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Case likely to be registered against Rawat

If sources are to be believed, CBI is likely to register a case against Harish Rawat, CM, Uttarakhand in an alleged CD case. CBI is investigating the case.



Will Bedi be back to Delhi as LG ?

In the power gallery the appointment of Kiran Bedi as LG, Puducherry is a topic of discussion. It is believed that after few months Ms Bedi could be transferred to Delhi in the same capacity to fix Kejriwal. People, however, say that being from Delhi she can not be posted as LG in Delhi. In present scenario everything is possible. Shekhar Dutt who was Commissioner in Raipur when he was in Government service was made Governor of Chhattisgarh. In that situation one can only imagine what will happen in the battlefield of Delhi ?







Five ICS officers still alive

There are 5 ICS officers still alive. They are V. K. Rao (Bengal, Madras, Andhra), 1937 batch age 102 in Hyderabad, J. G. Kharas (Sind, Pakistan), 1941 batch age 98 in Rome, V. M. M. Nair (Bihar, IFS), 1942 batch age 97 in Delhi, A. G. N. Kazi (Sind, Pakistan), 1943 batch age 97 in Islamabad and M. M. Sen (Bengal), 1943 batch age 97 in Calcutta.





Four 1982 batch IAS officers in GoI yet to get posting

Four 1982 batch empanelled IAS officers on deputation to the GoI are still waiting in the wings to get postings as Secretary. They are Mssrs Amarjit Singh (Gujarat),Dinesh Singh (UP),A K Dubey (Kerala) and M Sathiyavathy (UT).







Jha's name cleared for Chairman CWC ?

Ghanshyam Jha is set to become Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC). UPSC is understood to have cleared Jha's name for the post. Interview for the post was held on May 19.He is holding additional charge of the post.







Capt Arvind Kathapalia selected as Director (Ope), AI

Capt Arvind Kathapalia, ED, AIL, has been selected for the post of Director (Operations), Air India Limited (AIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on May 24, 2016. As many as five persons were interviewed for the same.






Three major PSUs headless

The Government of India appears to be sweating in appointing Chairman-cum-Managing Director on the boards of three major Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs): The Government did not find even single person in four attempts for the post of CMD, OIL while the panels of two PESB selected candidates for the posts of CMD, NMDC and CMD, KRCL have been scrapped causing delay in appointments in these two PSUs.






Additional charge of CMD, ECL to C K Dey extended

C K Dey, Director (Finance), Coal India Limited (CIL) has been assigned an additional charge of CMD, Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) for a further period of six months with effect from June 1, 2016.






Tenure of S K Jain as Director (Mktg), HPC extended

The tenure of S K Jain as Director (Marketing), Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPC) has been extended upto November 30, 2018.






Agrawal likely to succeed Bhatnagar as Director (DD), CONCOR on July 1

P K Agrawal, CEO, CONCOR, is expected to take over as Director (Domestic Division), Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) on July 1, 2016. He will succeed present incumbent Arvind Bhatnagar retiring in June.






Meeting of top ED appointments postponed for June

A meeting which was scheduled on May 20 to consider the proposed appointment of Spl Director and Joint Director of ED has been postponed for the second week of June.






Will Khan get some political job in Assam ?

Former 1985 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre A R Khan is likely to get some political assignment in Assam. It was Khan who became the member of the BJP had campaigned for the party in Assam.






Minor changes likely in Assam today

A minor changes are expected to take place in bureaucracy in Assam on Wednesday.






Who is no. two in Delhi Police?

Frequent transfers of senior officers is hampering Delhi Police badly. Who is number two in Delhi Police is not yet decided. The organisation is bound to see more transfers in days to come.





Kaushik Rakshit declines offer for post of Director (Fin), HIL

Kaushik Rakshit, GM, NSC, is reported to have declined the offer for the post of Director (Finance), Hindustan Insecticides Limited (HIL). The post has been lying vacant since March 1, 2016.






Sivasankar to be Secretary to Kerala CM ?

M Sivasankar is being tipped to be new Secretary to the Kerala Chief Minister Vijjayan. He is 1995 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.






Venkata Sastry Yedla appointed as Director, Higher Education

Venkata Sastry Yedla has been deputed as Director in the Department of Higher Education, New Delhi. He is a 1990 batch ITS officer.






Aman Sharma appointed as Deputy Secretary, Commerce

Aman Sharma has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Commerce, New Delhi. He is a 2002 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.






Two CSE 2014 batch officers get IDAS

Two CSE 2014 batch officers- Aanand Achuthnankutty and Ms Vidhyavathi RS - have been allotted IDAS. They have been asked to report for training at Faridabad.





Prof R Srinivasan is also Director, IIM, Bangalore

Professor R Srinivasan has been assigned an additional charge of Director, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore till a regular appointment is made.






Two IRS-IT officers posted to CBDT

Puneet Gulati and Amrit Agrahari have been appointed as Deputy Commissioners of Income Tax in the FT&TR division of CBDT.





Shubha Mazumdar appointed as CPIO in ASI office, Delhi

Shubha Mazumdar, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, New Delhi has been deputed as CPIO in respect of RTI matters in ASI office excavation branch-II, New Delhi.






