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Is the meeting sign of dissidence

In the absence of chief minister Rajasthan , few ministers and MLA s cobbled up together in a five star hotel. They are unhappy with the government as the benefits of contracts are enjoyed by the few. Any dissidence on the way ?




When NSA Doval and former NSA Narayanan met !

NSA of the present NDA Government Ajit Doval and powerful NSA during the UPA government M K Narayanan had a chance meeting on Saturday at a function of the Intelligence Bureau. And there was neither "Hello" nor any kind of dialogue.



What people say !

"We are lucky to be under the umbrella of a strong man like Narendra Modi".




Yeh hai Modi ka India ...

I take the 5.13 pm Borivili Fast and when I enter my usual compartment I find my three traveling Buddies enjoying Veg Patties and Tea. Amar offers me my share.

Amar: Mota Bhai late ho gaye ..
Me: Yes ..the was a Flash Mob near the entry ...they were shouting anti Pak slogans.
Akbar: Gross overreaction …...even after 26/11 there was not such a reaction as is now after the killing of 18 soldiers in Uri...
Amar: Miya ji piyaala bhar gaya hai ...abh toh overflow karr raha hai ...
Antony : We must react like a civilized Society why are there demands for Pakistani artistes to return toPakistan. ..should Countries stop giving Visas to Indians because of the killing of rationalists and meat eaters ???
Me: Well for one those are domestic law and order issues ...but the killing of Indian Soldiers is like an attack on a Nation... I think Nations know the difference …..and you have seen how Nations have rallied behind India. And these Paki Artistes had condemned the attack in Nice but on Uri they are ek dumm chup! Why????
Amar: And I hear Zindagi which is owned by Z is discontinuing the Paki Plays it shows ..
Akbar: Na insaafi hai many Indians are demanding war ....why ...
Me: First like I said the cup of vow and revenge over floweth. ... but I don't think there are any plans to attack Pak and start a war. India will do its best to isolate Pakistan Globally. Yes a tacit message too has gone toPakistan … one more such attack and Pakistan will be responsible for its annihilation.
Akbar: But they too have Nuclear Weapons … and then China is with them so how can they be isolated.
Amar: Toh…… compare our sizes….. like Doval has said some time back …. okay we will suffer casualties too but part of India will survive but there will be no Pakistan. As for China .... China has clamped down on Islamic Forces within China ... and Chinese only understand language of money ..check out the Trade betweenChina and Pakistan and China and India ...already there is news China is distancing itself...
Me: You think Pakis don't know this… of course they do… but they use their Nuclear status to threaten us…. there is a thought process behind this… it's the mindset of a Nation that's hit rock bottom… sanam humm toh doobe hai aap ko bhi dooboye ge.
Amar: But Motta Bhai India has to show them a trailer… otherwise they will feel it's business as usual… till now this has been going on…they attack us and kill Indians and we don't react.
Me: Who knows India may take out certain individuals who are Globally Wanted for Terror…. surgically. ButIndia will not harm innocent Pakistanis.
Akbar: We are peace loving people… we should let bygones be bygones.
Amar: When it comes to taking out Global Terrorists no territory is sanctimonious.
Antony: Concentrate on development.
Me: Modi in his speech in Kerala has addressed the Pakistanis and said that its time they asked their Leaders to stop using K as a lollipop and diverting attention from the problems that plague Pakistan. In fact he's thrown a gauntlet …. if Pakis want to compete with India then why not have a 'poverty eradication' race????
Amar: Arre Mota Bhai but when every now and then 'family members' are killed how can the family think of prosperity?????
Akbar: And why did Modi speak on Balochistan…. Congress says it's wrong!!
Amar: Arre kiss ka naam leh liya….. most of our woes today are because of Congress!!! Jee ha after Modi took Balochistan name Pakis ko bahut mirchi laghi hai!!! It's a masterstroke….. you talk of K see what you are doing in Balochistan….
Antony: All of a sudden India has turned hawkish… I liked the old India!!!
Amar: Achchaa you liked the India which turned the other cheek …… Congress ne toh humme 'Tommy' banaa diya tha…..yeh hai Modi ka India…. Na darthe hai na daraathe hai… na kissi ko laath maarthe hai aur na kissi se laath khaathe hai!!!



