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His political theories are out of date now but they played an important part in preparing the people of France for the great revolution.




18.61 lakh Defence pensioners will get OROP benefit

Around 18.61 lakh defence pensioners will get benefits of OROP. PCDA(P) has issued a detailed circular in this regard. The circular has 101 tables on this basis OROP cases would be implemented.

Sharaabhi sach bollta hai. ...

I have a Congi friend who drags me sometimes to his favorite Bar ....I don't drink and so for his 4 large pegs ....2 pegs I have to bear him... the silver lining being that after 2 pegs he starts speaking the truth ....and switches from English to Hindi ...

M: Yaar this is unfair ... why can't we go for once to a Coffee Shop my kind of place ....

Friend: Sir ji... Sir ji.... if I drink alone I'll be called a drunk (starts his 1st peg).... you can drink coffee alone ...people will think you are a India now there is no freedom of speech....see what happened in JNU..

Me: Ha ..... that section was chanting seditious slogans fact I marvel at India's tolerance.... any other Country these students would be behind bars ....

F: JNU is known for its offbeat thinking .....its a melting point of various ideologies ....

M: The feeling is JNU means Just a Naxal University .... got to see this on various TV Debates last night...

F: Disagree ... why curb creativity..
it was billed as a Evening of Creativity..

M: It was a anti India protest ...ant India war dance ..anti India .....skits..poetry and slogans ...

F: (starts with his 2nd peg) Let's agree to disagree ... what scam is UAE trying to pull on India ..

M: It's a win win offer for both...India is building huge underground storage facilities in Vizag and Mangalore....
yes transit and storage evaporation would be issues....even Acts of God and Sabotage ...of course this Insurance would cover .... its still under consideration...

F: ( 2 pegs down the hatch and effects start to show ...starts with 3rd drink ...big gulps)... Oil ke maamle mein Modi is really very lucky for India ...

M: Now Congress ki bollti bandh ho gayi hai...after Headley's disclosure on Ishrat Jahan...

F: (whispers) Lagtha hai aaj raat ko Rahul ji ke kamre mein ja karr someone will cry....

M: Congress Spokesmen now saying that Ujwal's questioning was such ....that he led Headley...

F: ( big gulp and 3rd is over and 4th comes.....whispers)... Arre Sir ji Lawyer hai ... they can argue either way ...they must have got orders ... bachao ...I understand Ujwal did no such thing ....

M: Yes...he asked about Ladies wing of terror outfit here . .name of its head....any missions in India and when Headley gave a affirmative reply ..Ujwal gave him 3 names. ..Ishrat was one of the names ...

F: Chado ji.... Congress will try to save face .... and to do so my Party can hit under belt ...above belt ... in the back ...

M: In Kerala your VP has said ...only Congress can defeat Congress ..

F ( gulps down 4th drink)....ha ha ha ha ....Rahul can do it by just visiting the area where elections are to be held ...he's proven it...shhhhh Bhai kissi ko bollna matt...bollna hai then don't take my name..






Ramesh Abhishek to succeed Amitabh Kant as Secretary, IPP

Ramesh Abhishek has been appointed as Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (IPP) in place of Amitabh Kant. He is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.




Girish Shankar appointed as Secretary, Heavy Industry

Girish Shankar presently Secretary, Department of Official Language, has been appointed as Secretary, Heavy Industry in place of Rajan S Katoch, IAS (MP: 79) who is retiring on February 29, 2016. Shankar is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






Tenure of Ratan Watal as Secretary Finance extended

The service tenure of Ratan P Watal, Finance Secretary and Secretary Expenditure has been extended upto April 30, 2016. Watal, who belongs to a 1978 batch IAs officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, was retiring in February, 2016.
(We said this on January 21)






Malay Kumar Sinha appointed as Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat

Malay Kumar Sinha, Special Secretary, IB, has been appointed as Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat. He is a 1981 batch IPS officer of UP cadre.

(We said this on Nov 2, 2015)






Ms Aradhana Johri is also Secretary (PM), Cabinet Secretariat

Ms Aradhana Johri has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Performance Management in Cabinet Secretariat. She is a 1980 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






Surprises likely in appointment of SC Judges ?

According to insiders surprises are likely in the appointment of new Supreme Court Judges. The SC Collegium is believed to have recommended a couple of names.






Why delay in appointment of SEBI Chief ?

