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Two hour meeting between PM and Amit Shah is talk in political circles

A two hour meeting between PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah has generated much heat in the political circles. Outcome will be known only this week. 

Several BJD MLAs keen to join BJP in Odisha?

A number of BJD MLAs in Odisha  are reportedly thinking of joining the ruling BJP. In fact, the BJD leaders in the state have not seen the opposition during the past 25 years.


Whispers bureaucracy News
Kwatra named Indian Ambassador to US

Outgoing Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra has been named as India’s Ambassador to the US. The post had been lying vacant for the past six months.

(We  said this on Jan 23, Feb 27 and June 17, 2024 )

Shalini Rajneesh to be next Chief Secretary of Karnataka?

The present Chief Secretary of Karnataka Rajneesh Goel, IAS officer of 1986 batch is retiring on July 31 and the race for the next CS has become extremely intense. Additional Chief Secretary to government, Shalini Rajneesh, an IAS officer of 1989 batch is said to be ahead in the race. Incidentally, Shalini Rajneesh happens to be the wife of Rajneesh Goel, the present Chief Secretary. The next candidate under consideration is Ajai Seth, 1987 batch officer, who is on deputation to the centre. Presently, he is holding the post of the Secretary, Department of Economics till June 30, 2025. If Shalini Rajneesh becomes the CS, she would continue till June 30, 2027.

If Shalini Rajneesh is picked for CS post, this would happen!

If Shalini Rajneesh is chosen as the next Chief Secretary of Karnataka, she would be the second bureaucrat in Karnataka to succeed her husband as Chief Secretary. Earlier, Malati Das, a retired IAS officer of 1970 batch, served the Karnataka state as Chief Secretary from October 2 to December 30, 2006. She succeeded her husband BK Das, who remained the Chief Secretary from March 1 to September 30, 2006. However, a couple became the Chief Secretaries in Karnataka. BK Bhattarcharya and his wife Teresa Bhattacharya were the first couple to serve the state as Chief Secretaries.


Addl Director CBI Sampat Meena to return to Jharkhand in Sept

Additional Director CBI Sampat Meena is expected to return to the parent Jharkhand cadre in September. She is 1994 batch IPS officer of Jharkhand cadre

Will a JS be promoted as AS in the same Ministry?

It is said that recently one Joint Secretary (JS) has been empanelled as Additional Secretary (AS). If sources are to be believed the particular Joint Secretary is reportedly trying to be posted as Additional Secretary in the same ministry. He is an IAS officer.


Bejoy John appointed as PS to George Kurian

Bejoy John has been appointed as Private Secretary to George Kurian, MoS for Minority Affairs and Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying. He is a 2008 batch IRS-C&CE officer.


Selection of Chairman, IOCL through SCSC

The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas will be selecting the Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) through Search-cum-Selection Committee (SCSC).  The Ministry has begun the process of short-listing the candidates.

MHA starts probe against a DG?

It is said that the MHA has reportedly started a probe against a DG of a UT. Sources said that the ministry has received some alleged corruption complaints against the said officer.

ACIT Seema Sandeep Waghmare resigns

Mrs Seema Sandeep Waghmare has resigned from the post of Additional Commissioner of Income Tax (ACIT). She was currently serving in Valsad.


TRAI seeking Whole Time Members

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is seeking two Whole-time Members.

Fauzan Alavi is Special Monitor NHRC

Fauzan Alavi has been appointed Special Monitor of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Tenure of Pushp Kumar Joshi as CMD, HPCL ending; no successor so far

The tenure of Pushp Kumar Joshi as Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) is coming to an end on August 31, 2024. The Government of India is yet to find his successor.

NK Parsuramka appointed PED, Traffic Commercial (Rates), Railway Board

Navin Kumar Parsuramka, who is currently serving as Executive Director, Traffic Commercial (Rates), Railway Board, has been appointed as Principal Executive Director, Traffic Commercial (Rates), Railway Board. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.


Rakesh Gupta sent to RDSO

Rakesh Gupta has been transferred from North Central Railway (NCR) to Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow, and posted in the same capacity. He is an Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.


Anjani Kumar moved as CPO (G), NFR

Anjani Kumar, who is presently working in Northern Railway (NR), has been transferred to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and posted as Chief Personnel Officer (CPO), G. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.


AK Sinha sent as CPO (SD), Northern Railway

Anjani Kumar Sinha, who is currently posted with Northern Railway (NR), has been appointed as the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO), (SD) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.


AK Manuwal sent as CAO (C), RSP, Western Railway

AK Manuwal, who is currently working as Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) (CAO(C)) in Southern Railway (SR), has been transferred to Western Railway (WR) and posted as CAO(C), Road Safety Projects. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.


