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Who could be new Governors?

The NDA Government is likely to appoint new governors in the near future. As per sources the names of ex-union ministers - Ashwini Chaube, General (Retd) VK Singh, Dr Harshvardhan, Arjun Munda and Narain Rane are in circulation.


Bengal likely to get a political Governor

One school of thought has said that the  GoI may appoint a seasoned politician as Governor of West Bengal. Now who could be that seasoned, one has to wait.

Whispers bureaucracy News
Cabinet and Home Secretaries’ fate to be decided in July

The fate of the Cabinet Secretary and Home Secretary will be decided in July. Sources said that the Parliament session is scheduled from June 23 to July 3. And after this, a major decision related to bureaucracy is expected.

IRDA interviews indefinitely postponed

The Centre has announced an indefinite postponement of the interviews scheduled for the selection of Members (Non-Life) of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA). No new date has been provided at this time.

Dr S Tejaswi Naik appointed as PS to H D Kumarswamy

Dr S Tejaswi Naik has been appointed as Private Secretary to H D Kumarswamy, Minister for Heavy Industries & Steel. He is a 2009 batch IAS officer of MP cadre

Vinay Kaushal appointed as PS to Ashwini Vaishnaw

Vinay Kaushal has been appointed as Private Secretary to Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Railways, I&B, IT. He is a 2011 batch IRS-IT officer.

Anirudh Sravan Pulipaka appointed as PS to Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman

Anirudh Sravan Pulipaka has been appointed as Private Secretary to Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs. He is a 2011 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Chaudhari Uday Guarishankar appointed as PS to C R Patil

Chaudhari Uday Gaurishankar has been appointed as Private Secretary to C R Patil, Minister for Jal Shakti. He is a 2010 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Takhat Singh Ranawat appointed as PS to H D Kumarswamy

Takhat Singh Ranawat has been appointed as Private Secretary to H D Kumarswamy, Minister for Steel. He is a 2007 batch IFoS officer of Karnataka cadre.

S S Nakul appointed as PS to Mrs Nirmala Sitharman

S S Nakul has been appointed as Private Secretary to Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs. He is a 2010 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Mrinal Kumar Das appointed as Director, Consumer Affairs

Mrinal Kumar Das has been appointed as Director in the Department of Consumer Affairs. He is a 2007 batch IRS-IT officer.

PM’s confidante C R Patil to deal with corruption in JJM in Odisha & WB

Whisper has it that the Prime Minister has deputed his confidante C R Patil to flush out corrupt people from Odisha and West Bengal and bring them to justice involved in the corruption in the Centre’s ambitious project Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM). The Modi Government stripped Gajendra Singh Shekhawat of the Ministry of Jal Shakti and assigned it to Patil in the third term. Notably, Modi had warned in his several election speeches to the states of Odisha and West Bengal about huge corruption, mismanagement, and inferior pipe quality under JJM. The PM vowed to recover siphoned off money and return to the society.

(We said this on April 17, 2024)


Rai Mahimapat Ray appointed as Senior Digital Development Specialist, World Bank

Rai Mahimapat Ray has been appointed as Senior Digital Development Specialist under International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank, Washington, DC USA. He is a 2011 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.


Vinit Kumar returns to parent cadre

Vinit Kumar, CEO, Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre. He is a 1994 batch IRSEE officer.

Ajay Singh appointed as Commissioner, CG State Election Commission

Ajay Singh has been appointed as Commissioner, State Election Commission in Chhattisgarh. He is a retired 1983 batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre.

Ms Ankita Singh relieved to join as Deputy Secretary, Capacity Building Commission

Ms Ankita Singh has been relieved to join as Deputy Secretary in the Capacity Building Commission under the Department of Personnel & Training, New Delhi on deputation basis. She is an IRS-IT officer.

Anand Bhaskar appointed as Additional CIT, Pr CCIT, Delhi region

Anand Bhaskar has been appointed as Addl.CIT (OSD) in the office of Pr.CCIT, Delhi region on return from deputation. He is an IRS-IT officer.

Dr Rahul Sohu appointed as Additional CIT, Pr CCIT, NWR, Chandigarh

Dr Rahul Sohu has been appointed as Addl.CIT (OSD) in the office of Pr.CCIT, NWR, Chandigarh region on return from deputation.

Ms Salman Khan appointed as CIT, Pr CCIT, Mumbai region

M Salman Khan has been appointed as CIT (OSD) in the office of Pr.CCIT, Mumbai region on return from deputation.

