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Will Assam CM return to Delhi ?

There are murmurs that Assam Chief Minister Sarabnanda Sonowal will be brought to Delhi after Assam elections .Will Sonowal come back to Delhi ?






12 Indians to be part of Biden’s team in USA

Neera Tanden is being engaged as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, while Dr Vivek Murthy is named as the US Surgeon General and Vanita Gupta will be Associate Attorney General. Similarly, Aisha Shah will be engaged with White House Office of Digital Strategy; Gautam Raghavan as Deputy Director in Office of Presidential Personnel; Bharat Ramamurti as Deputy Director of National Economic Council; Vinay Reddy as Director of Speechwriting; Tarun Chhabra as Senior Director for Technology and National Security; Sumona Guha as Senior Director for South Asia at the National Security Council; Sabrina Singh as a Deputy Press Secretary; Vedant Patel as Assistant Press Secretary and  Shanthi Kalathil as Coordinator for Democracy and Human Rights.




Whispers bureaucracy News
Key appointment in 2021(10) LIC Chairman

Term of the LIC Chairman M R Kumar is coming to an end in June. There is a speculation that S K Mohanty will succeed him.

Cadre of Riya Kejriwal transferred

The cadre of Ms. Riya Kejriwal has been transferred from Rajasthan to Uttar Pradesh on the grounds of her marriage. She is a 2017 batch IAS officer.

Term of Justice Bansi Lal Bhat as officiating Chairperson, NCLAT extended

The term of Justice Bansi Lal Bhat, Member (Judicial) as officiating Chairperson, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has been extended for a period of three months with effect from January 1, 2021.

Arun Kumar joins as Chairman, IGL

Arun Kumar Singh, Director (Marketing), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), has taken over the additional responsibility as Chairman of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL). He replaces P K Gupta, Director (Human Resources), GAIL (India) Ltd., who has relinquished the charge upon completion of the two-year Chairmanship tenure of IGL by GAIL (India) Ltd.

Deputation tenure of Thulasi extended

DoT has extended the deputation tenure of M Thulasi Rajsekar for six more moth i.e. till June 18 2021. He is presently posted as Addl PS to Dy Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Assembly. He is an ITS officer.

EC looking for Expenditure Observers

The Election Commission has sent a letter to various central govt departments asking them to forward names of officers of accounts services for the assembly elections of five states- Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry- due in 2021.

65,086 cases pending before Supreme Court

A total of 65,086 cases – including 45,886 cases pertaining to admission matters (miscellaneous) and 19,220 cases relating to regular hearing matters – are pending before the Supreme Court of India as of January 1, 2021.

2019 batch ITS joins DoT

Eight officers allotted ITS have joined the DoT this week. They are- Rahul Jain, Akash Kumar Agrawal, Tushar Rastogi, Rakesh Goyal, Adepu Mounika, Laxami Kanta Nayak, Arjun Singh and Rahul Chouhan.

20 ITS officers promoted to HAG

DoT has promoted 20 Group-A ITS officers to HAG and posted them.They are-  Mrs Nagleela CVL has been posted in NCCL, Rana Ashok Kumar, UP east LSA, Sunil Kumar Gupta given Proforma Promotion, Deepa Tyagi, TEC, Alok K Srivastava, Delhi LSA, Harwesh Bhatia, rajasthan LSA, Pramod Kumar Jain, Uttarakhand LSA, Naresh Sharma, Punjab LSA, Udai K Srivastava, NTIPRIT, Mahesh Shukla, Haryana LSA, Biswajit Paul, WB LSA, Shakeel Ahmad, UP West LSA, B Chandrasekhar, NE LSA, Masood Alam Siddiqui, AP LSA, Amit Mishra Assam LSA, Manoj K Mishra, MP LSA, Sanjiv K Nigam Karnataka LSA,  Mahendra Pati, Delhi LSA, Prasanna K Sikdar, WB LSA and Subhash Chand, HP LSA.

