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Brief spell of Governor’s rule likely in TamilNadu

A brief spell of Governor’s rule is not ruled out  in TamilNadu  because of some instability after Sasikala comes out of jail in end January with  her loyalists crossing over to her side and may even resign from the Cabinet that will include O Panneerselavam - the sulking Deputy Chief Minister who is a TTV Dinakaran loyalist.


Is PM getting real report about Bihar polls ?

Is PM Narendra Modi getting real report  about Bihar polls from his agencies ?.Sources say he is not .





Congress is divided house ?

Once a national party, the Congress is a divided house these days. People say it is divided between Sonia loyalists Congress and Rahul Gandhi loyalists Congress.







DEBATE- Who is a better minister – former IFS or ex-IAS officer?
In the Modi led NDA government, four bureaucrat turned politicians are Ministers. While Dr. S Jaishankar and Hardip Singh Puri – both Rajya Sabha MPs - are retired IFS officers, R K Singh and Arjun Meghwal – both retired IAS officers are Lok Sabha MPs. Now the question that arises is  - who among them – former IFS officers or ex- IAS officers are more result oriented ?
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Ministry of Personnel came into being in 1970 
Ministry of Personnel has been the brainchild of Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then PM, who created the Ministry in question in 1970. Prior to that, there was nothing like Ministry of Personnel and the activities now being looked after by this Ministry used to be disposed off by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
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Will new Finance Secretary be from the open market ?

Power galleries are abuzz with new rumours related to the Ministry of Finance. They say that one should not be surprised if the new Finance Secretary is appointed from the open market on a two to three years contract. Earlier also Dr. Manmohan Singh and Montek Singh Ahluwalia were during the Congress govt regime appointed as Finance Secretary from outside. Both were economists and non- IAS. Now the question is, who will be that lucky person ? One has to wait till February next year when A B Pandey retires. He is a 1984 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS officer.

Empanelment of 1994 batch IAS delayed

It is said that empanelment of 1994 batch IAS to the rank of Additional Secretary  will now take place in early neaxt year.

Subhash Agrawal to be Special Director ED ?

Subhash Agrawal is likely to be appointed Special Director ED. He is 1993 batch IRS(C&CE) officer.

Four new GMs in Railways

Ms Anjali Goyal (IRAS)  has been appointed as GM, Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi.Sunil Sharma (IRPS)  will be GM, Northeast Frontier Railway (Construction), Guwahati.A Gangal (IRSME)  has been made  GM, Northern Railway, New Delhi and VK Tripathi (IRSEE)  will be GM, North Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur.

Nitin Gupta promoted to Pr.CCIT grade

Nitin Gupta has been promoted to the grade of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Pr.CCIT) on in-situ basis. He is an IRS-IT officer. 

Power Grid to get new Director on Nov 1

Abhay Choudhary, ED, Powergrid, will be taking over the charge as Director (Projects), Power Grid Corporation of India Limited on November 1, 2020.

No internal claimant for CMD, NRDC post

No internal candidate has turned up for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation. External candidates are expected to be selected for the post. Dr Vipin Chandra (IRS-IT), Joint Secretary (Administration), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), is holding an additional charge of this vacant post. 

Tenure of Ms. Davar ends in Dec; Bhargava to succeed as Director (HR), POSOCO

The tenure of Ms. Meenakshi Davar as Director (Human Resources), Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO), is coming to an end on December 31, 2020. Anshul Bhargava, Chief People Officer/Head HR, Administration and CSR, PNB Housing Finance Limited, is expected to succeed her on January 1, 2020.

Manoj Kumar to succeed R R Mishra as CMD, WCL

Manoj Kumar, Director Technical, WCL, will be taking over the charge as new Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) on January 1, 2021. He will succeed incumbent CMD R R Mishra retiring in December 2020. Appointment of Manoj Kumar is under process.

GoI yet to select candidate for vacant post of CMD, HEC

The Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises is yet to select the candidate for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited (HEC) lying vacant for more than two years. The Ministry was entrusted with selecting a candidate after the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) failed to find a suitable candidate for the second time at a selection meeting held on March 13, 2019. The PESB had also failed to find a suitable candidate at its first meeting held on August 1, 2018. Presently, BHEL CMD Dr Nalin Singhal is holding an additional charge of HEC.