Manpreet Singh Duggal appointed as Additional CIT, Pr CCIT, NWR, Chandigarh

Manpreet Singh Duggal has been appointed as Addl.CIT (OSD) in the office of Pr.CCIT, NWR, Chandigarh region on return from study leave.

Mrs Shefali Junea quits IRS-IT

Mrs Shefali Juneja , Pr.CIT, New Delhi, has resigned from Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax (IRS-IT). She was working as Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (Pr CIT), New Delhi.

VR notices of 5 Asstt Commissioners accepted

The CBIC has accepted the Voluntary Retirement notices of five ITS(C&IT) officers from the service. They are- Sanjay Kumar A Bhonsale, H. Ramamoorthy, M. Harohara Kumar, Lalit Kumar Kandapal and S T Kannan. They are working as Asstt Commissioner at different places.

Two officers of 2008 batch empanelled from Bihar cadre

Two 2008 batch IAS officers of Bihar cadre have been empanelled for holding Joint Secretary and equivalent posts in the Government of India. They are: Ashima Jain  and B Kartikey Dhanji.

Two IDAS officers got new postings

The CGDA has posted two IDAS officers to new places. Accordingly, Varun Nayyar, 2014 batch, will join PIFA(Q&M), New delhi and Sandeep Bansal , 2017 batch, has been posted at PIFA( Army-O), New  Delhi.

Four ECL executives get new postings

The Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) has transferred four executives and given them new postings. These officers and their new postings include, Pushpapati Sahani (Jhanjra area), Varun Kumar (Pension Dept, ECL Hq), Mukesh Kumar (Salanpur Area) and Rahul Kumar Mondal (WBE Dept, ECL Hq).

Applications for verification of burnt memory/microcontroller of EVMs post poll results

In pursuance of the Election Commission’s SOP, a total of 8 applications for the General Election to Lok Sabha 2024 and 3 applications for General Election to State Legislative Assemblies have been received for checking/verification of burnt memory/microcontroller of EVMs post the announcement of results.

DCF&AO post for OIDB Noida advertised

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has advertised for the post of Deputy Chief Finance and Accounts Officer (DCF&AO) for Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB), Noida. Further information can be availed from the OIDB website.

Member (Traffic & Logistic) IWAI advertised

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Noida  has advertised for the post of Member (Traffic & Logistic) on deputation. More information can be availed from the IWAI website.

Anand Bhaskar is Addl CIT (OSD) Pr CCIT, Delhi region

Anand Bhaskar has returned from deputation and posted as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax (OSD) in the Office of Principal CCIT, Delhi region.

Director NBT (India), New Delhi post advertised

The Ministry of Education has advertised for the post of Director, National Book Trust (India), New Delhi on contract basis.

Two DoT officers get new postings

Two officers in the grade of SAG of ITS Group A have been transferred and given new postings. While Sunil Kumar Singhal is posted as DDG (Licensing Policy), DoT HQs, Sanjeev K Sharma is posted as DDG (Access Service) DoT Hqs.

Mrs K C Pillai is Dy Dir (P&S) & posted to CPU, DPS, Mumbai

Mrs Kalavathy C Pillai has been promoted to the grade of Deputy Director (P&S) and posted to CPU, DPS, Mumbai. Prior to this, she was serving as Purchase Officer, CPU, DPS, Mumbai.

Goutam Ghosh posted at System Department, ECL

Goutam Ghosh has been transferred and posted at System Department, Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL). Prior to this posting he was posted at Kenda Area.

Tenure extension for V K Tyagi as GM Civil, DFCCIL, Ahmedabad

The deputation tenure of Vineet Kumar Tyagi  as General Manager (Civil), Ahmedabad with Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) has been extended for the fourth year (i.e. up to August 2025). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

AK Dixit transferred to North Central Rly

A K Dixit has been transferred to North Central Railway and posted in the cadre. He is a SG/IRSS/Core officer.

Jebin A transferred to South Western Railway

Jebin A has been transferred to South Western Railway and posted in the cadre. He is a Group 'B' officer of Civil Engg Department of Railway Wheel Factory (RWF).

MoHFW advertises for various posts

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has advertised for the engagement of retired government officials for the post of Consultant (Project Manager) , Consultant (Finance Manager), and Consultant (Legal). The applications must reach latest by July 1, 2024.

Dayanand transferred to RWF

Dayanand has been transferred to Railway Wheel Factory (RWF) and posted in the cadre. He is a Group 'B' officer of Civil Engg Department of South Western Railway zone.

