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Modi and Stock Market !

Some businessmen were discussing Modi factor. One remarked "Modi factor has given shot in arm to the Stock Market?






Indian Revenue Service officer of Income Tax cadre, Prem Chandra Maurya has been deputed as Additional Director (Investigation), Serious Fraud Investigation office, New Delhi for a period of five years.





The orders of P K Mukhopadhyay, Director (Production), Braithwaite, for the appointment as Member (Secretary) on the Board of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) have been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on May 15, 2014)




Adil Zainulbhai has been nominated as Chairman of the Quality Council of India (QCI). Zainulbhai, Senior Advisor to McKinsey, retired as Chairman of McKinsey, India. He has also been working with several parts of the government and led efforts around urbanization, inclusive growth and energy.





Vikram Misri is also Ambassador to Principality of Andorra

Vikram Misri, presently Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Spain, has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Principality of Andorra, with residence in Madrid.






Subir Purkayastha selected as Director (Fin), GAIL (India) Ltd

Subir Purkayastha, ED, GAIL, has been selected for the post of Director (Finance), GAIL (India) Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 19, 2014. As many as 11 persons were interviewed for the same.






Four IAS officers of MP cadre retiring this month

Four Indian Administrative Service officers of Madhya Pradesh cadre are retiring in September 2014. They are Dillip Kumar Samantaray, A K Bhatt, Ms Raj Kumari Khanna and Yogendra Sharma.






Surendra Kumar Bhagat to join central deputation at ADG level !

Surendra Kumar Bhagat is expected to join central deputation at Additional Director General level post. He is a 1982 batch IPS officer of Uttrakhand cadre.






Dr Joseph Abraham promoted to Higher Administrative Grade

Dr Joseph Abraham, Senior Adviser, Agriculture & Cooperation, has been promoted to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG). He is a 1979 batch IES officer.






Ramamurthy appointed ACS, Water Resources in Karnataka

P B Ramamurthy has been appointed as Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources in Government of India. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.





M Akhaya to join as CEO, CPSE !

M Akhaya is expected to join as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on central deputation at Joint Secretary level. He is a 1988 batch IPS officer of Orissa cadre.






Post of CVO in NEPA Ltd vacant

The post of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), NEPA Limited, Nepanagar, has been lying vacant.






Shuchi Srivastava to join central deputation 1

Shuchi Srivastava is expected to join central deputation at Deputy Secretary/Director level in Government of India. He is a 1997 batch Indian Telecom Service officer.




Desai nominated Workmen Employee Director, Dena Bank

Dena Bank has nominated Bankim R Desai who is Single Window Operator B with the Bank as Workmen Employee Director on the Board of Directors of the Bank.





Singh appointed Officer Employee Director, BoI

Union Ministry of Finance has appointed Harvinder Singh as Officer Employee Director of Bank of India w.e.f. September 18 , 2014.





Betai appointed Nominee Director, GHCL Ltd

Ms Padma Vinod Betai, Chief General Manager, IDBI Bank Limited has been appointed as Nominee Director of GHCL Limited w.e.f. September 6, 2014.





Jani appointed Addl. Director, GHCL Ltd

K C Jani has been appointed as an Additional Director of GHCL Ltd w.e.f. September 18, 2014.






Gujral appointed CS, Poly Medicure Ltd

Poly Medicure Limited has appointed Vinay Gujral as Company Secretary of the company w.e.f. September 18, 2014.





Karnad resigns as Independent Director, Akzo Nobel India Ltd

Ms Renu Sud Karnad has resigned as Independent Director of Akzo Nobel India Limited w.e.f. September 9, 2014.






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These days there are only 25 to 28 students in the Senior Secondary Level in schools against a requirement of 45 in the Biology group. Not many student want to pursue medical degree as they are sufficiently established only at the age of 30 years. The current of lot of young persons want fast buck. There is a shortage of doctors and I feel that there is no problem. Otherwise the day is not far off when all persons in the country will die.

