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Ex ministers and ex bureaucrats

In Delhi's Khan Market, ex-union ministers and ex-bureaucrats are frequently seen. One babu remarked "They are all fused bulbs".

 

 


 

 

 

 

One more senior level bureaucratic reshuffle is likely in the Government of India. A 1981 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, Dr Hasmukh Adhia may join the Government of India as Secretary Banking. Another source mentioned the name of 1981 batch Punjab cadre IAS officer Anjuly Chib Duggal for the post.

 

 

 

 

Anita Kapur will take over as new Chairperson of the CBDT on November 1. She is a 1978 batch IRS (IT) officer.

 

 

 

Kaushal Srivastava will take over as new Chairman of the CBEC on November 1. He is a 1979 batch IRS (C&CE) officer.

 

 

 

Sane is new Joint Secretary (Fin) Space

C M Sane will join as Joint Secretary (Finance) Space on deputation in Bangalore. He is a 1993 batch IA &AS officer.

 

 

 

Justice Menon to be elevated?

Justice Rajendra Menon of the Madhya Pradesh High Court is likely to be elevated as Chief Justice in some other state.

 

 

 

 

 

Who will be Additional DG of MoEF?

Who will be Additional DG in the Ministry of Forests and Environment? The names of Lakhvinder Singh, Anil and Negi, who all belong to APCCF rank, are said to be in circulation.

 

 

 

 

 

Will Ajoy Mehta be new BMC Commissioner?

Ajoy Mehta is likely to be appointed new Commissioner of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

 

 

 

 

 

Orders of Rana as Director (Infra), DFCCIL yet to come

The orders of D S Rana, CPM, DFCCIL, for the appointment as Director (Infrastructure), Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited are yet to be issued by the Government of India. The post has been lying vacant since March 1, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Mitash laterally shifted as OSD in Economic Affairs

Nilaya Mitash has laterally been shifted as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at Joint Secretary level in the Department of Economic Affairs for a period of eleven months or till Public Debt Management Authority is fully operational. He is a 1991 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

 

 

 

 

Chaudhary posted as OSD to Mrs Maneka Gandhi

Anand Lal Chaudhary has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Mrs Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development at deputy secretary level on contract basis. He is a private person.

 

 

 

 

 

Orders of Dogra as Director (Fin), GRSE yet to come

The orders of S S Dogra, DGM, Nalco, for the appointment as Director (Finance), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) are yet to be issued by the Government of India as vacancy is arising on November 1, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Singh as CMD, B&RCL still in doldrums

The appointment of M K Singh as Chairman and Managing Director, Bridge & Roof Company Limited (B&RCL) is getting delayed due to some technical reasons. Meanwhile, Kallol Dutta has been assigned an additional charge of CMD.

 

 

 

 

 

Will the post of Director (Tech), HMT MT be kept in abeyance?

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that PESB is set to keep the post of Director (Tech) HMT Machine Tools Ltd in abeyance. B M Shivshankar, the incumbent Director is scheduled to completed his tenure in the month of October next year.

 

 

 

 

Reshuffle of IPS officers in Odisha

A number of officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Odisha. Accordingly, Satyajit Mohanty has been appointed as ADG, headquarters while Manoj Kumar Chabra will be CMD, Odisha Police Housing & Welfare Corporation (OPHWC) and M Akshaya is posted as Transport Commissioner. Similarly, Pranabindu Acharya has been appointed as ADG, Provisioning; Amrit Mohan Prasad as ADG, HRPC; Y B Khurania as IG, Vigilance; Arun Sarangi as IG, Intelligence; Sushant Kumar Nath as IG, Modernization; Sanjeeb Kumar Panda as IG, State Crime Records Bureau; Santosh Bala as IG, Fire Services & Home Guards; P S Ranpise as Additional Commissioner of Police; Arun Bothra as IG, Crime Branch; Sanjay Kumar as DIG, Economic Offences Wing and Rajesh Kumar was made DIG, North-central range.

 

 

 

 

Official list of 1984 batch IPS officers empanelled as ADG in GoI (UPDATED)

