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Is Gulam Nabi Azad going the Amrinder Singh way ?

Actions of senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad indicate that he is going the Amrinder Singh way in J & K - his home state. He has recently addressed nearly a dozen, well-attended, meetings in three phases. This, erhaps, indicates his intention of floating a new political front.

 

 

 

 

 

Did a politician slated to be LG of Delhi meet PM ?

A long meeting recently between  PM Narendra Modi and a strong politician is considered significant. Has the politician been sounded for the post of LG Delhi ?

 

 



DEBATE

Only single politician is full time ?

Unmarried politicians are not uncommon in the Indian political scene. In many circles it is often said that such politicians tend to fare better as they come with no baggage or compulsions. In present era of nepotism in politics, the people too have generally shown an inclination towards unmarried politicians.

 Few people, in a chit-chat, were also convinced that only unmarried politicians can work overtime in the politics and do wonders without corruption. Examples cited were of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, UP CM Aditya Nath Yogi, Odisha CM Navin Patnaik and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. One interesting remark came “Why not Rahul Gandhi ?”.

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Mamata Banerjee
Aditya Nath Yogi
Navin Patnaik
Manohar Lal Khattar

BUREAUCRACY HEADLINES
Whispers bureaucracy News
Will Chairman Railway Board continue?

Suneet Sharma, Chairman & CEO, Railway Board is likely to get one year extension beginning January 1. He is an IRSME officer and holding the post for the last one year.

Rawat to succeed Misri ?

It is said that Indian Ambassador to Netherlands Pradeep Rawat is moving to China. He has been an expert in China affairs.

Sanjay Murthy to get additional charge of Chairman UGC ?

Higher Education Secretary K Sanjay Murthy is likely to get additional charge of the Chairman UGC. He is 1989 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.

Ms Madhu Vani quits Indian Revenue Service

Ms V Madhu Vani, CIT, Visakhapatnam, has resigned from Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax cadre.

Will MP have Police Commissioner system ?

Sensing the mood of PM Narendra Modi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, without the knowledge of the Home Minister  and the officials,  suddenly announced the Police Commissioner system. The announcement created ripples in the bureaucracy. It was expected that the system will be implemented any time. Several meetings between officials  remained inconclusive. Now there is a big talk “Will the system be implemented or closed down in files like previous  decisions by various CMs”. If insiders are to be believed, this time a totally changed CM ShivRaj Singh Chauhan will see to it that it is implemented.

Ex-CEC Sunil Arora joins Board of Advisers for IDEA

Sunil Arora, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, has joined the Board of Advisers for International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). He is a retired 1980 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Anil Mukim is now CMD, GERC

Outgoing  Gujarat Chief Secretary Anil Mukim  has been now appointed as Chairman of Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC).  He is former 1985 batch IAS officer.

Mishra takes over as OSD to Chairman, CBIC

D P Mishra has taken over as the OSD to the Chairman, CBIC. He is a 2007 batch IRS(C&IT) officer.

IFS officer Ajeeta Longjam to join KVC

Ms Ajeeta Longjam, presently working as AIGF, MoEF&CC, New Delhi, has been relieved from Ministry consequent upon her appointment as Joint Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Delhi under Department of School Education and Literacy under CSS-DoPT. She is a 2012 batch IFS officer of Manipur cadre.

Atanu Bhowmick selected as Director (Rourkela Steel Plant), SAIL

Atanu Bhowmick, ED, SAIL, has been selected for the post of Director in-charge (Rourkela Steel Plant), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on December 7, 2021. As many as eight candidates were interviewed for the same.

Rizvi given extension on addl. charge as CMD, HUDCO

Kamran Rizvi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), has been given extension on his additional charge of Chairman & Managing Director, Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).  

DoT transfers two Advisors

The DoT has transferred two Advisors of HAG+   Both are ITS officers. Accordingly, A K Mittal has been appointed as Advisor(Operation) while Nizamul Haq will join as Advisor Delhi LSA.

Two batches IRS officers posted as Probationers

The CBIC has posted 37 IRS(C&IT) officers as Asstt Commissioners on Probation at different units. These officers belong to 71st and 72nd batches i e 2019 and 2020 batches.

Ms Gargi Sharma Goel appointed as Addl CIT, CBDT

Ms Gargi Sharma Goel has been appointed as Additional CIT (OSD) in TPL Division, CBDT. She is an IRS-IT officer.

