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POLITICS

This is History (723)

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

 

 

 

 

Bureaucrat’s money dumped in Noida and Gurgaon ?

Grapevine has it that majority money of the bureaucrats, earned honestly or otherwise, is being dumped in Noida and Gurgaon.

 

 

 

Mamta's politics giving mileage to BJP ?

If BJP is getting mileage in West Bengal, it is because of Mamta Benerjee's political games. According to experts if such politics goes on, next elections could prove waterloo for TMC in Bengal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health of Congress & CPM poor in WB

Two political parties - Congress and CPM - who ruled WB for more than two decades are not in good health. These parties are not in a position to give fight to TMC or BJP politically. Both parties are lacking "charismatic" state level leaders.

 

News Portal not a Cookery Show

My friend who is an avid traveller invites me to a Shudh Vegetarian Meal at a Gujarati Eatery in Mumbai. As the 'persona' of 'starters ' and 'Chaach' starts we get chatting.

Friend: Wherever I go people ask me ... is RaGa for real or just an actor.... is Congress so bereft of Leaders ...is India an Autocracy ... what kind of money do the Gandhis have ????

Me: And what do you say..

F: The obvious... just Google ...despite Congress SM Team still there is so much ....you type half a question about Gandhis or INC and the prompt question options that show up make you laugh at the irony...

M: And now RaGa's tried to do a one up on Modi....Modi had said Gandhi was an NRI who returned to India and did wonders for India ... Rahul has said Congress was led by NRIs who returned to India... Nehru... Ambedkar ..Patel..

F: Whoever gave him the ideas that all Prophets thought like Congress ... and this NRI one needs to get his head checked..

M: Or maybe he felt ...Nehru was an NRI...Non Rinsing Indian..as his clothes went to Paris for washing ... Ambedkar ....because he was always Suited and Booted and Patel... because Hardik Patel told him every second Patel is an NRI..

F: They were born in India and went there as students ...even today Students are only technically NRIs if their stay is less than 60 days in India and they have the supporting proof for their education....regular NRIs are supposed to provide info about their Employment/Business ...

M: And he has said empower Villagers and we can finish terrorism in 15 minutes ..

F: I think Pak may demand in UN ....empower Rahul in India for 15 minutes...objective ...he will dent India in 15 minutes....

F: Speaking of UN ...what a reply our Representative gave to Pakistan's rants...

M: Pakistan is Terroristan...how apt!!

F: Even in 2016 India lambasted Pak... had Congress been in power we would have not done so... appeasement would have shackled us...

M: I can picture Salman

..... as MEA using glib talk back home ....to momentarily half raise a red flag ...and then wave a white flag for the rest of his statement ....aadha second ki half dhulayee and 2 ghante ki safayee..

F: I think the more Didi sides with Muslims ....  shamelessly ...the more her Secular Vote Bank is leaking ....and BJP is gaining...

M: No Bong (Bengali)  worth his or her salt would accept any fiddling with the Durga Puja...her political calculations bound to go awry...

F: I hear a TV Channel that was literally anti BJP is about to change hands...its going to go Objective by the looks of it...

M: So in all probability joblessness will increase in this Channel... many would simply not be able to work in an Objective Atmosphere  ...

F: The new owner coined Abh ki baar Modi Sarkaar... so won't he make the Channel go pro Modi ...

M: Just report as it is ...mo mirchi and masala...be objective ...automatically you become pro Modi... there is so much positivity about the Man....

F: I think this channel should use the slogan... we report..we analyse.. we are a News Portal ...not a Cookery Show ....like in our previous Avtar...

 

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

VJS

Rajni Ranjan Rashmi to get extension as CS, Manipur ?

The latest whispers have it that incumbent Chief Secretary of Manipur, Rajni Ranjan Rashmi, man be given an extension of six months. Rashmi, who belongs to 1983 batch, is due to retire on September 30. The extension may queer the pitch of aspiring candidate for the post of Chief Secretary of the State Oinam Nabakishore Singh.

Ms Alli Rani appointed CMD, CCI Ltd

Ms P Alli Rani, Director (Finance), CONCOR, has been appointed as Chairperson-cum-Managing Director, Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) Limited. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved her appointment to the post.

(We said this on May 22, 2017)

Balraj Joshi appointed as CMD, NHPC Ltd

Balraj Joshi, Director (Technical), NHPC Ltd, has been appointed as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NHPC Limited. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.

