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Former IAS Dr Raju  is now BJP Candidate from Amritsar (East)

Dr Jagmohan Singh Raju ,Chief Resident Commissioner of Tamil Nadu House, New Delhi who resigned   from Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is now BJP Candidate from Amritsar (East). He is a former 1985 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.





Padma Award to G N Azad, a master stroke of Modi!

Political observers believe that the Padma Award to Congress Leader Gulam Nabi Azad is a master stroke of PM Narendra Modi. Now seeds of suspicion are sown in the Congress Party.





Whispers bureaucracy News
25 IAS officers retiring in January

As many as 25 IAS officers of various cadres and batches are retiring in January 2022. They are: Parimal Rai of AGMUT cadre; Praveen Kumar Srivastava, Hemen Das, Roopjyoti Saharia of Assam-Meghalaya; Harendra Nath Dubey, Om Prakash Pal, Jai Shankar Prasad and Amrendra Prasad Singh of Bihar; Kamal Johan Lakra and Arun Kumar Ratan of Jharkand; Dr Amita Prasad, Dr. N Nagambika Devi    and Yogendra Tripathy of Karnataka;  Dr K Ellangovan of Kerala; Naresh Pal Kumar and Shivpal of Madhya Pradesh; Parag Gupta and Dasarathi Satpathy of Odisha; Niranjan Kumar Arya; Narain Lal Meena and Zakiar Hussain of Rajasthan; Otem Dai of Tamil Nadu; Pushpa Subramanyam and Rajiv Ranjan Mishra of Telangana;  Debasish Panda, Rajendra Pratap Pandey and T Venkatesh of Uttar Pradesh.

Dr Jagmohan Singh Raju quits Indian IAS

Dr Jagmohan Singh Raju presently Chief Resident Commissioner of Tamil Nadu House, New Delhi, has resigned from Indian Administrative Service (IAS) with effect from January 27, 2022. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Interview of Member in CBIC held!

Interviews for two members of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) were held last week in Delhi. Who will make it?

Budget 2022-23 to be presented on Feb 1 in paperless form

This time the Central Budget will be presented in a paperless form. And finance minister Nirmala Sitharamam will present the budget on February 1 in the Lok Sabha. The  Budget 2022-23 would also be available on the Mobile App after the completion of the Budget- presentation process. A Union Budget Mobile App was also launched for hassle-free access of budget documents by Members of Parliament and the public.

Size of UP cadre IPS increased

In UP, size of the IPS cadre has increased by adding 24 more IPS officers. Now the IPS number has risen to 541.In 2014 the strength was 517.

Abhishek Trivedi and S Atwal Trivedi to return HP in March ?

IG NSG Abhishek Trivedi and Satwant Atwal Trivedi are returning to the parent Himachal Pradesh cadre from central deputation in March. Both are 1996 batch IPS officers.

Four Government Members in new Air India Board

Air India Chairman and Managing Director Vikram Dev Dutt, Director Finance Vinod Hejmadi and government nominee directors V.A. Patwardhan and S.K. Mishra  have been made Members in the new Air India Board.

Rakesh Jain only Board level claimant for CMD, GAIL

Rakesh Jain, Director (Finance), GAIL, appears to be the only Board level candidate for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, GAIL (India) Limited.

Anil Kumar Singh selected for Director (Tech), WCL

Anil Kumar Singh, GM, MCL,has been selected for the post of Director (Technical), Western CoalFields Limited (WCL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on January 27, 2022. As many as seven persons were interviewed for the same.

Sanjay Kumar Verma only Board level candidate for CMD, MECON

Sanjay Kumar Verma, Director Commercial, MECON Limited, appears to be only Board level claimant for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MECON Limited.

Balasubramanian appointed High Commissioner to Nigeria

G Balasubramanian, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is a 1988 batch IFS officer.

SC’s judgment on promotion in reservation likely today

The Supreme Court is expected to announce its judgment regarding reservation in promotion to the Government of India servants on January 28, 2022.

Central deputation tenure of Ms Padmawathe ending in March

Seven-year central deputation tenure of Ms R Padmawathe working as DIG Forests (C), Regional Office, MoEFCC, Bangalore, is coming to an end on March 11, 2022. She is a 2005 batch IFS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Subramanya Rao likely to return to parent cadre in Feb

The central deputation tenure of M S Subramanya Rao working as Director, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is coming to an end in February, 2022. He is a 2000 batch ISS officer.

Ms Richa Gupta is Dy Secretary, Textiles

Ms Richa Gupta has been appointed as Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Textiles. She is a 2010 batch IDAS officer.

PESB looking for candidates for Director Finance, RCIL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is looking for candidates for Director (Finance), RailTel Corporation of India Ltd (RCIL) and has invited applications by March 2.

PESB seeks applications for Director Projects, RINL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications by March 8 for the post of Director (Projects), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL).

CCI to fill up posts of Joint DG & Deputy DG on deputation

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has invited applications by February 15 to fill up the 4 posts of Joint Director General in Pay Matrix Level 13 and 8 posts of Deputy Director General in Level 12 on deputation basis.

