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BJP to go alone in Maharashtra?

 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to go alone in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections. Final decision is likely to be announced soon by the central leadership.

 

Is National media afraid of Kejriwal and Yogi Adityanath?

It is said that that Delhi and UP Government control the national media. Reason-Kejriwal is the boss of Delhi Government and Yogi Adityanath is powerful CM of NOIDA which comes under UP. One need not elaborate.

CBI launches investigation into Gramin Dak Sevak scam in Odisha

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched an extensive investigation into the Gramin Dak Sevak recruitment scam.

 Modi's confidantes retain their positions in PMO

The confidantes of Narendra Modi: Dr P K Mishra as PS to PM; Ajit Doval as NSA; Amit Khare and Tarun Kumar as Advisors to PM retained their positions after the former was installed as Prime Minister for the third term. 

Fall out of LS Poll results? Senior IAS transferred in UP

A 2015 batch IAS officer Dhananjay Shukla, who was holding the important post of Special Secretary (Appointments) will now hold the post of Additional Commissioner State Tax (GST). Shukla has been replaced by 2018 batch IAS officer Vijay Kumar who is getting an additional charge of Special Secretary (Appointments & Personnel). Kumar is also holding the post of Special Secretary (Mining).

 

64 IAS officers of 2008 batch empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

As many as 64 IAS officers of 2008 batch have been empanelled for holding Joint Secretary and equivalent posts in the Government of India. The officers include: Sanjay Kumar, Amit Satija, Chanchal Yadav, J Ashok Kumar, Madhu Rani Teotia, Shiv Kumar of AGMUT cadre; Vinay Chand Vadarevu  and A Suryakumari  of Andhra Pradesh cadre; Vinod Seshan, Ram Singh, Pooja Pandey, Joram Beda of Assam Meghalaya cadre; Ashima Jain  and B Kartikey Dhanji of Bihar cadre; Niraj Kumar Bansod of Chhattisgarh cadre; Supreet Singh Gulati, Dhavalkumar K Patel, Udit Agrawal and Saidingpuii Chhakchhuak of Gujarat cadre; Kadam Sandeep Vasant and  Ashish Singhmar of HP cadre; Nikhil Gajraj and Rajiv Rattan of Haryana cadre; Chandra Shekhar of Jharkhand cadre; P Bala Kiran, Harikishore S, Keshvendra Kumar of Kerala cadre; Khushboo G Chowdhary, Dipti Aditya Kanade, Ujjwal Kumar Ghosh and Deepa Cholan of Karnataka cadre; Sampada Suresh Mehta, Radhakrishnan B, Ranjit Kumar, Naval Kishore Ram of Maharashtra cadre; Hrisheekesh A Modak of Manipur cadre; Chhavi Bhardwaj, Nand Kumarum, Viswanathan S, J P Irene Cynthia, Krishna Gopal Tiwari, Vishesh Garhpale, Sibi Chakravarthy M, V Kiran Gopal and Surabhi Gupta of Madhya Pradesh cadre; Smita Sarangi and  Anoop Khinchi of Nagaland cadre; Parameswaran B, Bhupendra Singh Poonia, Yamini Sarangi and M Muthukumar of Odisha cadre; Amit Kumar of Punjab cadre; Rajan Vishal and Muktanand Agrawal of Rajasthan cadre; Aishvarya Singh of Sikkim cadre; Mariam Pallavi Baldev, Prashant M Wadnere and Rohini R Bhajibhakare of Tamil Nadu cadre; Sridhar Babu Addanki of UD; K Vijayendra Pandian, Kumar Ravi Kant Singh and Anil Dhingra of UP cadre; V Lalithalakshmi and Devi Prasad Karanam of West Bengal cadre.

Four IAS officers of 2007 batch empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Four IAS officers of 2007 batch have been empanelled for holding Joint Secretary and equivalent posts in the Government of India. The officers include: Shailesh Kumar Chourasia of Manipur; G Latha of Tamil Nadu; Sheetal Verma of Uttar Pradesh cadre and C Murugan of West Bengal cadre.

Ajit Doval re-appointed as National Security Adviser

Ajit Doval has been re-appointed as National Security Adviser with co-terminus with the term of Prime Minister. He is a retired IPS officer of Kerala cadre.

