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The speed at which you are progressing makes me wonder whether Modiji set the ' 5 trillion ' target for you ! With all good wishes

S  Sathyam, former Secretary, GoI


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If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.







Who rang up Stalin from West Bengal ?

Who rang up DMK Chief Stalin from West Bengal to discuss Dy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain  who is 1994 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. The fact is TMC has made a complaint to the EC about Sudeep Jain . Any Significance ?






Ex-IPS officers to face each other in Bengal elections

The West Bengal Assembly elections are going to be interesting.  Mamta Banerjee will face her ex- colleague Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram. Two former IPS officers will fight polls against each other. BJP has fielded 2006 batch former IPS officer Ms. Bharti Ghosh against 2003 batch former IPS officer Dr Humayun Kabir of the TMC from Debra constituency. Both former IPS officers have resigned from the service and jumped into the politics.




Past performance forced Congress to accept few seats

In Tamil Nadu, this time the DMK has allotted only 25 assembly seats to ally Congress party. Reason, in 2016 Congress was given 41 seats but the party could win only 6 seats. According to sources the DMK was not ready to give more than 20 seats to Congress. In West Bengal also the Congress has to  be satisfied with only 92 seats. Bengal has 294 Asembly seats. 







The term ‘babu’ that reeks of the colonial era has been stuck with civil servants and other government officials ever since.

On February 10, PM Narendra Modi has in his Parliament speech, blasted the ‘babu’ culture in the country saying “Sab kuch babu hi karenge”. Earlier in 2016, the IAS Association has condemned the use of the word ‘babu’ and called it ‘abusive’.

Now the question that arises is - Is the use of the word ‘babu’ correct ?

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Whispers bureaucracy News
Professionals to be posted in Key Ministries ?

PM Narendra Modi’s outburst against babu culture in the Parliament is clear cut indication that he is not satisfied with the performance of IAS. There are murmurs in the corridors of power that in the select ministries  there will soon be professionals as Secretary not the IAS.

Army defers decision on retirement age of officers and soldiers

The proposal for increasing the retirement age of officers and soldiers in the Indian Army has been deferred and would be approved along with the cadre review exercise, which is underway and is already in advanced stages.

Director of LBSNAA Sanjeev Chopra to retire

Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Sanjeev Chopra is superannuating by this month end. He is 1985 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.

Will Dr Swarup get extension?

If sources are to be believed, Secretary, Biotech Dr Renu Swarup is likely to get extension in service. It is said that she may get extension at least for six months.

Rajnish Kumar likely to be new CGDA

In all probability Rajnish Kumar, the senior most IDAS officer, is likely to be appointed next CGDA. He is a 1984 batch IDAS officer and presently posted as Addl CGDA at the hq. The post has been vacant after the departure of Sanjiv Mittal as Financial Advisor Defence Services. If Kumar is appointed CGDA, he will hold the post till June 2022.

Two Dy CAG’s to retire in March

Two IA&AS officers, Subha Kumar and J Singh, who are Dy CAG’s are scheduled to superannuate in March.

Will Collegium meet before March 23 ?

Will Supreme Court Collegium meet before March 23 to fill the vacancies of the Judges in the SC. Since the CJI, Justice S A Bobde, will retire on April 23, his power to convene the Collegium meeting will freeze one month before his retirement.


Tenure of UPSC Member Bassi ends

Tenure of UPSC Member B S Bassi  has ended. Bassi is 1977 batch former Delhi Police Commissioner.

Will Shailesh Pathak be empanelled to Secretary level posts in Railways ?

Whisper has it that the name of Shailesh Kumar Pathak, presently Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS), is in the panel of empanelment for Secretary level posts in Railways. He is a 1986 batch IRSE officer.

Former Chairman of Railway Board Yadav is now Administrator Gymkhana Club

Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav  is now Administrator of the  Delhi Gymkhana Club .

Vacancy of CMD, BEL in June; no successor to Gowtama so far

A vacancy of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is arising on June 30, 2021. The Government of India is yet to find a successor to present CMD M V Gowtama.

Search for next CMD of BEL begins

The post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has been advertised. A vacancy of this post is arising on July 1, 2021 with the retirement of incumbent CMD M V Gowtama.

Vikram Pagaria relieved to join NHA

Vikram Pagaria has been relieved to join the National Health Authority (NHA), New Delhi on loan basis. He is an IRS-IT officer.

Eight Under Secretaries posted to various ministries/depts

Consequent upon their return from long leave/promotion /transfer/repatriation from deputation, eight Under Secretaries have been posted to various Ministries / Departments. Accordingly, Raju Saraswat has been posted to Food Processing Industries; Shailendra Mohan Pathak to Corporate Affairs; Naveen Arora to Skill Development & Entrepreneurship; Kumar Sourabh to Defence; Bhavaani R to Housing & Urban Affairs; Kamlesh Kumar to Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade R K Srivastava to Rural Development and Ravi Vazirani was posted to Personnel & Training.

