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POLITICS

This is History (786)

That expression "positive neutrality" is a contradiction in terms. There can be no more positive neutrality than there can be a vegetarian tiger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old system arrested by Modi’s functioning

Narendra Modi has changed the style of government functioning to an extent that people feel that old system has been arrested and that is why he is being criticized.

 

 

 

 

Will AIADMK decimate in TN ?

AIADMK is passing through in a critical stage in Tamil Nadu. According to experts after the death of J. Jaylalitha the party is bound to disintegrate. And by the next assembly elections the party will be a divided house.

 

 

Who is a careerist ?

Who is careerist   politician or  bureaucrat ? At a get-together , an interesting outcome came “ They always talk very pleasantly and politely  but not from their hearts.”.

 

 

EVM - Easily Vilified Machine

I'm seated in the Shatabdi ....I get chatting with the Gentleman seated next to me. After pleasentaries he informs me he is from the IAS and is on Deputation to Delhi.

Me: What's your take on EVM Hacking...

Fellow Passenger: Load of crap... I can say from first hand experience all these allegations are just Losers Excuses..

M: Just see the numbers and I hear there are levels of checks..

FP: I've conducted many elections and tested the EVMs hundreds of times... its a very simple machine...very much like a calculator....2 units ...Ballot and Control Units connected by a cable. The Control Unit has the memory..

M:  They say the EVMs can be fiddled with...

FP: 3 Claims.. tamper the Ballot Unit so votes go to one Party..tamper the Memory Chip so votes can be switched..tamper display unit for wrong display of result..

M: Can these be done??

FP: 2 ways...securing the EVM and and changing components or tampering the mechanism physically..altering the mechanism via wireless technology... Wireless is impossible as in the EVM there's nothing that has wireless connectivity...

M: What about securing the EVM and replacing components or tampering with the mechanism ...

FP: This mode is impossible because of the number of EVMs involved and People involved and also remember the Software inside is 'Burnt' so cannot be replaced.....and the checking process..EVMs are checked for removal of past memory...brought to District and Collectors carry out checks and then randomly allot EVMs  to Constituencies..randomly chosen Polling Officer get the EVMs 24 hours before Polling..then the Seals are checked and checks are done that EVMs are working properly..on the day of Polling mock Poll is done... all transparently as Candidates Agents are present...all this under 24x7 Security..

M: I was doing a check of the Numbers..as one EVM caters to 1500 Voters the number of EVMs used are huge..

FP: For 84 lakh voters in a General Election ... 5.6 lakh EVMs..

M: Viewing the Security and Checks its impossible for anyone to obtain the EVMs to tamper..

FP: The way Congress and all go on and on about EVMs ... tomorrow they'll  say in Gujarat very much like Idols EVMs also drinking  milk...

M: Or you press BJP button and your Account is automatically credited with a Bitcoin... and if you press Congress ..your Gold turns into Aloos..

FP: One Polling Agent had his Bluetooth on and there was a hue and cry that EVM Bluetooth was on for fiddling.. baloney.. simply don't understand what's  Mani Shankar's aim..

M: Simple ... Step 1... Abuse Modi and vent anger ... Step 2... Show Rahul in Command and decisive... Step 3... Take the blame  for loss in Gujarat... Congress will say had Aiyer  not yapped Congress would have won...but for Aiyer, Rahul had practically led Congress to victory...

FP: And then they can always blame the EVMs... Easily Villified Machines..

Train pulls into our Destination Station and we wish each other well and alight and go our ways. 

Disclaimer:  Satire. Not meant to influence, inform, insult or cast any aspersions.  With inputs from MSM, SM and Blogs

VJS

DEBATE

What will be the political scenario in the country after 2019 general elections ?

General elections in the country are more than a year away though, political discussions regarding the scenario in 2019 Lok Sabha polls have already started with many saying that BJP be given another chance. We invite views of our surfers on the probable scenario after next LS polls – Will it be a repeat of 2014 or will the Congress reemerge or will there be a rise of some new political force (coalition minus the BJP and the Congress).

