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In urban areas BJP is weak and in rural areas BJP going strong?


It is widely felt now that masses of urban areas in the country are quite unhappy with the BJP but in the rural areas the party is going strong and the Modi wave is there. Results will prove this thinking.



Who will win by highest margin in Madhya Pradesh?

Jyotiradity Scindia and Shivraj Singh Chauhan are in competition in the Lok Sabha polls. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the former CM has reportedly had a target to win by 9 lakh votes while Jyotiraditya Scindia  is making all out efforts to win by highest margin in the state.


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Justice Aniruddha Bose to be Director National Judicial Academy, Bhopal

Judge of the Supreme Court of India Justice Aniruddha Bose, who is retiring on Wednesday, will be reportedly the new Director, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.

Ms Vandita Kaul appointed as Secretary, Posts

Ms Vandita Kaul has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Posts. She is a 1989 batch IPoS officer.

Rajesh Kumar Singh is also Secretary, Textiles

Rajesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Department of Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Textiles till April 21, 2024. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.

Ms Vini Mahajan gets additional charge of Secretary, EF&CC

Ms Vini Mahajan, Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (EF&CC). She is a 1987 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.

Anurag Kumar inducted as Joint Director, CBI

Anurag Kumar has been inducted as Joint Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a lateral shift basis from BPR&D. He is a 2004 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Tarun Bajaj appointed as Head of US-India Tax Forum

Tarun Bajaj, former Revenue Secretary in Government of India, has been appointed as Head of US-India Tax Forum. He is a 1988 batch retired IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

Tenure of Mahendra Kumar as Director, Labour extended

The tenure of Mahendra Kumar as Director in the Ministry of Labour & Employment has been extended upto May 22, 2025. He is a 1999 batch IRSEE officer.


Rajesh Kamble empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

The Centre has approved the empanelment of Rajesh Kamble for holding Joint Secretary/Equivalent Posts at the GoI. He is a 1998 batch IPS officer of Tripura cadre.

Mahesh Chandra Laddha empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

The Centre has approved the empanelment of Mahesh Chandra Laddha for holding Joint Secretary/Equivalent Posts at the GoI.  He is a 1998 batch IPS officer of AP cadre.

Lhari Dorjee Lhatoo empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

The Centre has approved the empanelment of Lhari Dorjee Lhatoo for holding Joint Secretary/Equivalent Posts at the GoI. He is a 1999 batch IPS officer of Manipur cadre.

Sumit Chaturvedi empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

The Centre has approved the empanelment of Sumit Chaturvedi for holding Joint Secretary/Equivalent Posts at the GoI. He is a 2001 batch IPS officer of W Bengal cadre.

Anisa Hussain empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

The Centre has approved the empanelment of Anisa Hussain for holding Joint Secretary/Equivalent Posts at the GoI. Anisa is a 2001 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Rakesh Rathi empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

The Centre has approved the empanelment of Rakesh Rathi for holding Joint Secretary/Equivalent Posts at the GoI. He is a 2002 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre.

Another feather in IPS DC Sagar’s cap - Award for Best Electoral Practices, 2023

For those who are yet to know who Additional Director General of Police, Shahdol zone Dinesh Chand Sagar’s (1992 batch, Madhya Pradesh cadre) is, here is a brief introduction but there still remains much unsaid. A man of discipline, high on energy levels, a critical thinker, an active listener, and a compassionate officer and this is just a brief. These qualities along with his ideology and devotion to serve people and democracy has earned him many laurels in his policing career spanning over three decades. 

The latest feather in the cap of this vibrant and energetic senior police officer is the prestigious Annual State Award for Best Electoral Practices-2023 that was awarded on 14th national Voters Day on January 25, 2024. His devotion in bringing about voting awareness among the tribals located in very remote areas and locals of Shahdol Zone and inspiring them to cast their vote by connecting with them on a personal level has rightly earned him this excellent award.

