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Why Cong not giving ear to Ex-TRAI chief's disclosure ?

Political observers see that the ex-TRAI chief's disclosure regarding 2G is going to increase Congress & DMK parties trouble in near future. Such disclosure could pose tough challenge for DMK in next year's TN assembly elections.


Delhi assembly resolution could embarrass central govt ?

If experts opinion is taken into account, Delhi assembly resolution about MHA'S gazette notification which empowers LG, could embarrass union government. There are chances that the Government might withdraw notification.



Modi doesn't waste time

It is widely known that Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't waste a single minute. Do others need to follow him?



What is required to be a successful politician?

What is required to be a successful politician? Few veterans discussing this question came out with a conclusion that a successful politician needs to be ruthless and afraid of none.









Secretary, Commerce Rajeev Kher, who is retiring on June 30 is likely to be appointed Member of Competition Commission of India Appellate Tribunal. Name of former 1977 batch IAS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre, Naved Masood is also in circulation for the post.




Three Secretaries to retire this month

Three Secretaries in the Government of India - KN Desiraju, Sudhir Kumar and Dr Hrusikesh Panda are retiring by this month-end.






Jaggi also in run for Calcutta Metro ?

In case Kapoor doesn't go to Calcutta as GM metro, CEO Constructions, Northern Railway HK Jaggi may go as GM Calcutta Metro.






Pankaj Kapoor selected for Director (Fin), Wapcos

Pankaj Kapoor, GM, WAPCOS, has been selected for the post of Director (Finance), Wapcos Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on May 26, 2015. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.







Dinesh Kumar joins Andhra Pradesh cadre

Dinesh Kumar AS has joined Andhra Pradesh cadre on inter-cadre transfer from Manipur-Tripura cadre. He is a 2013 batch IAS officer.







AGMUT cadre authority told to relieve Parth Gupta

Controlling Authority of AGMUT cadre has been asked to relieve Parth Gupta of cadre responsibility to join Haryana cadre on the grounds of marriage to Ms Astha Modi, a 2013 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre. Gupta is a 2013 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Ms Ashima Jain to get 2-yr extension on inter-cadre deputation

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has proposed an extension of Ms Ashima Jain to inter-cadre deputation period from Bihar to AGMUT cadre (Delhi segment) for a further period of two years. She is a 2008 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






Was Prasad offered DGP,J & K ?

If sources are to be believed union govt was eager to post Ashok Prasad, SS (IS) as DGP J & K second time. It is said that because of Prasad 's reluctance the said proposal was shelved.






UP DG likely to get one more extension?

The buzz is that A. K. Jain, DGP, UP may get one more extension for about three months. Earlier also, he was given three months extension which is going to expire this month. Jain is a 1979 batch IPS officer.







Rajnish Kumar has been appointed as the managing director - compliance and risk department in the State Bank of India. He is the fourth MD in the SBI.







Sharma is longest serving ED in PSE Bank

BP Sharma is the longest serving Executive Director in public sector bank. Sharma took over as ED of Bank of India on June 18, 2012. It is now three years since he started serving with his extensive experiences and skills in banking sector.Sharma, a direct recruit manager of 1984 is a Science graduate with honours, a Graduate of Law and a Master in Social Welfare. He was the General Manager at the Punjab National Bank. He had held several distinguished positions in the Bank's hierarchy in a career spanning 28 years.






Dr Shyam Agarwal joins as Secretary, NCST today

Dr Shyam S Agarwal, Chairman, Rajasthan Civil Services Appellate Tribunal in Rajasthan, will on central deputation join as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs on May 27, 2015. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.






Siddharth is also CEO, Price Stabilization Fund Trust

Siddharth, DG, Supplies and Disposals, has been assigned an additional charge of Chief Executive Officer, Price Stabilization Fund Trust (PFST). He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.






Shikha Goel to be posted in Delhi

On promotion as IG, Ms Shikha Goel is being posted in Delhi in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). She is a 1994 batch IPS Officer of AP cadre.







