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Did Maharashtra CM deny PMO's recommendations ?

Rumours are that Maharashtra CM recently denied two recommendations of the PMO. Is it a fact ?


First get it clear

NDA Govt at the center is going to celebrate its second year completion this month. Ministers and party officials have been asked to tell public about Govt's achievements. DD has lined up interviews of Union Ministers on various topics. According to sources DD is facing peculiar problem. Ministers are sending request to postpone the pre-schedule interview at the eleventh hours. It has happened with 3-4 ministers. One can guess who can ask them to postpone the proposed interview?


Poor Rajan Katoch !

In AugustaWestland scam matter, proactive actions were taken by the then ED Rajan Katoch in 2013 -14 to initiate both FEMA & PMLA cases, despite then prevailing political environment and despite vested interests in ED. All actions taken so far in this case under current Government till July 2015-i.e tracing money trails,1 arrest ,3 property attachments, LRs to foreign countries- for which Government has got credit -were directed by Rajan Katoch in his tenure. Why then this personal vilification campaign in media against Rajan Katoch, who has since retired, and who is highly regarded for his professionalism and integrity ?


No taker for water train?

To meet the drinking water problem in drought Bundelkhand region, Indian Railway dispatched a water train to Mahoba in UP. It is said that water train was stationed at Jhansi Railway station till Wednesdaylate evening but there was no word either from the state government or the district administration. It is said that the Railways has sent the water train on a request from a senior leader of the region. It is because of politics that there are no takers of water train.







Kaun Banega Chairman Railway Board ? (5)

The race for the post of CRB is heating up. The name of Ashwani Lohani CMD/Air India who has a tremendous track record and who is also senior to Jamshed may also be considered if the government agrees to move him from airlines to railways.





Kumar Rajesh Chandra appointed as DG, BCAS

Kumar Rajesh Chandra has been appointed as Director General in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre.







Ms Anita Kapur appointed as Member, CAT

Former Chairperson of the CBDT Ms Anita Kapur has been appointed as Member, Competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT). She is a retired IRS officer.
(We said this on April 4)







Vice Admiral Lanba is new Navy Chief

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command, has been appointed as the new Chief of Naval Staff. He will assume charge on May 31.
(We said this on February 11 and again on April 13)






33 Officials of Revenue Services given retirement

For the first time 33 officials, including 7 group revenue services officials have been prematurely retired for non-performance under rule 56(j)*of CCS(Pension) Rules. In the last two years 72 officials have been dismissed including 6 group A officers in other departmental and disciplinary actions by the Ministry of Finance.






Sudhir Yadav is new DG Tihar Jail in Delhi

Sudhir Yadav has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Tihar Jail.He is 1985 batch IPS officer of UT cadre.
(We said this on March 9)






Kailashnathan to get extension

K Kaiashnathan popularly known as KK is getting one year extension this month end. Gujarat cadre 1979 batch former IAS officer Kailashnathan is presently Adviser to Gujarat CM Anandi Ben Patel.






Extension to M R P Rao as CVO, NTPC denied

The central deputation tenure of M R P Rao as Chief Vigilance officer in National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has not been extended by the Government of India. He is a 1986 batch IFS officer of UP cadre.






Ms Rashmi Shukla Sharma likely to return to parent cadre

Ms Rashmi Shukla Sharma, who is on central deputation as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Panchayat Raj, is expected to return to parent cadre. She is a 1984 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.






Panel of Gopal Singh for CMD, NMDC scrapped

The panel of Gopal Singh, CMD, CCL, made for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director in NMDC Limited has reportedly been scrapped by the Government of India.






GoI to hold fresh interviews for CMD, NMDC

The Government of India is reported to have decided on holding fresh interviews for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD), NMDC Limited after scrapping the panel of Gopal Singh, CMD, CCL.






File of P K Purwar for Director (Fin), RINL reaches ACC

The file of P K Purwar, Director (Finance), MTNL, for the post of Director (Finance), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), has reached the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) for its final approval.





Tenure of H P Girish as MD, STCL extended

The tenure of H P Girish as Managing Director, STCL has been extended till the age of his superannuation.






Arun Kumar deputed as Director, Agriculture

Arun Kumar has been deputed as Director in the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers' Welfare under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare for a period of five years. He is an IRSEE officer.






