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POLITICAL COFFEE HOUSE
Raj Nath Singhji "Could
I have a cup of tea ?_".
do you prefer, Modi brand or Amit Shah brand ? "
"Oh, then give Mohan Bhagwat brand coffee".
Who can revive Congress ?
can revive Congress ? Few top politicians of the Congress
party who were trying to find out that who can revive the
party could not find even five such names and reached to
the conclusion that none other than anyone belonging to
Nehru-Gandhi family will be able to do so.
corridors of power the buzz is that two mistakes
paved the way for the removal of former Foreign
Secretary Sujata Singh. One is related to the
cancellation of Indo-Pak secretary level talks
and the other one is related to PM Modi's USA
visit in September last year. The government was
not happy with the handling of these sensitive
issues by the MEA.
Hanumanthu Purushotham has assumed the charge
as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)
of National Research Development Corporation
(NRDC). The post has arisen vacant after
incumbent Dr Rajendra Dobhal joined back
as DG, Science Technology of Government
Uttarakhand as he opted to join his own
(We said this on Sept 26, 2014)
Secretary Social Justice Sudhir Bhargava get post
retirement job in GoI? Infact, Sudhir Bhargava
was the one who had supported the Gujarat case
of height of Narmada dam in the UPA Government
when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
One can only wait and watch.
orders of T S Raju, Director (D&D),
HAL, for the appointment as Chairman, Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are yet to be
issued by the Government of India as vacancy
is arising on February 1, 2015.
As many as 10 IAS officers have been transferred
and posted at different places in Telangana.
Accordingly, T Vijay Kumar has been appointed
as Joint Secretary, Education Department
while Mrs G D Aruna was made Secretary,
GAD and Mrs Anita Rajendra is Director,
Marketing. Similarly, C Sudharshan Reddy
has been poted as Joint Secretary, Panchayat
Raj and Rural Development;Md Abdul Azeem
as Director Youth services; K Manicka Raj
as Director, Relief & Rehabilitation
and Land Acquisition in Irrigation &
Command Area Development; Dr M V Reddy as
Director, Scheduled Castes; Mrs Bharathi
Lakpathi Naik as Deputy Secretr, Medical
& Health; P Venkata Rami Reddy as Joint
Collector, Mahabubnagar and Mrs B Vijendra
was made Director, Women & Child Welfare.
file of Manoj Mishra, Director (Finance),
STC, for the appointment as Chairman and
Managing Director, National Fertilizers
Limited (NFL) is lying stuck to the Central
Vigilance Commission (CVC) for its vigilance
The Government of India has approved providing
financial support to the Jute Corporation
of India (JCI) as subsidy on a continuous
basis to off-set the losses on account of
Minimum Support Price (MSP) operations by
The Department of Personnel and Training
(DoPT) has invited applications for the post
of Chief Accounts Officer (CAO), Delhi Development
Authority (DDA) under the Ministry of Urban
Development. Those willing to apply can send
their applications to the DoPT before February
The Department of Personnel and Training
(DoPT) has invited nominations for the posts
of Chief Vigilance Officers in Central Public
Sector Enterprises (CPSEs). The nominations
should reach the DoPT before April 30, 2015.
As many as 10 officers of Indian Police
Service (IPS) have been transferred and posted
at different places in Bihar. Accordingly,
Vinod Kumar has been posted as DIG, Administration
while Umashankar Sudhanshu was made DIG, Darbhanga
and P K Shrivastava is DIG, Saran range. Similarly,
Kunwar Singh has been posted as DIG, Special
Branch, Patna; Shalin as DIG, Anti-Terrorism
Force with additional charge of Special Work
Officer, Bihar Police Housing; Asgar Imam
as DIG, Human Rights Commission & Legal
Affairs; Ajit Kumar Roy as DIG, Vigilance
Investigation Bureau; Md Rehman as DIG, Shahabad
range, Rohtas; Mithu Prasad as DIG, CID and
Rajesh Kumar was made as SP, Madhubani.
