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Only three women are threat to Modi ?

In political circles people say, there is no threat to Narendra Modi from a male leader but the real threat is from female leaders-Sonia Gandhi, Mamta Banerjee and Mayawati. Only time will tell ?







Even 10 Modis can not solve country’s problem !

At a get-together  there was a general consensus that despite all good intentions, even 10 Modis can not solve  country’s manifold problems unless and until top priority is not given to the population growth.


Promises Delivered

I'm back in Shimla for a day or two ...Independence Day holiday. Meet my Respected Friend... retired Senior Bureaucrat,  at Balji's ...over Idlis dipped in Sambar and frothy Coffee we get chatting.

Me: Sir Happy Independence Day...

Respected Friend: Same to you... was watching the TV and enjoying the pain of Darbaari Media... started with puns on Modi's Saafa...then one misheard him... he said Paawan and she heard Baawan and made a Tweet hullabaloo

.....then finding faults in his speech... then pointing  out to his I- Day promises.... as if to say he makes promises and forgets....

Me: But Sir just see how he has delivered on his I - Day promises...2014  I - Day..... Promised : Open up Banks for the Poor...Delivered:  Jann Dhann....Promised: Poor can operate Bank Accounts from Mobile...Delivery: eTaal... direct benefit transfer via Aadhar linkage....Digi Locker....UPI and Bhim (in 2018)...eNAM....Common Services Centres...Promised: seperate Toilets for Girls in Schools... Delivered : 4.17 lac toilets made...

RF: 2015 I-Day..... I was really impressed by his Delivery....Promised : Attack corruption.... Delivery : Demo...2.9 lac Shell Companies deregistered....Enabling Legistlations....DTCC... IBC...Benami Property Act...Black Money and Imposition of Tax 2015...Agreement of sharing real time info with Switzerland...Fugitive Economic offenders Bill...Amendments in prevention of Corruption Act 1988...Promised: To electrify 18500 villages in 1000 days... Delivered  with a few days to spare..Promised: Seed Entreprenial culture... Delivery: Start-up India... Stand-up India....Banks have sanctioned 60,795 loans worth Rs. 13,217 Cr to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Women borrowers as on 10th July 2018 .....Promised: OROP... Delivered ....Promised: No interviews for entry level Government jobs...Delivery: Interviews for non- Gazzetted Posts abolished..

M: In 2016....Promised to increase Pension of Freedom Fighters.. Delivery: Freedom Fighters pensions increased by 20% and other increases too.....Promised: Reaching every village through Payment Banks......Delivery : Used Post Offices for this ...648 Post Payment Banks will be operational by Aug 2018....Promised: Health Insurance for Poor.... Delivery: Ayushman Bharat...rol out in September 2018...Promised: Smoke free lives for poor.... Delivery: Ujjwala Yojna....5.19 crore Families have benefited....

F: In 2017....Promised: Dignity to Muslim Women.... Delivery: Lok Sabha has passed Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill...Promised: Houses with Electricity and Toilet for Poor...Delivery: Pradhan Mantri Aawas.... Urban and Gramin Yojnas.. 51 lac and 83 lac respectively Houses sanctioned....Saubhagya Yojna for electrification...

M: Wah Sir kya juggalbandhi...

RF: Shows people who think he's an excellent PM ..do keep tabs on his performance.... they don't plug for him without merit...

M: I hope someone  does a Reality Check of MMS's I Day promises...  result would be woeful.....maybe just Yojnas on paper... and of course Yojnas would be named after someone from Congress First Family...

RF: RaGa's 'Try to make Rafalle into a Bofors' Yojna.... flopped after the French Government confirmed existence of Secrecy Clause..

M: And RaGa has changed the price of Rafalle 4 times in 5 months... started with UPA Purchase Price was 700 crores..then 520 crores....then 540 crores...526 crores....

RF: Abh woh bechaara kya karre....everyday his Monitor changes.... and each Monitor gives him a different price...

M: Otherwise  it's illogical for him to quote  4 different prices..

RF: Waise RaGa aur Logic ka chatees ka aankda hai..

We have a good laugh...pay the tab and move out....

Disclaimer:  Satire. Not meant to influence, inform, insult or caste any aspersions. Purely for Entertainment purposes only. With inputs from MSM, SM  and Blogs




Have the bureaucrats become slaves of their political masters for petty gains ?

