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Mamta Banerjee lodges protest?

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee is reported to have written a letter to PM Modi lodging her protest over empanelment of state IAS officers of 1982 and 1985 batch.




Who is not obliged to Lalit Modi?

At a get-together someone made a remark "Who is not obliged to Lalit Modi in Congress and the BJP ? The remark is significant since certain voices in both the parties are totally silent.




Army losing faith in Modi govt

Army and members of the families of armymen are believed to be losing faith in Modi government because like others, this government too seems to be lingering the implementation of one rank one pension (OROP).








The Centre's new policy of "Moderation" has caused havoc upon some cadres for Secretary empanelment in the Government of India. Atleast nine cadres including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, J & K, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh have not found place for Secretary empanelment. 28 IAS officers belonging to 1982 batch have been empanelled to the rank of Secretary in GoI.




1982 batch does not exist in four states
1982 batch IAS does not exist in Odisha, Sikkim, Nagaland and Uttarakhand.






Eight Additional Secretaries do not figure in empanelment list

Atleast eight Additional Secretaries of 1982 batch IAS in the Government of India have not found their name in the empanelment list. They are Messrs Amitabh Verma (Bihar), A K Dubey (Kerala), V K Thakral (Tripura), Raghav Chandra, Pravesh Sharma and Snehlata Srivastava (Madhya Pradesh), Susheel Kumar (UP) and C B Venkataramana (AP). Only 28 officers of 1982 batch IAS officers have been empanelled to the rank of Secretary in the GoI.







10 Joint Secretaries do not figure in empanelment list

As many as 10 Joint Secretaries of 1985 batch IAS working in the Government of India have not found place in the list of empanelment to the rank of Additional Secretary. Will they return to parent cadre or work under their batchmates?







Capt B B Sinha selected for CMD, SCI

Capt B B Sinha, Director, SCI, has been selected for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on June 29, 2015. As many as seven persons were interviewed for the same.







Ms Aswathy appointed Deputy Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie

Ms Aswathy S has been appointed Deputy Director at Deputy Secretary level in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie. She is a 2003 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.
(We said this on June 15, 2015)






Nagma M. Mallick is new HC to Brunei

Nagma Mohamed Mallick has been appointed new High Commissioner (HC) of Daressalam hq at Brunei. She is 1991 batch IFS officer.






P Kannan relieved to join as SP, CBI

The Government of Bihar has relieved P Kannan of cadre responsibility for joining as Superintendent of Police in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He is a 2005 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre.






Mrs S Premlata relieved to join as SP, CBI

The Government of Bihar has relieved Mrs S Premlata of cadre responsibility for joining as Superintendent of Police in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). She is a 2006 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre.







Former Chief Secretary of Karnataka, S V Ranganath IAS, 1975 is reported to have declined the offer of Chairmanship of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission.







Young IAS officer saves a life

Young IAS officer C.Ravishankar, IAS, 2009 saved a young life by acting timely last week.







DoPT seeks applications for Minister (Eco), High Commission, London

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has invited applications for the post of Minister (Economic) in the High Commission of India, London at Joint Secretary level under the Department of Commerce. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the DoPT within one month of issuing this circular.






Ram Chandra Meena deputed as OSD to Ram Vilas Paswan

Ram Chandra Meena has been deputed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. He is a 1992 batch IRS-IT officer.








Lal Ram Gugarwal deputed as OSD to Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat

Lal Ram Gugarwal has been deputed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat, Minister of State for Water Resources, River & Ganga Rejuvenation. He is a Rajasthan Administrative Service officer.







PESB seeks applications for CMD, MSTC Ltd

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MSTC Limited falling vacant next year on June 1, 2016. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the PESB before August 31, 2015.







10 IAS officers facing inquiry in Bihar

As many as 10 IAS officers belonging to Bihar cadre are facing inquiry.







B P Yadav appointed as PD, Audit, Air Force, New Delhi

B P Yadav, Principal Director (Local Bodies), CAG, has been posted as Principal Director of Audit, Air Force, New Delhi. He is a 1992 batch IA&AS officer.






Orders of Srinivasan for Director (Fin), ONGC Ltd soon

The orders for appointment of A K Srinivasan, ED, ONGC, as Director (Finance), ONGC Limited are expected to be issued soon by the Government of India.






Seminar for All India Service officers on 'national security' from Aug 24

A five-day seminar on 'National Security' for IAS, IFS, IC & CES, IPS officers, IRS-IT and officers from defence forces/CAPFS is being oranised at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad from August 24 to August 28, 2015.






Pathak to be ED, Air India?

