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Now Rahul to be asked to vacate bungalow ?

Informed sources said after being disqualified from Lok Sabha Rahul  Gandhi is likely to be asked to vacate his Tuglak Lane Bungalow.




Jairam's unfortunate advice proved costly?

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, during a PC asked Rahul Gandhi to said 'I am MP unfortunately'. Now this 'Unfortunate' advice proved true and he is not an MP. 






Cabinet decision PC was addressed at 9.00 pm

Due to hectic political activities the press conference to inform the cabinet decision was called at 8.45 pm on Friday. Anurag Thakur informed about the 4% hike in DA to Central government employees and pensioners. 

(We said this on March 9, 2023)



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Civil Services Board in respect of ICAS reconstituted

The Civil Services Board (CSB) in respect of Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) has been reconstituted. Accordingly, Dr Shankari Murali, Additional Controller General of Accounts (ACGA), Office of CGA, New Delhi has been appointed the Chairperson of the Board, while Sanjal Singh, Joint CGA, Office of CGA and Mrs Jaspal Kaur Pradyot, Joint CGA, Office of CGA, have been appointed as Members.


Did UP CM speak to PM on UP DGP issue?

Insiders say that during his Varanasi visit UP Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi discussed about the appointment of new UP DGP on March 31.

Shortage of IAS officers in J& K and Ladakh

It is said that Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been having shortage of IAS officers.


Retired IAS officers to be included in panel for conducting departmental probes

Applications have been invited from retired IAS officers to be included as Inquiry Officers in the panel which is being constituted by the DoPT for conducting Departmental Enquiries in the disciplinary proceedings initiated against IAS officers.


Retired govt officers to be engaged as Consultant in DPIIT

Retired government officers will be engaged as Consultant in Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).


UP DGP to retire on March 31

UP DGP Devendra Singh Chauhan is retiring by this month. He is 1988 batch IPS officer of UP cadre.

Deepak Goel appointed as Director, Coal

Deepak Goel has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Coal. He is a 2009 batch IRSME officer.


Six IAS officers get new postings in UP

Six IAS officers have been assigned new responsibilities in UP. Veena Kumari Meena, Principal Secretary, Food Logistics, will also hold the charge of PS, Women Welfare and Child Development, while Mrs Kinjal Singh has been appointed DG, Medical Education and Prakash Bindu takes over as MD, UP State Construction and Infrastructure Development, Lucknow. Similarly, Shiv Prasad-I was shifted as Special Secretary, Science & Technology; Radheshyam as MD, UP SC Finance and Development Corporation and Sunil Kumar Chaudhary is now  Special Secretary, Backward Class Welfare.


Kaushik Basu promoted to ADG grade in Road Ministry

Kaushik Basu has been promoted to the grade of Additional Director General in the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.


B K Sinha promoted to ADG grade in Road Ministry

B K Sinha has been promoted to the grade of Additional Director General in the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.


V K Rajawat promoted to ADG grade in Road Ministry

V K Rajawat has been promoted to the grade of Additional Director General in the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.


Sudhip Chaudhury promoted to ADG grade in Road Ministry

Sudip Chaudhury has been promoted to the grade of Additional Director General in the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.


Seven officers promoted to Chief Engineer (Civil) grade in Road Ministry

As many as seven officers: Tarun Kumar Baidya, Anil Kumar Kushwaha, Prashant G Khodaskar, Shaik Keyaan Razzak, Vivek Jaiswal, Jagadish H Eligar and Akhil Khare have been promoted to the grade of Chief Engineer (Civil) in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.


Ashwani Kumar will hold additional charge during Yadav’s foreign visit

Ashwani Kumar, Principal Secretary, Home, GNCTD, is assigned the additional charge of Chairperson, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) during the foreign visit of Amit Yadav from March 30 to April 6. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.


Samiran Das promoted to JTS

Samiran Das has been promoted to Junior Time Scale (JTS). He is an IDAS officer.


15 AOs/Sr AOs posted on return from training

As many as 15 Senior Accounts Officers (Sr. AOs)/ Accounts Officers (AOs) have been posted to various Ministries upon return from training with AJNIFM, Faridabad. Rita Sharma has been posted to CA&PD, Delhi, while J Raghuraman goes to MEA, Delhi and Madhu Sinha to Skill Development, Delhi. Similarly, Umesh Saxena is posted to MHA, Delhi; Vinay Sahrawat to CGA, Delhi; Sandeep Bawa to Planning, Delhi; Praveen Juneja to CGA, Delhi; Rajesh Kumar Ahuja to Skill Development, Delhi; Neelam Bhatnagar to RD, Delhi; Praveen Kumar Grover to Education, Delhi; Manoj Kumar Sinandi to MHA, Delhi; S A Ansari to MHA, Delhi; K P Preethy to CBIC, Cochin; Suman Kant Acharya to Commerce, Kolkata and Santosh Kumar will be shifted to Mines, Shillong.


