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Backward states are rich

It is said that money flows in all the backward states in the country. Subject of research.

Sikkim to see first BJP Government next year?

Political trends in this state indicate that the BJP will form the first Government in Sikkim with the support of a regional party next year.

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CBIC: Members' strength is full

After a long gap, CBIC, under the ministry of finance, has all 6 members in place. This is the full strength of the board.

Dr M Srinivas is new Director, AIIMS, New Delhi

Dr M Srinivas, Dean, ESIC, Medical College & Hospital Sanathnagar, Hyderabad, has been appointed as Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Sanjai Kumar takes charge as Chairman & Managing Director of RailTel

Sanjai Kumar has on Friday taken charge as the Chairman & Managing Director of RailTel. The Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE)  officer was, prior to this, shouldering the responsibilities of Director( Network Planning & Marketing/NPM) with additional charge of Director  (Project, Operations & Maintenance/ POM)  in Railtel.

(We said this on March 28, 2022)

Sandeep Kumar Gupta appointed as CMD, GAIL (India) Ltd

Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Director (Finance), IOCL, has been appointed as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, GAIL (India) Limited.
(We said this on July 18, 2022)

Dr Rajiv Bahl appointed as DG, ICMR & Secretary Health Research

Dr Rajiv Bahl has been appointed as Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-cum- Secretary, Department of Health Research for a period of three years.

Rajeev Kumar Srivastava appointed as Director (Proj), MRVC

Rajeev Kumar Srivastava has been appointed as Director (Projects), Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) on immediate absorption basis. He is an IRSE officer.

Arun Kumar Singh appointed as Director (Proj), RITES Ltd

Arun Kumar Singh, Project Director, RITES, has been appointed as Director (Projects), RITES Limited.

Manoj Jain appointed as Director (R&D), BEL

Manoj Jain, GM, BEL, has been appointed as Director (Research & Development), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

Sunil Shivaling Bagi appointed as Director (Fin), GSL

Sunil Shivaling Bagi, CGM, GSL, has been appointed as Director (Finance), Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).

Balasubramanian accredited as Ambassador to Benin

G Balasubramanian, presently High Commissioner of India to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Benin, with residence in Abuja. He is a 1998 batch IFS officer.

Chandra Bhushan Kumar returns to parent cadre

Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Additional Secretary, Agriculture, has been repatriated to his parent cadre on the request of MHA. He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.

Ms Anita Rupavatram appointed as Director, Custodian

Ms Anita Rupavataram has been appointed as Director in the office of Custodian, Mumbai. She is a 2003 batch IRS-IT officer.

Tenure of Satyendra Kumar as Director extended

The central deputation tenure of Satyendra Kumar working as Director in the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has been extended upto September 24, 2024. He is a 2007 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Sanjay Singh quits Indian Revenue Service-IT

Sanjay Singh, PCIT, Mumbai, has resigned from the Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax (IRS-IT).

Ashima Gupta posted as PCIT, OSD, office of PCCIT, Mumbai

Ms Ashima Gupta has been posted as PCIT (OSD), Office of Principal CCIT, Mumbai Region, upon premature repatriation from deputation from the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai under the Ministry of MSME. She is an IRS officer.


Deepanker Gupta appointed Director (Ministerial), DDA

Deepanker Gupta, Deputy Chief Materials Manager (Dy.CMM), Printing & Stationery, Printing Press, Shakurbasti, Northern Railway (NR), has been selected for deputation to Delhi Development Authority (DDA) at New Delhi for the post of Director (Ministerial) at New Delhi for a period of three years.

PIB, PM Unit officer to work from Chennai

Arun Kumar P  goes to Chennai PIB as Dy Director. He will also look after the work of the PM Unit of PIB, Delhi. He is an IIS officer. He was posted in Delhi but last week he has been transferred.

Sanjay Kumar Hansda appointed as Senior Advisor to ED, IMF, Washington DC

Sanjay Kumar Hansda, Adviser (Grade F), RBI, has been appointed as Senior Adviser to the Executive Director (India), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC, USA.