GM Singh appointed PCOM, WCR

Gurinder Mohan Singh, who is currently working as Principal Chief Operations Manager (PCOM) (CHOD) in West Central Railway (WCR), has been posted as Principal Chief Operations Manager (PCOM) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.


Rahul Agarwal appointed PCOM, SECR

Rahul Agarwal, who is currently working as Principal Chief Operations Manager (PCOM) (CHOD) in South East Central Railway (WCR), has been posted as Principal Chief Operations Manager (PCOM) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.


Vankaiah Chowdary appointed Joint Executive Officer, TTD, AP

Vankaiah Chowdary has been appointed as Joint Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), Andhra Pradesh for a period of three years on deputation. He is a 2005 batch IRS (C&IT) officer. The Acc has approved the proposal.


Sanjai Singh promoted to HAG of ICAS

Sanjai Singh has been promoted to the Higher Administrative Grade of ICAS and posted as Additional Controller General of Accounts, Office of Controller General of Accounts, New Delhi. He is a 1993 batch ICAS officer.


G Ramu transferred to MRPU Chennai DAE

G Ramu, CPU, Mumbai in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has been transferred in the same capacity and posted to MRPU Chennai.


Post of Secretary-cum-Scientific Director for IPC advertised

The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC), Ghaziabad under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has advertised for the post of Secretary-cum-Scientific Director.


Eight IDAS officers get new postings

As many as eight IDAS officers have been transferred and given new postings. These officers and their new office of posting are, Chandra Prakash (PCDA (O), Pune); Suryajit Naik (PIFA (Army-O), Delhi; Vikram A Doddamani (JCDA (R&D), Balasore) Lehana Singh (PAO (GREF), Pune); V Sudha Rani (PCDA, Bangalore); Vinit Parashar and Anupam Dosaj (CGDA Hqs, Delhi Cantt) and Parminder Singh (IFA (Capital-Navy) Delhi). The IDAS officers belong to 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2024 batch respectively.


R K Kashyap joins as Admin Member CAT, New Delhi

Rajinder Kumar Kashyap has assumed the charge of Administrative Member in Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi. He will also discharge the functions of  Administrative Member of CAT, Mumbai Bench, Mumbai.


NISE advertises for various Consultant posts

The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) has advertised for the post of Senior Consultants and consultants (Finance and Accounts) and Executive Secretary (DG Office).


Mission Director post AIM advertised by NITI Aayog

The NITI Aayog has advertised for the appointment of Mission Director for Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog. The applications must reach on or before August 12, 2024.


Pappu Priyanka transferred to SW Railway

Pappu Priyanka has been transferred to South Western Railway and posted in the cadre. She is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer of East Coast Railway zone.


C V R transferred to East Coast Railway

Challa Vineeth Reddy has been transferred to East Coast Railway.  He is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer of South Central Railway zone.


K K Poonia transferred to NW Rly

Krishna Kutvar Poonia has been transferred to North Western Railway. He is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer of Eastern Railway zone.


37 candidates selected for GSI posts

About 37 candidates have been selected for the posts of Administrative Officers in the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Ministry of Mines.


Manish Dhanuka re-appointed MD, Orchid Pharma Ltd

Manish Dhanuka has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Orchid Pharma Limited commencing from February 28, 2025.

Mridul Dhanuka re-appointed Whole Time Director, Orchid Pharma Ltd

Mridul Dhanuka has been re-appointed as Whole-Time Director of Orchid Pharma Limited commencing from February 28, 2025.


Mrs Mitta appointed MD, Skyline Ventures India Ltd

Mrs. Asha Mitta has been appointed as Managing Director of Skyline Ventures India Limited.


Prashanth Mitta re-designated NE Director, Skyline Ventures India Ltd

Prashanth Mitta, Whole-Time Director, Skyline Ventures India Limited, has been re-designated as Non-Executive Director of the company.


CU Bhatt appointed Addl. Director, Sarda Proteins Ltd

Chintan Umeshbhai Bhatt has been appointed as the Additional Director (Independent) of Sarda Proteins Limited.

DM Thakkar appointed Addl. Director, Sarda Proteins Ltd

Dhairyakumar Mohanbhai Thakkar has been appointed as the Additional Director (Independent) of Sarda Proteins Limited.

Mrs Patel appointed Addl. Director, Sarda Proteins Ltd

Mrs. Dharaben Piyushkumar Patel has been appointed as the Additional Director (Non-Executive) of Sarda Proteins Limited.


Arvind Kumar appointed Director (Refineries), IOCL

Arvind Kumar has been appointed as Director (Refineries) of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL).

MS Srinivasan co-opted as Addl. Director, Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Ltd

Maruthuvakudi Sankaranarayana Srinivasan has been co-opted as Additional Director (Independent) of Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Limited.


