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This is History (2367)

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“Hamre do” have no say in appointments ?

Insiders in an informal chat smilingly said that “Hamre do” can claim any thing but have no say in the appointment of key postings in the Modi Government. In UPA Government, the Corporates had a say in the appointments but not in Modi Government.





Gujarat polls : No impact of farm laws and fuel price rise

The Gujarat local body poll result has endorsed the fuel price rise and farm bill of the Central govt. BJP records landslide victory in the local body elections in Gujarat. Will the agitating farmers and the political parties supporting them read the mood of the voters ?.


Sampla is Chairman of NCSC

A former Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and ex-BJP MP, Vijay Sampla has taken over as Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.






The term ‘babu’ that reeks of the colonial era has been stuck with civil servants and other government officials ever since.

On February 10, PM Narendra Modi has in his Parliament speech, blasted the ‘babu’ culture in the country saying “Sab kuch babu hi karenge”. Earlier in 2016, the IAS Association has condemned the use of the word ‘babu’ and called it ‘abusive’.

Now the question that arises is - Is the use of the word ‘babu’ correct ?

Mail your views in short to mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com OR  suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com



Whispers bureaucracy News
Secretaries & DGPs orders likely to be issued this month

According to sources, the govt is likely to issue the transfer and posting orders of some Secretaries and DGPs in the remaining four days of this month.

Will T V Somanathan be new Secretary Finance ?

In case Dr A B P Pandey is not given extension or any Professional is not appointed Secretary Finance then Dr T V Somanthan will be new Secretary Finance in the Government of India. TamilNadu cadre 1987 batch IAS officer, Dr. Somanathan is presently Secretary Expenditure.

Kuldip Singh to be acting DG of CRPF ?

In all probability, Special DG – CRPF, Kuldip Singh will be acting DG of the force. He is 1986 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre.

DG who tactfully handled volatile situation in Haryana !

Haryana DGP Manoj Yadav  deserves  praise for handling  volatile  situation because of farmers agitation. Still Haryana is politically hot because of  farmers agitation in the entire state but the police has so far maintained patience. Politicians are still trying to  dislodge the Government but  so far  they have not been able to provoke the Haryana police.

DPC clears promotion of 1989 batch IRS(C&IT)

According to information, a DPC held last week has cleared the officers of 1989 batch of IRS(C&IT) to HAG+  against the vacancies of the year 2021.

Tenure of Rajesh as Director, NITI Aayog extended

The central deputation tenure of S Rajesh working as Director, NITI Aayog has been extended for a period of three months beyond February 26, 2021. He is a 2000 batch IFS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Tenure of Babu Lal Meena as Director, MHA extended

The central deputation tenure of Babu Lal Meena working as Director, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been extended for a period of two years beyond March 27, 2021. He is a 2005 batch IoFS officer.

Three IAS officers from Bihar empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Three IAS officers of 1989 batch out of total eight from Bihar have been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India.

Only one IAS officer from Maharashtra empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts

Only one 1989 batch IAS officer, out of total seven, from Maharashtra has been empanelled for holding Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India.

Vijay Nanalal appointed Principal Director Audit, Ahmedabad

Vijay Nanalal Kothari, Principal Director of Audit, Defence Services, Pune, has been transferred and posted as Principal Director of Audit, Central, Ahmedabad. He is a 2002 batch IA&AS officer.

Subrat Das is also CVO, GRSE, Kolkata

Subrat Das, CVO, OFB, Kolkata, has been entrusted with an additional charge of CVO, GRSE, Kolkata for a period of one year. He is a 1991 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.

Centre's policy- monetise or modernize PSEs

The Centre's policy is to either monetise or modernise public sector enterprises, with the intent that the government has "no business to be in business", PM Modi said this on Wednesday while addressing a webinar on privatisation  organised by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM),

DGP Rajesh Das put on 'compulsory wait' after sexual harassment allegation

TamilNadu's Special Director General of Police (law and order) Rajesh Das has been on Wednesday put on 'compulsory wait' after sexual harassment allegations by a female IPS officer.

TN forms probe panel to look into Woman IPS officer’s allegations on DGP Rajesh Das

Tamil Nadu Home Department on Wednesday set up a six member inquiry committee to probe a complaint by a woman IPS officer of alleged sexual harassment by Special Director General of Police (law and order) Rajesh Das. The order issued by TN Home Secretary S K Prabakar said that Additional Chief Secretary (planning and development) Jayashree Raghunandan will be the presiding officer of the committee while Seema Agarwal, (Additional DGP), A Arun (IGP), Shamoondeswari (Deputy IG), VK Ramesh Babu (Chief Administrative officer at DGP office) and Loretta Jhona who is part of International Justice Mission will also be part of the committee.

