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Most officials have done away with visitor's register

In a bid to conceal the identity of people visiting them, most of the officials have - after Ranjit Sinha episode - now stopped maintaining visitor's register at their official residence.


Who is watching the watchdogs ?

The buzz around is that the powers that be have deputed people to keep an eye on what is happening inside the Central Bureau of Investigations and the Intelligence Bureau.







Kaun Banega Chairman, Railway Board ? (3)

Chances of GM South Eastern Railway A K Goel are rated high for the successor of Mittal as Chairman of the Railway Board. He would be qualified for the post in May.





Allahabad High Court CJ to move to SC !

Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court Justice Yashwant Chandrachud is being elevated to the Supreme Court. The SC Collegium is believed to have cleared the name of Justice Chandrachud.







Madhya Pradesh HC CJ Justice Khanwilkar to be Judge of SC !

The Supreme Court Collegium is believed to have cleared the name of Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar for the Supreme Court.







Kerala High Court CJ to be Judge of Supreme Court !

The Supreme Court Collegium is believed to have cleared the name of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Chief Justice, Kerala High Court for the Supreme Court of India.






Lawyer Nageshwar Rao to be Judge of Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Collegium is believed to have cleared the name of eminent lawyer L Nageshwar Rao for Judge in the Supreme Court of India.






Justice Bhosale to be new CJ of Madhya Pradesh High Court! (UPDATED)

Acting Chief Justice of the Hyderabad High Court Justice Dilip B Bhosale of the Hyderabad High Court will be new Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Other sources informed that he is going to Uttarakhand.






Who will be new CJ of Allahabad High Court ?

Who will succeed Justice Y Chandrachud as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court ?.According to informed sources either CJ of Andhra Pradesh High Court or CJ of the Karnataka High Court will move to the Allahabd High Court.






Where is the file of Bank EDs ?

Appointment process of five Bank EDs is complete. Despite vigilance clearance and completion of all formalities the file is missing . Any reason ?.






M Nagaraj selected for CMD of PEC Ltd

M Nagaraj, MD, NSKFDC, has been selected for the post of CMD, PEC Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on May 3, 2016. As many as nine persons were interviewed for the same.






Name of N K Nanda being touted as CMD, NMDC?

The name of N K Nanda, Director (Technical), National Mineral Development Corporation Limited (NMDC) is being whispered for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD), NMDC amid the status quo in appointment of Gopal Singh, CMD, CCL for the same. The name of N K Nanda, who also attended the PESB selection meeting on July 1, 2015, can be forwarded to the ACC for this post lying vacant since January 1, 2016.






GoI yet to finalise candidate for Director (Mktg), HECL

The Government of India is yet to finalise the person for the post of Director (Marketing), Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited (HECL) as a vacancy of this post has arisen on April 1, with the retirement of present incumbent A V Krishna on March 31, 2016.






MTNL headless for two years

The regular post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), has been lying vacant since June 2014.





Rama Shankar Sinha appointed as Additional Commissioner, Forestry

Rama Shankar Sinha, Director, Ministry of Ayush, has been appointed as Additional Commissioner (Forestry), Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, New Delhi. He is a 1995 batch IFS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Samiran Mallick promoted to HAG+

Samiran Mallick has been promoted to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG+) plus. He is an Indian Statistical Service (ISS) officer.






Anil Kumar relieved to join as CVO, MPT

Anil Kumar has been relieved to join as Chief Vigilance Officer in Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), Goa under the Ministry of Shipping. The post has been lying vacant since May 2014. He is a 1995 batch IRSME officer.






Two ISS officers shifted

Two officers of Indian Statistical Service (ISS) transferred. K K Lamba has been appointed as DDG, CAP, CSO, MOSPI, New Delhi while M V S Ranganadham was posted as DDG, NAD, CSO, MoSPI.






Will Krishna be Municipal Commissioner of Nashik ?

Abhishek Krishna (IAS 2006) is likely to be posted as new Municipal Commissioner, Nashik. Incumbent Commissioner Dr Praveen Gedam (IAS 2002) is likely to be shifted to Mumbai or Nagpur.





Cadre review meeting of IIS on May 5 ?

Sources say that cadre review meeting of IIS is scheduled for May 5. It is said that cadre review is due since long back.





Justice M K Hanjura appointed as Judicial Member, NCLT

Justice M K Hanjura has been appointed as Judicial Member in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for a period of five years.





H G Patel empanelled as DIG in GoI

H G Patel has been empanelled for holding Deputy Inspector General (DIG) level posts in Government of India. He is a 1999 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Sidhartha Pradhan appointed as Technical Member in NCLT

Sidhartha Pradhan has been appointed as a Technical Member in National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for a period of five years.




Vacancy of ADGFT arising in Commerce

A vacancy of ADGFT (Mumbai) at Joint Secretary level is falling vacant in the Department of Commerce in May.