J K Jain posted in West Central Railway

Jitendra Kumar Jain, who is a Group ‘B’ officer of Electrical Department of West Central Railway (WCR) and is returning from deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL),has been posted on West Central Railway (WCR) in the cadre.

Five IPoS officers shifted (UPDATED)

Five STS and JTS officers of Indian Postal Service (IPoS) have been shifted. Accordingly, N R Giri has been shifted to Kerala Circle; Ms Sukriti Gupta to West Bengal Circle; Vikas Negi to Himachal Pradesh Circle; Jabbar to Rajasthan Circle and Ms Aparajita Mridha was shifted as ADG (PO), Postal Directorate, New Delhi.

Three officers confirmed into IAS (UPDATED)

Three members of Indian Administrative Service of 2018 batch have been confirmed into IAS with effect from August 2020. After confirmation, Ms Juoti Sharma was allocated MP cadre; Ms Ankita Mishra got AGMUT cadre and Kathawate Mayur Ashok has been allocated Bihar cadre.

Ms Tarika Roy returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Ms Tarika Roy, Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, has been given premature repatriation to her parent cadre with imposition of extended cooling off condition. He is a 1997 batch IRAS officer.

Post of Pankaj Kumar Singh upgraded as Director, Youth Affairs (UPDATED)

The post of Pankaj Kumar Singh has been upgraded as Director in the Department of Youth Affairs. He is a 2008 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Ms Neetika Bansal returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Ms Neetika Bansal, Director, Department of Commerce, has been given premature repatriation in order to avail the benefit of promotion. She is a 2003 batch IRS-IT officer.

NBCC organizes free RT PCR camp at corporate office (UPDATED)

Under NBCC’s employee welfare initiatives, an in-house free RT PCR test camp was organized for employees on January 21, 2022 at NBCC Corporate Office in New Delhi. This drive received an overwhelming response and over 120 employees including Sh. PK Gupta, CMD; Manas Kaviraj, ED, HRM and other senior officials underwent testing during the camp. During this camp, a team of Doctors conducted the RT PCR test for employees wherein COVID appropriate behavior was ensured throughout the program. Company’s aim is to establish a healthier workforce and build a safe working environment for all.

RailTel bags seven Awards in digital areas (UPDATED)

RailTel a Miniratna PSU of Central Government under Ministry of Railways has been continuing the tempo of good performance and has bagged seven awards in the Calendar Year 2021. The areas of awards include Telecommunication & Information Technology, Digital Technology, Data Centre, Digital PSU, Digital Security & Document Management.  The seven awards are as given below: Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel was honoured with the “CMD Leadership Award” at the 8th PSU award ceremony 2021 organised by “Governance Now” magazine; RailTel won Dun & Bradstreet PSU Awards 2021 in Telecommunication & Information Technology Sector category; RailTel won Digital PSU Summit Awards 2021, by Express Computer (Indian Express Group), in Document Management category; RailTel won Digital PSU Summit Awards 2021, by Express Computer (Indian Express Group), in Enterprise Security Category; RailTel won the Express Computer Digital Technology Sabha Excellence Award 2021 under Data Centre category for its Tier-Iii Data Centers accredited by UPTIME USA at Gurugram and Secunderabad; RailTel bagged the Governance Now PSU Awards in 'Digital PSU' and 'Digital Security' categories; RailTel's Southern Region establishment won Digital Technology Sabha Excellence Award, by Express Computer (Indian Express Group), in IoT Category; Despite Covid pandemic, RailTel managed to make rapid growth and recorded its highest ever consolidated income in FY 20-21 of Rs.1411 Crore, a growth of 21% and achieving a CAGR growth of 16.6% over the past 3 years. The company declared an Interim Dividend at the rate of 17.5% of paid-up share capital (Rs. 1.75 /- per share) for the FY 2021-22.

R P Upadhyay appointed as DG, Home Guards in Delhi (UPDATED)

R P Upadhyay has been appointed as Director General, Home Guards in Delhi Government. He is a 1991 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Central deputation tenure of Manharsinh Yadav extended (UPDATED)
The central deputation tenure of Manharsinh L Yadav working as Director in the Prime Minister's Office has been extended for a period of one year beyond January 28, 2022. He is a 2007 batch IFS officer.
Brijendra Pratap Singh selected as Director (B&D Steel Plants), SAIL (UPDATED)
Brijendra Pratap Singh, ED, SAIL, has been selected for the post of Director in-charge (Burnpur and Durgapur Steel Plants), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on January 28, 2022. As many as eight persons were interviewed for the same.
Dr Nageswaran takes over as Chief Economic Advisor (UPDATED)
Dr Venkatraman Anantha Nageswaran has taken over as new Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) in Government of India. He is a former executive with Credit Suisse Group AG and Julius Baer Group.

Raman appointed MD, Response Informatics Ltd

Subramaniyam Seetha Raman has been appointed as Managing Director of Response Informatics Limited. He succeeds Ms. Bhuvaneswari Seetharaman, who has resigned from the post on reaching the age of 70 years.

RC Tamboli to be NE Director, Steelcast Ltd

Rushil C Tamboli has resigned from the post of Whole-Time Director of Steelcast Limited due to his other preoccupations effective from March 31, 2022. However, he has been appointed as Non-executive Non-Independent Director of the company effective from April 1, 2022.

