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Arun Bhat appointed Chairman of SEIAA in MP on June 11


Arun Bhat to be Chairman of SEIAA in MP                                                        

Former Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Arun Bhat is being tipped to be new Chairman of the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority.




Mukul Roy returned to Trinamool Congress on June 11

(WE SAID THIS ON MAY 22, 2021)

TMC defectors eye ‘ghar wapsi’ in West Bengal

 On TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee offering an olive branch to defectors, the BJP, which was on a poaching spree ahead of the West Bengal assembly election, is now facing the prospect of an exodus following its poll drubbing. At least a dozen Trinamool deserters who had left the party in the run-up to the state polls lhave expressed their desire for ghar wapsi. Some of them like Prabir Ghosal, the former MLA who joined the BJP in January this year, have even  heaped praise on party chief Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek.





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Tikait likely to be TMC candidate in UP

Naresh Tikait is likely to contest as a TMC candidate in the upcoming UP Assembly elections. Recently he met Mamta Banerjee in Kolkata and both have reportedly discussed the election issue.




TMC to contest Assembly elections in UP

As per information, Mamta Banerjee is in no mood to leave BJP in UP. It is said that the TMC could field more than 50 candidates against the BJP.



DEBATE - Politicians use bureaucrats?

Politicians and bureaucrats are inseparable and indispensable to each other in a democracy. But these days, there have been instances that politicians dump a bureaucrat once their purpose is over. In such a case, the question that arises is that who takes more advantage of the situation ?

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Whispers bureaucracy News
Secretary ex- Servicemen Welfare superannuating this month

Ravi Kant, Secretary, Deptt of Ex- Servicemen Welfare, under the ministry of defence,  is scheduled to retire this month end. He is a 1984 batch Bihar cadre IAS officer.

Kanchan Gupta appointed Advisor

Senior Journalist Kanchan Gupta has been engaged as Senior Advisor in the ministry of I&B for a period of one year. 

Cadre of Mayank Gupta transferred to Haryana

The cadre of Mayank Gupta has been transferred from Assam-Meghalaya to Haryana on the grounds of his marriage. He is a 2019 batch IPS officer.

Jagjit Pavadia to head INCB

Former IRS (C&CE) officer Jagjit Pavadia has been elected as the President of the International Narcotics Control Board (NCB) becoming the first Indian to head this international body based in Vienna.

Rahul Mithal selected as CMD, RITES Ltd

Rahul Mithal, Director (P&S), Concor, has been selected for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, RITES Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on June 11, 201. As many as nine candidates were interviewed for the same.

Major retirement of IPS officers in UP in June

As many as eight IPS officers of various batches are due to retire in Uttar Pradesh. They are: Hitesh Chandra Awasthi, Arun Kumar, Jitendra Kumar Shukla, Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Dilip Kumar,  Sadhna Goswami, Madhav Prasad Verma and Virendra Kumar Mishra.

Lokpal receives 44 complaints against office-bearers of boards, corporations

As many as 44 complaints against chairpersons, members and employees of different boards, corporations, or autonomous bodies wholly or partially financed by the Centre were received by anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal in 2020-21.

Arun Bhat appointed as Chairman, MP Environment Impact Assessment Authority

Arun Kumar Bhat, a former officer of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of Madhya Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh State Environment Impact Assessment Authority by the Government of India.

(We said this on April 12, 2021)

Gupta posted at DoT Hq

Sunil Kumar Gupta, an officer of HAG if ITS group-A has been posted as Sr DDG at the DoT hq. After repatriation he was waiting for his posting.

Two ITS officers posted in BSNL

Two ITS officers - Rakesh K Chandrakar and  Shashi Dev Durga - have been posted to BSNL. Both are SAG level officers.

Vigilance clearance denied to ITS officer

According to DoT order, the vigilance clearance of Brahma Narain Singh has been denied due to pendency of criminal/ disciplinary proceedings. He retired last year as PGM, BSNL, Jharkhand LSA. He is an ITS officer.

Maroo promoted

Pradeep Maroo, Chemical Examiner- Grade-II has been promoted to Grade-I. He is posted in CRC Lab, Delhi.

Manoj Mittal appointed MD & CEO, IFCI Ltd

Manoj Mittal has been appointed as MD & CEO, Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) Limited for a period of three years.

Vineet Pandey takes additional charge of CVO, NMDC

Vineet Pandey, CVO, SAIL, has taken over an additional charge of CVO, NMDC for a period of one year. He is a 1994 batch IRSEE officer.

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi joins as Dy Chief of Army Staff

Lt. Gen Upendra Dwivedi has taken over as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (IS &C) of the Indian Army.

Manoj Gupta posted as ADRM, Jodhpur

Manoj Gupta – who is posted on North Western Railway (NWR) – has been posted as Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Jodhpur, on the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

A Dakshinamoorthy posted on Southern Railway

Upon his premature repatriation from deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), A Dakshinamoorthy has been posted on Southern Railway (SR) in the cadre on his own request. He is an Indian Railway Stores Services (IRSS) officer.

