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This is History (747)

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Bureaucratic Assessment-BJP to win Gujarat elections

Bureaucratic Survey- Bureaucrats in Gujarat feel, despite odds this time BJP is going to win Vidhan Sabha elections. In any case, the BJP will get 110 to 120 seats.


Who is right ?

It is widely believed that  PM Narendra Modi and BJP President are settling  scores with their political opponents. There is a counter question –Did Sonia Gandhi  not try to settle scores with Modi and Shah when both were in Gujarat ?.




HP : Dhumal likely to be sidelined

Political scenario of Himachal Pradesh is changing fast. According to sources, BJP stalwarts J P. Nadda and Shanta Kumar have reportedly joined hands to sideline ex - CM Prem Chand Dhumal.






Gujarati Asmita...

I take the 5.13 Fast Train to Andheri ...travelling with my usual Train Buddies.. Amar, Akbar and Antony. Today Amar has brought the evening snack... Vada Paos and Mango Juice.


Amar: RaGa does not operate his Twitter Handle.... its done by a Group Headed by a Lady.....and yet when there was a spurt in Followers and Retweets he is being credited!!

Me: Shortlived.... because it turns out many of the retweets were from Russia... Kazakhstan.... Uzbekistan....

Akbar: Why did he resort to this when he is so popular here..ha ha ha....punctures his popularity fib...

Amar: Popular....as in a continious Comedy Show....or like Smriti Irani says he is interested in standing for elections from these Countries...

Antony: So what its a free World anyone can retweet!!

Amar: Yeda ji ....this is clear cut cheating ...cheating Democracy... showing your mindset is popular...falsely!!

Me: In fact BOT now is being deciphered as Bewakoofi On Twitter...

Antony: Why is that Movie in TN being asked to remove certain dailogues...

Me: Because in TN Movies are not Reel Life but Real Life..in the movie ...the main protaganist compares health facilities in Singapore and India...says Government takes 28% GST and provides no health care....in Singapore they pay just 7% GST and see the health facilities there!! Singaporeans pay 10% of their incomes towards health cover...savings via payroll deductions and Medisave!!!

Amar: And RaGa should realize that for Indu Sarkar Congress created such a shindy...why?????  He had tweeted ... Don't try to demonitize Tamil pride....is there pride in lying and misleading...

Antony: Now Rajhastan Government has promulgated a very anti Democratic Order ..

Amar: Wrong Order in a Democracy ..... but the logic

is...... today there is such a huge price on the head of every BJP Government that every type of inducememt is given to get 'insiders' to criticize the Government so that the Opposition gets a handle to attack the Government ...

Me: And credibility of Opposition is so low ...they need help from those in the system or 'insiders' to point fingers ...by hook or crook...

Akbar: Abh mazaa aaye ga...Congress gets support of Hardik Patel and a OBC and Dalit Leader!!!

Me: Ha ha.... once they come under the Congress Umbrella their credibility would take a hit.... the fact that Congress is so deliriously happy is because otherwise Congress doesn't have legs to stand up in Gujarat... its Leaderless...rudderless.. and just trying to please everyone with lip service...

Amar: BJP Leaders will remind the Public of the Great Garibi Hatao joke ...the mega promise of every succesive Congress Government ..

Me: The only Garibi they removed was their own...

Akbar: But what about they greiviences which BJP has not solved...

Amar: Bottom line is Gujarati Asmita... they know as long as Modi is PM Gujarat will get preference ..and it will be easier for him to deliver if there is an honest BJP Government in Gujarat...another bottom line is economics... for a Gujarati progress is paramount...and they know only Modi can get progress...

Antony: Congress too is doling out promises after promises...

Me: Gujārētā hōṭhanī sēvā nathī icchatā kē tē'ō pragati karavā māgē chē.... in Gujarat lip service does not work they want progress


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




Reforms in banking and financial sector

The process of reforms in the Indian banking and financial sector has begun. What in your views would be its implications in the coming years?

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Tushar Mehta to be new Solicitor General ?

Grapevine has it that Tushar Mehta is being appointed new Solicitor General of India. Present Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar has resigned.

DPC for 1985 and 1986 batch IRS (IT) this week ?

