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Whispers finds place in books creating political turmoil  

As a matter of proud for all our surfers, who have faith in what we publish, finds place in the two most talked about books these days - The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjaya Baru & Crusader or Conspirator ? of PC Parakh.

The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's former Media Adviser Sanjay Baru while narrating about the events that occurred during the run-up to his reappointment (which finally did not come) in June 2009 has mentioned in his book
-The Accidental Prime Minister - about whispersinthecorridors ( on Pg. 267) saying - "A few days later reported that I would be returning to the PMO".

Similarly, former Coal Secretary PC Parakh has in his book 'Crusader or Conspirator ?' , on Pg 142, mentioned about a report which appeared in the on March 2, 2005. The report is related to repatriation of Parakh to his parent Andhra Pradesh cadre when the then Coal Secretary, according to him, was not getting full political support of his ministers and the PM was also finding himself helpless in coming to the rescue of the 1969 batch IAS officer because he (Dr. Manmohan Singh) required the support of the said ministers to run his coalition government.

This speaks about the credibility that whispersinthecorridors has earned over a period of time and how much authentic its reports are in the opinion of the 'decision makers' of the country.



Nitish Kumar would have been Dy PM

Political observers feel Nitish Kumar would have been the Deputy Prime Minister had he not left the NDA. Now people say Nitish Kumar is going to be worst loser in the Lok Sabha polls.



The impact of WHISPERS

The impact of whispers is hard and immediate. Stung by widespread criticism over whispers report on misuse of saloons by apex officials of the board and rapid decline during the last one year in the railways image as well as the conduct of apex officials, the Minister of Railways reportedly reprimanded the CRB recently. As a consequence apex level officials have decided not to use (or misuse) saloons till things cool down.






As many as 27 IAS officers are retiring in April, 2014. They are Tabom Bam of AGMUT cadre; J Sathyanarayana and S Sundara Raju of Andhra Pradesh cadre; Jai Ram Lal Meena of Bihar; Munish Kumar Tyagi and M S Paraste of Chhattisgarh; J D Bhad of Gujarat; Satish Chandra Choudhary and Shiv Raman Gaur of Haryana; Pritam Chand Kapoor of Himachal Pradesh; Farooq Ahmed Peer, G H Tantray of Jammu and Kashmir cadre; Uttam Kumar Sangma of Jharkhand; Prassanna Kumar Dash of Madhya Pradesh; M S Chauhdari of Maharashtra; Kasthala Venkata Satyanarayana and Bijoy Deb Barma of Manipur-Tripura cadre; Arun Kumar Jain of Nagaland; Krushna Chandra Mishra of Orissa; Chandra Mohan Meena of Rajasthan cadre; Ms Loretta Mary Vas and Devinder Pal Singh of Uttar Pradesh; Subhash Kumar of Uttarakhand and K Sathivasan, Umashankar Mondal and Debashis Bandyopadhyay of West Bengal cadre.





Jharkhand Chief Secretary R S Sharma is likely to be appointed next Secretary, Information Technology in the Government of India. He is a 1978 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.




The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has opened the floodgates for All India Service officers seeking Joint Secretary level postings in Government of India as over one dozen vacancies are arising upto May 2014.






Radhakrishnan gets four months extension

Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Space Commission K Radhakrishnan has been given extension for a period of four months.






Dr Deepak Mittal appointed Director in PMO

Dr Deepak Mittal has been deputed as Director in the Prime Minister's Office for a period of three years. He is a 1998 batch IFS officer.






Narendra Kothari has last laugh

After almost one year battle, SAIL CEO, Narendra Kothari has had the last laugh by donning the mantle of NMDC as CMD. Two names Tapas Kumar Lahiry, CMD, BCCL and Kothari were short-listed by the Search Committee after interviewing 15 candidates for this post on May 30, 2013. A Search committee was constituted after the ACC scrapped earlier selection of PESB.






Singh is now DIG, SSB FHQ

Ashok Kumar Singh has joined SSB FHQ as DIG. The 1995 batch IPS officer of UP cadre has succeeded Chanchal Shekhar as FHQ who has further moved to Srinagar as DIG, J&K Sector SSB.






15 officers in race for Spl Dir, ED (Northern Zone)

It is reliably learnt that the Department of Revenue has shortlisted as many as 15 candidates for the appointment to the crucially important slot of Special Director, ED. As many as 25 applications were received by the GoI. CVC is reportedly yet to start its bit.