26 ISS officers promoted to Senior Administrative Grade

As many as 26 officers of Indian Statistical Service (ISS) have been promoted to Senior Administrative Grade (SAG). The officers are: Subhra Sarkar Pramod Kumar Thakur, Priyanka Kulshreshta, Ajit Kumar N, Venkatramana R Hegde, Kailash G Sharma, Amit Nirmal, Deepak Mehra, Nagesh Kumar Singh, Sidhi Sasi, C F Joseph, Rakesh Kumar, Raj Kumar Gautam, Sandhya Singh, R Manohar, C H Honey, Manoj Kumar, Suresh Kumar S, Aditya Kumar Arya, Harmeet Minhas Kumar, Vishwajeet Kumar, Anjali Rawat, Pratima Gupta, Chetna Shukla, Vinay Kumar Pandey and Rahul Sharma.

Bivas Chaudhuri promoted to HAG

Bivas Chaudhuri has been promoted to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG). He is a 1987 batch ISS officer.

MHA seeks nominations of officers for appointment in UNOAU

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has invited nominations of eligible officers of the SP/DIG level by December 27 for appointment against two posts in the United Nations Office in African Union (UNOAU).

Centre receives proposal to set up NJIAI

A proposal has been received from Chief Justice of India N V Ramana vis-a-vis establishing the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority of India (NJIAI) to look into the infrastructural requirements of various courts in the country. The proposal envisages a governing body with the CJI as patron-in-chief.As per the proposal, the NJIAI will act as a central body in laying down the roadmap for planning, creation, development, maintenance and management of functional infrastructure for the Indian court system, besides, identical structures under all the high courts.

Seven year deputation tenure of Ms Rao as CVO, EPIL ends in Dec

Seven-year-deputation tenure of Ms. Alpana Shukla working as CVO, Engineering Projects India Limited (EPIL) is ending on December 16, 2021. She is a 1994 batch ITS officer.

Ms Bishnoi posted on Northern Railway

Ms. Shilpi Bishnoi – who is presently working in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce, Logistics Division on loan basis – has been posted back in the cadre on Northern Railway. She is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

KK Das moved to South Eastern Railway

KK Das – who is presently working as DRS (I&S), Railway Board at Kolkata – has been transferred to South Eastern Railway (SER) at present in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

Jora Singh sent to Northern Railway

Jora Singh – who is a ‘Group B’ officer of Civil Engineering Department of North Western Railway (NWR) – has been transferred to Northern Railway (NR) on his own request and posted in the cadre.

Seven IPS officers in Delhi get new assignments

Seven IPS officers in Delhi have been shifted and given new postings. Ms Chhaya Sharma has been appointed as Joint CP/EOW, while Vivek Kishore was made Joint CP/Traffic and Veenu Bansal takes charge as Additional CP/Northern Range. Similarly, Ms Suman Goyal will be posted as Additional CP/Central Range; Rajneesh Gupta as Additional CP/ Special Branch and Sanjay Kumar Tyagi was appointed as DCP/IGI Airport. Besides, Ravindra Kumar Pandey, Additional CP/Vigilance, was assigned additional charge of General Administration.

FCA Nidhi Shrivastava appointed as Director (Fin), BIRAC (UPDATED)

FCA Nidhi Shrivastava, General Manager (Finance Account), National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED), has been appointed as Director Finance, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).

64 posts allocated in newly created Cooperation Ministry (UPDATED)

As many as 64 posts have been allocated in the newly created Ministry of Cooperation into Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and Central Secretariat Stenographers' Service (CSSS). The posts are as under: Three CSS posts for Deputy Secretary, 10 for Under Secretaries, eight for Section Officer, 15 for ASO and while three CSSS for Sr PPS, three for PPS, 14 for PA, two for Stenographer Grade D.

Nazeem posted as PS, Food & Civil Supplies in HP (UPDATED)

Rawther Dawood Nazeem has been posted as PS, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Himachal Pradesh on his return from Central deputation. He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.

Dr Pruthi is also CEO-cum-Secretary, HIMUDA in HP (UPDATED)

Dr Raj Krishan Pruthi, Director, Agriculture, also holding the charge of Director, Horticulture, Himachal Pradesh, will also hold the charge of CEO-cum-Secretary, HIMUDA, Shimla. He is a 2009 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.

