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Who will be BJP's CM Face in UP? (1)

Since the BJP has decided to announce its Chief Ministerial candidate in coming days whispers have started exploring about probable faces. According to experts, one thing is certain that the party will field a big face who can match BSP Supremo Mayawati and SP veteran Mulayam Singh Yadav. One thing is also certain that high command will decide patry's face for UP elections.


This is what Chief Ministers say !

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is totally loyal to the PMO and the RSS. No place for recommendation - he only tells leaders, businessmen and bureaucrats "I shall only do what the PMO or the RSS says". Result, people have stopped going to the Chief Minister.



All Party delegation to go to Srinagar on Sept 4 ?

If sources are to be believed all party delegation will go to Srinagar on September 4, 2016 and will be back next day.








Will Patanaik be new DG CISF ?

Latest buzz is that Ashok Patanaik may be appointed next DG, CISF. He is a 1983 batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer.





Thane CCIT SM Mishra quits

S M Mishra, CCIT, Thane has resigned with effect from August 29, 2016. He is an officer of Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax (IRS-IT) cadre.





Is the appointment of Ramesh stalled ?

Is the appointment of S Ramesh, as Member of the CBEC, stalled at the behest of some forces ? One can wait and watch.






Will Sandhu be High Commissioner to Sri Lanka ?

Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington Taranjit Sandhu is likely to move to Sri Lanka as the new High Commissioner in place of Y Sinha.







Postings of DRMs now on service wise seniority

The Ministry of Railways has come up with a new policy, which fixes the service-wise distribution of DRM posts doing away with discretion. As per new policy, the posting of DRM will be based on service-wise seniority, eliminating probability of pick & choose.






Meeting to recommend DGs concluded

According to sources, meeting regarding appointment of DGs of CISF and NSG held at MHA is understood to have forwarded 4-6 names. PMO will have a final say.






Nair to be ED, IDBI ?

K P Nair is likely to be appointed new Executive Director of the IDBI.






Rajiv Sharma gets second 3 months extension ?

Telengana Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma is reported to have been given another three months extension in service. He is 1982 batch IAS officer.






S P Tucker gets three months extension ?

Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary S P Tucker who was to retire on August 31 has been given three months extension in service. He is 1981 batch IAS officer.






Amit Sharma appointed as Adviser (DT), London

Amit Sharma has been appointed as Adviser (Defence Technology) in the High Commission of India, London UK. He is a Scientists 'F'.






Ms Neeva Jain deputed as SP, BPR &D

Ms Neeva Jain has been appointed as Superintendent of Police in Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D). She is a 2008 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre.






12 Postal Service officers promoted to HAG, shifted

As many as 12 officers belonging to Indian Postal Service have been transferred and posted to different circles after promotion to the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG). Accordingly, Santosh Kuamr Kamila has been appointed as CPMG, Odisha circle while Brig B Chandrashekhar was made CPMG, Telangana circle and L N Sharma is CPMG, Delhi circle. Similarly, Ms Alka Jha is on deputation; P K Swain as CPMG, Punjab circle; Mervin Alexandar on deputation; S R Meena as CPMG, Gujarat circle; Ms Aindri Anurag on deputation; H C Agrawal as CPMG, Maharashtra circle; Ms Anjali Anand as CPMG, Kerala circle; Sanjay Sharan as CPMG, J&K circle and V P Singh was posted as Senior DDG (IR), Postal Directorate, New Delhi.





Promotion of 1983 batch IRS (IT) next week ?

Promotion of 1983 batch IRS (IT) officers to the rank of Chief Commissioner is expected to take place in the first week of September.






Tenure of Bishan Singh Bonal as ADG, Project Tiger extended

The tenure of Bishan Singh Bonal as Additional Director General of Forests (Project Tiger) and Member Secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi, has been extended upto February 28, 2017. He is a 1980 batch IFS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.





