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Major reshuffle of Governors?

A major reshuffle of Governors is expected in about eight States. Maharashtra and Kerala Governors have reportedly expressed their changes. UP will also have new Governor this year.





Will Modi contest Lok Sabha from Tamil Nadu also?

Buzz is that along with Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi is going to contest next Lok Sabha polls from Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu.





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Will retirement age of army officers be raised?

Will the retirement age of the army officers be raised? Picture will be clear in the ensuing budget.

14 IPS officers retiring in January

As many as 14 IPS officers of various cadres and batches are retiring in January 2023. They are: Bosco B F. George of AGMUT cadre; Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta of Assam Meghalaya; Arbind Thakur of Bihar;  Kirat Pal Singh of Haryana; Jatinder Singh Aulakh of Punjab; Laxman Gaur of Rajasthan; Pradip De of Tripura; Gopal Lal Meena, Shiv Shankar Singh, Denesh Pal  Singh,  Swami Prasad, Sumitra Yadav, Sudhir Kumar Singh, Mahendra Yadav of Uttar Pradesh cadre.

Kaun Banega Chairman SAIL (1)

Brijendra Pratap Singh eligible for Chairperson, SAIL

Brijendra Pratap Singh, Director in-charge (Burnpur and Durgapur Steel Plants), SAIL, appears to be eligible for the post of Chairman, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).


G P Singh is new DGP, Assam

G P Singh has been appointed as new DGP, Assam. He is a 1991 batch IPS of Assam cadre. He will take over on Feb 1.

(We said this on Jan 28, 2023)

7 VR notices of IRS officers accepted in a day

The CBIC has accepted voluntary retirement notices of seven IRS(C&IT) officers on Friday, January 27, 2027. These VR notices are related to 1 Pr Commissioner, 3 Commissioners and 3 Asstt Commissioners.


IRS officers Pr Commissioner takes VRS

M M Pritinan has taken VRS from IRS(C&IT) with effect from February 2, 2023. He was supposed to retire this year in August.

Interviews for Director (P & A), SCI on Feb 2

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is holding interviews for the post of Director (P & A), Shipping Corporation of India on February 2, 2023.


Appointment of a couple of CBDT Members next month?

Appointment of a couple of new CBDT Members is expected next month end. CoS is said to have sent recommendations to the PMO.

Picture is not clear on Gujarat DGP

Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia is retiring on January 31  but picture is still unclear. In case Atul Karwal is not made DGP Ahemdabad Police Commissioner Sanjay Srivastava who is senior most IPS officer in the state  may be made acting DGP till his superannuation in March.

Ashish Bhatia unlikely to get extension

Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia who is retiring  as DGP of Gujarat on Jan 31 ia unlikely to get further extension. He is 1985 batch IPS officer.

Tenure of Alok Sharma as Addl DG, SPG extended

The tenure of Alok Sharma as Additional DG, SPG, has been extended upto February 21, 2024. He is a 1991 batch IPS officer of UP cadre.

IDAS officer posted as AS&FA Commerce

Ms Arti Bhatnagar has been posted as Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor in the ministry of commerce and industries. She is a 1990 IDAS officer.


Central deputation tenure of Ms Richa Bagla extended

The central deputation tenure of Ms Richa Bagla working as Joint Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, has been extended for a period of one year beyond March 8, 2023. She is a 1999 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Central deputation tenure of O P Chaudhary extended

The central deputation tenure of O P Chaudhary working as Joint Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying has been extended upto September 30, 2024. He is a 1989 batch IFS officer of MP cadre.


Tenure of Ms Meenakshi Joshi as Principal, CASFOS extended

The deputation tenure of Ms Meenakshi Joshi as Principal, Central Academy for State Forest Service (CASFOS), Dehradun, has been extended for a period of two years beyond January 31, 2023. She is a 2000 batch IFS officer of UD cadre.


