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Rahul Gandhi to face action in Assam?

It is believed that the CID has sent summons to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for creating disturbance in the state during his ‘Nyay Yatra’. There is possibility of Rahul Gandhi being arrested after the interrogation.

 

Who is political prostitute?

Who is a political prostitute in Indian politics? In a get-together, this subject came in for discussion and a few names particularly one name was prominently mentioned. One can guess the name.

 


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A S Rajeev appointed Vigilance Commissioner, CVC

A S Rajeev former MD and CEO, Bank of Maharashtra, has been appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in Central Vigilance Commission.Earlier the voluntary retirement request of A S Rajeev from the post of MD and CEO, Bank of Maharashtra had been accepted.

(We said this on Feb 9, 2024)

Will a Professor of Osmania University be VC of IIMC?

Buzz is that one senior Professor from the Hyderabad based Osmania University will be appointed the first Vice Chancellor of IIMC, a deemed university.

Who will be new Member of CERC?

Appointment of new CERC Member is expected in March? Interviews have already been held and the name has been forwarded to the ACC.

Shirish Kumar Mishra promoted to ADG grade in MES

Shirish Kumar Mishra has been promoted to the grade of Additional Director General (HAG) in the Military Engineer Services (MES).

Udayan Banerjee promoted as ADG, CISF

Udayan Banerjee has been promoted to the grade of Additional Director General (ADG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

Sushil Sharma only Board level contender for CMD, SJVN

Sushil Sharma, Director (Electrical), SJVN Limited, appears to be a lone Board level contender for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, SJVN Limited.

Sunil Kumar Kaimal unlikely to get extension as MD, KAPL

The tenure of Sunil Kumar Kaimal as Managing Director, Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Limited (KAPL) is coming to an end in July, 2024. He is supposed to get an extension till June 2027. But, he is unlikely to get an extension as the concerned Ministry has reportedly received a barrage of complaints against him.

Search for successor to Atanu Bhowmick as Director (RSP), SAIL begins

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has started searching for a candidate for the post of Director in-charge (Rourkela Steel Plant), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), falling vacant with the expiring term of present incumbent Atanu Bhowmick on December 31, 2024.

P N Pandey is Finance Expert in Panel of Experts on Libya

Pashupati Nath Pandey will undertake foreign assignment as Finance Expert in the Panel of Experts on Libya for a period of one year. He is a 1994 batch IRS (C&IT) officer.

Bhupinder Kumar appointed as DCO/DCR, J&K and Ladakh

Bhupinder Kumar has been appointed as Director of Census Operations (DCO)/Director of Citizen Registration (DCR), Deputy Secretary level, Jammu & Kashmir & Ladakh. He is a 2011 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Upgrading posting of Archana Agrawal to Additional Secretary level

The upgraded posting of Archana Agrawal as Member Secretary, National Capital Region Planning Board from Additional Secretary to Secretary level has been extended for a term up to May 1, 2025. She is a 1990 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.

 

Upgrading posting of Ashutosh Jindal to Additional Secretary level extended

The upgraded posting of Ashutosh Jindal as Additional Secretary in Cabinet Secretariat has been extended for a term up to August 16, 2024. He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre.

Upgrading posting of Chandra Bhushan Kumar to Additional Secretary level extended

The upgraded posting of Chandra Bhushan Kumar as Additional Secretary, Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation has been upgraded for a term up to May 22, 2025. He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.

Upgrading posting of Charanjit Singh to Additional Secretary level extended

The upgraded posting of Charanjit Singh as Additional Secretary in Department of Rural Development has been extended for a term up to December 31, 2024. He is a 1990 batch IFoS officer of MP cadre.

Why does UPSC seek clarifications from some ministries repeatedly?

The UPSC is reportedly upset with Noting and proposals of some ministries. These ministries never sent their proposals complete and the Commission returned them with more clarifications. This casual attitude of ministries delay in holding DPC. Now the question is what is the reason behind this sending incomplete info to the Commission?

Anupam Anish Chauhan appointed as Deputy Secretary, NMC

Anupam Anish Chauhan has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the National Medical Commission (NMC) He is a 2011 batch ITS officer.

