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March 16 marks the anniversary of the It is fascinating to find that this informative website has sustained unabated for over 14 long years and has consistently provided valuable insights and updates for the civil service community in the country.In fact for me and many others it has become akin to a daily diet and lately twice a day. Congratulations. You must now start a column on AIS rules and citations such as new LTC rules for SAARC nations etc. Issues of common interest like the CGHS must also be flagged regularly. Just like the RTI column, this will be of great service to the serving officers.Your website is not just an information window but truly a public service movement. Best wishes. Keep on marching ahead.
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Information Is Power


Maximum number of Islamic Sects in India
India is the only country having 72 sects of Islam which are not in any other country in the world.

Mandatory requirement of Passport for Seamen
The members of the crew and tindals of sailing vessels will have to procure a valid passport as mandatory requirement before travelling abroad with effect from June 1, 2015. All Indian citizens, who are also members of the crew and tindals of sailing vessels, have been told to obtain passports for their international travel.

Oldest Church in Kerala
One of the oldest Church of the world, according to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh - is in Kerala in India.








Abhay K, India's First Secretary in Indian Embassy Kathmandu, has been appointed new Director of the Nehru Centre in London. He is 2003 batch IFS officer.




Mukul is new Ambassador to Kingdom of the Netherlands

J.S. Mukul, (IFS:1981), presently Ambassador of India to Oman, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.






Indra Mani Pandey appointed Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman

Indra Mani Pandey presently Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Paris , has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman. He is a 1990 IFS officer.






Vikram Doraiswami appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, presently Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Korea. He is a 1992 batch IFS officer.






Cadre of Ms Kritika Batra transferred to AP

The cadre of Ms Kritika Batra has been transferred from Jammu & Kashmir to Andhra Pradesh on the grounds of marriage to Himanshu Shukla, an IAS officer of 2013 batch. She is a 2013 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre.







DD Kisan channel likely to go on air April 14

The much awaited DD channel is likely go on air on April 14. PM Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the proposed channel.






IPS officer to be Home Secretary in West Bengal ?

The Mamata Banerjee government is likely to post an IPS officer as the Home Secretary.






U K Tiwari posted as Director, Defence

U K Tiwari has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Defence in Government of India. He is a CSS cadre officer.






K S Panchpal appointed as Deputy Secretary, Panchayati Raj

K S Panchpal has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Panchayati Raj in Government of India. He is a CSS cadre officer.






As many as six officers belonging to Central Secretariat Service (CSS) have been transferred after promotion to Deputy Secretary grade in Government of India. Accordingly, M Subramanian will remain in MHA while Bhaskar Bandhopadhyay was shifted to Food & PD and P K Srivastava kept in Science & Technology. Besides, A N Narayan and A K Saha have been transferred to DoPT and B Bandhopadhyay was shifted to Health and Family Welfare.






146 officers promoted to Assistant's Grade of CSS in GoI

As many as 146 officers of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) have been promoted to Assistant's Grade of Central Secretariat Service in Government of India.






DG, BPR&D retires on March 31

Rajan Gupta, DG, BPR&D is going to retire on March 31,2015. Gupta is a Punjab cadre 1978 batch IPS officer.






IAS officer to lead team

2011 batch IAS officer of Sikkim cadre Ravindra Kumar will lead a nine-member team, which includes five civil service officers, to summit the world's highest peak Mount Everest.The other officers include Saroj Kumari (2011 batch IPS), S. Prabhakaran, (2011 batch IFS), Vikram Jindal (2012 batch IAS) and Suhail Sharma (2012 batch IPS).






Eight officers of Maharashtra Service get IAS cadre

As many as eight officers of Maharashtra State Civil Service have been awarded Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre. The officers include: S Y Patil, A B Unhale, S S Dumbare, O N Deshumukh, S R Jondhale, D D Pandharpatte, S K Lakhe and S M Lokhande.






Dr Vipul Aggarwal deputed as MD, Gujarat Medical Services Corp Ltd

Dr Vipul Aggarwal has been appointed as Managing Director of Gujarat Medical Services Corporation Limited, Gandhinagar in Gujarat. He is a 2001 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.






RWWCO honouurs 35 Railway women employees

Mrs Rashmi Mital, President, Railway Women's Welfare Central Organisation (RWWCO) felicitated 35 railway women employees for their outstanding performance during 2014-15, at a function held in New Delhi. RWWCO honours the services of selected women employees of Group-C & Group-D for their outstanding services. The purpose was to boost up the morale of those women, who show exemplary dedication, integrity and courage in discharge of their duties and who also work quietly in any other social field viz. Hospital, School, Sports, Blood Donation, Family Welfare Programme, Scouts & Guides etc.







Book on role of District Collectors published

A book 'District Collectors: Recollections and Reflections' co-edited by Ramesh K Arora and C K Sardana has been published. The book is all about a district collector who has been depicted as an entrepreneur with a mission. Perhaps no other position in the Indian Administrative system is as challenging as that of a district collector. In the Foreword, B K Chaturvedi, former Cabinet Secretary says 'I am sure the experiences which have been given in this volume would provide an excellent back ground for those young Collectors who wish to move forward and contribute to the betterment of their area...every piece is 'must read' for all young Collectors.







