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Espionage exposure; clear message to whom?

In the power gallery of the capital the buzz is that Petroleum Ministry alleged that espionage exposure is a clear cut message to many. Guess whether it is officials, media or 'some' business houses?



Now non-English speaking officials make hay

Gone are the days when English speaking officials used to be held in higher esteem. While they were given utmost importance during the days of Manmohan Singh, now non-English speaking officials are enjoying supremacy.









Orders of Dr B P Sharma as new CMD of Pawan Hans Ltd have been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on Sept 30, 2014)




Ms S T Ray selected as Director (HRD), BSNL

Ms S T Ray, ED, BSNL, has been selected for the post of Director (HRD), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on February 27, 2015. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.






Justice Amitava Roy appointed as Judge of Supreme Court

Justice Amitava Roy, Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court, has been appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.
(We said this on February 23, 2015)








Arun Mishra is now Regional Director in Bangkok

Arun Mishra has joined as Regional Director, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Bangkok. He is former DGCA and IAS officer of 1986 batch.






Jaigopal is ADG, AIR news

Jaigopal, ADG , PIB, Jaipur has been transferred and posted as ADG, AIR news HQ in Delhi. He is a 1984 batch IIS officer.






New Director for PIB, Jaipur

Pragya Palival Gour, an IIS officer of 1990 batch will be new Director, PIB, Jaipur. She was Director, PIB in Delhi.






Vashisht appointed as Development Commissioner, SEZ, Kandla

Upendra Vashisht has been appointed as Development Commissioner at Joint Secretary level, Kandla Special Economic Zone in Gujarat. He is a 1985 batch officer of Indian Ordnance Factory Service.






Best Collector in Kerala

District Collector in Kerala M G Rajamanickam won the best collector award- 2014. He is a 2008 batch IAS officer.






Dr Unnat Pandit deputed as OSD to Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman

Dr Unnat P Pandit has been appointed as OSD to Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry at Director level. He is a private person.






As many as 39 officers of Postal Service Group 'B' have been promoted to the Junior Time Scale (JTS) of Indian Postal Service group 'A'. The officers are: J F Shekhar, R Selvarani, H R Chandrashekhar, Jeth Mal Jinger, Chandra Mohan Bhatt, G Ganesan, Yadunath Dwivedi, C L Verma, L S N Murthy, Y S Rathore. A Kuppusamy, A Ganesan, Govind Mohan Taneja, Ms M K Shah, Mohd Hanif, Rahmat Ullah, R P Patil, V K Gupta, B L Jangde, V Tara, B M Meshram, Nar Singh, N R Giri, Daleep Singh Rana, K S Tomar, L Manunatha, D R Mandal, Yash Pal Singh, S B Vyavahare, Rahul, M R Trvedi, P P Singh, N S Wankhede, Dhanna Ram Sen, J S Gurjar, Ram Pal Singh, V Kumarakrishnan, Sirajuddin Sheikh and Bali Ram.







DGPs in Rajasthan and Karnataka to be appointed today

New DGPs in Rajasthan and Karnataka are being appointed on Saturday.






Two additional benches of AAR to be created

Two additional benches of the Authority for Advance Rulings (Income Tax), one in New Delhi and one new bench in Mumbai are being created soon. The Cabinet has approved creation of two posts of Vice-Chairmen in the Apex scale and four posts of Members (two posts of Revenue Members and two posts of Law Members) in the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG+) and two posts of Secretary at the level of Commissioner of Income Tax/Joint Secretary.






PESB invites applications for Director (Operations), HCL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Operations), Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) falling vacant on March 1, 2016. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the PESB before May 5, 2015.






Tenure of Dr V M Katoch as Secretary, DHR ending today

The extended tenure of Dr Vishwa Mohan Katoch as Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research is coming to an end on February 28, 2015.






1985 batch IPS to get DG rank in Odisha

1985 batch IPS officer K B Singh is being promoted to the rank of DG in Odisha very soon.