Eight officers confirmed in IAS

As many as eight officers of West Bengal cadre have been confirmed in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The officers are: Pasang Norbu Bhutia, shaique Ahmed, Manabendra Chakraborty, Somenath Mukherjee, Manindra Nath Pradhan, Runu Ghosh, Gopal Chandra Das, Shahzad Sibli.





S K Srivastava appointed as ED, Railway Board

S K Srivastava has been appointed as Executive Director, Mobility (Civil Engg), Railway Board. He is an IRSE officer.





R P Thakur appointed as ED, Railway Board

R P Thakur has been appointed as Executive Director, Non-Fare Revenue Directorate (Traffic Commercial), Railway Board. He is an IRTS officer.





P Eswar appointed as SA, ASI, Chennai Circle

P V N C M Eswar has been appointed as Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, Chennai Circle, Chennai.






Dhodawat is new Secretary to Kerala Governor

Davendra Kumar Dhodawat has joined as Secretary to the Governor of Kerala. He is 1993 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.






Kainthola is new Director of FTII, Pune

Bhupendra Kainthola has taken over as Director of Pune-based Film and Television Institute.He is an Indian Information Service officer.
(We said this on April 23)






1993 batch IAS is now Principal Secretary in Karnataka

Two 1993 batch IAS officers Tushar Giri Nath and Umashankar have been promoted to the rank of Principal Secretary in Karnataka. 1991 batch IAS officer K Ateeq and 1992 batch IAS officers Uma Mahadevan and Sham Bhat have also been given PS rank.






Justice Joseph to move as CJ of AP High Court ? (UPDATED)

Grapevine has it that Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court Justice K M Joseph is moving to the Andhra Pradesh High Court in the same capacity.






H N Bhagwat promoted to Air Marshal grade in IAF (UPDATED)

Air Vice Marshal H N Bhagwat has been promoted to the rank of Air Marshal in the Indian Air Force.






1991 batch IAS officer gets RI with fine of Rs 25 lakh in disproportionate assets case (UPDATED)

The Special Judge, Saket Courts, New Delhi has sentenced Sandeep Garg-a 1991 batch IAS officer of Haryan cadre-then Regional Director (Northern Region), Anti Adulteration Cell, Ministry of Petroleum (Govt of India) to undergo four years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs 25 lakh in a Disproportionate Assets case. CBI had registered a case on April 16, 2004 for possession of huge assets disproportionate to the known sources of income by Sandeep Garg, IAS who was then working as Regional Director (North), Anti-Adulteration cell, Ministry of Petroleum, New Delhi. The said officer was apprehended while accepting a sum of Rs. 12 lakh from a businessman of Panipat at his residence.






L K Atheeq appointed as Principal Secretary to Karnataka CM (UPDATED)

L K Atheeq has been appointed as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister in Karnataka. He is a 1991 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.






T K Anil Kumar appointed as Secretary, Pers & Admn Reforms, Karnataka (UPDATED)

T K Anil Kumar has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms. He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.






Khandekar joins as Air Officer-in-charge maintenance at Air Hq (UPDATED)

Air Marshal PP Khandekar has assumed the responsibilities of Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance at Air HQ, New Delhi. The Air Marshal is a graduate of VNIT, Nagpur and was commissioned in Indian Air Force in Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) stream on July 25, 1977. He is a post Graduate in Industrial Engineering from NITIE, Mumbai, an alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Master in Science in Defence & Strategic from Madras University.





Tata Power SED wins night vision order from MHA (UPDATED)

Tata Power's Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) has received an order from the Border Security Force (BSF), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India for the supply of Rajak TBC DN-1, its indigenously developed Hand Held Thermal Imaging Systems (HHTI) (Cooled Version)). BSF is one of the premier forces of India using HHTIs for border surveillance and has selected through a global tender Tata Power SED's Rajak TBC DN-1 Multi Function Thermal Imager after extensive field trials. Rajak TBC DN-1 is a 'Created in India' product designed, developed & manufactured at Tata Power SED's Optronics Facility in Bangalore. While this gives impetus to Govt. of India's 'Make in India' campaign, it also provides end-user the facility to reduce the repair downtime substantially, as the entire maintenance and repair will be done in-house. Until now, our forces like Indian Army and BSF used to source the HHTIs from abroad and the downtime between repairs could even be in years. Tata Power SED's RAJAK-TBC DN-1 is an advanced Hand Held Thermal Imager meant for Long Range Day / Night Surveillance application. It combines multiple sensors such as Thermal Imager, Day Sensor, Digital Magnetic Compass and GPS Receiver, all in a single compact housing.






P Raju empanelled as IG in BSF (UPDATED)

P Raju, DIG, has been empanelled to the grade of Inspector General in Border Security Force (BSF).