Pulls and counter pulls is believed to have delayed the appointment of new SEBI Chief. Now the new appointment is expected early next week. Tenure of present SEBI Chief U K Sinha is coming to an end on February 17. Interestingly, when Arundhati Bhattacharya the top contender was asked about this, she said: "Don't worry, I am here to stay".






MP cadre IPS officer Deshmukh to be JS (Security) Parliament !

Yogesh Deshmukh is being tipped to be new Joint Secretary (Security) Parliament. He is 1995 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






Who will be Police Commissioner Delhi ? Tie is between three Police officers

Who will be new Police Commissioner Delhi. Tie is said to be between Alok Verma, Dharmendra Kumar and Dipak Mishra. Alok Verma is said to be ahead in the race.






Anurag Sharma appointed as Dy Secretary, Commerce

Anurag Sharma has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Commerce. He is a 2005 batch IRS-IT officer.






Saurabh Gaur appointed as PS to Venkaiah Naidu

Saurabh Gaur has been appointed as Private Secretary to M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation for his balance period upto March 20120. He is a 2002 batch IAS officer of AP cadre.






Ms Poonam Singh appointed as Dy Secretary, Environment & Forest

Ms Poonam Singh has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. She is a 2002 batch IOFS officer.






Rakesh Kumar appointed as Director, Environment & Forest

Rakesh Kumar has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. He is a 1997 batch IRAS officer.





Bains is Chairman of PSERC

Former IAS officer D S Bains has been appointed chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC).
(We said this on January 20)






Two 1983 batch IAS officers get ACS rank

Two 1983 batch IAS officers Sudhir Kumar Rakesh and Rameshwar Singh have been given ACS rank in Bihar.






Ms Tomar to return to Gujarat in October

Ms Sunaina Tomar IAS (89 Guj) currently Joint Secretary Textiles ,is due to return to Gujarat in October 2016 post completion of her five year tenure.Earlier report, which was short on facts ,is regretted.






Ms Mamta Shankar appointed Economic Adviser, DoNER

Ms Mamta Shankar has been appointed as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of DoNER in Government of India. She is a 1993 batch IES officer.






A K Goswami appointed Director, Railway Board

A K Goswami presently in Northern Railway has been appointed as Director Electrical Engineering (Rolling Stock), Railway Board. He is an IRSEE officer.







14 IIS probationers to attend orientation course

14 IIS probationers of 2015 batch have been deputed for orientation course training. They are Messrs - Ninika Dhawan, Manisha H. Prakash, Panfield Gupta, Ankur Lohaty, Utsav Parmar, Guru Prasad, Vikas Hira, Divya, Mahesh Vadde, Kanchan Patyal, Rizwanbasha Shaik, Gauri Marathe, Tejasvi Menda and Shelat Hari Ketan. They have been asked to report at IIMC, Delhi.





Sharma returns to HP from central deputation

Upon return from central deputation, Vijay Kumar Sharma has been appointed as Managing Director, HP State Handicrafts & Handloom Corporation Limited in Himachal Pradesh. He is a 1986 batch IFS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.




India -origin is new HC of Australia

India-origin Harinder Sidhu has been appointed as the new High Commisisoner to India.





Mehra is now IG (Pers) BSF

IG Gujarat Frontier Border Security Force Santosh Mehra has been moved to the Headquarters as IG (Pers). He is 1987 batch IPS officer of AP cadre.






DoPT seeks applications for ED, Tobacco Board

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has invited applications for the post of Executive Director, Tobacco Board, Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the Department before March 8, 2016.





Post of CMD, OIL advertised

The Government of India has advertised the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Oil India Limited (OIL) seeking applications before March 10, 2016. The post has been lying vacant since July 1, 2015.





V K Singh to join as Director (Tech), NEEPCO on Mar 1

V K Singh, GM, NHPC, will be joining as Director (Tech), North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) onMarch 1, 2016.






Srinivasan likely to join as Director (Mktg), BPCL on Mar 1

Ramesh Srinivasan, ED, BPCL, is expected to take over the charge as new Director (Marketing), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) on March 1, 2016.





Orders of Manohar Kumar for Director (Eng), NPCC yet to come

The orders of Manohar Kumar, GGM, NPCC, for the appointment as Director (Engineering), National Projects Constructions Corporation Limited (NPCC) are yet to be issued by the Government of India. The post has been lying vacant since June 30, 2015.