Vishal Pal Singh relieved to join as Vice President, GSTN

The tenure of Vishal Pal Singh as Deputy Secretary, Power has been curtailed in order to enable him to join as Vice President in GSTN, New Delhi on deputation basis. He is a 2006 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

Post of Ms. Prena Puri upgraded as Director, RG &CCI

The post of Ms. Prena Puri has been upgraded as Director in the office of RG & CCI. She is a 2006 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Financial crunch in MMTC: Unions request CMD to downsize manpower

Country's leading international trading company MMTC Limited has fallen by the wayside. The real crunch came when the company failed to disburse salary for the month of September, due to heavy diversion of funds to NINL. The Federation of MMTC Staff Unions wrote the CMD requesting him to downsize the manpower by offering VRS in order to bailout the company from financial crisis. The company, which has always striven to outperform its own past records, fell into a decline as the Government failed to take timely decisions and extend financial support to the PSU at the beginning of financial difficulties, sources say.

Around 2000 promotions of Central Secretariat Service officers in doldrums

Around 2000 promotions of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officers from Section Officer, Under Secretary to Director levels have been lying pending for two years.  Around 300 officers are waiting for promotion to Under Secretary, while 150 officers for Director and 1500 for Section officer. Many officers are retiring from the service while waiting for promotions. Central Secretariat Service is said to be a cadre of 5000 officers and is a backbone of the Government of India. 

TRAI seeks Principal Advisor on deputation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has proposed to fill up the post of Principal Advisor on deputation on foreign service terms.

Applications invited for post of Chairman, HERC

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has invited applications for the post of Chairman in HERC.

AJNIFM seeks Chief Administrative Officer on deputation

Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Management (AJNIFM), Faridabad is seeking to appoint Chief Administrative Officer on deputation.

Tarun Beniwal posted in NR

Tarun Beniwal, who is returning from deputation to National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), has been posted in the cadre on Northern Railway (NR). He is a senior administrative grade (SAG) officer belonging to Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS).

14 IRSME officers promoted to JAG

As many as 14 officers of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) have been promoted to Junior Administrative Grade (JAG). They are: Ramendra Pal Singh, Panchanan Behera, Nand Kishore Verma, G Mondal, Ashok Kumar, Brij Mohan, Luskar Boro, VC Majhi, Brajendra Singh Rawat, Debashis Pathak, Arvind Kumar Mishra, PK Pattanayak, GS Manna and Chaman Singh Chaudhary.

AK Ranjan shifted to SCR

AK Ranjan has been transferred from South Eastern Railway to South Central Railway (SCR) and posted in the cadre. He is a selection grade (SG) officer belonging to Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS).

Raj Kishore placed in Selection grade

Raj Kishore, who is serving in East Central Railway, has been placed in non-functional selection grade (SG) with effect from January 1, 2019. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.  

Pulkit Srivastava shifted to RDSO

Pulkit Srivastava has been transferred from Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) to Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO). He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer. 

Reshuffle of IAS officers in Delhi Govt

As many as seven IAS officers have been given new assignments in Delhi Government. Accordingly, Prince Dhawan has been appointed as Special Commissioner, Trade & Taxes, while Himanshu Gupta was made Deputy Commissioner, North DMC and Dr Sonal Swaroop is Deputy Commissioner, South DMC. Similarly, Ms Harleen Kaur has been appointed as Special Secretary, PWD with additional charge of Special Secretary Vigilance and Secretary Sahitya Kala Parishad; Y V V J Rajashekhar as Deputy Commissioner, East DMC; Rahul Singh as Commissioner, Excise and Ms Chestha Yadav was made Deputy Commissioner North West, Revenue Department.

Two DANICS officers assigned new jobs in Delhi Govt

Sandeep Mishra has been appointed as Registrar NSUT with additional charges of Registrar, Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University and Registrar, Delhi Sports University as well as Secretary, State Election Commission and Vishwendra was made Deputy Commissioner, South East Revenue Department  with continuing additional charges of Deputy Commissioner Census and Deputy Commissioner, HQ in Delhi Government. 

