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What a coincidence !

In 2014 when the Chairperson of TRAI was appointed, Ravi Shankar Prasad was the Communication Minister. In 2020 when the new Chairman of TRAI, P D Vagela has been appointed, he is again holding the portfolio of the Communication Ministry. 





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Empanelment of 1989 batch IAS officers only early next year ?

There are reports that empanelment of 1989 batch IAS officers to the rank of Secretary in the Government of India will only take place early next year.

IAS officer, Amitabha Mukherjee seeks voluntary retirement

A 1983 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, Amitabha Mukherjee, who is due to retire in July 2021, has applied for Voluntary Retirement from Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

One more JS post created in DoPT

A new post of JS for the India Presidency Secretariat, G 20 and BRICKS has been created in DoPT. Rahul Singh will be the first JS of this cell. He is a 1996 batch Bihar cadre IAS officer.

One IPS officer, out of three, from Bihar empanelled as Additional Secretary

One 1993 batch Bihar cadre IAS officer, out of total three, has been empanelled for holding Additional Secretary/Additional Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India.

One post of ADG still vacant in CBI

A vacancy of Additional Director General is still lying vacant in Central Bureau Investigation (CBI). There are two sanctioned posts at ADG level.

Three ITS officers additional charge extended till Dec. 13

The timeline of  additional charges of  three ITS officers, who are posted in BBNL at different positions , has been extended till December 13 this year.. Accordingly, R K Singh, CGM(Skill Development), will continue to hold the additional charge of the Director (Planning), CGM, Project, V P Singh  has been allowed to hold the additional charge of the Director (Operation) and Vinod Kumar, who is CGM, Audit, has been asked to continue with the  additional charge of the Director(Finance).

Malge relieved from MHA

Shreeshail Malge, Director in the Ministry of Home Affairs, has been relieved of his parent cadre in the office the Ministry of Railways. He is a 2002 batch IRAS officer.

Aman Sharma appointed DDG (CP & PMLA)

Aman Sharma has been appointed DDG (CP & PMLA), Postal Directorate, New Delhi after promotion to Senior Administrative Grade. He is a 2002 batch officer of Indian Postal Service.

IFS probationers posted

The IFS probationers of 2018 batch have been posted after completion of On Job Training. Accordingly, Vineet Kumar is appointed as Sub-DFO, Dornala of Field Director, Project Tiger, Srisailam Circle, while Vignesh Appavu was posted as Sub-DFO, Srisailam of Field Director, Project Tiger, Srisailam Circle. Similarly, Ms. Suman Beniwal will be Sub-DFO, Kadapa of Kurnool Circle.  

Venkata Nagi Reddy Kovvuri is CVO, RINL, Visakhapatnam

Venkata Nagi Reddy Kovvuri has been appointed Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), RINL, Visakhapatnam. He is a 1998 batch IDES officer.

Goyal to join as Director (Fin), NHPC Ltd on Oct 1

Rajendra Prasad Goyal, CGM, NHPC Ltd, will be taking over as Director (Finance), NHPC Limited on October 1, 2020. He will succeed present incumbent M K Mittal retiring on September 30, 2020.

Amitabh Gautam appointed CVO, DoT

Amitabh Gautam has been appointed Chief Vigilance Officer, Department of Telecommunications (DoT). He is a 1989 batch IFS officer of HP cadre.

Ms. Simmi R Nakra appointed CVO, PFC

Ms. Simmi R Nakra has been appointed Chief Vigilance Officer, Power Finance Corporation (PFC). She is a 1994 batch IP&T AFS officer.

Ms. Shalin Darbari appointed CVO, NBCC

Ms. Shalini Darbari has been appointed Chief Vigilance Officer, NBCC, Delhi. She is a 1990 batch IRAS officer. 

Malaya Shrivastava promoted to Chief Secretary grade in MP

Malaya Shrivastav has been promoted to the grade of Chief Secretary in Madhya Pradesh. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer.

