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Cabinet Secretary’s two year term fixed during Atal’s tenure

asThe rule giving two year term to the Cabinet Secretary was made during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s tenure when AK Agarwal was Secretary Personnel.  “Two year term in central government would be applicable if considered necessary in public interest due extension in service to CS for such period as deemed fit subject to the condition that the total period of CS shall not exceed two years.”

This time PM is very cautious !

asOnce bitten, twice shy. PM Narendra Modi is, this time, very cautious in selecting the new CBI boss. After enquiries from certain quarters, the PMO has called  some IPS officers to know their mind. A couple of IPS officers have already been interviewed by the PMO.

Selection Panel to choose new CBI Director on Jan 24

Whispers has it that a Selection Panel set up by the Government of India will select an officer of Indian Police Service (IPS) for the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at a selection meeting being held on January 24, 2019.

Sanjiv Arora to succeed Muley as Secretary in MEA

 

sddSanjiv Arora, currently Indian Ambassador to Lebanon, is likely to succeed  Dnyaneshwar Mulay (IFS 1983) as Secretary, Consular, Passport and Visa or CPV division, in the External Affairs Ministry this month end. He is 1984 batch IFS officer.

Is Amulya Patnaik moving to NHRC ?

sdAmulya Patnaik, Delhi Police Commissioner, is likely to move as  Director General, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). He is a 1985 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Tenure of Suresh Arora as DGP, Punjab extended

 

dfdThe tenure of Suresh Arora, presently Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab has been extended for an overall period of 12 months beyond the day of his retirement September 30, 2018. He is a 1982 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre.

Three posts of GM vacant in Railways

Three posts of General Managers - GM East, GM ICF and GM Northern - in Indian Railways are currently vacant.

Two new Supreme Court Judges

Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, and Justice Sanjiv Khanna of Delhi High Court   have been appointed judges of the Supreme Court .

Naik is new SP NIA

2008 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre Satyajit Naik has been  appointed as the SP of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Consent of all three Chiefs of defence forces required for restructuring proposals

The cadre restructuring proposal in the Indian Army reportedly requires consent of chiefs of all the three wings of Defence forces before the proposals could be moved to the Ministry of Defence for consideration. 

Two Members posts vacant in NHRC

Two posts of Members are presently vacant in NHRC. The Commission has four Members strength. Sharat Chandra Sinha< IPS and former  DG, NIA, demit office as Member on April 7, 2018 and Justive D. Murugesan, ex-CJI, Delhi HC retired as Member on Sept 20 last year.

Interviews for CMD of Powergrid postponed

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is whispered to have postponed the interviews for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Powergrid Corporation of India Limited and scrapped the panels of short-listed candidates ?

Subhash Chandra Gupta joins as Director (W&W), KRCL

sdfdSubhash Chandra Gupta, GGM, RITES has taken over the charge as Director (Way & Works), Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL).

Tenure of Bhaskar as CMD, BDL ends in Feb; Mishra likely to succeed him

The tenure of V Udaya Bhaskar, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) is ending in February. CMDE Siddhart Mishra, GM, ECIL is expected to succeed him in March.

Gajendra Singh is also Chairman IGL

 

Gajendra Singh, Director (Marketing), GAIL (India) Ltd, has taken over an additional responsibility as Chairman of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

Bhopal Literature and Art Festival - Part 1

fdsdfFrom Civil Servant to Cultural Conductor: The successful Bhopal Literature Festival held between 12-14th January 2019 at the prestigious Bharat Bhawan has demonstrated that brilliance is absolute and reveals itself no matter what the field of activity.

Raghav Chandra, who retired recently as Secretary in the Government of India and who is known for the stellar work, especially in the field of infrastructure – as Chairman NHAI, Principal Secretary Urban Development, Managing Director Industrial Development Corporation, and as Commissioner of the MP Housing Board, aptly proved his all-round competence in the cultural sphere as well. He conceptualized the Bhopal Literature and Art Festival, created a core team, planned it carefully and executed it meticulously. The three-day festival with three parallel sessions each day, a cultural-spiritual immersion program in the morning and a cultural program in the evening attracted about 70 authors, discussants and artists from across India and abroad and hundreds of cognoscenti from Bhopal and its environs. The fragrance of this provocative and enticing event will resonate wide and far for a long time to come.

