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Who is close to Modi ?

Who is, or who can be, close to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi ? It is now an open secret that only one who can deliver can attain this position.





UP, Bihar crucial for ruling in GoI

Winning in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is a must if one wants to rule in Delhi that is remain in power in the Government of India.


CG Governor to get additional charge of MP ?

In case Ram Naresh Yadav resigns as Governor of MP then Chhattisgarh Governor Balram Tandon , is likely to be given additional charge of M. P.










As many as 23 officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of various batches and cadres are retiring in February 2015. They are: D Lakshmi P Bhaskar of Andhra Pradesh cadre; Anup Kumar Thakur, Balvanta K Dev Verma, Suresh Chandra Panda of Assam-Meghalaya cadre; Ram Roop Singh, Nilam Gupta, Syed Parvez Alam of Bihar cadre; Bhagyesh Vasudev Jha and K B Bhatt of Gujarat cadre; Dr D P S Nagal of Haryana; Sudripto Roy of Himachal Pradesh; K G Raju of Kerala; P E Gaikwad, Philip D Gabrial and P B Kalbhor of Maharashtra; Naved Masood, Y Jugindro Singh of Manipur-Tripura; C J Ponraj of Nagaland; V K Sharma of Punjab; Ashish Bahuguna of Rajasthan; Passang Tempo Euthenpa of Sikkim; Swaran Singh of Tamil Nadu and Susit Kumar Biswas of West Bengal cadre.




About 50 IPS officers want central deputation ?

In the power corridors whisper is that about 50 IPS officers want to go out of their cadre. It said that this is initial figure and it will increase further. Most of them are from different N.E. cadres. U.P., Kerala, Bihar, T.N.cadre officers are also in the que. They have either applied or submitted their bio data in different ministries/deptts Some of them have started meeting their would be bosses. It is said that more than 50% officers want deputation in Delhi only.






Ms Rao posted as Joint Secretary, Overseas Indian Affairs

Ms Vani S Rao has been appointed as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs soon after she was empanelled for holding this rank post. She is a 1994 batch IFS officer.






Vijay Kumar Singh shifted as Director, EMC

Vijay Kumar Singh has been shifted as Director in the Expenditure Management Commission (EMC) under the Department of Expenditure. He is a 1995 batch ICAS officer.






Union govt getting pat for exposing alleged espionage

Many in political and official circles are patting the union govt for showing the courage for bursting a thieves gangs who was leaking and selling classified documents .They are hopeful that through inquiry will not only clean the system but will expose the culprits also.






Pandey is new DGP Jharkhand

D K Pandey has taken over as DGP Jharkhand. 1984 batch IPS officer Pandey was earlier ADG CRPF.
(We said this on February 21, 2015)






Had MHA ever been media friendly ?

Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA) is a main source of news for the press but relations between media and MHA remain so-so. Relations between the two were very cordial and to some extent friendly also for some time . It is said that during Advani ji time pressmen had little problem getting news. During UPA govt Chidambaram's time was said to be very much media friendly. Delhi media still remember Chidambaram- Pillai time. As HM Chidambaram use to give ministry's report card every month to the press. Even HS GK Pillai was also easily accessibly to media. He was supposed to respond media query also. Will history repeat again ?






Harish Chandra selected as Director (Fin), NSIC

Harish Chandra, GGM, CONCOR, has been selected for the post of Director (Finance), National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on February 24, 2015. As many as nine persons were interviewed for the same.






Veena Jain to be DG !

A 1984 batch IIS officer Veena Jain is going to be promoted as Director General (DG). Presently She is posted as ADG, news AIR, Delhi.






It is a worry time for Punjab's parents. Their wards are unable to qualify for Army, Para Military Forces and Police. Youths are being declared physically unfit for the job. Sources said that Punjab's youth had a lion share in forces but for the last few years the state has lost the sheen because youths are in grip of drugs. Drugs is rampant in Punjab and its a political issue also. Will the state govt do something to save the future of the state ?







