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Pulwama led to 350 seats, Article 370 will now give 450 seats ?

One should present daily report card

Will Delhi Assembly elections be held early ?

J&K: situation to be reviewed after August 23 ?

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Who will be first CDS - Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa or Gen Bipin Rawat ?

Odisha Chief Secretary seeks Voluntary Retirement – now State Election Commissioner

Asit Kumar Tripathy to be new Chief Secretary of Odisha !

Suresh Mahapatra to be Development Commissioner in Odisha

Marwein likely to be next CS of Meghalaya

Kashi Nath Jha joins as Joint Secretary, Chemicals & Petro-Chemicals

Is PESB’ value reducing ?

Dr Somani takes over as Drug Controller of India

Are Ministries told to adopt S & S route ?

CBSE hikes education fee; GoI to roll back in view of assembly polls ?

Sridhar Patra selected for CMD, NALCO

H S Sohal is also CVO, Mahangar Telephone Nigam Ltd

Sanjay Chahande returns to parent cadre

Judhistir Behera appointed Director (Fin), THDCIL

Naveen Kumar Bansal promoted to Chief Engineer grade in CPWD

Mrs Rukhsana Shaheen Khan promoted to Principal Controller of Defence Accounts

BSF officers promoted to IG grade

IRS-IT officers promoted to Principal Chief Commissioner grade

Dr Sunil Gautam appointed PS to Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Dr Raghab Prasad Dash appointed PS to Pratap Chandra Sarangi

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Soumitra Mandal posted as Director, NITI Aayog

Tenure of Dr Vinod Kumar Mishra extended

Sunil Paliwal appointed CMD, KPL

Ms Bindu Sharma appointed CMD, HHEC

Dr Tejram Nayak appointed Member (Civil), NCA

Dr Manager Singh appointed DG, NRLC

Former MP Dr A Sampath appointed Spl. Rep at Kerala House, New Delhi

Dr V B Mathur appointed Chairperson, NBA

Vijay Kumar appointed Financial Commissioner, Railway Board

Mrs Baldev Kaur Sokhey appointed Director (Fin), NBCC

Dr V G Somani appointed Drugs Controller, CSCO

Dr Harshad Pandurang Thakur appointed Director, NIHFW

Jasbir Singh appointed Director (S&HE), MDL

One more IO repatriated from ED

Mukesh Singh is now IG, Jammu Zone

IAS transfers in Odisha

Reshuffle of IPS officers in Tamil Nadu (UPDATED)

Siddharth Rambhau Kharat appointed as PS to Ramdas Athawale (UPDATED)

Rudra Ray promoted to Chief Architect grade (UPDATED)

Lanstieh appointed as Dy Comptroller & Auditor General in Secretary level in GoI (UPDATED)

Rajeev Sharma promoted to Chief Engineer grade in CPWD (UPDATED)

Anil Bahuguna continues holding charge as MD, NCCF till November (UPDATED)

Tenure of Rakesh Kumar Tiwari as Joint Secretary, UPSC extended (UPDATED)

MHA seeks proposals from CAPFs Heads within week for NFFU & NFSG to CAPF officers (UPDATED)

Deputation tenure of Dhirendra Ojha as DG (Media & Communications), ECI extended (UPDATED)



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DEBATE
Is India inching towards Presidential form of Government ?
Whispersinthecorridors has this indication from top bureaucratic circles that there is an apprehension of Presidential form of Government in the country. The logic behind such a thinking is – introduction of lateral entry System in bureaucracy (American system), appointment of IAS, IFS and Army officers as Ministers, selection of top brains in different sectors, portfolio allocation to Dr. S Jaishankar and Hardeep Puri, plan to import a third of Deputy Secretaries from private sector, efforts to have ‘one nation, one election’, strong PMO and last but not the least appointment of Amit Shah as Home Minister.


Grapevine has it that once the BJP gets majority in Rajya Sabha next year, Presidential form of Government will become a reality but will it be viable ?


Mail your views at mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com and suresh.mehrotra@yahoo,com
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Nodal officer for compilation of information The Appellant sought attested copies of certain Office Memorandum through separate RTI applications. The PIO, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Health and Family Welfare, denied the disclosure of information on the ground that the information sought are not readily available in the Office of the PIO and that the OMs were incorporated in the Swamy’s Compilation on Medical Attendance Rules, which could be used as a reference book. During the hearing before the CIC, it was reiterated that in his RTI applications, the Appellant himself had made reference to the Swamy’s Compilation on Medical Attendance wherein all the notifications of the Office Memorandums were already mentioned and that they used the aforementioned compilation for their internal purposes as well. On being queried by the CIC regarding the process for record keeping / compilation of the documents sought in the RTI application at the Ministerial level through a Nodal Officer and its periodic updation with clarifications, no satisfactory response was offered by the Respondents who submitted that being very old records several OMs/ Notifications were not available at this distant date. The CIC felt that there was an urgent need to develop a robust system of record keeping in the Respondent Public Authority and to review its efficaciousness periodically. The CIC further noted that the position of Nodal Officer in a Public Authority is created in order to ensure timely and precise response on the RTI applications where information is scattered and multiple Divisions / Departments are involved. It was felt that there was lack of coordination between Public Authority Officials present during the hearing on the issue of custodian of information which ultimately impedes the implementation of the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005. The CIC also referred to the OM No. 1/32/2007-IR dated 14.11.2007 wherein while prescribing for creation of a nodal authority for dealing with RTI applications. In the larger public interest, the CIC advised the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to appoint a Nodal Officer for the compilation and collation of all available OMs / Notifications issued in the form of a compendium for ready reference of all concerned and to facilitate expeditious reply to the RTI application.



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OM No. 1/32/2007-IR dated 14.11.2007 calls upon all the public authorities with more than one PIO to create a central point within the organisation where all the RTI applications and the appeals addressed to the First Appellate Authorities may be received. It would aid in quick disposal of the RTI applications.


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