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Amit Shah continues as most powerful Minister!

Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, a Modi’s trusted confidant, continues to be the most powerful Minister even in this regime. Shah is also reportedly functioning as the de- facto BJP president.

 

Except Gandhi, alliance is not against Ambani

Many important INDIA Alliance partners participated in the marriage of Anant and Radhika Ambani. Even Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav along with their families graced the occasion. Now it is clear that only the Gandhi family and not the alliance is against Ambani.

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Tanmaya Lal appointed as Secretary West

Tanmaya Lal, Ambassador, Embassy of India, Stockholm, has been appointed as Secretary West. He is a 1991 batch IFS officer.

Arun Kuamr Chatterjee appointed as Secretary, CPV & OIA

Arun Kumar Chatterjee, Ambassador, Embassy of India, Kyrgyzstan, has been appointed as Secretary, CPV & OIA. He is a 1992 batch IFS officer.

Prannoy Sharma appointed as Senior Seconded Expert, UPU, Berne

Prannoy Sharma has been appointed as Senior Seconded Expert/Adviser at P-5 level with Universal Postal Union (UPU), Berne, Switzerland. He is a 1998 batch IPoS officer.

Subhash Gupta appointed Ambassador to Suriname

Subhash Prasad Gupta, presently Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Hanoi, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Suriname. He is a 2006 batch IFS officer.

Narain S N appointed as PS to Suresh Gopi

Narain S N has been appointed as Private Secretary to Suresh Gopi, MoS for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Tourism. He is a 2011 batch IRTS officer.

Ms Jagriti Rohit Singla appointed as PS to Mrs Nimuben Jayantbhai Bambhaniya

Ms Jagriti Rohit Singla has been appointed as Private Secretary to Mrs Nimuben Jayantbhai Bambhaniya, MoS for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He is a 2006 batch IRTS officer.

Tenure of Rahul Kumar Sachan extended

The central deputation tenure of Rahul Kumar Sachan working as Regional Director, Staff Selection Commission, has been extended for a period of three months beyond July 2, 2024. He is a 1997 batch ITS officer.

ICD of R K Teja Mylavarapu to AP approved

Inter cadre deputation (ICD) of R K Teja Mylavarapu from Kerala cadre to Andhra Pradesh for a period of three years has been approved. He is a 2015 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.

Venugopal Patnaik posted as CGM, SBI, Internal Audit Dept

Venugopal K Patnaik has been posted as Chief General Manager (Internal Audit-I) Internal Audit Department, State Bank of India (SBI), Corporate Centre, Hyderabad.

ED Joint Directors get new posting

As many as 11 officers in the grade of Joint Director of Enforcement (JDE) have been shifted. Nine of them have been shifted on promotion. Among them T Bhattacharjee has been shifted to Bhubaneshwar Zonal Office; Vikas C Mehta to HQRs, Adjudication-I; S K Mishra to HQRs, SOD; A S Mohd Nainar to Raipur Zonal Office; Sujit Sadhak to Chennai Zonal Office-II; Swapan Bose to Guwahati Zonal Office-II; Anshu Choudhary to HQRs, Sys & Trg; Aslam Hamid Khan to Bhopal Zonal Office and Rajiv Saxena has been shifted to HQRs, Adjudication-2 on promotion. Besides, Madhur D Singh was transferred to HQRs, Intelligence and Rama Gopala Reddy K to Mumbai Zonal Office-II.