DPC is expected to meet for empanelment of 1985 and 1986 batch (IRS) officers to the rank of CCIT on October 27.

Rakesh Asthana promoted as Special Director, CBI

Rakesh Asthana, Additional Director, CBI, has been promoted as Special Director in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.

Gurbachan Singh promoted as Special Director, IB

Gurbachan Singh, Additional Director in IB, has been promoted as Special Director in Intelligence Bureau (IB). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Orissa cadre.

Sudeep Lakhatakia promoted as Special DG in CRPF

Sudeep Lakhatakia, Additional DG in CRPF, has been promoted as Special DG in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Telangana cadre.

S Javeed Ahmed promoted as Special DG, NICFS

S Javeed Ahmed, Director NICFS, has been promoted as Special DG in Government of India. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of UP cadre.

Deepak Kumar Mishra promoted as Special DG, CRPF

Deepak Kumar Mishra, ADG in CRPF, has been promoted as Special Director General in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Dr A P Maheshwari promoted as Special DG in BSF

Dr A P Maheshwari, ADG, BSF, has been promoted as Special DG in Border Security Force (BSF). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of UP cadre.

Arvind Kumar promoted as Special Director, IB

Arvind Kumar, Additional Director, IB, has been promoted to the rank of Special Director, IB. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Rajesh Ranjan promoted as Special DG, BSF

Rajesh Ranjan, Additional DG in BSF, has been promoted as Special Director General in Border Security Force (BSF). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre. 

Sibi George appointed as Ambassador to Switzerland

Sibi George, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Switzerland. He is a 1993 batch IFS officer.

(We said this on July 17 )

Gauri Singh is President of MP IAS Association

Gauri Singh has been elected new President of the Madhya Pradesh IAS Association. Faiz Ahmad Kidwai will be new Vice President while Sanjay Goyal will be Secretary.

GoI yet to find new CMD for KPL

The Government of India is yet to find new a person for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Kamrajar Port Limited (KPL). The post has been lying vacant since August 1 after the retirement of present incumbent M A Bhaskarachar.

Maheshwari yet to get CVC clearance for Director (Fin), BVFCL

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is yet to give clearance to Sanjai Maheshwari, CH Financial Officer, SPMCIL, for the post of Director (Finance), Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL).

Delhi HC to hear FAGMIL CMD post case in Nov

The Delhi High Court will be hearing the case of CMD post in FCI Aravali Gypsum & Minerals (India) Limited (FAGMIL) in the month of November.

Rajvir Singh appointed as DG, Eastern Region

Rajvir Singh, on return from deputation, has been posted as Director General, Eastern Region-II.  He is a 1991 batch IA&AS officer.

Search-cum-Selection Committee set up for Editor-in-Chief Rajya Sabha TV

A Search-cum-Selection Committee has been constituted in order to select the person for the post of Editor-in-Chief, Rajya Sabha TV.

Former IPS officer to be CVC in J & K

Former DGP Prisons, P L Gupta  is going to be  new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC)  in J & K.

R K Jha transferred as ED, Vigilance(Engg.), Railway Board

R K Jha has been transferred as Executive Director, Vigilance(Engineering), Railway Board. He is an IRSE officer.

L K Sachan appointed as PCE, SER

L K Sachan has been appointed as PCE, South Eastern Railway. He is an IRSE officer.

Rajiv Dhankher posted as ADRM, NR, Delhi

Rajiv Dhankher has been transferred as ADRM, Northern Railway, Delhi. He is an IRSE officer.

CGDA working on pay fixation and grant of increment for promoted Defence employees

The Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) has commenced the process of  pay fixation and grant of increment under 7th CPC in respect of employees promoted between January 1, 2016 and the date of notification issued by various HQs on September 8, 2016.

J&K Govt creates post of Addl. Secy for Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Council

The J&K Government has created post of Additional Secretary for the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council.