Ms Goel to be IG in CISF ?

Shikha Goel, DIG, CISF is likely to be promoted as IG in the same organisation. Ms Goel is a 1994 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IPS.






COS postponed to March !

COS to prepare panel for Members of the CBEC has reportedly been postponed to March.






M R Krishna is also CVO of NBCC

JS and CVO of the CPWD M R Krishna has been given additional charge of the CVO NBCC till joining of a regular CVO.He is 1985 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.Earlier CVO of the NBCC, Dimple Verma IAS,1987 batch is back to the parent UP cadre after completion of deputation tenure.






IPS postings in Jharkhand

Outgoing Jharkhand DGP Rajiv Kumar has been posted as DG Training. A K Sinha will now be DG Railways.






J K Sao is new CVO Western Coalfields

Jayant Kumar Sao has been appointed CVO of the Western Coalfields,Nagpur.He is 1995 batch ITS officer.







Choudhary gets three months extension

CVO of the Kolkata Port Trust S K Choudhary has been given extension in deputation tenure till May 15.He is 1985 batch IDES officer.







Arvind Kumar deputed as Secretary, National Jute Board

Arvind Kumar M has been appointed as Secretary, National Jute Board, Kolkata for a period of five years. He is a 1998 batch ITS officer.






Mrs Gargi Sharma Goel deputed as PS to Sudarshan Bhagat

Mrs Gargi Sharma Goel has been deputed as Private Secretary to Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Rural Development. She is a 2004 batch IRS-IT officer.






Appointment of Chairman still awaited

Appointment of Chairman of the Goa Port Trust and the Paradip Port Trust is still awaited.





Post of UN in New York to be filled up

The MEA is going to post permanent representatives to the UN in New York in a couple of months.






PESB invites applications for Director (Finance), HIL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Finance), Hindustan Insecticides Limited (HIL) falling vacant on March 1, 2016. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the PESB before April 28, 2015.






Ajay Bhadoo posted as Secretary to CM, Gujarat

Ajay Bhadoo has been appointed as Secretary to Chief Minister in Gujarat. He is a 1999 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Major reshuffle of IAS officers in Gujarat