Dr K Jayanth Murali posted as the ADGP (Law and Order) in Chennai

After allegations of sexual harassment by a female IPS officer against Special Director General of Police (law and order) Rajesh Das, the TN Home Department placed him on the 'compulsory waitlist' and posted Dr K Jayanth Murali IPS as the Additional Director General Police (Law and Order) in Chennai.

MOIL CVO Sharat Chandra Tiwari returns to parent cadre

Sharat Chandra Tiwari, CVO, MOIL Limited, Nagpur has been repatriated to his parent cadre on personal grounds. He is a 1997 batch ITS officer.

Mahesh Thakur returns to parent cadre

Mahesh Thakur, working as Director in the Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre. He is a 2005 batch IRS-IT officer.

No Commissioner, NESTS

The post of the Commissioner in NETS is lying vacant since November last year.  National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS), which comes under the Ministry of Tribal welfare, manages the Eklavya schools in the country. 

Three bidders for Spectrum auction

According to the final list of bidders, only were found suitable who can bid for spectrum auction. They are- Airtel Bharti, Reliance Jio Infocomm and Vodafone India ltd. In the 2021 auction of spectrum will be made in 700 MHz, 800 MHz,900 MHz,1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2800 MHZ. Only these three will bid for auction.

Sanjay Kumar Singh shifted to UPSC

Sanjay Kumar Singh, Deputy Secretary, is transferred from Ministry of Food Processing Industries and posted to Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

UPSC adds Leh as exam centre for Civil Services candidates

Union Public Service Commission UPSC has opened a new centre for the Civil Services Examination, in Leh for the candidates from Union Territory Ladakh. Preliminary exam will be held on June 27 this year. Leh will be the 73rd centre in the country to hold the preliminary exam for Civil Services.

Six IAS officers get new assignments in Maharashtra

Half a dozen IAS officers have been given new assignments in Maharashtra. Accordingly, G Sreekanth has been posted as Joint Commissioner, Sales Tax, Aurangabad, while  L S Mali was made Director (Disaster Management), Revenue and Forest Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai and V L Bhimanwar is Deputy Secretary (Information Technology), General Administration Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai. Besides, Rahul Rekhawar has been posted as Managing Director, Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation, Akola; Dr H S Vasekar as Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Livelihood Mission, Navi Mumbai and Prajit Nair was  posted as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Sindhudurg.

Five IAS officers get new responsibility in W Bengal

Ms. Joyoshi Das Gupta has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Non Conventional & Renewable Energy Sources Department, while Ms Bandana Pokhriyal is posted as Assistant Project Director, West Bengal State NGBRA Programme Management Group and Ajoy Sanyamath will join as Additional Secretary, Finance Department. Similarly, Sanjay Bansal, was made Secretary, Programme Monitoring Department with additional charge of Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department and Ms Dipika Sanyamath was posted as Additional Secretary, Agriculture Department.

S K Tripathy to be JGM (S&T), RVNL

S K Tripathy, Senior Divisional Safety Officer (Sr. DSO) , Sambalpur, East Coast Railway (ECR), has been selected for deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) as Joint General Manager (Signal &Telecom) at Bhubaneswar for a period of five years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Yashveer Singh to be Sr. DGM (S&T), RVNL

Yashveer Singh – who is presently posted as Deputy Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer (Dy. CSTE), Headquarters, and Secretary to Principal Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer (PCSTE), North Eastern Railway (NER) – has been selected for deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) as Senior Deputy General Manager (Sr. DGM) (Signal &Telecom) at Varanasi for a period of five years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

AKP Vagehla to be Sr.DGM (S&T), RVNL

Alpesh Kumar P Vagehla, ESTE-YRE/ADI, Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE)  has been selected for deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) as Senior Deputy General Manager (Signal & Telecom) at Ahmedabad for a period of five years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.

RR Potdar to be Dy. CSTE, MVRC

Rajendra Rambhau Potdar, Senior Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer (Sr. CSTE), E, Mumbai, Central Railway, has been selected for deputation to Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) as Deputy Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer (Dy. CSTE) at Mumbai for a period of five years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.