39 Deputy Directors of ED shifted

As many as 39 Deputy Directors of the Enforcement Directorate have been shifted and given new postings. Accordingly, Manish Naudiyal has been shifted to Chandigarh Zonal Office-II; Rahul Verma to Jammu Sub Zonal Office; Deependra Kumar Agarwal to Mumbai Zonal Office-I; Deovrat Jha to Ranchi Zonal Office; Durga Shankar Debta to Itanagar Sub Zonal Office; Ankur Tiwari to Chandigarh Zonal Office-II; Retesh Kumar Srivastava to Bhopal Zonal Office; Arun Gopal Pandey to Gangtok Sub Zonal Office; Manish Kumar to Jalandhar Zonal Office; Dipak Kumar Karn to Eastern Regional Office, Kolkata; Nishant Neeraj to Mumbai  Zonal Office-II; Rishikesh Pandey to Ranchi Zonal Office; Sharad Kumar to Headquarters Office; Avinash Kumar Jha to Bengaluru Zonal Office; Saravana Kumaran BS to Bengaluru Zonal Office; Prashant Kumar to Headquarters Office; Rahul Latiyal to Headquarters Office; Diptesh Mandal to Guwahati Zonal Office-I; Subhendu Parhi to Mumbai Zonal Office-I; Akshay Kumar Sinha to Western Regional Office, Mumbai; G Sankaranarayanan to Kochi Zonal Office; Khitesh Gupta to Headquarters Office; Kartikeya Dubey to Chandigarh Zonal Office-I, Indu Bala and Vikrant Bangotra to Headquarters Office; M T Zou to Delhi Zonal Office-II; Pankaj Kumar Mishra to Dimpur Zonal Office; Gurvinder Kaur to Chandigarh Zonal Office-I; Anand Prakash to Jaipur Zonal Office; A Manju to Mumbai Zonal Office-II; Vibhuti Bhushan to Kolkata Zonal Office-I; Mayank Prakash to Jalandhar Zonal Office; Manish Chauhan to Jaipur Zonal Office; Poonam Ushara J to Chennai Zonal Office-II; Shreyas to Hyderbad Zonal Office; Vadnam Nikhi to Chennai Zonal Office-II; Ajay Agrawal to Headquarters Office; Yognik Baghel to Northern Regional Office Chandigarh and Siddhartha Jain has been shifted to Patna Zonal Office.

Jayanto Narayan Choudhury is Special Monitor NHRC

Jayanto Narayan Choudhury is Special Monitor NHRC has been appointed Special Monitor of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) . He is 1978-batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Tenure of Vaidya as Chairman, IOCL ending; no successor so far

The tenure of Shrikant Madhav Vaidya as Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) is coming to an end on August 31, 2024. The Government of India is yet to find his successor.

Anjeev Kumar Jain selected as Director (Fin), NBCC

Anjeev Kumar Jain, ED (Finance), RITES Limited, has been selected for the post of Director (Finance), NBCC (India) Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on July 13, 2024. As many as 11 persons were interviewed for the same.

Krishna Kumar Pilli is also CVO, IREL

Krishna Kumar Pilli, CVO, ECIL, Hyderabad, has been assigned an additional charge of CVO, Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), Mumbai for a period of six months.

Prasad C G is ED NICL

Prasad C G has been appointed Executive Director in New India Assurance Company Limited (NICL). Prior to this appointment, he was serving as General Manager in NICL.

HRC Joshi is ED GIC Re

Hitesh Ramesh Chandra Joshi has been appointed to the post of Executive Director in GIC Re. Prior to this appointment he was serving as General Manager in GIC Re.

Ms Radhika is ED GIC Re

Ms Radhika C S has been posted as Executive Director in GIC Re. Prior to this appointment, she was serving as the General Manager in United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL).

Ms Rashmi Bajpai & Amit Misra are ED OICL

Ms Rashmi Bajpai and Amit Misra have been posted as the Executive Director in Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL). Prior to this, Ms Bajpai was posted as General Manager in OICL while Misra was posted as General Manager in the New India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL).

Ms Dasarathi Singh is ED AICL

Ms Dasarathi Singh has been posted as Executive Director Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AICIL). Prior to this, she was posted as General Manager AICL.

Two Whole-time Member posts for TRAI advertised

The Department of Telecommunications has invited applications for two posts of Whole-time Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), New Delhi.

Deputation tenure of Shivam Shukla in NTIPRIT extended

The deputation tenure of Shivam Shukla in National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training (NTIPRIT) has been extended till August 2025. He is an ITS Grade A officer and joined NTIPRIT in August 2021.

