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We all have our dark spots, and some of ours are pretty bad; or else we might not have fallen quite so low as we have done.




Working style of CPM

CPM lead UDF has a unique way of working style. They heavily depend on its field workers reports and get it clear from Thana & Tehsil level. Maximum it goes up to DC and SP level. Senior officers in UDF regime are there to sign and clear files.

Ram Jethmalani to go to Rajya Sabha

Eminent Lawyer of Supreme Court, Ram Jethmalani is going to the Rajya Sabha from the Rasthriya Janta Dal (RJD) quota.
(We said this on May 20 )




Who will be next President and Vice President?







Posting of 1982 batch IAS officers to complete in June

Posting of 1982 batch IAS officers to the rank of Secretary in the Government of India will complete only in June end or even in July. Half a dozen officers including one belonging to 1981 batch are yet to get posting.





Review of 1982 batch likely

Review of 1982 batch IAS officers for empanelment to the rank of Secretary in the GoI is expected to take place shortly. A couple of IAS officers including Punjab Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal are likely to be empanelled.







ED Karnal Singh to continue !

Appointment of Gujarat Cadre 1985 batch IAS officer G C Murmu as Additional Secretary Financial Services has cleared the way for the continuance of Karnal Singh as Enforcement Director. 1984 batch IPS officer of UT cadre Karnal Singh is doing good job as ED.







Suresh Yadav to move to Washington next month ?

OSD to the President Pranab Mukherjee, Suresh Yadav is moving to Washington next month as ED to Advisor World Bank. He is 1994 batch IRS (IT) officer.






Will Watal join Niti Ayog ?

Will outgoing Secretary Finance R P Watal join as Advisor in Niti Ayog ? Infact, the CEO of the Niti Ayog, Amitabh Kant is two years junior to him in service. While Watal is 1978 batch IAS officer Kant belongs to 980 batch.






J S Mathur is Secretary of three departments

Secretary of Rural Development and Panchayts, Jitendra Shankr Mathur has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Land Resources till June 20, 2016. He is a 1982 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.






Jiji Thomson to resign ?

Former Kerala Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson is expected to resign from the post of Advisor. 1980 batch IAS officer Thomson was appointed Advisor with Cabinet rank by the UDF Government.






32 IAS officers retiring in May

As many as 32 IAS officers belonging to various cadres and batches are retiring in May, 2016. They are: J Lyngdoh and Dr Anupam Kumar Roy of Assam-Meghalaya cadre; Afzal Amanullah and Krishna Mohan of Bihar; Ram Singh Thakur of Chhattisgarh; Ashim Khurana of Gujarat; Roshan Lal and Mohan Lal Kaushik of Haryana; Parthasarathi Mitra and Jeet Ram Katwal of Himachal Pradesh; Sudhir Prasad, Bina Srivastava, Fidelis Topp and Sulse Bhakhala of Jharkhand; V Umesh, Meer Anees Ahmed and Dr Ramegowda of Karnataka; V Somasundaran, Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, Dr Alok Sheel, Dr Thomas Mathew and M Nandakumar of Kerala cadre; P T Nalawade, S M Sarkunde and D S Dhok Rajurkar of Maharashtra; Dr V K Subburaj, Braj Kishore Prasad, C Rajendran and Sitherasenan of Tamil Nadu; Dr Rajiv Sharma of Telangana; Rakesh Bahadur of UP and Malabika Jha of West Bengal cadre.






Burman to be OSD to Sonowal ?

Rajnish Dev Burman is likely to be appointed OSD to new Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal. He is 1999 batch IRS (IT) officer.






Rakesh Mohan likely to return to parent cadre

Rakesh Mohan, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Minority Affairs, is expected to return to his parent cadre. He is a 1987 batch officer of Indian Audit & Accounts Service.






Madnesh Kumar Mishra relieved to join as Joint Secretary, Financial Services

Madnesh Kumar Mishra has been relieved to join as Joint Secretary in the Department of Financial Services in Government of India. He is an IRS-IT officer.






Ten names cleared for Delhi High Court ?

Ten names are believed to have been recommended for Judge in the Delhi High Court. They are A K Behera, Vinay Garg, C Harishankar, Pratibha Singh, Rekha Palli, Arjun Pantta, Rajiv Mehera, Jayant Tripathi, Rahim Rauf and Naveen Chawla.





B B Singh to join as CMD, MSTC on June 1

B B Singh, Director (Commercial), MSTC, will be taking over the charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MSTC Limited on June 1, 2016.
(We said this on Nov 13, 2015)






Hota likely to succeed Dwarkanath as CMD, BEML on July 1

D K Hota, Director (Human Resources), BEML, is expected to take over the charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, BEML Limited on July 1, 2016. He will succeed present incumbent P Dwarkanath retiring in June.