A S P S Ravi Prakash appointed as DCO/DCR, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

A S P S Ravi Prakash has been appointed as Director of Census Operations (DCO)/Director of Citizen Registration (DCR), Andaman & Nicobar Islands on additional charge basis. He is a 2012 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Dileep Kumar Rajput appointed as Deputy Secretary, Health

Dileep Kumar Rajput has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Family Welfare. He is a 2012 batch IRSSE officer.

Naveen Aggarwal appointed as Deputy Secretary, Health

Naveen Aggarwal has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Family Welfare. He is a 2013 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Vikash Kumar appointed as Deputy Secretary, Revenue

Vikash Kumar has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Revenue. He is a 2013 batch IRS-C&IT officer.

Jasvinder Singh appointed as Director, AYUSH

Jasvinder Singh has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of AYUSH. He is a 2005 batch IFOS officer.

Post of Surjith Karthikeyan upgraded as Director, Financial Services

The post of Surjith Karthikeyan has been upgraded as Director in the Department of Financial Services. He is a 2010 batch IES officer.

Vivek Gupta appointed as Director, Financial Services

Vivek Gupta has been appointed as Director in the Department of Financial Services. He is a 2008 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

Ms Bhumika Verma appointed as Director, Expenditure

Ms Bhumika Verma has been appointed as Director in the Department of Expenditure. She is a 2007 batch IES officer.

Anand Sharma appointed OSD in CM Office in MP

Former IAS officer Anand Sharma has been appointed OSD (Simhastha Work, Religious Trust and Endowment) in the Chief Minister Office in Madhya Pradesh up to April 21 2026.

Kulvir Singh posted in Information Technology

Senior Accounts Officer Kulvir Singh is posted in Ministry of Information Technology, Delhi following return from deputation.

Vidhu Shekhar appointed SDO, Cooch Behar, in W Bengal

Vidhu Shekhar has been appointed as Executive Magistrate and Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Dinhata , Cooch Behar, in West Bengal. He is a 2021 batch IAS officer of W Bengal cadre.

CBIC transfers eight Deputy Directors

The CBIC has transferred eight Deputy Directors, Official Languages(OL). Accordingly,  V Venkateshwara has been transferred from Hyderabad to NACIN, Palsamudram, Rajeev Kumar will join the DGPM office New Delhi, Sunil Kumar Shukla, CGST, Lucknow, Jasbir Singh, DGGSTI(Hq) , New Delhi, Zuhara Ajmal, DGRI HQ, New Delhi, Vikas Kumar Nirala, DG, udit HQ, New Delhi , Swai Biswas, CGST Zone, Hyderabad and Dev Prakash, CGST, Kolkata Zone.

One IRS officer promoted on regular basis while two others given ad-hoc

Madan Mohan Singh and Shrawan kumar have been promoted to Chief Commissioner grade on ad-hoc basis while Mayank Kumar given promotion to Chief Commissioner grade on regular basis. All three IRS(C&IT) officers belong to the 1991 batch.

 

Two ITS officers join DoT Hq

Two ITS officers: Rajiv Yadav and Parth Batra have joined the DoT HQ. Yadav is a JAG officer while Batra is a JTS officer.

RLDA advertises for Chief Project Manager, Kolkata post

The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has advertised for the post of Chief Project Manager for the Kolkata location. The applications must reach latest by March 21, 2024.

Vijay moved as ED (Admin.), RDSO

Vijay has been transferred from Banaras Locomotive Works (BLW), Varanasi, to Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and posted as Executive Director (Administration). He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Nishchal Srivastava sent as ED (TI), RDSO

Nishchal Srivastava has been transferred from North Central Railway (NCR) to Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and posted as Executive Director (TI). He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Major reshuffle of IPS officers in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