Director/Dy Director (Fin) post advertised by CCRT

The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) has advertised for the filling up of one post each of Director and Dy. Director (Finance).

MM Maity appointed GM (Elec.), KMRCL

Madan Mohan Maity, Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE), Construction, South Eastern Railway (SER), has been selected for deputation to Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) as General Manager (Electrical) in Kolkata for a period of five years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Rahul Yadav selected as DGM (Operations), DMRC

Rahul Yadav, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Tughlakabad, Northern Railway (NR), has been selected for deputation to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as Deputy General Manager (Operations) for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

BARC advertises for various posts

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has advertised for various scientific posts in the Low Level Radiation Research Laboratory (LLRRL), BARC, Kollam Kerala. The last date to make online applications is August 12, 2024.

NIIF advertises for various posts

The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs has advertised for the filling up of the post of Company Secretary-Cum-Compliance Officer and Manager Finance & Admin.

GM (Track) post for NHSRC advertised

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRC)  has invited applications from Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officers for the post of General Manager (Track) for the New Delhi location.

CPM posts for NHSRC advertised

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRC)  has invited applications from Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officers for the posts of Chief Project Managers for Surat location.

ED (Coal Movement) post for SCCL advertised

The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has invited applications from IRTS officers for the post of Executive Director (Coal Movement) on deputation.

IRCTC advertises for GGM-Kolkata post

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has advertised for the post of Group General Manager for East Zone (Kolkata) region. The applications must reach on or before August 10, 2024.

Major reshuffle of IPS officers in Andhra Pradesh

As many as 36 IPS officers have been given new assignments in Andhra Pradesh. Accordingly, K V Maheswara Reddy has been posted as SP, Srikakulam District, while Vakul Jindal is transferred as SP, Vizianagaram District and Mrs M Deepika is SP, Anakapalli. Similarly, Mrs V Ratna has been posted as SP, Sri Satya Sai District; S V Madhava Reddy as SP, Parvathipuram Manyam District; Vikrant Patil as S.P., Kakinada; S Sathish Kumar as SP, Guntur District; Tushar Dudi as SP, Bapatla District; Amit Bardar as SP, Alluri Sitharama Raju District; Tuhin Sinha as Deputy Commissioner of Police-II, Visakhapatnam City; D Narasimha Kishore as SP, East Godavari District; V Vidya Sagar Naidu as SP, Annamayya District; B Krishna Rao as SP, Dr BR Ambedkar Konaseema District; R Gangadhar Rao as SP, Krishna District; Adnan Nayeem Asmi as SP, West Godavari District; Smt Ajitha Vejendla as Deputy Commissioner of Police-I, Visakhapatnam City; K Pratap Sivakishore as SP, Eluru District; K Srinivasa Rao as SP, Palnadu District; Mrs Malika Garg as Commandant, 5th Batalion, APSP, Vizianagaram; A R Damodar as SP, Prakasam District; G Bindu Madhav as SP, Kurnool District; G Krishnakanth as SP, Nellore District; Adhiraj Singh Rana as SP, Nandyal District; V Harshavardhan Raju as SP, YSR Kadapa District; K V Murali Krishna as SP, Ananthapuramu District; Ms Gowthami Sali as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law & Order-I), NTR Police Commissionerate; L Subbarayudu as SP, Tirupati District;  Mrs V Geetha Devi as SP, Admin, Intelligence; Mrs G R Radhika is directed to report to Director General of Police (HoPF), AP for further posting; Mrs D Mary Prashanthi is directed to report to Director General of Police (HoPF), AP; K Arif Hafeez is directed to report to Director General of Police (HoPF); K Raghuveera Reddy is directed to report to Director General of Police (HoPF), AP; Siddharth Kaushal is directed to report to Director General of Police (HoPF), AP; Garud Sumit Sunil is directed to report to Director General of Police (HoPF), AP; P Jagadeesh is directed to report to Director General of Police (HoPF), AP and S Sreedhar has also been directed to report to Director General of Police (HoPF).

