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Will Sunil Jakhar be rehabilitated?

In the fierce political battle, Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar was made a sacrificial goat. He lost party posts twice in the political battle in Punjab. Will he be rehabilitated by the Party High Command ?






Who after Yediurappa ?

Who is the next CM of BJP ruled state going ? In top BJP circles it is said that next in line is Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.






Whispers bureaucracy News
Asthana appointed Police Commissioner Delhi

In a biggest surprise of the Modi Government,  BSF Chief Rakesh Asthana , a 1984 batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer has been appointed Police Commissioner Delhi five days before his superannuation. According to the MHA order, his services have been extended for one year and he will be on deputation to AGMUT cadre.

(We said this on July 26, 2019)

Deshwal to hold additional charge of BSF

SS Deshwal has been given the additional charge of the DG, BSF. He is DG, ITBP. He is a 1984 batch Haryana cadre IPS officer.

Will Smita Jhingran be Member of the CBDT ?

Principal Director General of Income Tax, Smita Jhingran, is likely to make it as a Member of the CBDT. She is a 1986 batch IRS (IT) officer.

Baruah is strong contender for Member CBIC

S R Baruah is said to be a strong contender for the post of Member CBIC. He is a 1987 batch IRS(C&CE) officer.

Three IRS officers take VR

Three IRS(C&IT) officers have taken voluntary retirement. Denial VL Stone , DY Director's VR will be effective from July 31 this year. Monoj Kumar Pandohi and Jagdish Kumar's VR will be effective from next month. Both are Asstt Commissioners.

Ashwani Kumar to move from Pondicherry ?

Chief Secretary of Pondicherry, Ashwani Kumar, is likely to move from Pondicherry to Delhi. He is a 1988 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.

Units of OFB converted into seven DPSU

The Government of India has decided to convert the production units of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) into seven Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) dealings in: Ammunition & Explosives, Vehicles, Weapons & Equipment, Troop Comfort Items (TCI), Ancillary, Opto-electronics and Parachute.

(We said this on July 19, 2021)

Dutta selected for Director (Fin), Coal India Ltd

Samiran Dutta, Director (Finance), Bharat Coking Coal Limited, has been selected for the post of Director (Finance), Coal India Limited (CIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on July 27, 2021. As many as six persons were interviewed for the same.

Shenoy likely to get extension as Director (Ref), HPCL

Vinod S Shenoy, Director (Refineries), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), is expected to get extension till September 30, 2022.

Agarwal is also Secretary, Agriculture Research & Education

Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Department of Agriculture Research & Education, during the period of absence on leave of incumbent. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.

Dr. Deepak to join Karnataka Govt on deputation

Dr. Deepak R L is joining the State Government of Karnataka on deputation basis. He is an IRS-IT officer.

Suresh yet to get orders for Member (ANS), AAI

The Government of India is yet to issue orders of M Suresh, GM, AAI, for the appointment as Member (ANS), Airports Authority of India (AAI). The post has been lying vacant for a long time.

Ghosh recommended for Insurance Ombudsman, Guwahati

The name of Somnath Ghosh has been recommended by the selection committee for the post of Insurance Ombudsman at Guwahati.

Mohanty and Das kept as reserved candidates for Insurance Ombudsman, Guwahati

The names of DP Mohanty and Dhrubananda Das have been kept as candidates on the reserve list, in this order, by the selection committee for the post of Insurance Ombudsman at Guwahati.

Three IDAS officers promoted

Three IDAS officers have been promoted to HAG against the panel  for the year 2021. They are- A V Dharma Reddy, Anuj Sharma and Dr Saud Hasan Khan.

Sharma posted in Jammu

After promotion, Anuj Sharma has been posted as  Principal Director, DE, Northern Command, Jammu. He is a 1991 batch IDES officer.

Five IPS officers transferred in Bihar

Five IPS officers have been transferred in Bihar. Pranav Kumar Praveen has been made DIG, Champaran Range, while Lalan Mohan Prasad is now DIG, Kosi Range and Jitendra Mishra has been transferred as DIG, Home Guard cum Fire Services. Besides, Rajesh Tripathi will take charge as DIG, Economic Offences Unit (EOU) and Ravindra Kumar joins as DIG, Saran.