Two Indian Statistical Service officers shifted

Soumya P Kumar has been posted to the Department of Water Resources, RD & GR and Jawaid Alam Khan was posted to CWC, under the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Siljo V K returns to parent cadre, gets posting

Siljo V K has returned from deputation to the Ministry of Education and has been posted to SSU, SSD, NSO, MoSPI, New Delhi. He is a 2004 batch ISS officer.

Tenure of Acting VC of Delhi University to be extended ?

Tenure of Acting Vice Chancellor of the Delhi University P C Joshi is likely to be extended on March 10.

MMTC retired employees against use of Medical Fund

The retired employees of Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC)reportedly approached the High Court against siphoning of their Medical Trust fund.

BSNL launches mobile service

BSNL Launches Mobile Service in Pangong lake area.  Right upto area of conflict.

R Arulanandan appointed Director, Department of Commerce (UPDATED)

R Arulanandan has been appointed as Director, Department of Commerce, under Central Staffing Scheme for a period of five years. He is a 2006 batch Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) officer.

5 IAS officers in Haryana get new responsibility (UPDATED)

Five IAS officers in Haryana have been assigned new responsibility. Krishan Kumar Pradeep has been appointed as Administrator, HSVP, Faridabad and Additional Director, Urban Estate, Faridabad, while Jaspreet Kaur has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Panipat and Manoj Kumar will join as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jind. Besides, Pradeep Dahiya is posted as Director, Citizen Resources Information Department and given additional charge of Additional Secretary, Revenue & Disaster Management and Vishram Kumar Meena was made Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Ganaur.

Additional charge to two IFS officers in MoEF&CC (UPDATED)

Soumitra Dasgupta, ADGF (WL) will also look after the charge of ADGF (FC) and Pankaj Asthana, IGF (NABE), will hold the additional charge of CEO and MS, National Authority, CAMPA, in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, New Delhi.

Sisir Kumar Ratho repatriated to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Sisir Kumar Ratho, presently working as ADGF (FC) in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, New Delhi, is allowed to prematurely repatriate to his parent cadre Odisha. He is a 1987 batch IFS officer.

Kotak Mahindra Bank appoints Dr Ashok Gulati as Independent Director

Kotak Mahindra Bank has appointed Dr Ashok Gulati as Independent Director for 5 years term. Gulati is also appointed as Additional Director with effect from March 6, 2021, up to the next Annual General Meeting of the Bank.

Sunny Panwar appointed as Addl. Director, Orient Tradelink Ltd.

Sunny Panwar has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Orient Tradelink Limited.

DC Goel steps down as Ind. Director, Alchemist Corporation Ltd.

Dinesh Chand Goel has resigned from the post of Independent Director from the Board of Alchemist Corporation Limited.

SK Sahu appointed as Addl. Director, Zenith Steel Pipes & Industries Ltd.

Sandeep Kumar Sahu has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Zenith Steel Pipes & Industries Limited.

Appointments in HFL

Mrs. Susheela S Kulkarni and KK Kunjumon have been appointed as Hindustan Organic Chemicals Limited (HOCL) Nominee Directors on the board of Hindustan Fluorocarbons Limited (HFL). Presently, Kulkarni is serving as Chief General Manager and Company Secretary of HOCL while Kunjumon is UIC & Executive Director of HOCL's Kochi Unit.

Whispers Forum


The boss says IAS are a drain on the country. Despite this the IAS officers did not react.

A K Seth


Reducing manpower to sell PSUs

Retirement age in PSUs to be reduced to 58 years ?  For selling the PSUs by reducing manpower.



Complaint on Google review

The appellant sought to know whether action has been taken for the complaint which has been lodged on Google Reviews by Mohit Sharma for G.B. Pant Hospital. He also sought to know whether the complaint lodged on public platform on Google reviews would be considered and the reason if it is not considered so. The CIC observed that the reply provided the PIO was vague and was prepared without application of mind. The CIC expressed displeasure on such a conduct of the PIO and warned him to remain extremely careful in future so that such lapses do not recur. The CIC observed that appropriate reply has not been provided to the Appellant and directed the PIO to provide a revised reply to the Appellant, free of cost, within 15 days of receipt of the order and send a compliance report of the same to the CIC.


The PIO should provide a specific reply to the appellant. This case throws up the interesting question whether complaints lodged on public platforms such as Google reviews would be considered and whether action should be initiated.

Citation: Mohit Sharma v. Office of the Medical Superintendent, G.B. Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research-(GIPMER) in Second Appeal No.: CIC/GBPIT/A/2018/162506, Date of Decision: 29-01-2021  

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