PK Agarwal gets extension in deputation tenure

Praveen Kumar Agarwal, Member (Revenue), Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), has been given an extension on his tenure of deputation for the fourth year, which is up to June 10, 2024. He is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer.


Tomar joins DoT

Suneet Kumar Tomar has been posted at the IT cell of DoT as Dy Director. He is an ITS officer.


Ms Kanchan appointed GM (Systems), RLDA

Ms Shashi Kanchan, Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE), Central Organisation For Modernisation of Workshops (COFMOW), has been selected for deputation to Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) as General Manager (Systems) at Delhi for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.


Guru Prakash appointed CPM (Civil), MRVC

Guru Prakash, formerly Chief Engineer (CE), P, Western Railway (WR), has been selected deputation to Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVC) as Chief Project Manager (CPM), Civil, for a period of five years from the date of relief, which is March 10, 2023.  He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.


SK Gupta appointed GM (Tech.), RCIL

Sahitya Kumar Gupta, Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Signal and Telecommunication (S&T), South Central Railway (SCR), has been selected deputation to  RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL) as General Manager (Technical) at Corporate Officer, Delhi, for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.


Sundeep Pal appointed ED (Pay Commission), Railway Board

Sundeep Pal, who is presently on deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), has been transferred and posted as Executive Director, Pay Commission, Railway Board. He is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer.


Nikhil Pandey moved as PED (RE), Railway Board

Nikhil Pandey has been transferred from Central Organisation for Modernization of Workshops (COFMOW) to Railway Board and posted as Principal Executive Director (Railway Electrification), Railway Board for a period of three months. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.


VP Singh appointed PED (Traction), Railway Board

Vijay Pratap Singh - who is currently posted as Additional General Manager (AGM) in South East Central Railway (SECR) - has been transferred to Railway Board and posted as Principal Executive Director (Traction), Railway Board. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.


Sudeep Prasad appointed Director (Efficiency & Research), Railway Board

Sudeep Prasad has been transferred from Central Railway to Railway Board and posted as Director, Efficiency & Research, Railway Board. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.


Shubhranshu is also CAO, WPO

Shubhranshu, who is presently working as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Rail Wheel Plant (RWP), Bela, has been assigned additional duties of the post of CAO, Workshop Projects Organisation (WPO), Patna. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.


SS Purohit appointed CELE, WCR

Shrawan Singh Purohit has been transferred from North Western Railway (NWR) to West Central Railway (WCR) and posted as Chief Electric Locomotive Engineer (CELE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.


Eknath Mohker posted as PCSTE, ECR

Eknath Mohker has been transferred from West Central Railway (WCR) to East Central Railway (ECR) and posted as Principal Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer (PCSTE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.


Pritinker Diwaker appointed CJ of Allahabad High Court

Justice Pritinker Diwaker, Judge, Allahabad High Court, has been appointed as Chief Justice of  Allahabad High Court.  


Ramesh Sinha appointed CJ of Chhattisgarh High Court

Justice Ramesh Sinha, Judge, Allahabad High Court, has been appointed as Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court. 

Vinod Chandran appointed CJ of Patna High Court

Justice K Vinod Chandran, Judge, Kerala High Court, has been appointed as Chief Justice of Patna High Court.   

Vijay Tewani posted to office of CGA

Vijay Tewani, Assistant Accounts Officer, is transferred and posted to office of CGA, New Delhi.


WAPCOS conferred with best consultancy award

WAPCOS, a “MINI RATNA-I” Public Sector Enterprise under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti, is conferred with “Best Consultancy Award 2022 - 2023” by Water Digest in partnership with UNESCO, celebrating the contributions of Water Warriors, at a ceremony held at New Delhi recently. The Award was presented by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat,  Minister for Jal Shakti, Government of India and BK Sister Shivani, Brahma Kumaris spiritual movement of India jointly to R K Agrawal, CMD, WAPCOS.

H E Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel to India and Sri Lanka; BK Sister Shivani, Brahma Kumaris spiritual movement of India and Dr. Benno Boer, Programme Specialist and Chief of Section-Natural Sciences, UNESCO (through Video Message) were also present during the event. WAPCOS is a technology driven Consultancy and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) organization in the areas of Water Resources, Power and Infrastructure Development. WAPCOS has developed global presence, particularly in South Asia and across Africa, in areas of water, power and infrastructure sectors by undertaking engineering consultancy services for various development projects in over 50 Countries.