Not only this, his uniform is adorned with four presidential medals including two Police Gallantry, Jeevan Raksha, Indian Police Medal for Meritorious service and one from Ministry of Home Affairs/ state Internal Security Medals. Apart from these, he is also the recipient of  seven state level awards including the Indira Gandhi Sampradayik Updrav Roktham or Souhadra Puruskar for establishing Communal Harmony (Bhojshala, Dhar); CM's- Revolver for Excellence in Anti- Dacoity Operations in Chambal Zone; Durgam Seva Padak - 2000 and 2016 for Anti Naxal Operations for two years in Rajnandgaon & Mandla and Balaghat zone; Commendation from Chief Election Officer, M.P. for Conducting Lok Sabha Election peacefully and efficiently in 2014, as IGP Chambal  and  in 2023, as ADGP Shahdol Zone and Karamveer Yoddha Medal for Enforcement of Government protocols to fight Covid-19 transmission in Bhopal. 

In addition to these there is a beeline of several state level commendations for several works carried out by IPS DC Sagar. And as we conclude this piece, we wish ADGP DC Sagar many more awards come his way for his devotion and service to democracy.


R S Majumdar gets VRS

R S Majumdar has been given Voluntary Retirement Service. He was working as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax (CIT), Hyderabad.


Gaurav Jha appointed GGM (West Zone), IRCTC

Gaurav Jha, Chief Transportation Manager (Petroleum), Central Railway (CR), has been selected for deputation to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) as Group General Manager (West Zone) at Mumbai for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.


GS Narang is also CVO, RCF

GS Narang, who is presently working as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) in Patiala Locomotive Works (PLW), has been assigned additional duties of the post of CVO, Rail Coach Factory (RCF). He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.


Justice Najmi Waziri appointed Chairman

Former Delhi High Court judge, Justice Najmi Waziri, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Internal Departmental Committee constituted for the protection and management of deemed forests in the national capital.


NCLT Secretary post advertised

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has advertised for the filling up of Secretary post on deputation basis.


NDA likely to increase share of women

Whisper has it that if NDA comes to power for the third time consecutively, the NDA government can increase sharing of women upto 50% in the country.


AS Singh tenure as advisor to TRAI extended

The deputation tenure of Anand Kumar Singh as advisor to TRAI has been extended for a period of three years. He is an ITS officer.


Amit Kumar Soni appointed as Joint Director (Invest), SFIO

Amit Kumar Soni has been appointed as Joint Director (Investigation) in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), Ministry of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi on deputation. He is an IRS-IT officer.


Two ITS officers join DoT HQ

Two SAG level ITS officers: Arun Agrawal and Kishore Bhagtani have reported to the DoT HQ. Agrawal has been posted as DDG( Satellite while Bhagtani would be DDG(DS).


Ms Reen Dash joins as Director, Ministry of Health

Ms Reen Ashim Dash has been posted as the Director in the ministry of health and family welfare for a period of five years, under the Central Staffing Scheme. She is a 2009 batch IRS(C&IT) Officer.


Various posts in CBDT & CBIC advertised

The Department of Revenue has invited applications for the filling up of eight posts in CBDT and CBIC. The posts include Income Tax Officer, Superintendent and Inspectors.


Ms Nisha Gupta posted as Vice President, GSTN

Ms Nisha Gupta has been posted as Vice President (Services) in Goods & service Tax Network for a period of four years. She is a 2010 batch IRS(C&IT) officer.


Nikhil Verma posted as CIT(OSD)

Nikhil Verma has been posted as CIT (OSD) in the office of the Principal CCIT, Delhi, Delhi Region on return from deputation.


Vikas Srivastava is GM (S&T) DFCCIL

Vikas Srivastava has been sent on deputation to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as General Manager (S&T) at Corporate office for a period of three years. He is a 1998 batch IRSSE officer.


Deputation order of Mahabal Prasad to IRCON cancelled

The deputation order of Mahabal Prasad to IRCON International Limited against the post of Project Director, Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur has been cancelled. He is a 1996 batch IRSE officer.


