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It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.






Sushma is CM Haryana, Gadkari is CM Maharashtra and Rajnath is CM UP ?

Insiders in the BJP say that Sushma Swaraj may be sent to Haryana as Chief Minister, Gadkari may go as Maharashtra CM and Raj Nath Singh may be asked to get ready to become Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Sushma Swaraj
Nitin Gadkari
Raj Nath Singh






In all probability, Ms Alka Sirohi will take over as new Chairperson of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). She would succeed Ms Razdan on November 23.





Name of outgoing CMD of the Indian Overseas Bank M Narendra has also started doing the round for the post of Member, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).





V Somasundaran is joining the Government of India as Secretary, Civil Aviation, on September 3, 2014. He is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.





Rakesh Singh is new Secretary Steel

Rakesh Singh has taken over as Secretary, Steel. He is 1978 batch Punjab cadre IAS officer.
(We said this on Aug 29, 2014)






Lavasa joins as Secretary Forests and Environment

Secretary Civil Aviation, Ashok Lavasa has joined as Secretary Forests and Environment Department in the Government of India. He is 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.
(We said this on Aug 29, 2014)






G Mohan Kumar joins as Secretary Defence Production

Secretary Steel G Mohan Kumar has joined as Secretary Defence Production. He is 1979 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre.
(We said this on Aug 29, 2014)






Lt Gen Mathews is GOC 12 Corps in Jodhpur

Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews has taken over as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Jodhpur-based 12 Corps of the Army.






Burman relieved to join as PS to Sonowal

Rajnish Dev Burman has been relieved of cadre responsibility for joining as Private Secretary to Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Youth Affairs & Sports - Sarbananda Sonowal, at the level of Director. He is an IRS-IT officer of 1999 batch.






Tapan Ray to join GoI

Tapan Ray is all set to join the Government of India in a month or two. He is 1982 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.





File of Om Prakash for CMD, SECL struck to ACC

The file of Om Prakash, Director (Technical), WCL/CIL, for the post of Chairman and Managing Director, South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) is reportedly lying stuck to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC).






File of Reddy for Director (Tech), ECL struck to ACC

The file of B R Reddy, GM, CCL, CIL, for the appointment as Director (Technical), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) is reportedly lying stuck to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC).






File of Dr R S Jha for Director (Pers), SECL sticks to ACC

The file of Dr R S Jha, GM, MCL/CIL, for the appointment as Director (Personnel), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) is reportedly lying stuck to Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC).





File of S Charles for Director, DCIL yet to move to ACC

The file of S Charles, Vice President, SCIL, for the appointment as Director (Finance), Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) is yet to move to Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) for its final approval.






ACC yet to approve appointment of Capt Devas for Director, SCI

The file of Capt Kelath Devadas, Sr VP, SCIL, for the appointment as Director (Technical & Offshore Services), Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI) is lying stuck to the Appointment Committee of Cabinet for its final approval.





Har Preet Singh to take charge of MD, CWC on Oct 1

As the grapevine has it, Har Preet Singh will be taking charge of MD, Central Warehousing Corporation on October 01. The 1975 batch IRSME officer is presently serving with Container Corporation of India as Director (Project & Services). In his new stint in PSU Singh will succeed B B Patnaik, the incumbent MD who will superannuate on Sept 30. Reportedly, orders for Har Preet Singh have already been issued.





Langstieh takes over as Chairman, DVC

A W K Langstieh has taken over the charge as Chairman, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). He is an IA&AS officer.
(We said this on Sept. 11, 2013)





B G Raj joins as Director (Fin), MIDHANI

B G Raj, GM, MIDHANI, has assumed the charge as Director (Finance), Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI).
(We said this on Feb 13, 2014)






Mohan Chandak to head DD News!

After the retirement of Archna Datta, 1982 batch IIS officer Mohan Chandak is likely to be appointed Chief of DD News.






Post of Jt Dir (admin) ED in Lucknow up for grab

A position of Joint Director (Admin) is up for grab at ED establishment in Lucknow. The post has fallen vacant after Vivek Prasad, a 1993 batch IRS (C&CE) officer, completed his tenure recently.






Satish Loomba appointed DG, Audit Central Exp. Delhi

Satish Loomba, Principal Accountant General (Audit), Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, has been transferred and posted as Director General of Audit, Central Expenditure, New Delhi.






V S Sharma poised for JS empanelment

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Vishram Sagar Sharma may soon be empanelled to be posted as Joint Secretary or equivalent with Govt of India. Reportedly, the 1989 batch Indian Forest Service officer of MP cadre has got the CVC clearance.






