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Rajasthan Government to go ?

In the scheme of things of Modi and Shah, Rajasthan Government is going. All the efforts of the Congress to save the Government, it is said, will go in vain.






Now Rahul wants aggressive young leaders ?

Sources close to Rahul Gandhi say that now he is in search of aggressive young leaders in the Congress Party who can take on PM Narendra Modi. And thus, the appointment of Hardik Patel as Working President of the Party in Gujarat.






Whose Executive this time ?

There is a big curiosity in the political circles about the constitution of the BJP Executive. Reason of curiosity –whose executive   will it be this time ? Amit Shah’s or J P Nadda’s.









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Kaun Banega SBI Chief (2) Dinesh Kumar Khara

In all probability, number two in the herarchy Dinesh Kumar Khara will succeed Rajnish Kumar as next Chairman on the SBI. RBI Governor Shakti Kanta Das is said to have soft corner for Khara. He has more than one year  to go.

Uttarakhand Chief Secretary to get extension ?

Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh is reportedly getting extension in service on August 1. He is 1986 batch IAS officer.

Gourangalal Das to be Envoy, Taiwan

Gourangalal Das, who hails from Assam, is being appointed the next envoy to Taiwan. He is 1999 batch IFS officer.

Vikram Doraiswami to be Envoy in Bangla Desh ?

Vikram Doraiswami, considered close to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, is moving to Dhaka as India’s new Ambassador. He is 1992 batch IFS officer.

Rudrendra Tandon to move to Kabul !

Rudrendra Tandon is being appointed India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan. He is 1994 batch IFS officer.

Kotalwar is new Ambassador to Czech Republic

Hemant Harishchandra Kotalwar (IFS: 1996), presently Joint Secretary on deputation to NSCS, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Czech Republic.

Sanjay Prakash is now IG, CISF, Central Sector

Sanjay Prakash has moved from Delhi to Bhilai as IG Central Sector –Chhattsgarh and MP units .

Gupta's name sent to ACC

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has reportedly forwarded the name of Alok Kumar Gupta for the approval of MD, OVL. PESB had selected him for the post on July 9, 2020. Gupta is presently Director, Operation in OVL. 

Manasa Prasad Mishra selected for Director (P&T), NALCO

Manasa Prasad Mishra, ED, NALCO, has been selected for the post of Director (Projects & Technical), National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on July 13, 2020. As many as eight persons were interviewed for the same.

Prabal Basu yet to get extension as CMD, BLC

The Government of India is yet to extend the tenure of Prabal Basu as Chairman & Managing Director of Balmer Lawrie & Co. Limited (BLC) ending on July 31, 2020. He is expected to get an extension for the second term till October 31, 2023.

BHEL GM Rajiv Bhatnagar in the race for Director (IS&P), BHEL

Rajiv Bhatnagar, GM, BHEL, is whispered to be in the race for the post of Director (Industrial Systems & Products), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

BHEL GM G Murali in race for Director (IS&P), BHEL

G Murali, GM, BHEL, is whispered to be in the race for the post of Director (Industrial Systems & Products), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

Cmde Hemant Khatri to join as CMD, Hindustan Shipyard Limited on Sept 1

Cmde Hemant Khatri, Director (Strategic Project), HSL, will be taking over the charge as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) on September 1, 2020.

Ravindra Kumar promoted to Pr. CCIT grade

Ravindra Kumar has been promoted to the grade of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Pr.CCIT). He is an IRS-IT officer.

Anand Kumar Agarwal promoted to Pr.CCIT grade

Anand Kumar Agarwal has been promoted to the grade of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Pr.CCIT). He is an IRS-IT officer.

Seven AGMUT cadre IAS officers transferred

As many as 7 AGMUT cadre IAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places. Accordingly, G S Meena has been transferred from Arunachal Pradesh to Delhi, while Madhu K Garg will join at Delhi and R Mihir Vardhan is shifted to Goa. Similarly, P Krishnamurthy has been transferred from Goa to Lakshdweep; Dr Sundervadivelu to Puduchery; Sudhir Mahajan and  Laltinkhuma Franklin will be joining Delhi govt.

IPS officer Ishwar Singh transferred to Delhi

Ishwar Singh, a 2004 batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer, has been transferred from Puduchery to Delhi Police,

Senior IFS officers write to Minister about devious plan of foreign funded NGO

As many as 11 very senior retired IFS officers (3 DG Forest, one DG ICFRE, 6 PCCFs) have written to Minister about the devious plan of a foreign funded NGO ,supported by a few retired forest officers and one retired IAS officer and a few business interests to start a framework for certification standards for the government forests which are already being managed sustainably by Working Plans.

Who wrote fake letter to PMO ?