Government of Bihar has relieved Kundan Kumar
to join as a Private Secretary to Rajeev Pratap
Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development
& Entrepreneur. He is a 2004 batch IAS
officer of Bihar cadre.
Three Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
officers transferred and posted at different
places in Bihar. Accordingly, S M Raju has
been assigned additional charge as Commissioner,
MGNREGA while Pradeep Kumar is given additional
charge as Director, Panchayati Raj and Deepak
Anand is made District Magistrate, Saran Chapra
Some officers belonging to Indian Police
Service (IPS) have been transferred and posted
at different places in West Bengal. Accordingly,
Jag Mohan has been posted as Additional Commissioner
of Police, Kolkata while Manoj Kumar Verma
was made Commissioner of Police in Siligur
and Jayanta Kumar Basu is Additional CP II.
Similarly, Rabindra Nath has been posted as
DIG Training; Alok Rajoria as Commandant of
9th Battalion; Rupesh Kumar as SP Purulia
district; Mukesh as Birbhum SP; Sudheer Kumar
Neelkanta as Bankura SP; Anoop Jaiswal as
Commandant, Border Wing Home Guard; Akash
Magharia was posted as Alipurduar SP.
revamped 15 month program of Post Graduate
Diploma in Management (PGDM )has been launched
in International Management Institute New
Delhi. The course has been designed for professional
development of middle level Executives of
Indian companies.The 15 month AICTE approved
course includes ten and half months residential
program in campus of IMI New Delhi,5 weeks
at Paris Berlin and Turino campuses of ESCP
(top business School of Europe) followed by
three months project work back at work place
of the Executive .The unique program will
have participation from candidates sponsored
by public and private sector companies , self
sponsored experienced Executives ,and overseas
Executives . Inspired by Padma Shri Prof Bakul
Dholakia Director General of IMI New Delhi
(former Director IIM Ahmedabad) ,this program
is chaired by Prof Arun K Rath ,Chairman Centre
for Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility
IMI New Delhi (former Secretary Ministry of
HRD Govt of India). This global program promises
to meet the future needs of executive management
education in India.
R S Sinha has been appointed as common Chief
Vigilance Officer (CVO), Instrumentation Limited,
Kota (ILK), Rajasthan Electronics & Instrumentation
Limited (REIL), Hindustan Salts Limited (HSL)
& Sambhar Salts Limited (SSL), Jaipur
under the Heavy Industries.
Government of Bihar has relieved Sudhanshu
Kumar of cadre responsibility enabling him
to join as Private Secretary to Giriraj Singh,
Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
at Director level. He is a 1996 batch IPS
officer of Bihar cadre.
VK Saraswat has taken over the charge as Member
NITI Aayog. He is former Secretary of Defence
(Research & Development- R&D) and
Director General of Defence Research &
Development Organisation (DRDO).
Four Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
officer of Telangana have been transferred
and posted at different places. Accordingly,
L Sharman has been appointed as Joint Secretary,
MA & UD Department while G S Panda Das
is made Deputy Secretary, Energy Department
and M Champalal is posted as Deputy Secretary,
I & CAD Department. Similarly, D Venkateshwar
Rao has been posted as Deputy Secretary, Agriculture
& Co-operation Department in Telangana.
Three officers of Indian Administrative
Service (IAS) belonging to 1999 batch have
been promoted to the Super Time Scale (Secretary
level) in the Jammu & Kashmir. The officers
are: Mrs Sarita Chauhan, Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari
and Mrs Shagufta Parveen.
As many as 14 officers belonging to State
Civil Service of joint AGMUT segment have
been awarded Indian Administrative Service
(IAS) cadre. The officers are: V K Beniwal,
M K Garg, S N Mishra, Devinder Singh, Dr S
Sunderavadivelu, Lakhpat Rai Garg, S K Bhandari,
Bansi Lal Sharma, Umesh Kumar, J P Agarwal,
Sudhir Mahajan, Ajay Kumar Singla, D N Singh
and Virendra Kumar.
Reena Ray, who is presently in the cadre,
has been appointed as Additional Secretary,
Department of School Education and Literacy
in Government of India. She is a 1984 batch
IAS officer of UT cadre.