Post of CMD, NMDC advertised

No sooner was the panel of Gopal Singh scrapped than the Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) advertised the vacancy for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, National Mineral Development Corporation Limited (NMDC) lying vacant since February 22, 2016. Those willing to apply for this post can send their applications beforeJuly 7, 2016.






Gurpreet Walia appointed as Deputy Accountant General in PAG office, Jaipur

Gurpreet Walia (IA&AS-2009), Deputy Accountant General (Admn.) in the office of Principal Accountant General (Audit)-I, Maharashtra, Mumbai, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Accountant General (G&SS-IV) in the office of Principal Accountant General (G&SSA), Rajasthan, Jaipur.






Vacancy of DDG, RO Mumbai, UIDAI arising in June

A vacancy of DDG, RO Mumbai UIDAI, D/o Electronics & Information Technology is arising in June.





Vacancy of Dy Election Commissioner arising in June

A vacancy of Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India is arising in June.






Rohit Mahajan empanelled as DIG in GoI

Rohit Mahajan has been empanelled for holding Deputy Inspector General (DIG) level posts in Government of India. He is a 2000 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.





Nalini Netto to be ACS to Kerala CM !

Ms Nalini Netto is being appointed ACS to Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan. She is 1981 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.






Brar moves to Daman Diu & Dadra Nagar Haveli

2012 AGMUT-cadre IPS officer, Navdeep Singh Brar has been moved from Chandigarh , to Daman Diu & Dadra Nagar Haveli.






First woman to head Power Company

An Engineer Arundhati Devi has taken over as GM of the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) .




Ms Smita Pandey put on compulsory waiting (UPDATED)

An officer belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Ms Smita Pandey has been put on waiting in West Bengal.




Services of IPS officers affected in West Bengal (UPDATED)

Services of some IPS officers have been affected in West Bengal. Accordingly, Santosh Pandey, Dhrubajyoti De, Sumanjit Ray Rashid Munir Khan have been put on compulsory waiting while Prasun Banerjee has been reinstated as SP, Malda); Arnab Ghosh as SP South Dinajpur; Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri as SP North 24-Parganas and PB Salim was brought back as DM of South 24-Parganas.





Former IPS officer is no more (UPDATED)

Former 1961 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre S N Chaturvedi has passed away in Bhopal on Thursday.






Seven selected for DMD SBI ! (UPDATED)

Interview for about half a dozen posts of DMD State Bank of India toki place on May 25.Out of 14 ,seven officials are reported to have been selected for Deputy Managing Director (DMD) in State Bank of India (SBI).The officers are Mssrs Venkat Nageswar, Mrs Anurada Rao, Pallav Mohapatra, , Badal Chandra Das, Neeraj Vyas, Prashant Kumar, Mrs Padmaja Chunduru.





Six IRTS officers transferred (UPDATED)

As many as six IRTS officers have been transferred and posted to different places. Accordingly, Anil Kumar has been transferred from NFR to North Western Railway and posted in the cadre while Anurag Pateria was moved from ECOR to West Central Railway and Om Prakash is being shifted from Railway Board to Northern Railway. Besides, Sanjay Bajpai has been appointed as ED Traffic (Co-ordination), Railway Board; G V L Satyakumar from SR to Executive Director, Perspective Planning, Railway Board and Manoj Kumar Srivastava was posted as EDTT/F Railway Board.






ONGC ends FY'16 with continued growth in oil production (UPDATED)

ONGC crude oil production recorded a rise for the second consecutive year. Offshore oil production has gone up by 2.1% rising from 16.19 MMT (FY'15) to 16.54 MMT (FY'16) while ONGC Crude Oil production from nominated fields has gone up by 0.5%; from 22.26 MMT (FY'15) to 22.36 MMT (FY'16) and ONGC's total Crude Oil production including its share in PSC Joint Ventures (JVs) during FY'16 has been 25.93 MMT against 25.94 MMT during FY'15. Besides, ONGC has notified 17 hydrocarbon discoveries this year (8 new Prospects & 9 New Pools; 7 in NELP & 10 in nominated areas; Oil & Gas:7 and Gas & Condensate: 10; Onshore: 7 and Offshore: 10). The estimated accretion to In-place Hydrocarbons from ONGC operated areas in India during 2015-16 was 150.30 MMTOE, while accretion to Ultimate 2P Reserves was 65.58 MMToe. Reserve Replacement Ratio (RRR), the ratio of reserve accretion to total oil and gas production in one year, stands at 1.51. ONGC, thus, maintains RRR at more than one for last 10 years (2P). Considering the global trends, this is a significant achievement. Gross Revenue INR 78,569 Crore (against INR 83,094 Crore in FY'15). Net Profit INR 16,004 Crore (against INR 17,733 Crore in FY'15). Board recommended final dividend of 65% in addition to interim dividend of 105% paid earlier, making the total dividend for FY'16 at 170% (against 190%in FY'15).





