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Tenure of Ajoy Mehta as Chief Secretary, Maharashtra extended on March 28
(WE SAID THIS ON Mrach 27, 2020)
Will Ajoy Mehta continue or Sanjay Kumar be CS of Maharashtra ?
There are chances of Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta’s extension on March 31 till Corona crisis is over. If no extension then 1984 batch IAS officer Sanjay Kumar  will take over as Chief Secretary  on April 1. One can wait and watch.
Sukhdeo Singh appointed Chief Secretary Jharkhand on March 28
Sukhdeo Singh to be new Chief Secretary of Jharkhand?

If all goes well 1987 batch IAS officer Sukhdeo Singh will succeed Dr D K Tiwari as Chief Secretary of Jharkhand on April 1.





Whispersinthecorridors asks editorial staff to work from home

Whispersinthecorridors has asked its editorial staff to work from home as an effective step towards Coronavirus prevention. All its editors and desk staff are working from home. Whispersinthecorridors is the only media in  the country which is keeping its surfers informed about the latest developments in bureaucracy and corporate world while others are engrossed with the news flooded on Corona virus alone. It is our endeavour to keep every one informed about the happenings related to governance and we are fulfilling it in the most difficult of times.

This is History (2094)

The eye hath ruined me’, the heart complained. ‘The heart has lost me,’ the eye replied. I know not which told the truth, which lied Between, the two, it was Meer who died.






15 lakh + flyers on lens? 

More than 15 lakh foreign travelers came to India over the last two months (till March 23) but some of them are still not on radar and it is  they who could seriously jeopardize India's efforts to check the spread of Coronavirus. Cabinet Secretary has written a letter to states to step up the surveillance of such passengers.




Govt's full attention is to come over Corona crisis

Union govt is doing all out efforts to come over the Corona crisis as soon as possible. All ministries and departments are working in a spirited manner to face the challenge so that people should not face any difficulty and shortage of any thing.


WB: Netas in work from home mode

In West Bengal, political leaders across party lines have opted work from home mode. They are reportedly saying no to physical touch, opting social media to connect with workers and supporters. Because of Corna fear, political rallies and meeting have also been called off.

DEBATE- Is unified service in CPOs viable ?

Will unified service in CPOs be viable ? After Railway’s, there is a loud thinking to create a unified service for cadre officers of CPOs. Grapevine has it that the proposed name could be either Indian Central Armed Police Service (ICAPS) or Indian Armed Police Service(IAPS) and if all goes well, it may be introduced from 2021. How far it will be viable ?

Mail your views at –mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com OR suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com


Emerging tycoons
Business magnates groom children to carry Legacy forward !
The corporate world in India had always at some point of time has seriously thought over succession issues. The interesting fact remains that whether India’s most well known business families have found a suitable successor or not, all are run very professionally both by members of the family who carry the legacy forward and the professionals hired from outside to run the conglomerates. 
Santosh Choudhary of whispersinthecorridors.com compiles some of the India’s top corporates to find out the who’s who among the emerging tycoons.
For details click on the link below. 




Whispers bureaucracy News
Economic Affairs Secretary, Atanu Chakraborty to retire in April

Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance, is due to retire in April this year. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.


Will Raghubir Lal be new Joint Secretary (Security) Lok Sabha ?

Raghubir Lal is likely to be appointed new Joint Secretary(Security) Lok Sabha. He is 1997 batch IPS officer of UP cadre.

Tenure of Sandeep Mittal ends on March 31

Tenure of Sandeep Mittal, Joint Secretary (Security), Lok Sabha, is coming to an end on March 31. He is 1995 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

B P Kanungo re-appointed as Deputy Governor, RBI

B P Kanungo has been re-appointed as Deputy Governor (DG), Reserve Bank of India for a period of one year with effect from April 3, 2020.

(We said this on March 12, 2020)

YES Bank Board reconstitution meeting continued for 8 hrs !

The meeting to reconstitute the YES Bank Board on March 26, 2020 lasted 8 hours which commenced at 10 am and concluded at 7 pm !!

MSME Secretary superannuates in April

Dr Arun Kumar Panda, Secretary, MSME, in GoI is going to retire next month . He is a 1984 batch Odisha cadre IAS officer.

