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P N Roy

Aaj Ki Aawaz

When the Cat is away the mice are bound to come out to play!!!

When the Cat is present the mice develop feet of clay!!

Congress is in a flux!!! Madam is 'recovering from an unknown operation', Rahul's future as a Neta has a question mark...... Congress's prospects in the next general elections get bleaker with every passing day ...... factionalism is Congress is on the upswing!! Even when it comes to Allies..... DMK wants to avenge Kani being jailed as DMK feels Congress is a ditcher.... Pawar as always is sitting on the fence.....Mamtha has turned doctorial!!!! 10 Janpath functionaries are feared and not liked by Congressmen.... and within the Party it is felt that if Rahul takes over there will be purge of 10 Janpath functionaries......what is going on today is just a trailer of things to come!!! And Congress is doing a blunder by submitting Sonia's 'sick certificate' as when BJP brings up her name in the CWG matter!! Congressmen must realize that Sonia is their High Command and not the Nation's High Command!!!

Congress has fuelled speculation!!!!

On Sonia's illness why don't they inform the Nation???

Swamy and the likes of him are out to show that there is more to Sonia's illness!!!! Swamy in a recent tweet has said that Sonia's sisters are in touch with Ahmed Patel!!!! Giving himself undue importance Swamy says that Miano clan is gunning for him and are demanding that he be arrested when he returns to India (which is tonight) !! Why this secrecy?????? In fact Congress should have issued updates on her condition!!! If she's in a Hospital rest assured info will come out.... if not today tomorrow.... so why not let Indians know and stop the rumour mongering!!! Congress's silence shows either 'Sonia's illness is not serious but Congress does not want why did she not get operated in India and add to her 'foreignness' woes or the illness is very serious and to make Rahul's takeover smooth silence is being maintained on the gravity of the situation!!!

BJP must learn to pick up an issue and take it to its logical end!!!

Ditching issues midway ..... a very wrong message this does send!!!

BJP has this habit of jumping issues.... like a kid .... when it sees a new toy it leaves the toy in hand!! BJP takes up issues with a bang and then things just fizzle out!! Now they've taken up the lathi charge and are demanding PC's resignation..... soon PC will get his pal Jaitley to stop this attack!! BJP takes up price rise and soon Pawar gets Ghadkari to make BJP forget this issue!! BJP strategy sessions turn into food frenzies .... or their Camp wars come to the fore!! Today many say Congress needs 'reduction in High Command culture' and BJP needs a 'infusion of High Command culture'...... one needs to lighten up and the other needs to straighten up (discipline)!!

Giving and ending life is not our job!!!!!!

Yes for life jail anyone joh kissi ki life karta hai rob!!!

I think we need to abolish Capital Punishment! If someone tries to 'play God' jail him or her for life...... in jail till death.... no parole!!!! You will note the Societies that are considered humane have moved away from Capital Punishment!!! We are not barbarians.... and if someone behaves like one then he or she is removed from Society and kept away till he pops it!!!!

PS... many wonder as he's attacked in Parliament how does Mohna sit so emotionless....well the secret is cotton buds!!! He puts the buds in his ears before entering will note he never uses the headphones....... and when he does some jotting down.... he's jotting down shayri....Mohna's logic .... why get into the nitty gritty... in the end it is Madam's writ that runs!

Bharat Kumar

Why are Raj Thackrey & Narendra Modi coming together?

Why are founder chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thackrey & Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi coming together? This is a hot topic of discussion in corridors of power. The former has even sung paeans for the latter during his nine day tour to Gujarat.At the end of his tour he called on Narendra Modi at the residence of Gujarat Chief Minister.Thackeray was all praise for the state administration's commitment for growth .Thakrey said that his delegation was greatly impressed by the growth that is taking place in Gujarat.During his meeting with Modi, he said that he was impressed with the Sardar Sarovar and 'Sardar Statue of Unity' projects. He also said that India is lacking a growth-oriented leadership and that is the reason why the dreams of people of this nation are not getting fulfilled. On the contrary, in Gujarat, he said, he saw an atmosphere of growth prevailed all over the state under the farsighted leadership of Mr.Modi. Any guesses for this bonhomie?

