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WHISPERS POLITICS NEWS

Shake-up in BJP ruled states if Modi gets less seats?

Political observers believe that there is going to be a shake-up in the BJP ruled states in case PM Narendra Modi does not get desired results in the Lok Sabha polls. A subtle warning to the Chief Minister’s of the ruling BJP states.

Gopi Thotakura to be first Indian to become a space tourist

Gopi Thotakura, an entrepreneur and a pilot, will be the first Indian to venture into space as a tourist on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin’s NS-25 mission. He has been selected as one of the six crew members for the mission, making him the first Indian space tourist and the second Indian to venture into space after the Indian Army’s Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma in 1984.


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DRDO to get new Chief, panel of 3 very senior scientists constituted

Dr Samir V Kamath, the DRDO’s current chairman, is superannuating on May 31 after close to three years in office. The process to select his successor has set rolling. The screening committee has reportedly suggested the names of three very senior scientists from within the DRDO: Dr B K Das, director general (electronics & communication system), Suma Varughese, director general (micro electronic devices, computational systems and cyber systems), and Ummalaneni Raja Babu, director general (missiles and strategic systems). Dr B K Das is the senior most among them and has brighter chances of holding the reins.

Maj Gen Chanpuria to take over Command of Core ?

Major General Ajai Chanpuria , Incharge Higher command courses Army war college Mhow  is  likely to take over command of a corps on 1st June onwards.

Dr Subhransu Sekar Acharya yet to join as CMD, NSIC

Dr Subhransu Sekar Acharya is yet to take over as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC).

R M Majumdar quits Indian Revenue Service

R M Majumdar, Addl. CIT, Hyderabad, has resigned from the Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax.

P V Subba Raju quits Indian Revenue Service

P V Subba Raju, Addl. CIT, Hyderabad, has resigned from the Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax.

Ms Kaushik gets extension as PED (NR), RCIL

Ms. Vijaylaxmi Kaushik, formerly Chief Signal and Telecommunications Engineer (CSTE), Project, North Western Railway (NWR), Jaipur, has been given extension in her tenure of deputation with Railtel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL) as Public Executive Director (PWED), Northern Railway (NR), for the fourth year, which is up to April 26, 2025. She is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.

Manish Gupta appointed GM (O&M), NHSRCL

Manish Gupta, Executive Director (ED), EEM, Railway Board, has been selected for deputation to National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) as General Manager (Operation & Maintenance) at New Delhi for a period of five years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.

P K Goyal nominated member Disciplinary Committee - CIAI

Prashant Kumar Goyal has been nominated as a member of the Disciplinary Committee constituted by the Council of the Institute of Actuaries of India. He was serving as the Joint Secretary Department of Financial Services.

ITS officer appointed CVO, DVC

Sudipta Acharjee  has been appointed as CVO in Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), Kolkata under the Ministry of Power for a period of three years. He is an UTS officer and presently posted  as Director (A) WB LSA, Kolkata.

Singh's deputation tenure extended for three years

The DoT has extended the deputation period of  Anand Kumar Singh, ITS officer, for a further period of three years from 25.06.2024 to 24.06.2027 . He is posted as Advisor in TRAI on deputation basis.

45 ITS officers transferred

The DoT has transferred 45 ITS officers to new places. They are all JAG level officers.

2 IRS officers promoted to Pr Commissioner grade

Two IRS(C&IT) officers have been promoted to Pr Commissioner grade. Shailendra Kumar Sinha has been promoted for the panel year of 2020 while Rajendra Singh will get the benefit for the panel year of 2023. Sinha is 1991 batch and Singh is 1993 batch officer.

Re-union of 1974 batch IPS from today

Re-union of 1974 batch IPS officer is going to take place in National Police Academy, Hyderabad from today.

