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In States, CMs are setting up PMO like office!

In the centre the PMO is considered to be most powerful. Now several states are following PMO type office.




Solitary successful bureaucrat turned politician

In a discussion, people came to the conclusion that in India, there has been only successful bureaucrat- politician is Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.




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Sanjeeb Kumar is also Director (Personnel), RVNL

Sanjeeb Kumar, Director (Finance), Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), has been entrusted with the additional charge of the post of Director (Personnel), RVNL, for a period of three months. He is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer.


MEA facing shortage - asks for 10 officers

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is facing officer's crunch at the middle level. Sources said that maximum IFS officers have been posted in G20 Secretariat and therefore the Ministry is facing shortage of officers.MEA is believed to have asked for ten officers.


Who will be next CMD NMDC ?

Who will be new CMD NMDC this year? It is said that Director (Finance) Amitava Mukherjee is the top contender for the post.


Will Jay Kumar be DMD IDBI ?

Jay Kumar ED Canara Bank is likely to be appointed Deputy Managing Director(DMD) of the IDBI.


Operation Ganga –by Tarun Pithode

The book written by Tarun Pithode  an IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre ,describes in detail the journey undertaken by many students to leave Ukraine. The beginning of the rescue operations and role played by the embassies, Indian multinationals, various social and spiritual organisations like Swami Narayan Temple, ISKCON, Art of Living, Ma Anandmai and few more is a story worth reading.

The book highlights the need to teach our children to have a right behaviour when they go out of the country. 

The author has the inside story of the most challenging Sumi evacuation. It doesn’t end here as it speaks in detail about the issues of pets and their safe return  apart from the flight operations, the role of pilots, crew and the aviation industry to bring the students safely back to their motherland.


8 names to be cleared for MP High Court

Informed sources said that name of about 8 out of the total 12 names sent for appointment of Judges in the Madhya Pradesh HC are likely to be cleared  in a couple of months.


Mrs Barnali Barua Tokhi appointed as MD, BPRL

Mrs Barnali Barua Tokhi, President (Technical), Bharat Petro Limited (BPRL), has been appointed as Managing Director (MD), Bharat Petro Limited (BPRL). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved her appointment to the post.


Three Independent Directors in Swiggy

Swiggy has appointed three independent directors to its Board .They are Mssrs  Mallika Srinivasan CMD  TAFE,Shailesh Haribhakti, Chairman of Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates and Sahil Barua, MD and CEO at Delhivery.


ITS officer stands deemed retired

As per DoT order, issued on Feb 6, 2023, consequent upon appointment as Director(CM) in BSNL on absorption basis, Sandeep Govil, stands deemed retired from the government service w e f January 15, 2023. He is an ITS officer.


Pandey given additional charge of Member, Services

The DoT has given the additional charge of the Member Services to Uma Shankar Pandey till further order. He is an ITS officer and posted as OSD.


Is SAI not getting a suitable candidate for Secretary?

The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, perhaps, not getting a suitable candidate for the post of the Secretary, Sports Authority of India (SAI). The ministry has extended the last date three times. As per circular, applications for the post could be submitted by February 18, 2023. Earlier, the last dates were December 30, 2022 and January 20, 2023 respectively.


NSCS wants officers on deputation

The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) want Director, Joint Director and Deputy Director for its Cyber wing on deputation. Details can be had from the NSCS.


Chaterjee to join the Ministry of Commerce

Debotosh Chaterjee has been selected as the Deputy Commissioner, Customs, at Falia SEZ, under the Department of Commerce on deputation basis for a period of three years. He is a 2016 batch IRS(C&IT) officer.


Pankaj Upadhyay is Deputy Secretary, Bio-Technology

Pankaj Upadhyay has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Bio-Technology. He is a 2010 batch IDAS officer.


Anish Kumar Upadhyay returns to parent cadre

Anish Kumar Upadhyay, Deputy Financial Advisor in BSF, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre on the administrative grounds with the imposition of the condition of extended cooling off. He is a 2012 batch IRS-C&CE officer.


Ms Ghose promoted to Scientist 'G' grade

Ms. Malabika Ghose has been promoted from the grade of Scientist ‘F to the grade of Scientist 'G'.