Mrs Lakkimsetti steps down as NE Director, Skyline Ventures India Ltd

Mrs. Srivenkata Laxmi Padmaja Lakkimsetti has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Director of Skyline Ventures India Limited.

NVR Lakkimsetti quits as Whole-Time Director, Skyline Ventures India Ltd

Naga Visweswara Rao Lakkimsetti has resigned from the position of Whole-Time Director & Chief Financial Officer of Skyline Ventures India Limited.

Mrs. Bhanot steps down as NE Director, Sarda Proteins Ltd

Mrs. Vanita Bhanot has resigned from the post of Non-Executive Director of Sarda Proteins Limited.


Hardik Dave quits as Ind. Director, Kaarya Facilities and Services Ltd

Hardik Dave has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Kaarya Facilities and Services Limited.


Whispers Forum

“Penetrating IAS through backdoor”

Much has appeared in the social media against Puja Khedkar(MH 2023), demoralising the  civil services aspirants for allegedly submitting fabricated disability and community certificates? Owning an Audi car, she claimed non-creamy-layer status from OBC quota? The unruly trainee officer has been shifted from Pune to Washim district, not even suspended. How were fake disability certificates from a private hospital and fake OBC certificate, honoured by UPSC without verification? DOP&T has constituted a one man probe panel. If its findings are corroborated, FIR must be filed by the CBI for forgery and the accused proceeded against. Following questions need answers on the alleged criminal misconduct:- (a)First and the foremost, were officer’s antecedents verified by the IB in consultation with the local intelligence unit (LIU)of State police ?(b) Was the Standard Operating Procedure followed by the UPSC while scrutinising her applications submitted and the alleged forged documents?  (c)Submitting fabricated documents to UPSC, amounted to criminal misconduct calling both for departmental actions by the Appointing /disciplinary authority and criminal proceedings as per law of the land;(d)Since the alleged scam has wide ramifications, the inquiry must be handed over to CBI for investigating, among others, the disproportionately large wealth amassed by her retired father; (e) Procedural flaws, if any,  must be investigated and reforms made to avoid recurrence of  similar blunders in future; (f)All co-conspirators (private hospitals and govt organisations) must be investigated and booked for criminal charges; (g ) Why was candidature of Puja Khedkar, not kept as provisional in the merit list as per normal practice in respect of doubtful cases?

 A K Saxena ( A former civil servant).


RTI (1)

Repair of quarter by CPWD

Appellant sought information about his online complaint regarding minor repair in Type 4 quarter, the note taken from allottee that he is satisfied with the work and others. The Appellant expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that neither the necessary repairs works has been carried out by the Respondent Public Authority despite repeated complaints nor his First Appeal has been adjudicated till date. The Respondent submitted that the First Appeal was never received in their office because the address mentioned by the Appellant was not correct. However, at the behest of the CIC, he submitted that copy of First Appeal is now received by him with the hearing notice of the CIC, and he will place a copy of it before the FAA for final order. The CIC observed that First Appeal of the Appellant is not heard by the FAA till date and the Respondent pleads to allowing placing it before the FAA. The CIC directed that a fair and proper hearing be conducted by the FAA, by giving due opportunity to both the parties to present his case. Hence, the Appeal was remanded back to the FAA for adjudication of First Appeal upon providing fair hearing to both the parties. The First Appeal shall be decided by a reasoned, speaking order on merits within four weeks from the date of receipt of this order.


The First Appellate Authority is an important link in the implementation of the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005. Every FAA should play the role assigned to ensure that the first appeal is disposed timely.

Citation: Amit Kumar v. CPWD, CIC/CPWNR/A/2023/109325; Date of Decision: 29-04-2024

RTI (2)

Link at which the case has been reported is given below from where the comments and citation may be checked-

The comments and citation mailed by me on 17.06.2024 can be checked from the mail and the relevant part which has not been reported is given below:-


High Court of Delhi in Union of India v. R. Jayachandran WP (C) 3406/2012 dated 19.02.2014 held that passport details, copies of birth certificate and copies of records of educational qualification are personal information, the disclosure of which would cause unwarranted invasion to the privacy of individuals unless there was an overbearing public interest in favour of disclosure. A similar view was taken by the High Court of Delhi in Ministry of External Affairs v. Asmita Sachin Waman, WP (C) 3735/ 2020 decided on 21.111.2022.

Citation: Shri Anurag Mittal v. Regional Passport Office, New Delhi, CIC/PASOF/A/2023/610640; Date of Decision : 27.03.2024

Dr Anuradha Verma ( is a RTI Consultant currently working with IIM Visakhapatnam. She has co-authored the books, RTI Right to Information - Law and Practice and PIO’s Guide to RTI. She offers consultancy on RTI matters and Third party audit. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link

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