Reshuffle of IPS officers in AP (UPDATED)

As many as 25 officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) have been transferred and posted to different places in Andhra Pradesh. Accordingly, Mrs A R Anuradha has been appointed as Principal Secretary Home Department while Amit Garg was posted as IGP, P&L and T Yoganand is CP, Visakhap0atnam City. Similarly, N Sridhar Rao has been appointd as IGP, South zone; V Venugopal Krishna as IGP, PTO; Mahesh Chandra Laddha as IGP, Intelligence; K Satyanarayana as IGP, CID; B Srinivasulu as IGP, SIB; E Damodar as IPG, Legal; A Sundar Kumar Das as Controller, Legal Metrology; K Venkateswara Rao as Director, Prohibition & Excise; A Ravidhandran as IGP, Training-2; P V S Rama Krishan as DIG, Eluru Range; P Hari Kumar as Jt CP, Vijaywada City; J Prabhakar Rao as DIG, Anantapuramu range; Srikanth as DIG, Visakhapatnam range; A S Khan as Jt CP, Visakhapatnam City; J Satyanarayan as DIG, Security; J Brahma Reddy as SP, Srikakulam; Dr C M Thrivikrama Varma as SP, Prakash; Rahul Dev Sharma as SP, Visakhapatnam Rural; Mrs B Raja Kumari as SP, Rajamundray Urban; L K V Ranga Rao as SP, Vizianagaram; P H D Ramakrishna as SP, Kadapa while Grewal Nav Deep Singh, Dr Koya Praveen, S Hari Krishna, Dr Naveen Gulati and Gopinath Jetti have been told to report PHQ, Hyderabad for further postings.






Cadre of Ravindra Kumar transferred to UP (UPDATED)

The cadre of Ravindra Kumar from Sikkim to Uttar Pradesh has been transferred on the grounds of marriage to Mrs Diksha Bhandari, a 2013 batch IFS officer of UP cadre.






Jitendra Kumar Singh awarded IAS cadre (UPDATED)

Jitendra Kumar Singh of Bihar State Civil Service has been awarded Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre.







Who should be RBI Governor ?

Who should be the next RBI Governor ? Whether he should be an Economist, a professor, a Banker or a Politician. The term of present RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan is coming to an end in September.

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Narayanan appointed as Addl. Director of City Union Bank Ltd
City Union Bank Limited has appointed M Narayanan as Additional Director of the Bank






Jayakumar steps down as Director of Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd

K Jayakumar has stepped down as Director of Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited






Kishore Biyani appointed as MD of Bharti Retail

Chief Executive Officer of Future Group Kishore Biyani has been appointed as Managing Director of Bharti Retail






Rakesh Biyani appointed as Joint MD of Bharti Retail

Rakesh Biyani has been appointed as Joint Managing Director of Bharti Retail






Swaminathan, resigns as the Director (Finance) of BEML Ltd

Pradeep Swaminathan, has resigned as the Director (Finance) of BEML Limited due to personal reasons.





Aloria appointed Chairman of GSFCL

G R Aloria, IAS has been appointed as Chairman of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited





Dalal resigns as Non-Exec Director of IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd

Shahzaad Dalal has resigned as Non-Executive Director of IL&FS Investment Managers Limited





Two directors appointed on Assam Petrochemicals Ltd Board

Government of Assam has appointed V B Pyarelal, IAS and Pradeep Kumar Das as directors of Assam Petrochemicals Ltd





Singh appointed as Head (Structured Finance) of Edelweiss

Randhir Singh has been appointed as Head (Structured Finance) of Edelweiss








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It'll be a disaster if a bureaucrat (IAS) is appointed next RBI Governor. Remember, Raghuram Rajan was appointed RBI Governor when the relations between Government of India and RBI were not good and the economic situation was a gloomy one. Rajan has led RBI admirably well so far. Appointing Rajan as the RBI Governor was one of those rare good decisions of the UPA Government. In my opinion he should get another term. That public sector banks are not in good health was not due to Rajan. In fact, the commercial banks are themselves responsible for their lending operations. If they don't do the due diligence before disbursing loans (for political reasons or otherwise), RBI Governor shouldn't be made a scapegoat.

Ashwini Kumar Gupta

Lucky 1994 batch IPS officer

This 1994 batch IPS officer getting empanelled is quite lucky. Are people aware that those enter Class1 services out of the same exam of civil services of the same batch in many services like Indian cantonment services etc very rarely get empanelled to JS. IAS is definitely a superior service and that is why people who don't get into IAS are given chances to rewrite the exam and qualify to get into IAS. The situation is same wherever rank decides the ultimate be it civil services or JEE or IIM etc.