Tenure of Sanjay Kumar as Addl Secretary, Road Transport extended

The tenure of Sanjay Kumar as Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor,  Road Transport & Highways has been extended upto January 17, 2024. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre.

Tenure of Amar Singh Meena as Director, MCA extended

The central deputation tenure of Amar Singh Meena working as Director in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has been extended upto February 14, 2025. He is a 1995 batch ITS officer.

Additional charge of National Jute Board to Moloy Chadan extended

Additional charge of post Secretary, National Jute Board, Kolkaa to Moloy Chandan Chakraborty, Jute Commissioner, Kolkata, has been extended upto June 30, 2023. He is a 1993 batch IDAS officer.

7 IRS-C&IT officers given new postings

After transferring 7 IRS(C&IT) officers of different batches have been given new postings. Accordingly, Amand Shah has been posted as Pr Commissioner, Audit, GST, Noida, Maheh Kumar Rustagi, goes to DGAP, Delhi as Pr Commissioner, Yogesh Kumar Agrawal, Commissioner, Meerut, Audit, GST&CX,  Bamin Tari, has been transferred from Agartala to Allahabad as Commissioner, CC(AR), CESTAT, Sacin Gusia posted as Addl Commissioner, Ahmedabad GST&CX one, Aditya Kumar Mamgain, OSD, Legal Cell, Legal Cell, CBIC hq and Neeraj Aneja, Asstt Commissioner, Delhi GST& CX Zone.

Vacancy for Senior Adviser to ED, WB, Washington

It is proposed to fill up the post of Senior Adviser to the Executive Director, World Bank, Washington DC, USA (Joint Secretary level) under the Department of Economic Affairs and applications have been invited by DoPT by 20 February.

Vacancy for Counsellor Economic in EoI, Washington

It is proposed to fill up the post of Counsellor (Economic) in the Economic Wing in the Embassy of India, Washington DC, USA, for a period of three years under Department of Economic Affairs and applications have been invited by DoPT by 20 February.

Reshuffle of IAS officers in MP

As many as 11 IAS officers have been given new assignments in Madhya Pradesh. Accordingly, M Selvendran has been appointed as IG, Registration and Superintendent, Stamps and Commissioner-cum-Director, Kisan Kalyan, additional charge and Ex-officio Secretary, Revenue and Kaushalendra Vikram Singh is Additional Secretary to Chief Minister and Additional MD, MP Tourism Development Corporation, additional charge and Ashish Singh was made MD, Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation. Similarly, Akshya Kumar Singh was made Collector, Gwalior; Ravindra Kumar Chaudhary as Collector, Shivpuri; Shivraj Singh Verma as Collector, Khargone; Dr Fating Rahul Haridas as Collector,  Barwani; Kumar Purushottam as Collector, Ujjain; Ms Sonia Meena as Deputy Secretary, Secretariat; Ashish Vashishth as Collector, Anuppur and Kshitij Singhal was made Collector, Seoni.


Vivek Kumar posted as ED (S&T)/Dev-II, Railway Board

Vivek Kumar, who is presently on deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), has been recalled and posted as Executive Director (Signal & Telecommunication)/Development-II, Railway Board. He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.

K P M Swamy appointed as Director (Comm), NBCC (UPDATED)

K P M Swamy, Senior ED, NBCC Limited has been appointed as Director (Commercial), NBCC. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.

Pankaj Kumar Sharma appointed as Director (Prod), NALCO (UPDATED)

Pankaj Kumar Sharma, CGM, NMDC Limited has been appointed as Director (Production) in National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.

Tenure of Ms Vandana Sharma extended (UPDATED)

The tenure of Ms Vandana Sharma as Secretary at Joint Secretary level, Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), has been extended for a period of six months beyond January 25, 2023. She is a CSS officer.

Two IPoS officers shifted (UPDATED)

Two officers of Indian Postal Service (IPoS) have been shifted. Ram Naresh Sikartia has been posted as ADG (IM-I), Postal Directorate, New Delhi, while Himanshu Chaudhary was shifted as ADG (IM-II), Postal Directorate, New Delhi.