Swaraj's PS, Jagjeet S Deswal gets premature repatriation

Jagjeet Singh Deswal, Private Secretary to Mrs Sushma Swaraj, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, has been given a premature repatriation to parent cadre. He is a 2008 batch IPS officer of UT cadre.








Lt Col Ashok Babu deputed as OSD, AP Bhawan, New Delhi

Lt Col M Ashok Babu has been deputed to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and posted as Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Andhra Pradesh Bhawan, New Delhi. He is an Army officer.







Brahmananda Srivastava is Deputy Secretary, Defence

Brahmananda Srivastava has been appointed Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. He is a 2001 batch ITS officer.







Ms Lata Kumari posted as Director, Railway Board

Ms Lata Kumari, Deputy COM, Coaching, East Coast Railway, has been posted as Director, Traffic Commercial (Rates), Railway Board. She is an IRTS officer.






Three senior IRS-IT officers get postings

Upon return from deputation, three senior IRS-IT officers have been given postings. Accordingly, AK Jaiswal has been posted as Principal CCIT (CCA), Delhi while Gopal Krushna Dhall will now be Principal CCIT, CCA Bhubaneshwar and Meeta Sinha is Principal CCIT (CCA), Delhi.






Ms Tadu Mamu transferred to Yangon

Indian Foreign Service officer, Ms Tadu Mamu has been transferred to Yangon (C) in place of Desh Bandhu Bhati.





Vasa Sesha Giri Rao empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Vasa Sesha Giri Rao has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary in Government of India. He is a 1987 batch IRS-C&CE officer.





Dr Tyagi included as Fellow of UK-based Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Sanjiv Tyagi, Director, Gujarat Environment Management Institute (GEMI), Gandhinagar, has been conferred upon the fellowship of the UK-based Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). As a fellow of the society, Dr Tyagi, a 1988 batch IFS officer, will now have access to the exclusive knowledge pool of the society including the archive of books & journals published time to time by the society. Dr Tyagi, a graduate in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi and PhD in environment, is one of the very few officers to have been admitted to Royal Society. As per tradition, RSC publishes the name of the new fellows admitted to the society every year in The Times, London, wherein Dr Tyagi's name has appeared in its edition dated 30th October 2014. Dr Tyagi is the only scholar to have been admitted as fellow from Gujarat while there are in all 11 from India in the list of 108. It is worthwhile to mention that RSC was established in 1841 and it is UK's professional body for chemical scientists, supporting and representing our members and bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world. The 170 year old not-for-profit organisationhas over 49,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe and it focuses on educating future generations of scientists, raising& maintaining standards, partnering with industry and academia, promoting collaboration and innovation and also advises governments on policy matters. The society also promotes the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science.






Reshuffle of IAS officers in Maharashtra

A number of IAS officers have been transferred and posted at different places in Maharashtra. Accordingly, Sunil Porwal, Additional Chief Secretary (Textile), Co-operation, Marketing and Textile Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner, Planning Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai in place of Shreekant Singh while Mrs Malini Shankar, IAS (MH:1984), Principal Secretary (Water Resources), Water Resources Department, Mantralaya, will now be Principal Secretary, Environment Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai in place of S J Kunte and S M Gavai, IAS (MH:1984), Principal Secretary, Housing Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai, is Principal Secretary (Water Resources), Water Resources Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai in place of Mrs Malini Shankar. Similarly, S J Kunte, IAS (MH:1985) Principal Secretary, Environment Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai has been posted as Principal Secretary (Expenditure), Finance Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai in place of S M Deshpande; Shreekant Singh, IAS (MH:17986) Principal Secretary and Development Commissioner, Planning Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai as Principal Secretary, Housing Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai in place of S M Gavai; R G Kulkarni, IAS (MH:2000) as Additional Divisional Commissioner, Nashik Division, Nashik; A R Shinde, IAS (MH:2002) as Joint Commissioner, Sales Tax, Mumbai; P Kalyankar, IAS (MH:2007), Managing Director, Maharashtra State Mining Corporation, Nagpur as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Chandrapur in place of Shri Ashutosh Salil; Ashutosh Salil, IAS (MH:2010), Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Chandrapur as Collector, Wardha; Rahul Dwivedi, IAS (MH:2010), Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Bhandara as Collector, Washim and R V Nimbalkar (Additional Collector Cadre), Deputy Commissioner (EGS), Pune Division has been posted Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Bhandara in place of Rahul Dwivedi.






