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Even Jaitley can't help his friends

One of the most powerful ministers in the NDA Government Arun Jaitley is also helpless to help his friends. This is evident from the fact that a close businessman friend met Jaitley to seek help in NPA. The Minister however said that all such cases are dealt by the PMO.








Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Devendra Kumar Pathak may be appointed as DG, CRPF. The 1979 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre is presently 23rd Director General of BSF.




Who will be next DG of BSF?

Amid whispers doing round the corners about D K Pathak's supposed movement from BSF to CRPF, it is believed that only a 1979 batch IPS officer would be entrusted with the position of DG, BSF. Keep guessing.






Adhia to be eyes and ears of PM in Finance Ministry

New Secretary Financial Services Hasmukh Adhia is reportedly going to be eyes and ears of the PM in the Finance Ministry.






Sanjay Murthy will be new JS (Films) in I & B

K Sanjay Murthy is joining the I& B Ministry next week as Joint Secretary (Films).He is 1989 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.






Orders of Nagaraj as Director (Fin & Com), HSL issued

The orders of M Nagaraj, AGM, ITIL, for the appointment as Director (Finance & Commercial), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) have reportedly been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on Aug 19, 2014)






Balesh Kr, Spl Dir, relieved from ED

After completion of 05 years tenure with Enforcement Directorate Balesh Kumar is all set to report back to his parent cadre; CBEC. The 1987 batch IRS (C&CE) has been relieved from ED where he received warm farewell yesterday evening.






Rajeshwar Singh gets ASP rank in Govt of UP
Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Rajeshwar Singh has been elevated to the rank of Additional SP rank in the Govt of UP. The 1996 batch police officer is serving as Deputy Director with Enforcement Directorate. He has recently been absorbed with ED only.







Ms Burman tipped to move from NATGRID

As the grapevine has it, Soma Roy Burman may soon be moved from NATGRID. She is Financial Adviser, NATGRID. After NATGRID CEO Raghu Raman it is the turn for Ms Burman.







Ratnesh Jha poised to move to railway Board

As the grapevine has it, Ratnesh Jha may soon move to Railway Board. The 2000 batch IRTS officer is presently serving as Deputy Chief Commercial Manager, North Western Railway, Jaipur.







Even after the DPC took place in the month of January 2014 approx 75 IRS (C&CE) officers are waiting to be elevated from Addl Commissioner to the rank of Commissioner. The file has, reportedly, been waiting to be cleared in PMO.







Post of Director (Tech), ECIL vacant since Sept 2013

The post of Director (Technical), Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has been lying vacant since September 2013.







The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) is yet to approve the appointment of Kushal Bhaduri, Additional GM, NTPC, as Chairman & Managing Director, National Jute Manufacturers Corporation Limited (NJMC). His file for final approval was sent to ACC in first week of October.







Justice A S Grewal and Justice Jaishree Thakur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court are expected to move Rajasthan high Court.






Justice B S Walia of the Punjab and Haryana High Court are expected to move to the J & K High Court.






Justice Muktesh Shah of the Gujarat High Court is likely to move to the Madhya Pradesh High Court.






Vikramjit Singh is new Deputy Secretary Power in the Government of India. He is 2005 batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre.






The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is reported to be holding interviews for the selection of Director (Finance), Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited (IRFC) on November 20, 2014.






The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has invited applications for the post of Deputy Director (Ministerial). Those willing to apply can send their applications to the DDA at the earliest.






Dr Arja Srikanth has been appointed as Additional Commissioner, Andhra Pradesh Bhawan, New Delhi. Dr Srikanth, who is on deputation to AP Government, belongs to a 1987 batch IRTS officer.






Whispers have started doing rounds whether the post of Director, New Initiatives & Planning be scrapped. The latest buzz says that a new officer may soon replace the existing one on the position.






Ashok Sampatram has been assigned additional charges of ACS, Home, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Jail and ex-officio Chief Vigilance Commissioner in Rajasthan. He is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.






Three IAS officers have been assigned additional charge in Bihar. Accordingly, Dayanidhan Pandey has been given additional charge as Managing Director, Power Distribution Company Limited, North Bihar while Divesh Sehra gets additional charge of Principal Secretary, Corporation Department and Adesh Titarmare as Joint Secretary, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries Resources Department in Bihar.






Sarma resigns as Shareholders Director, Allahabad Bank

A P V N Sarma has resigned as Shareholders Director of Allahabad Bank.