Four IAS officers get new assignments in Maharashtra

Rahul Dwivedi has been posted as State Project Director, Samgra Siksha Abhiyan, Mumbai, while Shantanu Goel was made Commissioner, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Maharashtra, Nagpur and Ajit Patil is Joint Secretary, General Administration Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai. Besides, M V Mohite has been posted as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Washim in Maharashtra.

Telangana Intelligence Chief to get extension ?

There are reports that Telangana Intelligence Chief V Naveen Chand is being given extension after superannuation on October 31.

Mang Lal Sonal notionally appointed as IFS (UPDATED)

Mangi Lal Sonal, SFS officer of Rajasthan cadre, has been notionally appointed as IFS against the Select List of 1996-97.

Eight ISS officers promoted to Junior Time Scale (UPDATED)

As many as eight officers of Indian Statistical Service (ISS) have been promoted to the Junior Time Scale. The officers are: K Suryanarayan, Ashok Pandey, Sunil Kumar, P T Kumaran, Ramesh Prasad, K K Dutta, R K Sharma and Dilip Kumar Bhattacharjee.

Will Usha Sharma be new Chief Secretary of Rajasthan ? (UPDATED)

Ms Usha Sharma is likely to be appointed new Chief Secretary of Rajasthan. She is 1985 batch IAS officer.

IPS Officer, Purushottam Sharma suspended in MP (UPDATED)
The Ministry of Home Affairs has suspended Purushottam Sharma at the recommendations of Madhya Pradesh government. He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh.
Two IPS officers get new postings in MP (UPDATED)

Two IPS officers have been assigned new responsibilities in Madhya Pradesh. Yashpal Singh Rajput has been posted as Superintendent of Police, Mandla, while Deepak Kumar Shukla is appointed as AIG, Police Headquarters, Bhopal.


JNPT sentralizes parking plaza stands operational (UPDATED)

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has opened a new Centralized Parking Plaza (CPP) for container tractor trailers with Customs facilitation, as part of its efforts to promote ease of doing business. The parking plaza spread across 45 hectares has a capacity to park 1,538 tractor trailers at a time. The plaza has been built exclusively to integrate the parking of tractor trailers carrying factory stuffed export containers at one location instead of multiple locations earlier. This will help integrate document processing by Customs with state-of-the art facilities and service provision.  The plaza will be managed using Real Time Parking Management system and has a Wi Fi provision within the premises. It has a dormitory for truck drivers to stay, canteen for providing food to truck drivers, well-maintained toilets, area for vehicle repair and maintenance and commercial building. The Centralized Parking Plaza will have guards and staff at each entry gate and entry lane to guide the tractor trailers to respective entry gates and lanes for entry formalities to ensure that at tractor trailers don’t have to wait in queue for entry. The CPP will also have MIS system where the details of the tractor trailers such as  Name of driver, Contact Number, In timing, Truck No, Container No, Size of Container, Type (Dry/Hazardous/Reefer), Shipping Bill no, CHA Contact Number, Terminal will be recorded. Once the data entry is done at the entry gates, a parking number will be allotted to the tractor trailer based on its characteristics such as destination terminal, type of cargo, size of container etc. All information collected will be linked with parking number and a unique id with the date, time and stamp will be allotted and stored in the central server.  Further, the tractor trailer in CPP will be guided to its parking location using variable messaging signs, other signages and will be moved to a parking bay near the inspection area. Once the Customs official inspects and clears the container, the tractor trailer will be allotted the parking bay. When the Let Export Order (LEO) is issued, the tractor trailer is free to leave the CPP through the respective exit gates.

NTPC ties up JPY 50 billion funding from JBIC (UPDATED)

In the first funding for NTPC Ltd under Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC)’s GREEN or Global Action for Reconciling Economic growth and Environment preservation initiative, India’s largest power producer today entered into foreign currency loan agreement with Japanese Government’s financial institution for JPY 50 billion (approx. USD 482 million or Rs. 3,582 crore). JBIC will provide 60% of the facility amount and the balance will be given by commercial banks (viz., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, the Bank of Yokohama Ltd., the San-In Godo Bank Ltd., the Joyo Bank Ltd. and The Nanto Bank Ltd.), under JBIC guarantee. The facility is extended under JBIC’s outreach for projects, which ensure conservation of global environment. The loan proceeds shall be utilized by NTPC for funding its capex for Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) & Renewable Energy projects. FGD, substantially reduces the SOx emission in the flue gases of thermal power plants and is a critical step towards environmental sustainability. The loan agreement was signed by Anil Kumar Gautam, Director (Finance), NTPC and Mr. TANIMOTO Masayuki, Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Infrastructure & Environment Finance Group, JBIC through video conferencing.