Major reshuffle of IPS officers in MP
In a major reshuffle, as many as 75 IPS officers have been transferred and given new postings in MP. Accordingly, Anurag Sharma has been appointed as Additional Police Commissioner (Crime & HQ), Urban Police, Bhopal, while Sachin Kumar Atulkar takes over as DIGP, Chhindwara Range, Chhindwara and Mrs Krishnaveni Desavatu is now DIGP, Gwalior Range. Similarly, Lalit Shayawar will be posted as DIGP, Chhatarpur Range; Tarun Nayak as DIGP, PHQ, Bhopal; Navneet Bhasin as DIGP, SAF (Central Range), Bhopal; Amit Singh as DIGP, PHQ, Bhopal; Mukesh Kumar Shrivastava as DIGP, Balaghat Range; Omprakash Tripathi as DIGP, PHQ, Bhopal; Mrs Monika Shukla as DIGP, Bhopal (Rural); Manoj Kumar Singh as DIGP, Ratlam Range; Sunil Kumar Jain as DIGP, PHQ, Bhopal; Awdhesh Kumar Goswami as Additional Commissioner of Police (Law & Order), Urban Police, Bhopal; Mahesh Chandra Jain as DIGP, Home Guard/SDERF, Bhopal; Ms Savita Sohane as DIGP, PHQ, Bhopal; Manoj Kumar Shrivastava as Assistant IGP, PHQ, Bhopal; Saket Prakash Pandey as Commandant, 6th Battalion, SAF, Jabalpur; Amit Sanghi as SP, Chhatarpur; TK Vidyarthi as SP, Jabalpur; Satyendra Kumar Shukla as SP, Khandwa; Virendra Kumar Singh as SP, Rajgarh; Prashant Khare as SSP (Radio), PHQ, Bhopal; Manish Kumar Agrawal as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Urban Police, Indore; Yusuf Qureshi as SP, Singrauli; Nimish Agrawal as SP, PTC, Indore; Siddhartha Bahuguna as SP, Ratlam; Pankaj Shrivastava, SP, Guna, will also hold charge of Commandant, 15th Battalion, Indore and SP, PRTS; Manoj Kumar Singh has been shifted as SP, Dhar; Rajesh Singh as SP, Gwalior; Shashindra Chauhan as Commandant, 32nd Battalion, SAF, Ujjain; Rakesh Sagar as SP, Guna; Bhagwat Singh Birde as Commandant, 34th Battalion, SAF, Dhar; Aditya Pratap Singh as Commandant, 23rd Battalion, SAF, Bhopal;Ms Simala Prasad as SP, Rail, Jabalpur; Sushil Ranjan Singh as Commandant, 9th Battalion, SAF, Rewa; Vivek Singh as SP, Rewa; Shiv Dayal as Commandant, 14th Battalion, SAF, Gwalior; Raghuvansh Kumar Singh as SP, Shivpuri; Vikas Pathak as Commandant, 26th Battalion, SAF, Guna; Yashpal Singh as SP, Shajapur; Sampat Upadhyaya as SP, Dewas; Abhishek Tiwari as SP, Sagar; Vinayak Verma as SP, Chhindwara; Suraj Kumar Verma as DCP (Zone-2), Urban Police, Indore; Mrs Yangchen Dolkar Bhutia as Commandant, 1st Battalion, SAF, Indore with additional charge of Commandant, RATPC, Indore; Deepak Kumar Shukla as SP, Vidisha; Pradeep Sharma as SP, Datia; Sachin Sharma as SP, Ujjain; Abhijit Kumar Ranjan as SP, Katni; Aman Singh Rathore as SP, Ashoknagar; Rajat Saklecha as SP, Mandla; Amit Tolani as SP, Neemuch; Mrs Nivedita Naidu as Commandant, 35th Battalion; SAF, Mandla; Amit Kumar as SP, Narsinghpur; Hansraj Singh as SP, Alirajpur; Ankit Jaiswal as SP, Niwadi; Rohit Kashwani as SP, Tikamgarh; Puneet Gehlot as SP, Barwani; Ravindra Sharma as SP, Sidhi; Mrs Hitika Vasal as SP, Dehat, Indore; Moti Ur Rahman as Commandant, Hawk Force, Balaghat; Shrutkirti Somvanshi as DCP (Crime), Urban Police, Bhopal; Aditya Mishra as DCP (Zone-1), Indore; Abhishek Anand as DCP (Crime), Indore with additional charge of DCP (Intelligence & Security), Indore; Mrs Mrigakhi Deka as DCP (Traffic), Bhopal; Shashank as Additional CP, Zone-1, Bhopal; Vinod Kumar Meena as Additional SP, Baihar, Balaghat; Siddhartha Chaudhary as SP, Betul; Nishchal Jharia as Commandant, 25th Battalion, SAF, Bhopal; Mrs Rasna Thakur as Commandant, 10th Battalion, SAF, Sagar; Santosh Kori as SP, Agar Malwa; Jagdish Dabar as DCP (HQ), Indore; Manohar Singh Mandloi as Commandant, 29th Battalion, SAF, Datia; Sunil Tiwari as Commandant, 24th Battalion, SAF, Jaora, with additional charge of SP, Narcotics, Mandla and Sanjiv Kumar Kanchan was made SP, Harda.
15 IPS officers get new assignments in UP

