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I have no sympathy with the professional economists who insist that things must run their course and the human agencies can have no influence on economic ills.



Now entire pressure on Karnataka!

After the defeat of Congress in Maharashtra and Haryana, there is financial crisis in the AICC. Now, the entire pressure of funding is on Congress ruled Karnataka.






As many as 32 officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) of 1984 batch have officially been empanelled for the post of Additional Director General of Police or equivalent in Government of India. Officers include: Vinson M Paul of Kerala cadre; Gurbachan Singh of Odisha; Dharmendra Kuamr of AGMUT; Rajni Kant Misra of UP; Sudeep Lakhtakia of AP; S Javeed Ahmed of UP; Mukesh Sahay of AM; Dr A P Maheshwar; K Rajendra Kumar of J&K; Samant Kumar Goel of Punjab; Somesh Goel of Himachal; V K Johri of MP; Arvind Kumar of AM; Maithili Sharan Gupta of MP; Santosh Macheria of MT; Rakesh Asthana of Gujarat; Pradeep Kumar of AM; S S Deswal of Haryana; Anil Kumar Sharma of Punjab; Nand Kishore of Rajasthan; Prit Pal Singh and Y C Modi of AM; D K Pandey of Jharkhand; Dr Krishna Swaroop Dwivedi and Rajesh Ranjan of Bihar; Arun Kumar Sinha of Kerala; Subesh Kumar Singh of UP; Ramesh P Singh of Odisha; P Mallan Goud of MT; Mrs Sutapa Sanyal of UP; Prem Shankar Meena of Karnataka and Amar Kanti Sarkar of West Bengal cadre.
(We said this on Oct 20, 2014)





New postings of 17 Chief Commissioners of Income Tax is likely to take place in a day or two.




Now Kulbir Krishan appears to be the senior most serving IPS officer in the country. He is a 1976 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.




Abhay appointed as IG, BPR&D

Abhay has been appointed as Inspector General in Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) in Government of India. He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre.




Dubey to continue as Chairman of CIL

A K Dubey, Additional Secretary in the Coal Ministry, will continue till a fulltime Chairman is appointed.






Sarkar takes over as CEO, NSPCL

Manash Sarkar has taken over the charge as CEO, NSPCL, a Joint Venture of NTPC and SAIL. A Mechanical Engineer from Jadavpur University Sarkar joined NTPC as 3rd batch of ETs. He has around 35 years of rich experience in NTPC in various capacities including that of BUH- Auraiya , BUH- Rihand , MD-RGPPL and ED(Corporate Communication) and ED to CMD -NTPC.






75 posts of Judges vacant in Allahabad HC

Even with the oath freshly administered to its 85th Judge, Allahabad High Court has 75 posts of Judges to offer.






2 posts of Inspector General in BSF vacant

Two posts of Inspector General, Border Security Force (BSF), have been lying vacant.






Jain likely to join as CVO, CPSE

Sanjay Jain is expected to join central deputation at Director level as a Chief Vigilance Officer(CVO), Central Public Sector Enterprises(CPSE). He is a PSE Officer.





Bashal likely to join central deputation !

Manmohan Kumar Bashal is expected to join Central deputation at Inspector General level post. He is a 1990 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.






Dinesh Kumar Gupta likely to join central deputation

Dinesh Kumar Gupta is expected to join central deputation at Deputy Secretary/Director level in Government of India. He is a 2000 batch Indian Telecom Service officer.






Six AIS officers get additional charges in Rajasthan

One IFS officer and five IAS officers have been given additional charges in Rajasthan. Accordingly, Savita Anand (IFS) has been given additional charge as Controller of Properties, Office of Resident Commissioner, New Delhi while Gurjot Kaur gets charge of Principal Secretary, Department of Minority Affairs and Wakf Board, Jaipur and Deepak Upreti got charge of Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department, Jaipur. Similarly, D B Gupta is assigned Additional charge of Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Jaipur; Ajitabh Sharma of Chairman, Indira Gandhi Canal Board, Jaipur and Ravi Shankar Shrivastava of Commissioner, Departmental Enquiries, Jaipur.






5 IAS officers of Rajasthan to attend Mid Career Training Program

Five IAS officers of Rajasthan cadre have been deputed to undergo Phase-V of the Mid Career Training Program being held fromOctober 27 to November 28, 2014. The officers are: Rashmi Priyadarshni, Khemraj Chaudhary, Jagdish Chandra Mohanty, Madhukar Gupta and Sanjay Dixit.





Orders of Tripathi as Member (Tech), DVC issued (UPDATED)

The orders of R P Tripathi, AGM, NTPC, for the appointment as Member (Technical) in the Board of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) have been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on February 12, 2014)





M Ravi Chandra appointed as MD, AP Foods (UPDATED)

M Ravi Chandra has been appointed as Managing Director, AP Foods in Andhra Pradesh. He is a 1996 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.