Mudgal gets additional charge of DDG Mail Operations (UPDATED)

Dushyant Mudgal, GM (Operations), Parcel Directorate will hold additional charge of DDG (Mail Operations) in addition to his own duties. He is a 2003 batch IPoS officer.

Naresh Pal Gangwar empanelled as Additional Secretary in GoI (UPDATED)

Naresh Pal Gangwar has been empanelled for holding Additional Secretary/Additional Secretary equivalent level posts in Government of India. He is a 1994 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

 

Time limit for submission of life certificate extended (UPDATED)

Government has decided to extend the time limit up to December 31, 2021 for submission of life certificates (Jeevan Pramaan) by the Central Government Pensioners  in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and vulnerability of the elderly population to Coronavirus. Earlier, a pensioner was required to submit the Life Certificate till November 30 for uninterrupted disbursement of his or her pension.

 

Gurjar is also Secretary, Printing & Stationery in Punjab (UPDATED)

Sumer Singh Gurjar, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities holding additional charge of Secretary, Freedom Fighters, will also hold the charge of Secretary, Printing & Stationery in Punjab. He is a 1998 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.

Shantanu Bose selected as Director (Shipbuilding), GRSE (UPDATED)
Shantanu Bose, GM, GRSE, has been selected for the post of Director (Shipbuilding), Gardem Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on December 8, 2021. As many as six candidates were interviewed for the same.
Mukesh Meena appointed as Spl CP in Delhi Police (UPDATED)
Mukesh Kumar Meena has been appointed as Special Commissioner of Police, SPUWAC in Delhi. He is a 1989 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre.


WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
R Abhishek appointed Addl. Director, Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Ltd

Ramesh Abhishek has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Limited with effect from January 1, 2022.

Misra appointed Non-Official Director, SCI

Anil Kumar Misra has been appointed as Non-official Independent Director on the Board of Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI).

Pattar appointed Non-Official Director, SCI

Shreekant Tejappa Pattar has been appointed as Non-official Independent Director on the Board of Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI).

Kalla appointed Non-Official Director, SCI

Nageswara Pramod Chakravarthy Kalla has been appointed as Non-official Independent Director on the Board of Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI).

Ms Dwivedi appointed Non-Official Director, SCI

Ms Arunima Dwivedi has been appointed as Non-official Independent Director on the Board of Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI).

Kirit Gala steps down as Ind. Director, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd

Kirit Gala has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Shemaroo Entertainment Limited due to his pre-occupation.

Maroo steps down as Chairman, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd

Buddhichand Maroo has resigned from the position of Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Shemaroo Entertainment Limited due to his advancing age.

Ms Behere appointed Addl. Director, Cressanda Solutions Ltd

Mrs. Pooja Behere has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Cressanda Solutions Limited.

Wadkar appointed Addl. Director, Cressanda Solutions Ltd

Amit Wadkar has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Cressanda Solutions Limited.

Mrs Gangadhare appointed Addl. Director, Cressanda Solutions Ltd

Mrs. Supriya Gangadhare has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Cressanda Solutions Limited.

Salgaonkar appointed Addl. Director, Cressanda Solutions Ltd

Abhinav Salgaonkar has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Cressanda Solutions Limited.

Bhosle quits as Whole-Time Director, Cressanda Solutions Ltd

Ramesh Bhosle has resigned from the position of Whole-Time Director of Cressanda Solutions Limited.

S Pandey steps down as NE Director, Cressanda Solutions Ltd

Shrikrishna Pandey has resigned from the position of  Non-Executive Independent Director of Cressanda Solutions Limited.

Sanganeria quits as NE Director, Cressanda Solutions Ltd

Kishan Lal Sanganeria has resigned from the position of  Non-Executive Independent Director of Cressanda Solutions Limited.

Mrs. Singh stands down as NE Director, Cressanda Solutions Ltd

Mrs. Bandana Singh has resigned from the position of  Non-Executive Independent Director of Cressanda Solutions Limited.

Mrs Jindal quits as ED, Vikas WSP Ltd

Mrs. Kamini Jindal has resigned from the position of Executive Director of Vikas WSP Limited.

Buta Singh appointed ED, Vikas WSP Ltd

Buta Singh has been appointed as Additional Executive Director of Vikas WSP Limited.

Vaghasiya steps down as Whole-Time Director, Golden Legand Leasing & Finance Ltd

Pradyuman Manubhai Vaghasiya has resigned from the position of Whole-Time Director of Golden Legand Leasing & Finance Limited  due to his pre-occupation.

