What people say about us! (2018-08-14)

In lunches and dinners in Delhi, whispers is discussed every day.

An IAS officer

POLITICS (2018-08-14)

This is History (891)

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.






Will Rahul Gandhi have Advisory Board ?

There is a move to form an Advisory Group led by Sonia Gandhi to assist the working of Congress President Rahul Gandhi.








Elections programme for CG, MP, Mizoram, Rajasthan States soon

The Election Commission of India is expected to announce elections programme for the State Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Rajasthan soon. The elections are being held in above States in November/December 2018.


Internal Anti-Incumbency

My Neighbour joins me..... walking our doggies ......and we get chatting.

Neighbour: I think NRC should be undertaken all over  India...

Me: Didi is already livid at Assam's NRC...

N: If you ask me Didi is sowing seeds of violence amongst a people who are vulnerable and impressionable...for India's  sake she deserves to lose both in LS and State elections..

M: Identifying the illegals and disallowing them from holding...... Indian Passports and Aadhar Cards....from Voting... and availing any subsidy....

F: The problem is they multiply at a phenomenal rate and sooner than later seeing their bloating numbers the so said Secular Parties 'mouths start watering.... electorally'!!!

M: As long as they are Illegals in India put a cap on their multiplication to 2.... I know... I know.... Muslim Lobbies and Pseudos will be up in arms... the idea of sending them into any non Islamic  Country is so that they multiply phenomenally and become a powerful Vote Bank...

N: Yes.... otherwise why don't  Islamic Nations air lift these Muslim Refugees to their Countries... they have the money and space to accomodate them...

M: This plan is being played out in India...many European Countries....

N: Seems RaGa and gang have now moved on from Rafalle Deal....

M: Fact is if they are so sure about what all they allege... why don't they go to Court on Rafalle.... if you ask them they'll say because  they don't  trust Courts...in fact they don't trust... CAG... CBI.... IT....they trust only Darbaari Media that  churns out fibs that suit Congress!!

N: Speaking of IT... RaGa has some serious answering to do on his income...

M: I'm sure his Courtiers  would be saying...how dare IT doubt Baba....

N: It's about him allegedly concealing  income to the tune of 150 crores...

M: 'O Loss' Gentleman will represent him in all probability  and try to prove ...error of calculator cannot be grounds for 'concealing income' by an Assessee!!

N: This is why the desperation to unseat Modi has rocketed..

M: SS too wants to slap its face to spite the nose....Modi's not giving  SS  any Central  'Malai' Ministries  has not gone down well with SS...

N: And there are also some BJP-wallahs who are not too happy with Modi's discipline and no corruption diktats...

M: The real anti incumbency is internal not external...and these Allies and Netas are Congress's hope and sources of info...

N: And on the other hand many Congis see a bleak future with RaGa at the helm...

M: Modi spoke about Sewer Gas being converted to cooking gas.... Durbaris 'phoo phooed' the idea till Tharoor tweeted about this being done in Kerala...

N: Time to go home ...joke....Modi ji meri taraf dekhte nahi, Rahul Gandhi mujhe call nahi karta, LG merra phone nahi uthata. Dilli waalon ne CM nahi girlfriend elect karr rakhi hai....

Disclaimer:  Satire. Not meant to influence, inform, insult or caste any aspersions. Purely for Entertainment purposes only. With inputs from MSM, SM  and Blogs




Have the bureaucrats become slaves of their political masters for petty gains ?

An MP cadre senior IAS officer has recently created a hornet’s nest among bureaucrats by publicly criticising the civil servants saying that they have let their spine rot and say only what their masters want to hear for the sake of few ‘privileges’. What the civil servants across the nation think about the above charge on bureaucrats.
Mail your views in brief to suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com or mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com