Three Ministries are important vis-à-vis UP elections

Three Ministries are important as far as upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections were concerned. They are Coal, Petroleum and Power. It is these three ministries which are vital for fund collection.


EO I.V Subba Rao to go to UNESCO
I.V Subba Rao Additional Secretary& EstablishmentOfficer) with central government's DoPT is going to join UNESCO as Chief of Literacy Basic Education and non formal Education.Its a newly created post at UNECO head quarters. He is an IAS officer of 1979 batch who belongs to
the Andhra Pradesh cadre.

Former PR Chief of Mayawati to be new Air India Chief ?
According to informed sources former Commissioner of Public Relations during Mayawati's first regime Rohit Nandan is being appointed new Chief of the Air India.He is 1982 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.

Gopal Singh to be CMD of CCL
Gopal Singh is being tipped to be new CMD of the Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) .He is presently Director (Technical) in the SECL.

A.E. Ahmed is also Secretary NDMA
A.E. Ahmed Secretary (Border Management) in the central Government's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been assigned Additional charge of the Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for a period of three months or until further orders. He is an IAS officer of 1976 batch who belongs to the Manipur-Tripura cadre.

Rentala Chandrasekhar gets extension approval
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Information Technology, assigned to Rentala Chandrasekhar, IAS(AP:75), Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, for a period of three months with effect from Aug 08, 2011 or till the appointment of a regular incumbent, whichever is earlier.

Patnaik granted premature repatriation
The Competent authority has approved the premature repatriation of A.K. Patnaik, IA&AS(77), Advisor, Inter State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs to his parent cadre in order to enable him to avail the benefit of promotion to the next higher grade in the cadre.

T.P. Seetharam is new High Commissioner to Mauritius
T.P. Seetharam, presently Additional Secretary at Headquarters has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Mauritius.

Inter-cadre deputation of IAS officer
Ms Khushboo Goel will be joining the Punjab Government for three years. She is 2008 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Nayak is new CVO Jute Corporation of India
Anil Kumar Nayak has been appointed CVO of the Jute Corporation of India, Kolkata. He is 1986 batch IOFS Officer.

Arusha Vasudev to be Chief Commissioner C&CE Mumbai ?
Arusha Vasudev is likely to be posted as Chief Commissioner Customs and Central Excise in Mumbai. She is 1979 batch IRS officer.

V P Singh is now DDG (Establishment) in Deptt of Posts
On return from deputation, VP Singh (IPoS-1988) has joined as Deputy Director General (Establishment) in the headquarters of the Department of Posts, Government of India in New Delhi.

Pranab Nanda shifted as Jt.Director, IB Guwahati
Pranab Nanda, Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB) HQ Government of India (GOI) New Delhi has been transferred as Joint Director, SIB, Guwahati (Assam). He is an IPS officer of 1988 batch who belongs to the AGMU cadre.

Five DIG level vacancies in SPG
There are reportedly five DIG level vacancies in the country's premier Special Protection Group (SPG).

P.S. Gill to contest from Moga seat in Punjab
As the grapevine has it, P.S. Gill who on inter cadre deputation is DGP with the Punjab government and is due to retire on September 30, 2011, is going to contest next state assembly polls from Moga seat.

Dutta promoted in CBI
ASP in the CBI, S P S Dutta has been promoted to the rank of SP, Dutta has been posted in the CBI Headquarters.

Amit Agrawal to return to Chhattisgarh in January
Director in the PMO Amit Agrawal will return to the parent Chhattisgarh cadre in January. He is 1993 batch IAS officer.

Ms.Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan to be Dy.Secretary, DEA
Ms.Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan Collector, Virudhunagar District, on return from leave has been relieved by the Tamil Nadu Government with immediate effect to join Government of India Deputy Secretary in the Department of Expenditure under the Ministry of Finance. She is IAS officer of 2002 batch who belongs to Tamil Nadu cadre .

Ms Kale appointed Economic Adviser
Ms. Ranjana Kale, an Indian Economic Service officer of 1983 batch has been appointed Economic Adviser ( equivalent of Joint Secretary) in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.

IDAS officer Sen appointed Adviser ( Finance ) to Govt. of Nagaland
Gautam Sen ( IDAS - 1976 ) , has been appointed Adviser ( Finance ) to Govt. of Nagaland for Finance Commision related matters of the State Govt.. The officer had superannuated from Govt. of India on Jan 31, 2011 as Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts , New Delhi . He is also a former Financial Adviser of North Eastern Council.

