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Will 1984 batch IAS or IPS be LG of Delhi ?

In national media names of  atleast four IAS and IPS officers are doing the round for the post of LG of Delhi. Media may say anything but  with 1984 batch IAS officer holding the post of Home Secretary ,there can not be LG of this batch.




Retirement issue in Congress shelved till 2024

There was a serious move to retire old Congressmen to give berth to new blood. Now it is said that this proposal has now been shelved till 2024.




Ex-Gujarat Chief Secretary, Pandian to be DG New Development Bank ?

A former Chief Secretary of Gujarat, D J Pandian, is being tipped to be DG of New Development Bank of India in GIFT City, Gandhinagar. He is former 1981 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.


Only a couple of 1988 batch IPS officers to get posting ?

MHA sources said that only a couple of 1988 batch empanelled IPS officers are being appointed to the rank of DG in a few CPOs, soon.


Tenure of Lok Pal to end this month

Tenure of the Lokpal  Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose is coming to an end on May 27.  Lokpal is appointed for a term of five years or until attaining the age of 70 years.


JS level CSS officer to be new Member of PESB ?

According to informed sources, one Joint Secretary level CSS officer is likely to be appointed new Secretary of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).


Satwant Atwal Trivedi to return to Himachal Pradesh

Satwant Atwal Trivedi, a 1996-batch IPS officer, Head of the Border Security Force’s Intelligence Directorate and Joint Secretary of NATGRID is returning to the parent Himachal Pradesh cadre in June.


Will Secretary CBSE get further extension ?

The tenure of Anurag Tripathi, IRPS, as Secretary CBSE after 5 years of deputation is ending in June 2022. Whether Education Ministry will recommend extension to Tripathi even after completion of tenure  is yet to be seen.


Vikram Dingley joins as Director (T&OS), SCI

Vikram Dingley, General Manager, SCI, has taken over the charge as Director (Technical & Offshore Services), Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI).


Why appointment orders of Shrivastava for Director, BHEL delayed ?

Why are orders of J P Shrivastava, ED, BHEL, for the appointment as Director (Engineering, Research & Development), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL, getting delayed?


Two IRS-IT officers to join SEZs

Two IRS(&IT) officers have been appointed as Deputy Commissioners at SEZs on deputation basis for a period of three years. Santosh Kumar , 2015 batch will join SEZ Indore while Ravinder Kumar will join MESZ, Chennai as DC.


No empanelment at Additional Secretary level from Jharkhand

No empanelment at Additional Secretary level of 1996 batch IAS officer from Jharkhand cadre.


Sunil Barthwal is also Secretary, Skill Development

Sunil Barthwal, Secretary Labour & Employment has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship up to June 4, 2022.


K Rajaraman gets additional charge of Elect & IT

K Rajaraman, Secretary Telecommunications has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology till May 29, 2022. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.


Lal appointed Govt Director, MTNL Board

Premjit Lal has been appointed a Govt Director on the Board of MTNL for a period of three years. He is posted at DoT HQ.


PESB in search of candidates for Director Technical, NMDC

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is in search of candidates for Director (Technical), NMDC Limited and has invited applications by July 19, 2022.


15 IPS officers transferred in AP

15 IPS officers have been shifted and given new postings in Andhra Pradesh. LKV Ranga Rao has been appointed IGP, welfare and sports, while S V Rajasekhar Babu will be posted as DIG, OCTOPUS. Similarly, PHD Ramakrishna was shifted as DIG, Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB); K V Mohan Rao as DIG, Training; S Hari Krishna was given full additional charge of DIG, Coastal Security; Gopinath Jatti has been posted as DIG, Greyhounds with additional charge of IGP, Legal; Dr Koya Praveen as Commandant, 16th Battalion, APSP, Visakhapatnam; Vishal Gunni, Commandant, 6th Battalion gets additional charge of SP, Railway Police, Vijayawada. Besides, M Ravindranath Babu, SP, Kakinada, will handle additional charge of 3rd Battalion, APSP, Kakinada; Ajitha Vejendla gets additional charge of SP, Railway Police, Guntakal and P V Ravi Kumar takes over as SP, Vigilance.