Hans Ltd., a Government of India Undertaking
under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, has
been playing pivotal role in providing air
connectivity across the country by way of
regular passenger services, charter services
including meeting the requirements of vital
offshore support services. Pawan Hans is commencing
Helicopter Joy Ride during the 29th Surajkund
International Crafts Mela from February 1
to 15, 2015 at Faridabad. Visitors can take
Joy Ride Flight by Pawan Hans Helicopter and
experience the breathtaking beauty through
aerial view of Surajkund Mela and surrounding
areas. Rate per ticket is Rs. 2,000/- and
tickets can be booked on the spot at Surajkund
Mela, Faridabad. For further details may please
contact at Mobile No. 9968686822, 9868123667
has been declared the winner of 4thannual
Greentech CSR Award, 2014, (Gold Category,
in power sector by M/s Greentech Foundation
New Delhi, in recognition of NLC's outstanding
achievements in the area of Corporate Social
Responsibility. The Award was received by
B Surender Mohan, CMD, NLC and Sarath Kumar
Acharya, Director/HR on 29.01.2015, during
the 15th Annual Environment and CSR Conference,
2015 conducted at Kolkatta. The award was
presented by Asok Mohan Chakrabarti, IAS(Retd.),
Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
and Kamaleshwar Sharan, Chairman and CEO,
Greentech Foundation, in the presence of Dr.
Bhaskar Chatterjee, IAS(Retd), Director General
and CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs,
Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government
of India. Neyveli Lignite Corporation limited,
A Navaratna GoI Enterprise functioning under
the Ministry of Coal, has been tirelessly
carrying out various activities for the social
cause under Corporate Social Responsibilities(CSR).
Playing an active role in the society and
being sensitive to emerging environmental
issues is one of the main objectives of NLC.
In the process of Humanizing the work, NLC
maximizes stakeholders' value in harmony with
our business goals. While speaking on this
occasion, Mohan, CMD, NLC highlighted various
CSR Activities of NLC like Women Empowerment,
Skill Development, Education, Health, Water
Resources Augmentation and rural infrastructure
development. The prominent among them is de-silting
of Walajah Lake at an expenditure of Rs.14
Crore, which will provide direct irrigation
facility to 11,500 acres of land and benefit
the agrarian community from 60 villages in
Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu.
Amitabh Mathur selected as Director (IS&P),
Amitabh Mathur, ED, BHEL, has been selected
for the post of Director (Industrial Systems
& Products), Bharat Heavy Electricals
Limited (BHEL) at a Public Enterprises Selection
Board (PESB) meeting held on January 30, 2015.
As many as 13 persons were interviewed for
3 IAS officers promoted to Principal Secretary
grade in CG (UPDATED)
Three officers of Indian Administrative
Service (IAS) have been promoted to the Principal
Secretary grade in Chattisgarh. They are:
R P Jain of 1990 batch; R S Vishwakarma and
Mrs Renu G Pillai of 1991 batch.
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Central leadership of BJP has played masterstroke in fielding
Mrs Bedi as CM face as there was no consensus on any name
and it came on the head of PM to lead Delhi Elections,some
thing too little for him Delhi being just a UT .
In case of victory party wins and for the loss she losses
and that she was too novice for Delhi polity. If she wins
the leader is to be elected by MLAs and other six ministers
to be selected not by her but by the party. Continued support
of MLAs is needed to run govt and in the Assembly and there
would be nothing to stop for alternative if she continues
to be self centered and politically immature and unable
to win loyalty of some MLAs,this being more so as she was
no where in distribution of party tickets.
Well played by the High Command.
S C PODDAR
Survey of Delhi elections by Murari sent to you by A.Srivastava.
They seem to be unaware of the voters' choice of today.
However, any one can predict as he wish.Let us see the outcome
in a few days.
This refers to the comments - Kiran BedI - A masterstroke.
That BJP is desperate is a no brainer.
Infighting in the BJP is only being accentuated by a visibly
hostile central government employees' vote bank, whigh is
aggrieved on account of pay revision muddle / obstinacy.