Prakash Reddy transferred to ASI Hyderabad circle

G Ravi Prakash Reddy, has been transferred from ASI, Agra to the office of ASI, Hyderabad circle.






Ms Meena Kumari Meena appointed as Deputy Accountant General in PAG office, Chandigarh

Ms Meena Kumari Meena (IA&AS-2009), Deputy Accountant General (G&SS-IV) in the office of Principal Accountant General (G&SSA), Rajasthan, Jaipur, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Accountant General (ES-II) in the office of Principal Accountant General (Audit), Haryana, Chandigarh.





Vacancy of Dy Election Commissioner arising in June

A vacancy of Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India at Joint Secretary level is arising in June.






Vacancy of DDG, RO Chandigarh, UIDAI arising in June

A vacancy of DDG, RO Chandigarh, UIDAI, D/o Electronics & Information Technology at Joint Secretary level is arising in June.





Immanuel K Muivah empanelled as DIG in GoI

Immanuel K Muivah has been empanelled for holding Deputy Inspector General (DIG) level posts in Government of India. He is a 2000 batch IPS officer of Manipur cadre.





Vikramjit Sen is Independent Director of BSE

Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India Justice Vikramjit Sen has been appointed Independent Director of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).





Sachin Mittal deputed as Director, Health & Family Welfare

Sachin Mittal has been deputed as Director in the Department of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi. He is a 2000 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.





Sathiyamurthy is new IG Intelligence in Tamil Nadu

K N Sathiyamurthy has been appointed new IG Intelligence in Tamil Nadu. He is 1997 batch IPS officer.






Burman to be OSD to Sonowal ? (UPDATED)

Rajnish Dev Burman is likely to be appointed OSD to new Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal. He is 1999 batch IRS (IT) officer.





J S Mathur is also Secretary, Land Resources (UPDATED)

Jitendra Shankr Mathur has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Land Resources till June 20, 2016. He is a 10982 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.






HAL-BEL join hands to share expertise (UPDATED)

HAL and BEL signed an umbrella MoU with an aim of mutual cooperation and knowledge transfer in avionics at New Delhi yesterday. T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL, S K Sharma, CMD, BEL and senior officials from both the DPSUs were present on the occasion. D K Venkatesh, Director (Engg. and R&D) HAL and Dr A T Kalghatgi, Director (R&D) of BEL signed the MoU. "The umbrella understanding includes sharing of expertise in design, development, engineering and manufacturing between HAL and BEL to develop and produce advanced airborne communication, electronic warfare systems etc", says Raju. Sharma says "BEL is pleased to be associated with HAL and share the respective expertise and competencies for the common objectives. I am sure such efforts will lead to greater indigenization and self-reliance in defence technologies. This collaboration will support the 'Make in India' mission".






Ram Jethmalani to go to Rajya Sabha (UPDATED)

Eminent Lawyer of Supreme Court, Ram Jethmalani is going to the Rajya Sabha from the Rasthriya Janta Dal (RJD) quota.
(We said this on May 20, 2016 )






NBCC is now NBCC (India) Limited (UPDATED)

The Navratna CPSE, National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) will henceforth be called NBCC (INDIA) LIMITED. The changed name takes effect from May 23, 2016. Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India, vide Rule 29 of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules 2014 has, on May 23, 2016, issued Certificate of Incorporation pursuant to the change of name. Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD of NBCC (INDIA) LIMITED said, "The change of name is an important milestone for the company." He further added, "The name change is part of re-branding initiative to better align the Company's name with its future strategy of business expansion. We have grown into a global company and there has been remarkable surge in activities and initiatives of the company, particularly in last few years. Listing of the Company, Navratna status, PWO status have all earned rich dividends to NBCC and it is now time to embark upon an exciting new journey." The changes are effective immediately and all future business activity will be undertaken with the new name.






K V Ramana appointed as MD, AP Rajiv Swargruha Corp Ltd
K V Ramana has been appointed as Managing Director, AP Rajiv Swargruha Corporation Limited. He is a 2003 batch IAS officer of AP cadre.







Subhash Chandra steps down as Non-Exec. Chairman of Zee Media Corporation Ltd

Dr Subhash Chandra has stepped down as Non-Executive Chairman of Zee Media Corporation Limited.






Arora appointed ED & CEO of Zee Media Corporation Ltd

R K Arora has been appointed as an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zee Media Corporation Limited.






Kolhatkar re-appointed MD of Gabriel India Ltd

Manoj Kolhatkar has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Gabriel India Limited. His current tenure in office ends onMay 26, 2016.




Parikh re-appointed MD of Gujarat Toolroom Ltd

Gujarat Toolroom Ltd has re-appointed Suryakant H Parikh as a Managing Director of the company .





Surana appointed MD of Surana Telecom and Power Ltd

Surana Telecom and Power Ltd has appointed Narender Surana as Managing Director of the company






Raj appointed CS of Tamil Nadu PetroProducts Ltd

Tamil Nadu PetroProducts Limited has appointed D Hem Senthil Raj as the Company Secretary of the company w.e.f. June 1, 2016




Nistane appointed Addl. Director of Rasoya Proteins Ltd

Rasoya Proteins Limited has appointed Ramrao Shivram Nistane as an Additional Director of the company.