Dr P K Mishra re-appointed as Principal Secretary to PM

Dr P K Misha has been re-appointed as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India with co-terminus with the term of Prime Minister. He is a 1972 batch retired IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

Amit Khare re-appointed as Advisor to PM

Amit Khare has been re-appointed as Advisor to the Prime Minister of India for a period of two years. He is a 1985 batch retired IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.

Tarun Kapoor re-appointed as Advisor to PM

Tarun Kapoor has been re-appointed as Advisor to the Prime Minister of India for a period of two years. He is a 1985 batch retired IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.

Ministers likely to get PS next week

According to sources new ministers may get new PS next week. Exercise is going on in the PMO.

 

No empanelment at Additional Secretary level from Sikkim

No empanelment of IAS officers of 1999 batch from Sikkim cadre has been empanelled for holding Additional Secretary or equivalent posts in the Government of India.

 

Praveen Kumar selected as MD, DFCCIL

Praveen Kumar, ED, DFCCIL, has been selected for the post of Managing Director, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board meeting. As many as four persons were interviewed for the same.

 

Sanjeev Rastogi selected as Director (Prod), Braithwaite

Sanjeev Rastogi, GM, (Capex), BHEL, has been selected for the post of Director (Production), Braithwaite & Co. Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting. As many as six persons were interviewed for the same.

 

Internal complaint committee for CCA constituted

An Internal Complaint Committee has been constituted for the Office of Chief Controller of Accounts (CCA), Department of Commerce and Ministry of Textiles. The members for the prevention of redressal of Sexual Harassment and for matters connected therewith include, Dr Laboni Das Dutta (Director Accounts), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer (Presiding Officer); Ms Abinaya S (Assistant Controller of Accounts, M/o Industry (Member) and Ms Indu Devi, AAO, CPAO (Textiles) Member.

 

Anil Kumar joins DoT HQs

Anil Kumar has joined the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) HQs with effect from June 7, 2024. Prior to this, he was serving in the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education. He is a JAG of ITS Grade A officer.

 

Ministry of Coal seeks retired employees for consultant post

The Ministry of Coal has advertised for the engagement of retired government employees as consultants in the Nominated Authority, Ministry of Coal. The applications via email must reach on or before July 10, 2024.

 

Rahul Gajbhiye is DEO, Cochin Circle

Rahul Gajbhiye, Additional Chief Executive Officer, holding the charge of CEO, Cantonment Board, Deolali, has been transferred and posted as Defence Estates Officer, Cochin Circle. He is a 2018 batch IDES officer.

 

Adarsh Singhis new GST Commissioner in UP

IAS officer Adarsh Singh has been made GST Commissioner by the Uttar Pradesh government. He has taken over the charge.

 

N Ramesh is DEO Cochin Circle

N Ramesh, Chief Executive Officer, Cantonment Board, Pachmarhi, has been transferred and posted as Defence Estates Officer, Cochin Circle. He is a 2019 batch IDES officer.

 

Vinod Vikneswaran is CEO Cantonment Board, St Thomas Mount

Vinod Vikneswaran, Defence Estates Officer, Cochin Circle, has been transferred and posted as Chief Executive Officer, Cantonment Board, St. Thomas Mount. He is a 2015 batch IDES officer.

 

C Dinesh Kumar Reddy transferred to Secunderabad Circle

C Dinesh Kumar Reddy, Chief Executive Officer, Cantonment Board, St. Thomas Mount, has been transferred and posted as Defence Estates Officer, Secunderabad Circle, against an existing vacancy. He is a 2012 batch IDES officer.

 

Vignesh K transferred to IFA (ENC) Vizag

Vignesh K has been transferred as IFA (ENC) Vizag. Prior to this he was serving at DCDA (R&D), Avadi. He is a 2017 batch IDAS officer.

 

B K Shriram is Sr Dy IFA (Army) Ranchi

Badime Krishna Shriram has been transferred as Senior Deputy IFA (Army) Ranchi. Prior to this, he was serving as UN Mission South Sudan. He is a 2018 batch IDSA officer.

 

M Parameshwari is CDA (RTC), Bangalore

M Parameshwari has been transferred as CDA (RTC), Bangalore. Prior to this, he was working with Department of Space, Bengaluru. He is a 2021 batch IDAS officer.