Laying of Foundation Stone of HUDCO's Regional Office Building at IT Park, Dehradun, Uttarakhand (UPDATED)

M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, laid the foundation stone of the Regional Office Building of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO), a premier Government of India Undertaking, under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation in the presence of Harish Rawat, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand and Dr. M Ravi Kanth, Chairman & Managing Director, HUDCO. HUDCO's Regional Office, is functional in Dehradun since 2001 and is providing techno-financial assistance for development of housing and infrastructure projects in Uttarakhand besides helping various social projects under its CSR activities. The proposed new building would help improving the working environment & efficiency of Regional Office in the State.






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Shaw appointed CS of Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd

Pritish Nandy Communications Limited has appointed Vikas Shaw as Company Secretary of the company.






Rai appointed Independent Director of Indraprastha Medical Corporation Ltd

Indraprastha Medical Corporation Limited has appointed Arun Rai as an Independent Director of the company






Satish appointed COO of Kaveri Seed Company Ltd

Kaveri Seed Company Limited has appointed G S Satish as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company.






Ms Aggarwal appointed Independent Director of Dish TV India Ltd

Dish TV India Limited has appointed Ms Rashmi Aggarwal as an Additional Independent Women Director of the company.






Agarwal appointed Independent Director of Birla Precision Technologies Ltd

Birla Precision Technologies Ltd has appointed Shiv Charan Agarwal as an Independent Director of the company w.e.f. May 19, 2015





Subbarao appointed Addl. Director of Garware Wall Ropes Ltd

Garware Wall Ropes Ltd has appointed M V Subbarao as Additional Director of the company







Sharma appointed CS of ABG Shipyard Ltd

ABG Shipyard Ltd has appointed Dheeraj Sharma as Company Secretary of the company.





Patel appointed CFO of Jindal Hotels Ltd

Jindal Hotels Ltd has appointed Shashikant Patel as Chief Financial Officer of the company w.e.f. June 1, 2015






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Elementary things done by NDA government in its first year

This NDA government has done elementary things in its first year like ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ - which are as follows:-

A-Action: Action with good direction by this NDA Govt.
B-Brilliant: This NDA government is brilliant to understand the past, act in present & target future growth.
C-Constitution: This government has only one Holy Book "Constitution of India" to endeavour with good conduct.
D-Development: This government has singular goal i.e. development for the people, by the people and for the people.
E-Eager: This government is eager to work hard for the nation & its people.
F-Farmer: This government is committed to uplift farmer including every spectrum of their activities.
G-Girl: This government is committed to uplift every standard to have more acceptability of girl child in our society.
H-Health: Focus of this government is to bring more-2 investment in health sector to have world class infrastructure with maximum availability to the people with bearable cost.
I-Industry: Industrial growth with manufacturing abilities to create more jobs.
J-Justice: "Justice delayed is Justice denied" So this government is committed to bring in more reforms to speed up the judicial system as well as reduce litigation.
K-Knowledge: This is the 21st century, mantra of this government & its leaders aspire & inspire people to imbibe skill with knowledge having cultural fragrances of this nation.
L-Labour: This is securing labour with skilled participation to respect & value of their work enhanced so that reward must come in multiple manner.
M-Management: This government has developed right means to get the things done with pride & transparency.
N-Nation: Nation first, this government working on this policy & slogan
O-Opportunity: NDA government has singular focus to create opportunity at every level & hand with good means and reform in balancing manner.
P-Performance: NDA government has a performance driven policy which are accountable & acceptable to the people.
Q-Quality: This government has clear vision to establish quality at every deliverable for the people & businesses by safeguarding environment.
R-Re-engineer: This government has a clear understanding to re-engineer with every hurdle & transform it in an opportunity by avoiding confrontation & establish a belief of co-operation & federalism.
S-Steady: Nature of this government is slow & steady wins the race. Keep working hard.
T-Technology: This government has an agenda to enhance technology & transform it in ability at every working platform and hand for growth.
U-Unity: This government is working on strengthening unity.
V-Value: Value addition at every work of government. 'NITI Aayog'
W-Win: This government believes in aspiring to win at every level of activity.
X-X-Factor: Bring-in X-Factor in our traditional handicraft, weaving, art, design etc. and reduce reachability globally.
Y-Youth: NDA government believes that youth do not fear failure.
Z-Zeal: This government has zeal to dream & aspire all above mentioned and make it a reality with equality.


