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Pranab Mukherji still has acceptability in Cong?

Old Guards in the Congress Party feel that President Pranab Mukherji still has acceptability in the Congress provided he is made the Chief (President) of the party.





Does any media have the courage to face Modi ?

There have been several cases when the flag of press freedom has been held aloft despite onslaughts from people in authority. Without doubt among newspaper proprietors Late Ramnath Goenka, then Chairman of the Indian Express Group of Publications, was one of the valiant standard-bearer for a free press. He faced the leaders - as mighty as Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi - consistently to maintain independence of the print media. Is there any media man of that stature today who can fight Narendra Modi?


All JS level vacancies in GoI filled up

Kudos to Establishment office in the Department of Personnel that all Joint Secretary level vacancies that existed up to May 2015 have been filled up in the Government of India. This has happened for the first time in the history of Indian bureaucracy.

All services taken care of in JS postings in GoI

Bureaucracy under the present regime appears to be undergoing a sea change as all services have been given due weightage in Joint Secretary level postings. This is also evident from the JS level appointments made on Thursday. Earlier only the IAS used to get preference.

Posting of 1997 batch officials within a month of empanelment

For the first time in the history of Indian bureaucracy, officials have got posting within a month of empanelment. All Delhi-based IAS officials of 1997 batch who were empanelled a month ago have been given postings and the credit for the same goes to NDA government as no recommendations were accepted, no pulls and pressures were allowed to influence the decision and there was clear transparency.








Assam Meghalaya cadre IAS officer of 1980 batch, Kapil Dev Tripathi, has been appointed as Secretary - Petroleum and Natural Gas.
(We said this on April 27)




Sanjay Kumar Srivatava appointed Secretary, Official Language

UT cadre IAS officer of 1980 batch, Sanjay Kumar Srivatava, has been appointed as Secretary Official Language in the Ministry of Home Affairs.






Shyam S Agagrwal appointed Secretary, Scheduled Tribes

Rajasthan cadre IAS officer of 1980 batch, Shyam S Agagrwal, has been appointed as Secretary - Scheduled Tribes in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.






Narendra Kumar Sinha appointed Secretary, Culture

Bihar cadre IAS officer of 1980 batch, Narendra Kumar Sinha, has been appointed as Secretary - Culture .







Anoop Kumar Srivastava appointed Secretary, Border Management

Assam Meghalaya cadre IAS officer of 1981 batch, Anoop Kumar Srivastava, has been appointed as Secretary - Border Management in the Ministry of Home Affairs.







Arun Jha appointed Secretary, Tribal Affairs

Bihar cadre IAS officer of 1981 batch, Arun Jha, has been appointed as Secretary - Tribal Affairs.






DG,CISF orders likely today

In corridors of power the buzz is that orders regarding new DG,CISF are likely to be issued today. The government couldn't decide on the issue yesterday.






New Judicial Members of CESTAT

The Government of India has appointed the following Judicial Members to the CESTAT:-Shyam Sunder Garg , CESTAT, Mumbai. Garg is a Practising Advocate in Tax Matters at Chandigarh and had earlier been a Member of the Railway Claim Appellate Tribunal. Ms. Sulekha Bibi CESTAT, Delhi. Ms. Sulekha Bibi is a Practising Advocate in Tax Matters at Cochin and P K Choudhary who is a practicing Advocate at Dhanbad, CESTAT, Chennai.






Suresh Kumar is JS, Defence

Suresh Kumar is Joint Secretary, Defence in the Government of India. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of J & K cadre.






S K Bhattacharya, GM, Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) has been selected for the post of Director (Mining) in the same company. A total of 10 officials were interviewed by the PESB for the above post.







Lov Verma is also Secretary, Social Justice & Empowerment

Lov Verma has been assigned an additional charge of Social Justice & Empowerment till the return of Ms Anita Agnihotri from leave. Verma is a 1978 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






Ms Bandana Preyashi appointed Deputy Secretary, Economic Affairs

Ms Bandana Preyashi has been appointed as Deputy Secretary, Economic Affairs. She is a 2003 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






DG, CISF retires

Arvind Ranjan, DG ,CISF has retired on April 30. He is an IPS officer of 1977 batch Kerala cadre .