Ms Malhotra appointed NE Director, Bharat Seats Ltd

Ms. Nisha Malhotra has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Bharat Seats Limited.

AK Gupta appointed Addl. Director, Poonawalla Fincorp Ltd

Atul Kumar Gupta has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Independent Non-Executive) of Poonawalla Fincorp Limited.

SK Bhattacharyya passed away

Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya - who is serving as Independent Director on the Board of Wanbury Limited - has passed away.

Rajendran appointed Nominee Director, PTC India Ltd

Raghuraj Madhav Rajendran, IAS, has been appointed as Nominee Director of Ministry of Power, on the Board of PTC India Limited.

Ms Mukherjee is Addl. Director, Home First Finance Company India Ltd

Ms. Sucharita Mukherjee has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Independent Director of Home First Finance Company India Limited with effect from February 1, 2022.

Santhanam steps down as Nominee Director, Home First Finance Company India Ltd

Rajagopalan Santhanam has resigned from the position of Nominee Director of Home First Finance Company India Limited.

Raj re-appointed MD, Gyan Developers and Builders Ltd

T Ashok Raj has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Gyan Developers and Builders Limited.

SA Haryan appointed Addl. Director, Evergreen Textiles Ltd

Sanskruti Avinash Haryan has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent) of Evergreen Textiles Limited.

RD Gupta re-appointed MD & Group CEO, Route Mobile Ltd

Rajdip Kumar Gupta has been re-appointed as Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Route Mobile Limited.

Sanjeev Nimkar steps down as MD, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd

Sanjeev Nimkar has resigned from the position of Managing Director of Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited.

Kirloskar re-appointed Exec. Chairman, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd

Atul C Kirloskar has been re-appointed as Executive Chairman of Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited.

Mrs Joshi re-appointed Ind. Director, GHCL Ltd

Mrs. Vijayalaxmi Joshi has been re-appointed as Independent Director of GHCL Limited with effect from April 20, 2022.

Subros Ltd Nominee Director gets new Alternate Director

Yasuaki Matsunaga has been appointed as Alternate Director to Hidemasa Takahashi, who is a Non-Executive (Nominee Director) of Subros Limited. He replaces Fumitaka Taki, who has resigned from the post.

Yahswant Patel re-appointed Whole-Time Director, AIA Engineering Ltd

Yashwant M Patel has been re-appointed as Whole-Time Director of AIA Engineering Limited with effect from April 1, 2022.

KUS Tai appointed Addl. Director, Max Ventures and Industries Ltd

Ka Luk Stanley Tai has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive) on the Board of Max Ventures and Industries Limited.

Gajraj Mishra appointed Addl. Director, Laffans Petrochemicals Ltd

Gajraj Mishra has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Laffans Petrochemicals Limited.

Quadros steps down as Ind. Director, Laffans Petrochemicals Ltd

Rudolph Quadros has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Laffans Petrochemicals Limited due to his preoccupation.

Whispers Forum

Other services officers should be considered for posting in GoI

Yes it is true, to create any additional post at the level of JS and above, one needs the approval of Cabinet. Further very few posts have been created at DS/Director level in GoI under central staffing scheme. All posts in the state govt are fully occupied and if we have full strength of IAS then at least 600 of them will be surplus. Many officers are empanelled at JS level from other services so they could be considered for posting so shortage of officers will not be there in GoI.


 Standing committee & Journalist should show mirror to Govt

Complete rely on deputation pattern not only makes the new recruitment under vicious cycle were no new entrant can enter but also in commercial organization like NHAI where huge public fund is involved is a root cause of highest corruption with least accountability as deterrent action against them are not possible except a repatriation. In today’s time, both Standing committee and Journalist should both show the mirror to the government with such report and reporting to bring transparency in the system with accountability.

M K Jain


Records pertaining to lawful interception

The total number of requests received under Section 69 and Rules there under from various agencies between 01.01.2015 to 31.12.2016. The PIO informed that the information sought was exempt from disclosure under Section 8(1)(a), (g) and (h) of the RTI Act. Further, the records pertaining to lawful interception are destroyed as per provisions contained in Sub-Rule 18 of the Rule 419A of the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951. The Respondent added that statistics of requests may be available with the Department of Telecom as the Review Committee under Rule 22 of the IT (Procedure and safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules, 2009 is dealt by this department. Hence the RTI application had been transferred to the actual custodian of information, viz. the Department of Telecom. The CIC found no reason to intervene in the matter.


In terms of the Sub-Rule 18 of the Rule 419A of the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951, records pertaining to directions for interception and of intercepted messages shall be destroyed by the relevant competent authority and the authorized security and Law Enforcement Agencies every six months. When the records have been destroyed as per the provisions of law, copies of the same cannot be provided.

Citation: Shri Avdhesh Kumar v. Ministry of Home Affairs in Second Appeal No. CIC/ISDIV/A/2019/640226, Date of Decision: 01.11.2021

Dr. Anuradha Verma ( 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:

Dr. Suresh Mehrotra


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