Esha Sengupta appointed OSD, P & AR Dept, WB (UPDATED)

Mrs Esha Sengupta has been appointed as OSD in P & AR Department, West Bengal. She is a 2008 batch IAS officer of W Bengal cadre.

SCOPE’s tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s values of ethical leadership (UPDATED)

Commemorating the 75th Martyrs’ Day, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a Symposium on ‘Ethical Leadership for Organization Integrity: The Gandhian Way’. The occasion was addressed by Rohit Kumar Singh, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs; Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Former DG, CSIR and Chairman, National Innovation Foundation; Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE and Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, Eminent Gandhian. The dignitaries reminisced Gandhiji’s teachings on ethical leadership for organizational integrity and excellence. The symposium was participated in large numbers from across the country.


13 IPS officers get new postings in Karnataka (UPDATED)

As many as 13 IPS officers have been assigned new postings in Karnataka. Karthik Reddy has been appointed as SP, Ramanagaram, while Patil Vinayak Vasantrao was posted as Assistant IGP, Bengaluru and K Santosh Babu takes over as SP, Intelligence. Similarly, D Devaraja is shifted as Deputy Commissioner of Police, North Division, Bengaluru City; Mrs D R Siri Gowri as SP, Internal Security Division; T P Shivakumar as SP, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd.; Shekhar H Tekkannavar as Deputy  Commissioner of Police, Law & Order, Belagavi City; Mrs Padmini Sahoo as SP, Chamarajnagar; Pradeep Gunti as SP, Prisons; Mrs Geetha M S as SP & Principal, Police Training School, Mysuru; K Ramarajan as SP, Kodagu, Madikeri; Ravindra Kashinath Gadadi as Deputy  Commissioner of Police, Command Centre, Bengaluru City and Aiyappa M A is now SP, Intelligence.   


Sanjay Choudhuri appointed as Director (Fin), NRL (UPDATED)

Sanjay Choudhuri, ED, OIL, has been appointed as Director (Finance), Numgaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.


Saurav Dutta appointed as Director (Fin), Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd (UPDATED)

Saurav Dutta, Vice President, BLC, has been appointed as Director (Finance), Balmer Lawrie & Co Limited (BLC). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.


Ghanshyam Sharma appointed as Director (Fin), HCL (UPDATED)

Ghanshyam Sharma, Director (Finance), MECL, has been appointed as Director (Finance), Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.


Post of Ms Preeti Jain upgraded as Director, DEA (UPDATED)

The post of Ms Preeti Jain has been upgraded as Director in the Department of Economic Affairs. She is a 2009 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.


Cdr P K Srivastava promoted to Scientist ‘G’ grade (UPDATED)

Cdr. P K Srivastava has been promoted to the grade of Scientist 'G' under the Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme (MFCS).


Dr Sudhir Kumar appointed as Director, NIH (UPDATED)

Dr Sudhir Kumar has been appointed as Director, National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee.

Shiv Nandan Kumar promoted to HAG (UPDATED)

Shiv Nandan Kumar has been promoted to the Higher Administrative Grade of Central Water Engineering Service (Group 'A').

M Jagannath recommended for first vacancy of MD, LIC (UPDATED)

The name of M Jagannath has been recommended for the first vacancy of Managing Director (MD) of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India.

Tablesh Pandey recommended for second vacancy of MD, LIC (UPDATED)

The name of Tablesh Pandey has been recommended for the second vacancy of Managing Director (MD) of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India.

SM Jain appointed Addl. Director, Care Ratings Ltd

Sobhag Mal Jain has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Non-Independent Director) of Care Ratings Limited.

NP Sinha appointed Addl. Director, High Energy Batteries (India) Ltd

Navin Prakash Sinha has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Non-Independent Nominee Director of High Energy Batteries (India) Limited.


