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Kumar Manglam Birla and Delhi?

Has Kumar Manglam Birla made Delhi his second headquarters ? It is heard that the noted industrialist spends most of his time in the political capital rather than commercial capital.







O P Singh has joined as Head of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).The 1983 batch IPS officer of UP cadre Singh is presently ADG CISF. Singh has the unique distinction of being the first IPS officer to have obtained an MBA degree in disaster management discipline. He has earlier served in the SPG and the CRPF.





The Member of the Competition Commission of India (CCI), Anurag Goel, is retiring on Monday after completion of tenure. He is retired 1972 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.




Around one dozen files related to appointments on Board levels in the various PSUs under the two Ministries - Coal and Petroleum - are either stuck up with Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) or are under the submission in the Ministries.





Is Railway Ministry above Indian constitution?

Stung by incessant misdeeds of a Secretary level officer, the Railway Board in a case of misplaced wisdom has issued an order to all its officers not to have any official or unofficial dealing with Tripathi of Rail Samachar.






Langstieh to join as Chairman, DVC today

A W K Langstieh will be taking over the charge as Chairman of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) on September 1, 2014. He is an IA&AS officer.
(We said this on September 11, 2013)






Will Roy prove to be a dark horse for Director (HR), IOCL

Biswajit Roy, ED(HR), posted at Indian Oil Corporate Office in New Delhi, could be the dark horse for the post of Director (HR) interviews for which are slated to be held on September 2. Known for having taken several new initiatives, he played a crucial role in HR when the then Director(HR), Late Shri Bhalla was sick. for almost two years, insiders say adding that age is also on his side.






Raj to take charge as Director (Fin), MIDHANI today

B G Raj, GM, MIDHANI, will be assuming the charge as Director (Finance), Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI) on September 1, 2014.
(We said this on February 13, 2014)






Vacancy of Director (Mines), NLC arises

Vacancy of Director (Mines), Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC) has arisen with the retirement of M S Ravindranath on September 1, 2014 as orders of Subir Das are yet to be issued by the Government.






Guljari Lal posted as PD, Audit Central Mumbai

Guljari Lal, on return from leave, has been posted as Principal Director of Audit, Central, Mumbai. He is a 1992 batch IA&AS officer.





Renu Singh poised for JS empanelment

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Renu Singh may soon be empanelled to be posted as Joint Secretary or equivalent with Govt of India. She is 1990 batch Indian Forest Service officer of MP cadre.






Vipul Mittra moves to training centre

After almost 5 years of fantastic tenure in tourism Vipul Mittra has moved on to the very important but largely ignored training sector. During his time Gujarat tourism totally transformed. It won 70 awards, roped in bachchan, number of tourists increased by 1 crore, rate of growth in tourism became double of national growth rate at 15 percent per annum. Gujarat got the largest investment in tourism in India last year. Out is 1 lac crore of private investment in tourism sector on India , 39000 crore came into gujarat. The , budget increased by 7 times, hotel rooms in gujarat increased from 48000 to 70000 and toi aim corporation came from losses into a 40 crore annual profit making PSU. PM Modi wants all govt employees to feel the sense of service. On Independence Day speech he said govt employees when asked say we do service while private employee says we do job. The sense of service has to be revived. For that we need to inculcate Motivation and discipline. Modi gave the mandate to Gujarat to show the way to the nation and has given mandate to Anandiben to turn around this sector also. Vipul mittra is now posted as Director General of Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration. Responsible for training of 5 lac govt employees. By putting him in training modi and Anandiben patel want to change the perception of training. And turn this sector around. To turn govt employees into karamyogis. When mittra joined tourism in Gujarat , it was a very low priority sector. It was nowhere in national level as compared to Kerala goa and Rajasthan. With prohibition it was a big challenge and many before mittra had tried and failed. But vipul mittra turned around this sector and today look at where Gujarat has reached as a leader at national level in tourism sector.






Pradhan in race for Director (HR) IOCL

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that J Pradhan is also in the race for Director (HR), Indian Oil Corporation. Reportedly, PESB will soon be interviewing the prospective candidates. Pradhan is serving with Indian Oil Corporation as Executive Director (HR) Pipelines, Head office.