An MP cadre senior IAS officer has recently created a hornet’s nest among bureaucrats by publicly criticising the civil servants saying that they have let their spine rot and say only what their masters want to hear for the sake of few ‘privileges’. What the civil servants across the nation think about the above charge on bureaucrats.
Mail your views in brief to suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com or mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com





IEC- Bridging Govt to People communication effectively
Information Education & Communication (IEC) is  a platform to create grass-roots level awareness in different Government Departments by using local language and dialect.
IEC is the most important tool to target the audience for various welfare campaigns as well as guage behavioural changes in the masses.
IEC acts as connect between Government and grass roots level people and it is most useful in Health , Agriculture, Road Safety , Transport & Panchayat Raj as well as Rural development.
Social Welfare and both State flagship programs and Central government schemes impact on vote bank as 70 per cent of the population of country stays in rural belt . It is the most important tool in the democracy and  influences the vote bank for better choice  and better selection of government.
IEC influences the community , groups etc besides increasing knowledge and ensures feedback mechanism apart from facilitating interaction and facilitating a two-way dimensional medium with human element .
Being inexpensive, all media platforms-- be it Outdoor , Electronic are under one umbrella using cost effective mobile vans with artists ( Kalajatha Cultural Procession ) which reaches homes and engages people with spontaneous response.
 IEC can be more popularly used in ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan' (Gramin) for Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign and project sustainability.
 IEC can also help with total sanitation campaign besides road safety by spreading awareness on dangers of drunken driving , not using seat belt and rash driving etc .
 The IEC platform can generate information on Labour group insurances , health programs for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families as well as Above Poverty Line (APL) families, Agriculture Capacity Building, Social Welfare Utilization of schemes ,  Scholarships and Mid Day meal schemes etc .
 As regards the 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyan' ( Urban ) ,  the significance of  IEC comes in helping to generate awareness about own flagship programs of State Governments and Central Government mainly that of Hon. Prime Minster’s welfare schemes .
 The other opportunity is creating employment for local artists in each and every State .
 The IEC  Kalajatha mobile vans with artists can make the audience to root the matter in entertainment by Nukkad Natak and Puppet shows with interaction and feedback .One more advantage is this creates huge number of employment of artists across the country as our concept is mobile van with artists and even for drivers and technicians.
 Dr K  Sridhar, Advisor, Consultant & Mentor, IEC activities
Only 38 IAS officers on Central deputation ?

According to latest information, only 38 IAS officers are presently posted on central deputation in various ministries and departments of GoI.

Decision about DGs in September

GoI   is likely to take decision about the appointment of new Director Generals in September. K K Sharma, DG, BSF and Dharmendra Kumar, DG, RPF are superannuating in September.

Now any Judge of SC can be Chairman of NHRC

Now any Judge of the Supreme Court will be eligible to head the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). At present, only a former CJI can head the NHRC.

Mumbai Principal CIT-4 Pavan Kumar quits

R S V S Pavan Kumar, PrCIT-4, Mumbai Pavan Kumar has resigned from the Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax with effect from September 5, 2018.

Goel will be Secretary till 2022

1985 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre Arun Goel will remain Secretary in GoI for more than 4 years, His retirement is schedule in December 2022. His first appointment as Secretary is in the Ministry of Culture.

Will Raju join Boeing or Reliance Defence ?

There are strong rumours that CMD of the HAL T S Raju who is retiring on August 31  may join either Boeing or the Reliance Defence. One can only wait and watch.

Circular withdrawn by DoPT

 DoPT has withdrawn a circular related to filling up the post of JD (JS level), NCERT, under of School Education, as per request from MHRD.

Tenure of Damayanthi completes on Oct 2

The deputation tenure of K. Damayanthi, ED (Personnel), FCI, Deptt of Food and Public Distribution, Delhi is going to complete on October 2, 2019. Its a JS level post. She is a 1993 batch AP cadre IAS officer.

CS of Assam retiring this month

Mrs. Tsering Y Das , Chief Secretary, Assam, is superannuating this moth. She is a 1982 batch IAS officer

Planted, snubbed and at last denial

Some one planted a story against a senior CBI official, after that PMO reportedly called some senior official   snubbed him and at last CBI issued a denial to media saying news related to questioning of CBI 's senior officer is totally baseless and has no truth. Now big question is who gave such 'truth' to media ?

IRS officer appointed Team Manger

Neeraj Kansal, Commissioner (Appeal), GST & CX, Nagpur, is going on deputation to Switzerland as Team Manger for UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championship to be held from August 15-19, 2018, at Aigle. He is an IRS(C&CE) officer.

Adhia completes three years in MoF

Hasmukh Adhia, Finance and Revenue Secretary, has completed three years in the Ministry of Finance. He joined the Ministry as Revenue Secretary in August, 2015. Being the senior most, he was appointed Finance Secretary in March this year. He is Revenue Secretary also. He is a 1981 batch Gujarat cadre IAS office and scheduled to retire in November this year.