Dr Rajeev Jain appointed as Senior Advisor to ED, IMF, Washington DC

Dr Rajeev Jain, Adviser (Grade E), RBI, has been appointed as Senior Adviser to the Executive Director (India), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC, USA.

Visibility of Samir Saran increases in ORF

Visibility  of Samir Saran  has increased in the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) recently. He is President of the ORF.

Senior Administrative Officer, CISF to be appointed on deputation

It is proposed to fill one vacancy of Senior Administrative Officer in the Directorate General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on deputation basis.

Interviews for Director (M&CB),BEML Ltd Sept 28

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is holding interviews for the post of Director (Mining & Construction Business), BEML Limited on September 28, 2022.

Tenure of Sanjay Kumar as Director, Financial Services extended

The central deputation tenure of Sanjay Kumar working as Director in the Department of Financial Services has been extended upto September 20, 2024. He is a 2003 batch IP &TA &FAS officer.

Search begins for Assistant Director, Central Agmark Laboratory

The post of Assistant Director at Central Agmark Laboratory, Nagpur in Directorate of Marketing and Inspection, under Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, will be filled by deputation.

Sanjeev Kumar shifted to Ministry of Culture

Sanjeev Kumar, Under Secretary, has been transferred from the Ministry of Home to the Ministry of Culture.

14 IAS officers reshuffled in Gujarat

As many as 14 IAS officers have been reshuffled and posted to different places in Gujarat. Accordingly, S P Bhagora has been appointed as MD, Gujarat Women Economic Development Corporation, Gandhinagar, while R M Damor was shifted as Joint Secretary, Revenue and Mrs J P Devangan gets responsibility of Joint Secretary, Education. Similarly, L M Dinod has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Health & Family Welfare; R R Damor as Regional Commissioner of Municipalities, Gandhinagar; V K Advani as Special Director, Gujarat State Institute of Rural Development; A B Rathod as Additional Development Commissioner, Gandhinagar; P B Pandya as Joint Secretary, Women & Child Development; C B Balat as Executive Director, Tribal Development Corporation; K N Shah as District Development Officer, Aravalli-Modasa; D K Baria as District Development Officer, Panchmahals-Godhara; D B Ninama as District Development Officer, Porbandar; Dr Hasrat Jasmine as MD, Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Ltd., Surat and Ms Snehal Purushottam Bhapkar takes over as Deputy Secretary, Health & Family Welfare.

Shailendra Singh is also ED, ME (Coaching), Railway Board

Shailendra Singh, Executive Director, ME (Environment and Housekeeping & Project), Railway Board, has been assigned additional duties of the post of Executive Director, ME (Coaching) Railway Board, till September 29, 2022. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

Kanhaiya Jha gets extension in deputation tenure

Kanhaiya Jha, formerly Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM), Western Railway (WR), has been given extension in his tenure of deputation with Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVC) as Chief Project Manager-I (CPM-I) for the fifth year, which is up to December 17, 2023. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

NC Siwasia appointed Member Secy, RRB, Ajmer

Nemi Chand Siwasia - who is presently posted on North Western Railway (NWR)  has been posted as Member Secretary, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Ajmer. He is an Indian Railway personnel Service (IRPS) officer.

Two IAS officers transferred in W Bengal (UPDATED)

Two IAS officers have been transferred in W Bengal. Rajeev Kumar has been appointed as Additional Director General, Netaji Subhas Administrative Training Institute (NSATI), W Bengal, while Kanwaljeet Singh Cheema takes over as State Editor, W Bengal District Gazetteers.

Khanooja appointed Govt Nominee Director, ONGC

Praveen Mal Khanooja, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, has been appointed as Government Nominee on the Board of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC).

Ms Pratima Ram appointed NE Director, MAFIL

Ms. Pratima Ram has been appointed as Independent Non-Executive Women Director of Manappuram Finance Limited (MAFIL).


KK Mohta re-appointed MD, Kiran Print Pack Ltd

Karan Kamal Mohta has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Kiran Print Pack Limited.

