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So ultimately Rahul agreed to debate Smriti Irani.... the debate was moderated by..... as it's yours truly

Me: Kindly do not get personal..... no rudeness ....

Rahul (R): As I have challenged Smriti ji to a debate ....I will start ..

Smriti (S) : Hold on was me who challenged you to a debate .... start kiya jhoot se.... if you are so pro farmers why did you not get the Food Park made during UPA's time???

R: Minorities' rights have to be protected .... like MMS ji said... majority minority have the first right to Insists resources ....

S: Whaaaa.... Sir I am asking you why did you not get the Food Park made during UPA's stint???

R: It's very clear to me education cannot be saffronised .....

S: Sir is all okay with you....are you hard of hearing ... have you not heard what I have said ...

Me: Madam I think he does not want to answer any question on Amethi ..... next question !!

S: During UPA rule, there were so many cases where the powerful, shortchanged farmers and made a killing with the very same land and still Congress positions itself as the Messiah of Farmers! !

R: It's time India moved to inclusive growth .... why are Muslims not progressing?

S: Sir what kind of reply is this .... chalo ... maybe you do not want to answer this question too! You keep on joking about Achche Dinn ... but if you notice after Modi ji taking over ... you have are more regular in Parliament and you are taking up issues .... even your mass health has improved ....why even Kejri's cough has been cured and he has put on weight ...

R: Via LAB this government plans to grab land of farmers... we will not allow this to happen!!!

S: You have sidestepped my Achche Din question... but I will answer your barb on LAB! ! Sir this government has time and again said no land the government acquires will be given to corporates. Seems there is an element of guilt here on Congress part ... you people think we will do what Congress did!!!

R: Unless this Ggovernment does not safeguard the interests of majority minority it would have failed in its duties!!!

S: Sir I fail to understand ... I am debating and you are just sloganeering ..... Sir this is a debate.... you have to answer my questions !!!

R: ( takes out a few papers from his pocket) This is what I think we should do with the LAB.

S: I am appalled... you have not argued on any point on LAB and resorted to tear a few papers you call LAB... Sir the Bill is voluminous and if you had to tear it would take some time !! Shows how very little you know about LAB..... to me it looks you mugged up a few points .... more like coming prepared for an English paper and the exam is for GK.

Me: Debate over


Madhya Pradesh Tourism sets a world record

International Standards Organization (ISO) through a certificate issued May 18, 2015 confirmed that Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. with 24 ISO certifications has attained maximum such certifications in the global tourism industry. This certificate was presented by the representative of ISO to Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of the state on MP Tourism Day, May 25, 2015. It may be mentioned that Ashwani Lohani is the Managing Director & Commissioner Tourism in the Govt of Madhya Pradesh.







K V Chowdary to be new CVC ?

Name of former CBDT Chairman K V Chowdary has been cleared for the post of Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). He is 1978 batch IRS (IT) officer. Formal announcement is expected only after the return of President Pranab Mukherjee from foreign visit on Thursday . He is presently Advisor to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that is probing black money cases.




Vijai Sharma to be new CIC
Senior most Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma is all set to become new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). He is former 1974 batch IAS officer of UP cadre. Formal announcement is expected only after the return of President Pranab Mukherjee from foreign visit on Thursday.






Ms Iyer to be Vigilance Commissioner ?

Outgoing CMD of the Bank of India Ms V R Iyer is being tipped to be new Vigilance Commissioner in the CVC.






Pandian to be IC in CIC ?

Outgoing Chief Secretary of Gujarat D J Pandian is likely to be appointed Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.







IPS officer puts in papers ?

Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner K.L. Prasad is reported to have put in his papers. He is 1982 batch IPS officer.







Justice Waghela to be sworn in on Thursday

Justice D H Waghela will take charge as the new Chief Justice of Orissa High Court on Thursday. Earlier Justice Waghela was officiating as the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.
(We said this on April 14)






Upendra Tripathy is also Secretary, Power

Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, New & Renewable Energy, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Power. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.






Delhi police transfers on the cards?

If sources are to be believed some UT cadre IPS have applied for change in place of postings. A meeting has been convened to decide their application. Meeting is likely to be held on June 4.






Cadre of Ms Swati Srivastava transferred to Uttarakhand

The cadre of Ms Swati Srivastava has been transferred from Chhattisgarh to Uttarakhand on the grounds of marriage to Nitin Singh Bhaduria, a 2011 batch IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre. She is a 2012 batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre.







Shishir Srivastava, who was posted Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of Mumbai Port Trust, has been relieved by Government of India. He is a 1994 batch IRS (IT) officer.