Violating the sanctity of the file & consequences

The missing Isharat affidavit papers is the best example of routine violation of the sanctity of the File in the GOI during the UPA-I & II. The Augusta case is a strong evidence of playing with the procedure for transacting government business. In both the cases, the ministers took decisions and used the Secretariat as a Post Office only. Unfortunate reality is that even the ministers were just puppets in the hands of the parallel government, the de facto government in the nature of extra constitutional Authority with zero accountability. Had the proposals been examined as laid down in the law, the files would have contained the facts as they existed and saved the country the embarrassment caused by the corruption soaked unpatriotic elements. The system as per procedure ensures that the lowest official, who initiates the proposal places on the file every fact. The 10 years of the extra constitutional system stymied the organizational set up to an extent where decisions were not taken/ allowed to be taken at the designated levels. The critical level of decision making at the Joint Secretary level was downgraded under the pretext of the VI PC by merging the Director & JS levels in PB 4 against the original recommendations of the PC to merge the JS & AS levels. A planned assault on all civil services was mounted by not bringing out annually the panels for promotion of services other than only one for all those 10 years. It was so because those eligible for promotions were officers who got their promotions between 1989 through 2004 when the Congress was out of power and thus "not obliged" to the Congress Party Syndicate. They could not be trusted to be partners in scams of the kind of 2G, CoalGate or Augusta. Rather they could have blocked the game plan to loot the country as the 14 years without executive power was a bit too much of starvation! The consequences are before everyone, only if they choose to learn any lessons.

M L Gupta

No control of Finance Ministry on EPF!

Finance Ministry has no control on matters related to EPF. In budget it was proposed to tax certain percentage on withdrawal and withdrawal after certain age but both were not agreed and now interest rate approved by Ministry was not agreed by CBT knowing well it is not sustainable. It means Govt. has lost complete control on EPF but has full control on small saving schemes of Post Offices which is mainly meant for rural masses. Great injustice has been done for the small girls scheme known as Sukanya where interest rate has been reduced drastically because there is no one to raise voice. Let the Govt. spell out the steps,if any, taken EXCLUSIVE to identify the people whose taxable income is more than 50 lakhs. Govt. has admitted 50% small companies do not pay tax but no forward looking steps. Please take some steps exclusive to identify the people having income more than 50 lakhs. Do not create confusion by taking general steps for all tax payers. Use innovative ideas and technology in identifying the people. Is Govt. incapable or do not want to take the steps for identification as Govt. is run by these people. Use collective efforts in this direction. If this is done, it will be really a remarkable work which will be appreciated by all. Do not chase small tax payers and people whose income is less than taxable income by sending unnecessary notices.

N Prakash

Quaint political trend

To many people in Punjab, the reports have come as a major surprise that one political party has given more than 100 crores to Prashant Kishore, a so called political wizard ,but non player, to tell it the tricks to win the Assembly 2017 elections. Rather than sitting together, joining heads and chalk out the strategies to fight the ills afflicting the state and its people, the cozy way of winning election by spending some crores has been preferred. The stories of this expert's success in bringing victory for Narendra Modi in 2014 and then recently of Nitish Kumar in Bihar, are highly tempting for the lovers of political power to sleep and then win election for self aggrandizement.I am reminded of a small story. In late 1970s,there started a power game for the post of CM.There were stories going around that one very well connected politician had determined to spend rupees 20 lakh for buying this post. One very powerful officer in the district said laughingly, ''I can spend double than that amount for the post''. Any how 20 lacs did not bring that person the post. If political power could be bought, then , Prashant Kishore should be aware of the buying capacity of the Punjab player, He should also understand that Punjab is a different story. Here, once the most prosperous, have been made to court drugs, drudgery, disease, humiliation ,disgrace at every step, self killing and lick the dust, for the benefit of only a selected few people. Here he and his strategy is going to fail and fail miserably.

Surinderjit singh sandhu,Amritsar

Revision of pension

It would be in the fitness of things and in the interest of justice if the pension of civil employees is revised on the basis of table 5 (pay matrix) of 7th pay commission's report, as may be amended, to bring about parity between pre-2016 and post-2016 employees on the principle of one rank one pay, the logic being vast difference inasmuch as per pay commn's report, pension revision factor is 2.57 whereas the table 5 prescribes different factors from 2.57 to 2.81 - dph








Compilation of employee information on zonal basis

The appellant sought the details of deductions made in his Provident fund and current balance. The Railways denied him the information stating that they do not have a centralized information system for the employees. The CIC directed the Railways to provide the information. Further, the CIC advised the Railways to set up an information System, where an employee can access PF details for his entire career by entering a unique employee ID.


Many organisations compile information on a regional or zonal basis. A consolidated information system would not only help the employees in keeping track of their PF balances and withdrawals, but would also save the time and efforts of the public authority in compiling the records.

Citation: Harsh Kumar v. Northern Rly in Appeal No.CIC/VS/A/2015/001928

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles can be read at

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