Singh empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Sanjeev Kumar Singh has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary in Government of India. He is a 1992 batch IP&TA&FS officer.






JS level post falling vacant in Environment & Forests

A post of Joint Secretary level is falling vacant in the Ministry of Environment and Forests in Government of India up to September 2014.





Deepika Pokharna likely to join central deputation

Deepika Pokharna is expected to join central deputation at Deputy Secretary/Director level in Government of India. He is a 1997 batch Indian Telecom Service officer.





Name of Ms Joshi proposed for Director (Fin), SCI

The Ministry of Shipping is reported to have proposed the name of Ms Harjeet K Joshi, GM, ONGC, second runner up at PESB meeting for the post of Director (Finance), Shipping Corporation India Limited (SCI) after V K Jain, GM, HPCL declined the offer.





DAC to be merged with Health Ministry

The new Government is reported to have decided to merge the Department of AIDS Control (DAC) with the Health Ministry.






Post of Jt Dir (Admin) ED in Delhi up for grab

A position of Joint Director (Admin) is up for grab at ED establishment in Delhi. The post had been lying vacant after the retirement of M G Atri.






Baijendra Kumar promoted to ACS rank in Chhattisgarh

Principal Secretary to the CM, N Baijendra Kumar, has been promoted to the rank of Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) in Chhattisgarh. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre.






Central deputation period - 5 yrs or 10 yrs ?

There is a rule that central deputation period will be for five years but Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education Vineet Joshi has completed 10 years .One can wait and watch whether 1992 batch IAS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre gets another five years? His tenure is coming to an end this month and he is reportedly trying hard for yet another stint.






Rajnish Rai posted as CVO, UCIL

Rajnish Rai has been appointed as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL), Jaduguda. He is a 1992 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Tenure of Mishra as Joint Secretary, Economic Affairs extended

Tenure of P K Mishra as Joint Secretary, Economic Affairs has been extended till the completion of course in John F Kennedy School of Government June 2016. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.






Verma appointed CVO, NEEPCO, Shillong

Satish Chandra Verma has been appointed as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) in North-Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), Shillong. He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.






MoP proposes for non-extension of tenure of A B L Srivastawa

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Ministry of Power again has proposed the non-extension of tenure for A B L Srivastava, Director (Finance), NHPC. Srivastava has also been holding the additional charge for CMD, NHPC.







PESB soon to advertise the vacancy for CMD, Air India

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that PESB is going to start the selection process for the position of CMD, Air India. The vacancy for the post may soon be advertised. Rohit Nandan, the incumbent CMD air India, has got extension for three months beyond August 11.






PESB to advertise vacancy for Dir (Mktg & CP), CWC soon

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that PESB is going to start the selection process for the position of Director (Marketing & CP), central Warehousing Corporation. Vacancy for the post may soon be advertised. T K Doshi who served on the position moved to BEML in the first week of August as couldn't get extension with CWC beyond August 04, 2014.







Deadlock over minimum qualification for CMD, MIDHANI

If sources in the ministry are to be believed, there seems to be a deadclok between PESB & the Ministry of Defence over the minimum qualification for the coveted position of CMD, Mishra-Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI). Prior to the advertisement of vacancy MoD wants it to be 'engineering graduate' whereas PESB seems to be in favour of 'graduate' in general. M Narayan Rao, the incumbent CMD, MIDHANI, is scheduled to retire on August 31, 2015.







Sudhir Kumar reviews performance of CWC and presents awards to it

The Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) organized Regional Managers' Conference at its Corporate Office, New Delhi recently. The Conference was attended by 18 Regional Managers, Functional Directors and Senior Executives of Corporate Office. Sudhir Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India reviewed the performance of CWC, addressed the participants and gave away meritorious Performance Awards for the year 2013-14 to the best performing Regions. B B Pattanaik, MD, CWC highlighted the performance of the Corporation during 2013-14. Addressing the Executives, the Secretary (Food & P D) stressed upon the need for diversification into new areas of business so as to reduce dependence on FCI, innovation in warehousing and logistic areas and leveraging IT in its operations. The Secretary (Food & P.D.) lauded for CWC's consistent growth and achieving highest ever turnover of Rs.1528 crore during 2013-14. He also released the quarterly issue of "Bhandran Bharati", the Hindi house magazine of CWC on the occasion.