Nitin Bansal appointed GM (OP&BD), DFCCIL

Nitin Bansal, Chief Commercial Manager (CCM), PM, Southern Railway (SR), has been selected for deputation to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as General Manager (Operations & Business Development) (OP&BD) at Corporate Office for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

Aneesh Hegde appointed JD (PG), MoS for Railways

Aneesh Hegde, Joint Director (Infra)-I, Railway Board, has been transferred and posted as Joint Director (PG) to Minister of State for Railways V Somanna in the Ministry of Railways on co-terminus basis. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

Saurabh Bandopadhyaya appointed PCSTE, SCR

Saurabh Bandopadhyaya has been transferred from Western Railway (WR) to South Central Railway (SCR) and posted as Principal Chief Signal & Telecommunication Engineer (PCSTE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) officer.

Dr Gore sent as Dy. GM (Rajbhasha)

Dr. Vibhavari Gore, who is presently working as Professor (Rajbhasha), Rajbhasha, National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), has been transferred to Central Railway and posted as Deputy General Manager (Rajbhasha).

Three IAS officers in Chhattisgarh get new responsibilities

Three IAS officers in Chhattisgarh have been assigned new responsibilities. Rajat Bansal, Commissioner, Commercial Tax (GST), holding additional charge of MD, PM Awas Yojana Rural, will also handle charge of Commissioner,. MGNREGA, while Kuldeep Sharma, MD, Textbook Corporation, holding additional charge of Controller, Food & Drugs Administration, was assigned additional charge of Registrar Cooperative Societies. Besides, Ms Namrata Jain has been posted as CEO, District Panchayat, Sukma.


THDC celebrates International Yoga Day

THDC India Limited, a leading power sector and profit-making Mini Ratna PSU, celebrated 10th International Yoga Day with the theme "Yoga for Self and Society" at its Corporate Office in Rishikesh, as well as across all Projects and Unit Offices, across the Nation . The event, marked by great enthusiasm and fervour, brought together employees from all Projects and Offices, all united in the spirit of yoga to promote health and well-being. R K Vishnoi, Chairman and Managing Director, conveyed his heartfelt best wishes on the occasion of 10th International Yoga Day at Community Centre, Corporate Office, Rishikesh. Vishnoi during his address stressed the importance of yoga in maintaining physical and mental well-being in contemporary world. He highlighted the transformative power of Yoga, emphasizing its ability to foster both personal well-being and global harmony. Vishnoi highlighted the visionary initiative of Prime Minister in launching the International Yoga Day campaign at the UN General Assembly in 2014, leading to its worldwide celebration starting on June 21, 2015. Vishnoi shared his insights on how yoga nurtures individual health and promotes a sense of unity within communities.  Reflecting on this year's theme, "Yoga for Self and Society," he encouraged all employees to embrace yoga, underscoring its dual role in enhancing personal wellness and fostering societal cohesion. He expressed happiness on the International Yoga Day being enthusiastically celebrated in all the offices and Projects of THDCIL, with great fervour. Shallinder Singh, Director (Personnel) led the Yoga day event at THDCIL Kaushambi Office, New Delhi.  Singh expressed delight of being a part of this momentous occasion and emphasized the significance of the " Yoga for Self and Society" theme. He emphasised  the need for unity and global cooperation in creating a harmonious world and commended THDC India Limited for promoting such values through Yoga events and camps organized on regular basis. He also urged every employee to incorporate Yoga into their daily lives for overall well-being and enhancing organizational efficiency. Bhupender Gupta, Director (Technical) on this occasion  highlighted the importance of Yoga in today’s hectic and stressful work environment and emphasized the importance of integrating yoga into daily routines to enhance both physical and mental health, aligning with this year's theme. THDCIL is one of the premier power generators in the country with installed capacity of 1587 MW with commissioning of Tehri Dam and HPP (1000 MW), Koteshwar HEP (400 MW) in Uttarakhand, Wind Power Projects of 50 MW at Patan and 63 MW at Dwarka in Gujarat, 24 MW Dhukwan Small Hydro Project, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh and 50 MW Solar Power Project at Kasaragod, Kerala to its credit. It is also to mention that THDCIL has operational coal mines at Amelia, Madhya Pradesh with the Commercial Operations commenced six months ahead of its schedule which is also a special achievement.


