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A blow to RajNath Singh ?

Appointment of K K Sharma as Chief Secretary of Goa was considered to be a certainty. A proposal of 1983 batch IAS officer Sharma had been sent to the PMO by the MHA for approval. To everybody's surprise instead of sending Sharma to Goa he was brought from Chandigarh to Delhi as Additional Secretary in Child and Women Welfare.







Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain is likely to be appointed new Governor of Jammu & Kashmir. He has served in the Indian Army in various capacities.





Secretary Tourism in the Government of India Pervez Dewan has taken voluntary retirement with effect from October 28. The 1977 batch IAS officer of Jammu & Kashmir cadre Dewan was due to retire on October 31.




Several IAS officers in Haryana are expected to get importance in the BJP regime .They are Rajan Kumar Gupta (1983 ), Ms Navraj Sandhu (1984), Ram Niwas, Dhanpat Singh,Vijai Vardhan and P R Rao (1985), Alok Nigam ,Sanjeev Kaushal and P K Das(1986), S N Roy (1987), Anil Kumar (1988), Sudhir Rajpal,Ms Sumita Mishra Singh,Ankur Gupta and Anurag Rastogi (1990), Ashok Khemka Sandeep Garg and Shrikant Walgad (1991), A K Gupta (1992), Ms Sukriti Likhi (1993), Anurag Agrawal (1994),D Suresh and Subhash Chandra (1995), Rakesh Gupta (1997), Brijendra Singh (1998) and Pankaj Agrawal (2000) and Wazir Singh Goyat.






Kasni to join CMs Secretariat in Haryana

Pradeep Kasni is joining as Additional Principal Secretary to the new Haryana Chief Minister. He is a 1997 batch IAS officer.





Officials to get importance in new Government in Maharashtra ?

Several IAS officers in Maharashtra are expected to get importance in the new Government. They are Anand Kulkarni (1982 batch), Ajoy Mehta ,Satish Gavai and Sanjay Kumar (1984 batch), Praveen Pardeshi (1985), Manoj Saunik (1987), Nitin N Kareer (1988), Nand Kumar (1989), Milind Jayant Mhaiskar and Manisha Arun Patankar (1992).






S K Sahni selected for Director (Fin), BHEL

S K Sahni, GM, BHEL, has been selected as Director (Finance), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on October 21, 2014. As many as 13 persons were selected for the same.






Orders for appointment of three MP High Court Judges issued

Appointment orders of three new High Court Judges have been issued . They are Madhya Pradesh Law Secretary - C V Sirpurkar, DJ - Mandsaur R K Mahajan and leading lawyer of Indore Vandana Kasrekar.
(We said this on July 15, 2014)






Justice Virendra Singh is new CJ of Jharkhand HC

Justice Virendra Singh of the J & K High Court has been appointed new Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.






Sandeep Saxena to be new CEO in Tamil Nadu

Sandeep Saxena is all set to join as Chief Electoral Officer for Tamil Nadu. He is 1989 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.





Ravi Shankar is new Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand

N Ravi Shanker has been appointed new Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand . He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre.

(We said this on Oct 17, 2014)






Selection interview for Director, Dreging Corpn on Oct 24

Public Enterprises Selection Board is all set to hold the selection interview for the post of Director, Dreging Corporation of India Ltd on October 24.






Adesh Sharma joins as MD, DFCCIL

Adesh Sharma has taken over the charge as Managing Director, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL),. The post had been lying vacant since March, 2014.
(We said this on June 25, 2014)






PESB to keep the post of MD, HMT Watches in abeyance?

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that PESB is set to keep the post of Managing Director, HMT Watches in abeyance. The post was duly advertised and interview is scheduled for October 30. One can wait and watch only.






Ms Prasad to take charge as JS, Water Resources on Nov 3

It is reliably learnt that Ms Amita Prasad, newly appointed JS for Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, is expected to take charge on November 3. She is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.






Sanjay Jaju relieved to join central deputation

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has relieved Sanjay Jaju of cadre responsibility enabling him to join as Director (Finance/Administration), (JS Level),, National Highways Connectivity Company Ltd. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.