IRS officer Shankar empanelled as JS
IRS (IT) officer Davendra Shankar who belongs to 1984 batch has been empanelled to the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent in the Government of India under the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS).

Umesh Kumar is now JS Urban development
Umesh Kumar, Director in Ministry of Urban Development, has been promoted as Joint Secretary in the same Ministry on promotion. He is a CSS officer.

IA & AS officer AP Chophy promoted
AP Chophy, Officer on Special Duty, in the office of the Accountant General (A&E), Meghalaya, Shillong, has been promoted to the grade of Accountant General and posted as Accountant General (A&E), Meghalaya, Shillong.

47 posts of Dy Director vacant in ED
As many as 47 posts Deputy Directors are vacant in the Enforcement Directorate(ED) under the Government of India.All those All India services officers could apply who are eligible.These posts are to be filled up on deputation/absorption basis at various zonal land sub zonal offices of ED.

IAS transfers in Rajasthan
Certain IAS officers have been transferred by the Rajasthan Government. They are: Akhil Arora
on return from leave to Secretary Finance (Budget), Ms.Aparna Arora on return from leave to Secretary & Commissioner Panchayati Raj, Dr. P.L. Agrawal Member Finance Commission, Alok Gupta Director Middle Education and Project Director National Middle Shiksha Abhiyan(NMSA) Bikaner, Rajesh Kumar Yadav Labour Commissioner, Naveen Jain Commissioner Land Records, Ms.Teena Soni Collector Pratapgrah. And Kumar Pal Gauttam on completion of his training has been posted as SDO Mount Abu(Sirohi).

Pakistan : PAC wants to know how the Ambassador who sold off the embassy building was declared innocent
The PAC in Pakistan is looking into a bizarre case noticed by the Auditor general in which a former Pakistani ambassador to Indonesia Maj Gen (Rtd) Mustafa Anwar who sold off the embassy building in Jakarta in his private capacity was declared innocent and a senior career diplomat who reported the irregularity was relegated to the insignificant position of OSD just because the Ambassador happened to be a confidant of the then President Parvez Musharraf. The PAC has asked the foreign office to submit full facts of the case and also explain why it failed to provide support to the diplomat while he was being victimised for no fault of his.

23 IRS officers promoted and transferred
As many as 23 IRS officers have been promoted in the grade of Chief Commissioners / Director Generals of Income Tax and given fresh postings. While Bidhu Bhushan Mohanty has been posted as DGIR (Inv) - Kolkata (Kolkata - CCA - WB), Bibhab Dutta has been made CCIT-II - Hyderabad (Hyderabad CCA AP), Zora Singh Klar - CCIT - Panchkula - Chandigarh (CCA - NWR), Surbabhatta Gopalkrishna - CCIT - III Chennai (Chennai - CCA TN), Amitabh Misra - CCIT-X - Kolkata (Kolkata - CCA - WB), Suresh Kumar - DCIT (Inv) - Bhopal ( Bhopal - CCA MP & Chhattisgarh), Shyam Murari Nigam - CCIT - V - Kolkata (Kolkata - CCA - WB), Arun kumar Singh - CCIT Shimla (Chandigarh (CCA NWR), Puthalath Kuttannair Vijaykumar - DGIT (Inv) cochin (Cochin - CCA - Kerala), Girish Sharma - CCIT - XIII - Delhi (Delhi CCA), Praveen Agarwal - CCIT - Surat (Ahmedabad - CCA Gujarat), Rajiv Lal - CCIT - Baroda - Ahmedabad (CCA Gujarat), Girdhari Lal Bhagat - CCIT-OSD - Raipur (Bhopal - CCA - MP & Chhattisgarh), Joan Power Massar - CCIT - Shillong (Guwahati - CCA NDER), Ashutosh Mansang Sangma - CCIT - IV - Kolkata (Kolkata - CCA - WB), Virendra Kumar Mishra - CCIT - Trivandrum ( Cochin - CCA Kerala), Maqbool Ahmed - CCIt - Durgapur - Kolkata (CCA WB), Promila Bharadwaj - DGIT (HRD) - Delhi (Delhi CCA), Shashikant Pathak - CCIt - Vishakhapatnam (Hyderabad - CCA AP), Sakharam Govindrao Joshi - CCIT - Trichy (Chennai - CCA - TN), Rani Singh Nair - DGIT (Inv) - Bangalore (CCA Karnataka), Bharat Mukherjee - CCIT -jalpaiguri (Kolkata - CCA WB) and Ramesh Chandra Mishra - CCIT - V - Chennai (Chennai CCA TN).

