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Adani also going for a media house?

The buzz is that business tycoon Gautam Adani is also interested to have a media house in Delhi. It is said that a deal is being negotiated in this regard. Guess the media house?





Nehru jacket turns Modi jacket

For a garment cut from 1.5 metres of cloth, the humble bandi (half-jacket) has managed to spin quite a long political yarn. Once known as Nehru jacket, the desi waistcoat has now been appropriated by Narendra Modi and come to be known as Modi Jacket.









The Government of India has made it clear that no fresh appointments have been withheld against vacancies following retirement.




No suitable candidate found for CMD, Air India Ltd

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has failed to find suitable candidate for the post of Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Limited (AIL) at its selection meeting held on March 3, 2015. Only three candidates had appeared for the interviews. The Board has recommended the Government of India to choose an appropriate course of further action for selection.






One more IP is living member of the service

K Shankaran Nair is also said to be a living member of the IP. Nair who was staying in London is reported to have shifted his base to Bangalore.








Singh and Garg to join Delhi Police?

Two AGMUT cadre IPS officers Sanjay Singh of 1990 batch and Satendra Garg of 1987 batch are likely to join Delhi Police shortly.






Gogia & Gautam to move from Delhi Police ?

Two AGMUT cadre IPS officers Vivek Gogia of 1991 batch and S K Gautam of 1989 batch are likely to be transferred from Delhi Police.






Bhalla preferred to remain in Delhi

1987 batch IAS officer Pankaj Kumar has become Chief Secretary of Nagaland. Had D K Bhalla not become Secretary, Lok Sabha he would have become Chief Secretary. Bhalla is a 1986 batch IAS officer.






Panel for selection of NICL, CMD scrapped

Panel for selection of CMD of National Insurance Company Ltd. (NICL) has been scrapped. Now a new panel would be formed after approval of the new process of selection on the lines of appointment to the coveted post in nationalized banks.






Ravi Kant joins as DG, ASCI, Hyderabad

Ravi Kant, former IAS Officer of 1985 batch, has been selected for the post of Director General, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad. He joined the post on March 2, 2015. He had resigned from IAS in 2006 to join Ramky Group at Hyderabad.






BBC on Nirbhaya: Will heads roll?

BBC's documentary on Nirbhaya case accused has created ripples in the Government of India. Questions are being asked at various levels that how many heads are going to roll?






Raghvendra Singh Chauhan, Judge of Rajasthan High Court, has been appointed as Judge of Karnataka High Court.







Pradip Kumar Mohanty appointed Chief Justice, Orissa HC

Pradip Kumar Mohanty, seniormost Judge of Orissa High Court has been appointed Chief Justice of Orissa High Court.






CVC yet to clear appointment of Sahu as Member (Fin), DVC

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is yet to give its clearance to H K Sahu for his appointment as Member (Finance) on the Board of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). He is an officer of Indian Railway Account Service (IRAS).






Applications for MD & CEO, Bank of Baroda invited

The Department of Financial Services has invited applications for Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD&CEO) in Bank of Baroda, a public sector bank.






Orders of Ved Prakash for CMD of MMTC yet to come

The orders for appointment of Ved Prakash, Director (Marketing), MMTC, as Chairman and Managing Director, MMTC Limited are yet to be issued by Government of India.






File of K M Singh for CMD of NHPC Ltd moves to CVC

The file for appointment of K M Singh, Chief Executive Director, NHDC as Chairman and Managing Director, NHPC Limited, has reportedly been sent to Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for its clearance.







PESB invites applications for Director (Consumer Mobility), BSNL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Consumer Mobility), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited that fell vacant on January 15, 2015. Those willing to apply can send their applications to PESB before April 19, 2015.







Rajendra Kumar posted as PMG, South Karnataka region

Upon return from deputation to UIDAI, Bengaluru, S Rajendra Kumar has been appointed PMG, South Karnataka region, Karnataka circle, Bengaluru. He is a 1990 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.






K K Sharma posted as PMG, Kurnool region

K K Sharma has been appointed PMG, Kurnool region, Andhra Pradesh circle. He is a 1990 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.






