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Jishnu Barua appointed  new Chief Secretary, Assam on October 30

Will Barua be new Chief Secretary of Assam ?
Jishnu Barua is likely to be appointed new Chief Secretary of Assam. He is 1988 batch IAS officer.
Tenure of Madhu S Nair as CMD, Cochin Shipyard extended on Oct 30
Madhu S Nair youngest CMD, may serve for ten years
Madhu S Nair is one of the youngest Board level members enjoying the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director in Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). Nair who joined as CMD on January 1, 2016 will end his first term on December 31, 2020. If all goes well, he may continue till December 31, 2026 in second term.
(WE SAID THIS ON JAN 14, 2020)
Madhu S Nair likely to get another term as CMD, CSL?
Madhu S Nair whose tenure as Chairman & Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Ltd., is ending this year is expected to get extension for second term.





This is History (2273)

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.


Trump is winning election on anti-China plank ?

It is said that Donald Trump is winning election in US next month only on the anti-China plank.








Imran Khan to continue with Army support ?

Foreign diplomats say that Imran Khan is going to continue as PM of Pakistan as long he enjoys the support of the army.






DEBATE- Who is a better minister – former IFS or ex-IAS officer?
In the Modi led NDA government, four bureaucrat turned politicians are Ministers. While Dr. S Jaishankar and Hardip Singh Puri – both Rajya Sabha MPs - are retired IFS officers, R K Singh and Arjun Meghwal – both retired IAS officers are Lok Sabha MPs. Now the question that arises is  - who among them – former IFS officers or ex- IAS officers are more result oriented ?
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Jishnu Barua is new Chief Secretary, Assam; to take charge today

Jishnu Barua has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Assam. Baura, who belongs to a 1988 batch IAS officer, will assume the charge on October 31, 2020. 

IFS wins, IAS loses ?

In the last round there were only two contenders for the post of CIC Yashwardhan Kumar Sinha and Neeraj Gupta. Finally the former IFS officer  Sinha won the battle. As many as 139 people had applied for the post of CIC.

Only two selected for IC in CIC

Only two ,former IA&AS officer Saroj Punhani and Veteran Journalist Uday Mahurkar were selected for the post of Information Commission in the Central Information Commission. Altogether 355 persons had applied for the posts of Information Commissioners.

Uday Mahurkar is new Information Commissioner in CIC

Gujarat Journalist Uday Mahurkar will now be Central Information Commissioner. He is presently with the India Today.

(We said this on Nov 23, 2013)
Is Uday Mahurkar closest journalist with Narendra Modi ?
In journalist circles in Gujarat, it is heard that Uday Mahurkar is the closest journalist with Narendra Modi in the state.
Tenure of Madhu S Nair as CMD, Cochin Shipyard extended

The tenure of Madhu S Nair as the Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard Limited has been extended for a further period of five years with effect from January 1, 2021. Nair, who joined on January 1, 2016, completed his first tenure on December 31, 2020. He will continue until December 31, 2025.

(We said this on Dec 5, 2017, Jan 14, 2020)

Khullar to join World Bank on Nov 1

Rajesh Khullar is joining as Executive Director, World Bank, in Washington for a term of five years, beginning November 1. He is 1988 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

K K Sharma is now State Election Commissionr in J&K

K K Sharma, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has resigned from his post and  has been appointed as the State Election Commissioner.  He is former 1983 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.

Anurag Prasad appointed as CIT in PrCCIT office, Delhi region

Anurag Prasad has been appointed as CIT(OSD) in the office of Principal CCIT, Delhi Region. He is an IRS-IT officer.

Four Under Secretaries get new postings

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued posting orders of four Under Secretaries after their repatriation from deputation. Accordingly, Prasanta Kumar Dutta has been posted to Ministry of Corporate Affairs, while P Ravi Kumar was posted to Ministry of  Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), N Sanatomba Singh in Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Narendra Kumar was posted to Department of Science & Technology.

PESB advertises post of Director Finance, NEEPCO

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has sought applications for the post of Director (Finance) in North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) Limited.

Tenure of B K Ravi on central deputation ends in November

The extended tenure of B K Ravi as Advisor (Security) in Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), is coming to an end  in November this year. He is a 1989 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. 