No retirement of IPS officer from U’khand in 2021

No officer of Indian Police Service (IPS) from Uttarakhand is retiring in the year- 2021.

Santosh Shukla posted on BLW

Upon returning from deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), Santosh Shukla has been posted on Banaras Locomotive Works (BLW) in place of Rajesh Agarwal. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

VK Shukla posted on NER

VK Shukla – who is returning from deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) – has been posted on North Eastern Railway (NER) in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

MR Dalai shifted to ECoR

Manasa Ranjan Dalai, who is a Group ‘B’ officer of Public Relation Department of Southern Railway, has been transferred to East Coast Railway (ECoR) on his own request.

PK Basu moved to Eastern Railway

PK Basu – who is presently working as Senior Consultant in South Eastern Railway (SER) – has been transferred to Eastern Railway (ER) on his own request. He is an Indian rail Railway Health Service (IRHS) officer. 

SSB advertises two vacancies of Senior Field Officers

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has advertised two posts of Senior Field Officer (Mountaineering) to be filled by deputation plus promotion.

Search begins for Member, TNERC

The Government of Tamil Nadu is seeking officer for the post of Member, Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC).

49 Accounts Officers, Senior Accounts Officers shifted

As many as 49 Accounts Officers and Senior Accounts Officers of the Government of India have been shifted to various Ministries and Departments in Delhi. Accordingly, Naveen Kumar has been shifted to Home, while Chaman Kumar was transferred to CA&PD and Malvinder H Kumar will join Environment & Forest. Similarly, V Rajarajeswari is posted to Finance; Sushil Kumar Arya to PFMS; Sunil Kumar Sharma to Commerce; Niti Rastogi to WR; Ashok Kumar to H&UA; Anita Singhal to Health; Varsha Sharma to DONER; D S Bisht to Home; Jai Prakash to Environment & Forest; Ashok Kumar to Home; R P Arya to RD; Harminder Singh to H&UA; Suresh Kumar to Finance; Pritam Sharma to HRD; Naresh Kumar to Home; Dinesh Kumar to HRD; D C Sundriyal to H&UA; Jyoti Kapoor to I&B; Kusum Sharma to Health; Ved Prakash Mehta to I&B (PB); Rajiv Ranjan to Commerce; Ashok Kumar to Health; Rakesh Anand to I&B (PB); Nasreen Khan to Home; Chander Bhan Prasad to Skill Development; Vijay Singh to Home; Saibal Saha to CPAO; Davinder Kumar to I&B (PB); Arun Kumar to H&UA; Ajit Singh Yadav to Planning; Paramjit Kaur to H&UA; Jai Kishan Uniyal to Industry; Surendra Singh Jakhar to SRTH; Upender Singh Negi to MEA; Manoj Kumar Sinandi to CBIC; Sunita Chopra to I&B; Rakesh Babbar to MEA; Mahesh Chander Dagar to Chemical & Fertiliser; Sandeep Kumar Sharma to Civil Aviation; Bhupender Singh to Home; Meenakshi to DONER; Chander Kumar Salwan to CGA and Birender Singh will join PFMS. 

Shubhanjan Das promoted to Super Time Scale in WB

Shubhanjan Das has been promoted to the Super Time Scale in West Bengal. He is a 2005 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.

P Jayakumar to be Director (Project & Planning), KRDCL

P Jayakumar – who is presently posted on Southern Railway (SR) – has  been selected for deputation to Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) for the post of Director (Project & Planning) at Trivandrum for a period up to the date of superannuation. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Umesh MR to be DGM (S&T), K-RIDE

Umesh MR – who is presently posted as Divisional Signal and Telecom Engineer (DSTE), Project, Mysore, in South Western Railway – has been selected for deputation to Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited (K-RIDE) as Deputy General Manager (Signal and Telecom) for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.

Nirmod Kumar sent as Director, MeitY

Nirmod Kumar – who is presently posted as Senior Divisional Signal and Telecom Engineer (Sr. DSTE), Coordination, North Central Railway (NCR) – has been sent on deputation as Director, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of five years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.

