the department was in constant touch with Secretary, Bihar School Education Board on this matter, however, the Board on more than one occasion have submitted contradictory replies due to which they could not take any action against Capt Khadtale. The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) to provide a detailed reply to the appellant as to at what stage is the investigation pending, along with the communication with the Secretary, Bihar School Education Board, within two weeks from date of receipt of this order, under intimation to the Commission.


It is often seen that Public authorities avoid or delay investigation on complaints against their officers. This case law shows how RTI Act can be used to keep a check on the investigation carried out by the organisation.

Citation: Dr Manisha Kanagili v. Deptt of Civil Aviation in F.No.CIC/SS/A/2013/002102-YA

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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