PLB approved for non-gazetted Railway employees

A payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB), equivalent to 78 days' wages has been approved for the financial year 2013-14 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees.





Orders of Tripathi as Member (Tech), DVC soon

The orders of R P Tripathi, AGM, NTPC, for the appointment as Member (Technical), in the Board of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), are expected to be issued by the Government of India in a couple of days.






Post of Joint Secretary in Steel falling vacant in Oct

The post of Joint Secretary is falling vacant in the Ministry of Steel in October, 2014.






Post of Joint Secretary in Tourism falling vacant in Oct

The post of Joint Secretary is falling vacant in the Ministry of Tourism in October, 2014.







CVC meeting soon for Addl Director, ED

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that the selection process of Additional Director, Enforcement Directorate has almost close to its concluding stage. The short-listed names have have been ratified by Fin Min and will soon be finalised in CVC meeting.







77 IAS officers of UP on central deputation

As many as 77 officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of Uttar Pradesh cadre are serving on central deputation.






Four IPS officers in J&K transferred

Four IPS officers transferred and posted at different places in Jammu and Kashmir. Accordingly, Abdul Jabbar has been posted as Commandant IR-8 Battalion while Udayabhaskar Billa will be SP PC Jammu and Shailendra Kumar Mishra is AIG, CIV, PHQ. Besides, Sridhar Patil has been posted as SP, South Srinagar.







Lalmalsawma relieved to join as CS, Mizoram

The Government of Delhi has relieved Lalmalsawma for joining as Chief Secretary, Government of Mizoram. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.
(We said this on September 17, 2014)







Post of MD, HMT Machine Tools kept in abeyance?

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that the selection procedure for the post of Managing Director, HMT Machine Tools has been kept in abeyance by PESB. The post is all set to be vacant on November 30 with the retirement of M D Sreekumar, the incumbent Managing Director.







Minor reshuffle of IAS officers in Delhi

Four IAS officers have been given new assignments in Delhi Government. Accordingly, Arvind Ray has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Home with holding charge of Principal Secretary, SC/ST/OBC/Minorities and CMD, DSFDC and Vigilance while D M Spolia was entrusted with additional charge of Principal Secretary, Finance and Mrs Shakuntala D Gamlin gets additional charge of Principal Secretary, GAD. Besides, Sanjiv Kumar has been given an additional charge of Social Welfare and Women & Child Development.





H R Khan to look after external investments in RBI

H R Khan has been assigned department of external investments and operations, financial markets regulation department, foreign exchange department, internal debt management in Reserve Bank of India (RBI).




Urjit Patel assigned monetary policy and research in RBI

Urjit Patel has been assigned charges of monetary policy and research including department of economic and policy research, department of communication, financial market operations department, and international department in Reserve Bank of India (RBI).





R Ganghi tasked of banking regulation, currency management in RBI

R Gandhi has been assigned tasks of banking regulation, department of non-banking regulation, financial stability unit, risk monitoring and department of currency management in Reserve Bank of India (RBI).





S S Mundra to look after banking supervision, HR, RTI in RBI

S S Mundra has been given banking supervision, financial inclusion and development, human resource, Rajbhasha and right to information in Reserve Bank of India(RBI).







Three Directors resign from PTC

Three independent Directors - S/Shri Deepak Chatterjee, Anil Razdan and D.Swarup - have resigned from the Board of PTC India Ltd.






Singh appointed Govt. Director, ONGC

U P Singh, Joint Secretary (E), Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has been appointed as Government Director on the Board of Directors of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited.





Rao ceases to be Workmen Employee Director. Canara Bank

G V Sambasiva Rao has ceased to be Workmen Employee Director on the Board of Directors of Canara Bank





Ashar to be MD & CEO, Cairn India Ltd

Cairn India Limited has appointed Mayank Ashar as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company w.e.f. November 17, 2014.






Baliga appointed CFO & Whole-time Director, BASF India Ltd

BASF India Limited has appointed Narendranath Baliga as Chief Financial Officer and Whole-time Director of the company.





Doraiswami appointed Independent Director, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Ltd

Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited has appointed Rajagopalan Doraiswami as an Independent Director of the company.




