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India needs Head Master ?

Some bureaucrats were heard criticizing the Modi style of working. One retired bureaucrat retorted "India needs a Head Master like Modi ".







Altogether 32 IPS officers belonging to 1984 batch are reported to have been empanelled to the rank of ADG in Government of India.





Alok Kumar has been appointed as Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in the rank of Joint Secretary level by temporarily downgrading the post. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.




Kewal Kumar Sharma, who is presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Development. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.






B N Satpathy appointed as Adviser, Inter State Council Secretariat

B N Satpathy, who is presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Adviser Inter State Council Secretariat in the Ministry of Home Affairs in the rank of Additional Secretary. He is a 1980 batch IES officer.





K P Krishnan appointed as Additional Secretary in Rural Development

K P Krishnan has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Department of Land Resources under the Ministry of Rural Development. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.






Ajay Tyagi posted as Additional Secretary in Finance Ministry

Ajay Tyagi has been appointed as Additional Secretary and Director General, Directorate of Currency, Department of Economic Affairs in Ministry of Finance. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.






Anup Chandra Pandey appointed as Additional Secretary in Defence Ministry

Anup Chandra Pandey has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare in Ministry of Defence. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.






Navneet Singh Kang appointed as Additional Secretary, Health & Family Welfare

Navneet Singh Kang has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Health and Family Welfare. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.






Karan Bir Singh Sidhu appointed as MD, TRIFED

Karan Bir Singh Sidhu has been appointed as Managing Director, TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.





R Rajagopal appointed as Additional Secretary in Agriculture Ministry

R Rajagopal has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture Research and Education in Ministry of Agriculture. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.






Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi appointed as Adviser, Inter State Council Secretariat

Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi has been appointed as Adviser, Inter State Council Secretariat in the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Additional Secretary level. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.






T Jacob appointed as Joint Secretary, DoPT

T Jacob has been appointed as Joint Secretary, DoPT by temporarily downgrading the post. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.






P K Sharma selected as Director (Ope), OIL

P K Sharma, GM, OIL, has been selected for the post of Director (Operations), Oil India Limited (OIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on October 20, 2014. As many as 10 persons were interviewed for the same.






Inter cadre deputation of Dr Nidi Pandey to Uttarakhand extended

An inter cadre deputation of Dr Nidhi Pandey from Maharashtra to Uttarakhand has been extended for a period of two years. She is a 2001 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.






Official list of IPS officers empanelled as IG in GoI

As many as 16 officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) have officially been empanelled for the post of Inspector General or equivalent posts in Government of India. The officers include: Sanjeeb Kumar Pat Joshi belonging to 1991 batch of Kerala cadre; Hari Ram Sharma, 1993 batch of UP cadre; Mrs Shikha Goel, 1994 batch of AP cadre; Himanshu Gupta, 1994 batch of Chhattisgarh cadre; Mrs Sampat Meena, 1994 batch of Jharkhand cadre; Dr Naresh Kumar and Ram Singh, 1994 batch of Punjab cadre; G Venkatraman, Vinit Dev Wankhede and Sanjay Mathur all of 1994 batch of Tamil Nadu cadre; Raja Srivastava, Dhruva Kant Thakur, Prakash D and Jai Narayan Singh all of 1994 batch of Uttar Pradesh cadre and Vineet Kumar Goyal and Nieraj Kumar Singh of 1994 batch of West Bengal cadre.





Will Dr Dalip Singh return to Haryana ?

Additional Secretary Agriculture and Cooperation in the Government of India Dr Dalip Singh is likely to return to the parent Haryana cadre in a month or two. Dr Singh who is not associated with any Haryana leader is considered to be an outstanding 1982 batch IAS officer.





Who will be new DGP of Haryana ?

Who will be new DGP of Haryana?.Now the tie is said to be between 1979 batch IPS officer Satyendra Kumar and 1983 batch IPS officer Yas Pal Singhal.






Ashok Khemka to stay back in Haryana ?

Ashok Khemka is now unlikely to join the Government of India. 1991 batch IAS officer is now going to continue in Haryana .Khemka is all set to get important assignment in the BJP Government.