Manoj B Vadodaria appointed MD, Sambhaav Media Ltd

Manoj B Vadodaria, Non‐Executive Director, Sambhaav Media Limited, has been appointed Managing Director of the company.


Kiran B Vadodaria appointed Chairman, Sambhaav Media Ltd

Kiran B Vadodaria, Chairman & Managing Director, Sambhaav Media Limited, has been appointed as Chairman and Non‐Executive Non‐Independent Director of the company.


Ms Gupta appointed Nominee Director, Him Teknoforge Ltd

Ms. Indu Gupta has been appointed as Nominee Director on the Board of Him Teknoforge Limited.


Ms Verma appointed Ind. Director, Godrej Agrovet Ltd

Ms. Ritu Verma has been appointed as Independent Director of Godrej Agrovet Limited.


N Gopalaratnam re-appointed Chairman, Seshasayee Paper & Boards Ltd

N Gopalaratnam has been re-appointed as Whole-time Director, designated as Chairman, Seshasayee Paper & Boards Limited, commencing from April 1, 2023.


KSK Viswanathan re-appointed Chairman, Seshasayee Paper & Boards Ltd

KS Kasi Viswanathan has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Seshasayee Paper & Boards Limited commencing from April 1, 2023.


Sachin Menon re-appointed CMD, Menon Pistons Ltd

Sachin Menon has been re-appointed as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Menon Pistons Limited with effect from February 1, 2023.


Shrikant Sambhoos re-appointed Addl. Director, Menon Pistons Ltd

Shrikant Sambhoos has been re-appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent category) of Menon Pistons Limited with effect from March 11, 2023.


Whispers Forum

Country needs a political will

I can't add more to what Adarsh Malviya ji has said about job cuts and unemployment. The fact is India doesn't have a vision document on education, any curriculum of education must be so designed that after you finish your education you should be employable, in other words India must have employable education. For that country needs a political will. Voters have been left to fend for themselves for education, India has been destroyed through education, education sector needs a revolutionary reforms. The other sector which needs looked into is agriculture, which should use latest technology & grow multi crops. If we grow multi crops through year, India can feed the world through exports.

Harish Kumar



Human rights violation in service matters

The records pertaining to appointment of persons on compassionate grounds and related information was denied by CISF u/s 24 read with second schedule of the RTI Act. The CIC held that the queries raised by the Appellant constitute personal information related to officials who are third parties. Hence, disclosure of information with respect to such queries would be barred even under Section 8(1)(e) and (j) of the RTI Act. Referring to the High Court decision in Director General and Anr. v. Harender, the CIC held that the expression “Human Rights Violation” as used in proviso to Section 24(1) of the Act cannot be read to extend to all matters where a person alleges violation of fundamental rights. Plainly, the said expression cannot be extended to include controversies relating to service matters.


In most cases, the judicial pronouncements have been in favour of denying information relating to service matters in case of organisations beyond the purview of the RTI Act taking a strict interpretation of what constitutes human rights. It has been argued that if employees of an establishment cannot agitate their grievances before judicial forums, these organizations/establishments may become autocratic. In a judgment dated 22.03.2022, a division bench of Delhi High Court in UoI v. CIC, [LPA 734/2018] observed that the RTI Act is a tool which facilitates the employees and officers in airing their grievances systematically. Holding that non-supply of the information/documents is a human rights violation as in the absence of the same, the RTI applicant would not be able to agitate her right to promotion, the Court directed to provide copies of the seniority list as well the minutes of DPC.

Citation: Shri Ashwani Verma v. CISF, Second Appeal No. CIC/CISFO/A/2021/156819, Date of Decision: 20.01.2023

Dr Anuradha Verma ( is a RTI Consultant currently working with IIM Visakhapatnam. She has co-authored the books, RTI Right to Information - Law and Practice and PIO’s Guide to RTI. She offers consultancy on RTI matters and Third party audit. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link


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