Nikhil Saraswat is Deputy Secretary in GoI

Nikhil Saraswat has been appointed as Deputy Secretary under the Central Staffing Scheme on deputation basis. He is a 2014 batch IRS-IT officer.


Interview dates for Asst PFC post to be announced soon

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has shortlisted candidates for the posts of Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner in Employees’ Provident Fund Organization under the Ministry of Labour Employment. The interview dates will be announced shortly.


Last date to apply for IES/ISSE examination announced

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the last date to apply for the Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2024. Details are available on the Commission’s website: The applications must reach latest by April 30, 2024.


Sushil Sarwan relieved from post of DC, Panchkula in Haryana

Sushil Sarwan has been relieved from the post of Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula in Haryana. He is a 2012 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.


Murthi is also Deputy Director, Eastern Region, WCCB

S H K Murthi, Deputy Director, FSI, Kolkata, is assigned the additional charge of Regional Deputy Director, Eastern Region, WCCB, Kolkata. He is a 2013 batch IFoS officer of AGMUT cadre.


ECI gives major relief to Kashmiri migrants

In a major decision to facilitate voting by Kashmiri migrants in the ongoing General Elections 2024, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has abolished the cumbersome procedure of filling Form-M for the displaced people from valley who are residing in Jammu and Udhampur.  Additionally, for the migrants residing outside Jammu and Udhampur (who will continue to submit Form M), ECI has authorized the self-attestation of the certificate appended with Form-M, thus removing the hassle of getting this certificate attested by the Gazetted Officer. Also, special polling stations will be set up at all the migrants’ zones in Jammu and Udhampur.


Three IAS officers get additional charge in Odisha

Three IAS officers have been assigned additional charge in Odisha. Vineet Bhardwaj, Director-cum-Addltional Secretary, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water is assigned additional charge of State Mission Director, O(disha Livelihoods Mission, Bhubaneswar, while Kulange Vijay Amruta, MD, OMFED, will remain in additional charge of Labour Commissioner and Ms Parul Patawari, State Project Director, OSEPA, will also handle charge of Member Secretary "Mo School''.


EIL inks MoU with Detect Technologies Private Limited for Real Time Artificial Intelligence

Engineers India Limited (EIL) and Detect Technologies Private Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Real Time Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Monitoring for Implementing Safe Practices at Construction Sites and Progress Monitoring for the Clients in India and abroad. The MoU was signed in august presence of Ms. Vartika Shukla, C&MD, EIL and Varun Kumar, Chief Business Officer & Shri R Ramachandran, Director, Detect Technologies Private Limited by Rajeev Gupta, Director (Projects), EIL and Tarun Kumar Mishra, Chief Strategy Officer, Detect Technologies Private Limited on 12th April, 2024. Under the MoU, EIL and Detect Technologies will collaborate to provide Real Time Artificial Intelligence (AI) based monitoring for implementing safe practices and progress monitoring at construction sites for various projects being executed by EIL. This MoU will facilitate implementation, operation and maintenance of an AI based solution using cameras, drones, and cloud computing for maintaining safe work environment at site with an objective to avoid Loss Time Accidents/injuries, and monitoring of project progress. This collaboration aligns with EIL's commitment to creating the safest possible environment for personnel at work sites by strictly adhering to the highest regulatory standards. This commitment ensures zero tolerance for safety and occupational hazards across various projects, thereby contributing to the social, economic, and holistic growth of society and the country at large. “This MoU underscores EIL's commitment to ensuring the utmost safety standards across projects. By leveraging cutting-edge digital technologies, we aim to enhance safety, mitigate risks, and drive sustainable development in our operations” CMD EIL, Ms. Vartika Shukla commented while highlighting the significance of the collaboration with Detect Technologies in advancing real-time AI-based monitoring for safe construction practices.