55 IRHS officers granted NFU in HAG

As many as 55 Indian Railway Health Service (IRHS) officers have been granted non-functional up-gradation (NFU) in higher administrative grade (HAG). They are: Shyamal Das, Basudev Bhattacharjee, Amal Kumar Mahata. Lee Cheo Min Sandra, Anilendra Kumar Sinha, Manoranjan Mahata, Rabindra Prasad, Gopa Majumdar, PN Mondal, Lal Bahadur, Rakesh Pancharatna, Avdesh Kumar Awasti, KL Singhani Rai, Nazeer Hussain, PK Katariya, DK Arora, Subrata Kumar Laha, Subhasis Roy, Dhanalakshmi D, Subha Vazalwar, Sushma Banoth, Sowribala M, Raj Kumar Mukherjee, Bipin Chandra Panda, Inderjit Kaur Chauhan, J Haldar (Roy), Vijayaraghavan Radha, Lakshmi R, Behera Rajendra Kumar,  Malathi TS, Bidhahushan Samanta, Babu K Satya, Chandan Pathak, N Adikeshavan, Aacharya Bhababhanjan, Bishnu Prasad Deka, Ajay Shankar Prasad, Devashish Banerjee, Madhavan R, S Kanakarya, Renu Jaggi (Chugh), Chanda Kalikinakar, Manoj Kant Gupta, RK Thiruarul Jothi, GS Manjunath, Shivayogi GH, Sanghamitra Das, Ramesh J Kumar, S Shanti,  Mohan Dinesh, Yamunarani T, Uma RS (Natraj), Majhi Sandeep Kumar, M Venkesa Reddy, and Barla Joy.

Santosh Kumar Jha selected as Director (O&C), KRCL

Santosh Kumar Jha, ED, CONCOR, has been selected for the post of Director (Operations & Commercial), Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on June 11, 2021. As many as seven persons were interviewed for the same.

JK Sharma to be Superintending Engineer, AIIMS

Jayanta Kumar Sharma, Deputy Chief Engineer (Dy. CE), (P), Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), has been selected for deputation to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) for the post of Superintending Engineer at Guwahati for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

AK Rathore to be Sr. Manager (Design Wing), NHSRCL

Akshay Kumar Rathore, Additional Divisional Engineer (ADEN), Siwan, North Eastern Railway (NER), has been selected for deputation to National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) for the post of Senior Manager (Design Wing) at New Delhi for a period of five years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Mukesh Nigam gets extension as Addtl. Member (Commercial), Railway Board

Mukesh Nigam, Director General, Indian Railways Institute of Transport Management (IRITM) has been given an extension on his additional charge of Additional Member (Commercial), Railway Board, for a further period of three months. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

16 IRSSE officers granted NF-HAG

As many as 16 Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officers have been granted higher administrative grade (HAG) on non-functional basis. They are: Chandan Adhikari, G Shanti Ram, BS Isaiah, Uday Kumar Pawar, Sant Ram Meena, Lalit Kumar Mansukhani, Kishore Chandra Prasad, Yashpal Singh Tomar, Alok Katiyar, Rajeev Kumar, Vinay Kumar Srivastava, Ajay Kumar Sharma, Susanta Sarkar, Anurag Goyal, Shanti Priya Beck and OV Suresh Kumar.

Yoginder Kumar shifted to Western Railway

Yoginder Kumar has been transferred from Northern Railway (NR) to Western Railway (WR) and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

Saurabh Goyal moved to Western Railway

Saurabh Goyal has been transferred from South Eastern Railway (SER) to Western Railway (WR) on his own request and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

Tanmay Mehta posted on Central Railway

Tanmay Mehta – who is returning from deputation to to Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) – has been posted on Central Railway (CR) in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

Two IAS officers shifted in Assam

Oinam Sarankumar Singh has been posted as Commissioner, Industries and Commerce and given additional charge of MD, Assam Industrial Development Corporation, while Rituraj Bora is now Secretary, Cooperation Department.

3 IFS officers get new posting in MP

Meena Kumari Mishra has been appointed as DFO, Shivpuri, while Lavit Bharti was made Deputy Director, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Umaria and Adarsh Shrivastava will be posted as DFO, Mandsaur.

Sofia Dahiya is Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana (UPDATED)

Sofia Dahiya has been posted as Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana, New Delhi. She is a 1994 batch ICAS officer.

IAS officers reshuffled in Haryana (UPDATED)

Rajiv Rattan has been posted as Director & Special Secretary, Science & Technology and handed over additional charges of Commissioner, Foods & Drugs Administration and MD, Haryana Land Reclamation & Development Corporation, while Sharandeep Kaur Brar was made Director and Special Secretary, Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Department and given additional charge of Director, Citizen Resources Information Department, while Monica Malik will be posted as Member Secretary, Haryana State Commission for Women and gets additional charge of Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster management. Besides, Vinay Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, was handed over additional charges of Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Panchkula.