 

Nominations for UNESCO Int’l Literacy Prizes 2024 invited

UNESCO has invited nominations for UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2024. The nominations must reach on or before July 5, 2024.

 

NCSC advertises for consultant posts

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has invited applications from retired government officials for the engagement of 28 consultants on contractual basis. Applications can be sent on ccell-ncsc@nic.in.

 

RCIL advertises for Sr Manager/Manager-Signalling post for Eastern Region

The Railtel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL) has advertised for one post each of Senior Manager and Manager (Signalling) for Kolkata/ Eastern Region on deputation basis. More information can be availed from www.railtel.in.

 

RCIL advertises for Sr Manager/Manager-Tech post

The Railtel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL) has advertised for one post each of Senior Manager and Manager (Tech) for Jalandhar/Jammu (Northern Region) on deputation basis. More information can be availed from www.railtel.in.

 

13 IAS probationers appointed as Assistant Collectors in W Bengal

As many as 13 IAS probationers of West Bengal Cadre of 2023 Batch have been appointed as Assistant Magistrate & Assistant Collector of various districts. Accordingly, Avinash Kumar has been appointed Assistant Magistrate & Assistant Collector of Alipurduar; Yadav Suryabhan Achchhelal of Jalpaiguri; Ms Priyansha Garg of Howrah; Ms Mudra Gairola of North-24-Parganas; Maliye Sri Pranav of Bankura; Moin Ahmad of Purulia; Ms Dhamini M Das of Purba Burdwan; Ms Madhusree of Hooghly; Ravi Kumar of Birbhum; Ms Pooja Meena of Dakshin Dinajpur; Ms Rushali Kler of Paschim Burdwan, Bhuvana Pranith Pappula of South 24-Parganas and Lourembam Nelson Mangancha was made Assistant Magistrate & Assistant Collector of Uttar Dinajpur. 

 

R K Nain assigned additional charge of AAO, H&UA, Meerut

Ravi Kumar Nain, AAO, CBDT, Meerut, is assigned the additional charge of AAO, Ministry of H&UA, Meerut, in addition to his regular charge.

 

Narendra Singh moved as PCE, CORE

Narendra Singh has been transferred from North Central Railway (NCR) to Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) and posted as Principal Chief Engineer (PCE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

BBS Tomar appointed CAO (C), Northern Railway

Brij Bhushan Singh Tomar, who is presently working as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) (Construction)- II in Northern Railway (NR), has been appointed as CAO (C) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Shyam Singh sent as CAO (C)-II, Northern Railway

Shyam Singh has been transferred from Western Railway (WR) to Northern Railway (NR) and posted as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) (Construction)- II. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

PS Brahmanandam shifted as PCE, SCR

PS Brahmanandam, who is presently working as Principal Chief Engineer (PCE) in South Western Railway (SWR) has been transferred to South Central Railway (SCR) in the same capacity. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Vikram Gupta moved as PCE, Eastern Railway

Vikram Gupta has been transferred from Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to Eastern Railway (ER) and posted as Principal Chief Engineer (PCE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

CM Gupta sent as PCE, SWR

Chhanno Mal Gupta has been transferred from Indian Railways Institute of Civil Engineering (IRICEN) to South Western Railway (SWR) and posted as Principal Chief Engineer (PCE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

RC Gupta appointed CPD (TMC), Northern Railway

Hari Prakash Tripathi, who is presently posted as Chief Project Director (CPD), Track Machine Cell (TMC) in Central Railway (CR), has been appointed as Chief Administrative Officer (C), Road Safety Projects, in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