In a major reshuffle, two dozen IPS officers have been shifted and given new postings in Rajasthan. Smita Srivastava has been posted as ADG, Anti Corruption Bureau-II, while Bipin Kumar Pandey takes over as ADG, Technical Services Department and Bhupendra Sahu is ADG, Civil Rights and Anti Human Trafficking. Similarly, Jai Narayan was shifted as IG, Civil Rights; Ajay Singh as DIG, SSB, Jodhpur; Anil Kumar-II as DIG, Recruitment and Promotion Board, PHQ; Bhuvan Bhushan Yadav as SP, Sikar; Rajan Dushyant as SP, Bhilwara; Shankar Dutt Sharma as SP, Housing, Headquarters, Jaipur; Ram Murthy Joshi as SP, GRP, Ajmer; Alok Srivastava as DCP, East Jodhpur; Pooja Awana as SP, Phalodi; Vineet Kumar Bansal as SP, Kekri; Shyam Singh as SP, Dungarpur; Narendra Singh as SP, Beawar; Anil Kumar as SP, Sirohi; Gyan Chandra Yadav as SP, Jalore; Rajarshi Raj Verma as SP, Jhunjhunu; Vandita Rana as SP, Kotputli-Behror; Jyestha Maitrayee as SP, Bhiwadi; Surendra Singh as Commandant, 8th Battalion, RAC, New Delhi; Laxman Das as SP, CID Crime Branch; Rajesh Kumar Yadav as DCP, West Jodhpur and Sagar has been made DCP (Traffic), Jaipur.

Bhagwati Charan appointed as Director, CBDT (UPDATED)

Bhagwati Charan has been appointed as Director (V&L) in the V&L Division of CBDT on deputation. He is an IRS-IT officer. 

Anoop Khinchi returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Anoop Khinchi, Director in the Ministry of Defence, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre in order to avail the benefit of promotion. He is a 2008 batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre.

 

REC organizes workshop on integrated digital platform for DISCOMs (UPDATED)

REC Limited, a Maharatna CPSE under the Ministry of Power hosted a workshop titled ‘Integrated Digital Platform for Power Distribution Sector’ at its Corporate Office, Gurugram on Thursday. The workshop was focused on highlighting the importance of the Integrated Web platform, primarily developed to operationalize the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) and to familiarise with the usage of the platform to regularly update and monitor the progress under the scheme. The workshop witnessed the participation of more than 200 attendees from all state DISCOMs, Program Management Agencies (PMAs) and REC-TPQMAs and other stakeholders including PFC. Furthermore, an additional 300 senior officials from DISCOMs, PMAs, PFC, and other stakeholders joined the event through video conferencing. Rahul Dwivedi, ED (PMD), REC engaged with participants alongside other senior officials, emphasizing the significance of the integrated web platform and urging DISCOMs to adopt its usage. Shri Dwivedi said, “Currently, there is no digital platform to synergize data from various schemes and reporting modules, and this is an issue that this platform seeks to address. This platform has the ability to track progress at every stage of the process and will ensure greater visibility, transparency, and accountability in the power distribution sector and is set to be a game-changer for the sector to ensure schemes are implemented efficiently and effectively across the country.” The integrated web platform has been developed under RDSS to monitor major schemes and reports for Indian power distribution sector with the objective of operationalizing the RDSS scheme in a digital way. The modules covered under this platform are – RDSS, Consumer Service Rating of DISCOMs (CSRD), Energy Accounting, Additional GSDP Borrowing, Integrated Rating of DISCOMs, Key Regulatory Parameters, Annual Performance of State Utilities and Integration with PRAAPTI Portal. The attendees had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the platform and gain insights. This was followed by an open forum discussion where queries from various stakeholders and attendees were addressed. The workshop concluded with an optimistic outlook for the future of the power distribution sector, with participants eager to leverage the benefits of the Integrated Digital Platform to drive progress and innovation. The integrated digital platform has been designed and developed by the Ministry of Power, REC and Power Finance Corporation.