16 CCITs/DGITs transferred
As many as 16 IRS officers in the grade of Chief Commissioners / Director Generals of Income Tax have been transferred. While RBC Rozara is now CCIT - III Delhi (Delhi CCA), Vijay Sharma is CCIT - Patna (Patna CCA Bihar), Pradip Kumar Ray - CCIT_VIII Kolkata (Kolkata CCA WB), Ashok Kumar Jain - CCIT Bhopal, Deepa Krishan - DGIT L&R (Delhi CCA), Sujata Pant - CCIT - X Mumbai (Mumbai - CCA), Subrata Kumar Ray - CCIT (C) Delhi (Delhi CCA), Sunil Verma - CCIT - VIII - Delhi (Delhi CCA), Deeptas Shree Kumar Das Sharma - CCIT Madura (Chennai - CCA TN), SK Pahwa - CCIT Thane (Pune CCA Maharashtra), K Satya Narayana - CCIT-III Bangalore (CCA - Karnataka), Satya Gopal Rajguru - CCIT - Rajkot (Ahmedabad (CCA - Gujarat), Arvind Shankar - Ahmedabad (CCA - Gujarat), Dilip Kumar - CCIT - Panaji Bangalore (CCA Karnataka), S Senda marai Kannan - CCIT - IV Chenna (CCA - TN) and G Rajeshwar Rao - CCIT-I Hyderabad CCA.

Two vacancies of Judicial Members to fall vacant in CAT
Applications from eligible candidates are invited for filling up the two vacancies of Judicial Members likely to arise at the Jodhpur and Allahabad Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).The applications should reach the Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi by October 3, 2011.

Four vacancies of Administrative Members to fall vacant in CAT
Applications from eligible candidates are invited for filling up the four vacancies of Administrative Members likely to arise at the Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Patna and Principal Bench (Delhi) of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). The applications should reach the Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi by October 3, 2011.

Kathirwel is Dy Conservator of Forests, Sariska Tiger Project
P Kathirwel, IFS, awaiting posting, has been posted as Deputy Conservator of Forests, Sariska Tiger Project, Sariska, Alwar.

Ms. B.P. Sridevi appointed Director, (UPDATED)
Ms. B.P. Sridevi on central deputation has been appointed as a Director in the Ministry of Urban Development (UD) for a period of five years. She is an Indian Postal Service (IPoS) officer 1997 batch.

Ramesh Chander Bhatt appointed as Dy. Secretary, Defence (UPDATED)
Ramesh Chander Bhatt on central deputation has been appointed as a Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Defence for a period of four years. He is an Indian Cost Accounts Service officer of The 1995 batch.

A K Tyagi to be Director (Commercial) Mecon Ltd (UPDATED)
A K Tyagi is being tipped to be new Director (Commercial) of the Mecon Ltd..He is presently GM in the Company


Air India to have two DMDs
There is a move to appointed two Deputy Managing Directors (DMDs) in the Air India to assist the CMD.

Das to be Member of CWQC
Tata Steel Management Chief Priya Ranjan Das has been appointed Member of the Joint Works Quality Committee.He will succeed D P Deshpande.

Aggarwal appointed CFO, Insecticides (India) Ltd
Insecticides (India) Ltd has appointed Sandeep Aggarwal as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Company w.e.f. August 1, 2011 .

Bhatkar resigns as Non Exec. Independent Director, Finolex Industries Ltd
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Non-executive Independent Director has resigned from the Board of Directors of Finolex Industries Ltd effective June 3, 2011.

Chakraborty appointed Nominee Director, GSFC
Atanu Chakraborty, IAS, has been appointed as Nominee Director of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd., (GSFC).

Dagur appointed Nominee Director, GACL
M. S. Dagur, IAS, has been appointed as nominee Director of Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd., (GACL) .