Major reshuffle of IPS officers in Gujarat

In a major reshuffle, as many as 35 IPS officers have been shifted in Gujarat, while many of them have been promoted. Accordingly, Manoj Agarwal has been promoted to Director General of Police Grade and appointed as Director, Civil Defence and Commandant General, Home Guards, Ahmedabad, while Dr K Laxmi Narayan Rao has been promoted to DGP Grade and posted as DGP, Prisons & Correctional administration, Ahmedabad and Gyanender Singh Malik was promoted to DGP grade and appointed as Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad City. Similarly, Hasmukh Patel, MD, Gujarat Police Housing Corporation, Gandhinagar, has been promoted to DGP Grade and will continue to hold charge of the post; Narasimha N Komar has been transferred as Commissioner of Police, Vadodara; Anupam Singh Gahlaut as Commissioner of Police, Surat City; Brajesh Kumar Jha was promoted to ADGP Grade and posted as Special Commissioner of Police, Sector-2, Ahmedabad City; Wabang Jamir has been promoted to ADGP Grade and appointed Special Commissioner of Police, Sector-1, Surat City; Ajay Kumar Choudhary was promoted to ADGP Grade and appointed Special Commissioner of Police (Special Branch), Ahmedabad City; Abhay Chudasama, Principal, State Police Academy, Karai, Gandhinagar, has been promoted to ADGP Grade and continue to hold charge of post; S G Trivedi is promoted to ADGP Grade and appointed as Additional Director General of Police, CID (Crime), Gandhinagar; J R Mothaliya was shifted as Inspector General of Police, Ahmedabad Range, Ahmedabad; Prem Vir Singh as Inspector General of Police, Surat Range, Surat; Nilesh Bhikhabhai Jajadia has been promoted to IGP Grade and appointed as Inspector General of Police, Junagadh Range, Junagadh; Bipin Shankarrao Ahire was promoted to IGP Grade and appointed as Additional Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Ahmedabad; Sharad Singhal has been promoted to IGP Grade and kept on waiting for posting; Chirag Mohanbhai Koradia is promoted to IGP Grade and appointed as Inspector General of Police, Border Range, Bhuj; P L Mal is promoted to IGP Grade and appointed as Inspector General of Police (Coastal Security), Ahmedabad; M L Ninama has been promoted to IGP Grade and appointed as Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime & Traffic), Vadodara City; N N Chaudhari was promoted to IGP Grade and appointed as Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Ahmedabad City; A G Chauhan was promoted to IGP Grade and appointed Inspector General of Police (Prison), Ahmedabad; R V Asari, has been promoted to IGP Grade and appointed as IGP, Panchmahal-Godhara Range, Godhara; K N Damor has been promoted to Inspector General of Police Grade and appointed as Joint Commissioner of Police, Sector-2, Surat City; Jaipalsingh Rathore was promoted to DIGP Grade and appointed as DIGP, Rajkot (Rural); Dr Leena Patil was promoted to DIGP Grade and appointed as Additional Commissioner of Police, Zone-3, Vadodara City; Sweta Shrimali was promoted to DIGP Grade and appointed as DIGP, Central Prison, Ahmedabad; Nirlipt Rai is promoted to DIGP Grade and appointed as DIGP, State Monitoring Cell, Gandhinagar; Dipakkumar Meghani was promoted to DIG rank and appointed as DIG (Law and Order), Gandhinagar; Mahendra Bagria has been promoted and appointed as DIG, Kutchh-Bhuj (West); Sunil Joshi is promoted and appointed as DIG (Operation), Ahmedabad; Dr Tarun Duggal has been shifted as SP, Mehsana; Om Prakash Jat as SP, Ahmedabad Rural; Shivam Verma as DCP, Zone 7, Ahmedabad City; Gaurav Jasani as SP, Anand and Imtiyaz Shaikh IPS has been transferred and posted as SP, Chota Udepur.

10 IPS officers promoted to Selection Grade in Gujarat

As many as 10 IPS officers of 2011 batch have been promoted to the Selection Grade in Gujarat. The officers are: Hiteshkumar Hansraj Joysar, Dr Tarun Duggal, Chaintanya Ravindra Mandlik, Ms Saroj Kumari, R V Chudasama, R P Barot, G A Pandya, R T Susara, Ms Sudha S Pandey and Mrs Sujata Mazumdar.

Nomination of IAS Officers invited for 80th Staff Course

Nominations of IAS Officers have been invited for the 80th Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, commencing from June 3, 2024.

KSA Sailendra is ACIT (OSD) Pr CCIT, Hyderabad

KSA Sesha Sailendra has been posted as ACIT (OSD) in the office of Principal CCIT, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Region on return from deputation. He is an IRS officer.

Ms Arti Lal Sharma posted in Delhi

Consequent upon repatriation from Central Deputation, Ms. Arti Lal Sharma has been posted at Delhi with immediate effect.  She joined the cadre on March 14, 2024. She is a 2010 batch IAS officer.