PM lays Foundation Stone for HPCL’s MDPL CE and PVPL EPat Vadodara (UPDATED)
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi laid Foundation Stone for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.’s MDPL Capacity Expansion and PVPL Extension Project at Vadodara. The total approved project cost is Rs.1879 crore out of which Rs.1769 crore will be invested in the state of Gujarat. The Project is slated for completion by June 2020.This pipeline project of HPCL will facilitate uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to meet growing market demand for Petrol, Diesel etc. in Gujarat, Eastern Maharashtra & other parts of Central India. It will provide safe, environment friendly & cost efficient transportation of Petroleum Products to these areas. The project will provide direct/indirect employment to nearly 1200 persons during construction and 300 persons during operations and maintenance phase. Govt. of Gujarat has constituted a task force for speedy implementation of this project and facilitated the project by completing permanent acquisition of 144 Acre land for new Vadodara marketing terminal, whose possession was given in Sept.17. The Competent Authority appointed from Gujarat state revenue, has completed 235 Km ROU acquisition under P&MP Act, 1962.  
Anil Kumar Gupta appointed as Director (W), IPRCL (UPDATED)

Anil Kumar Gupta, GM, Public Private Partnership, IRCON, has been appointed as Director (Works), Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment.

Sibi Chakkravarthy appointed as PS to Radhakrishnan (UPDATED)

Sibi Chakkravarthy has been appointed as Private Secretary, Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping. He is 2008 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

B Ganeshan appointed as PS to Radhakrishnan (UPDATED)

B Ganeshan has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping. He is a private person.

Mrs Om Prabha is Dy. Commissioner, JDA (UPDATED)

Mrs Om Prabha has been appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), Rajasthan.

Three IAS officers transferred in Gujarat (UPDATED)
Three IAS officers have been transferred in Gujarat –-- Rana Dilip Kumar has been made Commissioner, Tribal Development, Gandhinagar, Ajay Prakash has been posted as Collector, Gir-Somnath, Veraval and J K Thesiya, Director, District Rural Development Agency, Junagadh has been handed over additional charge as District Development Officer, Junagadh, Gujarat.
Six IPS officers likely to get promotion to ADGP grade in J&K (UPDATED)
As many as six IPS officers are expected to be promoted from IG to ADGP grade in Jammu and Kashmir. They include Deepak Kumar, Syed Javed Mujtaba Gillani, Abdul Ghani Mir, Mohammad Suleman Salaria, Alok Puri and Muneer Khan.
Ajay Kumar becomes full time MD, BPRL (UPDATED)
Ajay Kuamr V, Director (O&BD), BPRL, has taken over the charge as Managing Director, Bharat Petro Resources Limited (BPRL). He was earlier holding an additional charge of MD.  
(We said this on March 16 and May 15, 2017)
Dr K K Tripathy appointed as Director, VAMNICOM, Pune (UPDATED)
Dr K K Tripathy, Director, Department of Higher Education, has been appointed as Director, Vaikunth Mehta Natinal Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM), Pune on deputation. He is a 1999 batch IES officer.
Dr Amit Kumar Patra appointed as Director, NARL (UPDATED)

Dr Amit Kumar Patra, Scientist/Engineer 'SG', NARL, Gadanki, has been appointed as Director, National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL).

Deputation tenure of Mrs Komal Kishore to AP Govt extended (UPDATED)
The Government of India has extended the deputation tenure of Mrs G Komal Kishore to the Government of Andhra Pradesh where she is working as Commissioner, Youth Services. Mrs Kishore, who belongs to Indian Revenue Service, will work on deputation upto November 17, 2018.
Sharma appointed GOI Representative for J&K (UPDATED)
Former Director IB Dineshwar Sharma has been appointed GOI Representative for J & K for sustained dialogue with Kashmiri people, organisations and others. He will be given Cabinet Secretary facilities. Former Chief of IB is a 1979 batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre. 
A S Manekar re-employed as DG, NCSM (UPDATED)
A S Manekar, Deputy Director General, National Council of Science Museum (NCSM), has been appointed as Director General, NCSM, on re-employment on contract basis for a period of six months.
Rahul Chaudhary appointed as Director (Fin), NDMA (UPDATED)

Rahul Chaudhary has been appointed as Director (Finance), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). He is a 2000 batch IOFS officer.