Independent Directors on 3 PSB Boards well poised to be Non Exec Chairman

Independent Directors on the Boards of Indian Bank , Vijaya Bank and Bank of Baroda stand a better chance of becoming Non Exec Chairmen as Indian Bank Non Executive Chairman T C Venkat Subramanian, Vijaya Bank Non Executive Chairman G Narayanan and Bank of Baroda Non Executive Chairman Ravi Venkatesan retire on the same day today on August 13, 2018.

Indian Bank currently without Chairman and MD & CEO

Indian Bank is without a Non Executive Chairman and MD & CEO now with the  tenure of T C Venkat Subramanian, Non Executive Chairman and Kishor Kharat, MD & CEO ended on August 13, 2018 on the same day.

Rakesh Srivastava is seniormost serving Secretary in GoI

Secretary Child and Women Welfare at the centre is the seniormost serving Secretary in the Government of India. 1981 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS officer Srivastava will superannuate in May 2019.

No proposal to appoint serving IAS officer as Member (Personnel), Prasar Bharati

The Central Government has informed that presently there is no proposal under consideration in Information & Broadcasting Ministry to appoint a serving IAS officer as Member (Personnel) on the Board of Prasar Bharati. In the past, retired officer of Indian Administrative Service has been appointed as Member (Personnel). The Prasar Bharati (BCI) Act, 1990, Member (Personnel) does not bar officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for appointment as Member (Personnel) on the Prasar Bharati Board.

IMF wants more aggressive disinvestment & privatization of PSBs

IMF -World Economic Outlook Report 2018 has mentioned that a recent large fraud at a Public Sector Bank highlights financial sector weaknesses and underscores the need for the Indian government to take further steps to improve the PSBs’ governance and operations, including by considering more aggressive disinvestment. More aggressive PSB disinvestment and privatization would address some of the structural issues in governance, such as incentives and efficiency of PSBs.

Umesh Sinha empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Umesh Sinha has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.

Lalit Kumar Chandel appointed as Economic Adviser, Financial Services

Lalit Kumar Chandel has been appointed as Economic Adviser in the Department of Financial Services in Government of India. He is a 1995 batch IES officer.

Last date for Vice Chairman, Brahmaputra Board extended

Due date for filling up the post of Vice Chairman, Brahmaputra Board at Joint Secretary level has been extended upto September 7, 2018.

M H Rehman is Member of MoD’s CPRC

M H Rehman, former DG (TM & HR), DRDO has been appointed as Member of ‘Capital Project Review Committee’ (CPRC) under Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved by Raksha Mantri.

Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai (Retd) is Member of MoD’s CPRC

Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai (Retd) former FONA has been appointed as Member of ‘Capital Project Review Committee’ (CPRC) under Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved by Raksha Mantri.

Rly's first Disaster Management Village

Indian Railways’ first disaster management village at Hejjal, 25 km from Bengaluru, is nearing its completion, It is all set to be a virtual reality centre to analyse rail accidents. This is the first time, Railways is setting up such a facility to minimise accidents in the country.

Ashish Kumar appointed as DDG, Postal Directorate

Ashish Kumar has been appointed as DDG (Mail Business), Postal Directorate. He is a 1989 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.

D. Bala Venkatesh Varma appointed next Ambassador to Russian Federation (UPDATED)

D. Bala Venkatesh Varma presently Ambassador of India to Spain has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation.He is expected to take up the assignment shortly. He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1988 batch.

(We said this on July 23, 2018)

Partha Satpathy appointed Ambassador to Ukraine (UPDATED)

Partha Satpathy , presently posted as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Headquarters has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Ukraine.He is expected to take up assignment shortly. He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1990 batch.

Rahul Chhabra appointed next High Commissioner to Kenya (UPDATED)

Rahul Chhabra presently Ambassador of India to Budapest has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Kenya.He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1987 batch.

Lt Gen I S Ghuman appointed DCOAS (IS & T) (UPDATED)

Lt Gen I S Ghuman has been appointed as Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (Information Systems and Training) DCOAS (IS & T).

Jagdish Prasad Gupta selected as Director (CP&P), Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (UPDATED)

Jagdish Prasad Gupta, GM, Hindustan Shipyard Limited, has been selected for the post of Director (Corporate Planning & Personnel), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on August 16, 2018. Four candidates were interviewed for the same.

NBCC bags Rs 250 cr order from SAIL (UPDATED)

Navratna public sector undertaking NBCC (India) Limited has bagged an order from Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) worth Rs 250 crore for the construction of Ispat Post-Graduate Medical Institute and Super-Speciality Hospital at Rourkela Steel Plant, Rourkela. The proposed hospital will have 156 beds accommodating super-specialities like cardiology, cardiac surgery, Neurology and Nephrology. The new super-speciality block, 500-seater Auditorium and the medical institute will be spread across 3 lakh square metres

Ashim Kumar Ghosh joins as Director (Prod), BVFCL (UPDATED)

Ashim Kumar Ghosh, GM, BVFCL, has taken over the charge as Director (Production), Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL).

