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WHISPERS POLITICS NEWS
This is History (1083)

Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kejriwal is on freebies mode

Arvind Kejariwal led AAP govt in Delhi seems to be on freebies distribution mode. First the govt started giving free power upto 200 unit. This year free ride for women in DTC buses. The govt will provide free of cost sewer cleaning service in those illegal colonies which have been declared legal recently. Now free ride to senior citizens in DTC, free ride to women in Metro trains and free WiFI to all in Delhi are also in the pipelines. Assembly elections for Delhi are due in February next year. Now big question is - after so many freebies, will AAP win election ?

 

 

 

 

Arrogance in BJP leaders ?

It is said that trend of arrogance has developed in the leaders of the BJP ruled state Governments. After Maharashtra and Haryana history is going to be repeated in Jharkhand.

 

 

 

 

Jharkhand is test case ?

Jharkahand will be test case for the BJP after revolutionary steps like Ram Temple, article 370 and other measures  .One can see the Maharshtra and Haryana election results.

 

 

 

Survey
 
Who is the most glamorous and talented woman politician?
 
Gone are the days when politics used to be a taboo for Indian women, Now with each passing day, women are becoming more and more inclined also towards politics as towards other fields. Among them some are not only young but also multi-talented thus adding a new glamour quotient to Indian politics. 
 
whispersinthecorridors.com has identified few such female politicians and expects its surfers to give their opinion as to who among them are more glamorous.
 
Women politicians below 55 years of age identified by whispersinthecorridors.com
 
Roja Selvamani ; Alka Lamba ; Smriti Irani ; Nagma ; Krishna Gaur ; Navneet Ravi Rana ; Shruti Choudhry (44) ; Priya Dutt ; Supriya  Sule ; Poonam Mahajan ; Kanimozhi ; Saroj Pandey ; Mahua Moitra ; Agatha Kongkal Sangma ; Harsmirat Kaur ; Jyoti Mirdha ; Meenakshi Lekhi ; Priyanka Chaturvedi ; Dimple Yadav ; Kajal Nishad ; Divya Spandana ; Gul Panag ; Pritam Munde ; Anupriya Singh Patel ; Shazia Ilmi ; Angoorlata Deka ; Aparjita Sarangi ; Priyanka Gandhi ; Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakarboratory.
 
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BUREAUCRACY HEADLINES
Whispers bureaucracy News
Will John Joseph succeed Das as CBIC Chairman ?

Number two in the CBIC John Joseph who was denied the Chairmanship last time may be given his due this time. Logically, John Joseph being the senior most may be made the Chairman. He has been the architect of GST. Only minus point is he is retiring after five months. One can wait and watch.

Paramvir Singh to be new Police Commissioner Mumbai ?

Latest grapevine has it that Paramvir Singh is being appointed new Police Commissioner of Mumbai. He is 1988 batch IPS officer.

First set of high profile transfers from merging banks likely from Jan 2020

The first set of high profile transfers from the merging banks could be expected by first week of January 2020 as the target for the merger of banks is March 2020.

Gitesh Sharma to join as High Commissioner to Australia in Dec

MEA Secretary (West) Gitesh Sharma will be moving as High Commissioner to Australia in December.

Who is keen for central deputation ?

It is said that bureaucrats, because of present day system, are now not showing interest in going on deputation to the Government of India. Only bureaucrats from the North East and Delhi are showing keen interest in GoI postings

Around 1000 cases of CBI pending in courts

Around one thousand cases of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are pending in various courts till December, 2018, according to data released by DoPT.

Will RIL seek Board representation in RailTel post disinvestment ?

Even before the RailTel IPO is out, as part of Government’s plan of 25 per cent disinvestment in the company, whispers are that the RIL may pick up a stake in the company to assure a berth in the RailTel Board. What happens only time will tell. 

Assam Chief Secretary to retire

Assam Chief Secretary Alok Kumar is superannuating on Jan 1. He is 1984 batch IAS officer.

Rajit Punhani empanelled for holding Additional Secretary equivalent posts in GoI

Rajit Punhani has been empanelled for holding Additional Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1991 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.

Now Aadhaar is mandatory for visitors in Prasar Bharti

If anyone wants to meet anybody in DD hq and Prasar Bharti hq, he/she has to give Aadhaar number at the Reception. This internal circular was issued some weeks ago. Except PB, no other GoI office has imposed Aadhaar as mandatory.