RPF still waiting for DG

While more than two weeks have passed, Government is yet to find a Director General (DG) for Railway Protection Force, RPF. Whisper is that IPS officers from some states, including UP & Maharashtra are trying to get this post and waiting for government's decision







Dey to join as Director (Fin), CIL on Mar 1

C K Dey, Director (Finance), ECL, will be joining as Director (Finance), Coal India Limited (CIL) on March 1, 2015. He will succeed incumbent Abhijit Chatterjee retiring on February 28, 2015.






Orders of Nagaraj as Director (Fin & Com), HSL yet to come

The orders of M Nagaraj, AGM, ITIL, for the appointment as Director (Finance & Commercial), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) are yet to be issued by the Government of India. The post has been lying vacant since November 29, 2013.






Rajashekhar to take over as Director (Fin), BCCL on Mar 1

K S Rajashekhar, GM, NCL/CIL, will be joining as Director (Finance), Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) on March 1, 2015. He will succeed Amitava Saha retiring on February 28, 2015.





Ajay Negi likely to join central deputation

Ajay Negi is expected to join central deputation at Deputy Secretary/Director level in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch Indian Telecom Service officer.






PESB invites applications for Director (Mining), HCL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Mining), Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) fell vacant on January 1, 2015. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the PESB before April 16, 2015.







Seven Indian Postal Service group 'A' officers transferred

As many as seven JTS/STS officers of Indian Postal Service group 'A' have been transferred to different circles. Accordingly, Ashoke Pal and Gautam Kumar Jana have been shifted to West Bengal circle while T S Aswathanarayana was transferred to Karnataka circle and M C Pandey was posted to Uttarakhand circle. Similarly, K K Devis has been appointed to Kerala circle; B R Nanajagi to Maharashtra circle and P R Kerala was shifted to Rajasthan circle.







FMC to be merged with SEBI

The Government of India has decided to merge Forwards Markets Commission (FMC) with SEBI in order to strengthen regulation of commodity forward markets and reduce wild speculation.






Partha Satpathy accredited as Ambassador to Republic of Guinea Bissau

Partha Satpathy, presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of Senegal, has concurrently been accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Guinea Bissau, with residence in Dakar, Senegal.






Mrs Ananya Ray is also Chief Commissioner, AR, CESTAT, Delhi

Mrs Ananya Ray, Chief Commissioner, Customs (P), Delhi, has been assigned an additional charge of Chief Commissioner, AR, CESTAT, Delhi.






Sanjeev Behari gets charge of Chief Commissioner, Customs, Mumbai

Sanjeev Behari, Chief Commissioner, Pune zone, has been assigned an additional charge of Chief Commissioner, Customs, Mumbai zone II.






Mrs Arusha Vasudev is also Chief Commissioner, Customs, Nagpur zone

Mrs Arusha Vasudev, Chief Commissioner, CX, Mumbai zone-II, has been assigned an additional charge of Chief Commissioner, Customs, Nagpur zone.






A K Kaushal gets charge of DG, Valuation, Mumbai

A K Kaushal, Chief Commissioner, customs, Mumbai zone 1, has been assigned an additional charge of DG, Valuation, Mumbai.






R K Verma promoted as Adviser (Public Grievances) to MoS for Railways

R K Verma, who is presently working as Executive Director (Public Grievances) to the Minister of State for Railways, has been promoted to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) and posted as Adviser, Public Grievances to the same. He is an IRSE officer.






Negi is out of race ?

Ramesh Negi ,Chief Secretary Arunachal Pradesh and 1884 batch AGMUT cadre IAS seems to be out of the race for the post of Chief Secretary, Delhi.






Delhi CM will not get CS of his choice ?

Arvind Kejerival Chief Minister of Delhi is not going to get the CS of his choice. Sources in the Official circles opined that the AAP will not insist for any particular officer and will accept the officer given by the GOI.






Panel forwarded to Delhi govt

MHA has reportedly forwarded a panel to Delhi CM for the post of Delhi CS. It is said that the panel has the names of 1980- 1982 batch. Now the ball is in Kejerival's court.






Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE reacts to Union Budget

Reacting to the Union Budget, Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE, has said that the Government has to work on resolving all these large important issues and a lot more. Finance Minister communicated his plans to bridge the gap between India and Bharat, by introducing reforms to close the gap between urban and rural areas and by stating that all policies need to benefit the poor.
On the Gift City: The International Finance Centre in Gift city is a welcome move. Setting up of IFC in Gift city was a part of the vision of PM which was supported by BSE wholeheartedly. This would help establishing an International Finance Centre which can compete on rules, regulations and ease of business with other International Finance Centres such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and London.
On the Financial Markets: Creation of a Public debt management agency is part of the FSLRC implementation. We welcome the move to merge FMC with SEBI, which has been a part of the FLSRC recommendation. We welcome the Government's thrust on deepening the bond market, BSE will work with the Government to implement Government and Corporate Debt market reforms for primary as well as secondary market.






Dr Shivaji is new CMD SIDBI

Dr. Kshatrapati Shivaji has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India(SIDBI).He is 1986 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.
(We said this on October 20,2014 )






DG and Chief Secretary to continue in J & K

Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday and DGP K Rajendra Kumar are going to continue in the new Government.They are unlikely to be changed in the near future.






Who will be Principal Secretary to J & K CM ?

Who will be new Principal Secretary to new J & K Chief Minister Muftee Saeed Ahmad ?.1987 batch IAS officer Pradip Kumar Tripathi is said to be a strong contender. Chances of 1986 batch IAS officer Bharat Bhushan Vyas to continue as Principal Secretary to the CM are also bright.






Om Prakash appointed as DGP, Karnataka (UPDATED)

Om Prakash has been appointed as Director General of Police (DGP) in Karnataka. He succeeded Lalrokhuma Pachuau who superannuated. Om Prakash is a 1981 batch IPS officer of Karnataka cadre.






Sahai is "Interim " Chief Secretary of Delhi (UPDATED)

S N Sahai has been appointed "Interim" chief secretary of the Delhi Government till a regular appointment is made. He is 1986 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.






Term lending, infrastructure development need of hour in MP, says NABARD Chairman

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is focussing on term lending and infrastructure development in Madhya Pradesh. Addressing a press conference in Bhopal the other day, NABARD Chairperson Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala said that Rs. 1925 crore was allocated to MP during the current financial year adding that NABARD has provided Rs. 16,000 crore for 4100 projects under RIDF scheme during the last 20 Years. NABARD has also refinanced Rs 50 thousand crore to regional rural banks and commercial banks in Madhya Pradesh, to the agriculture and non form sector in rural areas of the State. He appreciated the Madhya Pradesh Government for achieving the agriculture Development. 24 per cent of GDP of growth in Madhya Pradesh. NABARD will be the partner with Madhya Pradesh Government for giving guidance to producer of Horticulture and Dairy Development. Dr. Bhanwala has also said that he met the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and discussed the scope for agriculture and infrastructure development of the state. 700 projects have referred to NABARD for the development of agriculture and rural roads. The chairman NABARD also said that there is a proposal for expending now banking branches in rural areas and NABARD also provided core banking solutions through training and workshops to regional rural bank. NABARD is considering the proposal of CM of MP for term lending for higher allocation to MP upgradation of technology and ITIs skill up gradation. Term lending to agriculture helps protected risk free and disease resistance agriculture and efficient use of fertilizers. Under the Dairy development areas based scheme NABARD will be involved in bank finances and forward linkages. NABARD chairman earlier visited the SIP Kolar irrigation project funded by NABARD of 145 crores and reviewed the project with the officials of irrigation department. Dr Bhanwala earlier inaugurated a capacity building program of the state co-operative bank. The NABARD chairman also met Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh and Senior Officials of Nationalized Banks during two days visit to Bhopal. Dr. Rajendra Kulkarni of Chief General Manger of MP and Dr P J Sudhakar, ADG, PIB, participated in press conference.