K G Jagadeesha relieved to join as Secretary, Coffee Board

K G Jagadeesha has been relieved to join as Secretary, Coffee Board, Bengaluru, in Government of India. He is a 2005 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Kuldeep Singh Chahal goes on inter-cadre deputation to Chandigarh Admn

Kuldeep Singh Chahal is joining AGMUT cadre (Chandigarh sector) on inter-cadre deputation. He is a 2009 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre.

Anurag Aggrawal is new ACS Home in Punjab

1990 batch IAS officer Anurag Aggarwal has been appointed new ACS (Home) in place of   incumbent Home Secretary Satish Chandra, who retires on September 30.

Dr. Seema Gaur retires today

Dr. Seema Gaur, IES 1984, Principal Economic Adviser (Apex level), M/O Rural Development, Government of India, is superannuating on September 30 after 36 years of distinguished service.

Coal Ministry to appoint Director Technical on deputation

The Ministry of Coal is seeking an officer on deputation for the post of Director Technical in the Office of Nominated Authority, Ministry of Coal.

Shrikant Balasaheb Suse confirmed in IAS

Shrikant Balasaheb Suse has been confirmed in Indian Administrative Service (IAS) with effect from August 29, 2018. He is a 2016 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre.

Retd IDES officer gets NFU

R S Cheema, a retired IDES officer has been given NFU to SAG w.e.f. July 9, 2913. He is a 1979 batch IDES officer.

Chanduka to be govt Director at BBNL

Deepak Chanduka has been appointed as govt Director on the Board of Directors of BBNL. He is posted as DDG (SP), USoF in DoT.

Ms. Verma appointed DS, MHA

Ms. Juhi Verma has been appointed as Dy. Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). She is a 2010 batch IDAS officer.

Anoop Srivastava is Addtl DG, RPF

Anoop Srivastava – who is an NFHAG officer of the Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS) and is presently on deputation to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation – has been promoted to Level 15 and posted as Additional Director General, Railway Police Force (RPF). 

26 AGMUT cadre IPS officers transferred

As many as 26 IPS officers AGMUT cadre have been transferred to different segments of the cadre.  Out of total transferred officers, 12 IPS officers will join Delhi Police while eight officers are joining Arunachal Pradesh police and one each to Goa, A&N Islands, Mizoram, Puducherry, Chandigarh and Lakshdweep police administrations. Those who are coming to Delhi are: SS Yadav, Shibesh Singh, Sweta Chauhan, Usha Rangnani, Pranav Tayal, Sanjay Kumar Sain, Guriqbal Singh Sidhu, Devesh Kumar Mahla, Vikas Kumar, Prashant Priya Gautam, Surendra Choudhary and Amit Goel. Besides, Asif Md Ali, Rohit Rajbir Singh, Vikram Harimohan Meena, Sanjay Bhatia, Satya Vir Katara, Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Rajendra Singh Sagar and  Rakesh Kumar will join the Arunachal Police. Similarly, Anand Mohan has been transferred to Puducherry,Sharat Kr Sinha to Lakshyadweep, Shivendra Kant Tiwari to A&N Islands; Nidhin Valson goes to Goa, Ketan Bansal joins Chandigarh and Deotesh Kumar Surendra Singh will join the Mizoram Police.  

Kamlesh Gosai is DDG, NAIR

Kamlesh Gosai – who is a senior administrative grade (SAG) officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service and currently in National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) – has been posted Deputy Director General, NAIR.

P Srinivasu is Chairman, RRB

P Srinivasu – who is a senior administrative grade (SAG) officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) and posted in South Western Railway – has been transferred and posted as Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Bengaluru.

PK Patra moved to ECoR

PK Patra – who is a selection grade (SG) officer of the Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) and is returning from deputation to RVNL – has been posted on East Coast Railway (ECoR) in the cadre.

Mohit Tewari shifted to MCF

Mohit Tewari – who is a Senior Scale (SS) officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) in South Central Railway – has been transferred to Modern Coach Factor (MCF) and posted in the cadre.

