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Digvijay Singh is number one target of BJP and RSS !

Frontal attacks by Congress leader Digvijay Singh has made it clear that he is going to be number one target of the BJP and the RSS in the coming months.


7th P C- won't touch age issue
As per indications, the 7th Pay Commission is not going to give its opinion about retirement age. It is said that the commission doesn't want to land in any controversy on any sensitive issue. It will be the government's prerogative to decide on such issues.



Rahul Gandhi to visit more Hindu temples
If political sources are to be believed, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit some more Hindu temples/pilgrimage in days to come. He will start his pilgrim yatra from Congress or allies' ruled states. After Uttarakhand, now Assam govt may arrange his Darshan of Kamakhya Devi. Observers see this move of the leader to reconnect with Hindus. Only time will say how much his visits' pay.


India's quick help to Nepal appreciated
PM Modi's quick decision to extend all possible help to earthquake affected Nepal is being appreciated by all. Nitish Kumar, Bihar CM, has openly appreciated PM's initiatives to help affected places. Nepal government is also said to have conveyed gratitude to Modi for his quick and whole heartedly relief to the people of Nepal.








Formal orders for the appointment of Surender Singh as DG - CISF are expected to be issued soon. 1980 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, Singh is presently Special Director in CBI.




Will K D Tripathi move to Petroleum Ministry?

Will K D Tripathi move to Petroleum Ministry as Secretary? Name of 1980 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Tripathi is now in circulation.






Will Ajay Kumar head NIC?

Will Ajay Kumar officially head NIC? 1985 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, Kumar is presently JS in the Ministry of IT.






Tayal to succeed R R Verma ?

R C Tayal is likely to succeed R R Verma as DG - NCRB. He is 1980 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalya cadre. Verma is now DG RPF.






Transfers of Chief Commissioners of Income Tax on the cards

Transfer orders of Chief Commissioners of Income Tax are on the cards. File pertaining to their transfers and postings has reached the Finance Minister. Formal orders are expected in a day or two.







Posting orders of Principal IT Commissioners this week

Posting orders of Principal Commissioners of Income Tax are expected to be issued this week. Secretary, Revenue is reported to have made some queries.






MoS returns File of JCs and ACs of Income Tax ?

The MoS for Revenue has reportedly returned the file pertaining to postings of Joint Commissioners and Additional Commissioners of Income Tax with some queries. He has asked the CBDT to certify that postings were made according to the policy.






Who will be new DGP of Kerala ?

Who will be new DGP of Kerala? Tie is said to be between 1982 batch IPS officer, Mahesh Kumar Singla and 1983 batch IPS officer, T P Sen Kumar.







Ms Sahni relieved to join as Joint Secretary, Women & Child Development

Ms Rashmi Saxena Sahni has been relieved to join as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Development in Government of India on deputation basis for a period of five years. She is an IRS-IT officer.






Alka Tiwari has joined as Adviser in the NITI Ayog. She is a 1988 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.






47 IRS-IT officers promoted to DCIT grade

As many as 47 Indian Revenue Service officers of Income Tax cadre have been promoted as Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax (Senior Time Scale). The officers are: Satish Chandra, Anil Kabiraj, Anirudh Saran Singh, Kailash Nath, Naos Barwa, Shambhulal Katra, Sunil Ashok Bhat, Vijaykumar Menon, Rajkumar R Yadav, Chintamani Dingankar, Shreekala D Pardeshi, Pranati Mishra, Praveen Kumar Mittal, M M Garg, Shyamsunder K Rathi, Abhishek Gautam, B Sajive, P Chandramohan, Paul Jawahar, Sunil S Deshpande, Sujatha P Iyenger, Gurbinder Singh Saund, U K Pillai, Anjani Kumar Pandey, S R Raokadnur, Ansari Sohail M Shafi, Tejinder Pal Singh Anand, Sunil Kumar Pandey, Praaksh Kishinhandani, Smita Veram, Rajendra Joshi, Jyothis Mohan, Asif A Karmali, Govind Shridhar Menon, Prasanna Kumar B K, Pankaj Chandrakant Mehta Jayakumar Jagdishkumar Jolod, Abhaya Y Marathe, Akhilesh Kumar Yadava, Brajendera Kumar Ghanglhun Hmar, Surinder Kaur, Rameshwar P Meena, Usha B Dhatavkar, Sarojini Xess, Ramesh Lal and Kamlesh Kumar Meena.