Fast and Furious wins CRPF Cup Race-2015

Fast and Furious won CRPF Cup Race-2015 Delhi Race Club in which 7 Horses participated. Black Pink secured second position while Gucci Water and Sweet Sofia came third and fourth respectively. Kishore Jha, ADG, CRPF, the Chief Guest, presented CRPF Cup to the trainer of Fast and furious, S Nawab. He also gave away winner's prize to the Jockey K Narendra Kumar.






C S Verma re-elected as Chairman of SCOPE

C S Verma, Chairman, SAIL has been re-elected as SCOPE Chairman for the second consecutive term with an overwhelming response in his favour. SCOPE elected a new Executive Board which will assume office with effect from April 1, 2015. SCOPE, is an Apex Body of the PSEs in the country, representing all the Central Public Enterprises, a few State Government Enterprises and some nationalised banks as its members.





Dr Qureshi told to quit as Governor, Mizoram

Dr. Aziz Qureshi has been told to cease to the office of the Governor of Mizoram.





Keshari Nath Tripathi is also Governor, Mizoram

Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal, has been assigned an additional charge of Governor of Mizoram.






DLF Managing Director Goyal to retire

DLF Managing Director T C Goyal will retire from the company on March 31.






Khetrapal re-appointed MD, Orient Cement Ltd

Orient Cement Limited has re-appointed Desh Deepak Khetrapal as Managing Director of the company






Ram appointed Nominee Director, Suzlon Energy Ltd

Suzlon Energy Limited has appointed Pratima Ram as the Nominee Director of State Bank of India on the Board of Directors of the company






Kamineni appointed Non-Exec. & Independent Director, Hero MotoCorp Ltd

Hero MotoCorp Limited has appointed Ms Shobana Kamineni as Non-Executive and Independent Director of the company w.e.f March 27, 2015






Bhandari appointed Addl. Director, Bal Pharma Ltd

Bal Pharma Limited has appointed Ms Sarika Bhandari as Additional Director of the company.






Agarwal appointed Independent Director, Future Lifestyle Fashions Ltd

Future Lifestyle Fashions Limited has appointed Ms Sharda Agarwal as an Independent Director of the company w.e.f. March 27, 2015







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Nine year itch in IFS
Will 2015 be as bad for MEA as 2006 when Secretary level IFS officers created ruckus all over the world? That year India's Ambassador to New Zealand Harish Dogra (IFS 1972) made serious allegations against the then Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran. Dogra's batchmate, Rakesh Kumar was charged by CBI for human trafficking. Ambassadors in UAE (IFS 1975) was hauled up for misconduct and his counterpart in Kyrgyzstan (IFS 1974) had even more serious charges against him. R.K.T. Arasu, was recalled from Malaysia allegedly on grounds of misusing his position to help illegal migrants land jobs. The Prime Minister of New Zealand described the situation at the time as "most unusual - I can't recall anything like it". In 2015, some Secretary rank officers are indulging in worse activities with impunity abroad. In one European country, the Indian Ambassador is loathed by the foreign office there and the public prosecutor has opened an enquiry against him. In 2006, PM Manmohan Singh was also the Foreign Minister. To his credit he knew what was going on and expressed his anguish from time to time. In 2015, the Foreign Minister, MOS or the Foreign Secretary know nothing what is going on, especially in small countries.
M. P. Liberhan

Why AAI provides vehicles to other departments ?

Why Airport Authority of India provides vehicles to other departments ? Does Chairman of AAI know about it ?

AERA Chairman should control

Chairman of Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) has joined. Now he should control financial, administrative and establishment policy of AERA which Secretary could not control.
Balwinder Singh








Disclosure of action taken on a complaint

The appellant had filed a complaint against a government official and he sought information about the action taken on those complaints. He sought copy of final order issued against the chargesheet and asked whether the administrative warning given to the employee will have any impact on his career. The information was denied under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act citing Hon'ble Supreme Court's decision in Girish Ramchandra Deshpande's matter claiming that in absence of larger public purpose, the same is exempt from disclosure. The appellant argued that being the complainant, he is not a third party and the judgment in Deshpande's matter does not apply to the appeals on hand before the Central Information Commission (CIC). The CIC observed that though the complaint was lodged by appellant, it relates to a third party (viz. the government employee). The CIC ruled that the action taken on a complaint by the department is information of personal nature relating to the employee and as no larger public purpose has been demonstrated by the appellant, the same is exempt from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act.


Different benches of the CIC have taken contradictory stand in the past whether information related to action taken on a complaint should be provided to a complainant. Some benches have directed to provide the broad outcome of the outcome of the complaint. Hopefully, a uniform approach would now taken by all the benches.

Citation: K. S. Jain v. BSNL in File No. CIC/BS/A/2014/000818+001164/6667

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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