45 JAG ITS given new postings

As many as 45 JAG of ITS group officers have been transferred and given new postings. Deo Shankar and Sunil Prasad have been transferred to Bihar LSA, Prasoon Chandra to UPE LSA and Anu Shrivastavan to Rajasthan LSA. Similarly, Gurdas Meher and Santosh Kumar Sahoo have been sent to Odisha LSA;  Manish to DGT HQs, Similarly, Chandra Bhan Yadav to HP LSA, Rajeev Yadav to ERU Division, DoT Hqs; Sunil Bhadu to UPW LSA; Takalikar Prashant Vaksiddha to AP LSA; Mukesh Kumar and Sujit Kumar Gupta to Assam LSA; S P Uniyal to Haryana LSA; Rajeev Sharma and Prabha Ji to Punjab LSA; Rajesh Tripathi to UPW LSA; S R Chitale to Pune; Ram Babu Jatav, Sunil Kumar Lakhera and Narendra Choubey to J&K LSA; Raut Milind Dhanlal and Hemant Kumar R Patel to Mumbai LSA and Ranjana Sivaram to NCCS, Bengaluru On the other hand, Beeran Prajapati, Arvind Sharma, Shashi Kumar, Pankaj Kumar Salodia, Vivek Vishwakarma, Ganesh Chandra, Pranab Kumar Roy, Bhuwanendra Kumar, Jagdish Prasad Meena, Saurabh Kumar, Anil Kumar, Vijay Kumar Maurya, Sanjay Kumar, Pramod Yadav, Ram Chandra Sharma, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Hari Om Solanki, Anil Kumar, Bishwa Mohan Patel, Ram Gopal Meena and Laxmi have been transferred to Department of Telecommunications Hqs;

MHA advertises various posts for IB

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has invited applications for eight posts in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) on deputation basis.

First-ever PSUs’ club inaugurated & executed by NSL, NBCC (UPDATED)

The Public Sector Day 2024 was observed on the April 10, 2024 which was celebrated through a glittering event at SCOPE Complex New Delhi. On this occasion, the first-ever PSUs’ Club, "Scope Social Interaction Centre" was successfully delivered to SCOPE. The project was executed by NBCC Services Limited (NSL), a subsidiary of Navratna CPSE, NBCC (India) Limited. During the occasion, "Scope Social Interaction Centre" was inaugurated amidst esteemed dignitaries, including Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Chairman of SCOPE, Brajesh Kumar Upadhyay, Vice Chairman of SCOPE, Atul Sobti, DG of SCOPE, K P Mahadevaswamy, CMD of NBCC (India) Limited, Mrs B K Sokhey, Chairperson of NBCC Services Ltd. and other senior dignitaries from various PSUs. The project was executed at a cost of over Rs. 9 Crore, showcasing NSL’s commitment to excellence in infrastructure development. Spanning across 24,765 sqft, the facility offers a myriad of amenities, including a Bar Lounge, Multipurpose Hall, Library, T.T. Room, Library Cafeteria, Yoga Room, and various sports facilities. The club also boasts features such as Squash Court, Badminton Court, Basket Ball Court, Kitchen, and water bodies. The inauguration of Scope Social Interaction on Public Sector Day underscores the celebration of collaborative efforts and the spirit of camaraderie within the public sector. The club stands as a testament to NBCC's and its subsidiary company’s unwavering dedication to delivering excellence in every project undertaken.

Ms Pooja Hali appointed as Deputy Secretary, NGMA (UPDATED)

Ms Pooja Hali has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the NGMA, Delhi under the Ministry of Culture. She is a 2011 batch IRS-IT officer.

 

Ms Nidhi Choudhari appointed as Deputy Secretary, NGMA (UPDATED)

Ms Nidhi Choudhari has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the NGMA, Mumbai under the Ministry of Culture. She is a 2012 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Ms Priyanka Mary Francis appointed as Director, NGMA (UPDATED)

Ms Priyanka Mary Francis has been appointed as Director in the NGMA, Bengaluru under the Ministry of Culture. She is a 2009 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Priyanka Soni appointed Special Secretary, Vigilance in Haryana (UPDATED)

Dr Priyanka Soni has been appointed as Special Secretary, Vigilance Department in Haryana relieving Prabhjot Singh of the said charge. Priyanka is a 2012 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

2 DIGF level officers allocated works in MoEF&CC (UPDATED)

Prashant Rajgopal, DIGF, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, New Delhi, has been allocated works related to NAEB/GIM, Desertification Cell and G-20, while Kamal Jeet Singh, DIGF, was allocated works related to Forest Policy Division.

BEL signs MoU with IIT Mandi (UPDATED)

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, for co-operation in Research and Technology/Product Development — in the areas of Semiconductors, Quantum Technologies and Drones. The MoU aims at leveraging the complementary strengths and capabilities of BEL and IIT-Mandi. It will support indigenisation of products/solutions being supplied by BEL to its customers and is in line with the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

K S A Shesha Shailendra appointed as ACIT, PrCCIT, Hyderabad (UPDATED)

K S A Shesha Shailendra has been appointed as ACIT (OSD) in the office of Principal CCIT, Hyderabad, AP & Telangana region on return from deputation.

P K Goyal appointed Govt Nominee Director, NIA, NICL, IAI Council (UPDATED)

Parshant Kumar Goyal, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance, has been nominated as Government Nominee Director on the Board of National Insurance Academy (NIA), National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) and nominated as Member of the Council of the Institute of Actuaries of India (IAI).