The Union Government has denied issuing a letter written by Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister to the Prime Minister. Terming this letter fake, the government said, no such letter has been written. An alleged letter is circulating on social media platforms wherein the Defence Minister wrote to the Prime Minister on some recommendations related to defence matters. PIB has cautioned the public to beware of mischief mongers.

Judicial Commission to probe police encounters in UP

The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a one man Judicial Commission to probe the Vikas Dube encounter in Kanpur on July 10. Retired Judge of Allahabad HC, Justice S K Agrawal will head the inquiry commission. To be based in Kanpur, the Commission will also look into all encounters between the police and members of slain gangsters from July 3 to 10 and submit its report to the state government within two month.

Maheshwari repatriated from REIL

Consequent upon his repatriation from Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), Jaipur, Ashok Maheshwari, an officer of JAG of ITS, has reported back to his parent DoT.

WCO wants Dy Director

Brussels based World Custom Organisation (WCO) wants Dy Director in Capacity building Directorate. Interested IRs(C&CE) officer can apply till July 31, 2020. Details are available at CBIC website.

WCO wants Dy Director

Brussels based World Custom Organisation (WCO) wants Dy Director in Capacity building Directorate. Interested IRs(C&CE) officer can apply till July 31, 2020. Details are available at CBIC website.

21 ITS officers transferred

As many as 21 ITS officers of JAG have been transferred and posted to different places. Accordingly, Sushil Kumar has been posted as Director, USOF while Gurjinder Pal Singh was appointed to J&K LSA and Sanjeev Nagpal is moved to Haryana LSA. Similarly, N Janardanan has bee posted to NCCS, Bengaluru; Sanjay Sethi to Mumbai LSA; Prashant Pati Singh to RTEC, Mumbai; Venkata R Raju Chelle to TEC, New Delhi’ Ashok Maheshwari to Dehradun LSA; Pradeep Payal to Meerut LSA; Vivek Asthana to Meerut LSA; Rajeshwar Dayal to Kerala LSA; Amit Kumar Jha to Ranchi LSA; Tejpal Singh to DS Wing DoT hq; Vasudev Singh to IT Wing, DoT Hq; Y Sreeniwas Rao to Hyderabad LSA; S S Venkata Krishna to Chennai LSA; Shashi Kumar to Meerut LSA; Devinder Yadav to Delhi LSA; Yashwant Kumar to NTIPRIT; Ashok Kumar to NTIPRIT and Jitendra Garg has also been posted at NTIPRIT.

Five IAS officers shifted in Mahrashtra

Saurabh Rao has been posted as Officer on Special Duty, Divisional Commissioner, Pune, while S N Gaikwad was appointed as Commissioner, Sugar, Pune and Vikram Kumar is Municipal Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune. Besides, S K Diwase has been posted as Chief Executive Officer, PMRDA, Pune and Jitendra Dudi is now Chief Executive Officer, ZP, Sangli in Maharashtra.

PESB recommends selection of CMD, MCL through SCSC (UPDATED)

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), which interviewed as many as six persons for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) at selection meeting held on July 14, 2020, has recommended the concerned Ministry to select the candidate through Search-cum-Selection Committee (SCSC). 

Rail Bhawan to re-open July 15 (UPDATED)

After sensitization and cleaning, the Rail Bhawan (RB) is being re-opened on July 15. The building was closed after ten officials were found positive for COVID-19. 

Five IAS officers transferred in Maharashtra (UPDATED)

As many as five IAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places in Maharashtra. Accordingly, Shrikrishnanath Panchal has been posted as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Gondia, while Dr Indurani Jakhar was made Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Ratnagiri and Kumar Ashirwad is Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Gadchiroli. Similarly, Abhinav Goel has been posted as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Latur and Saurabh Katiyar is now Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Akola.


Bhole Amit Gunvant appointed as OSD to Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre (UPDATED)

Bhole Amit Gunvant has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty to Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for Human Resources Development. He is a 2010 batch ICAS officer.


Two most important functionaries of Birla Empire ?

In business circles people say that Debu Bhattacharya and Satish Pai are the two most powerful and important functionaries in the Birla empire.

Awadesh Kumar Chaudhary is Govt Nominee Director, MSTC

Awadesh Kumar Choudhary, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Steel, has been appointed as Government Nominee Director, MSTC Limited.

Subramanian Sharma inducted into L&T Board

Subramanian Sharma, MD & CEO of L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, has been inducted into the Board of Larsen & Toubro Ltd as Whole-time Director w.e.f August 19, 2020.

Wipro has no plans to lay off

Wipro, according to its Chairman Rishad Premji, has no plans  to lay any employee due to the COVID-19 impact .

Air India cancels job offer

In view of Covid crisis, Air India has reportedly cancelled job offers to 180 trainees.