113 IFS officers proficient in Russian language

A total of 113 Indian Foreign Service officers were found proficient in Russian language as on December 2, 2019.

Tarun Shridhar gets posting as Admn Member, CAT Kolkata Bench

Tarun Shridhar, former Union Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, has been given posting as Administrative Member, Kolkata Bench of CAT. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.

ITS officer takes Voluntary Retirement

Sathish Ram, a SAG Indian Telecom Service(ITS) officer, has taken Voluntary Retirement (VR) from service. He is presently posted as Principal GM, Kerala Circle, in Thiruvanathpuram. DoT has accepted his VR w.e.f. April 1, 2020.

Induction Training postponed

Due to spread of COVI-19 in the country, DoT has postponed the induction training of JTOs nominated to DoT through ESE-2018 till further orders. The training was schedule to start from April 13, 2020 at NTIPRIT, Ghaziabad.

AIPRs not updated since 2015

If one goes to DGFT website and wants to know the Annual Immovable Property Returns (AIPRs) of Indian Trade Service (ITS) officers, he will get details upto 2015 only. It is clear that the department has no time to update the important details. Govt wants to give maximum details about govt offices and officers' but the deptt has no time to update details even after five years. According to available information, four ITS officers failed to submit their AIPRs in 2015.

Dhillon retiring this month

M S Dhillon, Addl DGFT, is retiring on March 31. He is presently posted at RA, Ludhiana. He is 1987 batch Indian Trade Service (ITS) officer.

Two ITS officers to retire this year

Two Indian Trade Service (ITS) officers are scheduled to superannuate in 2020. L B Singhal will retire in June while A K Chaudhary in December this year. Both are 1986 batch ITS officers and posted as Addl DGFT. 

Two dozen UT cadre IAS officers yet to file IPR

Two dozen IAS officers from UT cadre have not filed Immovable Property Return (IPR).

Mrs Deshpande granted Non-Functional Upgradation to HAG

Mrs Renu C Deshpande, Director, INGAF (NER) Aizwal, has been granted Non-Functional Upgradation NFU) to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG). She is a 1989 batch ICAS officer.

OFB earmarks isolation wards

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has designated 285 beds for Isolation wards in handling COVID-19. This facility is available in OFBs hospitals located at Jabalpur, Kanpur, Medak, Khadki, Cossipore, Khamaria, Ambajhari, Ishapore and Avadi.

Rajasthan IAS Assn members contribute 5 days salary for Coronavirus relief

Members of Rajasthan IAS Association have contributed five day’s salary in CM Relief Fund for Coronavirus relief operations in the State.

Gujarat IAS officers resolve to donate a day’s salary to CM Relief Fund

The members of Gujarat IAS Officers Association have resolved to contribute a day’s salary towards Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for fight against Coronavirus.

IAS officer Anupam Mishra suspended in Kerala

A 2016 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, Anupam Mishra has been suspended on the grounds of violating instructions to be under home quarantine after he returned from Singapore. 

Navy transports face masks from Delhi to Goa

Due to lockdown to arrest the spread of Coronavirus, trucks are off the roads and because of this 60,000 face masks were stuck up in Delhi. On the request of IMA, Indian Navy air lifted the said amount of masks to Goa on Friday. 

Justice S N Satyanarayana transferred as P&H HC Judge

The Law Ministry has transferred Justice Sunkenahalli Narsimhaiah Satyanarayana, Judge of Karnataka High Court as Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Justice Alok Singh transferred as Allahabad HC Judge

The Law Ministry has transferred Justice Alok Singh, Judge of Uttarakhand High Court as Judge of Allahabad High Court.

Manish Singh is new Collector, Indore in MP (UPDATED)

Lokesh Kumar Jatav has been appointed as Secretary, Secretariat and Manish Singh is new Collector, Indore in Madhya Pradesh.