EIL celebrates 10th International Day of Yoga

Engineers India Limited (EIL) celebrated the 10th International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2024, at its various establishments. C&MD EIL, Ms. Vartika Shukla and Functional Directors along with senior officials and employees took part in the Yoga Session organized at EIL Gurugram Complex. During the Yoga Session, employees were ably guided to practice various Asanas by Yoga Guru Joginder Singh, who highlighted Yoga’s great ability to enhance holistic well-being. Yoga is a powerful practice that enriches both the individual and society. It fosters inner peace, resilience, and overall health. By embracing yoga, we can enhance our personal well-being and contribute to creating a better world. C&MD EIL urged everyone to incorporate yoga into their daily lives, recognizing its unique potential to improve our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

NMDC observes International Day of Yoga 2024

India’s largest iron ore producer, NMDC celebrated the 10th International Day of Yoga with great enthusiasm, in tandem with this year’s theme ‘Yoga for Self and Society’. Over 500 employees & their families across projects all over the country participated in yoga sessions, underlining NMDC's commitment to promoting health, well-being, and harmony within and outside the NMDC community. The celebrations started at NMDC's headquarters in Hyderabad, where employees, their families, practised yoga led by certified instructors. Similar sessions were organized at NMDC's major mining projects and regionals offices nationwide, ensuring maximum participation. Speaking on the occasion, Amitava Mukherjee CMD (Addl. Charge) said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift from ancient India. It unites mind and body, thought and action, and brings harmony between humans and nature. More than just exercise, yoga helps us find a sense of oneness with ourselves, and the world around. At NMDC, we believe a healthy workforce is a productive workforce, and today's celebrations exemplify our commitment to this principle.” NMDC has consistently championed workplace wellness, regularly organizing fitness programs and workshops for its employees. Promoting this year’s theme, NMDC organized various interactive competitions at it projects and regional offices for employees and students, encouraging healthy culture. To engage with CISF personnel special yoga shivir was also organized at major operational units. Towards building harmony and balance amongst employees, NMDC conducts regular in-house yoga sessions at its corporate office. The celebration of the 10th International Day of Yoga is a testament to NMDC’s commitment to cultivating a healthy and harmonious work environment, inspiring its employees and the community to embrace the benefits of yoga for a balanced and fulfilling life.


11 senior IPS officers get new postings in UP (UPDATED)

11 senior IPS officers have been shifted and given new postings in UP. Amarendra Kumar Sengar has been posted as Police Commissioner, Lucknow, while SB Shiradkar takes over as Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Lucknow Zone and Ramit Sharma was appointed ADGP, Bareilly Zone. Similarly, Premchand Meena is shifted as ADG/CMD, Police Housing Corporation, Lucknow; Vinod Kumar Singh as ADG, Cyber Crime, UP; Prakash D as ADGP, Railways; Jai Narayan Singh as ADG, PTC, Sitapur; L V Antony Dev as ADG, CBCID, UP Raghuveer Lal as ADG, SSF along with ADG, Security, K Satyanarayana as ADGP, Traffic & Road Safety and B D Paulson has been appointed ADGP, Training.

Five IPS officers get new responsibilities in UP (UPDATED)

Five IPS officers have been given new responsibilities in UP. Prashant Kumar-II has been posted as IGP, Lucknow Zone, while Tarun Gaba is now Police Commissioner, Prayagraj and Yamuna Prasad will be posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Gautam Buddha Nagar. Besides, Rajesh Dwivedi was appointed as SSP. Kumbh Fair, Prayagraj and Vidyasagar Mishra is shifted as SP, Rampur.

High-Level Committee of Experts constituted to ensure fair conduct of exams (UPDATED)

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, former Chairman, ISRO and Chairman BoG, IIT Kanpur will be the Chairman, while Dr. Randeep Guleria, former Director, AIIMS Delhi; Prof. B J Rao, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Hyderabad; Prof. Ramamurthy K, Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras; Pankaj Bansal, Co-Founder, People Strong and Board Member- Karmayogi Bharat; Prof. Aditya Mittal, Dean Student Affairs, IIT Delhi are Members and Govind Jaiswal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education is Member Secretary.