Pawan Kumar Joshi deputed to DFCCIL

Pawan Kumar presently in Northern Railway has been deputed to Dedicated Frieight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as General Manager (Civil), New Delhi. He is an IRSE officer.






Amit Singh deputed as Director, MEA

Amit Singh presently in North Eastern Railway has been deputed to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as Director. He is an IRSS officer.





Ashish Jain appointed as Director, Railway Board

Ashish Jain presently in Northern Railway has been appointed as Director RS (F), Railway Board. He is an IRSS officer.






Rakesh Jain empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Rakesh Jain has been empanelled for holding Secretary level posts in Government of India. He is a 1981 batch IA&AS officer.






Meenakshi Gupta empanelled as Additional Secretary in GoI

Meenakshi Gupta has been empanelled for holding Additional Secretary level posts in Government of India. She is a 1984 batch IA &AS officer.






Major empanelment of 1999 batch IAS officers from Maharashtra

As many as four IAS officers out of five belonging to 1999 batch of Maharashtra cadre have been empanelled for holding Joint Secretary level posts in Government of India. They are: Richa Bagla, Kunal Kumar, Atul Nilkantha Patne and Anshu Sinha.






Alka Panda empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI

Alka Panda has been empanelled for holding Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. She is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.






Patnaik K Venugopal promoted as GM, SBI

Patnaik K Venugopal has been promoted to the grade of General Manager in State Bank of India (SBI).






Three Chhattisgarh officers awarded IAS cadre

Three officers of Chhattisgarh State Civil Service have been awarded Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre. The officers are: Padum Singh Alma, Ramesh Kumar Sharma and Dharmesh Kumar Sahu.






RAdm Vipini Kumar Saxena selected as CMD, GRSE

RAdm Vipini Kumar Saxena, ADD, DG (Tech) in the Ministry of Defence, has been selected for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on August 29, 2016. As many as six persons were interviewed for the same.




Ashwani Kumar appointed as Secretary, PWD in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Ashwani Kumar has been appointed as Secretary, Public Works Department with additional charge of Secretary, Vigilance and Director Vigilance in Delhi Government. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






K R Meena appointed as Secretary, Food Supplies in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

K R Meena has been appointed as Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs with additional charge of Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Industries in Delhi Government. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.





Chandraker Bharti appointed as Health in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Chandraker Bharti has been appointed as Secretary, Health & Family Welfare with additional charge of Secretary, Environment & Forest in Delhi Government. He is a 1996 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.





Sandeep Kumar appointed as Development Commissioner in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Sandeep Kumar has been assigned an additional charge of Development Commissioner and Secretary, I & FC in Delhi Government. He is a 1997 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.





Ms Dilraj Kaur is Secretary, Social Welfare, Women Child Dev in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Ms Dilraj Kaur has been appointed as Secretary, Social Welfare and Secretary, Women & Child Development with additional charge of Director, Social Welfare in Delhi Government. She is a 2000 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






R Ravindra accredited as Ambassador to Republic of Liberia (UPDATED)

R Ravindra, presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to Republic of Liberia, with residence in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire). He is a 1999 batch IFS officer.





Sushil Kumar repatriated to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Sushil Kumar, who is presently on compulsory wait in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, has been repatriated to his parent cadre. He is a 1987 batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre.






Muddada Ravichandra is also Secretary, APPSC (UPDATED)

Muddada Ravichandra has been given full additional charge of the post of Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission. He is a 1996 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.





K V Rao appointed as MD, APBCL in AP (UPDATED)

K Venkateswara Rao has been transferred and posted as Managing Director, A P Beverages Corporation Ltd and will also hold the additional charge of the post of Director, Prohibition & Excise (Enforcement). He is a 1998 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.






Orders of Anoop Kumar Sharma for CMD, SCI issued (UPDATED)

The orders of Anoop Kumar Sharma, MD, Essar Shipping Ltd, for the appointment as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) have been issued by the Government of India.






