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IRS-IT officers up in arms

The officers belonging to Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax have decided to pin black badges as a mark of protest against the illegal, whimsical, unfair and biased decisions taken in matters of Human Resource Management and targeted transfer and postings as a tool of punishment and harassment at various levels as well as undue interference in operational matters of executing the Income Tax Ac-1961. In an emergency General Body meeting held recently, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Association, the members expressed concern over the general delay in promotions of all batches and particularly the situation of 1981 batch, 83 batch, left over of 87 batch and 88 batch and 94 batch. It was reiterated in this emergency meeting that the Department of Revenue should strictly work as per the Government of India's allocation of Business Rules 1961. The views of the TARC on the subject should be implemented expeditiously, which in its first report in 2014 in Para III has stated as under: "According to the Government of India Rules, the role of the DoR is restricted only to dealing with matters concerning the CBDT or CBEC. However, it has no powers to exercise any supervision or control over CBDT or CBEC or any of its attached offices. Similarly, the DoR has no power to administer direct or indirect tax and its functions in respect of these acts are restricted to replying to questions thereof to the Parliament. The DoR has also no role in the administration of the Indian Revenue Service, Income Tax or Customs and central excise. The power to issue instructions to the I-T authorities rests statutorily with the CBDT, and, in the case of indirect taxes, with the CBEC. Instances have come to the notice of members where the authority exercised by the DoR is not in consonance with the GoI, Allocation of Business Rules, 1961 and hence is devoid of any legal baking. The undue interferences in the operational matters of executing the Income Tax Act, 1961 has been strongly condemned by the members of the Association. Unfair and whimsical actions by DoR Affecting the morale of the service in matters of Human Resource Management of the Department especially targeted transfer and postings as a tool of punishment and harassment at various levels has been unequivocally condemned by the members.

CBI disposes 3586 corruption cases in four years
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claims to have disposed off 3586 cases of corruption out of total 3970 registered from 2013 to June 2016.






Tenure of A K Mital as Chairman Railway Board extended (UPDATED)

Finally the suspense over appointment of Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) is over. The tenure of incumbent A K Mital as CRB has been extended for a further period of two years with effect from August 1, 2016. He is an officer of Indian Railway Store Service.





Boyapati Venkat Sudhakar appointed as Secretary, Posts

Boyapati Venkat Sudhakar has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Posts in place of Ms Kavery Banerjee retired in April. Sudhakar is a 1981 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.







Amarjeet Sinha appointed Secretary, Rural Development

Amarjeet Sinha has been appointed Secretary, Department of Rural Development. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.
(We said this on April 25,2016)







C K Mishra appointed Secretary, Health & Family Welfare

C K Mishra has been appointed Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






Mrs Aruna Sharma is new Secretary, Steel

Mrs Aruna Sharma has been appointed Secretary, Ministry of Steel. She is a 1982 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.






B P Sharma appointed Secretary, DoPT

Bhanu Pratap Sharma has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training. He is a 1981 batch IAS officer of Bihar






Mrs Smita Chugh appointed Member Secretary, Tariff Commission

Mrs Smita Chugh has been appointed as Member Secretary, Tariff Commission. She is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.






Dinesh Singh appointed Secretary, Land Resources

Dinesh Singh has been appointed Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development. He is a 1982 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






Mrs Latha Krishna Rao appointed Secretary, Social Justice

Mrs Latha Krishna Rao has been appointed Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. She is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.






Mrs Aruna Sundarajan appointed Secretary, Electronics, I&T

Mrs Aruna Sundarajan has been appointed Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. She is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.






Mrs M Sathiavathy appointed as Secretary, Labour & Employment

Mrs M Sathiavathy has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment. She is a 1982 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Rakesh Srivastava appointed Secretary, NCBC

Rakesh Srivastava hs been appointed Secretary, National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). He is a 1981 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.





Dr Amarjit Singh appointed Secretary, Water Resources

Dr Amarjit Singh has been appointed Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development. He is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Post of Rajiv Kapoor as Director, LBSNAA upgraded to Secretary rank

The post of Rajeev Kapoor as Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) has been upgraded to the grade of Secretary. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






B K Prasad appointed Secretary, Denotified Tribes Commission

B K Prasad has been appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic & Semi-Nomadic Tribes. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.