Major appointments of IRS-Customs officers (UPDATED)

As many as 53 IRS-Customs officers have been transferred and posted to different places in the grade of Pr Commissioner/commissioner of Customs & Central Excise. Accordingly, Kajal Singh has been posted to Delhi ACC, while Rajesh Fatesingh Dhabre was appointed to CBN Gwalior and  Kapil Chaudhary is DG Vigilance Delhi HQ. Similarly, Alok Jha to Ghaziabad CGST; Satyendra Mathuria to CEIB, Delhi; Upendra Gupta to Pr ADG, DGTS, Delhi; Yogendra Garg to GST Council Secretariat; Reshman Lakhani to Pr ADG, DGPM, Mumbai; Mihir Kumar to NOIDA, Appeals CGST; R Manohar to ADG, DG TS, Bengaluru; Vinod Kumar Gahlot to Settlement Commission, Delhi; Ravindra Ramchandra Bangar to Settlement Commission, Mumbai; Manoj Kumar Rajak to Nagpur Appeals CGST; Ram Niwas to Jamngar Cus; Suresh Kumar to Bengaluru Appeals Cus; Mahendra Ranga to PR ADG, DTE of Legal Affairs, Delhi; Sandeep Srivastava to PR ADG, DGPM, Delhi HQ; S Chandramohan to Settlement Commission, Chennai; Hitesh Shah to Patna-II, CGST & CX; Sucheta Sreejesh to DGHRD (I &W), Delhi; Mahesh Kumar Rustago to Jammu Audit CGST; Chetan Kumar to Palghar CGST; Anil Mishra to ADG, DG PM Delhi; Pradeep Kumar to Bolpur CGST; Valte Vungzamuan to PR ADG, DG Audit Delhi; Chandra Prakash Goyal to Jaipur CGST; Prachi Saroop to Mumbai Cus Gen; A R S Kumar to Hyderabad Appeals; Rimjhim Prasad to Delhi North CGST; K C Johny to Bengaluru East CGST; Rajesh Jindal to Kolkata Port; Rajeev Gupta to PC, CC CESTAT Chandigarh; Simmi Jain to Delhi ACC Import; U Niranjan to NHAV Shevai Cus, Mumbai; Manoj Kumar Srivastava to Vadodara-I; Mayank Kumar to PR ADG, Vigilance; Alok Chopra to Mumbai Cus; Yogpal Singh to PR ADG, DG NACIN, Faridabad HQ; Madan Mohan Singh to PR ADG, DG NACIN Delhi; Sharwan Kumar to PC RA Mumbai; Arti A srinivas to PR ADG, DIC, Delhi; Charul Baranwal to Gurugram CGST; K V S Singh to PR ADG DG Systems, Chennai; Madhur Sreedhar Reddy to PC CC, CESTAT, Chennai; Capt Sanjay Gahlot to PR ADG, DTE of Logistics; Sanjay Rathi to Lucknow CGST; Balbir Singh to Nagpur-I CGST; Milind Gawai to Mumbai East CGST; Ganta to Chennai, North CGST; Gopi Nath to Rajkot Appeals; P K Behera to Pune-I, CGST; Ganesh Havanur to PR ADG, DG Audit, Mumbai; M Srihari Rao to PR ADG, DG GST, Chennai and Jagreeti Saing Negi was posted to PR ADG, DG, ARM, RMD, Mumbai.

Tan Yong Choo quits as Director of Bharti Airtel

Tan Yong Choo – who was serving as Non-Executive Director of Bharti Airtel Limited – has resigned from her position. Meanwhile, Tao Yih Arthur Lang has been appointed as an Additional Director of the company to hold office as Non-Executive Director.

Aspy Cooper bows out as Ind. Director, Godrej Industries

Aspy Cooper has ceased to be Independent Director of Godrej Industries Limited on completion of his tenure.