As many as 72 officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Gujarat. Accordingly, H R Suthar has been posted as Collector, Amreli while Dr Dhavalkumar Patel will now be Collector, Anand and Dr Vikrant Pandey is Collector, Bharuch. Similarly, Banchha Nidhi Pani has been appointed as Collector, Bhavnagar; Ms Ardra Agrawal as Collector, Dangs-Ahwa; D G Patel as Collector, Porbandar; P Swaroop as Collector, Sabarkantha-Himatnagar; Udit Agrawal as Collector, Surenderanagar;Mrs Avantika Singh Aulakh as Collector, Vadodara; Ravi Kumar Arora as Collector, Valsad; B C Patani as Collector, Tapi-Vyara; S K Pandya as Collector, Botad; R J Mankadia as Collector, Devbhumi Dwarka; Dr Ajay Kumar as Collector, Gir Somnath; Ms S Chhakchhuak as Collector, Arvalli; K B Upadhyay as Collector, Mahisagar; S M Patel as Collector, Morbi; Ms B R dave as Disitrict Development Officer, Ahmedabad; M D Modia as District Development Officer, Anand; Oak Aayush Sanjeev as District Development Officer, Bhavnagar; N L Pujara as District Development Officer, Dangs-Ahwa; K M Bhimjiyani as District Development Officer, Gandhinagar; Ajay Prakash as District Development Officer, Junagadh; C J Patel as District Development Officer, Kutch-Bhuj; S K Langa as District Development Officer, Mehsana; V A Vaghela as District Development Officer, Panchmahals-Godhra;C P Nema as District Development Oficer, Porbandar; M R Kothari as District Development Officer, Rajkot; Sujal Jayanthibhai Mayatra as District Development Officer, Narmada-Rajpipla; R S Ninama as District Development Officer, Tapi-Vyara; P B Thakar as District Development Officer, Botad; Kankipati Rajesh as District Development Officer, Morbi; M A Pandya as District Development Officer, Devbhumi Dwarka; A V Kalaria as DDO, Gir Somnath; S B Patel as DDO, Arvalli; R G Gohil as DDO, Mahisgar; Dr Pardhi as DDO, chhotaudepur; Hareet Shukla as MD, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd, Mehsana; Ajay Bhadoo as Secretary to Chief Minister; A M Mankad as Commissioner of Technical Education; V P Patel as Commissioner, Land Reforms and ex-officio Secretary, Revenue; H S Patel as Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation; S B Raval as Commissioner, Information; A J Shah as Commissioner, Higher Education; N P Thakar as Secretary, Gujarat State Human Rights Commission; G R Chaudhari as Municipal commissioner, Gandhinagar; Manish Bhardwaj as Secretary to Sports & Cultural Activities; D K Rao as Secretary to Climat Change; B K Kumar as Director, Prohibition & Excise, Ahmedabad; D N Modi as CEO, Gujarat Municipal Finance Board; R J Halani as Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Rajkot; R B Barad to continue as Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad; C R Kharsan as Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad; I K Patel continues as Deputy Commissioner, Ahmedabad; N K Damor as ED, Development Support Agency of Gujarat; V C Verma as Additional Secretary, Education; Dr Vinod R Rao as Director, NRHM, Gandhinagar with additional charge of women and child development; C P Patel as Deputy Rural Development Commissioner, Gandhinagar; J C Chudasama as Additoinal Industries Commissioner, Gandhinagar; Roopwant Singh as MD, Industrial extension Bureau, Gandhinagar; P K Solanki as MD, Dakshin Gujart Vij company Ltd, Surat; Rakesh Shankar as Director, Municipalities, Gandhinagar; Ranjeeth Kumar J as Director, Civil Supplies & Ex-officio Joint Secretary, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs; R G Bhalera as Additional Rural Development Commissioner; V B Mecwan as MD, Gujarat Livelihood Promotion Company, Gandhinagar; Dr Ratankanvar H Gadhvicharan as Deputy Rural Development Commissioner, R G Trivedi as Municipal Commissioner, Junagadh; J T Akhani as Director, Gujarat Energy Development Agency, Gandhinagar; Dr Narander Kumar Meena as Commissioner of Youth Services & Cultural Activities; K B Bhatt as Additional Secretary, Women & child Development and B J Bhatt was posted as Additoinal Secretary, Urban Development & Urban Housing.







Absconding accused arrested

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an absconding accused,a private person, in a case related to an alleged loss of Rs.7 crores to Indian Overseas Bank in the matter of sanctioning and disbursing of Cash Credit Loan on the basis of fake & forged documents. The agency had filed a chargesheet in the Court of Special Judge, Mumbai U/s 120-B r/w 406, 420, 465, 467, 468 & 471 IPC and Sec.13(2) r/w.13 (1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 against 6 accused persons including the then Deputy General Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Fort Branch, Mumbai; Company Secretary, Partner & Advocate of private company and the said private company. After sustained efforts, CBI traced the accused and arrested him at Mumbai.






CBI Registers a Case Against former AS, MCI

CBI has registered a case against six accused including then Additional Secretary, Medical Council of India, New Delhi; then Assistant, Medical Council of India, New Delhi; a Chairman of an Educational & Charitable Trust, Tamil Nadu; Ex-Principal of a private Medical College Hospital, Sambalpur; two other private persons and unknown others U/s 120-B/420 of IPC & 7,8,12 & 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988.related to alleged irregularities for admission into first year M.B.B.S courses in 2013.