Four ED in race for Director (HR) , IOCL

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that as many as four ED rank officers from Indian Oil Corporation are in the race for Director (HR), IOCL; they are: AK Chaudhary, Varghese Charain,JPradhan and BS Kanth.PESB, reportedly, will soon be interviewing the prospective candidates.In all 15 candidates have appeared.






Ashok Kumar empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Ashok Kumar has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary in Government of India. He is a 1992 batch IP&TA&FS officer.






JS level post falling vacant in MHA

A post of Joint Secretary level is falling vacant in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Government of India up to September 2014.







5 IFS officers get postings after promotion to CCF rank

As many as five officers belonging to Indian Forest Service (IFS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Madhya Pradesh. Accordingly, Dr Dilip Kumar has been posted as Chief Conservator of Forests, Work Plan, Shivpuri while Manoj Agrawal will now be Chief Conservator of Forests, Conservation, PCCF office, Bhopal and Shashi Malick was given pro-forma promotion on the post of Director, Panchayati Raj Ministry, Government of India. Besides, Mudrika Singh has been posted ast Chief Conservator of Forests, Research and Expansion, Rewa circle and the post of Rakesh Kumar Pathak was upgraded as Chief Conservator of Forests, Work Plan, Balaghat under Jabalpur Headquarter.







Lt Gen Rawat takes over charge

Lt Gen. Bipin Rawat from the Gorkha Regiment has taken over the command of Spear Corps at Rangapahar in Nagaland.







Lt Gen Narasimhan is now Commandant in Mhow

Lt Gen S.L. Narasimhan has been moved from Nagaland to take over as commandant of Army War College in Mhow.







Nikhil Varma relieved to join as Deputy Secretary, Economic Affairs (UPDATED)

Nikhil Varma has been relieved to join as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance. He is a 2005 batch IRS-IT officer.






Reshuffle of IAS officers in Tamil Nadu (UPDATED)

As many as nine officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Tamil Nadu. Accordingly, Dr M Aarthi has been posted as Sub-Collector, Cheyyar, Tiruvannamalai while Amar Kushawah will now be Assistant Collector, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar and Dr G S Samaeeran is Sub-Collector, Paramakudi, Ramanathapuram. Similarly, H Krishnanunni has been posted as Assistant Collector, Gobi, Erode district; A R Rahul Nadh as Sub-Collector, Tiruvallur, Tiruvallur district; S Gopala Sundara raj as Sub-Collector, Thoothukudi; Dr K Senthil Raju as Sub-Collector, Tiruppur, Tiruppur; P N Sridhar as Sub-Collector, Tindivanam, Villupuram and V Vishnu was posted as Sub-collector, Chernmahadevi, Tirunelveli district.







Sanjay Agrawal gets posting as IG, Security to CM in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Upon return from central deputation, Sanjay Agrawal has been appointed as Inspector General (IG) in the Vigilance and Security office of Chief Minister in Rajasthan. He is a 1992 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.







Srivastava posted as Chairman, Delhi Fin Corp (UPDATED)

S K Srivastava has been appointed as Chairman, Delhi Financial Corporation in Delhi Government. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Arun Goyal relieved to join Govt of Mizoram (UPDATED)

Arun Goyal, who is serving in Government of Delhi, has been relived to join Government of Mizoram. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer.






2 IAS officers get additional charges in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Dharam Pal has been given an additional charge of Financial Commissioner while Amit Yadav was entrusted with the charge of OSD Power in Delhi Government.






Probationers of IP&TAFS call on Vice President (UPDATED)
The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari meeting the Probationers of IP&TAFS and faculty members of National Institute of Communication Finance, in New Delhi on September 01, 2014. CNR :59010 Photo ID :56267

The Probationers of Indian Posts and Telegraph Accounts & Finance Service (IP&TAFS) of 2012 and 2013 batches called on the Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari. They comprised of seven probationers from 2012 batch and six probationers from 2013 batch. The Vice President interacted with the Probationers on various aspects of IP&TAFS viz. its prospects, role and scope etc. He called upon them to serve with sincerity and integrity and wished them good success in their career ahead. The Probationers were accompanied by Mrs Sumita Purkayastha, DG and Kashi Nath Jha, DG and Director Aprajita Atique senior officers of Department of Telecommunications. They are presently undergoing two years training at National Institute of Communication Finance (NICF), Ghaziabad, an apex level training institute of IP&TAFS officers. This service came in to existence in 1972.