R N Misra, Director (Civil), SJVNL, has taken over the charge as Chairman and Managing Director, SJVN Limited.
(We said this on June 23, 2014)






Pidilite Industries Limited has appointed Bharat Puri as the Managing Director of the company w.e.f.April 10, 2015





N K Parekh has been appointed as Non-Executive Vice Chairman of Pidilite Industries Limited w.e.f.April 1, 2015





Kedia appointed CFO, Kiran Vyapar Ltd

Kiran Vyapar Ltd has appointed Sajjan Kumar Kedia as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company w.e.f. March 2, 2015






Arora is Interim CS, NIIT Technologies Limited

NIIT Technologies Limited has appointed Ms Monika Arora as Interim Company Secretary of the company w.e.f March 1, 2015






Sravanthi appointed Addl. Director, Vama Industries Ltd

Vama Industries Ltd has appointed R Rama Sravanthi as Additional Director of the company w.e.f.March 1, 2015








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Central govt. should step in

This is one of the main and urgent areas where the Central government should step in. Hundreds of youth have died, but nothing concrete has been done by the State govt. Punjab needs Governor rule to check drug menace the supply of which is being done by Pakistan. The Governor has to be KPS Gill, ex-DGP and no interference from political parties whosoever it may be. Otherwise, the Punjab we knew will be no longer be. This should be done at the earliest.

G S Guleria

"These were not your election pledges, Prime Minister, Sir."

Those who voted Modi to power are getting increasingly disillusioned with his lacklustre performance in all spheres of Indian polity.Failure to rein in corruption, inflation, non-retrieval of black money, allow unfettered freedom to hardliner Hindus in his party to make incendiary and divisive utterances against other religions, are the high points of present dispensation. Worst of all, Modi's silence is baffling.With such a bumpy start, skepticism and cynicism have crept in. Is this good governance?

A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)

Most ITS officers on central staffing scheme for first time

Most of the ITS officers I have met are on central staffing scheme for the first time. As DS/Director, They are simply signing on the file without any fruitful contribution. Many a times, they raise some irrelevant queries, resulting in unnecessary delays in decision making. DOP&T should think twice before posting ITS officer particularly in mainstream ministries. DOP&T should consider earmarking all DS/Director level posts in ministries/departments exclusively for CSS officers, who are experienced and conversant with the working of the Secretariat.

Pramod Singh

Fantastic startup

As Secretary NDMA, Jain has already made a fantastic startup with a spirit of consultative and collaborative teamwork in NDMA. His nomination as Member Secretary will help him further to reinvent NDMA in emerging governance paradigm.









Are the Supreme Court and Parliament buildings safe?

The appellant sought certified copies of latest Fire Safety Certificates issued by the competent authority to buildings of Parliament and Supreme Court of India which was denied claiming that the information was related to sensitive buildings and could not be disclosed. The Central Information Commission (CIC) called for the concerned files from the Delhi Fire Service department for perusal. After examination, the CIC observed that questions like 'whether fire safety certificate was issued or not, what was the advice of the respondent authority regarding fire safety' are 'safety' related questions and not security threatening. Ignoring fire safety issues would raise security concerns and it is a grave matter of life of hundreds of Constitutional office holders, hence the information sought is matter relating to life which should have been answered within 48 hours. Expressing concern over the public interest in the information request of appellant regarding preventive measures and implementation fire safety norms in Supreme Court and Parliament Buildings, the CIC directed the Fire Safety department to take a serious note of fire safety lapses in the aforesaid buildings and directed to appraise the authorities in Legislature and Judiciary about necessity and importance of taking the measures recommended by them. The CIC also directed the Fire Safety department to inform the appellant and the CIC why they have not performed their duties as prescribed under The Delhi Fire Services Act, 2007. Further, the CIC recommended to the Fire Safety department, the PIO of Supreme Court of India and Parliament of India to inform the appellant and the CIC regarding the measures initiated by them to comply with the safety standards/ safety recommendations against fire, within one month from the date of receipt of the order.


While RTI Act has been known to be an instrument to obtain information, this case law shows how citizens are using the Act to question the actions of a public authority. It provides a route for the citizen to seek the reasons for omission to perform the duty on the part of the public authority.

Citation: Shri Rohit Sabharwal v. Delhi Fire Service GNCTD in File No.CIC/SA/A/2014/000083

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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