Topic for debate

Who is most well dressed politician in India as on date ?

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Prakash Mishra is DG Civil Defence

Former DG CRPF Prakash Mishra has been appointed DG Civil Defence. He is 1977 batch former 1977 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre.He is appointed on contract basis for one year. The posting of former Gujarat DGP P C Thakur on this post has been cancelled on personal grounds. Thakur is being given posting in Gujarat.





IRS-IT officer quits service

D R Chhatre presently posted as Rajkot has quit Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax (IRS-IT) cadre. He is an IRS-IT officer.





Now LG to decide PS to CM ?

It's almost certain that now LG will decide the appointment of new PS to CM, Delhi. There is no regular PS to CM for the last four months after the arrest of Rajendra Prasad, IAS, on alleged corruption charges.





Finance dept refuses to clear payments ?

It is said that the finance department of Delhi govt has refused to clear the AAP govt proposal of Rs 700 /- crores. The Kejariwal govt has allegedly increased MLAs area development fund without the approval of LG.






O P Singh is new DG CISF (UPDATED)

O P Singh has taken over as new DG CISF. 1983 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer Singh has the distinction of the only serving DG at Government of India level who is recipient of President’s Police Medal for Gallantry.






Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda appointed DG, NDRF

ADG CISF Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda has been appointed as Director General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). He is a 1983 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre.






Sudhir Pratap Singh appointed DG, NSG

ADG CRPF Sudhir Pratap Singh has been appointed as Director General of National Security Guard (NSG). He is a 1983 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.






A R K Kini appointed as Secretary, Security

A R K Kini has been appointed as Secretary, Security in Cabinet Secretariat. He is a 1981 batch IPS officer ofBihar cadre. He would succeed M K Sinha on October 1. Sinha is retiring on September 30.






Anand Kishore relieved to join as Member, Appellate Tribunal

Anand Kishore has been relieved to join as Member, Appellate Tribunal under the Department of Revenue. He is an IRS-IT officer.






Dr Archana Majumdar promoted to Super time Administrative Grade

Dr Archana Majumadar has been promoted to the Administrative Grade (SAG) in the General Duty sub-cadre of the Central Health Scheme.






CHS officer Dr Ghotekar promoted to Director Professor grade

Dr L H Ghotekar, Professor General Medicine has been promoted to the grade of Director Professor in the Supertime Grade of Teaching Specialist sub-cadre of the Central Health Service (CHS).






Atul Bhatt likely to take charge as CMD, MECON Ltd on Oct 1

Atul Bhatt, ED, NMDC, is expected to take over the charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MECON Limited onOctober 1, 2016. Present incumbent A K Tyagi is retiring on September 30, 2016.





IRCON International Ltd to get new CMD in Oct

IRCON International Limited will be getting new Chairman-cum-Managing Director on October 1, 2016 as present incumbent Mohan Tiwari is retiring on September 30, 2016.






Deputation tenure of Ms Gauri Prashar Joshi to Haryana extended

The inter cadre deputation tenure of Ms Guari Parashar Joshi from Odisha to Haryana has been extended for a period of two years beyond April 2017. She is a 2009 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.





S Ramesh appointed as Member CBEC

S Ramesh has been appointed as Member in the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC). He is a 1981 batch IRS-C&CE officer.
(We said this on August 24)






BEML CVO Mrs Kavita Kestur to return to parent cadre this month

Mrs Kavita Kestur, who serves as Chief Vigilance Officer at Joint Secretary level, in Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), is returning to her parent cadre on September 28 this year. She is a 1985 batch IA&AS officer.






