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Constitutionally and legally, the Presidents of republics have far more power than the crowned heads of parliamentary countries.





Will Akhilesh Yadav recommend dissolution of UP Vidhan Sabha ?

Is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav going to dissolve Vidhan Sabha next month ? One can only wait and watch.



Relevance of Advani, Joshi and their likes ?

What is the importance of LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and their likes in today's BJP. Even the party insiders now accept that they are left with no relevance.



Modi regime, a boon for CSS

Narendra Modi government can be said to be a boon for the Central Secretariat Service (CSS). It has become more powerful under the present regime.




What people say !

Corruption can not be eliminated in the present political system.


Topic for debate

Who is most well dressed politician in India as on date ?

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Will Arundhati Bhattacharya be MD World Bank ?

Latest buzz in the North Block says State Bank of India Chairperson Ms Arundhati Bhattacharya may be given three or six months extension prior to her taking over as MD of the World Bank.





Over 300 appointments and transfers in High Courts this year only

According to top sources most of the 311 appointments and transfers in various high courts would be cleared in phases in a couple of months.





Major joining on Board level in PSUs in October

More than half a dozen persons will be joining at Chairman-cum-Managing Director/Managing Director/Director level on the various Boards of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) Units on October 1, 2016.







Mukta Tomar to be High Commissioner to Canada ?

Mukta D. Tomar , presently posted as Additional Secretary(Admn) in the MEA is likely to be appointed asIndia's High Commissioner to Canada in place of Vishnu Prakash IFS, who is scheduled to supperannuate.Mukta is 1984 batch IFS officer.






Yash Sinha to succeed Sarna in London

Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Yash Sinha is moving to London as Indian High Commissioner in UK.
(We said this on August 27)






T S Sandhu appointed as High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Taranjit Singh Sandhu has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka. He is a 1988 batch IFS officer.
(We said this on August 30, 2016)






Rly to give 78 days bonus

Railwaymen are to get production linked 78 days bonus this year. They will get before Dushehra festival.






Dr Subhash Chandra Khuntia appointed as Chief Secretary, Karnataka

Upon repatriation from Central Deputation, Dr Subhash Chandra Khuntia has been appointed as Chief Secretry of Karnataka with effect from October 1, 2016. Khuntia, who belongs to a 1981 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, will succeed present incumbent Arvind Jadhav retiring in September.
(We said this on September 19)






No candidate out of 11 found suitable for Director (Fin), EIL

Despite having interviewed around 11 candidates, the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) did not find a suitable candidate for Director (Finance), Engineers India Limited (EIL).






Tenure of Rajendra Kumar as DGP, J&K extended

The tenure of K Rajendra Kumar as Director General of Police (DGP), Jammu & Kashmir, has been extended for a period of three months with effect from September 30, 2016. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of J&K cadre.






Why no one turns up for profit making PSU's CMD post?

It is very surprising indeed at the selection meeting when no candidate turned up for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL), a profit making PSU, with the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) deciding to re-advertise the post again. The PESB had held interviews on June 14, 2016. The tenure of present incumbent P Sudhakar is coming to an end on October 31, 2016.






Three posts CIL board arising in 2017

The Ministry of Coal has to fill three posts on the Board of Coal India Limited (CIL) including Chairman-cum-Managing Director before falling vacant in 2017. However, N Kumar, Director Technical, who ends his tenure in January, is expected to get extension till his retirement. CMD, S Bhattacharya (IAS) is set to retire in August while R M Das, Director, (Pers & IR) is ending his tenure in May.





Productivity Linked Bonus to Railway employees approved

The Government of India has given its approval to pay Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days wages to eligible non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) for the financial year 2015-16. The approval entails a financial implication of approximately Rs.2090.96 crore.






GST rules are ready

GST rules are almost ready and likely to be placed before the GST Council on September 30. GST is scheduled to be implemented from April next year.





Four IRS (C&E) officers promoted as CC

Four IRS - C&E officers have been promoted in the grade of Chief Commissioner /DG of Central Excise and Custom. They are Messrs Ameeta Suri, CC, Delhi ST Zone, S C Varsity, zCC, Mumbai Zone-1,R K Sharma - 1,CC, Kolkata CX Zone and Arvind Singh, CC, Varodara CX Zone.