Post of N S Kang as DG, AIDS Control upgraded to Secretary grade

The post of N S Kang as Additional Secretary and Director General, National AIDS Control, has been upgraded to the grade of Secretary. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.





Lt Gen Cheema is officiating Chief of Western Command

Lt Gen Jagbir Singh Cheema , has been appointed officiating General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command.






Maj Gen Bakshi to join NSG ?

Maj Gen Vipin Bakshi is all set to join the National Security Guards (NSG) in Delhi. He is presently posted in Northern Command.






Bhavsar continues as OSD to PM

Sanjay R Bhavsar will continue working as OSD to Prime Minister on co-terminus basis. He was recently awarded Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre in Gujarat






Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar appointed Chief Justice, Punjab & Haryana HC

Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar has been appointed Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court.
(We said this on June 4,2016)





Justice Dilip Bhosale appointed Chief Justice, Allahabad HC

Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale has been appointed Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court.
(We said this on May 10,2016 )





Vijaya Bhaskar Gurala appointed Director, Cabinet Secretariat

Vijaya Bhaskar Gurala has been appointed Director in the Cabinet Secretariat. He is a 1999 batch IES officer.






Rahul Kumar deputed as Regional Director, SSC, Allahabad

Rahul Kumar Sachan has been appointed as Regional Director in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Allahabad. He is a 1997 batch ITS officer.






Sahab Narain joins as Director (Fin), NPCC today

Sahab Narain, DGM, REC, is taking over the charge as Director (Finance), National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) on July 29, 2016.





T N Jha to join as Director (Tech), WCL on Aug 1

T N Jha, GM, WCL, will be taking over the charge as Director (Technical), Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) on August 1, 2016.
(We said this on January 11, 2016)





CMDE Nagpal to take over as Director (CPP&BD), GSL on Aug 1

CMDE B B Nagpal, Principal Director (SSG) in Ministry of Defence, will be taking over the charge as Director (Corporate Planning, Project & Business Development), Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) onAugust 1, 2016.
(We said this on Feb 26, 2016)





T Nanda Kumar resigns as Chairman, NDDB

T Nanda Kumar has resigned from the post of Chairman, National Dairy Development Board with effect from August 1, 2016. He is a retired IAS officer.






Sushil kumar singla appointed PS to MoS Water Resources

Sushil Kumar Singla has been appointed as Private Secretary to , Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. He is a 1994 batch IFS officer of HP cadre.






Krishna Kant Tiwari deputed as CF, Regional office, Ranchi

Krishna Kant Tiwari has been deputed as Conservator of Forests, Regional office, Ranchi . He is a 1997 batch of Jharkhand cadre.






Three officers confirmed in IAS

Three IAS officers of 2012 batch: Anurag Verma, Swarochisha Somavanshi of Madhya Pradesh and Prasanna Venkatesh V of Andhra Pradesh have been confirmed in Indian Administrative Service (IAS).






Tamil Nadu gets 11 new IAS officers

As many as 11 candidates, who were provided Indian Administrative Service (IAS) after clearing Civil Service Examination-2015, have been allotted Tamil Nadu. They are: Sharanya Ari, Vaithinathan R, Srikanth H S, Vishu Mahajan, Sibi Adhithya Senthil Kumar, Ankur, Simranjeet Singh Kahlon, Elambahavath K, Saravanan S, Pavankumar G Giriyappanavar, Ranjeet Singh and Narnaware Manish Shankarrao.






Viswanathan Ramanathan promoted as GM, SBI

Viswanathan Ramanathan has been promoted to the grade of General Manager in State Bank of India (SBI).






Vijay Kumar is now Secretary to LG Delhi

Vijay Kumar will be new Secretary to the Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.He is 1992 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.






Shambhu Singh Yadav is Up-Lokayukta in UP

Former Secretary to the UP Chief Minister ,Shambhu Singh Yadav has been appointed new Up-Lokyukta in the state. He is a retired IAS officer.






Divisional Commissioner Kashmir changed

Baseer Ahmad Khan will be new Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir. He will replace, Asghar H Samoon who has been transferred as Commissioner Secretary, Transport.





Justice I H Ansari appointed as Chief Justice of Patna High Court (UPDATED)

Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari has been appointed Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.