NBCC committed to completing Amrapali projects, fulfilling homebuyers' dreams (UPDATED)

In a recent development regarding the Amrapali projects, NBCC (India) Limited, a Navratna CPSE, has been granted an in-principle approval by the Greater Noida Authority for a 3.5 Floor Area Ratio (FAR). The projects, estimated at a value of around ₹10,000 crore, include Centurian Park (GH-05, Sector Tech Zone-IV, Greater Noida),  Golf Homes (GH-02, Sector-4, Greater Noida), Leisure Park (GH-01, Tech Zone-IV, Greater Noida), Leisure Valley (GH-02, Tech Zone-IV, Greater Noida), and Dream Valley (GH-09, Tech Zone-IV, Greater Noida), all located in the Tech Zone-IV sector of Greater Noida. In March 2023, the  Supreme Court asked NBCC to submit a proposal on the unused Floor Area Ratio which is the ratio between a building’s total constructed floor area and the land area. This additional FAR would allow NBCC to construct new dwellings on the unused land in the five projects, sell them and utilize the proceeds to pay off the embattled firm’s pending dues. Collectively, these projects span a total plot area of 305.59 acres, with 75.24 acres of vacant plot area now earmarked for development. The FAR development is set to encompass close to 1.6 Cr. Square Feet, offers a variety of unit types including 4BHK, 3BHK, and 2BHK units. The number of units per floor will vary, ranging from 4 to 8, with a total of 80 towers planned in these 5 projects. The built-up area is projected to reach around 2.23 Cr. Square Feet excluding basement area. On this occasion, K P Mahadevaswamy, CMD, NBCC said, “By diligently completing these projects, NBCC is not just constructing buildings, but fulfilling the dreams of thousands of homebuyers who have invested their hard-earned money and aspirations into these projects. Completion will provide them with their long-awaited homes, bringing stability and happiness to their lives. The company is confident that through its dedicated efforts and continued support from stakeholders, it will achieve this ambitious target and deliver justice to the Amrapali homebuyers.” Status of the existing/ongoing work: There are 26 projects in total with 11 projects in Noida, 14 projects in Greater Noida and one project in Manesar.  12 Amrapali projects, namely Eden Park, Sapphire-1, Princely Estate, Silicon City-1, Platinum & Titanium, Zodiac, and Silicon-2 located in Noida and the projects of Castle, Leisure Valley Villas, Centurian Park Low Rise & O2 Valley, Kingswood and Leisure Park located in Greater Noida have been completed by NBCC. Currently, 14 projects are under execution. A strong workforce of approximately 10,000 is working across various projects. One commercial project in Greater Noida, i.e., Tech Park is yet to be started. NBCC has completed and started to hand over units to Ld. Court Receiver/Committee/Home Buyers. Around 16,000 flats across various projects are completed. NBCC is committed to complete the projects having approximately 22,000 units including finishing work before March 2025. Close to 6000 units have been sold with a sale value of close to Rs 3500 Crore.

Cadre of Arpit Upadhyaya transferred to UP (UPDATED)

Inter Cadre Transfer of Arpit Upadhyaya from Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Uttar Pradesh cadre has been accepted on grounds of marriage to IPS officer Ms Kritika Shukla. He is a 2018 batch IAS officer.

 

Vijay Singhal is new VP&MD, CIDCO (UPDATED)

Vijay Singhal, General Manager, BEST has been appointed as Vice President & Managing Director, CIDCO Mumbai.  Singhal, who belongs to a 1997 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre, is B.Tech. (Gold Medalist) in Civil Engineering from IIT-Roorkee. He also possesses a degree of M.Tech in Building Science & Construction Management from IIT-Delhi.  Vijay Singhal is the recipient of the most prestigious “Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration” at the hands of Prime Minister of India for ‘River Linking Project’ in Jalgaon District in 2009. He has delivered a lecture on ‘Interlinking of rivers in Jalgaon district’ during the 9th International River Symposium and International River Conference held at Brisbane, Australia. He was also invited to present his work on river linking at the State University of New York at Albany, USA and Pennsylvania University at Penn State, USA.

 

Avinash Champawat returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Avinash Champawat, Director, NITI Aayog, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre on personal grounds. He is a 2003 batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre.

 

Five IAS officers shifted in Telangana (UPDATED)

Five IAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places in Telangana. Accordingly, Patil Prashant Jeevan has been appointed as Special Secretary, I &CAD, while Rizwanbasha Shaik was made Collector, Jangaon and  Mikkilineni Manu Choudary is Collector, Siddipet. Besides, Shivalingaiah has been told to report GAD and Mrs Shailaja Ramaiyer is placed in FAC of the post of Principal Secretary, Endowment, Revenue.