THDCIL wins PSU leadership award for digital transformation excellence (UPDATED)

THDC India Limited (THDCIL) has been conferred with the prestigious PSU Leadership & Excellence Award 2024 in the category of ‘Leadership in Digital Transformation. Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Ind. Charge) Science & Technology; Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, PP/ DoPT, Atomic Energy, Space, Government of India conferred the award in a glittering ceremony organized at The Lalit, New Delhi. Dr. Singh during his address congratulated all the winners of the PSU Leadership Awards and stated that the winners of today’s event are live examples of current emerging scenario of domestic entities coming forward and  playing pivotal  role of torch bearers , towards  India achieving its dream vision of becoming a Developed Nation by 2047. He highlighted the transformative journey of India and the significant contributions PSUs have made along the way. R K Vishnoi, CMD of THDCIL, congratulated the THDCIL team for this remarkable achievement, attributing the success to the hard work and dedication of the workforce. He emphasized the critical role of digital transformation in today's energy landscape. THDCIL has always been in forefront in adoption of New Innovative and State-of-Art technologies and this award is a testament to our team's unwavering commitment towards this direction. Digital transformation is not just a trend but, complemented with AI it is a necessity in today's dynamic energy sector. It enhances our efficiency, transparency, and service delivery, ensuring we remain at the forefront of innovation," stated Sh. Vishnoi. He added, "Our focus on digital transformation has enabled us to streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve customer/stakeholder satisfaction. This recognition reinforces our aim to lead by example in the public sector." Vishnoi further added that THDCIL’s key digital initiatives, emphasizing the company's commitment to digital transformation and fully paperless working environments. He mentioned that the recently inaugurated Egyan Sanchay, an online learning platform, the digitization of Finance management process, telemedicine initiative, significant advanced technological interventions in the O&M of key projects of THDCIL highlights the commitment of THDCIL to a paperless office and latest technological integration brings all HR services right to the fingertips and palms of the last man standing in the organization. By leveraging advanced technological interventions, we ensure that every employee can access essential services and information seamlessly, enhancing overall productivity and satisfaction. Shallinder Singh, Director (Personnel), received the award on the behalf of THDC India Limited. Sh. Singh highlighted that the award serves as a testament to THDCIL's dedication to innovation and transformation within public sector enterprises. "Receiving this award is a proud moment for all of us at THDCIL. It signifies our dedication to integrating advanced digital solutions into our processes. These efforts not only enhance our operational capabilities but also contribute significantly to nation-building. Digital transformation is key to achieving our goals of sustainability and efficiency with Excellence," said Sh. Singh. It is a proud moment for THDCIL that on being conferred this progressive award, against nationwide stiff competition, duly evaluated by country’s most eminent top bureaucrats and CMDs , under most stringent, transparent and objective evaluation process.  THDCIL has established a notable presence in both Hydro Power Generation and Renewable Energy across India. Currently, it is a Category-1 Mini Ratna Class-A Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU), managing an energy capacity of 1587 MW, which includes Hydro, Wind, and Solar power. Looking ahead, THDCIL is set to expand its capabilities with an additional 1444 MW in hydro capacity, including the ambitious 1000 MW Tehri Pumped Storage Plant. The 1320 MW Khurja Super Critical thermal power project in Bulandshahr is also in advanced stages of development. Additionally, THDCIL has operational coal mines at Amelia, Madhya Pradesh, with commercial operations commencing six months ahead of schedule, marking another significant achievement.


2 IAS officers get new assignments in W Bengal (UPDATED)

Shashank Sethi has been appointed as Managing Director, West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Limited with additional charge of Director, Tourism, while Utpal Bhadra was posted as Special Commissioner in the rank of Special Secretary, Fire and Emergency Services Department, in W Bengal.


3 officers of Customs & Indirect Taxes shifted (UPDATED)

Three officers of Customs & Indirect Taxes have been shifted. On return from deputation, Gaigongdin Panmei, Principal Chief Commissioner of Customs & Indirect Taxes has been posted to NACIN, Palasamudram, while on promotion Madur Sreedar Reddy, Chief Commissioner of Customs & Indirect Taxes, is shifted to Bhubaneswar CGST Zone and Sanjay Rathi, Chief Commissioner of Customs & Indirect Taxes to Visakhapatnam CGST Zone.

Chitrasen Roul posted as Addl Secretary to CM, Odisha (UPDATED)

Chitrasen Roul, OAS (SAG), currently posted as Additional Secretary, Works Department, has been shifted and posted as Additional Secretary to the Chief Minister, Odisha.

P S Kharola assigned addl charge of DG, NTA (UPDATED)

Pradeep Singh Kharola, CMD, India Trade Promotion Organization, has been assigned additional charge of the post of Director General (DG), National Testing Agency (NTA), Ministry of Education. He is a 1985 batch former IAS officer of Karnataka cadre. The services of Subodh Kumar Singh, DG, NTA, have been placed on compulsory wait in the Department of Personnel & Training.