(We said this on July 12,2016 )





Z Q A Khan appointed as CCF in PCCF office in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Zulfe Quar Ahmad Khan has been appointed Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) in the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF). He is a 1988 batch IFS officer of Rajasthan cadre.





4 IAS officers given new postings in Andhra Pradesh (UPDATED)

Four IAS officers have been shifted in Andhra Pradesh. Accordingly, Srikant Nagulapalli has been appointed Secretary to Government (Political), General Administration while Mudavatu M Nayak was posted as Chairman and Managing Director, Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited, Visakhapatnam. Similarly, Vivek Yadav has been posted as Collector and District Magistrate, Vizianagaram while Cherukuri Sreedhar was appointed as Commissioner, Capital Region Development Authority and Capital Area (CRDA).





K K Khandelwal appointed ACS, Swaran Jayanti in Haryana (UPDATED)

Krishna Kumar Khandelwal has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana, Swaran Jayanti Celebrations and Principal Executive Officer. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.





JNPT gears up to put its customers at Ease (UPDATED)

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India's No. 1 Container port that handles half of container cargo of the country, has effectively implemented various 'Ease of Doing Business initiatives' as guided by Ministry of Shipping, Government of India. Addressing media on this occasion, Anil Diggikar, Chairman, JNPT said, "During recent years, JNPT has taken a number of initiatives for faster and economical operations that has helped in reduction of cost, time and documents and thus making it easier for the clients and partners to do business with us." Port has started inter-terminal movement of tractor trailers (TTs) and also incentivized the movement of containers from and to CFS by rail. These two initiatives have taken a lot of pressure off the road. Another major step has been the commencement of direct port delivery (DPD) from the terminal for ACP clients. The transaction time and money is saved by avoiding the earlier format of taking containers to the CFS and clearing it from there. JNPT port has allotted additional area to the private terminals to facilitate more DPD volumes. There is significant increase in the number of containers cleared after removing the minimum volume criteria for availing DPD facility. In pursuance of port initiatives, the shipping lines have switched over to e-delivery orders in place of manual orders which has now made container deliveries quick and hassle-free. Last month the port has implemented logistics data bank tagging of containers, first of its kind facility in India that will help importers and exporters track their goods in transit through logistics data bank service. To further streamline the traffic, port is in process of installing CCTV cameras on port roads to provide live feed to trade for better business planning. Neeraj Bansal, Dy Chairman, JNPT added "For bringing more transparency in the operations of logistic chain we are sharing all the relevant information about the Port and other stakeholders with the trade and in the process empowering trade in making the right business decisions.






Sahab Narain joins as Director (Fin), NPCC (UPDATED)

Sahab Narain, DGM, REC, has taken over the charge as Director (Finance), National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC).
(We said this on January 8, 2016)





Goswami to be Press Secretary to CM,Assam? (UPDATED)

Hrishikesh Goswami is set to become the press secretary to the CM,Assam. He is a private person and a writer. His order is likely to issued In a couple of days.






Will Dr.Balaji be OSD to MOS Rlys? (UPDATED)

Name of Dr.L.Balaji is doing the round for the post of OSD to Rajiv Gohain, newly appointed MOS,Railways. He is a 2001 batch Assam cadre IAS officer and presently posted in the cadre.





B N Reddy concurrently accredited as High Commissioner to Cameroon (UPDATED)

B N Reddy, High Commissioner of India to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Cameroon. He is a 1993 batch IFS officer.




Vishvas Vidu Sapkal concurrently accredited as High Commissioner to Cook Islands (UPDATED)

Vishvas Vidu Sapkal, presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Cook Islands, with residence in Suva (Fiji). He is a 1998 batch IFS officer.





UBI bags 'Best Bank Award for Use of Technology for Financial Inclusion among Large Banks'
Union Bank of India has been awarded the 'Best Bank Award for Use of Technology for Financial Inclusion among Large Banks by Institute for Development & Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT)'. The award was presented by Dr Raghuram G Rajan, Governor of Reserve Bank of India







Munot re-appointed CMD of ZF Steering Gear India Ltd

ZF Steering Gear India Ltd has re-appointed Dinesh Munot as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company.