How can we have right people at right place?

It is encouraging to see some important issues being highlighted by you especially pertaining to appointment of upright officers to the crucial posts. However, practically, government is helpless because the system is corrupt. The comment of Shri PK Mishra former Secretary, Coal is pertinent. But even during his tenure, he was helpless. Even Modi government appears to be helpless. It might think it has checked scams, but corruption at all levels go abated. Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation mandated to measure GDP is semblance because the system of Chief Statistician of India has been counterproductive. The administrative inexperience of CSI allows lower level functionaries to manipulate the system. ISS officers are demoralised lot because anyone can be booked under vigilance case on whims of an undersecretary. It is pathetic that officers amassing thousand crores are clear from vigilance angle but ISS Officers having no financial dealing are not clear from vigilance angle. Ironically, there is a proposal to give extension to the present CSI who has ruined the statistical system. Why the government is not attempting any review of the system of CSI! It is probably because he is instrumental in inflating GDP by changing base.

Bharati Jee

PPS postings abroad

1. There is no clerical service or clerical cadre in Ministry of External Affairs [MEA]. MEA has induction at three levels - Clerks at Higher Secondary level, Assistant at Graduate level and IFS also at Graduate level. The Clerks' posts have been reduced to such a miniscule number that they form a very small part of the MEA hierarchy.

2. On the other hand, there is a Stenographers' Sub-Cadre in MEA which starts at Clerical level - the lowest being a Grade D Steno equal to an Upper Division Clerk [UDC]. And, please note that the entry level qualification for them is Matriculation [it has been revised to Higher Secondary only in the past couple of years].

In response to the two matriculate Stenographers' posts [Prabha Dutta and B. Sundaram] and their wild and patently false assertions:

1. Details of the Stenos Sub-cadre are given below:

Post Grade Pay
Grade D Steno 2800
Grade C Steno / PA 4600
Private Secretary [PS] 4800
Principal Private Secretary [PPS] 6600
Senior Principal Private Secretary [Sr. PPS] 7600
Personal Staff Officer [PSO] 8700

1. The Stenographers' Cadre remains at the same level throughout their career evidenced by the fact that their posts in Missions are interchangeable right from a UDC level Grade D Steno to a PSO.

2. Another way to elaborate the stagnation of their mental capabilities is that they are posted abroad by the same board - SEB, while MEA has three different boards for different levels and hierarchy - JEB, SEB and FSB.

Dev Dutt

I-T returns

A large number of people who are filing IT returns belong to the retired category many with no other income than interests from FDs. With both husband and wife above 60 and with an HUF file and income suitably distributed they can get an IT relief of Rs 8.5 lakhs. If one looks at the 8Oc relief this can be stretched to 13 lakhs. It does not make any sense for the IT department to get and scrutinise their returns. For retirees, it is wasteful work and in many cases they have to incur expenditure for utilising an IT consultant. As a first step, government should exempt persons whose annual income is less than Rs 10 lakhs from filing returns.

NK Nair

Pensioners woes

DGHS/CGHS one year report card of Modi govt should get zero on this account.... no accountability at all. Pensioners have to run from pillar to post for smallest of things... is this smart governance I term it as zero governance.