Four High Courts have no CJs

Four High Courts namely Guwahati, Gujarat, Punjab & Haryana and Odisha- are not having Chief Justices for the last few months. These five HCs have only Acting Chief Justices.






M K Goyal posted as Chairman, Revenue Board in MP

M K Goyal has been appointed as Chairman, Revenue Board, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






Ensure women's participation in Recruitment Board

Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) have been advised to ensure women's participation in recruitment Selection Boards/Committee.







Applications for MD&CEO, Punjab National Bank invited

The Department of Financial Services has invited applications for the post of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD& CEO), Punjab National Bank.







Dena Bank to be merged with another PSU Bank ?

The Government of India is reportedly mulling merger of Dena Bank with other larger PSU bank in order to improve its performance.






Neglect of IFS-B continues

In 2010, Madhuri Gupta (IFS-B), second secretary in the Indian Embassy was discovered to be spying for Pakistan for a long time. Her subsequent arrest was handled in such a ham-handed manner that according to Wikileaks it blew the cover of a RAW officer RK Sharma, working supposedly as Press Counselor. In the world of espionage, this is a celebrated case as this diplomat voluntarily passed on classified information to ISI for no personal or financial gain but to "teach a lesson to arrogant IFS-A officers". She had been denied study leave, given bad postings and discriminated against for belonging to an 'inferior' service. The change in Government had given hopes to IFS-B officers; but the Minister and MoS do not seem to even acknowledge the existence of this group which does the spade work while IFS-A officers socialize.






Jalaj Shrivastava relieved to join as Addl Secretary, Agriculture

The Government of Delhi has relieved Jalaj Shrivastava of cadre responsibility enabling him to join as Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation for a period of four years. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Ms Nutan Guha Biswas relieved to join as Addl Secretary, Women & Child Development

The Government of Delhi has relieved Ms Nutan Guha Biswas of cadre responsibility enabling her to join as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development for a period of four years. She is a 1983 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Narula joins as CMD, ITDC

Umang Narula, who is a 1989-batch IAS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, has joined as Chairman and Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).






Floating BOPs sanctioned

Government has sanctioned six Floating Border Out-Posts (BOPs) for Bangladesh border and three for Gujarat. These BOPs will be manned by BSF.






Provide uniformity in facilities for CPSE's women employees

CPSEs have been asked to provide uniformity in facilities for women like maternity leave, child care leave, and child adoption leave etc.






Delay in orders of Ajay Kumar's appointment as Director (O&BD), BPRL?

Why are the orders for appointment of Ajay Kumar V, GM (OVL), ONGC, as Director (Operations and Business Development), Bharat Petro Resources Limited (BPRL) getting delayed? The post has been lying vacant since June 18, 2014.






DoPT to depute CSS officers to North-East states

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) will depute Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officers of Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Director and Joint Secretary levels in Government of India to the North East States facing acute shortage of officers. The DoPT will make panel of the officers and states can choose among them as per vacancy and requirement.






DoPT seeks applications for Chairman, Coffee Board, Bangalore

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has invited applications for the post of Chairman, Coffee Board, Bangalore under the Department of Commerce. Those willing to apply can send their applications to this department within one month of issuing circular.






Nine IAS probationers of 2014 batch get postings in Bihar

As many as nine IAS probationers of 2014 batch have been given postings as assistant district magistrates in Bihar after completion of their trainings. Accordingly, Ms Udita Singh was posted as Asst DM, Patna; Amit Kumar Pandey as Asst DM, Saran, Chhapra; Shashank Shubhankar as Asst DM, Rohtas, Sasaram; Roshan Kushwaha Asst DM, Gaya; Aditya Prakash as Asst DM, Muzaffarpur; Ms Abhilasha Kumari Sharma as Asst DM, Darbhanga; Yashpal Meena as Asst DM, Pashchim Champaran, Betia; Shyam Bihar Meena as Asst DM, Bhagalpur and Saurabh Jorwal was made Purnia.