As many as 15 IPS officers have been shifted and given new assignments in UP. N Ravinder has been appointed as ADGP, PHQ, Lucknow and assigned additional charge of GSO to DGP, while Amit Chandra is shifted as ADGP, PTC, Moradabad and Ramlal Verma will take over as IGP, EOW, West, Lucknow. Similarly, Anil Kumar will be posted as IGP, PAC, East Zone, Prayagraj; Ram Krishna Bhardwaj as IGP, Basti Zone; J Ravindra Gaur as IGP, Gorakhpur Zone; Subhash Chandra Dubey as IGP, Traffic & Road Safety, Lucknow; Akhilesh Kumar as IGP, Azamgarh Zone; Keshav Kumar Chaudhary as Additional Commissioner of Police, Agra; Anees Ahmad Ansari as DIGP, PHQ, Lucknow; Shivasimpi Channappa as Additional Commissioner of Police, Varanasi; Dinesh Kumar P as Additional Commissioner of Police, Ghaziabad; Babloo Kumar as DIGP, Anti-Corruption Organisation; Brajesh Kumar Mishra as SP, PTS, Sultanpur and Ashutosh Shukla is now SP, Railway, Moradabad.

Additional charge period of Director, SFIO to Anuradha Thakur extended

Additional charge period of Director, Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) being held by Ms Anuradha Thakur, Additional Secretary, Corporate Affairs, has been extended for a period of six months beyond January 31, 2023. She is a 1994 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.

BK Gupta appointed Govt Nominee Director, IRCON

Brijesh Kumar Gupta, Additional Member (CE), Railway Board, has been appointed as Government Nominee (Part Time Official) Director of IRCON International Limited.


DK Singla re-appointed Ind. Director, PCL

Devinder Kumar Singla has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Punjab Communications Limited (PCL).


Dr Neelu Jain re-appointed Ind. Director, PCL

Dr. Neelu Jain has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Punjab Communications Limited (PCL).


T Ritto Cyriac appointed Addl. Director, SPB

T Ritto Cyriac, IFS, Special Secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Forests Department, Tamil Nadu Government, has been appointed as Additional Director of Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited (SPB).


Dinesh Bhagat appointed Addl. Director, Excel Industries Ltd

Dinesh Bhagat has been appointed as Additional Director (Nominee of LIC) of Excel Industries Limited.


Karan Bagga appointed Addl. Director, Advik Capital Ltd

Karan Bagga has been appointed as Additional Non-Independent Director of Advik Capital Limited.


Siddhartha Mohanty co-opted Director, India Cements Ltd

Siddhartha Mohanty has been co-opted as Director (representing LIC of India) of India Cements Limited. 


GD Agarwal steps down as Ind. Director, Standard Surfactants Ltd

Gopal Dass Agarwal has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Standard Surfactants Limited.



For democracy to survive, respecting the opponent is essential

If calling someone thief is defamatory, what about labelling someone as Mir Jafar and many other objectionable names and titles. Some think that more they abuse their opponents more kudos they will get from the bosses in the party. The language used by some is so horrible crossing all boundaries of decency good manners and civilized behaviour. It shocks when a few ministers or ex ministers and party seniors attack an opposition leader in such aggressive manner and bad language. Is this the democracy we are proud of .Lace your attack with lies ,lies and more lies ,make it more and more bitter to demoralise the other person so that mentally and physically he becomes unfit to challenge you. Democracy to survive needs not only educated people but men and women of character who respect their opponents.

Aarti Khosla



When would my application be considered?

The appellant sought to know as to when his application will be placed for consideration before the Rajya Sabha. The CIC observed that The RTI Act does not cast any obligation on the PIO to answer queries, in which the seeker of information attempts to elicit answer to the questions with prefixes, such as, why, what, when and whether. The CIC directed the PIO to forward the letter petition of the appellant dated 28.11.2019 to the Chief Secretary, Bihar under intimation to the appellant within 3 days of the receipt of the order.


The case shows how the drafting of the RTI applications affects eliciting proper response from the public authority. The applicant could have asked whether there are any norms for putting up a letter to the Rajya Sabha and for the body to consider it.

Citation: Santosh Kumar Pandit v. Parliament of India Rajya Sabha Secretariat, File no.: - CIC/PAROI/A/2022/137994, Date of Decision: 08/02/2023

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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