Vinay Ranjan takes over as Director (Pers), ECL (UPDATED)

Vinay Ranjan, Vice President-Human Resource, DB Power Limited, has taken over the charge as Director (Personnel), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL).

G V Reddy promoted to PCCF grade in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

G V Reddy has been promoted to the grade of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) with effect from August 1, 2018 in Rajasthan. He is a 1985 batch IFS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Two IAS officers get new assignments in Bihar (UPDATED)

Amit Kumar has been appointed as Managing Director, Bihar State Building Construction Corporation while Ravi Manubhai was given an additional charge of Managing Director, Bihar State Film Development and Finance Corporation in Bihar.

GNFC celebrates 72nd Independence day (UPDATED)

On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day on August 15, 2018,   M S Dagur, Managing Director, GNFC Ltd, at HQ Bharuch hoisted the National Flag in Narmadanagar Township. The event was marked with participation from GNFC Staff, officers, school children and families of the employees. On this occasion, the grand celebration was organised by the GNFC family, various awards and trophies were conferred to the employees and departments for their valuable contribution for improving company's performance.

HUDCO Observes Swachta Pakhwada (UPDATED)

Dr. M. Ravi Kanth, CMD Housing & Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) administered the Swachta pledge to all the HUDCO officials, on the opening day of the Swachta Pakhwada, being observed from 16-31 August, 2018.

Dr. Ravi Kanth highlighted the importance of maintaining cleanliness in the work place as well as other surroundings and said that one should follow the principle of Mahatma Gandhi, who advocated “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

HUDCO will undertake several activities like painting and essay competitions, street play etc., to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a clean environment.

Nikhil Gajraj is also MD, Global City Project in Haryana (UPDATED)

Nikhil Gajraj has been assigned an additional charge of Managing Director, Global City Project in Haryana. He is a 2008 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

Saket Kumar relieved to join as Private Secretary to Manoj Sinha (UPDATED)

The Government of India has relieved Saket Kumar of cadre responsibility for joining as Private Secretary to Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways. He is a 2009 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.


Shrikant is CFO of Walchandnagar Industries

Walchandnagar Industries Limited has appointed A Shrikant as Chief Financial Officer of the company.

Tibrewal is CFO of Vipul Ltd

Vipul Limited has appointed Anil Kumar Tibrewal  as Chief Financial Officer of the company.

Singh is Non Exec Dir of FCS Software Solutions

FCS Software Solutions Limited has appointed Mahendra Pratap Singh as Non- Executive Director of the company.

Maheshwari is Independent Director of Autolite (India) Ltd

Autolite (India) Limited has appointed Rajeev Maheshwari as Non- Executive Independent Director of the company.

Patel is Independent Director of Voltamp Transformers

Ashish S Patel has been appointed as Independent Director of Voltamp Transformers Ltd.



National evolution has progressed from animals without spine to animals with spinal cords (cordata).A retrogressive metamorphosis is taking place in the entire society where people of spinal cords are turning to be spineless. How can a civil service  be immune from it ?

N K Singh former DG Police


Failing to pass muster

O P Sharma's post that retirement age must be fixed at 60 for judges and bureaucrats citing that after 60, everybody spends most of their time at hospitals would be sound if only he had sought to extend it to all functionaries of the state, including the political executive. Sans that, it fails to pass muster. Regarding Prof N C Saxena's views that the posts of Ambassadors be cut down as in the rest of the world, it would be sound sense if Prof Saxena had also proposed cutting the number of posts of Secretary for the IAS and abolishing a generalist bureaucracy which lords it over all, as in the rest of the world. Sans that, it fails to pass muster as well.

Vijay Kumar


Contradiction in the reply of PIO and FAA

Information regarding entry and departure timings of a particular vehicle as per the record book of a toll plaza was sought by the appellant. The respondent was absent at the hearing despite valid and timely notice of the CIC for which warning was issued to the concerned respondent PIO and Project Director, National Highways Authority of India. The CIC observed that the concerned PIO should desist from committing such lapse in future. The PIO claimed that relevant records are not available whereas the First Appellate Authority claimed that the sought for information is a third party information, hence, the same cannot be provided u/s 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The PIO and Project Director, NHAI was directed to state on affidavit to the CIC that the information provided on these points is factually correct, based on records and nothing is hidden therein.


The PIO should either take a prior permission of the CIC before abstaining himself from the hearing or he should send a proper representative to attend the hearing before the CIC after obtaining due permission from the CIC for doing so and after ensuring that the authorised representative is briefed appropriately.

Citation: Dilip Joshi v. National Highways Authority of India in File No.: CIC/ NHAIN /A/2017/102258, Date of hearing: 20.03.2018, 13.07.2018

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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