Singhal joins as JS Health in GOI (UPDATED)

Arun Singhal has joined the Government of India onTuesday as Joint Secretary Health.He is 1987 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






Amitesh Kumar Sinha appointed as Director, Cabinet Secretariat (UPDATED)

Amitesh Kumar Sinha has been deputed as Director in the Cabinet Secretariat. He is a 1997 batch IRAS officer.






Krishna Kant Singh appointed as Director, Cabinet Secretariat (UPDATED)

Krishna Kant Singh has been deputed as Director in the Cabinet Secretariat. He is a 2000 batch IDAS officer.





Rajiv Gauba is also Secretary, I&B (UPDATED)

Rajiv Gauba has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting till September 11, 2016. He is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.




Shailendra Jain is now Advisor in Birla Group
Shailendra Jain is now Advisor in the Aditya Birla Group. He was earlier head of the GRASIM .







Prasanna Venkatesh appointed as Director, Ports in AP

Prasanna Venkatesh V has been transferred and posted as Director, Ports, Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. He is a 2012 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.






Singh appointed CFO of Oriental Bank of Commerce

Oriental Bank of Commerce has appointed Jitender Mohan Singh, General Manager of the Bank as Chief Financial Officer of the Bank.





Mathur appointed CEO of Bal Pharma Ltd

Bal Pharma Limited has appointed Akash Mathur as the Chief Executive Officer of the company w.e.f. September 1, 2016.






Singhal appointed CFO of JCT Ltd

JCT Ltd has appointed Vinod Kumar Singhal as Chief Financial Officer of the company.






Two Independent Directors appointed on Board of The India Cements Ltd

The India Cements Limited has appointed V Ranganathan and K Balakrishnan as Independent Directors of the company.






Shukla ceases to be Part-time Non-Official Director of Allahabad Bank

Ajay Shukla has ceased to Part-time Non-Official Director of Allahabad Bank.






Suthar appointed CS of Aarvee Denims & Exports Ltd

Aarvee Denims & Exports Limited has appointed Sharvil B Suthar as Company Secretary of the company.






Sanyal appointed CS of Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd

Royal Orchid Hotels Limited has appointed Ranabir Sanyal as Company Secretary of the company.




Ravichandran resigns as Director (Finance) of STCL

G Ravichandran has resigned as Director (Finance) of The State Trading Corporation of India Limited.








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Distinguishing characteristic of the premier service ?

In recent times the number of IAS officers getting arrested for corruption is increasing and it is saddening to note that a young IAS SDO was arrested by the SP of the district for extorting several thousands of rupees from truck drivers. Another was arrested for taking bribes from mining contractors. Several are in jail.
Has this become a distinguishing characteristic of the premier service ? Should not the IAS central association send a message to the IAS officers that the service is gathering disrepute by the tons?
I having served the country for nearly 37 years at some of the highest positions that a country can offer has to bow my head in shame when army officers ask me why the IAS are so corrupt?
It is time that we choose amongst one of the two options given below:
1. Abolish the service and let the present officers be compensated and asked to go home.
2. Re structure the service with a separate recruitment process for IAS and IFS as before with weightage for merit, only with age relaxation for SC and ST candidates as before that is on age limit between 21 and 24 . Now we have grand fathers joining the service !
The examination be made very stringent and only those who pass a psychological test with tests for integrity courage and loyalty and self sacrifice should be taken for an interview.
The examination system and the process of selection both for the IFS and IAS should be entrusted to a committee as follows
a) Dr. Stigler / DrAngus Deacon Nobel Laureates in Economics who know India very well .
b) David Kahneman another nobel Laureate in behavioural psychology and economics
c) An eminent Sociologist from India
d) The Union Home Minister
e) The Union Finance minister
F) The union minister for External affairs.
g) Union Cabinet secretary member secretary

Sivaraman, Former Secretary Revenue, GoI and ED IMF

Votaries of IAS should clarify

Votaries of IAS should first clarify how officers coming through state admin service and reservation quota qualify for a pay scale better than even grp B services.