The Literary Festival was a buzzing cornucopia of Padma Shri and National awardees. While all 56 sessions were curated thoughtfully some of the popular and more notable authors and discussants who attended this literary and artistic extravaganza were: environmentalists Pradeep Krishen, Bittu Sahgal, Pranay Lal and Vivek Menon; diplomat/civil servants Pavan Varma, TCA Raghavan,Amar Sinha, Rajiv Mehrishi, Amitabh Kant, Anthony de Sa, Rajni Sekhri Sibal and SY Quraishi; military, intelligence and diplomacy experts General Ata Hasnain, General Mohinder Puri, Shiv Kunal Verma and AS Dulat (an international expert on South Asia, Professor Barnett Rubin came all the way from the United States to listen to the discussions); social commentators Keki Daruwalla, Bachi Karkaria, Vinita Dawra Nangia, Anil Dharker, Seema Goswami, Vinita Bakshi, Ashali Verma and Koral Dasgupta; historians/mythologists  Shonaleeka Kaul, Ashali Verma, KK Chakravarty, Rima Hooja, Christopher Doyle; researcher/scholars like Madhavi Menon who is an authority on human behavior and sexuality, Radhakrishan Pillai who has written extensively on the learnings from Chanakya, Babli Moitra Saraf who has written literature keeping children in mind, Santosh Mehrotra Professor of Economics in JNU, Ila Pattnaik Professor in NIFP, Simran Chadha who has analysed the conversion of literature into cinema; management experts like Sachit Jain, Ashwini Lohani, V Kumaraswamy and Animesh Parihar; art scholars and artists like Manish Pushkale, Akhilesh, Bhajju Shyam, Jyotindra Jain, Alka Pande, Anubhav Nath, Tara Douglas, Gita Wolf, Vivek Tembe, John Bowles, Erwin and Christine Newumeyer; Hindi poets and writers like Udayan Vajpeyi, Ashok Chakradhar, Nandkishore Acharya, Arun Kamal, Ratan Thiyam, Ramesh Chandra Shah, Santosh Chaubey, Purushottam Agarwal. There were sessions on food and fitness as well with the noted architect Sunita Kohli talking about her book on Awadhi Cuisine, Kavita Devgan discussing from her book Ultimate Grandmother Hacks and Meera Das narrating the discovery of Neematnama which travelled from Mandu to Tipu Sultan’s court in the seventeenth century.

 

There was also involvement of young and old civil servants and writers: Hariranjan Rao, Pallavi Govil, Tejaswi Naik, Sufiyah Quraishi, SC Behar and R Parasuram and most importantly of civil servant wives: Seema Raizada, Suchita Malik, Preeti Chandra and Atima Mankotia.

 

What distinguished this literature and art event from others of this ilk were the unremitting timelines, the overall gravitas and the conformity to discussions based on literature and art. Therefore, even when cinema was discussed, it was done without depending on film stars to give it additional glamour.

Javed Akhtar appointed Addl CIT, CBDT

Javed Akhtar has been appointed as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax (CIT)/ OSD in TPL-III division in Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). He is an IRS-IT officer.

Shemsingh Alexander Bathew appointed DG, Audit, Eastern Railway

Shemsingh Alexander Bathew, Director General of Audit, South Western Railway, Hubli, has been transferred and posted as Director General of Audit, Eastern Railway, Kolkata. He is a 1990 batch IA&AS officer.

Vivek Srivastava empanelled as ADG in GoI

 

Vivek Srivastava has been empanelled for holding Additional Director General (ADG) and Additional Director General (ADG) equivalent post in Government of India. He is a 1989 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.

 

Ms Dubey transferred to Tourism Ministry

Ms Jaya Dubey has been transferred from Ministry of Textiles and posted as JS in the Ministry of Tourism . She is a CSS officer. 

Aman Sharma Joins as Director without relieving order ?

sasAman Sharma has reportedly  joined at his new posting as Director in the Ministry of Steel without relieving orders of the previous Ministry of Commerce and Industries. The  2002 batch Indian Postal  Service officer was Director ,GeM in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

ISS officers were not considered for CSS ?

assssssssssMore than two dozen officers of Indian Supply Service(ISS) were reportedly not considered for Central Staffing Scheme(CSS) for the reasons best known to DoPT. Sources blame the concerning Ministry for this fiasco.  

Mishra is also Pr. Resident Commissioner, Rajasthan Govt at New Delhi

 

sdsdsdRajat Kumar Mishra has been assigned an additional charge of Principal Resident Commissioner, New Delhi. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Two CSS officers posted as Deputy Secretaries in GoI

Anurag Sharma has been appointed as Deputy Secretary, DoPT while Jitender Malik was posted as Deputy Secretary in Home Affairs upon return from deputation. 