Mrs Neetika Bansal appointed Deputy Secretary, CBDT

Indian Revenue Service officer of Income Tax cadre (IRS-IT), Mrs Neetika Bansal has been appointed Deputy Secretary in Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).






Mrs Sujata Chaturvedi returns to parent cadre

Mrs Sujata Chaturvedi has returned to parent cadre as Principal Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Commerce in Bihar. She is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






Chaitanya Prasad returns to parent cadre

Chaitanya Prasad has returned to parent cadre as Principal Secretary, Cooperative in Bihar. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






Ms Ashima Mehrotra returns to cadre

After completion of her tenure in Railway Board, Ms Ashima Mehrotra has been posted to the cadre of Northern Railway. She is an IRTS officer.







Sanjay Gupta joins as CMD, EIL

Sanjay Gupta, Director (Commercial), EIL, has taken over the charge as Chairman and Managing Director, Engineers India Limited (EIL).
(We said this on Oct 29, 2014)






M S Rao takes over as Director, DCIL

M S Rao, GM, DCIL, has assumed charge as Director (Operations & Technical), Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL).
(We said this on Nov 5, 2014)





Sanjiv Sharma assumes charge as Director (Fin), MDL

Sanjiv Sharma, Director (Finance), GSL, has assumed charge as Director (Finance), Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).
(We said this o Oct 9, 2014)






Umesh Kumar fails to join as Director (P&PB), SAIL

Umesh Kumar, ED, Rourkela, has failed to join as Director (Projects & Business Planning), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) on June 1, 2015 in place of T S Suresh who retired on May 31, 2015. The sources said that he has not received orders for joining the same.







S K Sahni fails to take over as Director (Fin), BHEL

S K Sahni, GM, BHEL, has failed to assume charge as Director (Finance), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) on June 1, 2015 in place of P K Bajpai who retired on May 31, 2015. Sources said that he has not received orders for joining.






Dr R K Garg appointed ADG, PTRRI in MP

Dr R K Garg (1986) has been appointed Additional Director General, PTRRI, PHQ Bhopal. His earlier transfer orders as ADG, Disaster Management, Homeguard have been cancelled. Besides, S K Pandey, who was transferred as ADG, PTRI, PHQ, Bhopal, will remain as ADG, Disaster Management, Homegaurd, Bhopal.







Rahul Bhandari is Addl RC, Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi

Rahul Bhandari has been appointed Additional Resident Commissioner, Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi. He is a 1997 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.






Minor reshuffle of IAS officer in Punjab

D P Reddy has been given an additional charge of Principal Secretary, Finance while Shruti Singh will now be Chief Administrator, Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) and Sumeet Jarangal, ADC Bathinda is ADC Development (D) Fazilka in Punjab.







Vinod Kumar Saxena empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Vinod Kumar Saxena has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary in Government of India. He is a 1987 batch IRS-C&CE officer.






P K Sharma joins as Director (Ope), OIL

Pramod Kumar Sharma has taken over the charge as Director (Operations) of the Oil India Limited (OIL).

(We said this on Oct 20, 2014)






Two IAS officers get additional charges in Gujarat

P K Taneja has been assigned an additional charge of ACS, Home Department while K Srinivas gets additional charge of ACS, Urban Development & Housing Department in Gujarat.





Birender Singh Dhanoa joins as VC, Air Staff

Air Marshal, Birender Singh Dhanoa has taken over the charge as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS), in New Delhi.





Ms Mathur appointed Govt. Nominee Director of IOCL

Dr Archana S Mathur has been appointed as Government Nominee Director of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.






Ms Khati appointed Director of OMDC

Ms Urvilla Khati, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel has been appointed as Director of The Orissa Minerals Development Company Limited






Bhattacharya ceases to be Director of OMDC

P S Bhattacharya has ceased to be Director of The Orissa Minerals Development Company Limited






Rao assumes charge as Director in Dredging Corporation of India Limited

M S Rao has assumed charge as Director (Operations & Techinical) of Dredging Corporation of India Limited w.e.f. June 1, 2015






Mahadevan re-appointed Joint MD of BGR Energy Systems Ltd

BGR Energy Systems Limited has re-appointed V R Mahadevan as Joint Managing Director of the company.







Shankar appointed Independent Director of L&T

Larsen & Toubro Limited has appointed Ajay Shankar as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the company.






Hede resigns as CFO of Ador Welding Ltd

Sanjay M Hede has resigned as Chief Financial Officer of Ador Welding Limited.