CBI registers 74 corruption cases

CBI has registered 74 cases of Prevention of Corruption Act against IAS, IPS & IRS officers during 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 till March.






Four JD posts vacant in CBI

Premier investigating agency CBI is still short of four Joint Directors. It has 18 sanctioned posts of Joint Directors but actual strength of JDs is 14.






Appointment process of banks MD begins

GoI has started process of appointment of MD-cum-CEO-of five major public sector banks. These are -Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Canada Bank, Punjab National Bank & IDBI Bank. Department of Financial Services says that officers of private and public sector banks having Board level experience of at least one year can apply. This time the Government has relaxed eligibility criteria with regard to age and experience of applicants. Age limit has also been increased to 57 years from 55 years earlier.






Liquor contracts thru tenders fill coffers in Madhya Pradesh

Manoj Shrivastava
Rakesh Shrivastava

Provision of Indian Made Foreign liquor (IMFL) shops through tender system, for the fiscal 2015 - 16, has lead to an increase of Rs. 1603 crores profit to the state exchequer as compared to the last fiscal, needless to mention that the credit for it goes to Manoj Shrivastava - Principal Secretary (Commercial Taxes) and Rakesh Shrivastava - Excise Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh. While the state has earned Rs. 4803 crore during the financial year 2014-15 when the shops were auctioned, this time when the shops were provided through tender syatem , after a gap of about 20 years, the state exchequer got a whopping Rs. 6406 crores.







24 officers decline promotion to Postal Service Group 'B'

As many as 24 officers of Postal Service have declined their promotion to Postal Service Group 'B'. The officers are: S Lingashetty, V H Nadagouda, S K Jain, R K Chourasiya, M K Maheshwari, L K Mithankhediwale, A K Jain, V K Jain, V K Gautam, H S Pandey, P K Bahulkar, A N Sushir, G M Nandanwar, M R Sakpal, V K Gupta, K K Soni, K R N Moorthy, Bhagwat Sethy, Banmali Patra, S L Meena, B R Manjunath, C R Nagaraj Rao, M V Basapur, H S Mahapatra and Madhu Mirdha.







Odisha Human Rights Commission Member Patnaik resigns

Member of the Odisha Human Rights Commission, Bijoy Kumar Patnaik has resigned from his post. Former Chief Secretary Patnaik is a retired 1976 batch IAS officer.







Narayan Singh transferred to Hong Kong

Indian Foreign Service officer, Narayan Singh has been transferred to Hong Kong (A) in place of Bharat K Kuthati.






Rakesh Kumar Sharma-II empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Rakesh Kumar Sharma-II has been empanelled for the posts of Joint Secretary in Government of India. He is a 1986 batch IRS-C&CE officer.






Three IAS officers of Rajasthan cadre empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Three 1997 batch IAS officers of Rajasthan cadre , Hemant Kumar Gera, Ms Gayatri A Rathore and Rohit Kumar have been empanelled for the posts of Joint Secretary in Government of India.






IAS changes in Madhya Pradesh likely this week

Another round of reshuffle of IAS officers in Madhya Pradesh is expected to take place this week.





Abhinav Kumar gets pro-forma promotion as IG

Abhinav Kumar has been given pro-forma promotion to the rank of IG in Uttarakhand. He is 1996 batch IPS officer.