 

Rishav Mandal appointed Secretary, Urban Development Trust in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Rishav Mandal has been appointed as Secretary, Urban Development Trust, Bharatpur in Rajasthan. He is a 2019 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

 

5 IFoS officers get new postings in Rajasthan (UPDATED)

Five Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officers have been assigned new responsibilities. Sudarshan Sharma has been appointed as Deputy Conservator of Forest Wildlife (DCF), Rajsamand with additional charge of DCF, Rajsamand, while Mukesh Saini was made DCF, Udaipur and Alok Nath Gupta takes over as DCF (DOD), Udaipur. Besides, Venkdoth Chethan Kumar was posted as DCF, Dholpur and Pawar Kumar Popat as DCF, Jhalwad.

 

Three IPS officers get additional charges in Tamil Nadu (UPDATED)

J Mahesh has been assigned an additional charge of DIG, Anti-Terrorist Squad, while Ara. Arularasu was given additional charge of SP, Headquarters, Anti Terrorist Squad, Chennai and Dr V Sasi Mohan gets an additional charge of SP, Police Anti-Terrorist Squad, Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

Tatung Padi appointed as Director, Skill Development (UPDATED)

Tatung Padi has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. He is a 2009 batch IRS-IT officer.

Sureshwar Singh Bonal appointed as Director, Heavy Industries (UPDATED)

Sureshwar Singh Bonal has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Heavy Industries. He is a 2004 batch CWES officer.

Nitin Jain appointed as Deputy Secretary, Steel (UPDATED)

Nitin Jain has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Steel. He is a 2011 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

Reshuffle of IAS officers in Maharashtra (UPDATED)

As many as 13 IAS officers have been given new assignments in Maharashtra. Accordingly,  Rajesh Kumar has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue, Registration and Stamp), Revenue and Forest Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai while O P Gupta was posted as Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Finance Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai and Sanjay Sethi is Additional Chief Secretary (Transport & Ports), Home Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai. Similarly, Parrag Jaiin Nainutia has been posted as Principal Secretary (Information Technology), General Administration Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai: Vijay Singhal as Vice Chairman and Managing Director, CIDCO, Mumbai; Milind Shambhar as Chief Officer, Mumbai Repairs and Reconstruction Board, Mumbai; Lahu Mali as Managing Director, Mah. State Horticulture and Drug Plant Corporation, Pune; Smt.Kavita Dwivedi as Additional Divisional Commissioner, Pune Division, Pune; M J Pradip Chandren as Additional Development Commissioner (Industries), Mumbai; Kaustubh Diwegaonkar as Commissioner, Animal Husbandary, Pune; Dr.Hema as Project Director, Balasaheb Thakre Agri Business and Rural Transformation Project, Pune; Karthikeyan S as Chief Executive Officer, Smart City, Pune and Smt.Kavali Meghana has been posted as Project Officer, ITDP, Kinwat and Assistant Collector, Kinwat, Nanded.

Foundation Stone laid for POWERGRID Vishram Sadan at AIIMS Bilaspur (UPDATED)
The foundation stone for POWERGRID Vishram Sadan at AIIMS Bilaspur was laid by J. P. Nadda, MP (Rajya Sabha) in presence of Dr. Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Chemical and Fertilizers, Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting of India, and Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India and Jairam Thakur, Leader of Opposition and Former Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh. R. K. Tyagi, CMD, POWERGRID, Dr. Yatindra Dwivedi, Director (Personnel) POWERGRID, Dr. (Prof.) Vir Singh Negi, Executive Director, AIIMS Bilaspur and senior officials from POWERGRID and AIIMS were also present during the ceremony. POWERGRID is commissioning projects of approx. 50 crores for AIIMS Bilaspur under its CSR. 
 