Ajoy Mehta unlikely to join NHAI

In the changed scenario, Ajoy Mehta is now unlikely to join as Member NHAI in the Government of India. He is 1984 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.







Fate of selected officers in ED seems uncertain

Mystery shrouds the fate of selections made by CVC Committee inJuly for the crucial posts in Enforcement Directorate of Special Director Chandigarh and Joint Director Mumbai and Chandigarh. Orders have so far been not issued.







Praveen Pardeshi empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Praveen Pardeshi has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent in Government of India. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.






Orders of A S Mitra as Director (Shipbuilding), HSL issued

The orders of A S Mitra presently in the Ministry of Defense, for the appointment as Director (Shipbuilding), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) have been issued by the Government of India.







Dr Rao yet to be relieved for joining as Director (Comm), NMDC

The joining of Dr T R K Rao for the post of Director (Commercial) in National Mineral Development Corporation Limited (NMDC) is getting delayed as he is yet to be relieved of present posting.







Post of Joint Secretary falling in Overseas in Oct

The post of Joint Secretary is falling vacant in Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in October, 2014.







Satya Prakash Ram Tripathi appointed as Under Secretary, DoPT

Satya Prakash Ram Tripathi has been appointed as Under Secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) after his promotion to his grade.







S S Yadav may soon join Delhi Police

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Sudhir Singh Yadav is likely to move from A&N Islands. The 1985 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre is serving in A&N Islands as DGP since May 2013. Prior to A&N Island assignment he served with Delhi Police as Spl CP (Traffic) and also handled the dditional charge of 'Women's Complaint Cell'.




Satish Chander Gupta appointed as PS to Mrs Sushma Swaraj

Satish Chander Gupta has been appointed as Private Secretary to Mrs Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs. He is a private person.






P C Madhukar transferred to North Central Railway (UPDATED)

P C Madhukar, Northeast Frontier Railway, has been transferred and posted to North Central Railway.






Orders for appointment of three MP High Court Judges issued (UPDATED)

Appointment orders of three new High Court Judges have been issued . They are Madhya Pradesh Law Secretary - C V Sirpurkar, DJ - Mandsaur R K Mahajan and leading lawyer of Indore Vandana Kasrekar.
(We said this on July 15, 2014)






Justice Virendra Singh is new CJ of Jharkhand High Court (UPDATED)

Justice Virendra Singh of the J & K High Court has been appointed new Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.
(We said this on Aug 6, 2014)







4 IPS officers transferred in J&K (UPDATED)

Four IPS officers transferred and posted at different places in Jammu and Kashmir. Accordingly, Abdul Jabbar has been posted as Commandant IR-8 Battalion while Udayabhaskar Billa will be SP PC Jammu and Shailendra Kumar Mishra is AIG, CIV, Phq. Besides, Sridhar Patil has been posted as SP, South Srinagar.







Lalmalsawma relieved to join as Chief Secretary, Mizoram (UPDATED)

The Government of Delhi has relieved Lalmalsawma for joining as Chief Secretary, Government of Mizoram. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.







Minor reshuffle of IAS officers in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Four IAS officers have been given new assignments in Delhi Government. Accordingly, Arvind Ray has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Home with holding charge of Principal Secretary, SC/ST/OBC/Minorities and CMD, DSFDC and Vigilance while D M Spolia was entrusted with additional charge of Principal Secretary, Finance and Mrs Shakuntala D Gamlin gets additional charge of Principal Secretary, GAD. Besides, Sanjiv Kumar has been given an additional charge of Social Welfare and Women & Child Development.






Secretary Tourism Pervez Dewan takes VRS (UPDATED)

Secretary Toursim in the Government of India Pervez Dewan has taken voluntary retirement with effect from October 28. 1977 batch IAS officer of J & K cadre Dewan was due to retire on October 31.






Adesh Sharma joins as MD, DFCCIL (UPDATED)

Adesh Sharma has taken over the charge as Managing Director, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL). The post had been lying vacant since March, 2014.
(We said this on June 25, 2014)




S K Sahni selected for Director (Fin), BHEL (UPDATED)

S K Sahni, GM, BHEL, has been selected as Director (Finance), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on October 21, 2014. As many as 13 persons were selected for the same.