HAL contributes to revive river Kumudavathi

HAL has joined hands with International Association for Human Values (IAHV), a sister organization of the Art of Living to rejuvenate Kumudavathi river, a tributary of river Arkavathi that originates from Shivagange Hills in Neelamangala Taluk of Bangalore rural district. "We decided to adopt this Tavarkere mini-water shed and provide the much needed life-line to the river that catered to 30% of Bengaluru's water needs in the past", said V M Chamola, Director, Human Resources at a program held yesterday at village Adihosahalli some 70 km from Bangalore. Revival of dried up natural water resources is the key objective of this entire initiative to help the villagers and spruce-up the natural habitat in the region. There are 18 mini water sheds planned over the whole river basin declared as "over-exploited" and no "borewell zone". Chamola symbolically handed over structures to leaders representing the Gram Panchayats of Dodbella, Tyamgondlu, Kodigihalli and Manne to mark the occasion. Large number of villagers were present on the occasion. HAL project covering around 26 km radius has ensured construction of boulder checks (34), recharging of well (34) and borewells (7), building of water pools (10) of 20 x 20 meters with five meter depth and planting of 5000 saplings that include tamrind, ala, arali, neem, torematti, mahagani etc. These plants help in long term soil restoration and enhance water absorbing. The river basin is spread over 460 sq. km and has 278 villages in the catchment area. The Kumudavathi river was providing water to Tippa Gondana Halli reservoir which in turn was supplying water to 30% of Bengaluru city. At present reservoir is almost dry with scanty inflow from the river. Natural streams can be revived by reducing the soil erosion, increasing soil moisture, artificially accelerating the process of ground water recharge and by increasing the natural vegetation.







Ajoy Mehta is new Commissioner BMC (UPDATED)

Ajoy Mehta has joined as new Commissioner of the Bombay Municipal Corporation. He is 1984 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

(We said this on Oct 24, 2014)







9 IRS-IT officers promoted to Principal Commissioner of Income Tax grade (UPDATED)

As many as nine officers belonging to Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax cadre have been promoted to the grade of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax. The officers are: Harsh Prakash, Reena Sinha Puri, Geeta Ravi Chandran, Sumant Sinha, Omkareshwar Chidra, Hemanta Bijoy Mahanta, Rajat Bansal, Bharat Singh Gehlot and Kuldeep Moorti Bali.






Reshuffle of IPS officers in AP (UPDATED)

As many as 11 officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Andhra Pradesh. Accordingly, A Ravishankar has been appointed as DG, Drugs & Copy Rights while M Subba Rao will be SRP, Guntakal and J Brahma Reddy is SP, CID. Similarly, Mrs R Jayalakshmi has been posted as SP, Intelligence; J Muralidhar as Deputy Director, APPA; R N Ammi Reddy as SP, CID; B Anantha Sharma as Deputy Director, APPA; L S Chowhan as SP, Intelligence; S Ranga Reddy as AIG (Admn) in DGP office; Mrs J Parimala Hana Nutan as Deputy Director, APPA and Vijaya Rao was made ASP CID.






2 IRTS officers transferred (UPDATED)

Two IRTS officers have been transferred. Accordingly, K V Rao has been transferred from Metro railway to South Central Railway and posted in the cadre while S K Agarwal was shifted from South Central Railway as AGM, Northern Railway.






Ravinder Singh Rajpal appointed as AGM, RVNL, Bhopal (UPDATED)

Ravinder Singh Rajpal presently in North Central Railway has been appointed as AGM (Projects), Railway Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), Bhopal. He is an IRSE officer.






Verma deputed as GM, Metro Link Exp for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad Comp Ltd (UPDATED)

Prashant Kumar Verma, Director (Sig), RDSO, has been deputed as General Manager (Signaling & Telecommunications), Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Comp Ltd. He is an IRSSE officer.






65 officers inducted into CRPF (UPDATED)

After passing out parade 65 Asstt. Commandments (AC),including 5 women AC's, were inducted into CRPF,the biggest para military force of the country today . Former DG, BSF Prakash Singh took the salute.






Subrata Biswas selected as Director (ER&D), BHEL (UPDATED)

Subrata Biswas, ED, BHEL, has been selected for the post of Director (Engineering Research & Development), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on April 27, 2015. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.







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Bansal resigns as Director, Pondy Oxides & Chemicals Ltd

Dr Padam Chandra Bansal has resigned as Director of Pondy Oxides & Chemicals Ltd






Manu appointed CS, Onelife Capital Advisors Ltd

Vikek Manu has been appointed as Company Secretary of Onelife Capital Advisors Ltd






Baid appointed Non Executive Director, GCM Capital Advisors Ltd

Shilpa Baid has been appointed as Non Executive Director of GCM Capital Advisors Ltd






Baid resigns as Director, GCM Capital Advisors Ltd

Manish Baid has resigned as Director of GCM Capital Advisors Ltd






Kabeer reappointed MD, Alpine Housing Development Corporation Ltd

S A Kabeer has been reappointed as Managing Director of Alpine Housing Development Corporation Ltd








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Politicians use Civil Servants or the other way round !