IEC- Bridging Govt to People communication effectively
Information Education & Communication (IEC) is  a platform to create grass-roots level awareness in different Government Departments by using local language and dialect.
IEC is the most important tool to target the audience for various welfare campaigns as well as guage behavioural changes in the masses.
IEC acts as connect between Government and grass roots level people and it is most useful in Health , Agriculture, Road Safety , Transport & Panchayat Raj as well as Rural development.
Social Welfare and both State flagship programs and Central government schemes impact on vote bank as 70 per cent of the population of country stays in rural belt . It is the most important tool in the democracy and  influences the vote bank for better choice  and better selection of government.
IEC influences the community , groups etc besides increasing knowledge and ensures feedback mechanism apart from facilitating interaction and facilitating a two-way dimensional medium with human element .
Being inexpensive, all media platforms-- be it Outdoor , Electronic are under one umbrella using cost effective mobile vans with artists ( Kalajatha Cultural Procession ) which reaches homes and engages people with spontaneous response.
 IEC can be more popularly used in ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan' (Gramin) for Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign and project sustainability.
 IEC can also help with total sanitation campaign besides road safety by spreading awareness on dangers of drunken driving , not using seat belt and rash driving etc .
 The IEC platform can generate information on Labour group insurances , health programs for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families as well as Above Poverty Line (APL) families, Agriculture Capacity Building, Social Welfare Utilization of schemes ,  Scholarships and Mid Day meal schemes etc .
 As regards the 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyan' ( Urban ) ,  the significance of  IEC comes in helping to generate awareness about own flagship programs of State Governments and Central Government mainly that of Hon. Prime Minster’s welfare schemes .
 The other opportunity is creating employment for local artists in each and every State .
 The IEC  Kalajatha mobile vans with artists can make the audience to root the matter in entertainment by Nukkad Natak and Puppet shows with interaction and feedback .One more advantage is this creates huge number of employment of artists across the country as our concept is mobile van with artists and even for drivers and technicians.
 Dr K  Sridhar, Advisor, Consultant & Mentor, IEC activities
Who will be new Agriculture Secretary? (2018-08-14)

Guess work is going on as to who will be new boss in Agriculture Ministry. As per indication, names of two IAS officers of 1984 batch are doing the round for the post. Arvind Mehta, HP cadre and R Rajgopal of the Tamil Nadu cadre are said to be in the race for the next Agriculture Secretary post. S K Pattanayak, Union Agriculture Secretary is superannuating in September. He is a Karnataka cadre 982 batch IAS officer. After his retirement 1982 batch will be wind up in Karnataka because he is the last officer of this batch.

IPS officer in Bihar retired compulsorily (2018-08-14)

The Government has retired compulsorily 1994 batch Bihar cadre IPS officer Amitabh Kumar Das.


Why a Minister is not getting regular PS ? (2018-08-14)

Power galleries are abuzz that why one Minister in NDA govt is not getting regular PS. It is said that the Minister recently contacted an officer in Kerala and one in West Bengal  but they reportedly declined the offer.

Files in GoI missing ? (2018-08-14)

If sources are to be believed, in an RTI reply one Ministry has reportedly said that since files are missing therefore reply of required question can not be given. Now the big question is that files are really missing or Ministry does not wants to give reply?

Deputation tenure of Bhaskar in CBI extended (2018-08-14)

Deputation tenure of Joint Director in the CBI Bhanu Baskar has been extended   till  August 8, 2020. Tenure of 1996 batch IAS officer of UP cadre Bhaskar had expired on August 8.

Deputation tenure of Vineet Vinayak in CBI extended (2018-08-14)

Deputation tenure of Joint Director in the CBI Vineet Vinayak has been extended  till September 9, 2020. Tenure of 1995 batch IAS officer of Sikkim cadre  Bhaskar is to expire on September 10.

K C Mahali is new IG, BSF (2018-08-14)

K C Mahali has been appointed IG in the BSF. He is 1989 batch IPS officer of TamilNadu cadre.

Alok Tandon empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2018-08-14)

Alok Tandon has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent post in Government of India. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.

Govt officials in Kerala never retire ? (2018-08-14)

Kerala has a heaven for retired govt staff, whether officer or employee. If they do not have any serious charges, they will be rehabilitated after retirement. According to sources, more than 90 per cent govt babus got post retirement job. That's why in Kerala a local saying is - sarkari bubu never retires. K M Chandrasekhar, Former Cab Sec is Vice Chairman , Planning Commission , Kerala, K Jaikumar, ex-CS is now Chairman, Institute of Management & Governance (IMG), Nalini Netto, retd CS is Advisor to CM, Raman Srivastava, IPS & retd DG, BSF is holding the post of Advisor Security to CM.KBV Kumar, also holding an Advisor's post. Most of them retired long back. Both UDF and LDF govts obliged retired officers and employees after retirement. Young bureaucrats are said to be sore over their ex- boss's such attitude.

All top bank’ appointments made with RBI advice (2018-08-14)

The Finance Ministry says that all appointments at the top level in banks are done in consultation with RBI and not by the Ministry alone.