Manish Mohan Govil posted as OSD, CBEC

Manish Mohan Govil has been appointed as OSD in CX-9 Section of Central Board of Excise & Customs. He is a 1994 batch IRS-C&CE officer.






Das is Secretary to Delhi LG

SCL Das is new Secretary to Delhi Governor, Najeeb Jung. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of UT cadre. He has succeeded Nutan Guha Biswas.






Four IAS officers relieved from Goa to join Delhi GoI

Four IAS officers Mssrs D P Dwivedi, Z U Siddiqui, F O Hashmi and Parimal Rai have been relieved by the Goa Government to join Delhi Government.




IPS officer Samant Rohan Rajendra inducted as Under Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat

Samant Rohan Rajendra has been inducted as Under Secretary in Cabinet Secretariat in Government of India for a period of four years. He is a 2009 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.




CPWD's Vigilance Division launches vigilance news letter

The Vigilance Division of CPWD under the Ministry of Urban Development has launched a vigilance news letter to serve as an effective medium to connect the different stakeholders with the objective to develop and implement impartial, rational and transparent working processes in the organisation. The inaugural issue of this News Letter aptly named 'Satarkta Nirman Prakash' is released today on April 29, 2015 by the DG, CPWD Diwakar Garg in a simple but graceful function held at the Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi.He praised the efforts of the Vigilance Division for starting many public outreach programs. The Chief Vigilance Officer of CPWD M R Krishna, IPS explained in detail the various innovative activities undertaken by the Vigilance Divison and also emphasised the importance of active participation of all senior officers in the vigilance activities to make participative vigilance really effective. All Special DGs, Additional DGs and Chief Engineers attended this inaugural function.




Justice Milap Chand Jain passes away

Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Milap Chand Jain has passed away in Jaipur. He was 80.





B K Bansal is also DG, NACEN

B K Bansal, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Delhi zone, has been assigned an additional charge of Director General, National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN). He is an IRS-C&CE officer.





B P Singh is now ACS in Madhya Pradesh (UPDATED)

B P Singh has been promoted to the rank of ACS in Madhya Pradesh on May 1.1984 batch IAS officer Singh is presently Principal Secretart (Home) .




Pande moves to Washington (UPDATED)

R K Pandey (IA&AS-1994), Principal Director of Audit, Air Force, New Delhi, has been moved as Principal Director of Audit, Washington. He will relieve John K Sellate.





Surender Singh deputed as DG, CISF (UPDATED)

Surender Singh has been appointed as Director General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He is a 1980 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre.

(We said this on April 6,2015)





Kapil Dev Tripathi is also Secretary, Public Enterprises (UPDATED)

Kapil Dev Tripathi has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Public Enterprises. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.





Lalit Panwar gets addl charge of Culture (UPDATED)

Lalit K Panwar has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Culture in Government of India. He is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.






One rank one pension orders soon? (UPDATED)

There are indications that orders regarding implementation of one-rank-one pension in the Army are being issued soon.






IAS changes in Sikkim (UPDATED)

There is IAS reshuffle in Sikkim. New postings are Mssrs :- S C Gupta ACS cum Development Commissioner,Tenzing Gelek Commissioner cum Secretary Personnel,D P Sharma Commissioner cum Secretary Mines,C T Wangdi Secretary Land Revenue and Disaster Management ,Tsegyel Tashi Secretary Home and S K Shilal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies.






Reshuffle of IAS officers in Tamil Nadu (UPDATED)

Around one dozen officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Tamil Nadu. Accordingly, Mrs M Asia Mariam has been appointed as Joint Commissioner of Municipal Administration while Mrs S Senthamarai will now be Additional Director, Agriculture and S Natarajan is Additional Director, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj. Similarly, T Anand has been appointed as Additional Registrar, Cooperative Societies; R Kannan as Deputy Commissioner, Health Corporation of Chennai; L Nirmalraj as Joint MD, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board; A Annadurai as Regional Deputy Commissioner South, Corporation of Chennai; Dr R Anandkumar as ED, Tamil Nadu Watershed Development Agency.