Kiran Bhadana is also Special Secretary, Forests, in HP

Ms Kiran Bhadana, Special Secretary, MPP & Power and NCES, will also hold the charge of Special Secretary, Forests, in Himachal Pradesh. She is a 2017 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.


24 IRS-IT officers get new postings

As many as 24 IRS-IT officers have been shifted and given new postings in MP and Chhattisgarh. Adityaraje Kakasaheb Pawar has been shifted as ACIT (TDS), Bhopal and Akash Agrawal is posted as ACIT-1 (1), Indore. Similarly, Ashutosh Singh has been appointed as DC/AC (ReFAC) (AU) 1 (2) (1), Raipur (Raipur) with additional charge of DC/AC(ReFAC) (AU) 1 (4)(1), Raipur (Bhilai); Atul Kumar as DGIT (Inv.), Bhopal/ Bhopal; Deepak Manohar Panvalkar as ACIT (Exemption), Bhopal; Dharam Singh Meena as DGIT (Inv.), Bhopal/ Raipur; Jagan Solanki as DC/AC (ReFAC) (RU) 1 (3)(1), Ujjain (Indore) with additional charge of DC/AC (ReFAC) (AU) 1 (3)(1), Bilaspur (Gwalior); Kapil Kapoor as DCIT-5 (1), Bhopal; Mohd Nooh Siddiqui as DGIT (Inv.), Bhopal/ Gwalior; Nabal Kumar Jain as DC/ACIT (ReFAC) (AU) 1 (3)(1), Raipur; Nagender Bhukya as DGIT (Inv.), Bhopal/ Indore; Payel Prakash as DGIT (Inv.), Bhopal/ Gwalior; Pradeep Verma as DCIT-1 (1), Ujjain with additional charge of DC/AC (ReFAC) (RU) 1 (1)(2), Ujjain; Rahul Mishra as DC/AC (ReFAC) (AU) 1 (1)(1), Bilaspur (Bilaspur) with additional charge of DCIT-1(1), Bilaspur; Rajendra Nigam as DC/ACIT (ReFAC) (AU) 1 (4)(1), Bhopal (Khandwa) with additional charge of DC/AC (ReFAC) (RU) 1 (1)(1), Ujjain; Rakesh Kumar as DC/AC (ReFAC) (VU) 1 (1)(1), Indore (Gwalior) with additional charge of DC/ACIT (ReFAC) (VU) 1 (2)(1), Indore; Sagar Shrivastava as DCIT (Admin & Hqrs.), Bhopal; Sanjay Kumar Agrawal as DCIT-1 (1), Gwalior; Saujanya Ranjan as DD/ADIT (DTRTI)-2, Bhopal; Sunny Kachwaha as DGIT (Inv.), Bhopal/Raipur; Syed Khalid Iqbal as ACIT-3 (1), Bhopal; Tanya Singhal as DC/AC (ReFAC) (AU) 1 (4)(1), Jabalpur (Jabalpur); Tengale Ganesh Mahadev as DGIT (Inv.), Bhopal/Indore and Vedant Kanwar will take over as DCIT (ReFAC) (AU) 1 (1)(1), Bhopal.


Krishna Mohan Uppu returns to parent cadre

Krishna Mohan Uppu, Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre to avail the benefit of promotion. He is a 2009 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.


180 IAS officers appointed as Assistant Secretaries

180 IAS officers of 2020 batch have been appointed as Assistant Secretaries in Central Secretariat for a period from July 11, 2022 to October 7, 2022 with temporary exclusion of 180 posts in the grade of Section Officer from the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) for the above period to enable appointment of IAS officers on conclusion of their Phase-Il training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.


S Srikanth will also hold charge of M/o Agriculture, Chennai

S Srikanth, Assistant Accounts Officer (AAO), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Chennai, will hold additional charge of Ministry of Agriculture, Chennai in addition to his regular charge.


Arup Sengupta is Commissioner, School Education in W Bengal

Arup Sengupta has been appointed as Commissioner, School Education in West Bengal. He is a 2010 batch IAS officer of W Bengal cadre.