A K Nanda joins as Director (Pers), GRSE s

A K Nanda, CGM, BEML, has taken over the charge as Director (Personnel), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE).
(We said this on October 29, 2015)






Ravinder deputed as PS to Dr Mahesh Sharma

Ravinder presently working as Director, DIPP, has been deputed as Private Secretary to Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture at Director level. He is a 1999 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






Yashpal, PS to Minister for Rural Development, gets premature repatriation

Yashpal, Private Secretary to Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water & Sanitation, has been given premature repatriation. He is an officer of Haryana State civil Service.





Pragya S Saksena appointed as Joint Secretary, CBDT

Pragya S Saksena has been appointed as Joint Secretary (FT&TR-I), CBDT. Pragya is an IRS-IT Officer.





G John Prasad appointed as COM, SWR

G John Prasad, presently in SCR, has been appointed as Chief Operating Manager (COM) in South Western Railway (SWR). He is an IRTS officer.





Aneet Dulat posted as CCM on Railway itself

Aneet Dulat NFR has been posted as Chief Commercial Manager (CCM) on the Railway itself. He is an IRTS officer.






A K Khandelwal appointed as ED, Railway Board

A K Khandelwal has been appointed as Executive Director/NFR (Engg), Railway Board. He is an IRSE officer.




Rahul Kapoor appointed as Director, Railway Board

Rahul Kapoor has been appointed as Director, NFR (Finance), Railway Board. He is an IRAS officer.






Jitendra Nath appointed as Director, Archaeology

Jitendra Nath has been promoted to Director, Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India.





One IPS officer seeks transfer in Delhi Police

One woman IPS officer in Delhi Police is believed to have sought transfer from the district because of flourishing corruption.





Agni Mitra appointed as Regional Deputy Director, WCCB, Kolkata

Agni Mitra has been deputed as Regional Deputy Director, WCCB, Kolkata. He is a 2009 batch IFS officer of AGMUT cadre.





Dr Ashok K Mishra appointed as Technical Member in NCLT

Dr Ashok Kumar Mishra has been appointed as a Technical Member in National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for a period of five years.






Justice R Vardharajan appointed as Judicial Member, NCLT

Justice R Vardharajan has been appointed as Judicial Member in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for a period of five years.






Dr Rajshree Singh empanelled as DIG in GoI

Rajshree Singh has been empanelled for holding Deputy Inspector General (DIG) level posts in Government of India. He is a 1999 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre.






Two vacancies of DDG, UIDAI arising

Two vacancies of DDG, HQ RO Chandigarh, UIDAI at Joint Secretary level are falling vacant in the Department of Electronics & Information Technology in May.