Vacancy of MD, NERAMAC arises, advertised by PESB

A vacancy of Managing Director, North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC), has arisen with the resignation of P K Prasad. However, the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has advertised the post seeking applications from interested candidates.

Calcutta HC has 32 vacancies of permanent Judges

The Calcutta High Court had vacancies for 32 permanent Judges as on November 1, 2019.

DoPT in search of officer for Secretary, National Jute Board, Kolkata

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is in search of Deputy Secretary/Director level officers for the post of Secretary, National Jute Board, Kolkata.

V Thiruppugazh empanelled for holding Additional Secretary equivalent post in GoI

V Thiruppugazh has been empanelled for holding Additional Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1991 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

BBB creating database of PSB board performances

In order to have a more systematic and data driven approach to evaluate the performance of the boards of various public sector banks, the Banks Board Bureau has commenced creation of a database to capture the activities of the boards of the PSBs. The database will be used for identifying the functional balance of the board and will assist the Bureau in fine tuning its recommendations for placing executives with requisite skills on PSB boards.

IPS officer Manish Sharma gets first ever award

In a glittering function held in the jam packed auditorium of the PHD House, New Delhi and in the presence of Former Chief Justice of India KG Balkrishna and former Home Minister of India Shivraj Patil, the Controlling Authority for Private Security Agencies in Madhya Pradesh and Additional DGP Manish Shankar Sharma was awarded the first ever “ Ease of Doing Business Award” by the CAPSI, the National organization of the entire private security in India, Central Association of the Private Security Industry at the 14th Security Leadership Summit. The “ Ease of Doing Business Award” has been instituted by the CAPSI for the first time ever and the Controlling Authority of MP,  Sharma was selected for the award from amongst the nationwide 25 controlling authorities in each state. India has more than 22000 Security agencies and about 9 million people in this industry. As per the citation read and presented at the PHD House, the “Ease of Doing Business Award” has been presented in recognition of Sharma’s outstanding commitment and relentless service to the profession of private security central association of the industry.

Ms Sujata Sharma relieved to join UP Govt on inter cadre deputation

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has relieved Ms Sujata Sharma of cadre responsibility to join Uttar Pradesh Government on inter cadre deputation. She is a 2006 batch IAS officer of AP cadre.

Hanumaiah Korukonda relieved to join as Dy Secretary, Economic Affairs

Hanumaiah Korukonda has been relieved to join as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs. He is a 2008 batch ICAS office.

Sundaram Shankar appointed RBI Nominee on Lakshmi Vilas Bank Board

Sundaram Shankar, General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Hyderabad Regional Office has been appointed as Additional Director on the Board of Lakshmi Vilas Bank for a period of two years with effect from November 18, 2019 to November 17, 2021.

Rajgopal is new CIC in TamilNadu

R Rajagopal, who has been serving as Secretary to Governor has been appointed as the new State Chief Information Commissioner. He is 1984 batch IAS officer.

Anandrao Vishnu Patil appointed as Secretary to Tamil Nadu Governor

Anandrao Vishnu Patil has been appointed as Secretary to Governor of Tamil Nadu. He is a 1998 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

NTPC wins ‘Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability’ 2019’ (UPDATED)

NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power generation company, has been bestowed with the ‘Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability’ 2019, during the 19th International Conference on Corporate Governance & Sustainability held in London (U.K).

Sanjay Kishore shifted as IG (Const.), NR (UPDATED)

Sanjay Kishore presently posted as IG/C&I in Railway Board is being transferred and posted as IG (Construction), Northern Railway.

Ms Priyamvada Dev to be shifted to WPO, Patna (UPDATED)

Ms Priyamvada Dev presently posted in East Central Railway is being transferred to WPO Patna .She is an IRSME officer.

H S Bajwa shifted as CFTM, NR (UPDATED)

H S Bajwa, presently posted as ED (Coal) in Railway Board is being transferred to Northern Railway as CFTM.He is an IRTS officer.

Rajgopal Sharma relieved to join as PS to Niting Gadkari (UPDATED)

Rajgopal Sharma has been relieved to join as Private Secretary to Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises at Director level. He is a 1994 batch IRS-IT officer.