Mrs Manisha Kinnu promoted as JCIT (UPDATED)

Indian Revenue Service officer of Income Tax cadre, Mrs Manisha Kinnu has been promoted to the grade of Joint Commissioner of Income Tax.





Poundrik appointed Director, HPCL

Sandeep Poundrik Joint Secretary (Refineries) has been appointed as a Director on the Board of Directors of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited.





Singh ceases to be Director, HPCL

R K Singh has ceased to be a Director on the Board of Directors of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).





Shroff appointed Independent Director, GGCL

Gujarat Gas Company Limited has appointed Ms Manjula Shroff as an Independent Director of the company.





Joshipura re-appointed MD, SKF India Ltd

SKF India Limited has re-appointed Shishir Joshipura as Managing Director of the company






Mishra appointed MD, Worth Investment & Trading Co Ltd

Worth Investment & Trading Co Ltd has appointed Rakesh Kumar Mishra as Managing Director of the company





Alphonso resigns as Director, OTCO International Ltd

Francis I Alphonso has resigned as Director of OTCO International Ltd





Ms Kesari resigns as Director, Schneider Electric Infrastructure Ltd

Ms Rajani Kesari has resigned as Director of Schneider Electric Infrastructure Limited







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Politics in education sector a serious threat

It is the ultimate disgrace for our education system a VC getting arrested! That is also one in of the most progressive states in India, Karnataka. The cancer of politics has spread everywhere not sparing even our education system thus ruining the future of our nation. It is not long back the VC of Mahatma Gandhi(be peace up on him) University in Kottayam in the so called most literate state in the country, Kerala, was dismissed for tampering with his biodata. There was a time when universities used to plead with outstanding persons to honour them by accepting VCships. But now a days people with bio-datas some even fraudulent and with political support are running after VCships, In Kerala Vcships and syndicate memberships are divided between political parties. Only a Christian nominee of a communal outfit can only be the VC of MG University. Calicut University is earmarked only for Muslims nominated by Muslim League. Recently an outstanding lady who has a doctorate from IIT and was a former Principal of College of Engineering in Trivandrum and also a former Director of Technical educations was appointed(perhaps by oversight) as VC of Kochi University. The local Congress MLA is on fast against this appointment. Unless our education system is cleaned of political interference, future of our students is at stake.

N Krishnan

Ban purchasing of calendars

Purchasing Government Calendars and Diaries should be banned by Statutory/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies.








First Appellate Authority should give a hearing to the appellant if asked

The Appellant had filed two separate RTI applications. In one of these applications, he had wanted the details of all the files in the possession of the Department on the subject of RTI, appointment of the CIC and Information Commissioners, sanction of staff for the CIC including an independent Pay and Accounts Officer, the amount of money collected in all these years by way of RTI fees and penalty imposed and recovered. In the other application, he requested for the copy of the order/notification by which the Search Committee was constituted for shortlisting candidates for appointment as Information Commissioners in the CIC, the next date of the meeting of the Search Committee etc.. In both these applications, he had requested for permission to inspect all the relevant files. In respect of his first application, the PIO offered the copies of the correspondence part of two of the relevant files on payment of photocopying charges. However, in respect of the remaining information, he had not provided any information on the ground that the collection of the information would disproportionately divert their resources. In regard to second application, the PIO observed that since the Search Committee had been constituted by the Cabinet Secretariat, his RTI application was being transferred u/s 6(3) of the RTI Act. The First Appellate Authority endorsed the response of the PIO in both the cases. The Appellant argued before the CIC that the information regarding the constitution of the Search Committee for shortlisting of candidates for the post of Information Commissioners in the CIC was available in the DoPT at the time of his RTI application but, even then, the PIO had chosen to transfer the RTI application to the Cabinet Secretariat for the latter only to send it back. He also complained the PIO did not produce all the relevant files before him for his inspection and did not even facilitate the inspection of whatever files he had himself placed before him. He also alleged that the First Appellate Authority had disposed of the appeals without much application of mind and by merely endorsing the response of the PIO. The PIO and the First Appellate Authority disagreed with the appellant's version and said that the sheer number of RTI applications and appeals handled in their division was so voluminous and huge that it was almost impossible to manage it within the time lines prescribed under the RTI Act. The CIC disapproved the approach of the PIO and observed that the PIO could have given a more detailed response justifying his conclusion that providing such information would disproportionately divert the resources of the Department by stating the exact number of files in question and likely man-hours required to assemble them. The CIC further held that the PIO was totally wrong in transferring the RTI application regarding search committee to the Cabinet Secretariat as the entire information was available in the Department itself. The First Appellate Authority was cautioned to be more careful in future in dealing with appeals.


It is not enough for the First Appellate Authority (FAA) to reproduce the contents of the RTI application and the reply of the PIO. The FAA must pass a speaking order justifying her decision in each case. Wherever the Appellant wants personal hearing, he should be given that opportunity.

Citation: Shri R K Jain v. PIO, Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan in File No.CIC/SM/A/2012/000784 & 786

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












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