PK Sengupta to be Manager (EPS), CRIS

Prabal Kumar Sengupta, SSA (IT), IT Centre, Eastern Railway (ER) has been selected for deputation to Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) as Manager (EPS) at New Delhi for a period up to his superannuation.

GS Raja to be Chief Manager (EPS), CRIS

Gurmeet Singh Raja, DRS(W), Railway Board, has been selected for deputation to Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) as Chief Manager (EPS) at New Delhi for a period of five years.

14 IRHS officers given clinical posts

Upon attaining the age of 62 years, as many as 14 Indian Railway Health Service (IRHS) officers have been transferred and posted on clinical posts on different Railways. They are: Sanjay Ketan Sarkar, Arundhati Senapati, VK Puri, Sumanta Dasgupta, Dharam Singh Nagnyal, M Ravi Kumar, Girdhari Nayak, RK Pani, Mamta Kaushal, SC Khorwal, BP Nanda, Bhriram Ari, Pranabandhu Sahu and P Mandal.

SK Pathak moved to BLW

SK Pathak has been transferred from North Central Railway (NCR) to Banaras Locomotive Works (BLW) on his own request and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

SK Singh shifted to NCR

Satyendra Kumar Singh has been moved from North Eastern Railway (NER) to North Central Railway (NCR) on his own request and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

MK Gupta sent to NER

Mahesh Kumar Gupta has been transferred from North Central Railway (NCR) to North Eastern Railway (NER) on his own request and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Sanjay Nayar posted on NFR

Upon returning from deputation to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), Sanjay Nayar has been posted on Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Senior IAS officers get new assignment in W Bengal (UPDATED)

The West Bengal government has given new responsibility to four senior IAS officers. Accordingly, Atri Bhattacharya has been appointed Director, Administrative Training Institute, while Arnab Roy was posted as ACS, Consumer Affairs and Vivek Kumar, PS, Forest, gets additional charge of PS, Environment. Besides, Manoj Pant, Secretary, Finance, was handed over additional charge of OSD and PS of the Cabinet Secretariat in the office of the Principal Resident Commissioner of W Bengal in New Delhi.

Bijender Goel appointed as Advisor, International Delphic Council (UPDATED)

Bijender Goel has been appointed as Advisor, International Delphic Council with the responsibility of South Asian Region. Goel is a former Minister from the State of Jharkhand and Chairman of the National Council on Disaster Management, Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) and a Member, Governing Council of Bir Tikenderajit University, Manipur.

Subhanjan Das is Secretary, Health & Family Welfare in W Bengal (UPDATED)

Subhanjan Das has been posted as Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Kolkata. He is a 2005 batch IAS officer. 

Four Under Secretaries shifted (UPDATED)

 Four Under Secretaries working in Ministry of Women & Child Development have been transferred to various ministries. Ram Prasad was shifted to Ministry of Coal, Satyawan to Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Rajpal Singh to Ministry of Ayush and Ram Bachan has been posted to Ministry of Defence.

Eight Senior Accounts Officers get new postings (UPDATED)

As many as eight Senior Accounts Officers have been given new postings. Accordingly, A P Dubey has been posted to CGA, Delhi; G P Gupta to CPAO, Delhi; A K Dalal to Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Delhi and Kamal Dhamija was shifted to Department of Science & Technology, Delhi. Besides, Ajay Kumar is shifted to CGA, Delhi; Mukesh Kumar to PPG&P (Lokpal), Delhi; Sandeep Bawa to Ministry of Finance, Delhi and J N Koli has been transferred to PFMS, Delhi.