DK Kashyap gets extension in tenure as Addl. Director, Dhanlaxmi Bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the tenure of DK Kashyap as Additional Director on the Board of Dhanlaxmi Bank for two years.


VS Maniar appointed NE Director, FDC Ltd

Vijay S Maniar has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of FDC Limited with effect from August 4, 2022.

KG Mohan re-appointed NE Director, Karur Vysya Bank

KG Mohan has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Karur Vysya Bank.

Umesh Singh appointed MD, TRF Ltd

Umesh Kumar Singh has been appointed as Additional Director and Managing Director of TRF Limited with effect from October 1, 2022. He will succeed Alok Krishna who is stepping down on September 30, 2022.

Appointments in Den Networks Ltd

Rahul Yogendra Dutt and Siddharth Achuthan have been appointed as Additional Directors designated as Independent Directors of Den Networks Limited.

Devendra Negi appointed Addl. Director, MPL Plastics Ltd

Devendra Negi has been appointed as Additional Director, designated as Independent Director, of MPL Plastics Limited. Meanwhile, Viren Bhimani has resigned from the position of Director of the company.

SR Nandyala appointed Ind. Director, Megasoft Ltd

Suryanarayana Raju Nandyala has been appointed as Independent Director of Megasoft Limited.

CS Ram Kumar appointed Addl. Director, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd

CS Ram Kumar, General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, has been appointed as Additional Director of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited for a period of two years with effect from October 4, 2022.

Amritesh Jatia appointed Chairman, Asian Hotels (North) Ltd

Amritesh Jatia has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Asian Hotels (North) Limited.

Rajneet Kohli appointed CEO, Britannia Industries

Rajneet Singh Kohli has been appointed as Additional & Whole Time Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), designated as Executive Director and CEO, of Britannia Industries Limited. Meanwhile,  Varun Berry - who is serving as Managing Director of the company - has been appointed as Executive Vice-Chairman.

GA Shah appointed NE Director, Narmada Gelatines Ltd

Gaurang Arunkumar Shah has been appointed as Non-Executive Non- Independent Director of Narmada Gelatines Limited.

Whispers Forum

Facing problems after merger

We have been banking with OBC now PNB for last 32 years and have earned an honest business relationship. After the merger we are facing lots of problems.

Vijay Shankar Madan


CPIO and FAA of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust

The applicant sought the name of CPIO and FAA of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. The CPIO/Director (NI) replied that he is the CPIO in respect of Ayodhya section of JKL division of the Ministry of Home Affairs. It was further mentioned that the Trust has been constituted by the Government of India as per the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court given in the judgment dated 09.11.2019 in CA No 10866-67 of 2010 vide notification dated 05.05.2020. The said trust is an autonomous organisation /body. The CIC held that the reply of the PIO is not in consonance with the provisions of the RTI Act because though information sought by the Applicant has not been provided to him, none of the provisions of the RTI Act have been cited for the tacit denial. The reply sent by the PIO was found untenable in law. The CIC directed Shri Harish Kumar Wadhwa, CPIO and Dy Secretary, Arms and NI/ Ayodhya, Ministry of Home Affairs to re-examine the RTI application and provide a revised point wise response strictly in accordance with the provisions of the RTI Act to the Applicant within three weeks. The CIC made it clear that non-compliance of these directions shall attract penal action, as per law.


The Delhi High Court in the case of National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. v. CIC & Ors. has held that a private company upon its incorporation or registration does not become an authority or institution of self-government as defined under section 2(h) of the RTI Act, but by a subsequent enactment or order/notification issued can become an authority or institution of self-government. The words ‘established' or ‘constituted' have to be read in a manner so as to effectuate the legislative intent in Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.

Citation: Shri Neeraj Sharma v. Ministry of Home Affairs and Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Second Appeal No. CIC/MHOME/C/2021/606547 CIC/MHOME/A/2021/609248 CIC/MHOME/C/2021/612823 CIC/MHOME/A/2021/625152, Date of Decision: 08.07.2022

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