Ashwani Kumar appointed as Special Officer, Delhi Municipal Corp

Ashwani Kumar has been appointed as Special Officer to discharge the functions of Municipal Corporation of Delhi. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.


Raj Kumar is Nominee Director, IDBI Bank

Raj Kumar, Managing Director of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has been made LIC Nominee Director on the Board of IDBI Bank Limited.


Appointments of Directors in BOSCH Ltd

Ms. Padmini Khare has been appointed as Independent Director, while Ms. Hema Ravichandar was re-appointed as Independent Director for a second term of five years. Besides, Ms Filiz Albrecht is Non-Executive Director; Ms. Karin Gilges as Alternate Director to Ms. Filiz Albrecht and Karsten Mueller was made Whole Time Director of the BOSCH Limited.


Azad Chaturbhai Romoiya is Addl Director, Gujarat COTEX Ltd

Azad Chaturbhai Ramoliya has been appointed Additional Director under Professional Category in Gujarat COTEX Ltd.


Kishore Lulla quits EROS International Media Ltd

Kishore Lulla has resigned from the post of Executive Director of the Company, EROS International Media Ltd.


Vijay Jayantilal Thakar appointed as Addl Director, EROS International Media

Vijay Jayantilal Thaker has been appointed as Additional Director of EROS International Media Ltd.


Bharat Bhushan Singal is also CFO, Surya Roshni Ltd

Bharat Bhushan Singal, Sr. V.P & Company Secretary of the Company, will also be the Chief Financial Officer, Surya Roshni Ltd.


Sanjay Jain re-designated as Nominee Non-ED, Suraj Industries Ltd

Sanjay Kumar Jain has been re-designated from Non-Executive Independent Director to Nominee Non-Executive Director of the Suraj Industries Ltd.


Rajendrabhai Kalyani is Addl Director, MEERA Industries Limited

Rajendrabhai Vanmalibhai Kalyani has been appointed as Additional (Independent) Director of MEERA Industries Limited.


Tahswinder Singh is Non-EI Director, Standard Industries Ltd

Tashwinder Singh has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, Standard Industries Limited.


Metal Coatings (India) Limited gets two Directors

Sachin Khurana has been appointed as Additional Director in the category of Non-Executive, Independent Director while Sachin Khurana was made Additional Independent Director, Metal Coatings (India) Limited.


Goyal is Addl Director, ALKYL AMINES Chemicals Ltd

Rakesh Goyal has been appointed as Additional Director, ALKYL AMINES Chemicals Ltd.



Two bills meant to contract burgeoning population

Mukesh you yourself will call the CAA Bill and Population control Bill as useless matters. But you will not realize that the two bills are basically meant to contract burgeoning population of the country (an issue on which you want that everybody should dwell).

B B Srivastava



Creation of information about lapsed policies

Appellant sought details regarding number of lapsed policies and amount involved in the early stages of the policy such as after the payment of first premium, first year premium etc. The PIO of LIC contended that the information sought by the appellant does not exist as a record as defined under section 2 (i) of the RTI Act. The requested information will have to be created by 2048 Branches of LIC spread all over India and then to be collected and collated and compiled merely to reply to the RTI queries of the appellant. It will disproportionately divert the limited resources of the Corporation, which is strictly forbidden under section 7 (9) of the RTI Act. The CIC held that the queries of the appellant are non-specific, unclear as information related to all the lapsed policies and seeking such voluminous data is not maintainable under the provisions of the RTI Act. The CIC noted that the LIC has provided a categorical reply vide their written submission dated 06.04.2022 which clarifies some of the issues raised in the RTI Application and upheld the same. Further, the CIC admonished the LIC for not providing the specific reply ab initio as per their written submission and cautioned them to be more diligent in future while dealing with the matters related to the RTI Act..


The PIO is not expected to compile information under the RTI Act. Further, the initial reply to the RTI Application should be proper as the onus of denial of information is on the PIO.

Citation: Mr. Ajamuddin Taher Khairatkhan v. Life Insurance Corporation of India in Second Appeal No. CIC/LICOI/A/2020/680978, Date of order: 21.04.2022

Dr. Anuradha Verma ( 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:


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