11 IAS officers get new responsibility in UP

Nitish Kumar has been appointed MD, Dakshinchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam, while Nidhi Srivastava was made DM, Badaun and Manoj Kumar joins as Secretary, Uttar Pradesh Education Service Selection Commission, Prayagraj. Similarly, Indramani Tripathi has been posted as DM, Auraiya; Chandra Vijay Singh as DM, Ayodhya; Divya Mittal as DM, Deoria; Badrinath Singh as DM, Sonbhadra; Akhand Pratap Singh as CEO, State Rural Road Development Authority; Neha Prakash as Director, Training; Prathamesh Kumar as Vice Chairman, Lucknow Development Authority. Besides, Judicial Revenue Council Secretary Devi Sharan Upadhyay has been kept on the waiting list.

Gomesh Paramuval appointed as SO to Education Minister (UPDATED)

Gomesh Paramuval has been appointed as Section Officer (SO) in the office of Education Minister. He is a CSS officer.

REC Gift of Life – Cardiac Ward Inaugurated at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital (UPDATED)

In a significant step to help children born with congenital heart diseases from economically weaker sections of society, REC Limited, a Maharatna CPSE under the Ministry of Power and a leading NBFC, inaugurated the “REC Gift of Life–Cardiac Ward” at the state-of-the-art Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in New Raipur. Vivek Kumar Dewangan, Chairman and Managing Director, REC Ltd inaugurated the “REC Gift of Life- Cardiac Ward” in presence of distinguished guests, hospital management, doctors, medical staff, patients and their family members, and senior officials from REC Ltd. The cardiac ward, dedicated to life-saving paediatric cardiac care surgeries, has been supported under REC's CSR initiatives over the past six months. These initiatives have successfully aided 1,000 children born with congenital heart diseases from economically weaker sections of society, showcasing REC's commitment to improving healthcare accessibility. The REC Gift of Life Cardiac Ward facility is equipped with robust medical technology and supported by a dedicated team of highly skilled healthcare professionals. The facility will provide life-saving cardiac care to patients from all sections of society. In a ceremony, Dewangan awarded "Gift of Life" certificates to children who underwent successful surgeries to correct congenital heart diseases. During his interaction with patients and their families, Dewangan expressed his deep appreciation for the dedicated team of specialist doctors and medical staff on the completion of 1,000 paediatric cardiac surgeries. Applauding the partnership with Sathya Sai Educational and Health Trust, Dewangan said, “This project is a testament to REC’s unwavering commitment to providing accessible, quality healthcare to those in need, leading to lifelong positive outcomes on the health and quality of life for the children, enabling them to lead normal activities and pursue their dreams. The launch of the 'REC Gift of Life- Cardiac Ward' is a proud moment for all of us at REC.” The Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital is renowned for its compassionate healthcare and innovative medical practices. The addition of the REC Gift of Life - Cardiac Ward further enhances the hospital's capabilities in delivering specialized care for paediatric cardiac patients. The partnership between REC Ltd. and Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital underscores a shared vision of making advanced medical treatments accessible to all, regardless of their economic background.

Mandeep Kaur is also Deputy Commissioner, Bhiwani, in Haryana (UPDATED)

Ms Mandeep Kaur, Deputy Commissioner, Charkhi Dadri, will hold an additional charge of Deputy Commissioner, Bhiwani, in Haryana. She is a 2013 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

 

18 senior accounts officers get new postings (UPDATED)