A K Pathak, GM Sales and Marketing is likely to be promoted as Executive Director in Air India.






Lt Gen Dua to move to Srinagar ?

Lt Gen S K Dua of the J & K Light Infantry is all set to move as GOC of 15 Corps, Srinagar.




Reshuffle of IAS officers in Tamil Nadu

A number of IAS officers have been transferred and posted at different places in Tamil Nadu. Accordingly, Shiv Das Meena has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Food, Co-operation and Consumer Protection while Md. Nasimuddin will now be Principal Secretary, Department of Welfare of Differently Abled Persons and P Sivasankaran is Secretary, Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme. Similarly, P Annamalai has been posted as Secretary, Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare; Kumar Jayant as Labour Secretary; Jag Mohan Singh Raju as Principal Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department; Anil Meshram as Member Secretary, State Planning Commission; R Lalvena as Director of Social Defence; S Madhumathi as Director of Technical Education; Shambu Kallolikar as Project Director, Tamil Nadu Health System Project; S Malarvizhi as Sivagangai Collector; S A Raman as Joint Commissioner of Land Administration; Dr S Swarna as Chairperson and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation; Balachandran was posted as Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation.





DG NDRF to head new Academy (UPDATED)

NDRF gets its Training Academy through the order of MHA by merging National Civil Defence College (NCDC) and National Fire Service College (NFSC) Nagpur. The new institution will be named NDRF Academy which will function under DG NDRF.






Kanchan Jain to succeed Dani in MP (UPDATED)

Kanchan Jain is promoted to the rank of ACS in Madhya Pradesh. 1984 batch IAS officer Kanchan Jain will succeed Indraneel Dani as Director General of RCVP Academy of Administration. 1980 batch IAS officer Dani is superannuating today.






Rupak Kumar Dutta promoted as Special Director, CBI (UPDATED)

Rupak Kumar Dutta, Additional Director, CBI, has been promoted as Special Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He is a 1981 batch IPS officer of Karnataka cadre.







Y C Modi appointed as Additional Director, CBI (UPDATED)

Y C Modi has been appointed as Additional Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.






Reshuffle of Administrative officers in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

As many as seven administrative officers have been shifted in Delhi Government. Accordingly, Sanjeev Khirwar has been posted as Commissioner, F&S while Vijay Kumar was made Commissioner, VAT and Sanjay Kumar is Commissioner, Excise with additional charge of DC, New Delhi. Besides, Neeraj Semwal has been posted as DC, South East; H P S Saran as Special Secretary, Land & Building and Devesh Singh was made DC, Headquarters.






Dr Anil Gupta selected as Director (Fin), NTC (UPDATED)

Dr Anil Gupta, Additional GM, SJVNL, has been selected for the post of Director (Finance), Textile Corporation Limited (NTC) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on June 30, 2015. Only three candidates turned up for the interviews.









Bureaucracy in UPA regime and under NDA government

Is functioning of bureaucracy better under the present NDA rule or in the UPA regime.

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Chandrasekhar appointed Independent Director of The Federal Bank Ltd

The Federal Bank Limited has appointed Balagopal Chandrasekhar as an Additional Independent Director of the bank.






Natarajan appointed CFO of Corporation Bank

R Natarajan, General Manager, Financial Management Division of Corporation Bank has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Bank.






Varma nominated as Director of GSFC

Gujarat State Industries & Mines Department has nominated Ms Mamata Varma, lAS, Industries Commissioner, as a Director on the Board of Gujarat State Financial Corporation







Seshasayee resigns as Chairman of Hinduja Foundries Limited

R Seshasayee has resigned as Chairman of Hinduja Foundries Limited





Two directors cease to be on Board of LIC Housing Finance Ltd

K Narasimha Murthy and S Ravi have ceased to be the Directors of LIC Housing Finance Ltd





Kapoor resigns as Independent Director of Lumax Automotive Systems Ltd

Vishal Kapoor has resigned as Independent Director of Lumax Automotive Systems Limited







Nopany to step down as MD of The Oudh Sugar Mills Ltd

Chairman and Managing Director of The Oudh Sugar Mills Limited Chandra Shekhar Nopany has decided to step down as Managing Director w.e.f. June 30, 2015 but will continue as a Non Executive Chairman of the company




Gupta resigns as Non Exec. Director of Jindal Photo Ltd

Ms Gunjan Gupta, has resigned as Non-Executive Woman Director of Jindal Photo Limited





Ramalingam re-appointed MD of Velan Hotels Ltd

Velan Hotels Ltd has re-appointed E V Muthukumara Ramalingam as Managing Director of the company.