Tulsian resigns as CFO, VIP Industries Ltd
Manoj Tulsian has resigned as the Chief Financial Officer of VIP Industries Ltd .

Chakrabarty appointed MD, ZenithOptimedia India
Sanjoy Chakrabarty has been appointed as Managing Director of ZenithOptimedia India.

Bhasin appointed Mktg. Head , Pizza Hut, Indian Subcontinent
Sunay Bhasin has been appointed as Marketing Head of Pizza Hut for the Indian Sub-continent.

Chowdhuri appointed Senior VP , TV9 Kannada and NEWS9
TV9 Group has appointed Sudipto Chowdhuri as Senior Vice President (National Sales & Brand Positioning) for TV9 Kannada and NEWS9 with immediate effect.

Balani appointed Director (F&B), Radisson Blu Hotel, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi
Radisson Blu Hotel, New Delhi, Paschim Vihar has appointed Neeraj Balani as Director (Food & Beverages).

Kumar appointed Head (HR), Radisson Blu Hotel, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi
Manoj Kumar has been appointed as Head (Human Resources) Radisson Blu Hotel, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi.


It is really painful !

Adverse comments are raised against Railways in whispers regarding postings of Members , GMs which spreads very bad image of the organisation. No exams , no selections , no viva etc for the post of GMs & Members in the railway even then posts remain vacant for years..

Friend during entire service become foe and even go to court to get the postings in their favour and derail other perspective candidate . One capable of justifying any thing , all past rules/conventions violated..God only can help ..


It happens only in India !

While lot has been mentioned about career prospects in IRS but there is a premier service in Government of India, Min of Defence, where officers have been selected from most prestigious institutes of IIT / NIT by UPSC by open competition (Indian Engineering Services Exam) and where officers of 1978 batch are still in JAG & officers of 1987 batch are still in STS grade.... no prize for the guess ... it happens only in this country.

The above organisation deals with more than 50000 crores of budget for defence infrastrure and is present in all parts / every remotest place of this country.


Pitiable service conditions of Stenographers Grade 'D'

I, on the behalf of Stenographers Grade 'D'promoted way back during the decentralisation regime of vacancies for ad-hoc appointments. Till recently, ad-hoc promotions were provided to the respective cadre of the Stenographers Grade 'D' in their parent cadre. No matters how long it takes if it takes between 12 to 17 or sometime it takes more. It was not the concern of the Department of Personnel and Training. Consequently, it happened that a junior got ad-hoc promotion in his/her cadre prior to the seniors and thereby created anomaly. Moreover, ad-hoc promotions should be viewed as short-term and it should not be continued for more than 3 years. It the officials serves more than 3 years in the same capacity. The officials be given seniority benefit from the date of initial appointments without linking up the issue of posts. The officials promoted as Stenographers Grade 'C' way back in 1997 on seniority on ad-hoc basis and rendered more than 10 years uninterrupted service as Stenographer Grade 'C' be considered sympathetically for regularisation of their ad-hoc services from the date of their initial appointments. It needs to be considered urgently in view of the ongoing merger issue of CSSS with CSS. Unless and until the couting of ad-hoc service for regularisation purpose is resolved from the date of initial appointment of ad-hoc service, the merger of both the cadres will widen the gap between both the category but belong to the same batch in terms of seniority and salary.

V P Sharma

Anomaly in fixation of pay

We wish to bring to the notice the anomaly in fixation of pay being adopted by various departments with the request to the DOPT to take remedial action by issuing suitable instructions. When an official (say UDC) of Delhi Govt. is appointed as Assistant Private Secretary to Union Minister his pay is fixed in the pay scale of his parent post and given deputation allowance. While when an official of the rank of LDC or UDC from State Government or Resident Commissioners office is appointed as 2nd PA with the Minister they are provided the pay scale of the post of 2nd pay, thereby the APS is getting less pay scale than that of the 2nd pay. Similarly while this benefit is also given to officials of other UT government like Pondicherry, Goa etc, the same is not extended to Delhi Government employees on the plea that they are to be treated as Central Govt. employees. Why this disparity and less pay to senior in comparison to junior ? Will DOPT intervene ?


Why is the Govt on backfoot ?