RD Sriharsha sent to SCR

Rallapalli Dayal Sriharsha – who is a Senior Scale (SS) officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) in South Railway (SR) – has been transferred to South Central Railway (SCR) and posted in the cadre.

Balram moved to NER

Balram – who is a Senior Scale (SS) officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) in East Central Railway (ECR) – has been transferred to North Eastern Railway (NER) on his own request and posted in the cadre.

Rajesh Malik shifted to COFMOW

Rajesh Malik – who is a senior administrative grade (SAG) officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) and returning from deputation to Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare – has been posted in the cadre on Central Organisation For Modernisation of Workshops (COFMOW).

PN Nagaraju posted as Lecturer in IRISET

PN Nagaraju – who is a Group 'B' officer in Signal & Telecommunication Department of South Central Railway and presently working as Assistant Divisional Signal & Telecom Engineer (ADSTE)  - has been transferred to Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunication (IRISET) and posted as Lecturer (Signalling -1).

SS Sandhawalta is PCPO (IR), NR

SS Sandhawalta – who is a senior administrative grade (SAG) officer of the Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) from Northern Railway (NR) – has been appointed in higher administrative grade (HAG) and posted as Principal Chief Personnel Officer (PCPO) (IR) on the NR itself.

NTPC signs MoU with Govt, targets Rs 98,000 cr revenue for FY21 (UPDATED)

NTPC Ltd, India's largest power producer, will aim for a revenue of Rs 98,000 crore from operations and 340 BU of electricity generation as part of its ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MOU) with Ministry of Power for financial year 2020-21. The MoU was signed by Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, Secretary (Power), Govt. of India and Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC in the presence of senior officials from Ministry of Power and NTPC. NTPC will aim to achieve capex of Rs. 21,000 crore and coal production of 15 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) for the current fiscal as per the MoU. NTPC has delivered exceptional performance in the past years and the ratings on the parameters stands testimony to its performance. Further, the group has over 20 GW of capacity under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects. With a total installed capacity of 62.9 GW, NTPC Group has 70 Power stations comprising of 24 Coal, 7 combined cycle Gas/Liquid Fuel, 1 Hydro, 13 Renewables along with 25 Subsidiary & JV Power Stations.

Nomination of Chairman, SAIL as Chairman of CII PSE Council (UPDATED)

The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), one of the largest of its kind in the Country, has nominated Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chairman, SAIL as the Chairman of its PSE Council. This PSE Council plays a vital role in the overall functioning of CII, which works with Government and the public sector enterprises on various policy issues and serves as a reference point for the industry. Formed in 2007, the Council has grown from strength to strength over the years. Today, it consists of 96 members comprising 10 Maharatnas, 14 Navratnas and 72 Miniratnas. The CII Council has been taking up various transformative development agenda to build systematic and active engagements with the Central Public Sector Enterprises with the latest being focusing on the path charted by Hon’ble Prime Minister for a self-reliant India. Accordingly, the annual flagship event of the Council scheduled to be held shortly is being planned on the lines and visions of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. The Chairman of CII PSE Council acts as the key interface between government and the members of the Council. The Chairman also represents the Council in all the meetings and networking with the government/policy makers for taking forward the economic and enterprise policy advocacy framework. On this appointment, Anil Kumar Chaudhary commented, “Every responsibility comes with expectations towards fulfilment of related milestones. The position of Chairman CII PSE Council also carries with it the responsibility of protecting the interests of all member PSEs. CII is a premiere industry body acting as channel and platform for the industry and as the Chairman of its PSE Council, my focus would be on this aspect by channelizing their efforts towards building an “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.

Devendra Gupta appointed Adviser to Rajasthan CM (UPDATED)

IAS officer Devendra Gupta is appointed Adviser to the Chief Minister of Rajasthan from October 1 2020 for a period of one year after his retirement.