Shalabh Tyagi appointed Director in UPSC

Shalabh Tyagi has been appointed as Director in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Delhi, for a period of five years. He is a 1998 batch IRSEE officer.





Ms Pal appointed PAG (Audit) Punjab under CAG

Ms Mahua Pal, Principal Accountant General (A&E), Uttarakhand, Dehradun, has been posted as Principal Accountant General (Audit), Punjab, Chandigarh under the Comptroller & Auditor General of India. She is a 1987 batch IA&AS officer.






Amit Mohan Prasd gets six months extension

CVO Oil India Amit Mohan Prasad has been granted six months extension in deputation tenure till October 29. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.






Sahu deputed as Director, Textile

Rajesh Kumar Sahu has been deputed to central Government as Director in the Ministry of Textiles.He is a 1999 batch ITS officer.






Two persons reluctant to join Boards of PSUs

Two persons, who felt humiliated by the cavalier attitude of two different Ministries in Government of India, have showed unwillingness to join the Boards of two different Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).






Y K Singh appointed CIT (TDS), Bhopal

Indian Revenue Service officer of Income Tax cadre, Y K Singh has been appointed as Commissioner of Income Tax (TDS), Bhopal.






Gyaneshwra Rao posted as COM, SWR

P Gyaneshwra Rao has been posted as COM (CHOD) in South Western Railway. He is an IRTS officer.







Meena shifted to South Western Railway

R P Meena has been transferred from North Western Railway to South Western Railway (SWR) and posted in the cadre.








Applications for ADG (Pers & Admn), GSI invited

Applications have been invited for the post of Additional Director General (Personnel & Administration) in Central Headquarters, Geological Survey of India, (GSI) Kolkata under the Ministry of Mines. Those interested to apply for the same can send their applications to the concerned department at the earliest.





Raman appointed GM (Pers), Southern Region Air India

Baleshwar Raman, Deputy General Manager (Personnel), Southern Region, Chennai, has been appointed General Manager Personnel, Southern Region in Air India Limited.





Three names in race of DG, SSB (UPDATED)

If some top sources are to be believed the panel is ready for the coveted slot of DG, SSB. Reportedly, the panel comprises of two IPS officers belonging to 1980 batch & one from 1977 batch. CVC board meeting is expected to take place tomorrow. Keep guessing.






Who will be selected for the post of Dir (Tech & Offshore) SCI tomorrow? (UPDATED)

With countdown for selection interview for the slot of Director (Tech & Offshore), Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) ,the whispers have been doing rounds as who would be recommended for the position tomorrow. PESB will interview the shortlisted candidates tomorrow for the slot which has been running vacant.






Chandan Sinha appointed new ED, RBI (UPDATED)

Chandan Sinha has been appointed as Executive Director (ED) of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).






U S Paliwal appointed new ED, RBI (UPDATED)

U S Paliwal has been appointed as Executive Director (ED) of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).






Viswanathan appointed new ED, RBI (UPDATED)

Vishwanathan has been appointed as Executive Director (ED) of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).






Reddy is first Ambassador to separate Indian Mission to ASEAN & East Asia Summit (UPDATED)

Suresh K Reddy currently Ambassador of India to Iraq, has been appointed as India's first Ambassador to the separate Indian Mission to ASEAN & East Asia Summit. He is a 1991 batch IFS officer.








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






S Mahapatra selected Director (Exp& Dev), OIL

S Mahapatra, GM, ONGC, has been selected for the post of Director (Exploration & Development), Oil India Limited (OIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on April 22, 2014. As many as 14 persons were interviewed for the same.







Orders of Ravindra Kumar for Director (Fin) in NEPA Ltd issued

The orders of Ravindra Kumar, Joint GM, TCIL, for the appointment as Director (Finance), NEPA Limited have been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on January 9, 2014)





Ashok Sen is new ED of IOC (Western Region)

Ashok Sen has taken over as Executive Director (Regional Services),Western Region, Indian Oil, Mumbai which caters to the service needs of five states viz: Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Chattisgarh.





Kagliwal to be appointed MD, Nath Seeds Ltd

The Board of Nath Seeds Limited is to appoint Satish Kagliwal as Managing Director of the company.






Jain re-appointed CFO of Indag Rubber Ltd

Indag Rubber Ltd has re-appointed J K Jain as Chief Financial Officer of the company w.e.f. July 1, 2014






Bhat ceases to be Chairman, Mount Everest Mineral Water Ltd

Harish Bhat has ceased to be the Chairman of Mount Everest Mineral Water Ltd.