BCCL headless since August 2015

The post of Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) has been lying vacant since August 8, 2015.





Post of Joint Secretary falling vacant in MHA

The post of Joint Secretary is falling vacant in the Department of Defence in March 2016.





Post of DDG, Mumbai UIDAI falling vacant

The post of DDG, Mumbai, UIDAI, is falling vacant in the Department of Electronics & Information Technology in March 2016.





Anup Kumar Singh empanelled as ADG in GoI

Anup Kumar Singh has been empanelled for holding Additional Director General posts in Government of India. He is a 1985 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Nagendra Saxena is also High Commissioner to Solomon Islands (UPDATED)

Nagendra Kumar Saxena, presently High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, has been concurrently accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to Solomon Islands with residence in Port Moresby.






Chockalingam joins as Director (Fin), BHEL (UPDATED)

T Chockalingam, GM, BHEL, has taken over the charge as Director Finance, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).






Madhya Pradesh Bhawan's site hacked? (UPDATED)

Madhya Pradesh Bhawan's official website: is not browsing desired content pages instead the site contains the pieces of Bollywood news. Whispers have it that the site has been hacked, but official sources deny having hacked and said the technical snag is being rectified by the IT experts.





A M Tiwari promoted to ACS grade in Gujarat (UPDATED)

A M Tiwari presently Managing Director, Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Limited, Vadodara, has been promoted to the grade of Additional Chief Secretary in Government of Gujarat. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.





Nikhil Kumar relieved to join as Deputy Secretary, ECI (UPDATED)

The Government of Delhi has relieved Nikhil Kumar to join as Deputy Secretary in the Election Commission of India. He is a 2002 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Air Asia to start International flights?
Air Asia has been given permission to start International flights. Presently it is operating domestic flights.






Mittal appointed CVO of State Bank of Mysore ?

Anil Mittal, General Manager of Union Bank of India has been appointed as Chief Vigilance Officer of State Bank of Mysore






Ms Gurjar appointed CS of Vadilal Industries Ltd

Vadilal Industries Limited has appointed Ms Ruchita V Gurjar as a Company Secretary of the company.






Shekhar resigns Independent Director of Salora International Ltd

Ms Sushmita Shekhar has resigned as Independent Director of Salora International Limited






Singhal appointed Independent Director of Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd

Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd has appointed Naresh Singhal as Independent Director of the company.





Saboo appointed CFO of Datamatics Global Services Ltd

Datamatics Global Services Ltd has appointed Siddharth Saboo as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company





Purushothaman appointed Exec. Chairman & MD of Empee Sugars & Chemicals Ltd

Empee Sugars & Chemicals Ltd has appointed M P Purushothaman as Executive Chairman and Managing Director of the company




Gupta re-designated as CFO of Ansal Properties & Infrastructure Ltd

Ansal Properties & Infrastructure Ltd has redesignated Sunil Kumar Gupta as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company








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So much of discussion about PM every day on whispers shows our concern for the governance. Our PM is absolutely well meaning, none can doubt his integrity, total leadership quality & to lead from the front, yet no results on the ground compels one to pause and think. His coterie is small and does not seem to muster courage against his stubborn personality that some how fixed best and most able legal brain into economy instead of an economist. This is so relevant to one and all and the harsh reality of economy and price rise is before everyone. Similar is the situation in HRD and at one or two more places. Still there is time if some of his close well wisher could muster courage to discuss with him the harsh realities.