2 officers appointed after return from deputation in Bihar

Two officers have been appointed after returning from deputation in Bihar. Dilip Kumar, IRTS officer who was awaiting posting, has been given the responsibility of Special Secretary, Industries Department, while IRSS officer Sunny Sinha was posted as Additional Secretary, Transport Department.

KK Thakur moved to Central Railway

KK Thakur – who is being prematurally repatriated from deputation to Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) – has been transferred to Central Railway (CR) on his own request and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) officer.

Ashok Kumar shifted to Western Railway

Ashok Kumar – who is a group ‘B’ officer of Signal and Telecommunication Department of Western Railway (WR) – has been transferred to East Central Railway (ECR) on his own request and posted in the cadre.

Bindu Tiwari posted in COFMOW

Ms. Bindu Tiwari – who is returning from deputation to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – has been posted to Central Organisation for Modernisation of Workshops (COFMOW) in the cadre. She is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

Rajesh Kulhari sent to Central Railway

Rajesh Kulhari – who is returning from deputation to Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVC) – has been transferred to Central Railway (CR), appointed to officiate in senior administrative grade (SAG) and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

12 IPS officers transferred in Tamil Nadu (UPDATED)

Twelve IPS officers have been transferred in Tamil Nadu. Sumit Sharan has been posted as IGP, Home Guard, Chennai, while Dr Dr R Dhinakaran is now IGP, Idol Wing, CID and Mrs A Kayalvizhi takes charge as DIGP, Training, Chennai. Similarly, V R Srinivasan will be posted as SP, Dindigul; C Vijaya Kumar as SP, Tiruvarur; Mrs C Ravali Priya Gandhapunei as SP, Thanjavur; Deshmukh Shekhar Sanjay as SP, Ranipet; Om Prakash Meena as SP-lI, Cyber Crime Wing, Chennai; V Vikraman as SP, Special Units, Crime Branch, CID; Mrs N Devarani as SP-lII, Cyber Crime Wing, Chennai; Arun Balagopalan as DCP, St. Thomas Mount District, Greater Chennai Police and Mrs G Shyamala Devi was made DCP, Crime Against Women and Children, Greater Chennai Police.

No major bureaucratic changes in Karnataka (UPDATED)

With the change of guard in Karnataka, there seems to be no major bureaucratic reshuffle in the state. New CM is likely to do changes after few weeks.

Will Principal Secretary (Home ) move to CMO? (UPDATED)

In Karnataka, Principal Secretary ( Home ) is now  likely to move to CMO in the same capacity.

IPS officer seeks VRS (UPDATED)

Haryana cadre 1998 batch IPS officer Bharti Arora has sought voluntary retirement. She is presently IG Ambala Zone.

14 probationers of IPoS to hold charge in different circles (UPDATED)

As many as 14 probationers of the Indian Postal Service (IPoS) of 2018 and 2019 batches have been placed to hold independent charge in the Junior Time Scale (JTS) in different circles. Ms Radhika Suri was allocated Rajasthan Circle; Shah Sagar Nailesh Madhya Pradesh Circle; Vishal Kumar Pathak and Ms Astha Jain Delhi Circle; Ankur Tiwari Gujarat Circle; Syed Fraz Haider Nabi and Choramale Pandurang Gorakh West Bengal Circle; Gokul C V Punjab Circle; Ms Divya Chandran Tamil Nadu Circle; Ms Jyoti Meena and A Venkateshwar Reddy Maharashtra Circle; Ms Angel Raj Karnataka Circle and Ankush Bhagat and Nikhare Anurag Umakant have been allocated UP Circle.

N Ravindra debarred from Central deputation (UPDATED)

N Ravindra was approved for appointment as Regional Director, Forest Survey of India, Bengaluru under the Central Staffing Scheme of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change but failed to join. He has been debarred from consideration for central deputation for a period of five years w.e.f. October 10, 2019. He is a 1995 batch IFS officer of UP cadre.