Sridhar appointed Shareholder Director, Bank of Baroda

Srinivasan Sridhar has been appointed as Shareholder Director of Bank of Baroda with effect from December 12, 2021.

RC Sharma appointed Addl. Director, Sybly Industries Ltd

Ramesh Chandra Sharma has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Director of Sybly Industries Limited.

Mittal quits as MD, Sybly Industries Ltd

Nishant Mittal has stepped down from the position of Managing Director of Sybly Industries Limited due to personal reasons.

MC Mittal appointed MD, Sybly Industries Ltd

Mahesh Chand Mittal has been re-designated and appointed as Managing Director of Sybly Industries Limited.

K Rajkumar appointed Nominee Director, Seshasayee Paper and Boards Ltd

K Rajkumar, IFS, has been appointed as Additional Nominee Director of  Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited.

Ms Parikh appointed Ind. Director, Goenka Business & Finance Ltd

Ms. Charmi Parikh has been appointed Independent Director of Goenka Business & Finance Limited.

SR Raman appointed Addl. Director, Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Ltd

Sunder Rajan Raman has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Limited with effect from January 1, 2022.

Whispers Forum
FORUM

DEBATE(1)

I had been reading lot of comments about whether a married or bachelor PM/CM delivers better. My question to all those suggestions is, have we got a democracy in India, the answer seems a big NO. As we do not have a government but a Personality Government right from Independence day1. A personality is installed and caucus around him/her rules. In addition to that none of the political parties have a vision document or road map for India of tomorrow or in next 50 years. In the primitive years of independence Congress had an ideology/vision of mixed economy, Congress too lost that track later. What India needs today is new breed of politicians who can have a vision for India,its vision poor lot and above all roadmap for economy so that India can lead the world. Alternatively we need a peaceful voters movement to recall these duds.

Harish Kumar

 

Keeping Pace with the Technology

We are keeping pace with technology in Financial Matters but there are some gaps, In InFinity Forum there was mention of Digital Bank without any physical branch is reality and may become common in decade in Fin Tech. But on other side our post offices are still following orthodox and old rules of local addresses for opening and maintaining the accounts. Many accounts are getting closed as addresses in Aadhaar is changed due to movement of persons due to job, work, medical, education etc. and KYC is not being accepted with changed address. It is submitted to  Minister for Communications and IT to please see that KYC and its update can be carried out with the addresses given on Aadhaar (without insisting local address requirement) and PAN and Mobile number. These three things are more than sufficient to verify and update KYC without closing accounts in post offices. Technology is going to play a big role in Financial Sector and Post Offices working cannot be on age old working methods. It is essential to keep the pace with change in technology. There are many transformational initiatives taking place. How we can afford to follow the old procedures being adopted in maintaining accounts in Post Offices. World is talking about Cryptocurrency which even does not exit physically and we are still following KYC based on local address. Our local address should be treated at par with address given in Aadhaar and accounts can be opened anywhere in the country without referencing local address. It should be clear enough a person with Bihar address in Aadhaar can open the account in J&K with two additional IDs PAN and mobile number without insisting him local address. Let the local address should be mentioned as a option not mandatory. Let us move with the technology and reap the benefits of financial inclusion. With Good Luck.

Naveen

 

Pappu can also be right

Pappu can also be right once in a while. That does not mean he ceases to be Pappu. He continues to be a pappu.

Kumar

DATE WITH RTI

Claiming charges despite the delay in replying

The Complainant pleaded that as the reply was delayed, the photocopying charges are not applicable. The PIO submitted that on 29.02.2020, the complainant was given all the required information free of cost who submitted an undertaking that he is satisfied with the information. The Complainant submitted before the CIC that he was forced to sign the undertaking stating his satisfaction. The CIC held that there is no ground to accept that the undertaking was signed under pressure. However, the PIO was issued a warning for not providing the documents free of cost on time and claiming charges despite the delay in replying.

Comments

As per Section 7 (6) of the RTI Act, the person making request for the information shall be provided the information free of charge where a public authority fails to comply with the prescribed time limits. A PIO must ensure timely disbursal of information

Citation: Raashed Ashraf Rather v. Military Engineer Services in File no.: CIC/UTOJK/C/2020/114700/IAIRF, Date of Decision: 03/11/2021

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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