As many as 32 officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) of 1984 batch have officially been empanelled for the post of Additional Director General of Police or equivalent in Government of India. Officers include: Vinson M Paul of Kerala cadre; Gurbachan Singh of Odisha; Dharmendra Kuamr of AGMUT; Rajni Kant Misra of UP; Sudeep Lakhtakia of AP; S Javeed Ahmed of UP; Mukesh Sahay of AM; Dr A P Maheshwar; K Rajendra Kumar of J&K; Samant Kumar Goel of Punjab; Somesh Goel of Himachal; V K Johri of MP; Arvind Kumar of AM; Maithili Sharan Gupta of MP; Santosh Macheria of MT; Rakesh Asthana of Gujarat; Pradeep Kumar of AM; S S Deswal of Haryana; Anil Kumar Sharma of Punjab; Nand Kishore of Rajasthan; Prit Pal Singh and Y C Modi of AM; D K Pandey of Jharkhand; Dr Krishna Swaroop Dwivedi and Rajesh Ranjan of Bihar; Arun Kumar Sinha of Kerala; Subesh Kumar Singh of UP; Ramesh P Singh of Odisha; P Mallan Goud of MT; Mrs Sutapa Sanyal of UP; Prem Shankar Meena of Karnataka and Amar Kanti Sarkar of West Bengal cadre.
(We said this on Oct 20, 2014)

 

 

 

Abhay appointed as IG, BPR&D (UPDATED)

Abhay has been appointed as Inspector General in Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) in Government of India. He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre.

 

 

 

 

Arun Gupta is no more (UPDATED)

1967 batch retired Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS offcer Arun Gupta has passed away in Delhi. He was 73.Funeral will take place on Saturday in Delhi.

 

 

 

 

Secretary Defence lays foundation stone for composites MRO hangar at HAL (UPDATED)

Secretary Defence Production, G Mohan Kumar reviewed various projects of HAL during the presentation made by HAL's top management at its corporate office here today. He also laid the foundation stone for the composites MRO hangar during his day-long visit to various facilities of HAL yesterday. The composites are used in various products of HAL such as helicopters (example: ALH & LUH) and aircraft (example: LCA Tejas). Dr R K Tyagi, Chairman, HAL, Directors and senior executives were present during the visit and briefed Secretary D (P) on various on-going activities at HAL hangars. During his interaction, Mr. Mohan Kumar asked HAL to draw and work upon futuristic plans based on the Company's strength. "Priority should not be just to take all kinds of business related to aerospace but to work on workable modules in time bond manner. The focus needs to be on the products that company can deliver with ease, cost reduction, establishing of the highest quality standards and business practices that match the best global parameters", he told HAL senior executives. He suggested HAL to develop products that have unique value, look to develop aero-engines and give thrust on out-sourcing.

 

 

 

Manash Sarkar takes over as CEO, NSPCL (UPDATED)

Manash Sarkar has taken over the charge as CEO, NSPCL, a Joint Venture of NTPC and SAIL. A Mechanical Engineer from Jadavpur University Sarkar joined NTPC as 3rd batch of ETs. He has around 35 years of rich experience in NTPC in various capacities including that of BUH- Auraiya , BUH- Rihand , MD-RGPPL and ED(Corporate Communication) and ED to CMD -NTPC.

 

 

 

 

Six AIS officers get additional charges in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

One IFS officer and five IAS officers have been given additional charges in Rajasthan. Accordingly, Savita Anand (IFS) has been given additional charge as Controller of Properties, Office of Resident Commissioner, New Delhi while Gurjot Kaur gets charge of Principal Secretary, Department of Minority Affairs and Wakf Board, Jaipur and Deepak Upreti got charge of Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department, Jaipur. Similarly, D B Gupta is assigned Additional charge of Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Jaipur; Ajitabh Sharma of Chairman, Indira Gandhi Canal Board, Jaipur and Ravi Shankar Shrivastava of Commissioner, Departmental Enquiries, Jaipur.

 

 

 

5 IAS officers of Rajasthan to attend Mid Career Training Program (UPDATED)

Five IAS officers of Rajasthan cadre have been deputed to undergo Phase-V of the Mid Career Training Program being held from October 27 to November 28, 2014. The officers are: Rashmi Priyadarshni, Khemraj Chaudhary, Jagdish Chandra Mohanty, Madhukar Gupta and Sanjay Dixit.

 

 

 

 

WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
Bank of Baroda without CMD

Bank of Baroda is running without a Chairman cum Managing Director ever since SS Mundra has been shifted to the RBI as Deputy Governor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Select best person for deputation

It is a general principle that deputation posts are filled through selection process. It is India only in the world where empanelment process exists. Its logic is absurd, feudal and retrograde. We must look ways to select best person for deputation post especially for JS and above in GoI. Can it be done that is the question? Development means merit being recognized not legacy.

Raj Mohan

How long tax payers money be doled out to employees of PSUs?