Nath assumes charges as CMD of NSIC (UPDATED)

Ravindra Nath has assumed the charge of CMD, NSIC .Nath,a Chartered Accountant by profession, has been instrumental in the turnaround of NSIC and today has created NSIC in a never before secure financial position. He has ambitious plans of laying a new road map of new initiatives for the small enterprises sector. Under his leadership, NSIC is well placed to be at the vanguard of Indian MSMEs epic leap forward.







Sur takes over as ONGC Chief of Corporate Planning (UPDATED)

Sidhartha Sur has taken over as ED - Chief Corporate Planning of ONGC at New Delhi. Sur was so far, been responsible for development activities for all fields of ONGC encompassing conventional and EOR means. A Bachelor of Technology in Petroleum Engineering from Indian School of Mines, India in 1980,Sur has around thirty three years of experience in the different aspects of Development of Heavy & Light oil fields in India and abroad. He was instrumental in placing ONGC and India in particular on the world map of EOR through successful application of In Situ Combustion process.







Ms Gurjot Kaur is also PS, Ayurved in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Ms Gurjot Kaur has been assigned an additional charge of Principal Secretary, Ayurved Department in Rajasthan. She is a 1981 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.







Langstieh takes over as Chairman, DVC (UPDATED)

A W K Langstieh has taken over the charge as Chairman, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). He is an IA&AS officer.
(We said this on Sept. 11, 2013)






B G Raj joins as Director (Fin), MIDHANI (UPDATED)

B G Raj, GM, MIDHANI, has assumed the charge as Director (Finance), Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI).
(We said this on Feb 13, 2014)






Being a CEO is all about being Selfless and Humble: Dr Choudhury (UPDATED)

Dr. Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD, NTPC addressed Post Graduate Program for Executives at India Institute of Management Calcutta for a course" Being a CEO"in Kolkata recently. Addressing the Executives through a presentation Dr. Roy Choudhury said that a CEO is a role model, a father and a decision maker for the organization and therefore has to be selfless and humble. He emphasized on the need for motivating the people to align them with corporate goals and be ready for personal and professional scrutiny at all times. He shared his own personal experiences and spoke of no fixed formula or theory for being a successful CEO, he asked the students create their own management theories of success. The talk was followed by an interaction. The course being a CEO serves a platform for top management executives across sectors to provide practical insight into the challenges and responsibilities associated with the role of a CEO. " Management by Idiots" book written by Dr. Roy Choudhury was also displayed on the occasion and received a enthusiastic response from the students. The book published by McGraw-Hill has been very well received and gone for second reprint.







Somasundaran will join as Secretary Civil Aviation on Sep 3 (UPDATED)

V Somasundaran is joining the Government of India as Secretary Civil Aviation on September 3, 2014. He is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.






Lavasa joins as Secretary Forests and Environment (UPDATED)

Secretary Civil Aviation Ashok Lavasa has joined as Secretary Forests and Environment Department in the Government of India. He is 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.






Mohan Kumar joins as Secretary Defence Production (UPDATED)

Secretary Steel G Mohan Kumar has joined as Secretary Defence Production. He is 1979 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre.






Rakesh Singh takes over as Secretary, Steel (UPDATED)

Rakesh Singh has taken over as Secretary, Steel. He is 1978 batch Punjab cadre IAS officer.

(We said this on Aug 29, 2014)






Bansal appointed ED, Dhanuka Commercial Ltd

Dhanuka Commercial Ltd has appointed Gopal Krishan Bansal as an Executive Director of the company.





Kohli appointed MD, India Ops. Telstra

Upendra Kohli has been appointed as Managing Director, India operations, Telstra





Mehra appointed CEO, Kaushalya Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd

Kaushalya Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd has appointed Prashant Mehra as Chief Executive Officer of the company.