Dept of Food seeks officer for Senior Scientific Officer post

The Department of Food & Public Distribution, under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, is seeking applications from officers for filling up one post of Senior Scientific Officer (Design) at National Sugar Institute, Kanpur, by deputation.

Aloke Singh appointed as CEO, Air India Express Ltd

Aloke Singh has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Air India Express Limited (AIXL) on contractual basis for a period of three years.

Deepak Khullar appointed as CEO, HCI

Deepak Khullar has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Corporation of India (HCI) on contractual basis.

Tenure of Capt Ashvini Sharma extended

The tenure of Captain Ashvini Sharma, the current CEO, AIASL has been extended for a period of three months on contract basis.

Mrs. Harpreet Singh gets charge of CEO, Alliance Air Aviation Ltd

For the first time a woman Mrs Harpreet A De Singh, Executive Director, has been assigned the charge of CEO Alliance Air Aviation Limited.


Three officers get new assignments in Air India

Captain Nivedita Bhasin, GM Flight Safety, has been assigned the charge of ED, Flight Safety, Air India Limited, while  Arun Kumar Bansal, ED, Engineering Air India Limited, was signed the charge of CEO, AI Engineering Services Limited and S Senthilkumar, ED Engineering, AI Engineering Services Limited will be ED-Engineering, Air India Limited and will take over charge from Bansal.

Lt Gen Lahiri passes away

Lt. Cdr. Ranjit Lahiri, IN (Retd.), former Chairman and Managing Director of Hooghly Dock and Port Engineers Ltd., a 200 year old shipyard in Howrah, latterly a Government of India enterprise, passed away suddenly in Siliguri at the age of 64. He was a specialist, with decades of extensive experience, in the maintenance and operations of India’s maritime assets. He was commissioned in 1980 in the Indian Navy, and had numerous posting with the Indian Navy and with Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd.

Bumper production of sugarcane in Maharashtra; surplus to be used for petrol

In view of bumper production of sugarcane, the Maharashtra has decided to use the surplus production for sugarcane based raw materials under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme for the forthcoming sugar season 2020-21 during Ethanol Supply Year (ESY) 2020-21 from December 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021. 

Om Prakash Lohia is again CMD, Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Ltd

Om Prakash Lohia has been reappointed Chairman and Managing Director of Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Limited. Meanwhile, Hemant Balkrishna Bal has been appointed as Additional Director. Besides, MN Sudhindra Rao has resigned as Whole-time Director designated as Executive Director of the company.  

SK Anand re-designated as Non-Independent Director, Deepak Nitrite Ltd

Sandesh Kumar Anand, who was serving as Independent Director of Deepak Nitrite Limited, has been re-designated as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of the company.

Tenure of Madhu S Nair as CMD, Cochin Shipyard extended

The tenure of Madhu S Nair as the Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard Limited has been extended for a further period of five years.

Malka Chainani is Addl. Director, Greycells Education Ltd

Ms. Malka Chainani has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Director of Greycells Education Limited.

Appointments in IFB Industries Ltd

Three Additional Directors have been appointed in IFB Industries Limited. Partha Sen has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO, Rajshankar Ray as Managing Director & CEO (Home Appliance Division) and Amar Singh Negi as Executive Director - Service Business Head.

KD Dave is again Ind. Director, IEL Ltd

Kavin Dineshkumar Dave has been reappointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of IEL Limited.

Tilak Raj’s appointment as Ind. Director, AMD Industries regularised

The appointment of Tilak Raj as Non-Executive Independent Director of AMD Industries Limited has been regularised.  Subhash Chander Dua has been appointed as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of the company.  Prabhat Krishna has ceased to be Non-Executive Independent Director as his tenure has come to an end.

PH Parekh is MD, Gopala Polyplast Ltd

Prakash H Parekh has been appointed as Managing Director of Gopala Polyplast Limited.

Ashutosh Gangal ceases to be Director, CONCOR

Ashutosh Gangal, who is serving as Part-Time Government Director of Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), has ceased to hold the office of Director.

Whispers Forum


IFS Ministers are far superior and graceful .Because of high profile ministries they are always in touch with the PM.

G Tiwari



Jaishankar is still like a bureaucrat and not like a politician.