ARC Kumar

Deprived of the benefit

It is more than a month when the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 were issued specifying in Para 2(2)(vii) that these rules shall not apply to persons re-employed in Government after retirement. Logically, this para should have been included in the para "to whom these rules apply" otherwise Govt. is expected to issue orders soon for revision of pay in respect of re-employed pensioners as pay bills based on revised pay, as a result of acceptance of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission by GoI are not being accepted and they are being deprived of the benefit.

D P Hura

Timely recognition of exemplary services

Ashwani Lohani being made Secretary to GoI is fitting and timely recognition of the exemplary services of a brilliant and competent officer with proven track record throughout his service. He can be entrusted with any responsibility. His record in transforming organisations like MPSTDC, ITDC & Air India are solid proof. India is safe in the hands of administrators like Ashwani Lohani.

Being a shrewd observer, with an uncanny knack of spotting talent, the Prime Minister is bound to utilise his services in a wider arena, very early.

It is disquieting, he was not made Chairman Railway Board. He would have pulled the IR out of the morass to which it has sunk in and made it a really successful and glorious organization.


Decisions of M. Sridhar Acharyulu appreciable

I greatly appreciate the decisions of M. Sridhar Acharyulu, Information Commissioner. We need more such persons in CIC. After Sailesh Gandhi he is a face saver for CIC. There are certain Information Commissioners who are dependent on their stenographers to decide cases and are merely signing decisions. In the case of another Information Commissioner he is giving safe decisions that fall neither this way nor that way. Some are allowing pendency to rise because these Information Commissioners are not accountable to any one. There is no minimum target of work and disposal of cases. They are there to enjoy after retirement perks and are adding to huge pile up. There has been not a single landmark decision because of lack of caliber and playing safe. Bureaucrats who spent years in blocking information and maintaining status quo can not be expected to meet the aspirations of citizens. CIC needs complete overhauling as it has failed in its mission to provide speedy decisions. They have become like Courts and taking 3 years to decide matters. They want more posts of Information Commissioners but mind you even if you sanction one thousand posts and fill them with these worthless babus, still the pendency will remain same, rather expect it to increase more.

Kalyan Krishen Sharma







Delay in clearance of Medical bills

A pensioner had submitted medical bills for reimbursement, which were kept pending by the respondent authority, for a long time. Hence, he sought information on the status of the same through the RTI application. The appellant submitted that he is the life member/beneficiary of the DGHS (Delhi Government Health Scheme) and as per the circular issued by them on 1.4.1997, he is entitled for 100% reimbursement of his medical bills. But the respondent authority has not taken cognizance of the same and he was made to wait for receiving the reimbursement for a long time. The respondent authority submitted that all his medical bills were settled and he has been paid all the medical dues in February, 2015. They also explained that the delay is due to the fact that the case of the appellant is the first of its kind, as he has retired from an aided school and as per the rules, the aided is required to bear 5% of the reimbursement and rest of the 95% will be borne by the Department of Education. But this rule is applicable only for serving employees of the aided schools. In this case, the appellant had retired and the bills are submitted after his retirement. Even the circular issued by the DGHS, which is being referred by the appellant, is not clear in the case of pensioners who had retired from aided schools. The CIC noted that the appellant is 76 year old senior citizen. The CIC directed the Rakesh Khadgam Senior Accounts Officer (deemed PIO) to show cause why maximum penalty should not be imposed on him for the delay in furnishing the information to the appellant.


This case depicts that the RTI Act, 2005 has not only emerged as a tool for obtaining information, but also for enforcing the rights.

Citation: Kanti Bhushan Ghosh v. Directorate of Education in Case NO. CIC/SA/A/2014/001541

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in), RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles can be read at http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/

(dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in), RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore and Co-author of the books: RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO's Guide to RTI by Taxmann. (The views are Personal)









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