IMF for removal of RBI Reps from PSB Boards (2018-08-14)

IMF -World Economic Outlook Report 2018 recommends removing the RBI representatives from Public Sector Banks’ boards and defining better the terms of reference for board members, including the Ministry of Finance representative, to strengthen the quality and independence of Banks’ boards.

R Madhavan to have tougn time as HAL’ CMD ? (2018-08-14)

R Madhavan who will succeed T S Raju as CMD of the HAL will now have a tough time. According to insiders reserve which used to be 21,000 crore has now come down to 3000 crores. What is the indication for Madhavan?

Saravanan to succeed Khare as CMD, Madras Fertilizers Ltd on Nov 1 (2018-08-14)

Saravanan U, Director (Technical) Madras Fertilizers Limited, will be taking over the charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Madras Fertilizers Limited (MFL) on November 1, 2018. The tenure of present incumbent A B Khare is ending on October 31, 2018.

CBDT Member Aditya Vikram gets charge of South zone (2018-08-14)

Aditya Vikram, Member Income Tax & Computerization, CBDT, has been assigned zonal charge of Karnataka & Goa, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He is an IRS-IT officer.

CBDT Member Pramod Chandra Mody gets charge of Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune (2018-08-14)

Pramod Chandra Mody, Member Administration, CBDT, has been assigned zonal charge of Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune. He is an IRS-IT officer.

Post of MD IIFCL advertised (2018-08-14)

Dept of Financial Services, GoI has advertised post of Managing Director of IIFCL. Last date of sending application is 27/08/2018.

Maximum theft from Bank Lockers reported in Maharashtra (2018-08-14)

As per available data, maximum 30 cases of theft from bank lockers were reported in Maharashtra during FY 2015-16, 2016-17 and till July 31 this FY. Amount of loss  suffered by customers is Rs 3.26 crore. During the said period, 43 cases of theft took place in the lockers of PSBs.

DP fund increased by 15% (2018-08-14)

The Government has increased the fund allocation to Delhi Police from Rs 6378.18 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 7426.98 crore in the year 2018-19, resulting in an increase of 15%. Government has sanctioned procurement of Facial Recognition System for the Crime Unit and 2,700 handheld devices with SIM Card for equipping constables with e-beat book.

Mrs Deepika Jain appointed Chief Controller of Accounts, CBDT (2018-08-14)

Mrs Deepika Jain has been appointed Chief Controller of Accounts, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), New Delhi after promotion to Senior Administrative Grade (SAG). She is a 1997 batch ICAS officer.

Harish Kumar Srivastava appointed Joint Controller General of Accounts (2018-08-14)

Harish Kumar Srivastava has been appointed Joint Controller General of Accounts in the office of Controller General of Accounts in New Delhi. He is a 1997 batch ICAS officer.

Praveen Mahto appointed Economic Adviser, Commerce (2018-08-14)

Praveen Mahto has been appointed Economic Adviser in the Department of Commerce in Government of India. He is a 1992 batch IES officer.

Ashok Pal Singh appointed CGM, Parcel Directorate, New Delhi (2018-08-14)

Ashok Pal Singh has been appointed Chief General Manager (CGM), Parcel Directorate, New Delhi. He is a 1986 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.

Ms Shefali Dhingra appointed Director, Infrastructure Division in Economic Affairs (2018-08-14)

Ms Shefali Dhingra has been appointed as Director, Infrastructure Division, Department of Economic Affairs. He is a 2004 batch IES officer.

23 IBES officers promoted (2018-08-14)

As many as 23 STS officers of Indian Broadcasting (Engineering) Service (IBES) have been promoted to JTS. They are-Jitender Pruthy, K K Maurya, Mayank Kumar, S K Srivastava,Vijay Kumar Baleja, Sumeet Goel, R B Singh, Hanumant Addigonde, Sujit Kumar Biswas, Ramesh C Ahirwar, Rajesh Kumar, Nand Lal,K K Baburajan, S. Ajitha, S. Nellai Nayagam, K. Arun Prabhakar, Shesha Dev Tajan, Bijan Kumar Das, S. Natarajan, Basant Kumar Bahera, R K Jarangal, Samjay Prasad and K Murugan.

Two IRSME officers posted (2018-08-14)

Sanjay Kumar, RDSO, has been posted as CME, Eastern Railway and Rajnish Arora is also posted to Eastern Railway as PCME. Both the officers are from IRSME (Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers).

Justice Mrs Manjula Chellur sworn in as Chairperson of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (2018-08-14)

Justice Mrs Manjula Chellur was sworn in as Chairperson of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity in New Delhi. Prior to this,  she was Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.