S S Yadav appointed as Secretary to CM, Delhi (UPDATED)

S S Yadav has been appointed as Secretary to Chief Minister of Delhi. He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Birendra Pratap appointed as Deputy Secretary, Telecommunications (UPDATED)

Birendra Pratap has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Telecommunications in Government of India. He is a 2002 batch IOFS officer.






Dr Savita Anand is also Pr Resident Commissioner of Rajasthan, New Delhi (UPDATED)

Dr Savita Anand, PCCF, has been assigned an additional charge of Principal Resident Commissioner of Rajasthan Government at New Delhi. She is a 1981 batch IFS officer of Rajasthan cadre.





3 CSS officers shifted (UPDATED)

Three officers belonging to Central Secretariat Service (CSS) have been transferred and posted to different departments. Praveen Kumar Singh has been transferred to DoPT from Power while H K Vashisth was shifted to DoPT from Road Transport & Highways and Om Prakash Kumar from Telecom to DoPT.




Air Marshal B B P Sinha takes over as AOA of IAF (UPDATED)

Air Marshal BBP Sinha has taken over as the new Air Officer-in-Charge Administration (AOA) of IAF at Air Headquarters, New Delhi.





Raj Kumar Goyal repatriated to his parent cadre (UPDATED)

The Government of India has accorded a premature repatriation of Raj Kumar Goyal to his parent cadre. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of Jammu & Kashmir cadre.




Navin Kumar Chaudhary repatriated to his parent cadre (UPDATED)

The Government of India has accorded a premature repatriation of Navin Kumar Chaudhary to his parent cadre. He is a 1994 batch IAS officer of Jammu & Kashmir cadre.





Dheeraj Gupta repatriated to his parent cadre (UPDATED)

The Government of India has accorded a premature repatriation of Dheeraj Gupta to his parent cadre. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Jammu & Kashmir cadre.






DEBATE - Who uses whom ?

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Surana resigns as Exec. Chairman, Surana Industries Ltd

G R Surana has resigned as Executive Chairman of Surana Industries Limited due to personal reasons






Deodhar resigns as MD, Aplab Ltd

Nishith P Deodhar has resigned as Managing Director of Aplab Ltd.






Mayur appointed Director, Shasun Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Shasun Pharmaceuticals Ltd has appointed Ms Taru Mayur as Director of the company






Kapoor steps down as CS, Axis Bank

Sanjeev Kapoor has stepped down as Company Secretary of Axis Bank. He will be taking up a new assignment within the Bank.






Bansal appointed CFO, Quadrant Televentures Ltd

Quadrant Televentures Ltd has appointed Munish Bansal as Chief Financial Officer of the company with immediate effect.





Nanavati appointed Independent Director, Alicon Castalloy Ltd

Alicon Castalloy Ltd has appointed Ajay Nanavati as an Independent Director of the company.





Ms. Ritu Agarwal appointed Addl. Director, Bengal Steel Industries Ltd

Bengal Steel Industries Ltd has appointed Ms Ritu Agarwal as an Additional Director of the company





Ms. Premlata Agarwal appointed Addl. Director, Northern Projects Ltd

Northern Projects Ltd has appointed Ms. Premlata Agarwal as an Additional Director of the company.






Sood appointed Non Exec. Independent Director, Eros International Media Ltd

Eros International Media Ltd has appointed Rakesh Sood as a Non Executive Independent Director of the company w.e.f. May 1, 2015







(The views expressed in this column are of the contributors. We do not owe any responsibility, whatsoever, of the views of our surfers as it is their personal opinion. However, we would also request our contributors not to be personal, directly or indirectly, in presenting their views. Instead of countering the views which ‘X’ has already expressed, our contributors are advised to present their own views. Also be brief, say about 200 words at the most since any views longer than that if eliminated at our end would carry the risk of the contrbutor’s item losing its original essence)


There should be no debate, as it is well known that bureaucrats use politicians. Logic is simple. Politicians have limited tenure, high uncertainties resulting in insecurity and accountability to voters and press, whereas bureaucrats have job security, immunity from prosecution and zero accountability.