 



WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
Madhav Doshi re-appointed CEO & MD, Madhav Marbles and Granites Ltd

Madhav Doshi has been re-appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (CEO & MD) of Madhav Marbles and Granites Limited with effect from May 1, 2024.

PY Venkataraman appointed Addl. Director, Madhav Marbles and Granites Ltd

Pachampet Yegnaswamy Venkataraman has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Madhav Marbles and Granites Limited.

Arumugan Sivadasan appointed Addl. Director, Madhav Marbles and Granites Ltd

Arumugan Sivadasan has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Madhav Marbles and Granites Limited.

PUB Rao appointed Addl. Director, CAMS

Pravin Udhayavara Bhadya Rao has been appointed as Additional Director of Computer Age Management Services Limited (CAMS).

Thomas Mathew appointed Nominee Director, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd

Thomas Mathew has been appointed as Nominee Director of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited.

SS Nasir appointed Addl. Director, K&R Rail Engineering Ltd

Shaik Suhail Nasir has been appointed as Additional (Executive) Director of K&R Rail Engineering Limited.

Dhaval Vakharia appointed NE Director, Royal Cushion Vinyl Products Ltd

Dhaval Vakharia has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Royal Cushion Vinyl Products Limited.

HM Shah quits as NE Director, Royal Cushion Vinyl Products Ltd

Harsha Mukesh Shah has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Independent Director of Royal Cushion Vinyl Products Limited.

Suresh Solanki steps down as ED, K&R Rail Engineering Ltd

Suresh Solanki has resigned from the position of Executive Director of of K&R Rail Engineering Limited.

PK Shelatkar quits as Ind. Director, Toyam Sports Ltd

Purvesh Krishna Shelatkar has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Toyam Sports Limited.

Whispers Forum
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Ex-bureaucrats to EC to “ensure free & fair polls”
 
While the serving civil servants have failed to perform, some Ex-bureaucrats rose to the occasion and took up the cudgel against the former breed.
In a recent letter to the Election commission , a group of 87 retired-bureaucrats who had worked in States and the central governments, penned down a strongly-worded letter to the Election commission,voicing serious concerns about "challenges to a level playing field ahead of the general election as per the Constitution of India" .The issue was largely ignored by the mainstream media for obvious reasons.

A big salute to Dr E. A. S. Sarma, former Secretary to Govt of India,for taking the initiative.He belongs to that rare breed of civil servants, who has always been fighting against the shortcomings in Indian democratic system- both, while in service and even after retirement. The late T N Seshan was another tough person,fit for the post of CEC.Extinct species.

The missive is a wake-up call for the Election commission that must share the blame for turning the Nelson's eye to the selective misuse of anti-corruption agencies by reigning political classes against their detractors.

The civil servants including those serving in States governed by parties supporting different political ideologies and the bureaucrats at the centre are expected to be apolitical . Unfortunately,their partisan approach shows their weak spines in lieu of petty gains.

Should the matter be allowed to rest here? Never,ever !

Time for Judicial activism in support of the retired bureaucrats. The Supreme Court is the only hope for the country. It is urged to order suo motu action against the non-performing,delinquent and politicised bureaucracy and even constitutional functionaries.
 
A K Saxena ( A former civil servant)

DATE WITH RTI

RTI Application and First Appeal filed by separate individuals

Mr. Shamim Alam filed an RTI application seeking information in relation to Non-Judicial stamp paper of the Denomination of Rupees 10 bearing a distinct number. The PIO replied that the disclosure of the sensitive details of the stamp paper(s) would adversely affect the economic interest of the country and would not serve any larger public interest. The information was denied by seeking exemption under Section 8(1)(a), 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005. First Appeal was filed by Mr. Shakil Ahmed as a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) holder of the Mr. Shamim Alam which was rejected by FAA. Upon a remark by the CIC during second appeal regarding the appropriateness of the FAA’s order in having rejected the First Appeal filed under SPA by Shakil Ahmed, the Representative of the Appellant feebly stated that the erroneous First Appeal stands rectified as the Second Appeal has been filed by Shamim Alam only. The CIC observed that the FAA has appropriately rejected the First Appeal as being not maintainable as the RTI Application and First Appeal are filed by separate individuals. Further, since the channel of First Appeal has not been properly exhausted by the Appellant, the instant second appeal is also not maintainable.

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As far as possible, a person who desires an information should file the RTI application and appeal under his / her own name and signature.

Citation: Shamim Alam v. Security Printing Press, Hyderabad, CIC/SPPRE/A/2022/151493; Date of Decision: 18.03.2024

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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