Peeyush Kumar returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Peeyush Kumar, Additional Secretary Commerce & Industry, has been given repatriation to his parent cadre on the request of Government of Andhra Pradesh. He is a 1997 batch IAS officer.

4 IAS officers get new responsibilities in MP (UPDATED)

Ms Sanskriti Jain has been appointed as Collector, Seoni, while Kshitij Singhal was made MD, MP Central Region Power Distribution Company Ltd in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, Raghuraj M R has been relieved of the additional charge of MD, MP Central Region Power Distribution Company Ltd and Dr Saurabh Sanjay Sonwane will also handle charge of Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Rewa, in addition to his existing charge.

Rajeev Gupta appointed MD, Amco India Ltd

Rajeev Gupta has been appointed as Managing Director of Amco India Limited.

Mrs Vidhu Gupta appointed NE Director, Amco India Ltd

Mrs. Vidhu Gupta has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of Amco India Limited.

Vinayak R Goyal appointed MD, ITSL

Vinayak R Goyal has been appointed as the Managing Director of India Transact Services Limited (ITSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of AGS Transact Technologies Limited.

Mrs Vandana Somani appointed MD, Sarvamangal Mercantile Company Ltd

Mrs. Vandana Somani has been appointed as Managing Director of Sarvamangal Mercantile Company Limited.

Milesh Gandhi appointed Addl. Director, Ramkrishna Forgings Ltd

Milesh Gandhi has been appointed as Additional Whole-Time Director of Ramkrishna Forgings Limited.

RK Reddy appointed Addl. Director, Medinova Diagnostic Services Ltd

Ravi Kumar Reddy Kanamatareddy has been appointed as Additional  Non-executive Independent Director of Medinova Diagnostic Services Limited.

Nagesh Pinge appointed Addl. Director, Arvind Ltd

Nagesh Pinge has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent) of Arvind Limited.

Gokul Rajendran appointed Addl. Director, Kavveri Telecom Products Ltd

Gokul Rajendran has been appointed as Additional Director of Kavveri Telecom Products Limited.

SB Singh appointed Nominee Director, Indian Bank Housing Ltd

Shiv Bajrang Singh has been appointed as Additional Nominee Director (of Indian Bank) on the Board of Indian Bank Housing Limited.

Mrs Nupur Somani quits as MD, Sarvamangal Mercantile Company Ltd

Mrs. Nupur Somani has resigned from the position of Managing Director of Sarvamangal Mercantile Company Limited.

Niresh Maheshwari steps down as Ind. Director, Sobhagya Mercantile Ltd

Niresh Maheshwari has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Sobhagya Mercantile Limited.

Whispers Forum

Decentralisation of NTA

The mismanagement of NEET etc exam by NTA has been in news for some time.  One of the reasons for this is the centralised operation from its office in NOIDA. It is impossible to have a close watch on various agencies, persons etc required for conduct of such exams throughout the country. NTA should open its regional offices ( at least eight) in other cities across India. The regional officer should be made responsible for finding proper place, persons etc. for conduct of exams. They should collect the answer sheets etc, in their region and send it to the Head Quarters for further processing. This may help in minimizing the chances of leakage etc. CBSE has done this and it is working well.

S Gopal


Marital status indicated by his wife in her passport renewal application

The appellant sought certified copy of passport renewal application of his wife Mrs. Shaily Mishra Mittal along with documents submitted for passport renewal. The PIO replied that the Appellant was seeking personal information of a third party exempted from disclosure under Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act. Appellant submitted before the CIC that he wants to know the marital status indicated by his wife in her passport renewal application as it is his apprehension that false information regarding her marital status has been indicated. He contended that the information sought was not exempted from disclosure as per Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act as he was seeking details regarding his legally wedded wife who cannot be considered as a third party as their marriage is presently valid. The CIC held that an appropriate response in accordance with the provisions of the RTI Act has been provided as the Appellant is seeking personal information of a third party contained in her passport, disclosure of which is exempted u/s 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act.


The use of RTI Act in quasi-judicial proceedings is not uncommon where the applicant tries to use another channel instead of the regular appellate remedy. Such attempts can provide a meaningful result only in cases where “information” is sought and there are no prescribed ways to obtain it.

Citation: Shri Prem Prakash v. Competition Commission of India, CIC/CPCOI/A/2023/105991; Date of Decision: 28.03.2024

Dr Anuradha Verma ( is a RTI Consultant currently working with IIM Visakhapatnam. She has co-authored the books, RTI Right to Information - Law and Practice and PIO’s Guide to RTI. She offers consultancy on RTI matters and Third party audit. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link


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