8 IA&AS officers of 1996 empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI (2018-08-14)

As many as eight officers of 1996 batch belonging to Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS) have been empanelled for holding Joint Secretary and equivalent posts in Government of India. The officers are: Anjali Singh, Purushottam Tiwary, Vimlaendra Anand Patwardhan, Pravindra Yadav, Tanuja Mittal, Anita Shah, Akela, Anim Cherian and Ritika Bhatia.

Central deputation tenure of Kamlesh Kumar Mishra extended (2018-08-14)

The tenure of Kamlesh Kumar Mishra on central deputation working as Director in the Ministry of Power has been extended for a period of one year beyond August 18, 2018.


Ashish Kumar Bhutani appointed CEO, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (2018-08-14)

Ashish Kumar Bhutani has been appointed as CEO, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) at Joint Secretary level under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers' Welfare. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

T N Manoharan re-nominated Canara Bank Non-Exec Chairman (2018-08-14)

The Central Government has approved re-nomination of Thothala Narayanasamy Manoharan Non-Executive Chairman of Canara Bank as Non Executive Chairman of the Bank for a further period of two years with effect from August 14, 2018.

Gopalaraman Padmanabhan re-nominated BoI Non-Exec Chairman (2018-08-14)

The Central Government has approved re-nomination of Gopalaraman Padmanabhan, Non- Executive Chairman of  Bank of India as Non-Executive Chairman of the Bank for a period of two years w.e.f. August 14, 2018.

Salary/Pension to GoI staff in Kerala to be given on August 14. (2018-08-14)

In view of the ONAM festival , GoI has decided that the salary/pension and wages of all central govt employees/pensioners , including defence , Post & Telecom, in Kerala, may be drawn and disbursed on August 14, 2018.

Air Marshal M Baladitya assumed charge as Sr Maintenance Staff Officer, HQs IAF Maintenance Command (2018-08-14)

Air Marshal M Baladitya, VSM, assumed charge as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of HQs Maintenance Command of Indian Air Force on August 13, 2018.

Last date for Secretary, Spices Board extended (2018-08-14)

Due date for filling up the post of Secretary at Joint Secretary level in Spices Board, Kochi, Kerala has been extended upto August 31, 2018.

R K Jain is Member of MoD’s ‘Capital Project Review Committee’ (2018-08-14)

R K Jain, Former Member, OFB, has been appointed as Member of ‘Capital Project Review Committee’ under Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved by Raksha Mantri.

9 IAS officers transferred in Maharashtra (2018-08-14)

The Maharashtra Government had assinged new postings to nine IAS officers.Accordingly--Anoop Kumar, IAS (1990), Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur Division, Nagpur has been posted as Principal Secretary (ADF), Agriculture and ADF Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai. (After retirement of K.V.Kurundkar) ,Mrs Abha Shukla, IAS (1993) has been posted as Principal Secretary (Co-operation), Co-operation, Marketing and Textile Department, Mumbai, Dr.Sanjeev Kumar, IAS (2003), Commissioner (Family Welfare) and Director, National Health Mission, Mumbai has been posted as Additional Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur Division, Nagpur (Addl.Charge of Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur Division, Nagpur),Sunil Chavan, IAS (2007) Additional Municipal Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation, Thane has been posted as Collector, atnagiri,M.P.Kalyankar, IAS (2007), Collector, Thane has been posted as Joint Secretary (Labour), Industry, Energy and Labour Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai,Pradeep P. IAS (2009) Collector, Ratnagiri has been posted as Director, Information Technology, Mumbai, Rajesh Narvekar, IAS (2009) Joint Secretary to Chief Minister has been posted as Collector, Thane, R.H.Thakare, IAS (2010), Additional Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur Division, Nagpur has been posted as Additional Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Nagpur, Aman Mittal, IAS (2015) Assistant Collector and Project Director, Integrated Tribal Development Project, Kalwan Nashik has been posted as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Kolhapur.

Govt sacks Allahabad Bank MD & CEO (2018-08-14)

The Central Government has dismissed Mrs Usha Ananthasubramanian, who was three months ago divested of her powers as MD and CEO of Allahabad Bank, following the country’s biggest bank fraud at Punjab National Bank.