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Bureaucracy remains the same

Bureaucracy remains the same whatever be the regime. Essentially the bureaucrats can be divided into several sets. One set is of those 'smart' breaucrats who will change their colours and loyalties very fast. They will always be ready to do whatever their bosses want.They will help the political bosses in everyway and get enormous benefits themselves enriching themselves in the bargain.This set will enjoy all the goodies of service.Their children study in the best universities abroad.UPA or NDA they flourish. Another set of bureaucrats is one who would not take an initiative to do anything wrong to please the bosses but when shouted or threatened will start crawling.They are the cowardly type.The third set is simply file pushers.They will simply not take any risk.For them it is a question of just not taking any independent line. It is only the fourth set ,a very miniscule minority who are passionate about doing what they think is right. Ashok Khemka, Sanjiv Chaturvedi types fall into this category. As a result they suffer at the hands of every Government. Multiple transfers,denial of basic rights under the services and harassment by their seniors as well as political masters is their fate. UPA or NDA the common man has not found much change except that there is emphasis on punctuality or some of the bureaucrats at senior level spend more time in office.Is it worth it ? It is enthusiasm more than discipline which can make the bureaucracy more productive.
Aarti Khosla



It was never expected that just in a year's time NDA should land into so much of controversies. NDA gave a crushing defeat to UPA as corruption became an issue. Ministers were involved in various scams. Now that Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Pankaj Munde all have come in controversy, the PM should waste no time in defending them. A strong message must go that the BJP is a party with a difference and Modi govt would brook no Hera-pheri of any type. The political leaders must be of above board. RK Singh , ex-Home Secretary clarified that the political leadership should not help a figutive. Further, how disgusting it is that an MP of the BJP writes to police to lodge FIR against Arun Jaitley. NDA has long way to go. It is high time that the carpet is kept clean. Otherwise message would go that all the political parties are the same and Arvind Kejriwal type person would be chosen by the people.

N K Das

What's the point?

What is the point in having an honest Prime Minister over his/her Ministers and the citizens of the country will have to suffer.


OROP: Unfulfilled commitment

The commitment for OROP by Government is not fulfilled. It certainly cannot be due to the fact that Defence forces have not fought any war since 1971. But the fact is that Army is called everywhere in the country when the Police cannot control the situation.

If OROP was demanded by IAS, it would have been approved long ago without any questioning of war since 1971.

Withdrawal of entire AAI Manpower from AERA Office

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India [AERA] office has become paradise for the employees of Airport Authority of India [AAI]. They are working here on loan basis since inception of this office in the year 2009. They don't want to return to their parent office. Reason behind this is that they don't have much work to do and no restriction in coming to office and going back to home. Leaves can be taken at will whenever anybody wants. No leave record is being maintained for their leaves. Why so? As interviews for deputation posts are being held very shortly in AERA office, we request Chairman, AAI to withdraw entire manpower from AERA office and depute them somewhere else where they are needed very badly. Hope for some concrete, much needed and long awaited action from AAI side.

Rajesh Kumar

Insensitive leaders

People who are not sensitive to the needs of citizens should not be voted to power.

K B Mathur

Quote unquote

"Army (Read Defence) officers have an exaggerated respect for politicians. It can take at least ten years to design, develop, re-test, produce and issue a new rifle. It can take a politician ten minutes in the Cabinet to argue that its the wrong rifle and get it cancelled."

Gavin Lyall- The Secret Servant. 1980.

Ante dated Deja Vu. Specially if you guess the context of the quote.

By A Visitor








Disclosure of the reasons for the decision taken by the Supreme Court

The appellant sought for the copy of judicial record related to the case decided by the Supreme Court of India and the reasons for some of the conclusions reached in that order. The Public Information Officer (PIO) advised the appellant to deposit a certain amount of money for getting the copy of the order and informed him that it is beyond the scope of the PIO's duty to offer any justification/explanation for the orders passed by the Supreme Court of India. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) endorsed the views of the PIO. The Central Information Commission rejected the appeal observing that if there are certain conclusions in the order, the reasons for those conclusions have to be found out in the order itself. The PIO cannot interpret the order and come out with his own justifications.


Explanations cannot be sought under the RTI Act. There are many cases where the judge has not given any reasons or justification for coming to a conclusion. The only remedy available is to go for an appeal. However, if a case is thrown out with a single word "dismissed" by the apex court, there is very little option for an individual.

Citation: Ahsan Halim v. Supreme Court of India in File No. CIC/SM/A/2011/000789

No. CIC/SH/A/2014/001245 File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/002761
File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/002763 File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/002760 File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/

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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