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Manmohan Singh and loyalty

Now political observers talk about the loyalty of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. They feel that Manmohan Singh neither ditched Sonia Gandhi nor ran away from the responsibilities.




Advertisement for retired official

Do you know Ministry of Heavy Industries has issued an advertisement for retired ED or Director for the post of MD NBPPL a joint venture company of the BHEL and the NTPC. Thy name is UPA Government.






Director at Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture Azar A H Khan will be the next Ambassador to Libya in place of anil Trigunayat.





Sangeeta Bahadur who is presently Director of Nehru Centre in London is being tipped to be Ambassador to Laos. Sangeeta is 1987 batch IFS officer.




As the grapevine has it Ila Patnaik may soon succeed Deepak Dasgupta as Principal Economic Adviser to the Department of Economic Affairs. Reportedly, ACC has ratified the appointment of Ms Patnaik. Currently she is RBI Chair Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). She has also been the consulting editor for 'The Indian Express'.






Banshi Dhar Sharma poised for Spl DG, BSF

As the grapevine has it, Banshi Dhar Sharma is tipped to be appointed as Special Director General, BSF. The slot has been lying vacant since June 2013 after C Balasubramanian appointed DGP, Tripura.






S N Sabat poised for extension with CRPF

As the grapevine has it, Satya Narayan Sabat is poised to get extension under central deputation. The 1990 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre is presently serving as IG, CRPF. Sabat had been decorated with President's Police Medal for Distinguished Services on Republic Day this year.






S Venkateshwara given additional charge of CMD, PDIL

After the much awaited movement of M Ravikanth as new CMD, HUDCO the incumbent Director (Finance) S Venkateshwa Rao has been given the charge of CMD, PDIL.






Indrajit Pal is also Secretary, Fertilizers

Indrajit Pal has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers from April 17 to 22, 2014. He is a 1977 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.






Arun Kumar to join GoI next week

Arun Kumar is likely to join the Government of India next week as Joint Secretary Civil Aviation. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.





Orders of Langstieh for Chairman, DVC soon

The orders of A W K Langstieh (IA&AS) for the post of Chairman, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) are expected to be issued soon by the Government of India.





Tenure of Director in PMO Gourangala Das extended

The term of Gourangala Das as Director, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has been extended upto August 10, 2014. He is a 1999 batch IFS officer.





Anurag Prasad returns to parent cadre

Anurag Prasad, Director in the Ministry of Commerce in Government of India has been repatriated to his parent cadre Department of Revenue. He is a 1991 batch IRS-IT officer.






Ashok yet to get orders for Chairman, IOCL

The orders of B Ashok, ED, IOCL, for the appointment as Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) are yet to be issued by the Government of India. However, present incumbent R S Butola is retiring next month.






Nand Lal Sharma in race for CMD, SJVNL?

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Nand Lal Sharma has set his feet firmly in the fray of CMD, Satluj Jal Vikas Limited. Sharma is presently serving SJVNL as Director (Pers). He is an officer of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services. PESB, reportedly, has started the shortlisting of candidates for the slot. R P Singh, the incumbent CMD of SJVNL, is scheduled to complete his tenure on December 31 this year.






Mukesh-Ambani -Network 18 relationship comes to an end ?

Grapevine has it that a two year old Reliance-Network 18 relationship has come to an end. Everyone is surprised that what has gone so seriously wrong in this relationship just in two years time ?






Shankhwar waiting for JS empanelment

As the grapevine has it, Hari Om Shankhwar may soon be empanelled as Joint Secretary, Government of India. The 1988 batch IFS officer of MP cadre has, reportedly, got the vigilance clearance form CVC.






PESB seeks applications for Director (Com & Mktg), ITDC

Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Commercial & Marketing), India Tourism & Development Corporation Ltd. (ITDC) falling vacant on April 1, 2015. Those willing to apply can send their applications for the post before June 3, 2014.






Joint Secretary level vacancy arising in Corporate Affairs

A Joint Secretary level vacancy in Ministry of Corporate Affairs is arising upto May 2014.






Bhargava appointed GM (Sales & Mktg), Northern Region Delhi

P Bhargava, Deputy General Manager (Commercial), Toronto, has been appointed as General Manager (Sales & Marketing), Northern Region, Delhi in Air India Limited.





22 posts of Judges vacant in Punjab & Haryana HC

Against an approved strength of 68, as many as 22 posts of Judges are vacant in Punjab & Haryana High Court. These include five posts of permanent Judges and 17 posts of Additional Judges.