Vijayvargia nominated Director on GSFC Board

Small Industries Development Bank of India, Mumbai, has nominated Pramod Kumar Vijayvargia, Deputy General Manager, SIDBI, Ahmedabad Branch Office, as a Director on the Board of Directors of Gujarat State Financial Corporation





Shah appointed Non Exec. Independent Director of Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd

Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited has appointed Bharat Shah as Non-Executive Independent Director of the company w.e.f. August 1, 2016.





Ms Joshi appointed CS of CEAT Ltd

CEAT Limited has appointed Ms Shruti Joshi as Company Secretary of the company w.e.f. September 1, 2016.






Ms Bhandari appointed CS of Visagar Polytex Ltd

Visagar Polytex Limited has appointed Ms Ruchi Bhandari as Company Secretary of the company.





Ms Sharma resigns as Independent Director of Vibrant Global Capital Ltd

Ms Dipti Sharma has resigned as an Independent Director of Vibrant Global Capital Ltd.





Bajaj appointed Senior VP and GM

South Asia of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Karan Bajaj has been appointed as Senior Vice President and General Manager South Asia of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific w.e.f. October 17, 2016.





Jain appointed CFO of Oriental Hotels Ltd

Oriental Hotels Ltd has appointed Rajneesh Jain as the Chief Financial Officer of the company.





Tekchandani resigns as CS of Novartis India Ltd

Girish Tekchandani has resigned as Company Secretary of Novartis India Ltd w.e.f. August 12, 2016








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Excellent mode of disseminating hard news in the website.
is rearing to move ahead under present dispensation. We work and pray. It is some quipped in the corridors of power that what you know is immaterial but whom you know is most important. Hope this adage will be reversed in the present governmental setup. People in IOFS who actually work very silently are not known leave alone the appreciation aspect.
Tanzin Wangyal

Fully endorse the view point of Aarti Khosla
It will be disastrous to appoint any outsider as Chairman, Railway Board. This idea should be abandoned in the larger interest of the Nation.
A K Jain

Officers of railways are far better than others in terms of delivery
It is very amusing that Ministry of Railways has constituted a panel for selection of Chairman Railway Board. It means that the Railways do not have faith in the officers who have served it for decades. The officers of the railways are far better in terms of delivery than any one from other services. See them when the there is an accident. The most senior officer - DRM monitoring the relief operation from the site of accident rather than from the air-conditioned offices. As the things are moving , the day is not far when there will a panel to select Army Chief or Chief Justice of India from outside.
N Singh

Will an IAS understand tax ?
Will an IAS know what is tax, which incomes are exempt, what are income accrual and expenses incurred. Will he know what is the importance of judicial decisions and how to harmonise a decision with the provisions of Income tax Act. Still IAS is Secretary heading Revenue of GoI.
Rakesh Tiwari

CBI's power to arrest needs to be looked into
As observed by special Judge Arvind Kumar in Rajendra Kumar's case, CBI's power to arrest needs to be looked into. Most of the cases handled by CBI relate to public servant and are based on files/documents .They seize all documents related to the case while conducting PE. Further, the concerned official(s) are still in service and they are not going to run away. So there is no need to arrest them . DoP&T which controls CBI should issue clear orders on CBI's power to arrest and also make their officials accountable for registering cases on flimsy grounds.
S Gopal







Who is the Nodal Agency to implement educational concession for SC/ST students?

Appellant submitted a copy of UGC circular dated 19.08.2009 vide which all the universities receiving grant-in-aid were asked to provide reservations to SC/ST students & sought information about its implementation The CIC observed that the UGC is passing the buck to Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and MHRD was saying that information is not available. The CIC directed the UGC wing of MHRD and UGC to collect the information from the universities / deemed universities about implementation of extended reservation and concession to SC/ST students in Self financing courses offered by the respective institutions & provide it. A show cause notice was issued to the PIO of HRD to show-cause why maximum penalty should not be imposed for non-furnishing of complete and correct information to the appellant.


It is sometimes seen that some organisations issue circulars without providing for a means for its monitoring its implementation. It makes little sense for an organisation to issue a circular if its implementation cannot be monitored.

Citation: Santosh Kumar Kappu v. PIO, Department of Higher Education in Case No. CIC/CC/A/2014/000437SA

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles can be read at

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