Harmanbir Singh appointed Commandant, 75th Battalion in Punjab

Harmanbir Singh has been appointed as Commandant, 75th Battalion, PAP Jalandhar in Punjab. He is a 2010 IPS officer.


Indrajit Sen re-appointed MD, International Combustion (India) Ltd

Indrajit Sen has been re-appointed as Managing Director of International Combustion (India) Limited with effect from May 1, 2024.

Dhaval Vakharia appointed Addl. Director, Royal Cushion Vinyl Products Ltd

Dhaval Vakharia has been appointed as Additional Independent Director of Royal Cushion Vinyl Products Limited.


Amit Patel quits as NE Director, Daikaffil Chemicals India Ltd

Amit Jayant Patel has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Daikaffil Daikaffil Chemicals India Limited.

Nishikant Upadhyay quits as NE Director, DMCL

Nishikant Upadhyay has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Diligent Media Corporation Limited (DMCL).

Rajesh Mahtani bows out as NE Diretor, Premco Global Ltd

Rajesh M. Mahtani has ceased to be Non-Executive Independent Director of Premco Global Limited.

Prem Gidwani bows out as NE Diretor, Premco Global Ltd

Prem I Gidwani has ceased to be Non-Executive Independent Director of Premco Global Limited.


AM Chandaria steps down as NE Director, Aegis Logistics Ltd

Anilkumar M Chandaria has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Aegis Logistics Limited.


Mrs Shah quits as Addl. Director, Royal Cushion Vinyl Products Ltd

Mrs. Harsha Mukesh Shah has resigned from the position of Additional Independent Director of Royal Cushion Vinyl Products Limited.



Neglected middle class

As soon as the elections come, all the political parties have started announcing their manifestos and resolutions. This is a kind of election ritual which is performed by all parties. Looking at all the manifestos it shows that the middle class has been given the least attention. There are many promises for farmers, Dalits, tribals, minorities, women and the poor, but the middle class never gets anything. The same situation prevails in the budgets of state governments as well as the Centre. Even in the budgets of governments, least attention is given to the middle class. This is the situation when the middle class of the country is the strongest engine of economic development.

Ankita Malviya



Testing procedure for rejecting the product supplied by vendors by the Security Paper Mill

The applicant sought certain information from the Security Paper Mill like the standards for testing of parameters of Density, Brookfield Viscosity and Non-Volatile Solid in respect of Polymer (Flocculant). The PIO denied the information claiming that the actual and complete procedures can't be shared with or provided to others because it was their internal confidential documents and being a Security Organization and being a NABL Accredited Lab, they have to maintain the confidentiality of the organization. The CIC observed that the information has been denied without even invoking any exemption clause of the RTI Act. Repeated opportunities were afforded by CIC to justify the denial under any of the exemptions envisaged under Section 8 and/or 9 of the RTI Act, yet, the Respondent continued to harp on the ‘approval of competent authority’ and eventually quoted Section 8(1)(d) in an unconvincing manner. The CIC observed that what has been sought by this Applicant is merely the testing procedure followed by Security Paper Mill Quality Control Lab (SPM QC) for testing of certain parameters in respect of a product, Polymer (Flocculant), which is procured by Security Paper Mill (SPM) through public tender. SPM accepts or rejects the product supplied by vendors on the basis of testing carried out using these procedures and these testing procedures are, therefore, a matter of public interest, since vendors’ interests will be adversely affected if material is rejected on the basis of inappropriate / non- standard testing procedures. The information sought does not pertain to any of the core activities of SPM and does not affect security interests in any manner. Holding that this information must be provided and cannot be withheld on the ground of confidentiality, the CIC directed to provide the information.


Without properly invoking section 8 or section 9 of the RTI Act, a PIO should not reject the application seeking information. If the interests of a vendor are affected by the procedure followed by the public authority, the public interest may be claimed to seek the details of such procedure.

Citation:Mahasweta M. v. Security Paper Mill, M.P., CIC/SPMIL/A/2022/635766; Date of Decision: 15.03.2024

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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