Dr C K Shayin gets SAG in IOF

Dr C K Shayin has been promoted to the grade of Chief Medical Officer/Additional Director, Health Services (SAG) in the Indian Ordinance Factories Health Services.






IES officer, Sheela Prasad gets HAG

Sheela Prasad has been promoted to the Higher Administrative Grade in the Indian Economic Service (IES).






Subhash Chandra Jha designated as Senior Advocate

Justice Subash Chandra Jha, former Judge of High Court, has been designated as Senior Advocate.





D P Sharma to be PCCF Rajasthan !

D P Sharma is being tipped to be PCCF in Rajasthan. He is 1982 batch IFS officer.





Rabindra Panwar appointed as Additional Secretary, Defence

Rabindra Panwar has been appointed as Additional Secretray, Ministry of Defence. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






Ms Meenakshi appointed as Additional Secretary, Chemicals & Fertilizers

Ms Meenakshi Gupta has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. She is a 1984 batch IA&AS officer.






Arun Goel appointed as Additional Secretary, Labour & Employment

Arun Goel has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.






S N Sahai appointed as Additional Secretary, Commerce

S N Sahai has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Commerce. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.






Sumanta Chaudhuri appointed MD, Small Farmers' Agri-Businesss Consortium

Sumanta Chaudhuri has been appointed as Managing Director, Small Farmer's Agri-Business Consortium. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.






Ashok Pai appointed CEO, NAWADCO

Ashok Pai has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO). He is a 1983 batch IFS officer of Uttarakhand cadre.





Ms Anuradha Mitra appointed Additional Secretary, Electronics, IT

Ms Anuradha Mitra has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Electronics & Information Technology. She is a 1984 batch IDAS officer.





Ms Vandana Sharma appointed Addl Secretary, Pensions, Pensioners' Welfare

Ms Vandana Sharma has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Pensions and Pensioners' Welfare. She is a 1984 batch ICAS officer.






Suresh Kumar appointed Additional Secretary, Coal

Suresh Kumar has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre.





Sanjeev Kumar appointed Additional Secretary, Health & Family Welfare

Sanjeev Kumar has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Health and Family Welfare. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.






Arun Goyal appointed Additional Secretary, GST Council

Arun Goyal has been appointed as Additional Secretary, GST Council. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.






U P Singh appointed Additional Secretary, River Ganga Authority

U P Singh has been appointed as Additional Secretary, River Ganga Authority. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre.






Udia Pratap Singh appointed Vice Chairman, DDA

Udai Pratap Singh has been appointed as Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.






Gaurav Kanaujia posted as Addl CIT, Delhi region (UPDATED)

Gaurav Kanaujia has been appointed as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax (Addl CIT), Delhi region. He is an IRS-IT officer.





Orders of R Sreenivasulu for CMD, SIL issued (UPDATED)

The orders of R Sreenivasulu, DGM, RINL, for the appointment as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Scooters India Limited (SIL) have reportedly been issued by the Government of India.






Prem Singh appointed PS to Vice Chairman Niti Ayog (UPDATED)

Prem Singh has been appointed PS to Niti Ayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya. He is 2000 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre.
(We said this on September 5,2016 )






Nanda selected as CMD, NMDC (UPDATED)

Narendra Kumar Nanda, Director (Technical), NMDC, has been selected for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, National Mineral Development Corporation Limited (NMDC) at Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 26, 2016. As many as six persons were interviewed for the same.






Amit Bhandari selected as Director (Ope &Mktng), PHL (UPDATED)

CMDE Amit Bhandari in the Ministry of Defence has been selected for the post of Director (Operations & Marketing), Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 26, 2016. Four persons were interviewed for the same.






Sanjiv Singh selected for Chairman, IOCL
Sanjiv Singh, Director (Refineries), IOCL, has been selected for the post of Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 23, 2016. As many as eight persons were interviewed for the same.
(We said this on September 16)






Chandra resigns as Independent Director of Tata Investment Corporation Ltd

Amit Chandra has resigned as Independent Director of Tata Investment Corporation Limited.