Reshuffle of IAS officers in Uttar Pradesh (UPDATED)

As many as 15 IAS officers have been given new assignments in Uttar Pradesh. Accordingly, Amit Gupta has been appointed as Divisional Commissioner, Agra, while Gaurav Dayal will now be Divisional Commissioner, Aligarh and Rajkamal Yadav is DM, Bagpat. Similarly,  Manish Verma has been appointed as DM, Jaunpur; Dinesh Kumar Singh as Commissioner, Chitrakut; Shivakant Dwivedi as Special Secretary, Minority Welfare; Shankutala Gautam as Director, Local Self Government; Vandana Verma as Director, OBC Welfare; Dr Kajal as Special Secretary, Primary Education; Priti Shukla as Secretary, Food Supplies; Yogeshwar Ram Mishra as Divisional Commissioner, Mirzapur; Sanjay Kumar as Secretary, Finance; Vikas Gothalwal as Secretary, Industrial Development; Anil Kumar III as MD Jal Nigam and Gaurishankar Priyadarshi was made Secretary, Medial Education. 

Four officers get assignments in Enforcement Directorate (UPDATED)

 Four officers in the Additional/Joint Director level have been given jobs the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Accordingly, Ms Monika Sharma has been appointed as Additional Director, (HIU-1, Training, Systems, Adjudication), Headquarters, while Kapil Raj was given the charge of HIU-2, Penalty Recovery, Headquarters and Rohit Dwivedi is assigned Administration, Establishment and Vigilance with additional charge of intelligence, Headquarters. Besides, Yogesh Sharma has been appointed as Additional Director, Mumbai Zone office-II.

JP Modi steps down as Ind. Director, Muzali Arts Ltd.

Jaymin Piyushbhai Modi has resigned as Independent Director of Muzali Arts Limited.

KVS Shyam Sunder stands down Ind. Director, Ladderup Finance Ltd.

KVS Shyam Sunder has stepped down from the position of Non-Executive Independent Director of Ladderup Finance Limited.

Menika Garg appointed as Ind. Director, APIS India Ltd.

Ms. Menika Garg has been appointed as Independent Director of APIS India Limited.

Madan Lal quits as Ind. Director, Bihar Sponge Iron Ltd.

Madan Lal has tendered his resignation as Independent Director of Bihar Sponge Iron Limited.

Aditya Chowgule stands down as MD, Chowgule Steamships

Aditya Chowgule has stepped down from the position of Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Chowgule Steamships Limited.

Appointments in IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company

Manish Kumar Agarwal has been appointed as Nominee Director, while Dr. Jagadip Narayan Singh and Subrata Kumar Atindra Mitra have been made Additional Directors (Independent) of IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited.

Jamal Pradhan bows out of DCB Bank

Jamal Pradhan has ceased to be Non-Executive Director of DCB Bank on the completion of his tenure.

Rajit Mehta appointed as MD, Max India Ltd.

Rajit Mehta has been appointed as Managing Director of Max India Limited. He replaces Mohit Talwar, who relinquished the position of Managing Director after completion of his tenure.

Whispers Forum

“ Beda gark kar diya Pakistan kaa ”

Pakistani avaam trusts anti-corona vaccine made in India, more than Chinese product. So cheap and effective. But, the vicious, backstabber Pakistan, has no face to seek  assistance from India.

Let WIC surfers from Pakistan ponder over this and de-throne Imran Khan

A K Saxena (A former civil servant)

Relocation of Office
The appellant sought to know why the Punjab National Bank (PNB) returned a particular cheque unpaid with a reason insufficient funds. The CIC observed that the respondent has shown callous and unprofessional attitude both while representing during the hearing as well as dealing the RTI application. The CIC held that the respondent may not evade their responsibility as a public authority on the pretext of relocation of their office in addition to the lapse of over two years. A show cause notice was issued to the PIOs to show cause as to why penalty under provisions of section 20 (1) of RTI Act may not be imposed upon each of them for not responding to the RTI application within the prescribed time limit.
It is the duty of the PIO to maintain a professional behaviour and follow the provisions of the RTI Act. Relocation of the Office cannot be used as a ground for denial of information.
Citation: Lopamudra Chatterjee v. Punjab National Bank in Second Appeal No. CIC/PNBNK/A/2018/130662, Date of order: 12.05.2020
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
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