Karnataka HC gets 2 Addl. Judges

Two advocates have been appointed as Additional Judges of Karnataka High Court. They are: Vijaykumar Adagouda Patil and Rajesh Rai Kallangala.


Madras HC gets 5 Addl. Judges

Three advocates and two judicial officers have been appointed as Additional Judges of Madras High Court. They are: advocates Ms. Lekshmana Chandra Victoria Gowri, Pillaipakkam Bahukutumbi Balaji and Kandhasami Kulandaivelu Ramakrishnan, and judicial officers Ms. Ramachandra Kalaimathi and Ms. K Govindarajan Thilakavadi.


Allahabad HC gets 6 Addl. Judges

Six advocates have been appointed as Additional Judges of Allahabad High Court. They are: Syed Qamar Hasan Rizvi, Manish Kumar Nigam, Anish Kumar Gupta, Ms. Nand Prabha Shukla, Kshitij Shailendra and Vinod Diwakar.


P Rajalingam Basu appointed GGM (E8), South Zone, IRCTC

P Rajalingam Basu, Chief Passenger Transportation Manager, South Western Railway (SWR), has been selected for deputation to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) as Group General Manager (E8), South Zone, at Chennai for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.


RK Srivastava absorbed in MRVC

Rajeev Kumar Srivastava, a permanent railway officer in the Ministry of Railways, has been absorbed in Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVC) with effect from October 27, 2022. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.


Shalabh Goel appointed SDGM, Western Railway

Shalabh Goel has been transferred from Central Railway (CR) to Western Railway (WR) and posted as Senior Deputy General Manager. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.


Abhinav Kumar invited to speak at India Conference in US (UPDATED)

Abhinav Kumar, Additional Director General of Police & Special Principal Secretary to the CM and Information Secretary, Uttarakhand, has been invited as a Speaker in the 20th edition of the Annual India Conference to be held at Harvard University, US on February 11.


Two IES officers shifted (UPDATED)

Kaviarasam L has been appointed as Joint Director, Directorate of Economics and Statistics and Tshering Chombay Lama was made Assistant Director in the Development Commissioner, MSME.


Ms Priya Nair promoted as Economic Adviser (UPDATED)

Ms Priya P Nair has been appointed as Economic Adviser, Directorate of Economic & Statistics after promotion to SAG. He is a 2004 batch IES officer.


N Ramakrishna promoted to SAG (UPDATED)

N Ramakrishna has been promoted to the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) in the Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS).


Dr Bhola Ram Gurjar appointed as Director, NITTTR, Chandigarh (UPDATED)

Dr Bhola Ram Gurjar has been appointed as Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh.


KS Raju appointed MD & CEO, Canara Bank (UPDATED)

K Satyanarayana Raju, Executive Director, Canara Bank, has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO), Canara Bank.


Neha Bannerjee appointed SDO, Khatra, Bankura in W Bengal (UPDATED)

Ms Neha Bannerjee has been appointed Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Khatra, Bankura, W Bengal. She is a 2020 batch IAS officer of W Bengal cadre.


Rakesh Kanwar is also Secretary, Animal Husbandry in HP (UPDATED)

Rakesh Kanwar, Secretary, Agriculture and Language, Art & Culture, Himachal Pradesh, will also hold the charge of Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. He is a 2007 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.


Dr Hifzur Rehman appointed Ambassador to Chad (UPDATED)

Dr Hifzur Rehman, presently Director in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Chad.


Post of Sarbeswar Majhi upgraded Director grade (UPDATED)

The post of Sarbeswar Majhi has been upgraded as Director in the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying. He is a 2009 batch ISS officer.

H S Ahluwalia appointed ED, Canara Bank (UPDATED)

Hardeep Singh Ahluwalia, General Manager, Indian Bank, has been appointed as Executive Director of Canara Bank.

Two IPS officers get new jobs in Telangana (UPDATED)

S Ranga Reddy has been appointed as SP, PCS&S and Yogesh Goutam was posted as DCP, Administration, Cyberabad in Telangana.

Rocktim Saikia appointed as PS to Sarbananda Sonowal (UPDATED)

Rocktim Saikia has been appointed as Private Secretary to Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush. He is a 2010 batch IRS-IT officer.