Three Directors cease to be on EIL Board

Adit Jain, D R Meena and Dr V Vizia Saradhi have ceased to be Non Official Independent directors of Engineers India Limited






Vij appointed Addl. Director, Singer India Ltd

Singer India Ltd has appointed Ms Madhu Vij as an Additional Director of the company.







Padmaja appointed Addl. Director, Manjeera Constructions Ltd

Manjeera Constructions Ltd has appointed Ms G Padmaja as Additional Director of the company.






Vivekanand resigns as Director, Manjeera Constructions Ltd

G Vivekanand has resigned as Director of Manjeera Constructions Ltd w.e.f. August 14, 2014





Mapara appointed Independent Director, Maximaa Systems Ltd

Maximaa Systems Ltd has appointed Samir Kumar Mapara as an Independent Director of the company.





Mehrotra ceases to be Director, Honda Siel Power Products Ltd

Ravi Prakash Mehrotra has ceased to be Director of Honda Siel Power Products Ltd.





Sinha appointed Addl. Director, Boston Teknowsys (India) Ltd

Boston Teknowsys (India) Ltd has appointed Ajay Kumar Sinha as an Additional Director of the company.






Lt. Gen Singh appointed Non Exec. Independent Director, DLF Ltd

DLF Ltd has appointed Lt Gen Aditya Singh (Retd) as a Non Executive Independent Director of the company.







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Headless CIC

Why should one be concerned with CIC head when CIC has reduced itself into another non-aspiring organisation. No IC has time to read appeals and poor applicants are asked to explain the law position where CPIOs and FAAs have upper hand. There are many cases where decisions are without consideration to the written submission because the poor applicant was not trained for pleading his genuine case. Is CIC listening!

Anil Oraon

Indian economy at cross-road

Indian economy is at cross-road today. Those who genuinely believe and want to contribute are in dilemma. We are a promising nation with so many good about it but traitors are destroying every time. Now the time has come that we should identify those who are using government tools to misinterpret the facts to slow-down the economy & growth.


May woes of govt servants end soon

I hope woes of government servants, eligible for medicines from CGHS dispensaries and not getting it, is resolved at the earliest. Will Health Ministry take care of or these poor guys would be left to fend themselves.

Dinesh Kumar

May they recover soon

We pray for Jaswant Singh, ex Finance and External Affairs Minister, for recovering from his condition quickly. An honourable man, Jaswantji is also a man who can take a view. Unflinching and never one to compromise on his ideals. He is respected by friends and foes alike. We also pray for the quick recovery of Lalu Prasad Yadav , ex Railway Minister and ex Chief Minister of Bihar, from heart surgery. At a personal level, he is liked by both - his admirers and his detractors. For the past many years, he has had to face adversity. We pray that he is active soon and back to his jovial self.

A K Singh

Heartiest congratulations !

Rakesh Singh has done Punjab proud. Wish him long strides in his career.

Satya Singal







Can a PIO file an appeal before the CIC?

The Public Information Officer (PIO) partly denied the information which was allowed by the First Appellate Authority. The PIO filed an appeal before the Central Information Commission (CIC) against the order of disclosure of FAA. The CIC ruled that first appeal may be filed before FAA not only by the person who is seeking the information, but also the Public Authority. Thus, it may be inferred that Second Appeal may also be filed before this Commission not only by the information seeker but even by Public Authority.


As per section 19(1) of the RTI Act, 'any person' who is aggrieved by the decision of a PIO can file an appeal to FAA, and the power of filing an appeal is not restricted to the individual seeking information. However, under Section 19(3) of the RTI Act which describes the filing of second appeal, no such expression has been used. The larger Bench of CIC in Decision dated 02.08.2007 in file no. CIC/AT/A/2006/00074 & CIC/WB/A/07/00679 too, the CIC had taken a similar decision.

Citation: Shri B Bhushana Rao v. Syndicate Bank in File No. CIC/VS/A/2013/001395/SH

(, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles regarding RTI can be read at












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