Mail your views to mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com  or suresh.mehrotra @yahoo.com

Pujari to be Chairman of CERC ?

In all probability, former Secretary Power P K Pujari will be new Chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). Name of 1981 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre Pujari is believed to have gone to the ACC.

Will Justice Desai get second term ?

Grapevine has it that Justice Ms Ranjana Desai, Chairperson of the APTEL, is being given a second term of 3 years.

CoS to select Member CBDT on December 13 ?

CoS is expected to meet to select one Member of the CBDT on December 13.The meeting was postponed last week.

NLP expected shortly

Govt is formulating  a National Litigation Policy ( NLP). According to information, it will provide mechanism to ensure reduction of govt litigation and will give emphasis on exploring alternative means of dispute resolution.

Mrs Anuradha Prasad is PIFA (Navy), New Delhi

Mrs Anuradha Prasad, on reversion from deputation to Ministry of Food Processing Industries , New Delhi, has been posted as Principal Integrated Financial Advisor (PIFA) (Navy), New Delhi. She is an IDAS officer of 1986 batch.

ADG level vacancy arising in BSF this month

A vacancy at Additional Director General of Police is arising in Border Security Force (BSF) in December, 2017.

No job on central deputation at DIG level ?

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has not offered Deputy Inspector General (DIG) level posts to the aspirant officers as there is no vacancy in the month of December this year.

Three Part Time Members posts are vacant in Prasar Bharti

Three Part - Time members posts are vacant in Prasar Bharti Board for the last few months. Member Pers post is also vacant since February.

Rajeev Mehrotra to be longest serving CMD !

Rajeev Mehrotra is said to be longest serving Chairman-cum-Managing Director, RITES Limited. Mehrotra, who joined this post on October 11, 2012, will continue till June 30, 2021. He will serve a total period of nine years as CMD.

Rabindra Nath Jha likely to remain in MECL for six months

Rabindra Nath Jha, Director (Technical), MECL, who has been selected for the post of Director (Technical), Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL), is expected to remain in MECL for at least six months holding an additional charge of CMD, MECL.

Why a PSU Director meets a GoI agency boss ?

Why did a functional Director of Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) meet a top boss in an Independent Agency under the control of Government of India 25 times in last six months?

S K Barua yet to get orders for MD, NRL

Saumendra Kumar Barua, Director (Finance), NRL, is waiting for the orders  of appointment as Managing Director, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL). However, he is holding an additional charge of MD.

PSU banks hiring specialist officers in large numbers

PSU banks are hiring specialist officers in large numbers through exams followed by interviews.

Benjamina is Prin. CDA (Southern Command), Pune

Benjamina, presently posted as Commissioner and Secretary, Govt of Mizoram, has been posted as Principal Controller of Defence Accounts ( Southern Command), Pune. He is an Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) officer of 1987 batch.

SPN Singh is Prin. CDA (R&D), New Delhi

S P N Singh on reversion from deputation as Additional Secretary to Central Vigilance Commission, (CVC), New Delhi has been posted as Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) (R&D), New Delhi. He is an IDAS officer of 1986 batch.

MIB issues orders regarding Integration of three media units

After a big exercise, Ministry of I & B has issued the orders of integration of three media units- Directorate of Field Publicity(DFP), Song & Drama Division(S&DD) and DAVP.  Post integration, all the three Media Units  headquartered in Delhi will be re-named as Bureau of Outreach & Communication (BOC) which will have three divisions, namely DAVP, DFP & S&DD. BOC will have a unified command.

(We said this on November 20, 2017)

Agriculture Ministry in search of person for Director, CFQC&TI

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi is in search of candidate for the post of Director in Central Fertiliser Quality Control and Training Institute, Faridabad.

CGDA deadlines issued on pension cases of defence staff

The Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) has asked all HoDs to ensure completion of 80% of pension cases of Defence personnel by December 31, 2017 and 100% cases by March 31, 2018.