Major bureaucratic reshuffle in Bihar (UPDATED)

A major bureaucratic reshuffle has taken place. A couple of heads close to Jitam Ram Majhi have been shifted. About two dozen IAS officers have been reshuffled.
(We said this on February 23, 2015)






Chanchal Kumar appointed Secretary to Bihar CM (UPDATED)

Chanchal Kumar has been appointed Secretary to new Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He is 1992 batch IAS officer.
(We said this on February 23, 2015)







Amrit Lal Meena goes (UPDATED)

Principal Secretary to outgoing CM of Bihar J R Manji ,Amrit Lal Meena has been moved as PS Urban Development and Housing.He is 1989 batch IAS officer.
(We said this on February 23, 2015)







Gangwar is new Principal Secretary to Bihar CM (UPDATED)

Dharmendra Singh Gangwar, a 1988 batch officer has been appointed Principal Secretary to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.
(We said this on February 23, 2015)






Atish Chandra moves (UPDATED)

Secretary PR in Bihar Atish Chandra has been shifted and Pratyaya Amrit, a 1991 batch officer has been given charge of PR.
(We said this on February 23, 2015)






CS and DGP of Bihar continue (UPDATED)

Bihar Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and DGP P K Thakur are going to continue in the Nitish Kumar regime.
(We said this on February 23, 2015)





Major reshuffle of IAS officers in Bihar (UPDATED)

A number of officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Bihar. Accordingly, Shishir Sinha has been appointed as Principal Secretary, PHE while Sudhir Rakesh was posted as Principal Secretary, Panchayati Raj with additional charge of Director, Panchayati Raj and Project Director, Gram Swaraj Yojna Society and Arun Kumar Singh is Principal Secretary, Road Development with additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs and Science and Technology and MD, Bihar State Road Development Corporation; Tripurari Sharan as Principal Secretary, Industries with additional charge of CEO, Bihar Foundation; Ravi Mittal as Commercial Taxes Commissioner; E L S N Bala Prasad as Commissioner, Patna division with additional charge of Director General Bihar Public Administration and Rural Development Institute; Amir Subahani as Principal Secretary, Home with additional charge of Minority Welfare and Mission Director, Bihar Administrative Reforms Mission Society; Sudhir Kumar as Principal Secretary, Agriculture with additional charge of Chairman, Bihar State Staff Selection Commission; Dr Dharmendra Singh Gangwar as Principal Secretary to CM office with additional charge of Resident Commissioner, New Delhi; Mrs Anshuli Arya as Principal Secretary, Building Construction with additional charge of MD, Bihar State Industrial Area Development Authority; Amrit Lal Meena as Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Housing; Dr Deepak Prasad as Principal Secretary, Planning and Development with additional charge of Secretary, Bihar State Planning Commission; Pratyaya Amrit as Secretary, Information and Public Relations; S M Raju has Secretary, SC&ST Welfare with additional charge of State Mahadalit Commission; S Siddharth gets charge of Secretary, IT; Chanchal Kumar as Secretary, CM office; Hukum Singh Meena as Secretary, Revenue and Land Reforms with additional charge of Cooperative Societies; Mrs Harjot Kaur as Secretary, Tourism with additional charge of Bihar Child Rights Protection Commission; Rahul Singh as Secretary, Production and De-addiction; Pradeep Kumar as Secretary, Rural Development; Pankaj Kumar as Secretary, Food and Consumer Protection; Narmadeshwar Lal as Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries; Vinay Kumar as Secretary, Rural Development with additional charge of Bihar State Bridge construction; Manish Kumar Verma as MD, Bihar State Power Transmission Company Limited; R Laxmanan as MD, South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited; Uday Kumar Singh as Joint Secretary, PHE and Shailesh Thakur was given additional charge of Director, Industries.






Meshram posted as ADRM, Kota (UPDATED)

P K B Meshram has been appointed as Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM), Kota, West Central Railway. He is an IRSS officer.






Santosh Shukla posted as ADRM, Varanasi (UPDATED)

Santosh Kumar Shukla has been posted as Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM), Varanasi in North Eastern Railway. He is an IRSE officer.






3 IPS officers shifted in Bihar (UPDATED)

Three IPS officers have been shifted in Bihar. Accordingly, Upendra Kumar Singh has been posted as Commandant, Home Guard while Jayant Kant will now be SP, Jamui and Upendra Kumar Sharma is SP, Buxor in Bihar.