CBI Officers & Officials get President's and Police Medals (2018-08-14)

As many as 30 Officers & officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation have been awarded the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Service by the President of India on the occasion of Independence Day, 2018. President's Police Medals for Distinguished Service have been awarded to 06 officers/officials while Police Medals for Meritorious Service to 24 other officers & officials as mentioned below:

President’s police medal for distinguished service:

Nagendra Prasad, SP, CBI, ACB, Dhanbad; K M Varkey, SP, CBI, SCB, Thiruvananthapuram; Santosh Kumar, Additional SP, CBI, ACB, Bhopal; B Shankar Rao, DSP, CBI, ACB, Hyderabad; Bijay Kumar Pradhan, DSP, CBI, SCB, Kolkata and Mrs Shama Maruf, Inspector, CBI, ACB, Dehradun.


Police medal for meritorious service:

ATDuraikumar, SP, CBI, EOW, Chennai; T Rajah Balaji, SP, CBI, BS&FC, Bangalore; Pramod Kumar Manjhi, SP, CBI, ACB, Bhubaneswar; Sanjay Dubey, DSP, CBI, EO-II, New Delhi; Amit Srivastava, DSP, CBI, SU, New Delhi; Smt. Shobha Dutta, DSP, CBI Vigilance Cell, New Delhi; Naresh Kumar Sharma, DSP, CBI, EO-III, New Delhi; Mukesh Kumar, DSP, CBI, AC-II, New Delhi; Anand Sarup, Inspector, CBI, ACB, New Delhi; D.Damodaran, Inspector, CBI, BS&FC, Mumbai; Jai Raj Katiyar, Inspector, CBI, EO-II, New Delhi; U T Prakasan, Inspector, CBI, Interpol Division, New Delhi; Thari Narayan Sharma, Sub Inspector, CBI, BS&FC, Kolkata; Bhani Singh Rathore, Assistant Sub Inspector, CBI, SC-II, New Delhi; Pramod Kumar Yati, Assistant Sub Inspector, CBI, SU, Kolkata; Kishor Ram Mundel, Head Constable, CBI, ACB, Bhopal; Sathiyan Kuppuswamy, Head Constable, CBI, SU, Chennai; Piyush Mishra, Constable, CBI, ACB, Lucknow; Raj Kumar Rana, Constable, CBI HQ, New Delhi; Kailash Prasad Gurjar, Constable, CBI, Policy Division, New Delhi; Y S Narayana, Constable, CBI HQ, New Delhi; Balbir Singh, Constable, CBI HQ, New Delhi; Bhanwar Singh, Office Superintendent, CBI, Vigilance Cell, New Delhi and Devender Kapoor, Stenographer Grade-I, CBI HQ, New Delhi.

Orders of Ashim Kumar Ghosh as Director (Prod), BVFCL today (2018-08-14)

The orders of Ashim Kumar Ghosh, GM, BVFCL, for the appointment as Director (Production), Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL) are being issued on August 14, 2018.

No suitable candidate found for Director (Fin), RCIL (2018-08-14)

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has failed to find suitable candidate for the post of Director (Finance), RailTel Corporation of India Ltd (RCIL) at a selection meeting held on August 14, 2018. Four candidates were interviewed for the same.

NBCC (India) Ltd posts Net Profit growth of 25.11% (2018-08-14)

Navratna Public Sector Enterprise NBCC (India) Ltd., under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), has reported a strong April-June quarter with a consolidated net profit growth of 25.11% from the same period of last year. For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the company has reported a consolidated net profit of Rs. 76.65 crore as against net profit of Rs. 61.26 crore during the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal, representing a robust growth of 25.11%. Consolidated total income for the reporting quarter stands at Rs. 1,898.13 crore, up 19.56% YOY.

942 Personnel awarded Police Medals (2018-08-14)

As many as 942 personnel have been awarded Police Medals on the occasion of the Independence Day this year. President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG) has been awarded to 2 personnel, Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) to 177 personnel, President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (PPMDS) to 88 personnel and Police Medal for Meritorious Service (PMMS) to 675 personnel.

BEL, CSIR-NAL sign Technical Collaboration Agreement (2018-08-14)

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has signed a Technical Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with CSIR-NAL for the design and engineering, production and commercialisation of Electronic Target System (ETS), a modern training aid meant for enhancing marksmanship of Defence and Paramilitary forces during live firing exercises on the field.The agreement, which heralds a new beginning in the ties between BEL and CSIR labs for developing products targetting niche market segments, was signed by Mrs Anandi Ramalingam, Director (Marketing), BEL, and  Jitendra J Jhadav, Director (CSIR-NAL), in the presence of  Gowtama M V, Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, and other senior officers of BEL and CSIR-NAL, at BEL-Corporate Office in Bengaluru on August 14, 2018.