Subramanian ceases to be Non Exec. Director, Idea Cellular Ltd

Biswajit A Subramanian, a Non-Executive Director of Idea Cellular Limited has ceased to be on the Board of Directors of the company.





Srinivasan ceases to be Director, MindTree Limited

Janakiraman Srinivasan has ceased to be a Director of MindTree Limited.





Kharadi resigns as Director, Creative Merchants Ltd

Jayendra Kharadi has resigned as Director of Creative Merchants Ltd.





Shah appointed Director, Creative Merchants Ltd

Naman Bhanubhai Shah has been appointed as Director of Creative Merchants Ltd






Bapu resigns as Director, Shriram Asset Management Company Ltd

S Bapu has resigned as a Director of Shriram Asset Management Company Ltd.






Ms Mahesh appointed Addl. Director, Shriram Asset Management Company Ltd

Ms Jayashree Mahesh has been appointed as Additional Director of Shriram Asset Management Company Ltd.







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Desist from doling out Diwali gifts

With the finance ministry asking the state-owned banks and insurance companies to desist from doling out Diwali gifts this year. There is a general refrain among the other public sector undertakings (PSUs), from distributing such pleasantries this festival season.

It is learnt that following an informal directive from the PMO to the ministries having PSUs under their administrative control to advise their commercial arms to desist from doling out gifts this Diwali, office of the coal, power and renewable energy minister, Piyush Goyal, has issued direction that they should "not publish diaries and calendars" and not to give "mementoes".

Quoting from an old order from the Central Vigilance Commission, a senior functionary of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation said: "They have already been refraining from giving gifts during festive season for last couple of years."

Sources in the oil PSUs, though refused to confirm about any directive from the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, told this newspaper that they are not going to distribute gifts to either ministry officials or business partners.

A senior official in Gas Authority of India Ltd (Gail), said: "We have not received any direction from the ministry, but still we have not budgeted anything for buying gifts this Diwali".

Similarly, even the steel PSUs too have decided not to distribute gift this year, as a senior official said, "We have no direction this regard, but due to finance and power ministries' clear direction, we are also treading a cautious path and so far the companies have not planned anything this regard."

Meanwhile, sources said, the finance ministry's advisory on Diwali gifts has come in the backdrop of austerity being observed by the new government. It had been a usual practice for PSUs to give expensive gifts during the festive season as part of the their public relations exercise.

The practice of distributing involves expenditure from the hard earned tax payers money for purchase of dry fruits, sweets etc., transportation facilities for distribution the gifts to the Government officials, additional use of petrol/diesel of the country, in turn subsidy, polluting of the atmosphere, choking of traffics in cities and above all making the government employees greedy. This practice should end once for all. Let distribution of diwali gifts take place on personal expenses nobody is stopping it. The Hon'ble Prime Minister should take action in the matter. Jharoo and his team are going to target this activity during the diwali this year and make the life of government more uncomfortable. A PIL is also in the making. Watch out'


Induction from pvt sector to augur well

It is nice to hear that outstanding persons from private sector are being inducted in the government. Certainly, I hope and wish it would augur well for the overall benefit and growth of the country. Also it would be a small step to cut the indian arrogance service to its size.


"Govt has made Confusion Worse Confounded"

The Know Your Customer (KYC), scheme was launched by the Min of Finance to check money laundering and terrorist activities. The latest Jan Dhan scheme of Modi has made the KYC scheme irrelevant. The scheme does not insist on PAN, AADHAR cards etc. Every Tom,Dick and Harry now has an account without verification of credentials. The bankers are confused. No wonder, they could now be granting loans to terrorists by default ,if not by design.

A K Saxena (A retd civil servant),

Concept of level playing field for services does not exist

The concept of level playing field for services does not exist in Central and State Governments, which still perpetuate the legacy of the British Empire and have been successful in creating monoply and pseudo dominance of one service, which in fact is no more a service but a kind of "Rule" or rather "Misrule". The example of the new PMO running with lean strength of 350- odd staff against UPA II PMO (550 staff), and many non IAS calling shots is an example of Good Governance and how this can take the country forward.

H K Sharma







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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