Rajendra Chourse

Save Nature

In September 1976, the Ministry of Mines, Government of India and the Geological Survey of India had organised an international seminar on Himalayan Geology. It was attended by experts from India and various other countries including Russia. The deliberations were mainly focussed on the tectonic plate movement and earthquake in Himalayan region. It is time that the papers presented may be relooked and it is also time for a similar international seminar in India.

Pradeep Kumar

BJP govt on path of self-destruction

The BJP government is on the path of self-destruction. It is doing everything to harass government servants. It is not surprising that it lost Delhi and is going to lose badly in Bihar. The decline in vote share in Bengal should also force BJP to rethink.

Bharti Jee

Sukanya Samridhi Yojna

The Prime Minister of India launched Sukanya Samridhi Yojna for the welfare of the girl child onJanuary 22 this year. The yojna apparently looked too good. As per announcement the parents could open an account under this scheme in any of the designated banks including State Bank of India and Post Offices. Situation as it stands up till now is, that SBI has not received any directives from the govt. about the scheme. Post office has become the worst place to do any business. Mostly it is located in a small room. One person handles accounts of all types including pensions. There is only one such post office in whole of Dwarka city, New Delhi. For even an entry recorded in the pass book one has to reach the clerk two hours before. Even after reaching him he keeps the passbook and asks one to come next day. Next day also similar line up is there. Moreover, it does not have online deposit facility. Who has so much time and patience to deal with post office? Will the PMO or the Finance Ministry ensure that banks are given directives to start opening accounts under this scheme? This is the way Govt. Of India functions in the new regime too. No change is perceptible at least as yet anywhere.

NK Das

CBI short of officers

For the past several years CBI has been running short of officers. It is really unfortunate. On the contrary, there are offices where a large number of employees are merely taking salaries without any productivity. Even the Expenditure Reforms Commission during the NDA's previous Regime suggested winding up a few govt. offices after careful analysis. Like all reports, this has also been gathering dust. The PM who is considered as a great visionary, should reform the central government administrative system.

Siva Kumar

Hard decision required

This has been the situation in CBI for years. There is clear lack of willpower to strengthen its cadre, despite Court's rap on its knuckle. Government needs to make one time hard decision considering the rampant corruption requiring clean up in the Country.

A Kumar

Low pay scales in ITI ?

When the pay scales of ITI are so low when compared to other PSUs, because they have not been revised for years, how does the PESB expects more candidates to be interested in the job. I think they are not in know of the ground reality. I know this very well because I was a senior man of BEML and I am a Bangalorean.

K Srinivasa Rao








Compensation for delay in providing information

The Appellant sought information regarding the players above thirty years of age in Indian Camps which was provided to him after three years. The appellant submitted that the Respondents had fixed thirty years as the maximum age limit for appointment as coaches. However, the maximum age limit to join the diploma course in coaching was thirty five years, which implied that a person completing the diploma could be thirty six years old and would have no chance to be appointed as a coach. The Appellant intended to pursue the above matter by seeking the information through his RTI application dated 17.1.2012 but was prevented from doing so because the information was not provided for a long period of over three years. He submitted that he is no longer interested in the information, but wants to be compensated under Section 19 of the RTI Act. The CIC observed that the responsibility cast on the Public Information Officers (PIOs) by Section 7(1) of the RTI Act to give a response to applications in a time bound manner will lose its sanctity if they were to explain away the delay in responding to RTI applications merely by placing the blame on their juniors. Considering the long delay in responding to the RTI application, the CIC directed the Respondents to pay the Appellant a compensation of Rs. 10,000/- under section 19(8)(b) of the RTI Act.


It is apparent that the delay could have been avoided had proper follow up been done. The PIO should keep a record of all the RTI applications received and disposed which should be reviewed at least on a monthly basis.

Citation: Gaurav Sharma v. Sports Authority of India in File No. CIC/LS/A/2012/002497/SH

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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