Mani Joshi


Farmers deserve remunerative prices of crops and honorable treatment

After the annexation of Punjab by the East India company in 1849,to engage the vanquished army of the Sikhs in agriculture,  the Britishers opened Upper Bari Doab Canal in 1859,and Sirhind canal in 1882.This led to colossal increase in the foodgrains production and massive financial gains for the Britishers in the international markets.  But the farmers were burdened with the enhanced land revenue and water rate, without vesting in them the proprietary rights of the lands they tilled. Their continued miseries gave rise to  the 'Pagrhi Sambhal Jatta' movement in 1907,led by S.Ajit singh, uncle of Shahid Bhagat Singh and Sufi Amba prasad.  The farmers continued to suffer till the advent of that messiah Sir Chhotu Ram on the scene.  He got enacted 2 Acts i.e. 'Punjab Relief of Indebtedness Act,1934',and 'Punjab Debtors' Act 1936,which freed them from the tyranny of debts.

The economic condition of farmers  in general in India and particularly in Punjab has been consistently bad except for major Malwa belt, where prosperity started in the 1960s.The fruits of consolidation of holdings and ushering in of green revolution eased the situation a bit till late 1980s.But since the mid 1990s, the distress of farmers started the alarming bells in the Malwa belt with sporadic reports of farmers committing suicides due to poor financial position.  This led  some universities to undertake the research on the subject to pin-point the predominant reasons of such tragedies. In the early 2000, farmer unions and social activists started serious action on the issue and went  on to the extent of filing PILs ,when government actions to ameliorate their plight did not measure upto their expectations. The government's seriousness followed with due deliberations at the senior level.  In order to file reply to the PILs ,Chief Secretary would regularly hold  meetings ,without serious discussions to find lasting solutions to some issues, which have been bane of the peasantry  for centuries particularly indebtedness and its impact,  and unavailability of adequate prices of the crops.

In one such meeting the deliberations followed thus: Chief Secretary is addressing the senior officers, ''CM sahib has taken a very serious view of the increasing number of the farmers' suicides,so we have to address the issue to stop this and think of ways and means to rehabilitate suitably the affected families.''He looked towards the Financial Commissioner Revenue,but before she could start, a very computer savvy young Principal Secretary Medical Education said,''Sir, before coming for the meeting,i had checked the position in Australia,Canada,Japan ,Brazil and USA.There the number of such suicides have been much more.It is happening the world over.''He intended to continue ,but CS cut him short by asking,''What were the reasons and what those governments were doing to address the issue''?Frown was visible on his face.''I will find out ,sir,''was the answer given by the officer.CS further asked him to depute doctors from the Medical colleges to specifically find out the psychological reasons,if drug addiction has any role to play in these tragedies.''Sir there is shortage of psychiatrists in the hospitals, but i will do it ,''replied the officer.FCR(Financial Commissioner Revenue). who was waiting for her turn said,''Sir i have found out that Moneylenders Act is not being implemented and the commission agents were charging exorbitant rates of interest.The farmers are unable to repay the loans which result in the farmers selling the lands in distress.I have studied the The Punjab Relief of Agriculture Indebtedness Act, which lays down the constitution of Debt Reconciliation Tribunals.I suggest divisional commissioners may be designated as such to speedily decide the cases''.''But will the farmers have to travel hundreds of miles to divisional head-quarters  for their cases,which are expected to be in large numbers?When i was a divisional commissioner, i had 5000 court cases ,so the commissioners are already very busy.And why not Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars do this work?'' Chief Secretary remarked.FCR was quick to answer,''The commissioners presently have the pendency of cases ranging between 800 to 1400,Furthermore if the work is entrusted to  the local officers, they may succumb to political pressure.'' CS said ,'' ok ,we will hold a  separate meeting on this issue'.I am also inquiring about as to why Crop Insurance issue has not been materializing for the last more than half a century,so we will also discuss it in the next meeting '.Secretary Health informed that statewide campaign had been launched to nab  Chemists selling intoxicating drugs He read out the statistics of drugs seized and number of FIRs registered.Financial commissioner Cooperation said,''We are taking up with the NABARD to lower the rate of interest for farm credit.We have achieved the credit targets and our recovery..........''.He was cut short.''What you should look at is that the credit advanced to farmers is hassle-free and timely and the amount of recovery is accounted for ,o yes! Why stamp duty is being charged on Agriculture loans  ?CS asked.Financial Commissioner Development briefly informed that he had already taken up the issue with the FCR.FCR nodded, assuring early solution.CS also asked the FCD to ensure timely supply of fertilizers and subsidized seeds .He also recapitulated his tenure as deputy commissioner,  to stress the need to regularly check spurious insecticides and weedicides dealers, as large number of complaints had been pouring in.Although Principal Secretary Home was also present, DGP informed about number of cases filed against the drug peddlers. Secretary Social security said,''Sir, ostentatious living, breaking of joint family system and reduction in the sizes of land holdings may also be the cause of this tragedy, ''CS fixed the next date of meeting in which Advocate general would also be present for finalizing the reply to be filed in the court.