As many as 18 senior accounts officers have been shifted. Accordingly, Ms Ram Dulari has been shifted to FPI, Delhi, while Ms Meenakshi goes to RD, Delhi and Ms Anita Bhandari will join Finance, Delhi. Similarly, Manoj Kumar Talwar shifts to Commerce, Delhi; Krishan Avtar Talwar to Finance, Delhi; Ms Sumitra Kumari Goganoi to Power, Delhi; Naresh Kumar to Home, Delhi; Jai Prakash to Planning, Delhi; Ms G Indra Gandhi to Home, Delhi; Ms Sangeeta to Industry, Delhi; Vivek Kumar Yadav to Home, Chandigarh; Chander Kumar Sharma to Industry, Delhi; Atul Kumar Bhatnagar to Chemical & Fertilizer, Delhi; Lalit Soni to CGA Delhi; Ms Anjana Pathak to CPAO Delhi; Rajeev Nayan Kaushik to CBIC Ludhiana, Ms Vanita Choudhary to RD Delhi and Ms Renu Khera was shifted to CBIC Bhopal.

 

Eight CSS officers shifted in GoI (UPDATED)

As many as eight officers of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) have been shifted at Joint Secretary/DS/ Director level in the Government of India. Accordingly, Niraj Kumar has been shifted to DoNER, while Harish Chandra Mondal was posted to Housing & Urban and Sunil Kumar Ranjan is transferred to Skill Development. Similarly, Rajendra Prasad Sati has been appointed to Food and Public Distribution; Varina Nathani to Home Affairs; Sumit Gakhar to NITI Aayog; Vinod Kumar to Earth Sciences and Dharkat Rungsung Luikang was posted to Health Research.

Manohar Lal's maiden visit to 2400 MW Tehri Power Complex (UPDATED)

Union Ministerfor Power and Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, Sh. Manohar Lal, inspected the ongoing works at 2400 MW Tehri Power Complex in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand on July 15, 2024. Accompanied by a distinguished delegation from the Ministry of Power, the Minister was warmly received by R K Vishnoi, Chairman and Managing Director, THDC India Limited, along with Shallinder Singh, Director (Personnel), Bhupender Gupta, Director (Technical), and other senior officials of THDCIL. During the visit, Manohar Lal inspected the ongoing construction activities at the 1000 MW Tehri Pumped Storage Plant (PSP), a flagship project under THDCIL that represents a critical component of India's Renewable Energy infrastructure. Minister undertook a detailed inspection of several key areas, including the Butterfly Valve Chamber, the Machine Hall, and the Outfall of the Tehri PSP, and also reviewed the progress on the river joining works, a vital aspect of integrating the PSP into the existing water management systems. Expressing his appreciation for the ongoing efforts, the Minister congratulated the entire THDC team for their relentless dedication and hard work towards advancing Renewable and reliable Hydropower generation. Manohar Lal acknowledged the team's significant achievements and the high standards they have set in developing the 2400 MW Tehri Power Complex and highlighted how THDC's contributions to Hydropower projects embody the  Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision for a Viksit Bharat by 2047. He added, “The Tehri Dam stands as a remarkable milestone for THDCIL, accomplished at a time when the very idea of such a massive dam seemed nearly inconceivable. The development of the Tehri Dam is nothing short of a miracle and an Engineering Marvel in its own right.” In his address to the THDC management and employees, the  Minister emphasized the strategic importance of Hydropower in combating climate change and supporting the Nation’s Energy Security. He urged the team to maintain their momentum and focus on the timely completion of the remaining project phases to meet the set deadlines. He praised THDCIL’s efforts in pushing the boundaries of Hydropower technology and urged the team to continue striving for excellence. R KVishnoi, Chairman and Managing Director, THDCIL thanked  Minister for his visit and the encouraging words. He reaffirmed THDCIL’s commitment to advancing the Tehri Power Complex and other Renewable Energy projects as part of the broader mission to contribute to a Sustainable Energy Future for India. The visit concluded with a renewed sense of purpose among the THDCIL team, who were inspired by the  Minister’s vision for the future of India’s Hydropower sector and their role in realizing that vision.

Karthikeyan posted as ACF, Champhai, in Mizoram (UPDATED)

Karthikeyan V, IFoS (Probationer), currently ACF in the office of PCCF, Aizawl, has been posted as ACF, Champhai Forest Division in Mizoram.