Eight IPoS officers promoted to JAG (UPDATED)

Eight officers of the Senior Time Scale (STS) of the Indian Postal Service (IPoS) have been promoted to JAG. The officers are: Abhinav Pratap Singh, Saranya U, Anubrata Sankarkumar Das, Praveen Kumar, Dhammajyoti Ramdas Gajbhiye, Satish Solanki, Ansuya Prasad and K A Devaraj.

Mukhopadhyay appointed NE Director, Foseco India Ltd

Amitabha Mukhopadhyay has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of Foseco India Limited

Shah appointed MD, Dynamic Industries Ltd

Neeraj Shah has been appointed as Additional Director and re-designated as Managing Director of Dynamic Industries Limited. Meanwhile,  Apurva Kamleshbhai Modi has been appointed as Additional Director and re-designated as Whole-Time Director of the company.

Saksena re-appointed Ind. Director, PTC India Ltd

Devendra Swaroop Saksena has been re-appointed as Independent Director of PTC India Limited with effect from July 30, 2021.

Maini appointed Nominee Director, PTC India Ltd

Vinod Kumar Maini, Executive Director of NHPC Limited (NHPC), has been appointed as Nominee Director of NHPC on the Board of PTC India Limited.

Baliga co-opted Addl. Director, Ramco Industries

Ajay Bhaskar Baliga has been co-opted as Additional Director and designated as Independent Director on the Board of Ramco Industries Limited.

Jain appointed Addl. Director, Titan Biotech Ltd

Rohit Jain has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent) of Titan Biotech Limited.

NV Dhekne appointed Addl. Director, Elantas Beck India Ltd

Nandkumar Vasant Dhekne has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) on the Board of Elantas Beck India Limited.

ML Rao re-appointed MD, Lokesh Machines Ltd

M Lokeshwara Rao has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Lokesh Machines Limited with effect from October 1, 2021. Meanwhile, B Kishore Babu, M Srinivas, and M Srikrishna have been re-appointed as Whole-Time Directors of the company effective from October 1, 2021.

Whispers Forum

Congress needs a full time politician for revival

Congress party is not that weak as it appears to be. It still has its core base intact to a great extent and it just needs a charismatic leader to uplift the party from ashes. But the problem is that neither the “crown prince” is himself ready to lead the party from the front nor is he allowing to let anyone else become the commander. The party has always risen from heavy political defeats in the past when it was written off (after defeats in 1977, 1989, 1998, 1999 etc.). But it has always risen from ashes like Phonics only because of its strong and foresighted leadership which is missing today. Now, the party has become a private limited company sort of thing and its leadership is like later Mughals. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam’s empire was from Delhi to Palam. Similarly the Congress Empire ranges from 10 Janpath (Sonia Gandhi’s official home) to Rahul Gandhi's residence. Yes, the party is in power in many states like MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab etc. but Gandhi family has little or no control on regional satraps. To cap it all, Congress just needs a leader who is full time politician and who doesn't personally hates Modi and is willing to learn from Modi to defeat Modi.

Rajesh Kumar


Affidavit submitted for grant of maintenance allowance

Information regarding a copy of the affidavit submitted by appellant’s wife Mrs Bhavya Sharma to the sanctioning authority for grant of maintenance allowance was denied u/s 8(1)(e) & 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The appellant contended that the exemption claimed by the PIO is not proper as he was seeking information about his wife so as to know if the contents of the affidavit filed by her for grant of maintenance allowance are correct or not. The CIC held that even if there is a husband- wife relationship between the appellant and the third person regarding whom he is seeking the information but under the RTI Act, a husband is considered as a third party to his wife and the same applies vice-versa. Unless and until there is an involvement of larger public interest in disclosure of the information, no relief can be given in such cases.


Section 2 (n) of the RTI Act defines ‘third party’ as a person other than the citizen making a request for information and includes a public authority. The definition of a third party is vast and everyone other than the applicant is covered under it. A relationship does not entitle an individual to overlook the privacy of the third party.

Citation: Manish Kumar v. Headquarters Northern Command in File no.: - CIC/IARMY/A/2019/138225, Date of Decision: 02/06/2021

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. Apart from her weekly article here, her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link: www.rtifoundationofindia.com

Dr. Suresh Mehrotra


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