Only one IAS officer applies for Member, Prasar Bharti

Narendra Kumar is the only IAS officer who has applied for the post of Member, Personal , Prasar Bharti Board. Presently he is MD, SC/ST/OBC, Minorities, Handicapped Development Corporation, Delhi. He is an AGMUT cadre 1988 batch IAS officer. Is this an indication that post of member in PB is not a glamorous post for IAS officers ?






Two IFS & 2 IPoS officer are also in the list of applicants Member PB

Two Indian Forest Service officers also figure in the list of applicants for Member, Prasar Bharti Board. They are - Anil .Kumar. Upadhyay, 1985 batch , MP cadre and Munish Kumar Garg, Director, Ministry of UD, Delhi. Two IPoS officwes Aashutosh Tripathi, 1981 batch and Member, Pers, Postal Service Board band Dr. Sarita Singh, 1985 batch , CPMG, M/O Posts and Communications have also applied.






Khatri likely to succeed Bhal as Director (SP), HSL in January

The tenure of Ashok Bhal as Director (Strategic Project), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is coming to an end onDecember 31, 2016. CMDE Hemant Khatri, who is presently in the Ministry of Defence, is expected to succeed him in January.






Panel of Rahul Bali for CMD, AYCL scrapped?

The panel of Rahul Bali, Director (Technical), SIL, made for the appointment as Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD), Andrew Yule & Co. Limited (AYCL) is reported to have been scrapped by the Government of India.





Mishra likely to join as Director (Tech), CCL on Oct 1

A K Mishra, GM, ECL, CIL, is expected to take over the charge as Director (Technical), Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) onOctober 1, 2016.





S B Bhide yet to join as fulltime CMD, HOCL

S B Bhide, Director (Technical), HOCL, who is also holding an additional charge of CMD, is yet to take over as fulltime CMD of the same.






6 IPS & 3 DANIPS officers shifted in Delhi Police

LG has transferred 9 police officers of Delhi Police. Among them 6 are IPS officers. B.K,Mishra,2003, Addl CP ( Security), Michi Paku, 2005,Vice Principal , PTC,Hibu Tamang, 2005, DCP ( Security),Vikramjit Singh, 2006,DCP 1st bn, DAP, Rajveer Singh,2005, DCP 4th bn , DAP,R P Meena, 2010Addl.CP , New Delhi,DKS Singh, DANIPS, Addl CP SW Delhi,Rajesh Deo, DANIPS,DCP, Crime,and Manishi Chandra, DANIPSAddl CP South Delhi.






16 IRS-C& E officers transferred

16 IRS ( C & E ) officers of Commissioner level have been transferred and posted to new places. B. Hareram, Vizag-1,M.Mathew Jolly,ADG,RTI, NACEN,Cochin,Rajeev Gupta, CC(AR), Kolkata,Gopi Nath,ADG, ( Audit), Ahmedabad, V.K.Saxena,Appeals-ii) , Bhopal,G.Sree Harsha,DGPM, Chennai, Harmeet Singh Narang,Appeals, Ahmedabad,K.C.Gupta, Mumbai-ii CX,J P Singh,CC(AR),CESTAT, Delhi, Pramod Kumar, Delhi ST-i, Yogendra Garg, COE, NACEN, Delhi,M.Sri Hari Rao,Appeals-ii, Chennai,G.Narayanswamy, Bangalore,ST-i,Shashank Priya,OSD in GST Council Secretariate, Delhi, M K Sinha,OSD in GST Council, Delhi,M.K.Rustogi,ADG,CEIB, Delhi.






JCA. Meeting likely on September 29

Much awaited JCA Meeting is scheduled for September 29. This time it will be held in Delhi. Earlier it was scheduled for September 9 at Puducherry.






Agni Mitra appointed as Regional Dy Director, WCCB, Kolkata

Agni Mitra has been appointed as Regional Deputy Director, Eastern Region, WCCB, Kolkata. He is a 2009 batch IFS officer of AGMUT cadre.