Ms Singh designated as CS of Virtual Global Education Ltd

Virtual Global Education Ltd has designated Ms Rachna Singh as the Company Secretary of the company.






Gowda resigns as CS of Smiths & Founders (India) Ltd

Hareesha Gowda has resigned as Company Secretary of Smiths & Founders (India) Ltd.






Two Addl. Directors appointed on Board of Alok Industries Ltd

Alok Industries Ltd has appointed Senthilkumar Arumugham and Tulsi Tejwani as additional directors of the company.





Srivastav appointed CFO of The Tinplate Company of India Limited

The Tinplate Company of India Limited has appointed Sanjay Kumar Shrivastav as Chief Financial Officer of the company w.e.f. October 1, 2016.





Singh ceases to be Director of Selan Exploration Technology Ltd

S K Singh has ceased to be Director of Selan Exploration Technology Limited.





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Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers yet to get revised pay

Teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan are yet to get their revised pay scales. In fact the Sangathan is sleeping over it.



Appointment of Ms Nidhi Mani Tripathi, IAS of MT cadre as Private Secretary of Sri Ajay Tamta, MOS Textile, will prove to be the right choice of Minster Hope she might have enough knowledge of UKD. B R Arya Rtd Officer from DOPT.

B R Arya

Dalits in India are today a very strong force

The condition of our Dalit bretheren is the subject of many a news item these days.

Dalits in India are today a very strong force. They are well educated and organised and are forging ahead in politics, administration education, medicine, engineering, you name it! Dalit MPs and MLAs abound. Third generation IAS officers are common in Dalits. Most Dalits from South India convert to Christianity after availing of reservation benefits, hence many people are not aware of their numbers.

Our Dalit bretheren have held and are holding the top posts in the country like President of India, Chief Justice of India, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, Governors, High Court Judges etc. Of course, their numbers in the IAS are second to none. This year's IAS topper happens to be a Dalit sister. Dalit Chamber of Commerce and Dalit businessmen are heralding a new dawn inIndia. No political party can afford to neglect our Dalit bretheren. They are a potent force.

It is also a matter of great pride that PM Modi has taken up the cause of our Dalit bretheren with such zeal. Under his leadership, our Dalit bretheren are bound to flourish further.

A K Singh







Multiple RTI Applications seeking huge information

The applicant sought huge information pertaining to Income Tax offices. He also wanted to know the basis of conducting survey and search and the specific steps taken to stop tax evasion during the financial year 2013-14 etc. The PIO submitted that the appellant has filed as many as 30 appeals before the Central Information Commission seeking all and sundry information and despite heavy pressure they have made strenuous efforts to provide the information. He further stated that much of the information sought by the appellant is in the public domain and can be accessed by visiting the department's website The appellant stated that he had lodged a TEP against a medical store in early 2015 and wants to know what action has been taken by the department. He further stated that he wants a copy of the scheme for payment of award to informants. He also requested for a note explaining the method adopted by the Income Tax Department for assessment and scrutiny. The PIO stated that he will supply the information as requested above by the appellant. The CIC observed that once a certain information is placed in the public domain accessible to the citizens either freely, or on payment of a predetermined price, that information cannot be said to be 'held' or 'under the control of' the public authority and, thus would cease to be an information accessible under the RTI Act. The Commission hoped the appellant will take a careful note of the above judicial observations and refrain from filing frivolous RTI applications in future.


Whenever one is seeking information under the RTI Act, the RTI Application should be focused and specific. Asking for voluminous information through multiple applications may lead to a charge of abuse of the process of law.

Citation: Mr. Pawan Kumar v. Income Tax Department in File No.CIC/CC/A/2014/001693+001794+002534+002537+002579+002580+002581+002586 002304+002598+002601+002603+002604+002605+002606+002607+002608+002609+ 002610+002611+002305+002306+002594+002597+002593+002596+002599+002600+003009+003010/BS/10334

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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