Even if BJP manages to muster a simple majority, it would
be tainted by the hostility of CHE vote bank.
BJP can still do it, by taking steps about interim relief,
killing the retirement age reduction propaganda, acting
on one rank one pension promise and, finally, coming clean
on the Seventh Pay Commission implementation.
Let us all remember. MP's salary is tax free! The Government
may do the same for the Government employees' salaries too!
Mr. Prime Minister, it is time to take a reality check!
Foreign dignitaries do not vote in Indian elections, nor
do they cast any influence on the same.
Corruption and State Funding of Elections-
Hon prime minister has been championing the cause of Corruption
free India, due to his simple life and high values even
senior ministers are afraid of doing any hanky-panky.
However need of the hour is to strengthen weaknesses in
the system so that corruption could be minimised. One of
the reasons observed in the past in cases of political corruption
has been that "the party needs money to fund elections".
It has been observed that the treasurers and ministers in
earlier regimes have accepted money from business houses
on the pretext that money is needed to fund election campaign.
But the fact is that 90% of fund collected in the name of
party goes to the coffers of individuals. Therefore to minimise
this kind of corruption, it is important that Government
starts political funding of elections. The rules could be
on following lines
1. Every recognised political party may get money @ Rs.
50 lakhs , per candidate based on number of MPs in last
lok Sabha. (50% of this amount could be for party purpose
and balance for expenditure of candidate).
2. The expenditure will be auditable.
3. The political party must get all donations above Rs.
2,000 by cheque. Further no donations above Rs.5,000 amount
For donations below Rs.2,000 name and address of the doner
must be obtained.
4. Expenses of political parties needs to be capped on similar
lines as that of candidates.
These monetary limits can be different but the need for
such a legislation cant be denied.
I hope if Hon PM is serious about tackling corruption then
he will do something about it.
Railway functioning effected by political interference
Railways functioning is not effected by corruption so much
as it gets effected by the political interests/interference.
Some of the reasons are as under:-
(i) The decision to open new Zonal Railways (Ram Vilas Paswan
opened a Zonal Headquarter at his constituency Hajipur).
In the era of e-Governance there was no need to create new
Zonal Railways at Bhubhneshwar, Bilaspur, Jabalpur, Allahabad
and Hubli, Jaipur and Hajipur. After all the the Railways
was being managed by lesser number Railway Zones in the
(ii) The decision of Lalu Yadav to overload Railway Wagons
in the era when the growth of the country was 8-9%. During
this period a lot of old locomotives were faded out and
the decision taken in Shri Nitish Kumar's regime to acquire
more wagons and engines fructified. Not bothering to take
care about the safety. Fudging accounts. Taking over a loss
making public sector undertaking of Bihar, BWEL.
(ii) The decision of Mamta Banerjee to not to allow raise
passenger fare and transferring of two PSUs of West Bengal
into the Railways i.e. BSCL and Braithwate.
(iv) Constructions of Railway lines at the most un-economical
routes because of political interests.
(v) Frees passes for the Legislatures.
(vi) Poor performance of the PSUs in loading and unloading
Dr Rajat Bhargav is one of the best official in GoI , he
deserve the best ghaus mohd You mean 'State sickness'? Since
they can always take their families with them.
The Applicant sought information regarding the details of
the properties of her estranged husband as per records of
the bank. The PIO denied the information under Section 8
(1) (d) of the RTI Act on the ground that it pertained to
a third party. The applicant submitted that she needs the
details of the properties of her estranged husband to get
a share in the same for herself and her child. The CIC referred
to the Supreme Court judgment in Girish Ramchandra Deshpande
vs. Central Information Commissioner and Ors. [Special Leave
Petition (Civil) No. 27734 of 2012] and held that the information
sought by the Applicant is exempted from disclosure under
Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act.
Just because a public servant is in litigation with someone
in the course of a private dispute, the personal information
cannot be provided to establish the truth of allegations.
Such disclosure cannot be said to be in "public interest"
as the litigation is a private one.
Citation: Ms. Asha Bairwa v. Bank
of Baroda in File No. CIC/MP/A/2014/000022/SH
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