A Srivastava

"Pensioners' disenchatment with CGHS"

The new Union Health Minister has failed to address the concerns of CGHS beneficiaries, especially the pensioners. He has failed during first 100 days of NDA. In the name of cost-cutting, Health Ministry has released a Common Formulary of some 1128 Generic medicines for distribution by CGHS. While the GoI is justified in pushing generic drugs, being cheaper and more affordable, what has been ministry's record in maintaining their quality protocol and "bio- equivalence", that is, its efficacy vis-à-vis branded drugs ?

The generic medicines are procured by CGHS stores from local pharmaceutical firms (Read as lowest tenderers). Several of these fake firms have been recommended for ban and even blacklisting by competent authorities under GoI .Worse, how could the authorities take the risk in respect of life-saving medicines? These sub-standard, clinically untested medicines, manufactured by banned firms ,could be more toxic than effective.

If the GoI is bent on improving country's 'demographic dividend' by pushing the pensioners out of their comfort zones, I have no issues provided all VIPs like the President/ PM/ Members of Judiciaries / Ministers/ MPs/ Public sector Executives / Top bureaucrats etc are treated at par with the less fortunate ones like us and administered similar generic drugs. Let there be no discrimination in health care.

May I urge the Prime Minister through WIC to take the call and ameliorate our sufferings.

A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)

Grievance regarding CGHS

Through your channel, I want that authorities must listen now. My grievance is as under:-
It is pity that CGHS Dispensary (86-Rohini, Delhi) has re-opened today after 4 days as internet was not working. Today morning due to backlog, more than 300 patients were registered and only two doctors (one maie and one female) are available to attend whereas CMO INcharge is not examining/seeing any patients.

Unfortunately, when your turn comes after at least 2 hours or so, the doctor tells that she is helpless to issue prescribed medicines due to latest Govt. direction of DGHS and even she is not empowered to issue the generic drugs against the recommended medicines by Government specialist. As a result, I am forced to buy six (6) medicines namely Tablet Betan Plus, Tablet Ivalid 5 mg, Defflorid (18 mg), Pirfenex 200, Tab. Mucinac 600 and Tab. Pregabid NT whereas i am entitled to CGHS facilities and have valid Life Card for which I paid handsome amount well in advance to CGHS authorities without any guarantee.

This is a very state of affairs in CGHS. I hope Health Minister will now wake up from his slumber and withdraw the impugned order issued by DGHS/CGHS and Prime Minister will have at least 5 minutes for Government servants/poor pensioners before he goes to United States.......

Gaur Chander Duggal

Employees need to be mature

By reading "FORUM" on whispers, it is noticed that there are repeated complaints by employees on CGHS. Is this the only department that has permanent complaints ? The employees need to become mature and not keep grumbling all the time.

M Ashar

Discrimination in ICFRE

The issue of ICFRE, MoEF were highlighted in whisper. Now regular DG, ICFRE has joined in the Apex scale . I would request that the same may be highlighted to remove the dichotomy between the deputation officers and regular scientists and research staff of the council. Serious dichotomy exists in the ICFRE, the only council in the field of forest and environment. For regular officials all the files are sent to Government and Ministry of Finance and for deputation officer, the issues are cleared at ICFRE or MoEF level. I hope with your intervention, new DG may take some step for improvement of research environment.

Subramanian N

Excellent IFS officer !

Dr. S.S. Negi is an excellent IFS officer with excellent administrative skill.

Sudhir Kumar







Information related to the vehicle which caused an accident

The son of the appellant suffered a serious road accident and became handicapped. The appellant sought information regarding registration details of a vehicle No.DL8C9080 which was involved in the road accident to help him to claiming compensation and other actions against the owner of the vehicle. The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that such cases have to be treated as extraordinarily urgent and as the victim is alive, he needs to fight for survival and recover from the injuries. The CIC ruled that the information sought by the appellant is very vital and pertains to life and liberty of the victim, therefore, the answer has to be provided within 48 hours. The CIC issued show cause notice to PIO why penalty should not be imposed for not providing the information within the prescribed time period.


Many public authorities are unaware of the provision whereby an applicant can seek information under the "life and liberty" clause and the same has to be provided within 48 hours. A large number of organisations are ill equipped to deal such an application. This case law provides an idea of what may be covered under the definition of "life and liberty".

Citation: Mr. Devender Kumar v. Transport Department GNCTD in File No.CIC/DS/A/2013/001464SA

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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