Niraj Kumar selected as CGM (Civil), IRCON, Patna (UPDATED)

Niraj Kumar presently posted as Secretary to PCE, East Central Railway has been selected for deputation to IRCON for the post of Chief General Manager (Civil) at Patna in Bihar. He is an IRSE officer.

Gaurav Agarwal selected for deputation to RITES as GM (Mech), New Delhi (UPDATED)

Gaurav Agarwal presently on deputation to Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has been selected for deputation to RITES as General Manager (Mechanical) at Delhi/Gurgaon. He is an IRSME officer.

Arun Kumar Panda is also Secretary, Health till Dec 1 (UPDATED)
Arun Kumar Panda has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare from November 24 to December 1, 2019.
Pankaj Srivastava appointed as Director, Defence (UPDATED)

Pankaj Srivastava has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Defence. He is a 2001 batch ITS officer.

Rahul Raj appointed as Deputy Secretary, Defence (UPDATED)

Rahul Raj has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. He is a 2006 batch CPES officer.

Vivek appointed as Director, Corporate Affairs (UPDATED)

Vivek Kumar has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. He is a 2005 batch IDES officer.

Pawan Kumar appointed as Director, Economic Affairs (UPDATED)

Pawan Kumar has been appointed as Director in the Department of Economic Affairs. He is a 2005 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

P Sampath appointed as OSD to Raosaheb Patil Danve (UPDATED)

P Sampath has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty to Raosaheb Patil Danve, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.



WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
Four Cruise Ships together at Mumbai Port

Another historic day at Mumbai Port where four luxury cruises: JaleeshCruises, Angriya, SilverSpirit and MeinSchiff were witnessed together at once with around 4000 passengers onboard and 6000 transiting through the port.

B N Modi quits as Independent Director of Flexituff Ventures International

Bhuwan Navneet Modi has quit as Independent Director of Flexituff Ventures International.

Bansal appointed MD of Hind Securities and Credits

Hind Securities and Credits has appointed Jagdish Rai Bansal as Managing Director of the company.

Ostwal quits as Independent Director of CMI Ltd

Kishor Punamchand Ostwal has quit as Non-Executive Independent Director of CMI Limited.

Whispers Forum
FORUM

DEBATE (1)

Meenakshi Lekhi fits in both qualities.

Rani Mehta

 

DEBATE (2)

In my view Nusrat Jahan

M A Siddiqui

 

Turmoil in Jawaharlal University

It is unfortunate that during the last few years there has been continuous turmoil in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) over one issue or other with the students and faculty at loogerheads with the administration i.e the Vice Chancellor. The students of JNU are perhaps the best in India selected after a rigorous process. They have the potential to be future leaders of India. They have already made great sacrifice to pursue their higher studies in India instead of running away to USA or Canada or Europe.

Therefore we as citizens of India should take the responsibility to provide quality education to these future leaders. Many of them claim to belong to economically weaker sections of society. Therefore I appeal to the Prime Minister to intervene in the current turmoil and announce that henceforth Government will take total responsibility to provide world class education to these students by bearing the entire expenditure of tuition, hostel fees, mess charges and any other charges which maybe levied from time to time. All students admitted to JNU can be called Bharat scholars. It is a small sum to be

spent for developing our future leaders. The Government should also implement some radical reforms.

Firstly, attendance for both students and faculty can be optional. The faculty members have already made great sacrifice by staying back in India instead of going to foreign universities. Therefore they are fully aware of their responsibilities and asking them to sign a register or swipe a card is not fair.

The present Vice Chancellor who seems to have incurred the displeasure of both students and faculty may be asked to return to his parent body-IIT Delhi- from where he can resume his seminal contribution to Electrical Engineering. The students and faculty can form a committee to run the university.

Another major reform that should be implemented is to do away with all examinations. The worth of the students has already been proved once they are admitted. So a master’s degree after two years stay in the hostel and a PhD after four years stay can be awarded subject only to the condition that they vacate their room in the hostel.

This will bring much needed peace to the campus. While a majority can devote themselves to pursuit of knowledge without hindrance, a small minority can still train themselves to organise agitations for some issue or there which will provide the necessary training for pursuing their career in politics.