Vinod Sachdeva

Steno cadre redundant now

I had been reading lot of claims and counter claims by Stenographers and Assistants cadre working Ministry of External Affairs. I am of the view that in view of electronic era now the stenographers cadre is redundant now. It should be done away with now. They are more a liability rather than an asset. Assistants etc can be deployed anywhere and can serve on multi-purpose role. Also they are more knowledgeable and professionals that stenographers. Stenographers do whatever boss tells nothing beyond that. I think GoI thinks on these lines by going into its minute details and may be something can be done by the 7th Pay Commission.

Harish Kumar

Super Tax Policy

MV's views on tax policy are appreciable. As per official data the bulk of the tax (more than 80%) is contributed by top 176 corporates. There is no rational in having an elephantine tax department with an army of over 5,000 officers carrying out clerical routine work. Public want to pay taxes but the fear of harassment by tax officials prevent them from paying. As Baba Ramdev requested authorities, let a small fraction on income-generating financial bank transaction replace the present officer, businessman, accountant oriented tax administration.


Better governance

Keeping in view the challenges relating to forest and wildlife management and growing disparity among all-India services, this is dire need for better governance and delivery for the poor in the country who live in and around the forest. Mere high handedness and arrogance of IAS (all because close to power) is not going to serve the country the way our new Prime Minister aspires.

Arun Kumar

Model of governance in Delhi

What a model of good governance we are being subjected to in Delhi? CM and LG fighting. CM getting officers' rooms locked. Home Ministry providing cover to the LG officers falling between two stools!

Aarti Khosla

Merger of clerical /steno cadres

There is a strong case for merger of the clerical and stenographic cadres at HQ organisation of GoI. The last pay commission had recommended it, but the then government did not accept/implement it. The current pay commission must look into it and give a positive recommendation which the government should consider favourably. There is a lot of manpower wasted in the ministries/depts. No one is superior or inferior to anyone else. Everybody should be made to do their job for the salary they get or, in other words, people should be made to earn their wages.


Lodging FIR - a big problem in India.

People are suffering since long as they are unable to furnish FIR on the loss of any important documents like share scripts, land deed, house/ flat ownership papers etc. as many a times these documents are misplaced by them or they lose it while travelling, shifting house etc. Even we have observed instances where it gets stolen while travelling and people don't know the procedures upfront. Hence GoI should waive this and provide relief. In case total waiver is not possible i.e. in all the cases, then this waiver should be provided where any release of documents (such as Share Script, Land Deed etc.] Authorities require notarised Indemnity Bond on stamp paper, notarised affidavit on stamp paper etc. besides FIR.

We trust you being highly qualified person [ understand problem involved ] - will extend your co-operation as requested and also raise it not only at appropriate forum but also forward to all your contacts as well as right authority such as SEBI, RBI etc. as the present regime who also holds same views and in some cases started self-attestation/ declaration sufficient i.e. providing relief.

Further I believe campaigns like this always start small, but they grow when people like us get involved -- please take a second right now to help out by passing it on to all known fellows either through Twitter or pasting over your FB page.

G D Binani, Bikaner








Information regarding a VSAT tender

Appellant sought detailed work information, i.e., design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 25 remote quick deployable suitcase type portable VSATs along with Accident site communication system on ARTs for Disaster Management in respect of a particular Indian Railways Tender. The PIO informed that portable VSAT equipment along with accident site communication equipment comes in the category of critical/security equipment used for strategic purposes of Disaster Management in Indian Railway. Since the equipments are also interlinked with material related to Ministry of Defence, the information cannot be disclosed to third party u/s 8(1)(a). The CIC directed the respondent to enable the appellant to inspect the relevant file within 30 days of this order.


It is surprising to see that the PIO had not invoked section 8(1)(d) relating to commercial confidence either of the Railways or the supplier.

Citation: Laxmi Singh v. Indian Railway Project Management Unit in Decision No.CIC/BS/A/2013/002265/VS/09430

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