Ms Parmar appointed CS of Jindal Worldwide Ltd

Jindal Worldwide Limited has appointed Ms Ankita Parmar as Company Secretary of the company.






Sharma appointed CS of NIIT Technologies Ltd

NIIT Technologies Limited has appointed Lalit Kumar Sharma as the Company Secretary of the company.





Sapre resigns as Whole-time Director of Kirloskar Brothers Limited

Jayant R Sapre has resigned as a Whole-time Director of Kirloskar Brothers Limited





Kumar resigns as CS of Helios And Matheson Information Technology Limited

K M Kumar has resigned as Company Secretary of Helios And Matheson Information Technology Limited







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Post retirement jobs

I fully endorse the idea that no retiring govt officer should be given post retirement jobs for 2-3 years. Those who got such jobs in the last two years especially those who got it under the Ministry where they have worked during the last 10 years of their career, should be removed and the posts also abolished.


Rassi jal gayi per bal nahin gaye

On May 29, the newspapers carried a news alongwith photographs announcing that Yaduvir Krishnadutt Vadyaar was anointed as the 27th King of Mysore. It is a great tragedy and an afront to our sovereignty that even after the princely states were abolished on the dawn of the independence in 1947 and the then rulers had signed the Instrument of Accession, the progeny of the erstwhile kings have not accepted this fact of history and refuse to be treated as just honourable citizens of the country like others and equal like others. They still feel that they are the Royal Blood and Heaven born and it is their birthright to be anointed as kings and queens and to be addressed as Maharajas or Rani sahiba or Rajmata. The innermost feelings, sense of superiority over all others and the sense of pride in their ancestry makes them feel a class apart from others. They expect obeisance from civil servants and all others when they meet them. Alas! even after 67 years of having becomea democracy, India is still divided into classes and sub-classes.

The other side of the coin is that certain communities continue to claim reservations and when not granted do not hesitate to cause untold hardship to the people in general by stopping train and road traffic. Rlyus. have incurred huge losses because of Gujjar agitation and so also goods traffic on road. Who will recoup the losses and who will restore sanity in the misguided Indians. Will the politicians of all hues and parties sit together and take a decision to do away with all reservations and make India a really classless society now? Has any democracy progressed on the basis of such stupid fallacies ?

SC Agrawal

Director General of Police (Retd.) Bhopal

Health care for pensioners

The Health Minister of India perhaps does not know what CGHS is. That is why no facilities for pensioners who are senior citizens even when they had deposited heavy amount for getting pensioners' CGHS card. MPs and politicians are getting medicines delivered at their residence by CGHS. Their servants are also drawing unlimited medicines from CGHS dispensaries. All on account of CGHS beneficiaries.

RK Bansal

Entry for stenos

I beg to differ with Kumar. Entry for stenos is still 10 +2 and for other grades it is now minimum graduation, even for a clerk. Plus shorthand has lost its significance due to technology of computers. There is no parallel between the two. PA/PS/PPS/SPPS/Staff Officers do nothing except yes sir and act as khabris (informers) and keep secrets of personal life of the officer. We are in globalized world now executive authority, accountability and performance principles be the guidelines for good delivery in the GoI rather than having yes men.

Harish Kumar

Stenographers' issue

I fully agree with the views and analytical approach of VP Sharma and Kumar on Stenographic Service. Stenographer to PSO no one is incompetent to render any duty assigned by the senior bureaucrats... To maintain or interact with a JS one steno can easily accommodate but several US rank officers. If both the cadres will be merged it will be much convenient to Stenographic Cadres to pursue their career progression.



Whosoever is appointed Secretary, Ministry of Power it should be ensured that none of them 'mulch' the PSUs under its control. One of the persons whose name has been suggested had been mulching the REC. This came out through RTI reply.









Information regarding a VSAT tender

Appellant sought detailed work information, i.e., design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 25 remote quick deployable suitcase type portable VSATs along with Accident site communication system on ARTs for Disaster Management in respect of a particular Indian Railways Tender. The PIO informed that portable VSAT equipment along with accident site communication equipment comes in the category of critical/security equipment used for strategic purposes of Disaster Management in Indian Railway. Since the equipments are also interlinked with material related to Ministry of Defence, the information cannot be disclosed to third party u/s 8(1)(a). The CIC directed the respondent to enable the appellant to inspect the relevant file within 30 days of this order.


It is surprising to see that the PIO had not invoked section 8(1)(d) relating to commercial confidence either of the Railways or the supplier.

Citation: Laxmi Singh v. Indian Railway Project Management Unit in Decision No.CIC/BS/A/2013/002265/VS/09430

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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