CWC signs MoU with IDBI Bank (UPDATED)

Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IDBI Bank regarding loan to farmers on warehouse receipts. R N Meena, GM (Comm), CWC, Y P Gupta Chief General Manager, IDBI Bank, Harpreet Singh, Managing Director, CWC and other functional Directors of CWC were present on this occasion.






Ananta Charan Nayak of Odisha awarded IAS cadre (UPDATED)

Ananta Charan Nayak of Odisha State Civil Service has been awarded Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre.






Singh is also Special Secretary, Home Dept in Haryana (UPDATED)

Vinay Singh has been assigned additional charge as Special Secretary, Home-I Department in Haryana. He is a 2005 IAS officer of Haryana cadre.






2 IRS-IT officers posted as Additional/Joint Commissioner (UPDATED)

Two Indian Revenue Service officers of Income Tax cadre have been transferred and posted as Additional/Joint Commissioner. Accordingly, Raju Lepcha has been posted as CCA, West Bengal and Sikkim while Subhra Jyoti Chakroborty will be now CCA, Directorate of Income Tax (Vig), East Zone, Kolkata.






Solanki is also Deputy Commissioner, Sirsa in Haryana (UPDATED)

N K Solanki has been assigned additional charge as Deputy Commissioner, Sirsa in Haryana. He is a 2005 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.






Pandey posted as OSD to Governor, Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Ajay Shankar Pandey has been posted as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Governor of Rajasthan. He is a 2005 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.






Shivahare deputed as Municipal Commissioner, Bhavnagar in Guj (UPDATED)

Jai Prakash Shivahare has been appointed as Municipal Commissioner, Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation, Bhavnagar in Gujarat. He is a 2002 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Dr D K Likhi selected as CMD, MIDHANI (UPDATED)

Dr D K Likhi, Director (P&M), Midhani, has been selected for the post of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (Midhani) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on February 25, 2015. As many as 11 persons were interviewed for the same.






Jindal appointed Part-time Director, GAIL (India) Ltd

Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has appointed Joint Secretary Ashutosh Jindal as Part-time Government Nominee Director of GAIL (India) Limited w.e.f February 24, 2015







Sanjiv Goenka has resigned as Chairman of Harrisons Malayalam Limited with immediate effect.






The Central Government has nominated Dr Arvind Sharma, Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India as Director on the Board of Directors of UCO Bank





The Central Government has nominated Rudra Narayan Kar as Director of Syndicate Bank with immediate effect.





Patodia appointed CMD, Eurotex Industries and Exports Ltd

Eurotex Industries and Exports Ltd has appointed K K Patodia as Chairman and Managing Director of the company.






Sabarinathan appointed Addl. Director, Astra Microwave Products Ltd

Astra Microwave Products Ltd has appointed Ganapathi Subramani Sabarinathan as Additional Director of company w.e.f. January 31, 2015.





Jain appointed Non Exec. Director, Vishvjyoti Trading Ltd

Vishvjyoti Trading Ltd has appointed Suresh Motilal Jain as Non-Executive Director of the company.






Raisinghani appointed Non Independent Director, Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd

Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd has appointed Naresh T Raisinghani as a Non Independent Director of the company






Mehra appointed Non Exec. Director, Jauss Polymers Ltd

Jauss Polymers Ltd has appointed Arun Ramgopal Mehra as Non-Executive Independent Director of the company.





Mehta ceases to be CS & CFO, TCI Industries Ltd

Dhaval Mehta has ceased to be Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of TCI Industries Ltd w.e.f. November 24, 2015







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Crackdown no surprise

There is no surprise about the raids conducted in the Shastri Bhavan premises and caught hold of culprits. This type of working is going on in every Ministries. Better late than never. Please take proper action in other Ministries where public dealings going on.

V K Menon

Why post Indian Telecom Service officers in ministries ?