Veerabrahmaiah of Andhra Pradesh awarded IAS cadre (2018-08-14)

T Veerabrahmaiah of Andhra Pradesh State Civil Service has been awarded Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre.

Surana is CFO of Garware Technical Fibres (2018-08-14)

Garware Technical Fibres Limited has appointed Mukesh Surana as Chief Financial Officer of the company w.e.f. August 14, 2018.

Jindal is MD of Jindal Drilling and Industries (2018-08-14)

Jindal Drilling and Industries Limited has appointed Raghav Jindal as Managing Director of the company.

Mrs Vaidhyanathan quits as Independent Director of Spice Mobility (2018-08-14)

Mrs Jayashree Vaidhyanathan has quit as Independent Director of Spice Mobility Limited.

Kalmankar is Independent Director of Kernex Microsystems (India) Ltd (2018-08-14)

Kernex Microsystems (India) Limited has appointed Ashok Gopalrao Kalmankar as Non- Executive Independent Director of the company .

Shah is Whole-time Dir (Business Dev) Precision Camshafts (2018-08-14)

Precision Camshafts Limited has designated Karan Shah as Whole-time Director (Business Development) of the company.

Gosain is Independent Director of Prakash Industries (2018-08-14)

Prakash Industries Limited has appointed Satish Chander Gosain as Non- Executive Independent Director of the company .

FORUM (2018-08-14)


Spineless. No. Some wise bureaucrats now believe in the policy of live and let live. Means politician and bureaucrat both are happy.

N C Nigam


EVMs have numerous advantages

EVMs have numerous advantages like faster results, cost-effective, accurate, portable, reducing the role of people, saving a lot of paper, more advanced form etc. Trust of voters in the voting system is the most important thing than convenience or cost-effective solution. Either ‘secure digital voting system’ or ‘paper ballot system’ will ensure the confidence of voters and prevents the failure of nation. The question that paper ballot are more better or electronic voting machines are more better is still a matter of controversy and thus relies entirely on individual’s own perspective and experiences. EVM is more efficient than paper ballot. To temper the EVM one needs a sound mind, but papers can be easily tempered by anyone. EVM is faster and better paper ballot system is a time consuming process, in this modern era no has that much of time to wait for days for results to come out… In our world every computer, smartphone, smart TV and literally everything can be hacked. But does that mean we are always hacked. So do we give up our smart phones and computers and revert back to the old system of paper and writing!!! If any party had any doubt, why didn't they voiced anything about it before. EVM had a successful run of 15 years and suddenly when one election didn't go according to some party's projections, it is bad. And as for some who say that even America follows Ballot Papers, to them then why don't we follow their two party system. Why don't we follow their Presidential election. Its simple. The systems they follow are better for their country. And what we do is best for our country. And now recently in the EVM challenge it has been proved that EVMs are non-tamperable. So where are our so-called protectors of democratic principles????

Kalyan Banerjee


CIC is partial towards the PIO

The CIC is being partial towards the PIO and not imposing penalty. The RTI Act has come into existence since 2005 and even after 13 years if the public authority is not able to train its officials, 4 months would not be of any help. It indicates dis-interest and carelessness on the part of the public authority and utter carelessness. Unless some senior officers are faced with penalty, the situation is not likely to improve.

Sanjiv Jaina

DATA WITH RTI (2018-08-14)

Contradiction in the reply of PIO and FAA

Information regarding entry and departure timings of a particular vehicle as per the record book of a toll plaza was sought by the appellant. The respondent was absent at the hearing despite valid and timely notice of the CIC for which warning was issued to the concerned respondent PIO and Project Director, National Highways Authority of India. The CIC observed that the concerned PIO should desist from committing such lapse in future. The PIO claimed that relevant records are not available whereas the First Appellate Authority claimed that the sought for information is a third party information, hence, the same cannot be provided u/s 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The PIO and Project Director, NHAI was directed to state on affidavit to the CIC that the information provided on these points is factually correct, based on records and nothing is hidden therein.


The PIO should either take a prior permission of the CIC before abstaining himself from the hearing or he should send a proper representative to attend the hearing before the CIC after obtaining due permission from the CIC for doing so and after ensuring that the authorised representative is briefed appropriately.

Citation: Dilip Joshi v. National Highways Authority of India in File No.: CIC/ NHAIN /A/2017/102258, Date of hearing: 20.03.2018, 13.07.2018

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/