Mankad appointed Chairman, Swaraj Engines Ltd

Swaraj Engines Limited has appointed Sudhir Mankad as Chairman of the company.






Vijayaraghavan resigns as Senior President (Finance and Corporate Services), Sakthi Finance Limited

M K Vijayaraghavan has resigned as Senior President (Finance and Corporate Services) of Sakthi Finance Limited





Saggi appointed Addl. Director, RPG Life Sciences Ltd

RPG Life Sciences Limited has appointed Ms Neera Saggi as an Additional Director of the company.





Subramaniam appointed Addl. Director, GNFC

Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited has appointed Dr Manjula Subramaniam, IAS (Retd.) as an Additional Director on the Board of Directors of the company w.e.f. October 10, 2014






Gupta resigns as Independent Director, Surana Industries Limited

Dr S K Gupta has resigned as Non-Executive Independent Director of Surana Industries Limited on account of advancing age.





Daniel appointed CFO, Arvind Remedies Ltd

Arvind Remedies Limited has appointed Selvan Daniel as Chief Financial Officer of the company w.e.f. October 13, 2014




Ramakrishnan resigns as Director, Tulsyan NEC Ltd

S Ramakrishnan has resigned as Director of Tulsyan NEC Limited with immediate effect





Ghosh appointed CS, Geometric Ltd

Geometric Limited has appointed Ms Sunipa Ghosh as Company Secretary of the company.





Two independent directors cease to be on Board of Syncom Healthcare Ltd

Goviddas Pasari and Bharat Kumar Doshi have resigned as independent directors of Syncom Healthcare Limited with immediate effect.





Banerjee appointed CS, BLB Ltd

BLB Limited has appointed Ms Arpita Banerjee as the Company Secretary of the company w.e.f. October 20, 2014






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Dear Prime Minister Sir,

While you have started reform in labour laws. Thousands of organization in Delhi have received show cause notice for late deposit of Provident Fund . The show cause notice covers a period of 20 years, with demand for interest and penalty

(i) It is a trite law that penalty cant be levied after lapse of reasonable period of time(say 6 years). However PF office will not listen to any judicial wisdom.
(ii) Most of the alleged default is on account of data entry error by PF division, however PF office will not provide us with original papers on the basis of which the data entry has been made. The onus is on companies to trace twenty year old papers and tell the PF office that they are wrong.
(iii) Normally in penalty cases discretion is given to adjudicating authority to waive penalty if there is reasonable cause for default. However there is no such provision in PF law.
The whole machinery is high handed, unreasonable and prone to corruption and harassment. No wonder we are low in global ranking in ease of doing business.
I hope the labour minister, labour secretary , cabinet secretary principal secretary to PM and Hon prime minister will take note and make the implementation of labour law less draconian and more business friendly.


IAS is not extra constitutional

I difer with Shashank Das's views that IAS is superior as other service people could not clear it. This type of analogy is a brainwash tactic of those who wants that other services must be treated as they are done ..and this is not fare .... further it is a fact that in india there is courage for IAS and even most people try for it too ...but it is not because it is some extra constitutional service but this pattern is only because the un constitutional supremacy IAS people has defined over other services? How other services are being forced to remain behind is known to all. I bet that Government make all services at par not only in pay scale/allowances and promotions but also ensure that all services promoted upto secretary in their respective department / work profie then no body will try exceptionally for IAS. There is no doubt that things need a change but not a status qou...

Views are not against IAS people but against the system they have established.

Ravinder Kumar

Thanks Whispers

Wow ! Thanks Whispers for showcasing great Artist talent Meena Kamal. She is next big thing Indians will be proud. Kudos to you for being most imformative website.

R Gandhi

No news about empanelment

There is no news about empanelment of 1984 and 1985 batches of CSS officers as Joint Secretary, although it is under process for quite some time. Kindly give the latest status.

Dr A Srivastava







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.


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 (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles regarding RTI can be read at












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