It is a historical fact that over the years politicians have used bureaucrats and technocrats to serve their selfish and political objectives/goals. Final powers of Govt. whether State administration or the Union Govt. rests with the political bosses i.e the Chief Minister, Minister in charge of the Department/Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers. The fate of the civil servant and the technocrat is in the hands of the politicians for they decide the; postings, disciplinary action, punishments etc. in case of all the administration under them. Since the officers are totally dependent upon the political masters for their postings and for their career growth, they have to follow their diktats. Top civil servants can offer their advice but it is for the Minister to accept it or to spurn it. Once a decision is taken by the CM or the Minister, the civil servant has to comply and not to reason why, as he is bound by the oath of secrecy. What happened in the 2G and Coalgate scam is now public.
SC Agrawal
Retd DGP , MP

Modi - best bet for development

Narendra Modi is the best bet for development in this country. There is no other leader who even thinks of development. If he remains Prime Minister for two terms, the face of this country, including the Eastern part, which is really lagging behind, may change. The fate of billions of people may change. He might be labeled arrogant, media manipulator, dictatorial, insensitive, anti- employee etc by his detractors. The reasons for such name calling are many. His political opponents have ganged up against him out of fear of his popularity. His style may need a bit of re-contouring/ sugar coating. But nobody can doubt that he is the only pro-development politician in India. All others are pro-Hindu, pro-Muslim, pro-North Indian, pro-South Indian, pro-Dalit, pro-Mahadalit, pro-OBC, pro- EBC, pro-MBC, pro-Upper caste, pro-aam admi, pro- khaas admi etc. He is the only leader who is actually pro-all. The only pragmatic leader with a vision, if he can be compassionate along with his pragmatism, he will prove to be the Lee Kuan Yew of India (Lee was actually dictatorial, but in India, probably being seen as tough but compassionate is necessary). Vijay Kumar

Comment on IFS relevant

The comment that an Indian Forest Sevice officer must be in PMO, to guide properly on FC Act 1980 & development is very relevant. It must be done as early as possible to save our forest, wildlife & environment.
Shree Bhagwan

" Ek miyan mein do talwar nahee reh sakti "

Whispersinthecorridors grapevine (April 21) : There is a proposal to appoint a professional in each union ministry besides the Secretary. The bureaucracy feels threatened by this intrusion into their domain. A jehad by professional.
A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)

Change in IT forms

Reckless introduction of changes in IT forms etc. are major changes and must have been done at least with the tactic understanding of Revenue Secretary. If it is so, does that mean this is an intentional disrepute to the Govt of the day in bad light. It could have been avoided. Minister concerned should take a note of this take and remedial measures so that govt's image is not tarnished.








Compensation for delay in providing information

The Appellant sought information regarding the players above thirty years of age in Indian Camps which was provided to him after three years. The appellant submitted that the Respondents had fixed thirty years as the maximum age limit for appointment as coaches. However, the maximum age limit to join the diploma course in coaching was thirty five years, which implied that a person completing the diploma could be thirty six years old and would have no chance to be appointed as a coach. The Appellant intended to pursue the above matter by seeking the information through his RTI application dated 17.1.2012 but was prevented from doing so because the information was not provided for a long period of over three years. He submitted that he is no longer interested in the information, but wants to be compensated under Section 19 of the RTI Act. The CIC observed that the responsibility cast on the Public Information Officers (PIOs) by Section 7(1) of the RTI Act to give a response to applications in a time bound manner will lose its sanctity if they were to explain away the delay in responding to RTI applications merely by placing the blame on their juniors. Considering the long delay in responding to the RTI application, the CIC directed the Respondents to pay the Appellant a compensation of Rs. 10,000/- under section 19(8)(b) of the RTI Act.


It is apparent that the delay could have been avoided had proper follow up been done. The PIO should keep a record of all the RTI applications received and disposed which should be reviewed at least on a monthly basis.

Citation: Gaurav Sharma v. Sports Authority of India in File No. CIC/LS/A/2012/002497/SH

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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