Justice Chauhan moves to Karnataka High Court

Judge Raghvendra Singh Chauhan has been transferred from Rajasthan High Court to Karnataka High Court.






Raikar joins as Director (Oper), GSL

Shrihari Pai Raikar has assumed charge as Director-Operations of Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) at Vasco da Gama, Goa. Raikar has taken over from R Choudhary who superannuated on February 28, 2015.






Ms Seema Gupta appointed Dy Secretary, Pension & Pensioners' Welfare

Ms Seema Gupta has been appointed Deputy Secretary in the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare. She is a 2002 batch officer of Indian Ordnance Factory Service (IOFS).







Two CPWD engineers dismissed from service for corruption

Two civil engineers of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) R Kennadi, Executive Engineer (Civil) and R V Suresh Kumar, Assistant Engineer (Civil) have been dismissed from service after being convicted of criminal misconduct for demanding and obtaining bribe by CBI Special Court, Thiruvananthapuram.







Delhi CS to supersede five officers

K K Sharma who has been appointed Chief Secretary of Delhi will supersede five officers of his cadre .






Ravishankar relieved to join as Deputy Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie

The Government of Karnataka has relieved R Ravishankar of cadre responsibility enabling him to join as Deputy Director (Deputy Secretary level) in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie on deputation basis for a period of four years. He is a 2003 batch IFS officer of Karnataka cadre.






Garg posted as Com, NR

Sanjiv Garg has been transferred and posted as Com, Northern Railway. He is an IRTS officer.






Major reshuffle of IPS officers in Gujarat

As many as 45 IPS officers have been transferred and posted at different places in Gujarat. Accordingly, Kamal Kumar Ojha has been appointed as Principal, SRPF Training Centre, Chowky, Junagarh while Manoj Agrawal is now IG, Law and Order, Gandhinagar and Dr K L N Rao was made IG, Ahmedabad range. Similarly, Hasmukh Patel has been appointed as IG, Gandhinagar range; R B Bramhmbhatt as IG, Intelligence, Gandhinagar; R V Jotangia as Joint Commissioner, Administration, Traffic and Crime, Rajkot; N N Komal as IG, Surat range; S M Katara as ED, GSRTC, Ahmedabad; Rajiv Ranjan Bhagat as Additional Commissioner of Police, Sector-1, Ahmedabad city; Ajaykumar Chaudhari as DIG, Armed units, Rajkot; Mrs Nipuna Torawane promoted and posted as Additional Commissioner, Sector-2, Surat city, M A M H Anarwala as Principal, Police Training College, Junagarh after promotion to DIG grade; D B Vaghela as Joint Director, ACB, Ahmedabad after promotion to DIG grade; S K Dave as Deputy Commissioner, Zone-2, Surat; Vipul Aggarwal shifted Health and Family Welare; Mrs Archana Shivhare as Commandant, SRPF, group-8, Gondal; Dr S K Gadhavi as SP, Botad; Sandeep Singh as SP, Surat rural;Nilesh Jajadia as SP, CID, Crime Gandhinagar; Himanshu Shukla as SP, Operations, ATS, Ahmedabad; Prem Vir Singh as SP, Valsad; M S Bharada as SP, Navsari; Maninder Pratap Singh Pawar as SP, CM&VIP Security, Gandhinagar; Chirag Koradia as SP, Banaskantha; Sharad Singhl as SP, Vadodara rural; Bipin Ahire as Deputy Commissioer, Zone-1, Ahmedabad city; Deepan Bhadran as Deputy Commissioner, Crime Ahmedabad City; A G Chauhan as SP, Patan; Dr M K Nayak as Sp, Tapi; M S Bhabhor as Deputy Commissioner, zone-4, Surat City; G V Barot as SP, Kutchh east, Gandhidham; N N Chaudhary as Deputy Commissioner, Head Quarter & Administration, Vadodara city; K N Damor as Deputy Commissioner, zone-1, Surat City; Makarand Chauhan as Deputy Commissioner, zone-3 Surat city; Neeraj Kumar Badgujar as SP, Narmada;Pradip Bhimrao Shejul as SP, Jamnagar; Ms Shobha Bhutada as SP, Bharuch; Mrs Parikshita Rathod as SP, Western Railway, Ahmedabad; Virendra Singh Yadav as SP, Gandhinagar; Vishalkumar Vaghela as Deputy Commissioner, Crime Surat City; Antrip Sood as SP, Amreli; Jaipalsingh Rathore as SP, Chotaudaipur; Deepak Meghani as SP, Intelligence, Ahmedabad; Ms Leena Patil as Deputy Commissioner, zone-1, Vadodara city and Ms Sweta Shrimali was made Deputy Commissioner, zone-5, Ahmedabad city.