Devendra Agrawal is again Director, 63 Moon Technologies

Devendra Agrawal has been re-appointed as Whole-time Director and CFO of 63 Moon Technologies Limited.

Ashu Jain is Addl. Director, Nath Bio-Genes (India) Ltd

Mrs. Ashu Jain appointed as an Additional Director (Independent) of Nath Bio-Genes (India) Ltd.

GS Naramsetti is Director (Fin.), Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited

Gown Sankararao Naramsetti has assumed charge as Director (Finance) of Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited. Meanwhile, the tenure of Ms. Madhubala Kalluri as the company’s Chief Financial Officer has come to an end. However, she will continue to serve as Assistant General Manager (Finance & Accounts).

VST Industries Ltd: AD Gooptu to be new MD and CEO

Aditya Deb Gooptu has been appointed as Additional Director and Managing Director and CEO of VST Industries Limited. He is set to take charge on December 1, 2020. Devraj Lahiri, who is serving as Managing Director, will vacate office on December 9, 2020.

K Srinivasan appointed as ED, Kirloskar Pneumatic Company

K Srinivasan has tendered his resignation as Independent Director of Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited. He has been appointed as Additional and Whole-Time Director, designated as Executive Director with effect from October 27, 2020, to January 1, 2021, and further re-designated as Managing Director from January 2, 2021, up to October 23, 2023. Meanwhile, Tejas Deshpande has been appointed as Additional and Independent Director of Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited.

Rakesh Malhotra is Addl. Director, Vijay Textiles Ltd

Rakesh Malhotra has been appointed as Additional Director and Executive Director by Vijay Textiles Limited.

Arjun Gupta bows out as Ind. Director, Larsen & Toubro Infotech

Arjun Gupta has ceased to be Independent Director of Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited on completion of his tenure.

S Saini steps down as Director, Ken Financial Services Ltd

Sunilkumar Saini, who was serving as Director of Ken Financial Services Limited, has resigned from his post.

SS Mudgal quits as Director, Jagson Airlines Ltd

Sardar Singh Mudgal has resigned as Director of Jagson Airlines Limited.

Priya Nair is Ind. Director, Ceat Ltd

Ms. Priya Nair has been appointed as Additional Director in the capacity of Independent Director of Ceat Limited.

Whispers Forum


IAS people  know the nerve of the people because of their field posting.IFS do not know the pulse .

N D Verma


Dr. Shekhara appointed DG, Institute of Agricultural Extension Management

I am Happy that my friend became DG MANAGE but NIRDPR is still to get independence from IAS Club

Dr Murugesan

Information about ODI List
The appellant filed an application seeking information about the ODI list such as number of officers whose cases have been exonerated and date of review meeting of the ODI status of officers etc. The information was denied from disclosure under Section 8(1)(h) and 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The CIC observed that the disclosure of any kind of information would therefore defeat the very purpose of surveillance which is conducted through the established procedure of ODI list.
The ‘list of Public Servants of Gazetted status of Doubtful Integrity’ includes the names of those officers only who, after enquiry or during the course of enquiry, have been found to be lacking in integrity, (i) Convicted in a court of law on a charge of lack of integrity or for an offence involving moral turpitude but on whom, in view of exceptional circumstances, a penalty other than dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement is imposed; (ii) Awarded departmentally a major penalty. a) on charges of lack of integrity b) on charges of gross dereliction of duty in protecting the interests of Government although the corrupt motive may not be capable of proof; (iii) Against whom proceedings for a major penalty or a court trial are in progress for alleged acts involving lack of integrity or moral turpitude; and (iv) Who were prosecuted but acquitted on technical grounds, and in whose case on the basis of evidence during the trial there remained a reasonable suspicion against their integrity. In case of S R Senapati v. Directorate General of Income Tax (Vig.) in Second Appeal No.:- CIC/DGITV/A/2017/160016-BJ dated 16.10.2018, the CIC had directed to disclose the information applying severability.
Citation: A K Banerjee v. Chief Commissioner, CGST and Central Excise, Vadodara Zone in Second Appeal No. CIC/CCEVD/A/2018/174752, / Date of order: 01.09.2020.
Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored the books RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Apart from her weekly article here, her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link: www.rtifoundationofindia.com
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