OROP also for Ex-State Armed Forces pensioners

One Rank One Pay (OROP) is also applicable to pre-June 1953 retirees pensioners, Ex-State Armed Forces pensioners and their families for revision of pension/family pension. Accordingly, the benefit of OROP also will be given to Ex-State Forces Pensioners/Family Pensioners who were in receipt of pension as on July 1, 2014.

Number of Deptts in UP to be reduced?

On the lines of union govt, UP govt has reportedly decided to reduce the number of departments . It will be done by merging the various departments into one. According to sources presently UP has 94 departments but after integration number will come down to 37. Eight deptts related to Agriculture, Cooperative, Sugar Industries, Cane Development , Food Processing will become Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Department. Water Resource and Irrigation deptt will cover all types of water and Irrigation related units .

11 SAG level IDAS officers get new posting

 11 IDAS officers of different batches has been transferred and posted to different units. Accordingly R K Nayak, 1983 batch has been transferred to CGDA hq as PCDA, Naval Kishore , 1985,joins CGDA hq, as PCDA, Navneet Verma, 1985, PCDA, CGDA hq, Delhi, Avinash Dikshit, 1986, PIFA(AF), Delhi, Anuradha Prasad,1986, PIFA(Navy), Delhi, Rasika Chaube, 1986, CGDA hq, Delhi, SPN Singh, 1986, PCDA(R&D), New Delhi, K.Satheesh Babu, 1987, CDA(R&D), Bangaluru, Bejamina, 1987, PCDA(SC), Pune, D R Negi, 1988, PCDA(NC),Jammu and Rakesh kumar,1990, CDA(Army), Meerut.

P K Goyal appointed ED, QA(S&T), RDSO

Parag Kumar Goyal has been appointed as Executive Director, QA(S&T), RDSO. He is an IRSSE officer.

Pankaj Uke deputed as AGM (Operation), NHSRCL, Mumbai

Pankaj Uke has been deputed as AGM (Operation), National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), Mumbai. He is an IRTS officer.

M K Rajpal deputed as GM (Civil), RPO, Lucknow

Manoj Kumar Rajpal has been deputed as General Manager (Civil) for Regional Projects Office (RPO), Lucknow. He is an IRSE officer.

One post of Director in Drinking Water upgraded to HAG

One post of Director in the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation has been upgraded to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) for a period of two years.

166 cadets complete training at Officers Training Academy, Gaya

As many as 166 cadets of Technical Entry Scheme (TES-30) and Special Commissioned Officers (SCO-39) courses including Assam Rifles and Foreign cadets passed out on December 9 after completing their training at the Officers Training Academy, Gaya.

Harsh K. Jain assumes office as Ambassador of India to Slovak Republic

Harsh Kumar Jain has assumed office as the Ambassador of India to the Slovak Republic. 

S P Gupta to be Chairman, AWBI! (UPDATED)

Former  IAS officer of Haryana cadre S P Gupta is being appointed as new Chairman of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). Gupta, who is widely known as Architect of Millennium City, Gurgaon, has been instrumental in bringing Metro connectivity in Gurgaon, creating Multi Road connectivity to Delhi.

Mrs Uma Shankar appointed ED, RBI (UPDATED)

Mrs Uma Shankar has been appointed as Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). She was earlier serving as Principal Chief General Manager in Department of Currency Management, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai. She is also a Nominee Director of RBI on the Board of Canara Bank and ex-Nominee Director of RBI on the Boards of UCO Bank and Corporation Bank.  Mrs Shankar is a Graduate of the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programme.

Ajay Yadav relieved to join as PS to M J Akbar (UPDATED)

The Government of Bihar has relieved Ajay Yadav of cadre responsibility in order to join as Private Secretary to M J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs. He is an IAS officer of Bihar cadre.