Verghese Cherian selected as Director (HR), IOCL (UPDATED)

Verghese Cherian, ED, IOCL, has been selected for the post of Director (Human Resources), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 2, 2014. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.





Reshuffle of IAS officers in MP (UPDATED)

As many as eight officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Madhya Pradesh. Accordingly, Ashok Kumar Singh has been posted as Collector, Sagar while D D Agrawal will be Deputy Secretary, Mantralaya and Madhukar Agneya is Collector, Bhind. Similarly, Vinod Kumar Sharma has been appointed as Collector, Agar-Malwa; Mrs G V Rashmi as Collector, Neemuch; Vikash Narwal as Collector, Katni; Ganesh Shankar Mishra as Additoinal Collector, Harda and Mrs Shanmukh Priya Mishra was posted as CEO, Zilla Panchayat, Harda.







Tiwari appointed MD, GACL

The Gujarat government has appointed A M Tiwari, IAS as the Managing Director of Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL).





Das ceases to be on Board of NMDC Ltd

S K Das, Director (Commercial), NMDC Ltd has ceased to be on Board of Directors of NMDC Ltd on attaining the age of superannuation on August 31, 2014.





Ms Sihamani appointed Director, Bannari Amman Spinning Mills Ltd

Bannari Amman Spinning Mills Limited has appointed Ms S Sihamani as Woman Director of the company w.e.f. September 1, 2014.





Verma appointed MD, ONGC Videsh Ltd

The Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has appointed N K Verma, Director (Exploration), ONGC Ltd as Managing Director, ONGC Videsh Ltd. As a result, Verma has been relieved from the charge for the post of Director (Exploration), ONGC Ltd.






Ms Lalitha appointed Director, Shiva Texyarn Limited

Shiva Texyarn Limited has appointed Ms A Lalitha as Woman Director of the company.







Hajara appointed Independent Addl. Director, TRF Ltd

TRF Limited has appointed Sabyasachi Hajara as an Independent Additional Director of the company.






Jagdale resigns as Independent Director, Innoventive Industries Ltd

Rajendra Jagdale has resigned as Independent Director of Innoventive Industries Limited with immediate effect.





Mishra ceases to be Director, IFCI Limited

Prof. Omprakash Mishra has ceased to be Director on the Board of Directors IFCI Limited.





Rao resigns as Director, Centum Electronics Limited

Palle Rama Rao has resigned as Non Executive Independent Director of Centum Electronics Limited.





Sharma resigns as Addl. Director, Oswal Agro Mills Ltd

Oswal Agro Mills Limited has appointed Anuj Sharma as an Additional Director of the company.






Kulshrestha resigns as Director, Oswal Agro Mills Ltd

Sunil Kumar Kulshrestha has resigned as Director of Oswal Agro Mills Limited





Munjee ceases to be Non Exec. Independent Director, Voltas Ltd

Nasser Munjee has stepped down as Non-Executive Independent Director of Voltas Limited







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First 100 days of the Narendra Modi government - An early assessment

It is important to take a review of progress every now and then for any activity. Moreimportantly for Government in India where expectations are running very high with the new Government.

A society used to waiting for a miracle cure for all ills is a difficult customer to service for any Government. Moreover, the myriad channels of formal and informal communications have made the environment heavy with expectations.

Therefore taking a stock of achievements after 100 days of the Government is not? an easy task. The question to ask is - what can a Government possibly do in 100 days as compared to what the Government has done?

In the first few months of its regime, the Government can make its priorities clear either by making announcements or by policy actions or by both. The new government seems to have made its priorities clear especially with the budget and more importantly during the independent day speech of the Prime Minister.

It was evident from the beginning that the Prime Minister of India is going to break many conventions to do what is right for the country. Even at the time of his inauguration ceremony, he called the heads of the neighbouring countries. It was unprecedented and was opposed by many within his party and also by various heads of states. However he realised that if we need a well functioning democracy and prosperous high growth economy, we need to have good relations with our neighbours.
Subsequently, he also visited many neighbouring countries personally to give a comfort to them about India's priorities.
Given the pronouncements and subsequent policy and executive actions including Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojna, the new government is trying to take up some extremely ambitious but achievable ?projects in time bound manner. The opening up of banking sector to entire population is a welcome step. However the scale of execution has been mind boggling. In a single day, on August 28, on the launch day of Prime Minister's Jan Dhan scheme, more than 1.5 crore bank accounts were opened. The target of achieving 7.5 crore accounts is expected to be completed in five months instead of six months as originally planned.