NBCC is now NBCC (India) Limited s
The Navratna CPSE, National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) will henceforth be called NBCC (INDIA) LIMITED. The changed name takes effect from May 23, 2016. Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India, vide Rule 29 of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules 2014 has, on May 23, 2016, issued Certificate of Incorporation pursuant to the change of name. Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD of NBCC (INDIA) LIMITED said, "The change of name is an important milestone for the company." He further added, "The name change is part of re-branding initiative to better align the Company's name with its future strategy of business expansion. We have grown into a global company and there has been remarkable surge in activities and initiatives of the company, particularly in last few years. Listing of the Company, Navratna status, PWO status have all earned rich dividends to NBCC and it is now time to embark upon an exciting new journey." The changes are effective immediately and all future business activity will be undertaken with the new name.







Choraria resigns as CS of Khaitan Electricals Ltd

Amit Choraria has resigned as Company Secretary of Khaitan Electricals Ltd






Agarwal re-appointed MD & CEO of Genus Power Infrastructures Ltd

Genus Power Infrastructures Limited has re-appointed Rajendra Kumar Agarwal as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company w.e.f. May 29, 2016.






Ms Agarwal appointed CS of Hindustan Motors Ltd

Hindustan Motors Limited has appointed Ms Sanu Agarwal as Company Secretary of the company.




Ms Shekhawat appointed CS of Godrej Industries Ltd

Godrej Industries Limited has appointed Ms Nilufer Shekhawat as Company Secretary of the company.





Gupta re-appointed MD of India Steel Works Ltd

India Steel Works Ltd has re-appointed Sudhir H Gupta as Managing Director of the company w.e.f.September 1, 2016.






Iyer appointed Independent Director of TIPS Industries Ltd

TIPS Industries Limited has appointed Venkitaraman Subramanian Iyer as Non-Executive, Independent Director of the company.




Dholakia resigns as Director of Adani Enterprises Limited s

Dr Ravindra H Dholakia has resigned as Director of Adani Enterprises Limited.





Achuthan appointed CS of Sicagen India Ltd

Sicagen India Limited has appointed R Achuthan as Company Secretary of the company.





Chandrasekaran quits as Chief Product Officer of Snapdeal s

Anand Chandrasekaran has resigned as Chief Product Officer of Snapdeal.







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Rajiv Yadav was successful in Assam games

Refer news item in ', a few days back regarding probability of posting of a Secretary from Government of India as Chief Secretary, Assam. Out of 6 Secretaries listed in your news item, Rajiv Yadav, Secretary (Sports) has been associated with the successful organization of South Asian Games in Guwahati (Assam) during February, 2016, which was a challenging task considering the availability of lead period of only 100 days. The successful conclusion of South Asian Games, 2016 established India's credibility in the international sports arena. Our Prime Minister had also spoken about the successful conduct of the Games in Guwahati.


Amma does it again !

Against all odds and formidable opposition, Jayalalitha showed the voters in India that shrewd strategy and concern for poor alone can win votes and not rhetoric. The people of Tamil Nadu voted for her populist measures in ameliorating the sufferings of poor and did not care for projections and biased reporting from north Indian channels like NDTV and others including whispers. The way in which the entire vote taking ceremony was conducted in less than 30 minutes for 28 ministers speaks volume of her administrative capacity and is a clear indication that Amma will be a force to reckon with in 2019 general elections. Another lady to watch is Didi Mamta Banerjee.


Civil servants have no caste !

Earlier young civil servants used to say that civil servants have no caste !

Ashok Chadha

Judicial backlog of pending cases

Views expressed by A K Saxena deserve commendation. Even if action on few suggestions is taken, pendency of court cases can be resolved to a great extent.

R K Bansal

Best of luck !

Brilliant officer chosen by GoI for the right job. Wish him best of luck.

Ram Avtar Bansal







Claim for maintenance

Appellant, a deserted wife, claimed inadequacy of maintenance from her husband. She sought the latest salary slip of Shri Naresh Kumar Chopra, his residential address, copy of service book, latest GPF statement, details of assets owned by him. She also sought name of nominee appointed by her husband in GPF & Family Pension, group insurance schemes, CGHS, death & retirement gratuity etc. The PIO denied information under section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act as it was personal information.
The CIC observed that certain documents like annual returns of assets, investments, IT returns etc were earlier declared as private/ personal or third party information, as far as spouses are concerned they are not private or personal or third party information between them, in the context of marital disputes especially for maintenance purposes. The CIC ruled that the appellant is entitled to have access to the salary related information but has no right to her husband’s private information like deductions from salary


Right to Information Act entitles an appellant to get even the personal information if there is overwhelming public interest. In case the husband does not maintain his wife, a question arises whether denial of such information challenges her right to live. If so, the information related to maintenance becomes life related information.

Citation: Sunita Chopra v. Dte of Education (North), GNCTD in Case No. CIC/SA/A/2015/001934

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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