Why is the Government so much on the backfoot today and everybody is fulminating against it? "Civil society" activists are getting media coverage and every institution is seen as corrupt, whether it be the bureaucracy, the judiciary, the political executive or legislature? Why is one saviour after the other appearing in the electronic media to popular applause and showing feet of clay when tested? The hype being generated is neither necessary nor correct and neither are the "saviours" actually beneficial for the country. The system of governance in India is actually effective- the law has actually caught up with all the scam accused, howsever high they might have been, they are being prosecuted in independent Courts of law and will pay for their crimes if found guilty. The judiciary has been acting fairly, by and large, except for a few aberrations. The majority of the political leadership is wise and forward looking but for a few black sheep who are cooling their heels in the cooler for their misdemeanors(remember RTI, the Right to Universal Education, the Right to work and MNREGA, laws against domestic violence, all the work for the uplift of the minorities, OBCs and dalits? ). The mistakes are being corrected through a robust media and independent Courts (remember the CVC fracas, the adarsh scam)? The system has enough self correcting mechanisms and we do not need some avatar who will come from some other world and set things right. Parliamentary democracy offers solutions, the "saviours" can fight elections on their plank, win and make the laws they want; if not that, they can move Court or file PILs. Making laws is serious business and cannot be left to mavericks, opportunistic babas and such. Political parties should also understand that the practice of "mukhautas" actually erodes the political system which is quite robust. The Government has a lot for us to applaud and institutions are in fine fettle. We do not need any Babas or swamis or self appointed guardians of the polity who may lack experience and aptitude for making laws and whose world views may be shallow, linear and hollow. Anyone can raise a hullabaloo but solid, painstaking work is the requirement for the country to go further, not mere shoshabaji by a few individuals with a "holier than thou attitude", media coverage and little substance and equally little understanding of either lawmaking or the system of parliamentary democracy. We also do not need a media which keeps whipping up mass hysteria around babas and saviours.

A K Singh

What could be the reason?

I understand a few IAS officers of 1981 back, all belonging to AGMUT (Union Territory Cadre) have not been included in the panel for promotion to AS. Any comments?


Why not now?

Earlier there used to be market expert also on the interview panel. Mistry of HDFC Bank also had been on the panel.



Government is confused in implementation of MACP. Can it be make very clear and simple if top Bureaucrats agree. MACP should provide promotion to isolated posts and non-organised services for Group 'A' officers by giving them promotion in ten years if the officers continue to be in same scale and same pay. There should not be restriction only three upgradation. Why three it can go maximum four in forty years of service. Why make the procedure complex and complicated. Even the rules can be implemented by a ordinary officer without applying its mind. But Govt. does not want simple things as they will lose their importance. Please make it simple for every ten years of residency in particular grade or scale, the officer is promoted to next grade or scale as the case may be. This can be implemented from 2006 as per sixth pay commission. Please work it out.

Ashok Kumar

Low morale

The morale of senior Chief Commissioners in CBEC and CBDT is low. Junior Chief Commissioners continue to occupy important positions and seniors have nondescript charges. Are the seniors not efficient?

Vijay Kumar


Copies of documents in Vigilance cases

The copies of documents sent by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) along with enclosures on the basis of which the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) issued the 'advice' in the case of the applicant were sought. They were declined claiming exemption u/s 8(1) (h) of RTI Act by CVC after consulting the CBEC as a third party. It was submitted to the CIC that although the proceedings against the Appellant himself had since been completed, the proceedings against the remaining employees who had been charge-sheeted in connection with this case were still pending and, therefore, the disclosure could adversely affect the pending enquiry. Further, the case involved a large number of employees and the records and documents received from the CBEC had common references to all those employees, distinguishing the information related to the Appellant from the rest might not be possible. The CIC held that upon the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings against the Appellant with the advice of the CVC, there is no reason why the desired documents should not be disclosed.


Even if the communications from the CBEC contained some references to other employees, it would hardly matter when the CVC has already given its advice in relation to the Appellant. The increasing number of such cases point to a need for a change in practice and training in RTI Act.

[Shri B R Beedu v. Central Vigilance Commission in CIC/WB/A/2010/000202SM]

- Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma
(, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore and Co-author of the book: RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE by Taxmann. (The views are Personal)

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