Rajeev Mishra is now SP CBI (UPDATED)

Rajeev Mishra has been inducted as SP CBI for a period of four years. He is 2010 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre.

Anirban Dasgupta is now Director, Bhilai Steel Plant (UPDATED)

Anirban Dasgupta, Director (Projects and Business Planning), SAIL, has been appointed as Director, Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) as unit head.

Harinand Rai is also Director (P&BP), SAIL (UPDATED)

Harinand Rai, Director (Technical), SAIL, has been given an additional charge of Director (Projects and Business Planning), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

Rajkumar Manikpuri is INED, FCS Software Solutions Ltd

Rajkumar Manikpuri has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of FCS Software Solutions Limited.

Reappointments in Kkalpana Industries Ltd

Rajesh Kumar Kothari and Mamta Binani have been reappointed as Director and Independent Director respectively of Kkalpana Industries Limited.

Ritu Bansal is NED, HC Cotton Textile Mills Ltd

Ritu Bansal has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of HC Cotton Textile Mills Limited. Meanwhile, Raghav Kumar Agarwal has been reappointed as Director. 

Manish Khatau is again Whole-Time Director, Indokem Ltd

Manish M Khatau has been reappointed as Whole-Time Director, while Rahul Singh has been appointed as Independent Director of Indokem Limited.

RBI names DK Kashyap as Addl Director, Dhanlaxmi Bank

The Reserve Bank of India has appointed its General Manager (Bengaluru Regional Office) DK Kashyap as Additional Director on the board of Dhanlaxmi Bank for a period of two years with effect from September 28, 2020 to September 27, 2022.   

Reappointments in Asian Hotels (East) Ltd

Rita Bhimani has been reappointed as Non-Executive Woman Independent Directors, while Umesh Saraf and Arun Kumar Saraf have been reappointed as Joint Managing Directors of Asian Hotels (East) Limited.

RL Behl is Ind Director, Nahar Capital and Financial Services Ltd

Dr. Roshan Lal Behl has been appointed Independent Director of Nahar Capital and Financial Services Limited.

MK Baid is again MD, BFL Asset Finvest Ltd

Mahendra Kumar Baid has been reappointed as Managing Director, while Aditya Baid has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of BFL Asset Finvest Limited. 

N Palchoudhuri is again Ind Director, Ludlow Jute & Specialities Ltd

Nayantara Palchoudhuri has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Ludlow Jute & Specialities Limited.

Appointments in Sabrimala Industries India Ltd

Varun Mangla and Surinder Babbar have been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive and Non-Independent) of Sabrimala Industries India Limited.  

BP Patel bows out of Jamshri Realty Ltd

Bipinbhai Mahijibhai Patel has ceased to be Independent Director of Jamshri Realty Limited as his term has expired. He has expressed his unwillingness to be reappointed.

Nirlon Chairman Moosa Raza to step down

Nirlon Limited Chairman Moosa Raza and Arjan Gurbuxani are retiring as Non-Executive Independent Directors of the company on Wednesday.  

A Basu reappointed MD, Refnol Resins & Chemicals Ltd

Arupkumar Basu has been reappointed as Managing Director, while Rahul Singh has been appointed as Independent Director of Refnol Resins & Chemicals Limited.

PJ Thomas nominated Director, Central Bank of India

PJ Thomas has been nominated by the Centre as Director on the Board of Central Bank of India. He replaces Thomas Mathew. PJ Thomas is retired Chief General Manager of Reserve Bank of India.  

HV Muthyam is Addl Director, Sharat Industries Ltd

Harihar Venkata Muthyam has been appointed as Additional Director of Sharat Industries Limited.

Amrita Mishra is Ind Director, Shiva Suitings Ltd

The appointment of Amrita Triloki Mishra as Independent Director on the Board of Shiva Suitings Limited has been regularised.

A Prakash is Director In-Charge, Bokaro Steel Plant, SAIL

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) Chief General Manager Amarendu Prakash has joined as Director In-Charge of Bokaro Steel Plant.  