Two IPS officers shifted in Madhya Pradesh (UPDATED)

Harinarayan Chari Mishra has been appointed as DIG/SSP, Indore and Ms Ruchi Vardhan Mishra was shifted as DIG, PHQ, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

Tenure of Ajoy Mehta as Chief Secretary, Maharashtra extended (UPDATED)

The tenure of Ajoy Mehta working as Chief Secretary of Maharashtra has been extended in Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for a period of three months upto June 30, 2020. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

(We said this on March 27, 2020)

Sukhdev Singh is new Chief Secretary of Jharkhand (UPDATED)
A 1987 batch IAS officer, Sukhdev Singh has been appointed as new Chief Secretary of Jharkhand.
Rajiv Arun Ekka appointed as Principal Secretary to Jharkhand CM (UPDATED)
A 1994 batch IAS officer, Rajiv Arun Ekka has been appointed as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
Railway hospitals opened for Central employees (UPDATED)
Ministry of Railways has opened Railway Hospitals and health units for the Central Government employees on showing their identity cards.
No detention charge on import and export shipments (UPDATED)
Director General of Shipping (DGS) has advised shipping lines not to impose any container detention charge on import and export shipments in order to maintain proper supply lines at the Indian seaports till April 14, 2020.
Manish Rastogi appointed as Principal Secretary to MP CM (UPDATED)
A 1994 batch IAS officer, Manish Rastogi has been appointed as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh.
Six bureaucrats to look after Medical Emergency Management Plan (UPDATED)
As many as six bureaucrats: Dr V Paul, Member NITI Aaygo, Dr Renu Swaroop Secretary, DBT; Dr V Thiruppugazh, NDMA; Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health; Dr Amandeep Garg, Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat and Rajender Kumar, Director, PMO have been inducted into Empower Groups and assigned to look after Medical Emergency Management Plan.
Nine HoDs to manage Hospitals, Isolation & Quarantine Facilities (UPDATED)
As many as nine HoDS: C K Mishra, Secretary, EF &CC; Vinod Yadav, Chairman, RB; Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS; Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar, HEAD, ECD, ICMR, Jiwesh Nandan, AS, Defence; Rachna Shah, AS Cabinet Secretariat; Vikas Sheel, JS, Health and Shrikhar Pardesh, JS/Mayur Maheshwari, Director, PMO have been inducted into Empower Groups and assigned to look after availability of Hospitals, Isolation & Quarantine Facilities, Disease Surveillance & Testing and Critical care training.

Swaminathan appointed ED, CFO & Head (Corp. Affairs), Lupin Ltd.

Lupin Limited has appointed Ramesh Swaminathan as Executive Director, CFO and Head, Corporate Affairs of the company.

Mahadevia quits as Non Exec Director of PVR Ltd.

Vishal Kashyap Mahadevia has quit as Non-Executive Director of PVR Limited.

Sabavala appointed Independent Director of Munjal Auto Industries

Munjal Auto Industries Limited has appointed Avi  Sabavala as Non-Executive Independent Director of the company w.e.f. April 1, 2020.

Mehta re-appointed Independent Director of Nila Infrastructures

Nila Infrastructures Ltd has re-appointed Foram B. Mehta as an Independent Director of the company.

Whispers Forum

Corona  changes entire scenario

The corona virus is making people run for life. Life is at a standstill, After Govt. announcements people are on lockdown. No parties no gifts. We are now on a lonely planet, maybe space, the final frontier. In Nainital, we had a cove on the hillside facing Hanumangarhi. I have spent hours there reading books. The Deodars stood tall graceful and stately. The hillside had gladiolis, lilies, daisies cosmos, marigold etc. Peace prevailed away from the din of modern life.

Rekha Bhargava


“Travails of Delhi’s Residents Welfare Societies “

While fully endorsing S. Gopal’s views ( WIC dt March 27,2020),I would like to carry out a reality check. The truth of the matter is that the guidelines laid down by the office of  Registrar General of co-operative societies (RG) are seldom followed by the office bearers  of Residential Welfare Societies/ Associations .

RG’s office is a den of  corruption - both collusive and coercive . And, I say this with all emphasis at my command.  Raids conducted  by anti-graft agencies  vindicate the position. It merely  revealed total absence of  Accountability. There is no practice of conducting  suo moto surprise checks into the accounts of co-operative societies by RG’s office . I am not aware whether rules provide for it. But, the ground realities are alarming. The whole system is flawed. RG’s office runs on the basis of discretionary powers vested in the hands of its officers and staff. Doctrine of Quid pro quo decides grievances of hapless residents. The annual accounts of  Societies’ AGMs are audited by private chartered accountants ,who are empanelled by RG’s office. Due diligence is never followed.