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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1928-1979)

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto served as the President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973 and as Prime Minister from 1973-1977. He founded the PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) n 1967. His father was a Diwan of the Princely State of Junagadh (now in Gujarat) and was very influential with the British Raj. As a young boy Bhutto (1928) moved to Worli Sea Face in Bombay to study at Cathedral and John Conon School and then moved to study at the Universities of California and Oxford. He had a meteoric rise in his political career becoming the youngest member of Pakistani delegation to the United Nations in 1957. He became a trusted aide of Pakistan Premier General Ayub Khan who appointed him as his Foreign Minister in 1963.

On March 5 1963, Bhutto signed a Sino-Pakistani Territorial Boundary accord by giving away 750 square kilometers of land in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to China. Earlier in 1962 when Zhou en Lai and Mao of China invited Pakistan to join hands with China to rest the State of Jammu and Kashmir from India, Bhutto jumped at the idea but President Ayub Khan not only shot it down but proposed “joint defence union” with India. Bhutto was horrified at this idea and felt that Ayub was lacking in basic knowledge of international relations. In 1965, on Bhutto’s advice, Ayub Khan launched the operation Gibraltar to liberate Kashmir but that ended in a total fiasco as the Indian troops inflicted a crushing defeat on the Pakistan army. In January 1966, he had to eat the humble pie when he accompanied President Ayub to meet the Indian Prime Minister Lal Bhadur Sastri in Uzbekistan to negotiate a peace accord. This made Ayub highly unpopular and Bhutto resigned from the Cabinet accusing Ayub Khan as incapable. When Bhutto came to know about India’s nuclear programme, he justified starting a nuclear programme for Pakistan on the ground that the Jewish (Israel), Christian (South Africa) and Hindus (India) had built nuclear capability and Islamic civilization should not lag behind.

In the Shimla Agreement with Mrs. Indira Gandhi in 1972, Bhutto received 93000 POWs and recovered 13,000 square km. of land held by India. That was an excellent opportunity for India to recover the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir but Mrs. Gandhi somehow had not insisted on Pakistan’s withdrawal from POK though Bhutto was in no position to negotiate as he was a passive witness to the birth of Bangladesh. In my view, it was a missed opportunity.

Pakistan Under Bhutto is the title of a book written by Shahid Javed Burki, who was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford who joined the Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) in 1960. After the civil service was dismantled by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who served as General Yahya Khan’s Prime Minister, Burki joined the World Bank in 1974. Javed Burki officiated as Pakistan’s Finance Minister for a while in 1996-97. I used to know him when I was a graduate student at Penn State, USA under the pilot group of Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellowship in 1979-80 as he used to visit State College Pennsylvania to meet my Advisor Professor La Porte Jr. over week ends.

The main thesis advocated by Burki in his book s that while a civil servant might be a source of irritation and nuisance, he could never pose a threat to the political power at the top. When the steel frame of the civil service is subject to meddling by the political bosses, it will lead to the defence chiefs asserting themselves that could pose a threat to the political power. As Prime Minister of Pakistan Bhutto used to treat his civil servants with little regard or respect. He used to send his favorites to plum foreign assignments but when they return to Pakistan after completion of their tenure Bhutto used to note LBW on their files which meant “Let the Bastard Wait” and will make it known to everyone. He promoted Zia ul Auk to General overlooking several others senior to him but after promoting him he used to treat General Zia ul Haq like a door mat and make him stand before him removing all the chairs in his room. It was a court in Pakistan that gave Bhutto death sentence but General Zia ul Auk simply kept quiet though he did enjoy the powers of giving him pardon. There was hue and cry from all parts of the world that included the US President Jimmy Carter to stop Bhutto’s execution. Bhutto was hanged at Lahore on April 4, 1979.

Dr Sitharam Gurumurthi IAS (TN 1972) Retired

Founder Chairman

Sri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel School for Monetary Economics, Chennai


Service details of husband

The Appellant sought information pertaining to service details of her husband, in terms of pay slip, last pay certificate etc. The information was denied under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The Appellant stated that she is not satisfied with the reply of the CPIO, as she continues to be the wife of the individual regarding whom information has been sought. She further stated that on sl. No. 4 of the document sought in the instant RTI Application “nomination for PRIC benefit AFGIS – 224” she has not affixed her finger print and the individual has got the finger print of some unknown person affixed on the same which amounts to fraud. The CIC directed the PIO to process the RTI Application as per the provision of Section 11 of RTI Act.


In the case of Vijay Prakash vs. Union of India (W.P. (C) 803/2009) dated 01.07.2009, it was held that in private disputes such as the present one between a husband and wife the basic protection afforded by virtue of the exemption from disclosure enacted under Section 8(1)(j) cannot be lifted. Further, the gross pay of an officer is liable to be disclosed under section 4(1)(b)(x) suo-motu under the RTI Act.

Citation: Chidipothu Sarada v. Indian Air Force in File No: CIC/IAIRF/A/2018/154519, Date of Decision : 10/06/2020

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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