One post of Sr Public Prosecutor lying vacant in CBI

One post of Senior Public Prosecutor has been lying vacant in the Central bureau of Investigation (CBI) against sanctioned strength of 67 while there is actual strength of 66.





Pradeep Kumar to move to Accra

First Secretary in Jakarta, Pradeep Kumar is moving to Accra. He would replace T J Suresh First Secretary who will go to port Moreshy.






R K Dhowan appointed new Chief, Naval Staff (UPDATED)

Admiral R K Dhowan PVSM AVSM YSM ADC has been appointed as new Chief of the Naval Staff. Admiral Dhowan was commissioned in the Navy on January 1, 1975. He is a Navigation and Direction specialist who has served with distinction in an array of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments through his exemplary career spanning 40 years.
(We said this on March 12, 2014)






P K Rao selected as Director (Ope), ONGC OVL (UPDATED)

P K Rao, GGM, ONGC, has been selected for the post of Director (Operations), ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting. As many as 15 persons were selected for the same.







Anil Mohan promoted as PCCF Production & Management, Nagpur (UPDATED)

Anil Mohan, APCCF NTFP, Monitoring & Evaluation, has posted as PCCF Production and Management, Nagpur after promotion to this grade. He is a 1980 batch IFS officer of Maharashtra cadre.






Maiful Hussain promoted as PCCF, Research Education & Training, Pune (UPDATED)

Maiful Hussain, Member Secretary, State Human Rights Commission, has been posted as PCCF Research, Education and Training, Pune after promotion to this grade. He is a 1980 batch IFS officer of Maharashtra cadre.






Amarjit Singh appointed as Addl Secretary, Water Resources (UPDATED)

Amarjit Singh has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources. He is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Tenure of Ms Rawla as Secretary, BRPSE extended (UPDATED)

The term of Ms Swarnamala Rawla as Secretary, Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises (BRPSE) under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has been extended for further three months. She is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






T Vijay Kumar appointed as Addl Secretary, Rural Development (UPDATED)

T Vijay Kumar has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Rural Development under Ministry of Rural Development. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.






Hamid Ansari graces the 48th Annual Convocation of IIFT today (UPDATED)

Vice President of India Dr Hamid Ansari graces the 48th Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Deemed University, today. Union Commerce Secretary and Chairman IIFT Rajiv Kher, Jt Secretary, JK Dadoo mark their presence in the concluding ceremony of the convocation. Surajit Mitra, Director, IIFT, delivered the opening address for the event.








Given the fact that the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is largely supported by the Corporate Houses across the country, which business house will be the top most gainer incase he assumes the high office.

Please send your views to - or






Sachar appointed Govt Nominee Director, OBC

Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) has appointed Rajat Sachar, as Government Nominee Director on the Board of Directors of the Bank







Thakurta appointed Company Secy. Assam Company India Ltd

Assam Company India Ltd has appointed Debabrata Thakurta as the Company Secretary of the company.





Lakshman designated Exec. Chairman, Rane Holdings Ltd

Rane Holdings Ltd has designated L Lakshman as Executive Chairman of the company.





Ganesh designated Vice Chairman, Rane Holdings Ltd

L Ganesh has been designated as Vice Chairman of Rane Holdings Ltd.






Ranade appointed CFO, Ranjit Securities Ltd

Ranjit Securities Ltd has appointed Parikshit Ranade as the Chief Financial Officer of the company.





Bhatt ceases to Director, Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd

Kaushik Bhatt has ceased to be a Director of Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd.






Jain appointed Independent Director, S R K Industries Ltd

S R K Industries Ltd has appointed Harish Ratanchand Jain as Independent Director of the company.






Ms Tomar ceases to be CSof HB Portfolio Ltd

Ms Nishu Tomar has ceased to be Company Secretary of HB Portfolio Ltd.





Kapoor appointed CS of HB Portfolio Ltd

Dinesh Kapoor has been appointed as Company Secretary of HB Portfolio Ltd.





Goyal appointed Whole-time Director, Harrisons Malayalam Ltd

Harrisons Malayalam Ltd has appointed Ashok Bachan Goyal as a Whole-time Director of the company.





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Adani group followed by Reliance (Ambani group ). Both these groups are fully involved and have contributed a lot to the development of Gujarat.

R K Nagpal


Modi is a clever administrator with a foresight. Hence instead of supporting a business house or two , he will create competition among the business houses to multiply his developmental index.