Two IAS officers get field postings in MP (UPDATED)

Rishav Gupta has been appointed as SDO Revenue, Amarpatan, Satna while Ms Bhavya Mittal was made SDO Revenue, Nagaud, Satna in Madhya Pradesh.



WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD

Mairpady joins Adani Enterprises Board as Independent Director

Adani Enterprises Limited has appointed Narendra Mairpady as Non- Executive Independent Director of the company .

Oshikawa is Addl. Dir of IFGL Refractories

IFGL Refractories Ltd has appointed Kiyotaka Oshikawa of Krosaki Harima Corporation, Japan as an Additional Director of the company.

Naik is CFO of Autoline Industries Ltd

Gokul Naik has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Autoline Industries Ltd.

Sudalaikannan is Chairman of Elnet Technologies

Elnet Technologies Ltd has appointed R. Sudalaikannan as the Chairman of the company.

BC Adhikari confers with MJP National Award

Dr. Ambedkar Award of Bhartiye Dalit Sahitta Adkadimi for recognising Social Service and the other literary services and activities related to up-liftment for downtroddon and backward classes in India and abroad has awarded eminent personality of India Bibhas Chandra Adhikari with Mahatma Jyotiba Phule National Award.

FORUM

DEBATE (1) Next Government

Given the present scenario, it appears that BJP will form the  next government under the able leadership of Narendra Modi. There is no alternative.

Rishi Bhatnagar

 

DEBATE (2) Next Government

Though it is too early to say, there appears to be no challenge to the BJP. There is no opposition. No leader can match the leadership of Narendra Modi. He is not only honest but firm in his decisions and will certainly take the country forward.

Pradeep Mehra

 

The Secret Is Out But…

The secret is out though the “legendary foreign hand” is still hidden from the aam aadmi even as it is no secret for the elite, investigative journalists and intellectuals. The secret is to get power by hook or crook in 2019. That means the legendary foreign hand has only 17 months and 22 days at the maximum. It has a well-designed programme. It needs to execute it neatly. So far it has been executed crudely. It has failed to instigate communal violence in India. Rather it has lost UP awfully twice, once in assembly elections and again in civic polls. It has not succeeded in fanning economic mayhem under the pretext of falling GDP due to demonetisation and/or GST. It is hoping to get something in Gujarat. It is going to fail again. Its last hope is 2019 general election. It has sown the seeds of a different kind of conflict in India by making Rahul Gandhi declare his caste and religion. The Congress is perceived to frustrate the Hindu population of India by opposing the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. For this goal the party has not hesitated to be highly offending politically as well as religiously. It has shown gross disrespect to Shri Ram by allowing its minister to file a novel affidavit in the court. What if the Sunni population decides to call its bluff? Why does Sibbal want a hearing in the case on the Ramjanmabhoomi only in July 2019 (after the next government comes to power)? By then they hope to destabilise, defeat or dislodge Narendra Modi/ BJP and secure power at the centre with the help of the foreign hand. The puppeteer of the party operating from foreign lands need to remember what the great Epic Poet Tulsidas’ Ram said: Shivbhakta mam das kahava. To know the puppeteers, we need to study world history with special attention to European history. This is the minimum we can do to face the challenges thrown at us by the foreign hands and their Indian agents.

M L Gupta

Data with RTI
Details of LTC availed
 
The appellant sought for the details of LTC availed by a public servant since her joining in the Ministry, the names of family members given in the LTC claim etc. The appellant claimed that the expenditure was incurred through Government exchequer and this information could be provided to him.  The CIC ruled that the number of LTCs availed by Government officials and the number of family members is disclosable under the RTI Act.
 
Comments
 
Being a government servant does not mean a surrender of privacy. The information about the family members remains personal information that is not liable to be disclosed under the RTI Act, 2005.
 
Citation: Ms. Prathiba Sharma v. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in Case No. CIC/MORTH/A/2017/168269/MP; Date of Decision: 01st December, 2017.
 
Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is the co-author of 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 - http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/
 
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