Vishram Sadan - Rs. 26.75 crores MRI machine - Rs. 16 crores 128 Slice CT Scanner machine - Rs. 7 crores This is especially beneficial for patients presenting in emergency are critically sick and need a quick accurate diagnosis. POWERGRID evolved the concept of ‘Vishram Sadan,’ to provide a comfortable stay to the waiting patients and their attendants. It also alleviates financial burden of poor patients coming from distant parts of the country to specialized hospitals in urban areas. In this journey, POWERGRID is reaching out to the weaker and needy sections of the society by providing facility of more than 3000 beds across its various Vishram Sadans.POWERGRID as a responsible corporate citizen has already constructed 7 Vishram Sadans at various hospitals all over India including AIIMS, New Delhi, KGMC, Lucknow, UP, IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, DMCH, Darbhanga, Bihar, GMCH, Guwahati, Assam, SSG, Vadodara, Gujarat and NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka. POWERGRID has played an important role in the field of rural development, education, healthcare, skill development, environment, drinking water, water conservation and sanitation by contributing to economic and social development across the country with its CSR initiatives costing about Rs. 1500 crores.


WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
DRI initiates inquiry against a car manufacturer Company ?

The DRI is believed to have initiated inquiry against a car manufacturing Company  One can guess the name .

Airtel to start Inflight Phone calling ?

There are whispers that Airtel is soon going to start inflight Phone calling? Details are still awaited.

AK Kumar appointed NE Chairman, UCO Bank

Aravamudan Krishna Kumar has been appointed as Part-Time Non-Official Director as well as Non-Executive Chairman on the Board of UCO Bank.

MR Kumar appointed NE Chairman, BoI

MR Kumar has been appointed as Non-Official Director and Non-Executive Chairman on the Board of Bank of India (BoI).

Nikhil Danani re-appointed MD, Bharat Bijlee Ltd

Nikhil J Danani has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Bharat Bijlee Limited with effect from June 20, 2024.

Nakul P Mehta re-appointed MD, Bharat Bijlee Ltd

Nakul P Mehta has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Bharat Bijlee Limited with effect from June 20, 2024.

Himanshu Agarwal appointed NE Director, Blue Pearl Texspin Ltd

Himanshu Agarwal has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Blue Pearl Texspin Limited.

NH Yadav appointed ED, Blue Pearl Texspin Ltd

Nilesh Harkesh Yadav has been appointed as Executive Director of Blue Pearl Texspin Limited.

AM Modak appointed NE Director, Veefin Solutions Private Ltd

Afzal Mohammed Modak has been appointed as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Veefin Solutions Private Limited.

GC Verman appointed Addl. Director, Arcee Industries Ltd

Gopi Chand Verma has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) on the Board of Arcee Industries Limited.

Ashutosh Bajoria steps down as NE Director, Beekay Niryat Ltd

Ashutosh Bajoria has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Director of Beekay Niryat Limited.

Whispers Forum
FORUM

India marches ahead

The new India has gone beyond dynasties now. Obsolete dynastic politicians and their divide and rule policies under various garbs are not going to work even as the new India marches ahead confidently to take its rightful place in the comity of nations after 70 years of loot by dynasts.

Vijay Kumar

DATE WITH RTI

How are the colleges accredited?

The appellant sought for certain information from University Grants Commission (UGC) - a photocopy of the rules that education institutions cannot keep original documents of students such as marksheet, passing certificate, Migration certificate and other documents. He further asked for the number of members of NAAC team visit a college during inspection, the checks carried out by them, cost for NAAC inspection per college / per university, source of UGC revenue etc. Dissatisfied with the response received, the Appellant approached the CIC. The CIC observed that the appellant communicated to the Registry that he had received the requisite information and was not willing to pursue the second appeal any further. The CIC held that there is no scope for further intervention in the matter.

Comments

The UGC website contains some information on their website such as Annual reports. However, most of the information sought in the RTI application ought to have been provided suo-motu by the UGC. In this case, the CIC should have directed the UGC to put the information on their website. It would be prudent for the UGC to consider putting up a series of FAQ’s for the benefit of the students and their parents.

Citation: Abhishek Ranjan v. University Grants Commission, Second Appeal No. CIC/UGCOM/A/2023/622787; Date of Decision: 16.01.2024

Dr Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is a RTI Consultant currently working with IIM Visakhapatnam. She has co-authored the books, RTI Right to Information - Law and Practice and PIO’s Guide to RTI. She offers consultancy on RTI matters and Third party audit. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link www.rtifoundationofindia.com

 

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