N V K Prabhakar

Suggestions for smooth conducting of elections

There is large number of Central/State Government employees who have been placed at the disposal of Election Commission for conducting the ongoing elections in all over the country. My humble suggestion is that Election Commission may seek the nominations from the Central/State Government who can be easily spared for conducting the duties pertaining to elections. In turn, respective administrations may invite officials voluntarily. Shortfall of manpower may be met by inviting applications amongst unemployed persons whose names can be sponsored either by the Employment Exchanges/Placement agencies spread over in all over the country. Of course, before appointing these offcials, due processes of police verifications, vigilance clearances will have to be completed. If this procedure is followed in the next assembly/Lok Sabha elections, it will provide necessary financial help to the needy Central/State Government employees/unemployed youth on the one hand and the officials who are not in a position to perform the election duties either on account of their illness or any other reasons will be able to attend office on various rehersals days before the actual date of election.

V P Sharma

Nothing new

There is nothing new and quite similarity in other offices also. Many Governors / Lt. Governors / Head / Chairman of PSUs / CBIs and other Institutions etc. are having defacto / proxy office. Most of these offices are run by proxy by the admn Ministry / politician / Govt. exploiting the constitution.

V K Shah

Well deserving for top post

Very well deserving candidate for the top post. He has excellent credentials. Very humble and very hardworking and result oriented gentleman. SJVNL will be in safe hands.

C Mohan

Gujarat is the best

Ask the Department of Administrative Reforms, Government of India. They will tell you that during the last 10 years the maximum cases of best practices have been from the State Government of Gujarat. Banjar jameen ko agar kisi ko saste me de diya aur woh wahan par sona ugle (industry laga kar logon ko naukri de) to usme kya bura hai. Also ask the female students who have gone from other parts of the country and studied in Ahemdabad/Gandhinagar, they will tell you how safe they are.


Date with RTI

An RTI revealed that a supporter of a political leader carried out illegal construction without South Delhi Municipal Corporation's approval and amalgamated his building with a floor of the adjoining building which he purchased from a builder forcefully by threatening the Builder of bad consequences. The amalgamation is also a violation of the Municipal building bylaws. A complaint was made to the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner SDMC. When the complainant met the Commissioner, the latter said ' I cannot take personal interest in this matter because I have thousands of other things to do' When the complainant met the Deputy Commissioner he said, 'You were also in the govt. service'. Clearly he meant that he was unable to take action because of political pressure.

In the meanwhile, the supporter of the leader made a false and frivolous complaint against the RTI seeker to the Police alleging that the latter has felled some trees. The RTI seeker was called to the Police Station and was made to wait there for three hours. Police inquiry revealed that the allegations were false.

Can the RTI Activists suggest what to do in such circumstances?

Be bold while in service

Bureaucrats - what is the use of becoming bold after retirement - Be bold while in service and take appropriate action against the law breakers.

Z S Nirwal

It's available

This is in reply to the complaint that returns for present year are not available on line. On checking the ITD site, I found that returns ITR-1Sahaj and ITR-4S Sugam are available. The relevant link is-

Shahid Khan

BJP to cross 265 seats: BJP will cross at least 265 seats without any support.

S C Dhawan







Are the DTC buses being driven by colour blind drivers?

The RTI application was referring to one single candidate Mr. Ram Kumar Bhati who was found unfit by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Medical Board. He secured appointment as driver and then he was sent to medical examination to Guru Nanak Eye Centre which issued a handwritten report certifying him to be fit. Then he was again sent to another hospital, namely, Deen Dayal Hospital for third examination in which he was certified as 'unfit'. The applicant sought copies of the reports. The Central Information Commission (CIC) perused the file and observed that the certificates of fitness or unfitness are issued in a most nonserious manner without the application of mind and without explaining the methods of test and the result. There is no medical opinion attached to such certificates. Some of the certificates are handwritten which do not reveal anything except they are 'fit'. The CIC directed to share the copies of the reports with the appellant who is pursuing a Public Interest Litigation case against a possible scam behind the issuance of certificates of fitness /unfitness to the drivers


Probe of an accident in 2011 caused by a driver without fitness lead to hundreds of candidates who were found medically unfit due to visual defects. As many as 91 out of 99 candidates were declared medically 'unfit' by the DTC Medical Board were, subsequently, declared 'fit' by the Guru Nanak Eye Centre. An independent medical board was constituted by Health Department of G.N.C.T. of Delhi which found all the 91 candidates as 'unfit' again. This case points to how dangerous the roads of Delhi are and how RTI can be used for a public cause.

Citation: Shri Hans Raj v. LIC of India in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2013/000572/MP

Weekly article by Dr (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma, (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore.

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












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