(We said this on May, 29, 30 & 31, 2017)

CAG S K Sharma retires

S K Sharma, CAG, has retired on Friday. He is a former 1976 batch Bihar cadre IAS officer. 

Venketeshwarlu is new CEO of UP

L Venketeshwarlu has been appointed new Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh. He is 1991 batch IAS officer.

Rlys to re-engage retired staff for various services

Keeping in view the acute shortage of staff in various categories of posts, the Union Ministry of Railways has decided to extend the scheme of re-engagement of retired staff on daily remuneration basis in exigencies of services for a further period of one year, i.e. upto September 14, 2018.

Rajiv Agarwal appointed GM, NER

Rajiv Agarwal has been appointed General Manager, North Eastern Railway(NER), Gorakhpur. He is an IRSEE officer.

T P Singh appointed GM, NWR

T P Singh has been appointed General Manager, North Western Railway, Jaipur. He is an IRSME officer.

Ratan Lal appointed GM, Rail Coach Factory

Ratan Lal has been appointed General Manager, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. He is an IRSEE officer.

Ms Rashmi Goel empanelled as GM in Railways

Ms Rashmi Goel has been empanelled for holding General Manager level posts in Railways. She is an IRAS officer.

Dr Manohar Agnanii relieved to join as Joint Secretary, Health

The Government of Madhya Pradesh has relieved Dr Manohar Agnani of cadre responsibility in order to join as Joint Secretary in the Department of Health and Family Welfare on central deputation for a period of five years. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

CBI arrests DCIT, Mumbai on bribery charges

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax (DCIT), Mumbai on the allegations of demanding an illegal gratification amounting to Rs 3 crore from the complainant for showing undue favour in his tax assessment. 

Ms Divya Yanamadala appointed as Director in DGA, SCR

Ms Divya Yanamadala, on return from leave, has been posted as Director (TFC/CWS), in the office of Director General of Audit, South Central Railway, Secunderabad. She is a 2008 batch IA &AS officer.

37 IAS officers from M-T yet to file IPRs

As many as 37 IAS officers from Manipur-Tripura cadre have not filed their immovable property returns (IPRs) for the year 2016.

No relation of reimbursement of edu. concession with child’s performance

The reimbursement of Grant of Educational Concession to the Children of Armed Forces Officers/Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBORs) missing/disabled/killed in action made by the Central Government will have no relation to performance of child in his/her class. In other words, even if a child fails in a particular class, the re-imbursement of grant will not stop.

Ex-servicemen get 3rd installment of OROP arrears

The Central Government has paid a total sum of Rs 1,708.35 crores to Ex-Servicemen as third installment of OROP arrears.

Ashok Lavasa is also Secretary, Revenue for a while

Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary & Secretary, Department of Expenditure, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Department of Revenue till September 30, 2017. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

Workshop on revision of Defence civilian pensioners on Oct 9

One-day workshop regarding revision of pension in respect of ‘Pre-2016 Defence civilian pensioners/family pensioners’ in terms of 7th CPC on October 9, 2017 in Allahabad.

Ex-Servicemen Employment Seminar on Sept 22

An Ex-Servicemen Employment Seminar under the aegis of HQ South Western Command is being organised by Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Helipad Ground, Namkum Army Cantonment, Ranchi on September 22, 2017.

3 Independent Directors appointed in CONCOR Board

Mrs Vanita Seth, Lov Verma and Anjaneya Prasad Mocherla have been appointed as Independent Directors of Container Corporation of India Ltd w.e.f. September 21, 2017 for a period of three years.

12 RITES Asst Mgrs (Mech) to undergo test for promotion

RITES Ltd to hold selection test of 12 Assistant Manager (Mech) to post of Manager (Mech) on October 9, 2017.

Mrs Ritu Sain is Addl Resident Commissioner, CG Govt, New Delhi

Mrs Ritu Sain, Deputy Secretary, Mantralaya, Govt of Chhattisgarh has been appointed as Additional Resident Commissioner, Chhattisgarh Bhavan, New Delhi . She is an IAS officer of 2003 batch.

Sanjeev Kaushik resigns as Non Executive Chairman, TFCI

Sanjeev Kaushik, IAS, Non Executive Chairman of Tourism Finance Corporation of India Limited has resigned from the company w.e.f. September 22, 2017.As a result, the TCFI Board of Directors has withdrawn its proposal for his re-appointment as Non Executive Chairman of the company during the forthcoming AGM .



WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD

IOC appoints eight Independent Directors

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd has appointed Vinoo Mathur ,Samirendra Chatterjee ,Vivek Rae , Chitta Ranjan Biswal, Dr Jagdish Kishwan ,Sankar Chakraborti,Prof. B. Mahadevan and  Dharmendra Singh Shekhawat as Independent Directors of the company w.e.f. September 22, 2017.

4 Non Exec. Directors inducted on BEL Board

Surendra S Sirohi , Mukka Harish Babu , Vijay Shankar Madan and Chandraker Bharti have been appointed as Non- Executive Directors of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) w.e.f. September 22, 2017.

2 Independent Directors inducted on BPCL Board

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited has appointed Vinay Sheel Oberoi and Mrs J M Shanti Sundharam as Non- Executive Independent Directors of the company w.e.f. September 21, 2017.

Narain is Independent Director of Escorts Ltd

Escorts Limited has appointed Ravi Dharm Narain as Non- Executive Independent Director of the company.

Sharma is Independent Director of Usha Martin Education & Solutions

Usha Martin Education & Solutions Limited has appointed Nitin Sharma as Independent Director of the company .

R K Sahijwani, VP-CSR, IFFCO TOKIO GIC, Confers with National CSR Leadership Award

Ramesh Kumar Sahijwani, Vice President -  Corporate Social Responsibility  with IFFCO TOKIO General Insurance Co. Ltd, has been conferred with Best National CSR Leadership Award recently by World CSR Day & Congress. he was awarded with Appreciation Certificate from Ms. Neha Giri, IAS, District Collector, Pratapgarh, Rajasthan under Health & Sanitation for our CSR Project undertaken.

 

He is Graduate in Commerce from Delhi University, Post Graduate in Commerce from Rajasthan University, MBA in Marketing from Hull University, United Kingdom on ODA Scholarship under Indo-UK Colombo Plan and a Fellow in Insurance from Insurance Institute of India.  He has managerial work experience of  more than 30 years in various areas of Management namely; General Administration, Personnel Management, HRD, Planning, Sales & Marketing in various capacity's and had privilege of  being associated with Private, Public Sector, Government & Joint Venture organisation of international repute from manufacturing sector to service sector.  

 

 He is an achiever and a  hard core task master with " never say no" and "do more with less" approach.  He had privilege of being one of Key Speakers at International Conference on CSR at Delhi  organized by Indian Institute of Corporates Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi, CSR Summit by Governance Now, New Delhi and is a regular speaker on various Industry sessions in Summits/Seminars/Conferences being held in NCR by CII, FICCI, PHDCCI and ASSOCHAM on different fields ranging from CSR, Corporate Marketing, Sales, General Management, Infrastructure & Rural Development.

FORUM

Debate (1) Congress

 

I am of the view that two contributory factors worked to keep the Congress at bay. First is polarisation of Hindu votes and second anti-incumbency waves against Congress at centre after ruling two decades consequently. Congress can return to power with concerted efforts.

 

Rajesh Kumar

 

DEBATE (2) Congress

 

The Congress party riven by internal disputes should overcome internal party dissent and roll up its sleeves in view of Vidhan Sabha election in MP in 2018 and Lok Sabha in 2019. The Congress party should confer with party senior leaders to set further course of action to snatch the power from BJP.

 

Sunil Kumar

 

Cheapskates!

 

In early 1960s,i was in  fifth class, when a senior officer of my father started living in our street in a rented accommodation. His son was five years younger to me and since he was pampered at our house, he would freely visit us three or four times in a day. He was very innocent looking, brilliant child. Almost regularly,out of innocence, he would alternatively say,''We got many mangoes today free(Ajj barhe amb aaye,oh vi mufti),we got sweets today free(ajj mithiaian aayian oh vi mufti).''His father was a superintendent in a very important office ,so the subordinates often kept the supply line flourishing and the little boy thought that they were getting everything free.His name was Vinay, but everybody started calling him Mufti Ram.