 

Tewari is also Chairman, Recruitment Commission for Class-III Posts in Assam (UPDATED)

Ajay Tewari, ACS, Home & Political, Mines & Minerals Department in Assam, will also handle an additional charge of Chairman, State Level Recruitment Commission for Class-III Posts. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer. Besides, Aruna Rajoria has been relieved of this additional charge.

 

Sanjai Singh promoted to Higher Administrative Grade (UPDATED)

Sanjai Singh has been promoted to the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG), Principal Chief Controller of Accounts (Pr.CCA). He is an ICAS officer.

 

6 IAS officers assigned new responsibilities in Kerala (UPDATED)

Six IAS officers have been assigned new responsibilities in Kerala. Anu Kumari has been appointed as Collector, Thiruvananthapuram with full additional charge of Chairperson, Monitoring Committee constituted to solve rehabilitation issues in connection with Vizhinjam Port Project, while V Vigneshwari was posted as Collector, Idukki district and John V Samuel takes over as the Collector, Kottayam. Similarly, Sheeba George is posted as Additional Secretary, Revenue Department with full additional charge of the posts of Commissioner, Housing and Secretary, Kerala State Housing Board and Geromic George takes over as Director, Backward Classes Development Department and Sriram Venkitaraman will be posted as Joint Secretary & Officer on Special Duty, Finance (Resources) Department.

Tenure of Ajay Kumar as Joint Secretary, Defence extended (UPDATED)
The deputation tenure of Ajay Kumar working as Joint Secretary, Defence, has been extended for a period of two years beyond July 14, 2024. He is a 2006 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.
Prashant Ranjan appointed as PS to Nityanand Rai (UPDATED)
Prashant Ranjan has been appointed as Private Secretary to Nityanand Rai, Mos for Home Affairs. He is a 2007 batch IRS-IT officer.


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Indrajit Sengupta appointed Addl. Director. McLeod Russel India Ltd

Indrajit Sengupta has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of McLeod Russel India Limited with effect from July 18, 2024.

AN Dhar appointed Addl. Director. McLeod Russel India Ltd

Amar Nath Dhar has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of McLeod Russel India Limited with effect from July 18, 2024.

Navin Nayar appointed NE Director, Jupiter Wagons Ltd

Navin Nayar has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Jupiter Wagons Limited.

Ms Chouhan appointed Addl. Director, Texel Industries Ltd

Ms Avni Chouhan has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Texel Industries Limited.

Mrs Sakpal appointed NE Director, KBC Global Ltd

Mrs. Prachi Aditya Sakpal has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of KBC Global Limited.

Saifuddin Attar appointed NE Director, Ras Resorts & Apart Hotels Ltd

Saifuddin Attar has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Ras Resorts & Apart Hotels Limited.

Kapil Somani appointed NE Director, Ras Resorts & Apart Hotels Ltd

Kapil Somani has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Ras Resorts & Apart Hotels Limited.

MS Agrawal appointed Addl. Director, J Taparia Projects Ltd

Manmohan Shreegopal Agrawal has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Non- Independent) of J Taparia Projects Limited.

Chirayu Agrawal steps down as NE Director, J Taparia Projects Ltd

Chirayu Agrawal has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of J Taparia Projects Limited.

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Congress lacks organizational capability

They will be overconfident! Congress doesn't have the organizational capability remaining....BJP will see its rise in West Bengal and UP!