Major reshuffle of IAS officers in Gujarat

As many as 83 IAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places in Gujarat. Accordingly, Mrs Avantika Singh Aulakh has been appointed as Collector, Ahmedabad while Dilip Kumar Rana was made Collector, Amreli and Ms Shalini Agrawal is Collector, Arvalli-Modasa. Similarly, Jenu Devan has been appointed as Collector, Banaskantha-Palanpur; Sagale Sandip as Collector, Bharuch; Nagarajan M as Collector, Botad; Vijayakumar L Kharadi as Collector, Chhataudepur; L P Padalia as Collector, Dahod; M J Thakkar as Collector, Dangs-Ahwa; Satish A Patel as Collector, Gandhinagar; Dr Rahul B Gupta as Collector, Junagadh; M A Gandhi as Collector, Kachchh-Bhuj; Kuldeep Arya as Collector, Kheda-Nadiad; Alok Kumar Pandey as Collector, Mehsana; I K Patel as Collector, Morbi; K M Bhimjiyani as Collector, Narmada-Rajipla; Ravi Kumar Arora as Collector, Navsari; K K Nirala as Collector, Patan; Dr Vikrant Pandey as Collector, Rajkot; M s Patel as Collector, Surat; Lochan Sehra as Collector, Vadodara; Ms Remya Mohan Muthadath as Collector, Valsad; Vishal Gupta as District Deelopment officer, Arvalli-Modasa; Amit Arora as District Development officer, Banaskantha-Palanpur; H K Koya as District Development officer, Botad; Amrutesh Kalidas Aurangabadkar as DDO, Chhotadudepur; Sujal J mayatra as DDO, Dahod; D S Gadhvi as DDO, Dangs-Ahwa; R R Raval as DDo, Devbhumi Dwarak; D P Desai as DDO, Gandhinagar; M A Panday as DDO, Jamnagar; Sudhir B Patel as DDO, Kheda-Nadiad; Sunilkumar H Dholi as DDO, Morbi; Dr Ranjit Kumar Singh as DDO, Narmada-Rajpipla; Tushar Dalpathbhai Sumera as DDO, Navsari; R B Rajyaguru as DDO, Patan; H J Vyas as DDO, Sabarkantha-Himatnagar; Kankipati Rajesh as DDO, Surat; M I Patel as DDO, Surendranagar; N K Damor as DDO, Tapi-Vyara; Dr Pardhi Sourabh Zamsingh as DDO, Vadodara; Gaurang H Makwana as DDO, Valsad; Raj kumar Beniwal as MD, iNDEXT-b, Gandhinagar; Mrs Manisha Chandra as Director ICDS, Commissionerate of Women & Child Development, Gandhinagar; Dr Rajender Kumar attached with GAD for further posting; Ravi Shankar as Municipal Commissioner, Junagarh Municipal Corporation; S M Patel as Additional Rural Development Commissioner in the Commissionerate of Rural Development, Gandhinagar; Rajesh Manju as Deputy Commissioner Municipal Commissioner, Surat Municipal Corporation, Surat; J K Astik as Additional Rural Development Commissioner; K D Chandnani as Joint Commissioner Rehabilitation and Director, Grievances Redressal Cell, Sardar Sarovar Punarvasavat Agency; G C Brahmbhatt as Additional Chief Executive Officer, Gujart; Dr Gaurav Dahiya as Deputy Secretary, Forests & Environment Department; N L Pujara as Joint Secretary, Educatoin Department; Dr C S Chaudhari as Additional rural Development Commissioner; R S Ninama as MD, Gujarat State Scheduled Castes Development Corporation; Dr Ratankanwar H Gadhvicharan as Deputy Secretary, Health & Family Welfare; Sandeep Kumar as Additional Secretary, Law & Order, Home Department; Pravinbhai K Solanki as CEO, Gujarat Municipal Finance board, Gandhinagar; Dr Sandhya Bhullar as Superintendent of Stamps & Inspector General of Registration; M Y Daxini as Commissioner of Youth Services & Cultural Activities, Gandhinagar; A M Sharma as CEO, Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority; J K Gadhvi as Director, Schools Gandhinagar; J B Patel as CEO, Surat Urban Development Authority; A B Gor as CEO, AUDA; B P Chauhan as Deputy Secretary, Educatoin Department; V J Rajput as Chief General Manager, Sardar Sarovar narmada Nigam Limited; D H Shah as Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad; B A Shah as MD, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd, Mehsana; J D Desai continues as OSD to Chief Minister; Tushar Dholakia as Commissioner of Tribal Development, Gandhinagar; R G Trivedi as Commissioner of Mid-day meal; P B Thakar as Director, State Fire Prevention Services, Gandhinagar; H R Suthar as MD, Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd, Rajkot; A J Shah as Director, Information; D K Parekh as Director, Employment & Training, Gandhinagar; S M Khatana as Deputy Secretary, Agriculture & Cooperation Department; Anupam Anand as Additional Industries Commissioner; Ms S Chhakchhuak as Deputy Secretary, Panchayats, Rural Housing & Rural Development; Ms Ardra Agrawal as MD, Dakshin Gujart Vij Company Ltd, Suarat; P L Solanki as Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara, Municipal Corporation; S B Raval as Secretary, Gujarat Human Rights Commission and G R Chaudhari was posted as Commissioner of Bureau of Public Enterprises, Gandhinagar.






Narasimha Sahu is no more

Narasimha Sahu , Former CAT Member and Retired Chief Commissioner of Income-Tax, passed away on the 5th May 2016 night at Apollo Hospital New Delhi. He was a saintly person.





Ghosh is new Ambassador to Tajikistan (UPDATED)

Somnath Ghosh (IFS: 1997), presently Ambassador of India to Mongolia, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Tajikistan.