Appointment of private security agencies for providing security guards to gated societies, is a matter of grave concern. The credentials of a majority of security guards are never vetted by the local police. The beat constables are kept satisfied. The contractors take their cuts, share it with the local police and the matter is allowed to rest .Govt of NCT, Delhi turns a blind eye to the widespread corruption, despite tall claims by CM Kejriwal. The situation is equally deplorable in all societies  of  national capital

A K Saxena (A former civil servant)


Suddenness of exigencies and unprepared administration


It was Sunday on June 3, 1984,when  a deputy Commissioner, got  message from the SSP on walkie- talkie, about the state- wide  promulgation of prohibitory orders  of curfew. There was no doubt left that the coming days were to be very tense. At that time ,he was hunting in the foothills of Shivalik range. He rushed back to the district headquarter and continued talking to his police counterpart on the way. He was immensely worried as all movement of persons and vehicles including bicycles etc in the cities and the villages was banned. He asked his gunman to tell police control to inform the local ADC,SDM and other important officers to reach his residential office after half an hour. Communication ,in those days was extremely difficult unlike ease of the present day mobile phones. When he reached his residence, he was astonished to see that not a single officer had turned up. He asked his residential telephone operator to contact the officers. Many phone numbers did not respond, and from others the information was received that the officers had gone out locally. So many orders were to be issued. Curfew passes were to be arranged, availability of essential commodities  was to be checked and in the meanwhile the police had started asking for deployment of Executive magistrates on duty, as worrying reports from Amritsar had started pouring in. In the outside sub-divisions, only one SDM was available, where only one Naib Tehsildar was also present.

Even after two hours, no officer was available. The deputy Commissioner had completely lost his temper and thought of immediately suspending the absent officers. The office superintendent and some officials were called to issue various orders ,which had to be signed by the deputy Commissioner as district magistrate. SSP was asking for duty magistrate, as some law and order problem had erupted. He was lost in embarrassing thoughts when the  peon told him that PGO sahib had come. Public grievances officer was  a very senior PCS officer, who had been superseded during selection to IAS and who had worked as ADM for more than three years. The deputy Commissioner had very poor impression of him, considered him irresponsible and a hardcore drunkard. He always ignored him and never took him seriously. And now the deputy Commissioner thought that in him God had arrived. He very warmly greeted him. Although PGO sahib seemed to be in the hang over stage of drinking, yet he very attentively listened to everything what the deputy Commissioner told him and he repeatedly assured the deputy Commissioner that he would do everything. The first thing he did was to reach the trouble spot and defuse law and order situation. He had also called his staff. He worked 24 hours ,till more officers started arriving on the scene and situation was saved. Later on, when deputy Commissioner, in a lighter vein, asked him as to how he was there on a holiday, when he would remain untraceable even on a working day. He told him,'' I could not get up for 2 days because of heavy drinking. On getting  up, I reached Bus stand, where i was informed that Curfew had been promulgated and no vehicle would move. I thought , i would request you to spare Red cross vehicle for taking me home, Ki patta si aa ke phass jana a (Not knew I would be trapped). ''His respect in the heart of the deputy Commissioner immensely grew, as he made no excuse of any sort while performing his duty. The officers, who were not available on that day, remained in trouble for many years.

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu


Possibility of unrest amongst unions

The appellant alleged that there were irregularities in the dividend distributed to the beneficiaries by the ITI Colony Welfare Committee (Gas Agency) and sought information about the dividend distribution. The PIO submitted that the information sought by the appellant cannot be given as the disclosure of the information sought may cause a breach of commercial confidence. He further submitted that the dividends are paid as per the decision of IOC and there is possibility of unrest among different unions if this information is made public. The CIC ruled that disclosure would not breach commercial confidence of respondents and the third parties.


Any process should be transparent to ensure fairness in the system. It is the responsibility of the public authorities to pro-actively disclose information to ensure faith of the citizens in the system.

Citation: Ramkaran Singh v. CPIO ITI Limited in Decision no.: CIC/ITILT/A/2018/146255/02498, Date of Decision: 02/01/2020

Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored the books RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Apart from her weekly article here, her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link: www.rtifoundationofindia.com


Dr. Suresh Mehrotra


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