9 IPS officers of 2014 batch get postings in Delhi Govt

As many as nine IPS officers of 2014 batch belonging to AGMUT cadre have been given posting in Delhi Government. They include: Amit Goel, Sachin Sharma, Rajeev Kumar, Rahool Alwal, Kushal Pal singh, Vikram Singh, Utkrisht Prasoon, Raja Banthia and Dr Hemant Tiwari.





Post of Rahul Kashyap as OSD to Labour Minister upgraded to Director level

The post of Rahul Kashyap as OSD to Labour and Employment Minister has been upgraded to the Director level. He is a CSS officer.






Sinha is superannuating on Sept 30.

M K Sinha, Secretary, Security,( Cabinet Secretariate) is superannuating on September 30. He is a 1981 batch UP cadre IPS officer.






12 officials of nationalised Insurance Companies promoted as GM

As many as 12 officials of GIPSA member companies (nationalized Insurance Companies) and GIC have been promoted as General Managers. They include two each of General Insurance Corporation (GIC), Oriental Insurance Co. (OIC), National Insurance Company (NIC) and United India Insurance (UII) Co. and four of New India Assurance (NIA) Co.






Ramandeep Chowdhary relieved to join as PS to Ramesh Jigajinagi (UPDATED

The Government of Karnataka has relieved Ramandeep Chowdhary of cadre responsibility enabling him to join as Private Secretary to Ramesh C Jigajinagi, Minister of State for Drinking Water & Sanitation in Government of India. He is a 2008 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.





R G Kalaghatgi is also PCCF in AP (UPDATED

R G Kalaghatgi, PCCF, Administration, has been assigned an additional charge of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest in Andhra Pradesh after the retirement of present incumbent S B L Misra. Kalaghatigi is a 1981 batch IFS officer of AP cadre.





Ajit Kumar Bhowmik looks after as Director, National Zoological Park (UPDATED

Ajit Kumar Bhowmik, Joint Director, NZP, New Delhi, has been assigned an additional charge of Director, National Zoological Park. He is a 1986 batch IFS officer of MP cadre.





CBI arrests Senior Judge of Tis Hazari Court (UPDATED)

The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Senior Civil Judge (West), Tis Hazari Courts, her husband and an Advocate acting as Local Commissioner in a bribery case.







Sikha Paul posted as Under Secretary in Defence (UPDATED)

Mrs Sikha Paul has been posted as Under Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.






Siddharth posted to Northern Railway (UPDATED)

Siddharth presently in North Western Railway has been transferred to Northern Railway. He is an IRAS officer.






A K Sinha deputed as Director, Cabinet Secretariat (UPDATED)

Amitesh Kumar Sinha, DF/CCA, Railway Board, has been deputed as Director, Cabinet Secretariat, Delhi for a period of five years. He is an IRAS officer.






Rajinikaanthan appointed Director, Secondary Education in Haryana (UPDATED)

C G Rajinikaanthan has been transferred and posted as Director, Secondary Education and Special Secretary, School Education Department, State Project Director, Haryana School Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad and Project Director, Rashtriya Madhyamic Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). He is a 2004 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.






B K Prasad appointed Member-Secretary, NCDNT (UPDATED)

B K Prasad has been appointed as Member-Secretary, National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes (NCDNT). He is a 1983 batch retired IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.






AAI Tirupati Airport awarded as 'Best Tourist Friendly Airport' (UPDATED)

Airports Authority of India's Tirupati Airport has been awarded as 'Best Tourist Friendly Airport' under the category for "State Annual Excellence Awards (2015-16)" by Andhra Pradesh Tourism. The award was presented on the eve of World Tourism Day by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandra Babu Naidu at a grand event on September 27, 2016 at Bhawani Islands, Vijayawada. The State Annual Tourism Excellence Awards under various segments of Travel and Tourism Industry are awarded by Department of Tourism, Government of Andhra Pradesh for maintaining excellent Customer friendly relations with tourists/passengers, coinciding with World Tourism Day Celebrations.