IAS officers reshuffled in Bihar

Senior IAS officers have been reshuffled and given new responsibilities in Bihar. KK Pathak has been appointed as the ACS, Revenue and Land Reforms Department and will continue to hold additional charge of the Director General, Bihar Institute of Public Administration & Rural Development (BIPARD), while Dr S Siddharth, PS, CM Secretariat and ACS, Cabinet Secretariat, gets an additional charge of ACS, Education Department. Similarly, Deepak Kumar Singh was appointed as ACS, Rural Affairs Department; Arvind Kumar Chaudhary as PS, Home Department and will continue to hold charge of Surveillance Department/Exam Controller/Enquiry Commissioner, GAD; Pankaj Kumar Pal is shifted as Secretary, Rural Development Department and will also hold charge of MD, Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA);  Lokesh Kumar Singh has been assigned full additional charge of Secretary, Finance Department in addition to his current responsibilities; Sandeep Poundrik, ACS, Industries, has been relieved of the additional charge of MD, BIADA; Raj Kumar is posted as District Magistrate (DM), Bhojpur; Ashutosh Kumar Verma as District Magistrate, Nawada; Mahendra Kumar as Managing Director, South Bihar Power Distribution Company with additional charge of Director, Sports and Prashant Kumar was made Director, Social Welfare Department and will also handle charge of Director, Social Security and CGM, Bihar Development Mission.

SIOs and IOs assigned additional charge

Following posting of 11 SIOs and 9 IOs to DGGI, MZU on loan basis SIOs and IOs have been assigned additional charge, Under DGGI-SNU (West), Deshraj Meena, SIO, Vikas Kumawat, SIO and Ms Pooja Lakhlan get additional charge of Group F, DGGI MZU, while Ayshvarya Sharma, IO and Anshul Pareek, IO will hold additional charge of Group F, DGGI MZU; OSD to DG, DGGI, SNU-West. Similarly, under Group-A, DGGI MZU, Anil Thakur, SIO gets additional charge of Alternate Custodian for APAR of Gr. B & C officers, SSF; Rajesh M Karale, SIO of Prosecution & Investigation Module, Legal Matters; Michael Andrew, SIO of Intel, Processing of CDR Requests; Sanjay Kumar Sinha, SIO of Coordination, STR; Deepak Kumar, SIO of Monitoring of Adjudication of SNCs; Abhishek Bhomia, IO of Legal Matters. Under Group-B, DGGI, MZU, Manoj Kumar Pandey, SIO gets additional responsibility of IT related issues (Laxmi Building); M P Rai, SIO of DA Cell; Vikram Singh, SIO of HQ (Laxmi Building); Rahul Sonawane, SIO of RTI, CPGRAM; Ajay Kumar, SIO of PAC Matters. Under Group-C, DGGI MZU, V K Upadhyay, SIO gets additional responsibility of Technical Reports, PQ; Uma Shankar Singh, SIO of Reward; Sumit Attri, IO of Reward, Technical Reports. Under Group-D, DGGI, MZU, Sanjay Poojari, SIO gets additional responsibility of EMD Manager; Parampreet Brar, IO of ACES, E-office. Under Group-DS, DGGI, MZU, Rakesh Singh, SIO will hold additional charge of Management of Records at Transport House and Vikas Varun, IO under Data Analytics (DA) Cell gets an  additional charge of HQ (Laxmi Building).    

 

Five members of SCS of Gujarat promoted as IAS

Five members of State Civil Service of Gujarat have been promoted as IAS against the Select List of 2022 and allocated Gujarat cadre. The officers are: B J Patel, Kumudben Yagnik, A B Pandor, B B Chaudhari and B C Parmar. 

 

Mohinder Singh gets extension in deputation tenure with IRCON

Mohinder Singh, formerly Chief Bridge Engineer (CBE), Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), has been given extension in his tenure of deputation with IRCON International Limited for the fourth year, which is up to December 8, 2024. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

Alok Ranjan appointed Addl. Director, Pakka Ltd

Alok Ranjan has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Pakka Limited.

RP Seth appointed Addl. Director, Heads UP Ventures Ltd

Ronak Pankajbhai Seth has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive) of Heads UP Ventures Limited.
 

BM Mundra appointed Addl. Director, Heads UP Ventures Ltd

Bharatkumar M Mundra has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Heads UP Ventures Limited

CS Jadhav appointed Addl. Director, Nutricircle Ltd

Chandra Shekhar Jadhav has been appointed as Additional Executive Director of Nutricircle Limited.

S Bhamidipati re-appointed NE Director, Eco Recycling Ltd

Srikrishna Bhamidipati has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Eco Recycling Limited.

Shibnath Mazumdar bows out as Ind. Director, Enterprise India Ltd

Shibnath Mazumdar has ceased to be Independent Director of Enterprise India Limited with effect from April 1, 2024.