The scheme provides a bank account, a debit card, an insurance of upto Rs. 1 lakh (additional Rs 3 lakhs if one opens an account before January 26,2015) and overdraft facility upto Rs. 5000. On its own, the scheme looks huge. However when you look at it as a part of the larger framework of providing direct subsidies and help to poor in urban and rural areas, you start admiring the way the breath taking vision of reaching out to every Indian - especially poor and helpless Indian directly - has been worked out in a step by step.

Ashish Chauhan, MD & CEO BSE

Distorting facts

Those who have stage managed the Natural resources of Indian Economy for their self-benefit again attacked to distort the facts in the temple of law & justice and confuse the mass by blaming system instead punishing the culprits through CBI investigation against those who misused the system to favour.


Why Indian railways running in loss ?

This is the reason why Indian railways are running in loss. I have heard G M level taking away entire furniture and fixtures of the bunglow on retirement and still the matter was kept in cover


' 20 CGHS Centres to cater to public '

Union Health Minister unveils a scheme for senior citizens.......

Heartiest congratulations Dear Health Minister,

This exactly, we the pensioners of CGHS have been suggesting to you for long. Kindly ensure that all CGHS buildings , dispensaries, wellness centres and hospitals with its army of Doctors with all equipments, machines, drugs, lock stock and barrel be from now onwards used only for general public.

All existing CGHS beneficiaries be attached to private empanelled hospitals of their choice for everything OPD, Indoor, minor major surgeries all medical procedures diagnostics everything absolutely no relationship whatsoever with CGHS. CGHS from now onwards should cater to only and only general public which has absolutely almost nil zero health care.

To start with CGHS beneficiaries who are pensioners in the first instance be attached for all services. Gradually all the existing CGHS be fully detached from CGHS and attached to empanelled hospitals of their choice Still if you have any reservation in the first instance like the pilot project of 20 existing CGHS wellness centres you have opened for general public, you attach government pensioners of 60 % years age and more to the empanelled hospitals of their choice for each and every ( A to Z ) medical and health care service. Absolutely no link with CGHS whatsoever. This is 100 percent possible with its enabled services. Believe your pensioners who served their entire life with you and also the private hospitals.

Once you decide to do all this, you will get blessings of all senior citizens.

Will wait for such news.

Sooner than later

ML Chauhan (Govt Pensioner above 65 yr)

Health Minister increasing miseries of CGHS

Health Minister seems not able to adjust himself with new Government and taking baseless decisions causing problems many. There has been a case of AIIMS now creating problems in working of CGHS. At present CGHS centres are not able to handle existing beneficiaries and give attention to their health problems. Opening CGHS centres to general public looks taking decision like one ruler shifting capital from Delhi to Devgiri, promoting bronze and copper coins without any success. The request was to allow CGHS beneficiaries of pensioners category for direct consultation in Private empanelled hospitals and Minister decided otherwise giving more trouble to exiting beneficiaries. Why Minister has not made these arrangements opening time window 1pm to 3pm in Govt. Hospitals like RML, Safdarjung, AIIMS, Jaiprakash Narain for Sr. Citizens of general public? HM further created problems by reversing the order of earlier HM of UPA Govt. issuing medicines for those suffering from diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, cancer effected etc. and having stable treatment from two months to one moth giving some baseless excuses. Now beneficiaries will make number of trips to CGHS dispensary to get the medicines for stablized treatment which is prescribed by specialist for longer period. Let the good sense prevail and CGHS beneficiaries are not affected.

N Prakash







Can a PIO file an appeal before the CIC?

The Public Information Officer (PIO) partly denied the information which was allowed by the First Appellate Authority. The PIO filed an appeal before the Central Information Commission (CIC) against the order of disclosure of FAA. The CIC ruled that first appeal may be filed before FAA not only by the person who is seeking the information, but also the Public Authority. Thus, it may be inferred that Second Appeal may also be filed before this Commission not only by the information seeker but even by Public Authority.


As per section 19(1) of the RTI Act, 'any person' who is aggrieved by the decision of a PIO can file an appeal to FAA, and the power of filing an appeal is not restricted to the individual seeking information. However, under Section 19(3) of the RTI Act which describes the filing of second appeal, no such expression has been used. The larger Bench of CIC in Decision dated 02.08.2007 in file no. CIC/AT/A/2006/00074 & CIC/WB/A/07/00679 too, the CIC had taken a similar decision.

Citation: Shri B Bhushana Rao v. Syndicate Bank in File No. CIC/VS/A/2013/001395/SH

(, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles regarding RTI can be read at












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