Kuldeep Arya appointed as Director, Rural Development (UPDATED)

Kuldeep Arya has been appointed as Director in the Department of Rural Development. He is a 2009 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre. 

Suresh Chandra Pandey selected as Director (Pers), RINL (UPDATED)

Suresh Chandra Pandey, CGM, SAIL, has been selected for the post of Director(Personnel), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on February 7, 2023. As many as nine persons were interviewed for the same.

Ms Ananyashree Birla appointed Addl. Director, Grasim Industries

Ms. Ananyashree Birla has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive) of Grasim Industries Limited.  


AV Birla appointed Addl. Director, Grasim Industries

Aryaman Vikram Birla has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive) of Grasim Industries Limited.  


YP Dandiwala appointed Addl. Director, Grasim Industries

Yazdi Piroj Dandiwala has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent) of Grasim Industries Limited.  


Milind Thatte re-appointed MD, Procter & Gamble Health Ltd

Milind Thatte has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Health Limited with effect from April 1, 2023.


Ms Sodagar appointed Addl. Director, Clio Infotech Ltd

Ms. Priyanka Sodagar has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive (Professional) Director of Clio Infotech Ltd.


HB Patel re-designated as Whole-Time Director, Digjam Ltd

Hardik B Patel, Non-executive Director and Chairman of Digjam Limited, has been re-designated as Whole-Time Director and Chairman of the company.


Parashiva Murthy appointed Addl. Director, Digjam Ltd

Parashiva Murthy has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Non-Independent) of Digjam Limited.


DK Sharma re-appointed Whole-time Director, Avadh Sugar & Energy Ltd

Devendra Kumar Sharma has been re-appointed as Whole-time Director of Avadh Sugar & Energy Limited with effect from March 1, 2023.


Sanket Deshpande appointed Addl. Director, GG Dandekar Machine Works Ltd

Sanket Deshpande has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent, Non-Executive) of GG Dandekar Machine Works Limited.


Rahul Kothari appointed Addl. Director, GG Dandekar Machine Works Ltd

Rahul Kothari has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent, Non-Executive) of GG Dandekar Machine Works Limited.


Vishal Thakkar appointed Addl. Director, The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Ltd

Vishal Thakkar has been appointed Additional Director (Executive) of The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Limited.


Mrs Thakkar appointed Addl. Director, The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Ltd

Mrs. Bhavika Mayur Thakkar has been appointed Additional Director (Executive) of The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Limited.


SH Nevatia quits as MD & CFO, The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Ltd

Sudhir Hariprasad Nevatia has resigned from the position of Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Limited.


HH Nevatia steps down as MD, The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Ltd

Harsh Hariprasad Nevatia has resigned from the position of Managing Director of The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Limited.


Ms Nevatia quits as Director, The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Ltd

Ms. Vandana Nevatia Director has resigned from the position of Director of The Indian Link Chain Manufactures Limited.


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Share copy of Gazette Notification regarding increase in upper age limit

Will you kindly share a copy of the Gazette Notification regarding the increase in upper age limit for women candidates in Civil Services Examination by 2 years?




Seeking fee for photocopying after a delay of 30 days

The appellant sought the GST Registration details of all the parties/ individuals/ companies/ firms who have participated in a particular tender of SAIL, the date and time of reverse auction conducted for the said tender and other related information. The PIO did not provide any information initially and later sent a reply seeking photocopying charges for providing 125 pages. The PIO submitted that after the CIC notice, he coordinated with the custodian and a reply was received on 4 points and the reply for the remaining 2 points was awaited. The CIC directed the PIO to send a revised reply to the appellant on all the points and send the complete documents containing 125 pages free of cost alongwith the point-wise reply, after taking assistance from the custodian u/s 5(4) of the RTI Act.


The PIO was lucky to have escaped without any show cause notice for imposition of penalty as asking for photocopying charges after a lapse of 30 days is not maintainable as per the RTI Act.

Citation: Avishek Kumar v. SAIL Collieries Division, File No. CIC/SAIL1/A/2021/135948, Date of Decision: 18/11/2022

Dr Anuradha Verma ( 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


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