Ms Malathy resigns as CS of Muthoot Capital Services Ltd

Ms Malathy N has resigned as Company Secretary of Muthoot Capital Services Ltd.





Two Directors cease to be on Board of Hydro S & S Industries Ltd

V Thirupathi and G Balasubramanyan have resigned as directors of Hydro S & S Industries Limited.





Badrinath designated CFO, International Paper APPM Ltd

International Paper APPM Ltd has designated C Badrinath as Chief Financial Officer of the company.





Krishnakumar appointed Addl. Non Exec. Director, Mount Everest Mineral Water Ltd

Mount Everest Mineral Water Ltd has appointed L Krishnakumar as an Additional Non Executive Non Independent Director of the company .






Desai to be re-appointed Director, Mastek Ltd

The Board of Mastek Ltd is to re-appoint Ashank Desai as Director of the company.






Jain appointed CFO, Amit Securities Ltd

Amit Securities Ltd has appointed Rishabh Kumar Jain as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company .









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Is Central Staffing Scheme promotion biased ?

The rank of Joint Secretary, GOI is equivalent to rank and pay (SAG) scale of Major General rank in Army/Air Force/Navy. An officer in armed forces take almost 33 years to get to this rank. Officers in Group A civil services namely Central Secretariat Service, IES, ISS, IRS, IDAS and others take almost 27 to 28 years of service to get promoted. Some of the Group A take even 33 to 34 years of service to get promoted to this rank and scale. How is it that only IAS officers are promoted to JS, GOI (SAG) scale only after 19 to 22 years of service?

Jose, Additional Secretary to Government of India (Retd.)

Congress can carry bureaucracy with it in future Elections

Congress can carry bureaucracy on its side in future Elections in States and at centre. For this, UPA should increase retirement age of bureaucrats between May 12 and May 16 next month. During this period Election Commission code will no more be in force, and UPA government shall still be in Power to take this decision in Cabinet and implement it quickly.


CIC has backlog of over 20,000 cases

The Central Information Commission constituted sometime in 2005 is carrying a backlog of more than 20,000 cases at the end of March, 2014. Presently, at the rate at which the disposal of cases is taking place vis-à-vis receipt of new cases, there is no likelihood of liquidation of this pendency at any time in future. May be the pendency may mount further.

Information is a fast perishing commodity. What is information today may be irrelevant tomorrow. As time is the essence of getting information and making it for useful end, such delays in getting response to RTI requests and consequent delays in CIC ranging up to a year or two is obviously a wastage of public money and effort. Apparently the purpose of having a CIC for effective implementation of RTI Act gets defeated. Some of the organizations like insurance companies, Railways and MCD do not bother about RTI as CIC has been rendered toothless.

Should there be not an audit of CIC to see what purpose it is serving other than giving parking slots to retired bureaucrats.

R Dayal

CGHS Working ?

So much has been said about CGHS working as there are problems and beneficiaries are facing problems one after other. It is now for DG, CGHS to monitor personally and resolve the problems at the earliest to avoid un- necessary harassment to beneficiaries. It looks that the main problems are cashless treatment in empanelled hospitals, timely issue of CGHS cards with life time validity, allowing direct consultation of pensioners to empanelled hospitals etc. These are regular things which can be easily managed and resolved. For an IAS officer it is routine work. If these problems are not resolved early, then it becomes clear about mismanaging the official work and dereliction of duties. Who will be responsible for denying medical help to the needy beneficiaries?

A Kumar







Full bench orders for disclosure of third party vigilance file notings

Copy of the note sheets and correspondence pages of a vigilance file of the third party were denied by the PIO under section 8(1)(h). The PIO informed that the noting is based on investigation reports received from CBI, an organisation now exempt under section 24 of the RTI Act. The PIO also argued that investigation has been initiated under Prevention of Corruption Act, which is a specific enactment as opposed to the RTI Act which is a general Act. The appellant contended that it is not apparent as to how disclosure of information would impede investigation. The third party stated that he has no objection if the information sought by the Appellant is provided. The matter was referred to the full bench of CIC which directed to disclose the information after applying severability.


Disclosure of vigilance matters has been a matter of debate. Unless the investigation is impeded by disclosure, the same cannot be denied under section 8(1)(h). Neither the name / designation of the person recording the noting is liable to be disclosed nor is any other indication in the correspondence which may reveal reveal the identity of the author of the noting.

Citation: Mrs. Sonam Sharma v. Department of Posts in File No. CIC/BS/A/2012/000928-Interim-I

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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