The ritual of such meetings continued since mid 2000  and the Bill was ready in early two thousand ten. The lobby of the commission agents weighed more than the emaciated farmers' unions and so it remained dormant under the carpet. Some farmers' leaders were rewarded with top posts in the govt, for their co-operation in perpetuating the misery of their clan.  However with the eye on the 2017 Assembly poll, the regime passed the Bill   to make it Punjab settlement of Agricultural Indebtedness Act 2016 on 21 March 2016.Again series of meetings were held to implement the Act, but without any visible success rendering the Act as only a glorified waste paper. The plight of the farmers continued to deteriorate.  The Assembly elections 2017 gave opportunity to the more political parties to make more promises,  even to the extent of filling up the forms of debt relief,  to entice the farmers. The debt has only been partially waived off. Since long, the farmers have become irrelevant as vote bank as the parties merge them in  agenda of  appealing mainly to caste and religion factors . This rudderless and leaderless stage may continue for substantial time ahead as the leaders prefer to become office bearers of BCCI rather than becoming ministers at the Centre and CMs in the states.The dynastic politics remains aloof from the ground realities and is guided more by the CBI's,E.D's, attitude and preferences.

Farmers are presently politically orphans.There is no leader of the stature of Chowdhary Charan singh and Devi lal to help the farmers.Farmers' main demand since long has been the implementation of Swaminathan commission's report,which mainly assures remunerative prices for the crops ,so that better financial position takes care of their honorable lives. Instead of implementing the report, the regime has been ranting since 2016 that the income of the farmers would be doubled in 2022,which slogan has remained incomprehensible to all.  And now,  three Acts have been brought forth by the regime,  which have totally devastated the very moderate dreams of the farmers. Instead of asking for anything else, they are now mainly asking for the repeal of 3 new Acts and assurance on msp, meaning thereby that they will be back in that suicide zone again. But the regime is adamant and not ready to listen to genuine demands of the farmers.  The state is in one of its worst periods since 1947,and let us hope better sense will prevail on the regime to address the farmers' issues,  rather than promising them moon and looking the other way..

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu ,Amritsar

Information about ODI List
The appellant filed an application seeking information about the ODI list such as number of officers whose cases have been exonerated and date of review meeting of the ODI status of officers etc. The information was denied from disclosure under Section 8(1)(h) and 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The CIC observed that the disclosure of any kind of information would therefore defeat the very purpose of surveillance which is conducted through the established procedure of ODI list.
The ‘list of Public Servants of Gazetted status of Doubtful Integrity’ includes the names of those officers only who, after enquiry or during the course of enquiry, have been found to be lacking in integrity, (i) Convicted in a court of law on a charge of lack of integrity or for an offence involving moral turpitude but on whom, in view of exceptional circumstances, a penalty other than dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement is imposed; (ii) Awarded departmentally a major penalty. a) on charges of lack of integrity b) on charges of gross dereliction of duty in protecting the interests of Government although the corrupt motive may not be capable of proof; (iii) Against whom proceedings for a major penalty or a court trial are in progress for alleged acts involving lack of integrity or moral turpitude; and (iv) Who were prosecuted but acquitted on technical grounds, and in whose case on the basis of evidence during the trial there remained a reasonable suspicion against their integrity. In case of S R Senapati v. Directorate General of Income Tax (Vig.) in Second Appeal No.:- CIC/DGITV/A/2017/160016-BJ dated 16.10.2018, the CIC had directed to disclose the information applying severability.
Citation: A K Banerjee v. Chief Commissioner, CGST and Central Excise, Vadodara Zone in Second Appeal No. CIC/CCEVD/A/2018/174752, / Date of order: 01.09.2020.
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