This relates to the controversy being created by the untrained personal of CBI on the subject of financial management especially relating to the disinvestment of PSUs. Has CBI considered the fact that valuation was done by an outside consultant, what were the accumulated losses of Lake Vilas Palace on the date of disinvestment, outstanding loans of the Hotel (both Government and Bank loans) and outstanding statutory dues of the Hotel (PF, ESI etc.) at that point of time? Were the rooms being fully utilized? Where the Government officials entertaining their guests in the Lake Vilas Palace free of cost? How much amount of Income Tax had Laxmi Vilas Palace paid to the Government exchequer 10 years prior to disinvestment and post disinvestment keeping into consideration the rise in Whole Sale Price Index? Whether there is a need for the Government in the field of running Hotels. Similar exercise needs to be carried out for the Hindustan Zinc limited. It is quite possible that the lobby of lazy government servants might trying to indirectly stop further disinvestment in the country. The property of Jessop a Kolkatta based PSU in the year 2002 was Rs.196 crore. It had outstanding debts of around Rs.300 crore and was also not paying any TAX to the Government. The Government dis invested 74% of its share in Jessop and got only Rs.12 crore. During the last 10 years the company has come out of the red, started earning profit, dividend and tax to the Government of India. Government was earlier running a PSU in Kolkata manufacturing Bindi and Kanghi, which was making losses and government was paying the salary & wages of the employees for not doing any work in the Communist bastion. The disinvestment of PSUs around the year 2002 was done on an open tender basis. The reserve prices were never indicated to the prospective buyers. How long the tax payers money be doled out to the employees of PSUs, who do not work. Had these PSUs were working in proper manner and earning profits, there would have been no need to go in for disinvestment. The matters needs to resolved at the earliest, as the Government has fixed a target of raising Rs.44,000/- through disinvestment and there could be an another phase of policy paralysis. These views are being put forward only with the view to invite and a debate and for no other purpose. It is quite possible, I may be wrong.

Bimal Bahadur

Diwali Gifts

All these austerity directives are a farce. The Vigilance Awareness week begins on 27 TH October. Why not 21 ST October ,starting wef Diwali festivities? It is a very common sight even this year seeing men staggering under the load of gifts to be distributed amongst officers and staff of important Govt Bhawans in Delhi. Same is the scene in Govt Residential colonies, even those under the surveillance of CCTV cameras. Whom are we fooling? Not the common man, for sure.

N Singh

What compulsion in taking VRS

What is the point or compulsion in taking VRS just three days before superannuation?

Prem Hans

 

 

 

 

 

DATE WITH RTI

First Appellate Authority should give a hearing to the appellant if asked

The Appellant had filed two separate RTI applications. In one of these applications, he had wanted the details of all the files in the possession of the Department on the subject of RTI, appointment of the CIC and Information Commissioners, sanction of staff for the CIC including an independent Pay and Accounts Officer, the amount of money collected in all these years by way of RTI fees and penalty imposed and recovered. In the other application, he requested for the copy of the order/notification by which the Search Committee was constituted for shortlisting candidates for appointment as Information Commissioners in the CIC, the next date of the meeting of the Search Committee etc.. In both these applications, he had requested for permission to inspect all the relevant files. In respect of his first application, the PIO offered the copies of the correspondence part of two of the relevant files on payment of photocopying charges. However, in respect of the remaining information, he had not provided any information on the ground that the collection of the information would disproportionately divert their resources. In regard to second application, the PIO observed that since the Search Committee had been constituted by the Cabinet Secretariat, his RTI application was being transferred u/s 6(3) of the RTI Act. The First Appellate Authority endorsed the response of the PIO in both the cases. The Appellant argued before the CIC that the information regarding the constitution of the Search Committee for shortlisting of candidates for the post of Information Commissioners in the CIC was available in the DoPT at the time of his RTI application but, even then, the PIO had chosen to transfer the RTI application to the Cabinet Secretariat for the latter only to send it back. He also complained the PIO did not produce all the relevant files before him for his inspection and did not even facilitate the inspection of whatever files he had himself placed before him. He also alleged that the First Appellate Authority had disposed of the appeals without much application of mind and by merely endorsing the response of the PIO. The PIO and the First Appellate Authority disagreed with the appellant's version and said that the sheer number of RTI applications and appeals handled in their division was so voluminous and huge that it was almost impossible to manage it within the time lines prescribed under the RTI Act. The CIC disapproved the approach of the PIO and observed that the PIO could have given a more detailed response justifying his conclusion that providing such information would disproportionately divert the resources of the Department by stating the exact number of files in question and likely man-hours required to assemble them. The CIC further held that the PIO was totally wrong in transferring the RTI application regarding search committee to the Cabinet Secretariat as the entire information was available in the Department itself. The First Appellate Authority was cautioned to be more careful in future in dealing with appeals.

Comments

It is not enough for the First Appellate Authority (FAA) to reproduce the contents of the RTI application and the reply of the PIO. The FAA must pass a speaking order justifying her decision in each case. Wherever the Appellant wants personal hearing, he should be given that opportunity.

Citation: Shri R K Jain v. PIO, Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan in File No.CIC/SM/A/2012/000784 & 786

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

 

 

 

 

 

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