Corporate

Mulay quits as CS of Quick Heal Technologies

Raghav Mulay has quit as Company Secretary of Quick Heal Technologies.

Gupta appointed Chairman of Technofab Engineering

Technofab Engineering Limited has appointed Avinash Chander Gupta as Chairman of the company.

Singh quits as Independent Director of Shree Ganesh Forgings

Gian Prakash Singh has quit as Non- Executive Independent Director of Shree Ganesh Forgings.

Ms Jindal is CS of Vaksons Automobiles

Vaksons Automobiles Ltd has appointed Ms Himanshi Jindal as Company Secretary of the company.

Forum

"Why not have a woman Cabinet Secretary, this time? ”

Whispersinthecorridors.com has been regularly throwing up names of probables for appointment as union Cabinet Secretary. This would make the job of PM easier in selecting the right person for the job without gender bias.

 

Women have held key portfolios in the past. Madam Indira Gandhi as de jure PM, President of India, an Italian lady as the de facto PM of India during the UPA era, Speaker (LS), Governors of States etc.

 

But, all in political domain. None as chief  of Indian bureaucracy.

 

Regrettable. Country’s successive CEOs failed to locate a woman officer to fill the position of union Cabinet Secretary ? Whether the omission was inadvertent or a conscious decision, one wonders? But,  this surely, reveals the deeply ingrained  misogynistic mindset of successive Prime ministers.

 

Are women officers less competent , less manipulative, less pliable, more difficult to handle than their male counterparts?

 

Let us go down the memory lane. Recall super sessions of  senior civil servants like Ms Roma Majumdar , Ms Reva Nayyar and  Ms Sudha Pillai despite their relative merit and  inter se seniority vis-à-vis male aspirants. Ms Sarla Grewal was , appointed as Principal Secy to the then PM- Rajiv Gandhi, but not as Cabinet Secretary.

 

One hopes. PM Modi takes the call by allowing merit-based, out-of-turn promotions of  a lady officer when the extended tenure of P K Sinha ,present Cab Sec, expires in June 2019. No UPA trick. Let no one keep the seat of cabinet secretary warm for facilitating the posting of a junior favourite of the male specie.

 

Recall, how Senior-most IAS officers were even shunted out as Chairpersons of Trade Fair Authority of India with status and pay scale of Cabinet Secretary. Motive : to plant a favourite, otherwise junior, as Cabinet Secretary.

 

The wind seems to be blowing in favour of Modi returning as PM after 2019 elections. The exercise must begin before EC’s Code of Conduct comes into operation so that the new incumbent could work as under-study to present CS.

 

If, PM Modi wishes to postpone selection of new Cabinet Secretary on ethical consideration till his re-election, it is his prerogative.

 

A K Saxena (A former civil servant)

 

Expenditure on Advertisement by the Modi Government

 

The news on the issue is misleading. It needs to be clarified that the expenditure quoted mainly includes expenditure on the advertisements related to public awareness and promotion of public interest. Incomplete information amounts to lie.

 

A K Verma, ISS (Retd.)

RTI

Separate reply for separate RTI applications

Appellant submitted before the CIC that he has not received any reply from the CPIO or the FAA till date regarding his query about the ownership of a particular land. In response to a show cause notice for imposition of penalty, the PIO regretted that the RTI Application dated 31.03.2017 was not replied to. He further submitted that later, Appellant filed a RTI another RTI Application dated 02.02.2018 wherein he sought information which is covered in the information sought in RTI Application dated 31.03.2017 also. A reply dated 28.02.2018 was sent to the Appellant asking him to inspect documents and take copies as required. The PIO prayed that the show-cause proceedings may be dropped as there was no malafide intention in the failure to provide a reply on the RTI Application dated 31.03.2017 within the stipulated time frame. The CIC observed that the facts of the case reflect very poorly on the lack of rationality of the PIO even as malafide intention is not evinced. The CIC dropped the show-cause proceedings with a severe warning to the PIO to remain careful in future.

Comments

All the PIO’s should remember that each RTI Application has to be dealt as per the provisions of RTI Act. Merely on a belief that two very distinct RTI Applications seek similar information,a PIO cannot absolve himself from the statutory duty of replying to one of the RTI Applications within the stipulated time frame of RTI Act. Reply to one RTI Application cannot take care of the other even if the information is similar.

Citation: Kartik B Joshi v. CPIO O/o Cantonment Board, Devlali Cantt in Adjunct Decision File No. : CIC/IARMY/A/2017/155555/SD/Adjunct, Date : 26/12/2018

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