Luharuka resigns as Non-Exec and Independent Director of Parle Software Ltd

Harish Luharuka has resigned as Non-Executive and Independent Director of Parle Software Ltd





Nambiar is Acting CFO of Shree Digvijay Cement Company Ltd

Shree Digvijay Cement Company Ltd has designated KK Rajeev Nambiar who is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as well as Whole-time Director of the company as Acting Chief Financial Officer of the company.








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Who is accountable? Irony of fate

NPA has gone up More than 1 lakh crores which is tax payers money but who is responsible and accountable? No one knows. The performance of bank employees is not being judged. In one of the banks, loan has been sanctioned for non-existent parties. What it shows? No action? It appears from Media, only Mallya is being targeted to divert the attention of public as there are bigger Mallyas in the system who may be owning more than 9000 crores of bank but list is not allowed to be made public. Govt. should made someone accountable for so huge losses of public money. Whole system is getting collapsed due to these bad loans but Chairmen and MDs of Banks are not at all affected. Neither Ministry of Finance nor RBI is finding any solution how to recover the public money and does not become NPAs. Unless some action is taken this will continue. If someone goes for even small loans, all related papers and guarantees are taken before sanction of loan but in large cases it is not followed. Let us not forget the crises in US during 2007-09. The United States subprime mortgage crisis was a nationwide banking emergency that coincided with the U.S. recession of December 2007 - June 2009. Unless we take immediate steps we may lead to similar situation. This is wakeup call for Govt. to do something and take corrective steps.

N Prakash

Importance of appointing officers from particular State

Is there any importance in appointing officers belonging from a particular State i.e. Bihar in M/o Environment & Forests, Secretary, 2 Addl. Secys., Joint Secretary etc. This seems to be unusual or a coincidence.


Mass Murder Marx

Insincerity to the Marxist ideals and playing petty caste or communal politics under its veneer has resulted in the mass murder of Marx in West Bengal and TN assembly polls most strikingly. Threatened to be reduced to a regional party only, the Marxist still remain in delusions of ideology etc. It is time for them to change their Colours and join other national parties according to individual choice.

M L Gupta

Defaced cities

There is hardly any city in India, which is not lined with posters of big and small time politicians with thanks to the God for making them presidents or other office bearers, hoardings of religious leaders, industries ,products, slogans of government's achievements. etc. These are invariably detested by the public at large, as these are put up by defying law and making these cause nuisance for the commuters and pedestrians. Sometimes, a committed and hard task master administrator makes complete change just, with his grit and determination. Here was one in Amritsar.
In the 1960s,posters,bill-boards,small hoardings and paintings, depicting the film scenes and beautiful heroes and heroines dotted the cinema loving Amritsar walls, historical gates, and Bhandari bridge , which had 14 cinema halls.The board of Mughal-e- Azam with Madhubala in the embrace of Dilip Kumar, at Bhandari bridge, has still not been forgotten by the old-timers. However with the passage of time with increase in business advertisements, politicians' love for self glorification and spurt in the number of fake doctors, the entire city had been defaced and disfigured by the mid 1970s.Legendary deputy Commissioner of Amritsar JD Khanna, got the entire Amritsar city white-washed after removing all the advertisements from all the areas. From October 1975 to April 1977,till he was deputy commissioner, the city remained free from this nuisance. Since then, with intermittent orders of High Court, and brief periods of the operation of election code , the city property has remained defaced and disfigured with unauthorized hoardings and posters causing immense nuisance to the citizens. Even the places fixed by the authorities for putting hoardings, often cause hindrance to the smooth traffic, and also to the pedestrians as these are horizontally put. The Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act,1997,has seldom been effectively used. We need more committed administrators like JD Khanna to keep the cities in their stately grandeur , without even the support of legislation.

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu, Amritsar







Claim for maintenance

Appellant, a deserted wife, claimed inadequacy of maintenance from her husband. She sought the latest salary slip of Shri Naresh Kumar Chopra, his residential address, copy of service book, latest GPF statement, details of assets owned by him. She also sought name of nominee appointed by her husband in GPF & Family Pension, group insurance schemes, CGHS, death & retirement gratuity etc. The PIO denied information under section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act as it was personal information.
The CIC observed that certain documents like annual returns of assets, investments, IT returns etc were earlier declared as private/ personal or third party information, as far as spouses are concerned they are not private or personal or third party information between them, in the context of marital disputes especially for maintenance purposes. The CIC ruled that the appellant is entitled to have access to the salary related information but has no right to her husband’s private information like deductions from salary


Right to Information Act entitles an appellant to get even the personal information if there is overwhelming public interest. In case the husband does not maintain his wife, a question arises whether denial of such information challenges her right to live. If so, the information related to maintenance becomes life related information.

Citation: Sunita Chopra v. Dte of Education (North), GNCTD in Case No. CIC/SA/A/2015/001934

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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