Raghavan

 

DECISION MAKING TODAY

For 70 years Indians were kept in darkness and told that intractable problems cannot be solved. The people voted in a new government in 2014 . And repeated the same mandate by an even bigger margin to the NDA Alliance led by the BJP. The current situation is astonishing . - First TTT for Muslim women was resolved. - Next Art 370 was permanently abolished . - Next AYODHYA decision of SC is being honoured. - RCEP was a disaster for our economy since 2007 ! India's PM stated that INDIA FIRST was the basis of his political mandate. He refused to sign a discriminatory agreement. - Indian Army is moving into 21st century with fast reorganisation. A measure approved by the NDA alliance . Next step our economy ? Yes. Time to remove all cobwebs of the past.

Devendra Sethi

 

Discrimination with retd CPWD employees

The present BJP Government is encouraging to boost up the tourism industry, but while going to book the CPWD holiday homes, it is found that the retired central Government employees can book 30 (thirty) days in advance from the check in date, while serving central government employees can book 60 (sixty) days in advance from the check in date. It is often found while booking of CPWD holiday homes are already booked by the serving government employees, as they get 60 days time to book the same, while retired government employees are denied of the same as during the previous 30 days all the holiday homes are booked. The Government should consider few points that after the retirement from the government service a person usually spend time traveling the spiritual places or to a hill station or seaside town or city for refreshment with their limited pension, while serving government employees while on tour or LTC get reimbursement of his tour expenses including hotel bills (while on official tour), etc. who need not to bear this hefty expenses for accommodation. Therefore it would be very helpful for the retired government employees if the booking of CPWD holiday homes / Touring Officers hostel accommodation should also be open for retired government employees prior to 60 days in advance from check in date.

Kalyan

 

Black Money

Generation and Remedies Black Money is generated due to evasion of various taxes which are due and are supposed to be paid to the Government and not paid. Excess cash in circulation is also one of the reasons for generation of black money. There are many other reasons also. Cash is generated also due to tax exempt institutions like NGOs, Trusts, Welfare Organisations, Educational Institutions etc. These organisations are involved in social activities are are serving society at large. Now time has come these organisations can serve the country also by paying the required taxes if the provision of tax exemption is withdrawn. Now it becomes necessary to consider the withdrawal of tax exempt list and bring them in tax net thru an Amendment in Income Tax Act 1961 and other relevant tax provisions. Now a days lot of cash is being seized from individuals, trusts, institutions etc. which is. unaccounted wealth. The best way to overcome these problems is withdrawing of high denomination notes i.e. Rs. 2000/ note and Rs, 500/ note in specified time frame and in phased manner like Rs. 2000/ not in six months and Rs. 500/ note in a year time. It should be done with full public knowledge that high denomination notes are being withdrawn. There should be restriction in the limit of cash transactions. No cash transaction of more than Rs. 10,000/ all other transactions either digital or using plastic cards. Let all bank account holders are issued plastic cards like Rupay, Visa etc so they can do their transactions using these cards. Luckily we have some one who can do it. It is anticipated that If these two steps are followed, it may reduce the generation of black money and also corruption. Let these two points are considered and debated at the highest level and come to the logical conclusions to reduce the generation of black money and corruption. All the best.

Naveen

DATE WITH RTI

Information about a private person

The PIO, ISRO, Department of Space, was requested to provide information on five points pertaining to M/s KHFM Hospitality Management Services, (a Contractor), including information about the labour license and the category of workers. A copy of the wages paid by the Contractor, duly endorsed by the ISRO (Principal employer) was provided to the appellant. The PIO further stated that the record sought by the appellant may be available with the Contractor but documents cannot be obtained from a private person and provided to the appellant under the RTI Act. The CIC observed that the PIO was not aware that information can be obtained from a private person under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act. In the absence of any malafide intention, it would not be appropriate to initiate any action for imposition of penalty on the PIO.

Comments

As per section 2(f) of the RTI Act, if a law or statute permits and allows the public authority to access the information relating to a private body, it will fall within the four corners of Section 2(f) of the RTI Act.

Citation: K Sambasivaiah v. CPIO, ISRO, Department of Space in Second Appeal No. CIC/DSPCE/A/2018/125894, Date 01.11.2019

Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored the books RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link: - Right to Information Act 2005- RTI Foundation of India

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