Efficient technologies can improve coal securitization: Chairman, SAIL (UPDATED)

The 14th Coaltrans India Conference was held in New Delhi the other day. Prominent industry leaders from coal and coke, steel, mining, finance and other key sectors participated in the programme. Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the opening session. Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Coal, Anil Swarup also interacted with the delegates on the occasion. Chairman, SAIL, C S Verma while interacting with delegates at the event said that steel is integral to the growth of any economy and is one of the indices for assessing economic development of a nation. He added that the demand elasticity of steel is more than 1 for most developing countries which implies that if a GDP growth of 8 to 10% is to be achieved, steel industry would need to grow higher than that percentage. Elaborating about the steel industry he said that steel sector contributes nearly 2% of India's GDP. He further highlighted that Indian steel industry has grown at a handsome pace of 10% CAGR since 2000 and the per capita consumption of steel has increased from 29 kg to 58 kg in the same period. Speaking enthusiastically about the budget Verma said that under intense expectations, a budget had been presented that addresses crucial areas of the economy and planned for building capacities as well as capabilities. He described the thrust on infrastructure sector initiatives as heartening and said that they would both spur the domestic demand and ease the supply side constraints. Verma described the proposed, low and stable corporate tax regime as a welcome measure which will improve business sentiments and rejuvenate the corporate sector. Expressing confidence in the growth trajectory taken by the country he stated that under the 'Make in India' campaign India's crude steel manufacturing capacity will increase to 300 MTPA under the Indian Steel Vision. He also elaborated on how Govt. of India's initiative of auctioning coking coal blocks would improve the availability of coking coal in the country. He touched upon areas like adoption of better Coal Mining and Beneficiation technologies and development of appropriate logistics for metallurgical coal supply chain.






Reshuffle of IAS officers in Andhra Pradesh (UPDATED)

As many as seven officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Andhra Pradesh. Accordingly, Neerabah Kumar Prasad has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Youth Advancement and MD, AP Tourism Development Corp Ltd while Dr D Srinivasulu was made Principal Secretary, RIAD & RSAD, Rain Shadow Areas development and Mrs G Jayalakshmi is posted as Secretary, Municipal Administration & Urban Development. Similarly, M Jagannadham has been appointed as Joint Secretary in the office of Chief Commissioner of Land Administration; Mrs P Usha Kumari as Director, Women and child Welfare; Gandham Chandrudu as Joint Collector, and Additional District Magistrate, Krishna district and Mrs G Rekha Rani was made Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, SAAP.






4 IFS officers shifted in Andhra Pradesh (UPDATED)

Four officers belonging to Indian Forest Service (IFS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Andhra Pradesh. Accordingly, Nalini Mohan has been appointed as Commissioner, Ayush and ex-officio Secretary, Health, Medical and Family Welfare while Chiranjeevi Chowdary will now be Special Secretary, Planning Department and Mrs Shantipriya Panday is Additional Secretary, Planning Department. Besides, Rahul Pandey has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Energy Infrastructure & Investment Department and MD, New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited.






Ranjan Dhawan given additional charge of MD and CEO of Bank of Baroda

Government of India has given additional charge of MD and CEO of Bank of Baroda to its Executive Director, Ranjan Dhawan. Dhawan had joined as Executive Director in November, 2012. The post of MD and CEO in Bank of Baroda is vacant ever since its chairman S S Mundra was appointed Deputy Governor of RBI.