In those days in the college,often we came across friends, who would never spend a penny,but whenever tea was ordered in the canteen, such spongers would appear like the characters in a magic show,take tea and vanish into thin air as soon as payment was to be made.Here was one such jovial fellow,who belonged to a rich family,but never ever spent even a single penny on his friends.He was called johnny as he had styled himself on Dev Anand, though his name was very simple and rustic. Dev Anand's 'Johnny mera naam',had proved a big blockbuster in those days.Often he was referred to as a makhi(fly), being a hanger on and a burden on other people's purse. Nobody could ever see his purse or any money in his hands.He had the knack of making his friends laugh even at his own cost. He knew that he was derisively called a mufatkhor,so he very jocularly named himself as Johnny Makhtaurhi (mufatkhor) in  the party of friends in college canteen. This man has a flourishing business in Madras now, where he had gone 45 years back as a stranger with 12000 rupees cheque and no other reference. Once he met me at Delhi Airport with two gentlemen around him .He introduced one as the Chief commissioner Income tax and the other as Home Secretary of Tamil Nadu. I took him aside and asked him whether he lived by the same principles of mufatkhori. He laughed loudly and asked me to look at his friends and judge whether he has still to spend any money.He appeared proud of his specialisation in spending from others' pockets

My tayaji(uncle) was a very senior army officer and every year he would spend some days with us. He hated the civil officers like plague and even i was not spared by him. He thought us to be the most corrupt and incapable people unworthy of any respect.He had the habit of taking nap of about half an hour at 3 pm.In our officer's colony,  a very old gentleman would at that time  bring his pushcart and hawked loudly,''Ajnale di Basmati lai lao 15 rupye kilo( Take Basmati of Ajnala at Rs 15 per kg).''On the first day tayaji just murmured in his mouth as to why he was disturbing the people at that hour.Next day was saturday and incidentally i was present when the vendor came and started saying loudly,''Ajnale di Basmati.''My Tayaji asked me harshly,''Yaar ,don't you pity this old man,who comes here daily,tires himself and his throat and i have never seen him selling even one kg of basmati.''He paused for a moment and told me to tell him not to come again in this colony and waste his time.I was unnerved at the suggestion as i could not  tell the old vendor not to come.Tayaji looked at me for a few seconds and then barged out speedily.''Bhai sahib zara gall sunna'', he  raised his hand to signal the old man to come closer.I also got near the window to hear what tayaji had to say.The old man came very near to tayaji,who asked him ,whether he knew, who  lived in that colony.He did not wait for any response from that old vendor and added.''Eh mufatkhoran di basti a,itthe apna time na kharab karo,ik paiya basmati vi nahin kisse ne karidni itthe,kite hor ja ke vecho eni vadhiya cheez.(It is the area of cheapskates,don't waste your time here,nobody will purchase even 250 gms of basmati,go and sell this precious commodity elsewhere).''I looked around .Thank God! nobody else had heard what Tayaji had said.

 

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu,  Amritsar.

Data with RTI!

Filing of repeated RTI applications is not in public interest

The appellant, Shri Mata Prasad, sought information regarding appointment of Garden Attendant in Archaeological Survey of India. The PIO informed the CIC that the appellant is a terminated employee from the Horticulture Branch, Archaeological Survey of India and he is prejudice with the ASI officers. The information had already been provided by the PIO earlier but the appellant chose to file an appeal dated 04.05.2017 before the CIC. The CIC ruled that all information were provided to the applicant by all PIOs and a final order was passed on 30.06.2017. The PIO added that the information collected through RTI by Shri Mata Prasad are being used to blackmail and harass the officers for his ill wishes. The CIC had warned to Shri Mata Prasad to refrain from misusing RTI Act and harassing the authorities for no rhyme or reason and also advised to stop filing such infructuous application in its final order CIC/ALSOI/A/2017143727 dated 10.08.2017. After perusing the details of the case, the CIC held that sufficient information had been provided to the appellant but for the reasons best known to him, he is still not satisfied. The CIC cautioned the appellant to desist from such kind of abuse to the RTI Act and stop harassing the public authority and the CIC.

 Comments
  

There is no provision in the RTI Act for taking any action against the abusive and repetitive RTI applications which in turn would secure the interests of genuine RTI seekers. Even the CIC has been at the receiving end in some cases. Hopefully, better sense would prevail and the RTI abusers would end the misuse of the Act which brings a bad name to the sunshine Act.

Citation: Mata Prasad v. Archaeological Survey of India in CIC/ALSOI/A/2017/145334, Decided On: 15.09.2017
 
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 - Right to Information Act 2005- RTI Foundation of India
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