What to talk of Government of India which is putting Indian Telecom Service officers (who were not trained in Civil Services or rules in the Central Ministries). They are in BSNL or MTNL but try to put their hands on Senior Deputy Secretary and Director on deputation in central ministries by DoPT. The training department is supposed to train their own staff but for these officers no crash course or basic course is created. They are not able to contribute in central ministries and department inspite of many hue and cry raised by the most experienced and talented staff. It is really a shame on all that none is taking concrete steps to improve the working of ministries, what to speak of other conditions of junior officers upto the level of Under Secretary who do each and everything as they have practical work and these deputationists are spoiling their work. It is very damaging and suicidal to keep them. They should go to BSNL, MTNL or NIC etc.

Ram Singh

Absent Report

As many as 30 percent employees of Airport Authority of India absent from Authority, but getting Leave Encashment from AAI. Because they serving in another officer on Loan Basis.


Loss of AAI

I am regular reader of "whisper". I read about AAI. I think it is major loss of Airport Authority of India, because AAI staff is posted in other organizations.

Balwinder Singh

When will Achche Din come for India Post ?

With regards to comments on scam in computerization in India Post published in your columns, it is also to be noted that the disciplinary cases against the top brass arising out of the earlier IT scam of India Post initiated in 2002 even have not yet been concluded. The ensuing scam, if any, has to be seen as a natural corollary of this inaction. Will Achche Din ever come for India Post?

S K Sharma

Government should think twice

Government has to think twice before shifting some of the centrally sponsored schemes to State Governmetns. For example, there are programmes being impelented through joint-funding mechanism. The State Governments receive the central share in time, but never bother to release it the beneficiaries in time. In Some states the funds are diverted to some other projects due to vested interests. Most of the schemes/projects can be wound up because of the fact that they just remain good for the looters. Saving Money is important for any Government. Hope the present government understand this in its right perspective



Nitish Kumar should forget about gimmickry

Nitish Kumar's forget about gimmickry of getting "Mahadalit" votes having backfired on him, he should now forget about gimmickry and provide a clean and efficient administration to Bihar. He should not have resigned in a huff in the first place.

A K Singh

Thangapandian selected as Director (Power), NLC

Congratulations Sir. We welcome you. With you as our leader, we shall dedicate TPS2e two units & NTPL 2 units in 2015 to nation.









Are the Supreme Court and Parliament buildings safe?

The appellant sought certified copies of latest Fire Safety Certificates issued by the competent authority to buildings of Parliament and Supreme Court of India which was denied claiming that the information was related to sensitive buildings and could not be disclosed. The Central Information Commission (CIC) called for the concerned files from the Delhi Fire Service department for perusal. After examination, the CIC observed that questions like 'whether fire safety certificate was issued or not, what was the advice of the respondent authority regarding fire safety' are 'safety' related questions and not security threatening. Ignoring fire safety issues would raise security concerns and it is a grave matter of life of hundreds of Constitutional office holders, hence the information sought is matter relating to life which should have been answered within 48 hours. Expressing concern over the public interest in the information request of appellant regarding preventive measures and implementation fire safety norms in Supreme Court and Parliament Buildings, the CIC directed the Fire Safety department to take a serious note of fire safety lapses in the aforesaid buildings and directed to appraise the authorities in Legislature and Judiciary about necessity and importance of taking the measures recommended by them. The CIC also directed the Fire Safety department to inform the appellant and the CIC why they have not performed their duties as prescribed under The Delhi Fire Services Act, 2007. Further, the CIC recommended to the Fire Safety department, the PIO of Supreme Court of India and Parliament of India to inform the appellant and the CIC regarding the measures initiated by them to comply with the safety standards/ safety recommendations against fire, within one month from the date of receipt of the order.


While RTI Act has been known to be an instrument to obtain information, this case law shows how citizens are using the Act to question the actions of a public authority. It provides a route for the citizen to seek the reasons for omission to perform the duty on the part of the public authority.

Citation: Shri Rohit Sabharwal v. Delhi Fire Service GNCTD in File No.CIC/SA/A/2014/000083

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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