CEAT Limited has appointed Ranjit Pandit as an Independent Director of the company w.e.f. March 3, 2015






Rita Bhirmani has been appointed Independent Director, Hindustan National Glass & Industries Ltd





ICRA Limited has appointed Vivek Mathur, Executive Vice President of the company as Chief Financial Officer of the company w.e.f. March 2, 2015





Bhattacherjee appointed CFO, Sreeleathers Ltd

Sreeleathers Limited has appointed Sujay Bhattacherjee as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company.






Rampuria resigns as full-time Director, Zigma Software Ltd

Yashwant Rampuria has resigned as full-time Director of Zigma Software Ltd w.e.f. February 11, 2015






Bedekar resigns as Independent Director, Steel Strips Wheels Ltd

Vijay Narayan Bedekar has resigned as Independent Director of Steel Strips Wheels Limited w.e.f March 3, 2015






Ravi resigns as Director, Falcon Tyres Ltd

S Ravi has resigned as Director of Falcon Tyres Ltd w.e.f. February 4, 2015







Singhania appointed CFO, Choice International Ltd

Choice International Ltd has appointed Manoj Singhania as the Chief Financial Officer of the company w.e.f. February 3, 2015.







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Imaginary Interview with PM Modi

By the wonder of imagination I was seated at the table enjoying a veg thali when Modi came and sat on my table.
Modi: Kya khaa rahe ho Sardar ji
Me: Veg thali
Modi: Achchi hai kya
Me: Tasty .... simple.... you will like it
Modi: First rule of taste.... if you are paying for it and if it's from hard-earned money will taste good
Me : Bahut khoob. I know why Gandhi clan gave canteen the miss..... otherwise this is the best place and most convenient place to enjoy a meal during lunch break for MPs
Modi: Yeh Rajma toh kamaal ki hai
Me: Gujjus like some element of sweetness in their food ... this is pure Punjabi style
Modi: Sardar ji, in the last 40 years I have eaten food in every nook and corner of India ... Indian hona chahiye and vegetarian... mujhe sab pasand hai
Me: Roti lo ...bahut kadak hai
Modi to waiter : Ek kadak roti please....<Then to me> .... Haanji Punjab ki kadak kadak tandoori roti ...but basically I am not a foodie ...I eat to live .....arre Sardar ji kaante se chaawal kha rahe ho..haath se khao ..... then you will wash your hands before and after meal...swaad bhi aayega
Me: Modi ji, you really say things that have two meanings superficial and the other very deep.... like cleanliness.... like work culture ....
Modi: My Mann ki Baat is to make all understand both meanings
Me: Loved it when you addressed students prior to exam season
Modi: Arre this is the start of tests that life takes from us.... exams are your first tryst with responsibility
Me: I have seen pics of you with little girls ... you have so much love and care in your eyes
Modi: I hope to translate this love into doing a lot for them. Not having a beti means my love is not first for my own beti and then for other betis... my love is equal for all betis.... chalo Sardar ji mein chalaa...time ho gaya.....

The manager places the comment book and Modi pens .... Annadaata Sukhi Bhava. ...then paid for his meal.

Modi gets up and says.... Sardar ji meetha khao
Me: Aap se joh sunna aur joh aap ne likha. ..mithaas ka ehsaas ho gaya


IFS needs sinecures

It is well known that that every civil servant in India gets promotion according to seniority. If someone is superseded, the officer gets backdated promotion through a representation. All India Services have any number of sinecures at the level of Chief Secretary, DGP and PCCF where officers not fit to shoulder the responsibilities of an important office can be parked. IFS is a central service and they park their inefficient, sick and eccentric or dishonest officers as Ambassadors in small countries. As part of regional groupings, many of the small countries have gained importance during the last few years. Moreover, in a connected world, obnoxious behaviour of Ambassadors in remote places gets known to the diplomatic community of the entire world. There is a need to create a few Secretary level posts in Delhi outside the Ministry to absorb such officers. Only officers of the Joint Secretary rank, especially those with no ego problems, should be posted as Ambassadors to small countries.

Francis Xavier Bagnaud

Visiting Professor of Diplomacy

Dissatisfaction in Judiciary

There is a lot of dissatisfaction in judiciary that it is difficult to get a proper posting and even post-retirement sinecures are grabbed by a select few.Some get one job after another-ample proof of manipulations in the back-ground. It is high time to completely do away with all post-retirement jobs and confine to only the serving members of the Judiciary. Judiciary must have a spine.There is no dearth of talent among serving judges.