S C Poddar

Fall in Revenue collection - normal phenomenon

The financial wizards would agree that revenue will not always rise only, it will definitely fall keeping in view the poor market sentiments and poor governance.In the year 2000-2001 the collection from the stamp duty and registration fee was about 400 crores. In the year 2011-12 the collection was 3090 crores. In the 10 years the increase was more than 700% in spite of phenomenal exemptions to the mega projects. It is note- worthy that before the year 1986, the collection from the stamp duty and registration fee was never given any serious consideration and the stamp duty was leviable on the consideration money as mentioned in the registration deeds. After the recommendations of the Chandra committee the government brought about amendment in section 47A of the Indian Stamp Act to make the stamp duty leviable on the market value of the property or consideration amount whichever was more. The era of fear of impounding of documents started as the law remained obscure on the term market value and fixation of market rates of the different categories of lands. After the year 2000,with the introduction of computerization, the land rates calculations were better categorized and monitored to bring about substantial increase of revenue for about 10 years propped up by the influx of investors from India and abroad. The property market saw unprecedented boom and the value of even rural properties also zoomed. However the loopholes were never properly plugged and evasion also prospered. In the meeting at state level when officers were asked as to what was their estimate about the evasion of stamp duty. At that time the total revenue from this head was about 600 crores. Most of the officers gave their estimates varying from Rs 1 crore to Rs 10 crores. However one officer opined that the evasion was not less than Rs 2000 crores. The officer stood his ground with reasons in spite of shabby stares from many.
The increase in the collector rates for many years in spite of the fact that these were fixed substantially lower than the actual market rates with some instances where collector rates were fixed higher than the prevalent market rates, have made it difficult for the people to show the enormous white money. Otherwise the income tax people would not leave the parties. Although stamp duty rates have been lowered in the recent past ,yet this relief has been neutralized by levy of social security and infrastructure cesses. The levy of stamp duty of first 2%and then 0,5% on power of attorneys, complicated legislation of regularization of unauthorized colonies and hassles of NOCs, almost complete abstinence of NRIs from investing in the state, no investment from outside investors, enhancement of registration fee from 25000 maximum to Rs 2 lacs maximum, minimum being 1%, are some of the dampening of market factors. .There is trend amongst the NRIs that not only they have stopped purchasing property in the state, they have started selling their assets here ,but were not finding the buyers ,who can adequately pay the price.The rates of property have come down substantially across the state as the circulation of money has stopped. However, the government have also taken positive and praise-worthy step of complete exemption of stamp duty, cesses and registration fee ,if the property is to be devolved on the blood relations through registration deed.
The government must decrease the rates of stamp duty, cesses and registration fee in case of conveyance etc in urban property to 6% and in case of rural property to 4% and also bring down the rates of gift, exchange and mortgage etc correspondingly. The collector rates must be reduced by 30% across the state. The legislation of regularization of illegal colonies must be made completely hassle -free. The collections may come down initially, but ultimately better compliance would enhance the revenue. This is a very small bargain to revive the property market and enhance the revenue. However the confidence of the NRI population and outside investors shall have also to be revived, which seems to be a far cry in the current scenario. Let the government take a realistic view to bring smile on people' and its own face.

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu, Amritsar

JNU' happening shameful

What happened at JNU the other day is shameful. Who was at the back of this antinational show must be apprehended. Hero-worshipping a terrorist and raising slogans against the country and threatening continuous 'jung' (War) against the Indian State are all acts of sedition and should not be left unpunished. It was also not proper on the part of one news channel with a loud-mouthed anchor to call such elements to his debate on the subject.It was giving them a platform for publicising their obnoxious views.One of the invitee was ,as a matter of fact, the loudest anti-India slogan shouter and he was thus given an opportunity to voice his hatred for the country on the TV Channel. I also wonder whether one of the opposition leader who has started considering himself wiser than the Prime minister( going by his habit of pointing out one or the other 'flaw'of our Prime minister)would now make a beeline for JNU to support such elements as these days he is on students-wooing spree.

Aarti Khosla







Seeking copy of Caste Certificate of an officer

Appellant sought a copy of Schedule Tribe (ST) certificate of a particular officer under the RTI Act, on the basis of an assumption that it might be fake. The PIO replied that SC certificate was not enclosed to the service book of the officer. The Central Information Commission (CIC) asked the appellant whether the appellant is having any basis to his suspicion about the ST certificate and about his interest in seeking these details, but the appellant could not convince the CIC. The CIC observed that the appellant had been heard earlier by it in several appeals. The CIC commented that the appellant is a cantankerous misuser of RTI and does not deserve any sympathy or information, as there is no public interest. The appellant is wrecking vengeance against the authority and officers for taking stern action against his misconduct. The CIC admonished him for misuse of RTI. The CIC ruled that the Public Authority can reject his RTI applications about inquiry and inquiry officers as that would impede the entire process of inquiry.


There is no specific provision in the RTI Act regarding rejection of an application for alleged misuse of the RTI Act. However, the CIC has repeatedly come to the aid of the PIOs in cases of harassment by repeated filing of applications.

Citation: Rishipal Singh Tomar v. Directorate of Education in Case No. CIC/SA/A/2014/001474

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles can be read at

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