Alok Mathur is PED, PS, RDSO

Alok Nath Mathur – who is presently posted on Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) – has been promoted to higher administrative grade (HAG) and posted as Principal Executive Director, PS, in RDSO itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

PK Gupta moved to CPD (BW), NER

PK Gupta – who is presently posted as Chief Project Director (CPD), SD, North Central Railway (NCR) – has been transferred to North Eastern Railway (NER) and posted as Chief Project Director (CPD), Bridge Workshop (BW). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Six PCEEs appointed

As many as six Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officers have been appointed to higher administrative grade (HAG ) and posting as Principal Chief Electrical Engineer (PCEE). Accordingly, Anil K Shukla, Ashwani K Kalia, Satish Kothari, Ravilesh Kumar, Arun K Tiwari, and Rajesh K Rai have been posted as PCEE on North Eastern Railway (NER), Rail Coach Factory (RCF), North Central Railway (NCR), Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), Central Railway (CR), and Banaras Locomotive Works (BLW) respectively.

Arun Kumar appointed CAO, CORE

Arun Kumar – who is presently posted on Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) – has been appointed to higher administrative grade (HAG ) and posted as Chief Administrative Officer on CORE itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Rajan Saxena posted as CEE, CORE

Rajan Saxena – who is presently posted on Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) – has been appointed to higher administrative grade (HAG ) and posted as Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE), PS, on CORE itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Rajesh K Jain moved as CEGE, Northern Railway

Rajesh K Jain has been transferred from Railway Board to Northern Railway (NR) and posted as Chief Electrical General Engineer (CEGE).  He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

S Srinivas posted as PCME, Southern Railway

S Srinivas – who is presently working as Chief Works Engineer (CWE), Southern Railway (SR) – has been posted as Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer (PCME) on the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

Jagdish Choudhary posted on NWR

Upon returning from deputation to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), Jagdish Choudhary has been posted on North Western Railway (NFR). He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

GVVS Raju posted on SWR

Upon returning from deputation to Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), GVVS Raju has been posted on South Western Railway (SWR). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Former DGP of Gujarat is no more

Former Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat Chittaranjan Singh  has passed away in Chandigarh. He was former 1976 batch IPS officer. 

R P Thakur is PS, Industries and Commerce, J&K (UPDATED)

Ranjan Prakash Thakur is posted as Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, J&K. He is an IRTS officer.

Manoj Kumar Dwivedi is Secretary, GAD in J&K (UPDATED)

Manoj Kumar Dwivedi has  been posted as Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, General Administration Department, J&K and will continue to hold the additional charge of Administrative Secretary, Mining Department. He is a 1997 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre.

2 IAS officers get new responsibility in Bihar (UPDATED)

Baidyanath Yadav has been appointed as Director, Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Planning and Development Department, Bihar, while Sanjeev Kumar, Director, Science & Technology, Bihar, has been handed over additional charge of Joint Secretary, Planning and Development.

JNPT signs MoUs worth 27,000 CR, to strengthen port-led industrialization (UPDATED)

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s premier container port, today announced that it signed over 30 MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with potential investors for port projects, technology transfer and development of plots in JNPT SEZ for an amount of around 27000 crores in line with the Maritime India Summit 2021 to be held online from March 2 to 4. The MoU was signed by Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT in presence of Shri Unmesh Wagh, IRS, Deputy Chairman, JNPT. The investments by DP World, JM Baxi & Co., Ganesh Benzo, BPCL, NITIE, SS G Pharma Pvt. Ltd., Sooraj Agro, JWR logistic Pvt. Ltd., Cineline India Ltd. are some of the companies that have signed MoUs towards Manufacturing, IT services, Warehousing/Cold Storage, FTWZ, Pharma, Confectionary Manufacturing, Engineering Services, Food Processing. Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT said, “JNPT is dedicated towards setting quality benchmarks for the port industry across the globe and we have systematically invested in improving the port’s operating efficiency and handling capacity to enable seamless trade escalating its growth trajectory. We have signed over 30 MoUs with various companies at the ‘Maritime India summit’. This will help establish JNPT as one of the premier investment destinations in the country, as we continue to remain an attractive investment destination even after the impact of COVID -19 across the globe. Even during these trying times, JNPT has attracted around Rs. 27,000 crore worth of new investments. The signing of the MoUs will provide vast employment opportunities and various benefits to the EXIM Trade. Additionally, this will open opportunities within India and in the international coastal lines.”  ‘Maritime India Summit’, the flagship initiative of the Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW), Government of India is being organised in the month of March 2021 to promote both domestic and international investment in the Indian Ports and Maritime sector. The virtually held event will comprise of a 3-day Summit and Exhibition from 2nd March 2021 – 4th March 2021. The MIS 2021 will be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, followed by a Welcome Address by Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS for Ports, Shipping and Waterways. 