Jyotirmoy Chakraborty will be new ADG, SSB (UPDATED)
Jyotirmoy Chakraborty is being appointed as Additional Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.
Alok Kumar Pateria will be new ADG, CISF (UPDATED)
Alok Kumar Pateria is being appointed as Additional Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of MP cadre.
Utpal Kumar Singh gets premature repatriation (UPDATED)
Utpal Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & FW, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre.
Suresh Sethi appointed as MD & CEO (UPDATED)
Suresh Sethi, former MD of Vodafone M-Pesa Ltd, has been appointed as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
Ngangom Sarat Singh appointed as Member JERC (UPDATED)
Ngangom Sarat Singh has been appointed as Member of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Manipur and Mizoram. 


Mrs Ravindranath is Independent Director of Beardsell Ltd

Beardsell Limited has appointed Mrs Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath as Non- Executive Independent Director of the company .

Selvaraj quits as CS of Ind Bank Housing Ltd

Selvaraj has quit as Company Secretary of Ind Bank Housing Ltd .

Kadampully quits as Director of Cityman Ltd

Kadampully Rajesh has quit as Director of Cityman Ltd.


DEBATE (1) Banking Reforms

If the Banks would have verified strictly, Millions of Indian fake currency would have been seized after the demonetization, Pressure from FM & impatient public may be the reason for early normalization of the move.

A temporary slowdown is seen today in this country not because of Demonetization or GST but intense increase in bank NPAs as they have slowed the Bank advances majorly due to bad debts.  Past government has disbursed very swiftly & efficiently and today we can see the result in the form of NPAs which have aggregated with a fear of uncertainty. Let’s pray for early recovery & liquidity, only possible if Bank advances & recovery is fast.

Vivek Dhawan


DEBATE (2) Banking Reforms

Huge NPA’s are going to be controlled after the new banking reforms.

N K Singh


PM kept in dark about CSS

Prime Minister is the in-charge of the Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. He has rarely bothered about of inspecting the activities of this Ministry. The IAS lobby in the PMO had also not brought to his notice about the problem of promotion in the Central Secretariat Services (CSS). The CSS officers are a very big messenger about the functioning of the Government in the market. If they are kept as aggrieved lot for long, then naturally they would spread a wrong impression about the functioning of the government. PM is being kept in dark about CSS being the backbone, well aware about rules & regulations, provide continuity in government functioning, expert in noting & drafting and last but not the least they are honest and do not believe in misusing office perks & facilities.



Bala Prasad is a competent officer

Bala Prasad is a very fine and competent officer. I wish him all the best for his new assignment in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Kishori Lal


Where are the Liberals hiding ?

China has ordained “patriotism” for every Chinese citizen. It was expected of the Indian liberal community to raise their voice against it as they have been doing against the Modi government since 2014 May, holding placards in their hands above the chest, reading “Not In My Name”. They seem to be indicating that patriotism is alright for the Chinese, even if acts of disobedience will attract imprisonment, but not for India. The Indian government can’t demand any patriotism from its people and if it does so, it will be labelled rightist/ intolerant/ illiberal, playing havoc with their democratic rights to life, liberty, freedom of speech including anti-national slogans on university campuses under the active provocation and guidance of Academic Dons carrying chips of their leftist credentials on their shoulders.

M L Gupta

Data with RTI!

PIO should give an interim response in case the information is not readily available

The appellant sought the name and designation of the competent authority for whose approval draft guidelines for the wood based industry were submitted; copy of modified draft guidelines submitted to the competent authority etc.. Before the CIC, the respondent submitted that at the time of the receipt of the appellant’s RTI application, the draft guidelines were under consideration and had been sent to the Minister for approval and therefore, no reply could have been sent to the appellant. However, approved guidelines were received in the section on 23.9.2016 and reply was given to the appellant’s RTI application. The CIC observed that the appellant’s RTI application was dated 20.7.2016 and response was given to the appellant by the CPIO on 26.9.2016, i.e. only after the appellant had approached the Commission in second appeal on 19.9.2016. The CIC advised the PIO for the future to give an interim response to the applicant in case the information is not readily available or awaited from any authority concerned, at the time of the receipt of the RTI application.
In many cases the information is not available with the PIO or may require some time for obtaining from a third party. In such cases, it is always advisable to keep the applicant informed about the steps being taken to provide the information.
Citation: Shri Udhaya Kumar v. Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change in Appeal No. CIC/MOENF/A/2017/175812/MP, Date of Decision: September 29, 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 the website of RTI Foundation of India at http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/


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