Manohar Kumar joins as Director (Engg) in NPCC (UPDATED)

Manohar Kumar has taken over as Director (Engineering) on the Board of National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC). The post has been lying vacant since June 30, 2015.
(We said this on October 27, 2015)






Mrs N T Abroo appointed as MD, Karnataka Minorities Dev Corp Ltd (UPDATED)

Mrs N T Abroo has been appointed as Managing Director, Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation Limited in Karnataka. She is a 2008 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.






Rohani Kumar Gautam gets premature repatriation (UPDATED)

Rohani Kumar Gautam, Assistant Director General, UIDAI, Delhi, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre. He is a 1987 batch IDSE officer.







Who should be RBI Governor ?

Who should be the next RBI Governor ? Whether he should be an Economist, a professor, a Banker or a Politician. The term of present RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan is coming to an end in September.

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Paranjape appointed MD & CEO of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd
Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd has appointed Mrugank Paranjape as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company w.e.f. May 9, 2016.






Narasimham appointed as Senior VP & Global Head of Human Resources of Cyient Ltd

Cyient Limited has appointed PNSV Narasimham as the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources (HR) of the company






Arora resigns as Whole-time Director of Era Infra Engineering Ltd

Tulsi Dass Arora has resigned as Whole-time Director of Era Infra Engineering Limited.






Ms Jain appointed CS of MFL India Ltd

MFL India Ltd has appointed Ms Swati Jain as Company Secretary of the company.






Verma resigns as CS of MFL India Ltd

Kulbhusan Verma has resigned as Company Secretary of MFL India Ltd





Murthy appointed CEO of Radio Indigo

Satyanarayana Murthy has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Radio Indigo







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RBI Governor should be an economist with banking experience.IAS or any politician should not be considered for the post.

Kuldeep Dhawan


Considering his past outstanding performance Rajan should be given one more term. Government of India should not delay this wise decision. For Rajan there is no dearth of jobs. Many takers are waiting for the prized catch.

Suresh Joshi

Make Non-IAS Secretaries

Yes, True. Start making Non-IAS Secretaries. Things will automatically improve

Ravinder Kumar

Log book missing

Here the log book is missing. It is not the fault of CPIO, who has informed that it is not available. The CPIO is informed the truth. It is the fault of the public authority. In this case, where from he will bring the logbook ?


'Role Reversal'

C&AG S K Sharma, was reportedly the Defence Secretary and R K Ghosh ( IA&AS), Joint Secretary (Air) in MOD when the AgustaWestland deal was finalized ( WIC dated May 2,2016). Both are presently part of C&AG? Is this by coincidence or design ?

Will it be appropriate to rely on the C&AG's report on the alleged illegalities of the controversial deal with same officers at the helm?

Have they been interrogated by the CBI and ED or else exempted by virtue of the Constitutional status of C&AG? Just a point for consideration.

A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)

Selective reporting

Selective reporting seems to be done. 25 + 1 persons were appointed in the same order, but you report about the persons you know. Even the person appointed to NCLAT (Higher tribunal) is not even reported ! Need to look into your method of reporting!


Congratulations !

An Art Exhibition SAFARNAM organized by you was excellent. I was not having your contact number otherwise it could not have been missed by me. I know that this field has been your most favourite.

B R Arya, Retd from DoPT

Heartfelt condolences

My heartfelt condolences and god give strength to Family for this untimely great loss. Let the soul rest in Peace.

SBS Bhadauria, IFS, SIkkim


May his soul rest in peace.

Brij Mohan







Compilation of employee information on zonal basis

The appellant sought the details of deductions made in his Provident fund and current balance. The Railways denied him the information stating that they do not have a centralized information system for the employees. The CIC directed the Railways to provide the information. Further, the CIC advised the Railways to set up an information System, where an employee can access PF details for his entire career by entering a unique employee ID.


Many organisations compile information on a regional or zonal basis. A consolidated information system would not only help the employees in keeping track of their PF balances and withdrawals, but would also save the time and efforts of the public authority in compiling the records.

Citation: Harsh Kumar v. Northern Rly in Appeal No.CIC/VS/A/2015/001928

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

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