ASuhail Ali is also Member Revenue Board, Gwalior in MP (UPDATED)

S Suhail Ali, Commissioner, Land Records and Bandobast, Gwalior, has been assigned an additional charge of Member Revenue Board, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. He is a 1999 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.




Sharma appointed Chairman of LIC Housing Finance Ltd
LIC Housing Finance Limited has appointed V K Sharma as Chairman of the company.






Dikshit to be Business Head of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited has appointed Ashish Dikshit who is Business Head of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle as the Business Head of the company w.e.f. November 1, 2016.





Kumar to be CEO of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle

Vishak Kumar has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle, a division of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited w.e.f. November 1, 2016.






Ms Sangwan ceases to be Director of Voltas Limited

Ms Usha Sangwan has ceased to be Director of Voltas Limited.






Choudhary designated as Whole-time Director of Indiabulls Ventures Ltd

Amiteshwar Choudhary has been designated as Whole-time Director of Indiabulls Ventures Limited.




Chopra appointed Non-Exec. Independent Director of Religare Enterprises Ltd

Tejpreet S Chopra has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Religare Enterprises Limited.




Ms Kapur appointed Director of Selan Exploration Technology Ltd

Selan Exploration Technology Ltd has appointed Ms Rohini Kapur as a Director of the company.




Ms Gharana resigns as CS of Oracle Credit Ltd

Ms Sandhya Gharana has resigned as Company Secretary of Oracle Credit Ltd.




Bahety resigns as Director of Crescent Leasing Ltd

Binay Bahety has resigned as Director of Crescent Leasing Ltd.







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Who else ? only Narendra Modi.

S K Jain

Ordinary mortals undergo treatment in local hospitals only

Kejriwal though is being targeted as a politician. But, there are a number of cases where Civil Servants espl IAS officers in case of their families have gone abroad for specialized treatments, say cancer etc, at the expense of CGHS. In their cases, special dispensation is considered overnight by convening meetings at short notice whereas for ordinary CGHS beneficiaries there is no way out. Ordinary mortals have to undergo treatment in local hospitals only.

Ravi Pratap

Benefits of 7thCPC, a farce for Kendriya Vidyalayas

Teachers and employees of Kendriya Vidyalayas yet to get the benefits of 7thCPC. KVS is still sleeping and no action has been taken by them

Pradeep Singh







Multiple RTI Applications seeking huge information

The applicant sought huge information pertaining to Income Tax offices. He also wanted to know the basis of conducting survey and search and the specific steps taken to stop tax evasion during the financial year 2013-14 etc. The PIO submitted that the appellant has filed as many as 30 appeals before the Central Information Commission seeking all and sundry information and despite heavy pressure they have made strenuous efforts to provide the information. He further stated that much of the information sought by the appellant is in the public domain and can be accessed by visiting the department's website www.incometaxindia.in. The appellant stated that he had lodged a TEP against a medical store in early 2015 and wants to know what action has been taken by the department. He further stated that he wants a copy of the scheme for payment of award to informants. He also requested for a note explaining the method adopted by the Income Tax Department for assessment and scrutiny. The PIO stated that he will supply the information as requested above by the appellant. The CIC observed that once a certain information is placed in the public domain accessible to the citizens either freely, or on payment of a predetermined price, that information cannot be said to be 'held' or 'under the control of' the public authority and, thus would cease to be an information accessible under the RTI Act. The Commission hoped the appellant will take a careful note of the above judicial observations and refrain from filing frivolous RTI applications in future.


Whenever one is seeking information under the RTI Act, the RTI Application should be focused and specific. Asking for voluminous information through multiple applications may lead to a charge of abuse of the process of law.

Citation: Mr. Pawan Kumar v. Income Tax Department in File No.CIC/CC/A/2014/001693+001794+002534+002537+002579+002580+002581+002586 002304+002598+002601+002603+002604+002605+002606+002607+002608+002609+ 002610+002611+002305+002306+002594+002597+002593+002596+002599+002600+003009+003010/BS/10334

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in), RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles can be read at http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/

(dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in), 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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