 

Ms Vyas quits as Ind. Director, Axita Cotton Ltd

Ms. Apeksha Sanjaykumar Vyas has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Axita Cotton Limited.

 

FORUM

“ Invade, occupy PoK; rename places in Tibet ”

First the PoK. It was in the news, recently due to terror attack sponsored by Pakistan, killing many pilgrims and injuring many more. Terror attacks have not stopped despite the promises made by the ruling dispensation to justify demonetisation. Proxy war from training camps from across the border, however, continues unabated. More terror attacks could be in the pipeline. Intelligence failure. Now, consider Tibet. India, in a tit-for-tat, has reportedly decided to rename over 30 places in Tibet ( called Xizang in mandarin). India did not protest China’s forcible occupation of Tibet since 1959. Renaming places, though belated, will thus tantamount to re-opening the Tibetan issue. Better, late than never. China has been a perennial pain in our neck. China has, of late, deployed PLA tanks along LOC in POK. War seems imminent. The question is: Is renaming of places in Tibet by India not over due, especially when China under cartographic aggression, has already renamed several sites in Arunachal Pradesh(AP) besides constructing hundreds of villages inside AP through its draconian policy of salami-slicing and claiming AP as part of south Tibet. It has been issuing stapled visas to Indians domiciled in AP. Similar incursions have been reported by the locals in Ladhak. No protest. China has also deployed PLA troops along the LAC. Galvan valley confrontation, is fresh in our mind. Against this backdrop, renaming  over 30 places in Tibet by India, is considered a  smart foreign policy initiative. The NDA-3.0 dispensation. is expected to put its best foot forward and  forcibly occupy POK-Gilgit-Baltistan. Delay will be disastrous. Aksai chin (38,000 sq km) is already under China’s illegal occupation. China is hell-bent on occupying Taiwan, conducting military exercises, dangerously close to Taiwan. This may escalate tension in south-china sea region. India, ready for hybrid war against dual challenges from China and Pakistan, has a strong maritime presence in the region. Finally, a word about Dalai Lama. China has destroyed Tibet’s pristine culture by demolishing pagodas, monasteries, replacing Tibetan language by the mandarin. Buddhism was born in India. Both Tibet and India have age-old ties. The Tibetans facing persecution by China, fled to India in 1959 and were given shelter- mostly concentrated in Dharamshala. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for liberating Tibet. He has been living here in exile  since March 1959. He is highly regarded  for his contribution to India’s composite culture and philosophy. While maintaining his Tibetan identity, Dalai Lama follows liberal Nalanda traditions. This serves as a testament to the enduring bonds that exist between the Tibetan and Indian cultures. Nalanda had a Mahavihara, a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha(present Bihar). Earlier, Khan Abdul Ghaffar khan(of Pakistan) and ex-President Nelson Mandela were awarded Bharat Ratnas in1987 and 1990 respectively. Then, why deny the honour of Bharat Ratna to Dalai Lama? This will be a retort and politically correct step against China’s misadventures.

A K Saxena ( A former civil servant)

 

DATE WITH RTI

 Using RTI in cases of quasi-judicial proceedings

Appellant stated that the document on the basis of which the Competition Commission arrived at a conclusion in Case 25 of 2020 was not provided. PIO stated that the Appellant was seeking information pertaining to a quasi-judicial decision for which inspection of records was offered as per the CCI (General) Regulations, 2009 which was not availed off by him. PIO further stated that in case the appellant is dissatisfied with the outcome of the decision, he can exhaust the remedy available to him to appeal against the decision before the NCLAT. The CIC held that an appropriate response in accordance with the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005 has been given by the PIO. The Appellant is at liberty to avail inspection of records as earlier offered to him on a mutually convenient date and time.

Comments

The use of RTI Act in quasi-judicial proceedings is not uncommon where the applicant tries to use another channel instead of the regular appellate remedy. Such attempts can provide a meaningful result only in cases where “information” is sought and there are no prescribed ways to obtain it.

Citation: Shri Prem Prakash v. Competition Commission of India, CIC/CPCOI/A/2023/105991; Date of Decision: 28.03.2024

Dr Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) 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 www.rtifoundationofindia.com

 

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