Shyamal Joshi to continue as NINED, Shalby Ltd

Shyamal Joshi is set to continue as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Shalby Limited.

JM Doshi is ID, Integra Switchgear Ltd

Jagesh Mahendrabhai Doshi has been appointed as Independent Director of Integra Switchgear Limited.

Appointments in Elegant Floriculture and Agrotech (India) Ltd

Nareshkumar Basudev Agarwal has been appointed as Whole-Time Director, while Akash Nareshkumar Agarwal and Neha Ankur Agarwal have been appointed as Directors in Elegant Floriculture and Agrotech (India) Limited.

KN Agarwal is ID, SAL Automative Ltd

Kailash Nath Agarwal has been appointed as Independent Director of SAL Automative Limited.

Archana Dakhale is ID, Omkar Specialty Chemicals Ltd

Archana Dakhale has been appointed as Independent Director of Omkar Specialty Chemicals Limited.

L Narayan is NED, RS Software (India) Ltd

Lakshmanan Narayan has been appointed as Additional and Non-Executive Director of RS Software (India) Limited.

SK Podar is Director, DJS Stock and Shares Ltd

Sharad Kumar Podar has been appointed as Director on the Board of DJS Stock and Shares Limited.

PS Choudhary is again Whole-Time Director, Maa Jagdambe Tradelinks Ltd

Pawankumar Sitaram Choudhary has been reappointed as Whole-Time Director of Maa Jagdambe Tradelinks Limited.

Reappointments in Ken Financial Services Ltd

Akash Swami and Sumit Gupta have been reappointed as Whole-Time Directors of Ken Financial Services Ltd.

CM Malaviya is INED, Orbit Exports Ltd

Chetna Manish Malaviya has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Orbit Exports Limited. Meanwhile, Pardeep Khosla has been reappointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of the company.

Sanjana Jain is Addl Director, Surana Solar Ltd

Sanjana Jain has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent Woman Director) of Surana Solar Limited and Bhagyanagar India Limited.

RSM Joshi reappointed as WT Director, Nexus Surgical and Medicare Ltd

Ram Swaroop Mahadev Joshi has been reappointed as Whole-time Director of Nexus Surgical and Medicare Limited.

Reappointments in Ansal Housing Ltd

Neha Ansal and Iqneet Kaur have been reappointed as Director and Independent Director of Ansal Housing Limited.

Sanjiv Shroff is again MD, Reliance Chemotex Industries Ltd

Sanjiv Shroff has been reappointed as Managing Director of Reliance Chemotex Industries Limited.

Reappointments in Suryakrupa Finance Ltd

Amar Nandlal Pal and Dharmesh Barot have been reappointed as Independent Directors of Suryakrupa Finance Limited.

Whispers Forum

Plight of CSS

Can any body see the plight of CSS where no promotions have taken place for more than 20 months in spite of there being clear vacancies. People are regularly retiring with out any promotion. Is there any one in PMO or other such authority to look into the matter.

Regular Visitor


Third party notice not necessary in all cases

The details of certain telephone number and the monthly amount paid for it was denied to the appellant. The appellant submitted that even if the information is related to the third parties, the PIO was bound to follow the procedure laid down under section 11 of the RTI Act. The CIC rejected the contention of the appellant that the CPIO should have followed the procedure u/s 11 of the RTI Act before denying the information. The CIC observed that the procedure u/s 11 of the RTI Act is only to be followed in such cases where the PIO intends to disclose any information related to a third party, which was not the case in the present matter as the PIO had outrightly denied the information while stating that the information is related to third party.


Section 11(1) of the RTI Act says that where the PIO intends to disclose any third party information on a request made under this Act, the PIO shall, give a written notice to such third party of the request and of the fact that the PIO intends to disclose the information and invite the third party to make a submission regarding whether the information should be disclosed.

Citation: C Christu Raj v. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in File no.: CIC/BSNLD/A/2019/639531, Date of Decision: 07/09/2020

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

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