Krishnan is now Chairman of SCL

Former Secretary in the Government of India Dr K P Krishnan  is  now Chairman of the Shriram Capital Limited (SCL). He is former 1983 batch IAS officer of TamilNadu cadre.

End users want roll back of Custom duty

Readymade garments Manufacturers want the hiked Custom duty to be rolled back to promote domestic garments. This issue was discussed at a meeting with the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Textiles. They said that if it is not done then Bangladesh would be ahead of India. It is said that the govt has raised the Custom duty and informed the Agriculture ministry . And that is the reason that the end users are not happy.

Appointments in Blue Dart Express

Florian Ulrich Bumberger and Sebastian Paeßens have been appointed as Additional Directors of Blue Dart Express Limited.

KM Birla appointed Chairman, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd.

Kumar Mangalam Birla has been appointed Chairman & Non-Executive Director of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited. Besides, Ms. Sangeeta Pendurkar and Vishak Kumar have been appointed as Whole-time Directors of the company.

Nandu Bawa appointed as Addl. Director, SSPN Finance Ltd.

Nandu Bawa has been appointed as Additional Director of SSPN Finance Limited.

Two Addl. Directors appointed in Vodafone Idea

Sunil Sood and Diego Massidda have been appointed as Additional Directors (Non-Executive Non-Independent) of Vodafone Idea Limited. Meanwhile, Vivek Badrinath and Thomas Reisten have resigned from the post of Nominee Directors of the Company.

Aseem Sehgal is Ind. Director, Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd.

Aseem Sehgal has been appointed as Independent Director on the Board of Simbhaoli Sugars Limited.

Whispers Forum


PM Narendra Modi blasted the 'babu' culture in the country but it shows his arrogance of power.

B D Pani 

Ms. Aarti Khosla appears to be connected to Civil Services. If her assertions are taken on face value, why has the Country not progressed to the level, it should have been: if the civil servants were so efficient. Her statement that Civil Servants become specialists of the subject they handle, is no less than a joke. Will she like to be operated upon by the IAS Jt. Secretary of the Ministry of Health as according to her, the JS is a specialist? Such impressions have been created for the Civil Servants and they have also started considering themselves as God. Time has come to give Professionals their due. PM has kicked them hard at right place & at right time. Someone had to ring the bell and it has been done now. Country needs Specialists. Professionals now to zoom into 21st century. PM's statement will hurt few but why to ignore the talent available elsewhere, away from the "elite" group.



Support for illegal Temple structure in Chandni Chowk

It is a matter of shame that both AAP and BJP are supporting the erection of an Illegal Temple on the middle of the road in Chandni Chowk Delhi.

An illegal Hanuman Temple which was on the middle of road in Chandni Chowk was removed by North MCD on the directions of Delhi High Court few days back. Now suddenly a new temple has emerged on the central verge of the busy road in Chandni Chowk !!

Strangely, both BJP and AAP who otherwise keep fighting over every issue, are supporting the continuation of this illegal structure. Delhi High court should take suo-motto action in the matter and direct both Delhi Government and North MCD to remove this structure .Otherwise it sends a wrong message to people of Delhi that you can do illegal things and get away with it.

S. Gopal


RTI Application by Director of a company

An application was filed under the RTI Act by Shri Shankar Khalid, Director for Shivani Flexipack Ltd. seeking certified copies of E.R.1s electronically filed by them and related information. The CIC observed that there is nothing on record which shows that the RTI and second appeal has been filed by a ‘citizen’ as per Section 3 of the RTI Act and by the applicant. Information should have been sought by the same citizen in his individual capacity at the time of appeal. In the present case, the appellant has nowhere mentioned that he/she has sought information in his/her individual capacity but as legal entity. The appellant has also not proved his/her identity or given any of his identity proof to show that he/she was seeking information in second appeal in his/her individual capacity. The CIC held that the appellant is a company but not an individual and therefore, the RTI application/appeal of the appellant is not tenable as per Section 3 of the RTI Act.


As per the provisions of the RTI Act, only a citizen has the right to obtain information from a public authority and to file appeal. In many cases the CIC has held that if a verifiable name is there is an application, it is can be taken as an application filed by that individual who also happens to hold a position in a company.

Citation: Shivani Flexipack Ltd. v. CPIO, O/o. The Assistant Commissioner Central GST, Division-I, Satara in Second Appeal No. CIC/CCSTM/A/2019/104058, Date of Decision: 27.01.2021

Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored the books RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Apart from her weekly article here, her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link: www.rtifoundationofindia.com

Dr. Suresh Mehrotra


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