ARC Kumar

Comments by CSS people on posting of ITS officers as DS/dir in ministries.

Posting of ITS officers in ministries is as per guidelines and they are posted in a similar way as other Group A officers are posted. Where ever ITS officers are working they have got appreciations of higher ups . But it seems that seeing good number of ITS officers in ministries , CSS people have become jealous of them and are commenting badly and trying to defame ITS cadre people. It is not a good thing and all cadres must work in harmony.
If a generalist can work in IT, Telecom, Security etc which are highly specialist department and needs special expertise then there is no reason that ITS officers, who are engineering graduates mostly from NITs/IITs, can not work in ministries.
ITS officers are working smartly and bringing glory for the cadre. others must not behave in this silly manner .

Ravinder Kumar

Sad precedence

Giving extension to corrupt and relatives of politicians as Chairman and Directors of PSU's is very sad. PM has categorically says in the parliament that corruption and black money will not be tolerated. But it is unfortunate that corrupted and black money indulging top brass of PSU chiefs are getting extensions. It is well know truth that some Maharatna PSU's money and influence power will place important role in getting promotions, plumb postings and even in recruitments at entry level even one doest not have qualification. Even a house wife get executive post in a Maharatna PSU. It is a fact.


In Pawan Hans, Acche Din Aa Gaye Hain

Sincerely hope that now this full time CMD will root out the corruption and take stringent action against corrupt top management who thought and used Pawan Hans as their own paternal property. Aspirations run high for good governance. Acche Din Aa Gaye Hain.

N Sharma

Why CCL is exclusively granted to women employees ?

It is astonishing that the CCL is exclusively granted to women employees, even though they are in better position in comparison to those male employees who are lone bread winners of their family. But CCL is exclusively for women employees, though they have enough resources to provide governess, etc. for their child. It is an earnest demand that CCL should also be provided to single male smployees also. Only then the purpose of CCL will be met, otherwise the Government is letting itself exploited by the women employees by just granting CCL.


It would lead to rampant meter tampering

Following the decision taken by Delhi CM to pay 50 percent of the bill as subsidy upto 400 of units of electricity consumed, meter tampering will be rampant to keep the units below 400 units which is going to increase the T & D loss which is a major concern of Indian Power Sector .

Kamalendu Pattnayak

"AAPs demand for 'committed bureaucracy' reprehensible"

Kejriwal's insistence on appointing a junior IAS officer as Delhi's Chief Secretary, is flawed ,condemnable and also laughable .He seems hell- bent on having a confrontational approach with the centre backed by ulterior motives. He can't pick and choose officers bypassing basic principle of seniority and inter- and intra- cadres antagonism and . Does he suggest that all seniors ,he wants to ignore for chief secy's post ,are corrupt and in-efficient ? He can't force the seniors serve under their junior. This will encourage a tsunami of protests, increased litigation , demoralization and bureaucratic politicization.The obstinacy on part of Kejriwal will make things topsi-turvy besides causing a bureaucratic logjam.The suggestion is untenable and merits immediate rejection.

A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)








Copies of the TA / DA & LTC bills

The appellant sought information regarding TA / DA & LTC bills claimed by Shri Achal Kumar Gupta, Managing Director of the State Bank of Patiala which was denied by the Public Information Officer citing Section 8(1)(d) and (j). The Central Information Commission (CIC) referred to the judgment of the Hon'ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana and ors in Civil Writ Petition No. 4930 of 2011 and ruled that the copies of TA bills etc. would clearly be in the nature of personal information and not relatable to the discharge of the duties in official capacity. The CIC directed to provide the date of travel and the amount reimbursed.


The quantum of payment made to a public servant is liable be made public. However, in case of a LTC travel, the place visited and the details of the family members are exempt from disclosure by virtue of being personal information.

Citation: Shri H N Wadhwa v. State Bank of Patiala in Appeal: No. CIC/MP/A/2014/000124

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

(, 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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