Abhishek

 

Hathras tragedy: Faster follow-up action needed

The stampede killed 121people, largely women and children, injuring hundreds others. Not an isolated incident .Such incidents will continue to happen in future unless exemplary action is taken against the primary, secondary and tertiary offenders for exploiting the superstitious, illiterate devotees. Strangely, the kingpin is still at large. His name is not included in the FIR by the UP police despite the former's dubious antecedents. Failure of local intelligence unit, must be looked into? A combination of factors have contributed to the disaster. First and foremost, the high turnout of devotees is disproportionately larger than the “guestimate” submitted by the organizers to the offices of DM and the SSP. Second, lack of expertise in crowd management by the unprofessional sevadars. Third, the poorly managed venues and infrastructure. Was prior exercise on access control at the venue, carried out by the authorities? There was reportedly a single common entry and exit route. Many questions arise whether the Standard operating procedure was followed? Why was adequate police force not deployed at the venue? Was prior inspection carried out by the district authorities before granting permission?  DM, SSP will have much to explain. A tragedy of such gigantic proportion calls for a judiciary-monitored inquiry by a professional, independent agency like the CBI. The inquiry by the State machinery is not advised especially as district officials   are directly involved. A time limit should be fixed for completion of inquiry and conviction of all concerned by the authorities. The officers and their subordinates cannot be let off with mere warnings. Departmental proceedings should   be initiated straightaway to fix their culpability, negligence and dereliction of duties .This could take place along with criminal proceedings in the court of law. The CBI, one hopes, would, no doubt, scrutinize the sources of disproportionate assets acquired by the Godman over the years and the sources of funding..There are several unauthorized  buildings belonging to him in several States across the country. Where did the capital come from? Inter-states ramifications. Why were these assets and sources of funding not brought under the radar of  income tax authorities and ED? It looks like concrete action is being avoided for inexplicable reasons to protect the offenders. One trusts, a bold Forum like the WIC puts its best foot forward for bringing about Ethics in governance, liquidation of corruption, probity in public life and rule of law. Laid back approach will mean travesty of justice.

A K Saxena (A former civil servant)

DATE WITH RTI

RTI (1)

Repair of quarter by CPWD

Appellant sought information about his online complaint regarding minor repair in Type 4 quarter, the note taken from allottee that he is satisfied with the work and others. The Appellant expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that neither the necessary repairs works has been carried out by the Respondent Public Authority despite repeated complaints nor his First Appeal has been adjudicated till date. The Respondent submitted that the First Appeal was never received in their office because the address mentioned by the Appellant was not correct. However, at the behest of the CIC, he submitted that copy of First Appeal is now received by him with the hearing notice of the CIC, and he will place a copy of it before the FAA for final order. The CIC observed that First Appeal of the Appellant is not heard by the FAA till date and the Respondent pleads to allowing placing it before the FAA. The CIC directed that a fair and proper hearing be conducted by the FAA, by giving due opportunity to both the parties to present his case. Hence, the Appeal was remanded back to the FAA for adjudication of First Appeal upon providing fair hearing to both the parties. The First Appeal shall be decided by a reasoned, speaking order on merits within four weeks from the date of receipt of this order.

Comments

The First Appellate Authority is an important link in the implementation of the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005. Every FAA should play the role assigned to ensure that the first appeal is disposed timely.

Citation: Amit Kumar v. CPWD, CIC/CPWNR/A/2023/109325; Date of Decision: 29-04-2024

RTI (2)

Link at which the case has been reported is given below from where the comments and citation may be checked- 

https://www.whispersinthecorridors.com/detail/120427-DATE+WITH+RTI.html

The comments and citation mailed by me on 17.06.2024 can be checked from the mail and the relevant part which has not been reported is given below:-

Comments

High Court of Delhi in Union of India v. R. Jayachandran WP (C) 3406/2012 dated 19.02.2014 held that passport details, copies of birth certificate and copies of records of educational qualification are personal information, the disclosure of which would cause unwarranted invasion to the privacy of individuals unless there was an overbearing public interest in favour of disclosure. A similar view was taken by the High Court of Delhi in Ministry of External Affairs v. Asmita Sachin Waman, WP (C) 3735/ 2020 decided on 21.111.2022.

Citation: Shri Anurag Mittal v. Regional Passport Office, New Delhi, CIC/PASOF/A/2023/610640; Date of Decision : 27.03.2024

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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