IFS officers get new posting in Jharkhand (UPDATED)

As many as 16 IFS officers in Jharkhand have been given new posting. Ashish Rawat has been appointed as APCCF, Research & Training, Ranchi, while Sanjay Srivastava, is now APCCF, Special Projects, Ranchi and Satyajit Singh joins as APCCF and Director, Extension Forestry, Santal Pargana. Similarly, Praveen Jha will be posted as APCCF and Director Extension Forestry, South Chotanagpur; Sanjeev Kumar as APCCF, CAMPA; A T Mishra as CCF, Vigilance, Ranchi; Y K Das as RCCF, Ranchi; Kumar Ashutosh as CCF, Palamu Tiger Project, Medininagar; J P Keshari as RCCF, Hazaribagh; Siddharth Tripathi as CCF, Research, Ranchi; Rajeev Lochan Bakshi as CCF and Director, Participatory Forest Management Project, Ranchi; Smita Pankaj as CF, State Forest Silviculturist, Ranchi; Saroj Bhai Patel as Deputy Director, Marketing, Forest Development Corporation, Ranchi; Saurabh Chandra as DFO, Eastern Forest Division, Hazaribagh; Avirup Sinha as DFO, Dumka and Vikas Paliwal was made DFO, Social Forestry, Hazaribagh.

GST reduced to 5% on Covid related medicines & materials (UPDATED)
The Government of India has reduced GST rates on medicines, oxygen and equipments, testing kits, machines and other covid-19 related relief materials. GST on Remdesivir, ventilators, hand sanitizers, etc has been reduced from 12% to 5%.

AK Gupta steps down as MD, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Ltd.

Ashok Kumar Gupta has resigned from the position of Managing Director as well as a Director of Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Limited with effect from June 30, 2021.

BT Koh quits as NE Director, Sunshield Chemicals Ltd.

Boon Tong Koh has stepped down from the position of Non-Executive Director of Sunshield Chemicals Limited with effect from June 30, 2021.

Mala Todarwal appointed Addl. Director, IVP Ltd.

Mrs. Mala Todarwal has been appointed as Additional Independent Director of IVP Limited. Meanwhile, Ms. Nina Kapadia has resigned from the position of Independent Director due to her pre-occupations.

FM Shah steps down as NE Director, Wim Plast Ltd.

Fatechand M Shah has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Wim Plast Limited.

Appointments in CG Power and Industrial Solutions

Sriram Sivaram has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Independent Director, while Kalyan Kumar Paul has been made Additional Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited.

Arvind Nanda re-appointed as NE Director, TAAL Enterprises

Arvind Nanda has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of TAAL Enterprises Limited.

CP Jain appointed Govt. Director, ITDCL

Chetan Prakash Jain, Joint Secretary & Financial Advisor (JS&FA), Ministry of Tourism, has been appointed as Part-time Government Nominee Director on the Board of India Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ITDCL).

Sanjeev Sharma is again MD, ABB India Ltd.

Sanjeev Sharma has been re-appointed as Managing Director of ABB India Limited effective January 1, 2022.

Two Addl. Directors co-opted in DLF Ltd.

Ms. Savitri Devi Singh and Ms. Anushka Singh have been co-opted as Additional Directors of DLF Limited. 

Appointments in ISMT Limited

R Poornalingam and Kanakraj M have been re-appointed as Independent Directors of ISMT Limited.

Whispers Forum


Its both ways.Politicians use bureaucrats and bureaucrats use politicians. Depends on circumstances.

B M Chari

Promotion from state civil service to IAS is a special thing


Promotion from state civil service to IAS is a special thing for them. But in some states they take 7/8 years while in some other states as long as 17/18 years. So you should mention the year of recruitment to state service of these officers who get promoted to IAS. This will give the comparative picture for different states.



Only officers of the rank of PIO to attend the hearing before CIC

The appellant filed an application with the UGC and sought to know about the total number of candidate(s) who have taken admission in a particular session of the Jagan Nath University. The PIO, UGC transferred the RTI application under section 6(3) of the RTI Act, 2005 to The Registrar Jagan Nath University, for providing information directly to the appellant. The CIC observed that the transfer of the RTI Application under Section 6(3) of the RTI Act by PIO, UGC to Registrar Jagan Nath University mindlessly without ascertaining the status of the said University vis-à-vis Section 2(h) of the RTI Act was not appropriate. The CIC emphasized that the Appellant had sought for the information from a public authority and not from the Jagan Nath University which is very well as per the letters and spirit of the RTI Act. The PIO, UGC was directed by CIC to provide a statement indicating the total number of candidate(s) who have taken admission in the averred session of the University. The CIC directed the Chairman, UGC to ensure that only officers equivalent to the rank of the PIO are designated to represent the cases before the Commission in future.


In case the PIO is not able to attend the hearing before the CIC, an officer of the equivalent rank who is well versed with the issue, should be nominated to attend the hearing.

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

Dr. Suresh Mehrotra


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