Tata Elxsi Limited has appointed Dr Gopichand Katragadda as Non Executive and Non Independent Director of the company w.e.f. November 20, 2014.







K Srikanth Reddy has resigned as Non Executive Independent Director of Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited w.e.f. November 15, 2014






Lokesh Chandra has ceased to be Government Nominee Director of The Orissa Minerals Development Company (OMDC) Limited w.e.f. November 13, 2014






Ms Urvilla Khati, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Steel has been nominated as Government Nominee Director of The Orissa Minerals Development Company Ltd w.e.f. November 13, 2014






The IDBI Bank Limited has withdrawn the nomination of S G Nadkarni from the Board of Directors of Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited (HFCL)






Rajiv Sharma, General Manager, CBG, IDBI Bank Limited has been appointed as Nominee Director on the Board of Directors of Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited w.e.f November 17, 2014





Hatsun Agro Product Limited has appointed S Narayan as Company Secretary of the company w.e.f November 7, 2014






Emporis Projects Ltd has appointed Manoj Chandrakant Nerurkar as Additional Director of the company






Vinay Anand has resigned as Whole-time Director of Onesource Techmedia Ltd w.e.f. November 13, 2014.






S Krishna Rao has been appointed as the Whole-Time Director of Onesource Techmedia Ltd November 13, 2014





Ashok Kumar Tripathy has resigned as Company Secretary of Alpine Housing Development Corporation Ltd




Suraj Kumar Sahu has been appointed as Company Secretary of Alpine Housing Development Corporation Ltd






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PMO should check Personal Staff of all Ministers

The PMO should check the Personal Staff of all the Ministers as most of the time, the Personal Staff indulge in undesirable activities without the knowledge of the Ministers concerned which will damage the reputation of the Ministers. Similarly, the PMO should identify diligent and honest officers working as Personal Staff Members of Ministers and motivate them through incentives such as hiring them for PMO or other higher government bodies.


No informal staff with Ministers

No informal staff with Ministers but also for the Senior Bureaucrats who arm twist the office and PSUs for it. There are clear cut instructions of DOP&T in this regard. Since long the DOP&T has not re-iterated its instructions. The last one was sent long back by Arvind Verma former Secretary-DoP&T.

A Srivastava

Even after retirement, LTC is must

7th pay commission should include LTC facility to the retired officers of Central Secretariat and provide 75 % of pension instead of 50%. They should also be eligible to HRA and other benefits. Even after retirement, LTC is must.

Ram Singh

Clean Service Tax Department

Can someone help to make service tax department clean and corruption (alleged) free which comes under CBEC. It will fulfill the aspiration of PM to make country corruption free and stop generation of black money.

N Prakash

Instructions never followed in ICFRE

In Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), an autonomous council of MoEF, the instruction issued by MOF's circulars of 2013 and 2014 : No -- 7(2) E (Coord) / 2013 ,dated 18 Sept 20 and 7(1) E (Coord) / 2014 ,dated 29th 0ct,2014 and also CVC are always violated and has no meaning for Director General and Directors of the institutes. More than 100 IFS officers are posted on deputation with out the approval of Ministry of Finance in IGNFA, ICFRE and its institutes and most have of them have been drawing higher salary then their work and allowances. There is no control of MoEF and MoF on these organisations. Therefore the OM issued by MoF need to monitored seriously, otherwise there is no meaning to issue such instructions. Most of the officer on deputation in these organisations are drawing excess salary and allowances.

C Subhash Chand








Personal information of a government employee

The appellant asked for the service details of a teacher regarding her date of joining the service, her present residential address and her salary certificates, etc. During hearing before the CIC, the teacher submitted that the information seeker is her husband who is harassing her. She raised objection to the disclosure of information to the appellant, saying that it is her personal information. The CIC held that information about salary and official address of public servant is public in nature and shall be disclosed to any person including spouse. Salary details including deductions contained in Salary slip or certificate and residential address of the public servants is personal information, and also third party information. Only after proof of larger public interest such information also can be given. Filing of 50 RTI applications reflects the personal animosity but not public interest.


Cases where spouses are seeking information about each other are now increasingly coming to notice. They may be involved in marital disputes and cases both civil and criminal, may be filed mutually against each other. They can also seek information to help them to prove or disprove the charges. However, it must be born in mind that information unconnected with the discharge of public duties should not be provided unless the disclosure establishes a larger public interest.

Citation: Mr. Brij Mohan Sagar v. Directorate of Education (South), GNCTD, Delhi in File No.CIC/AD/A/2013/001666SA

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma
(, 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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