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WHISPERS POLITICS NEWS

Will a Governor from South be  NDA candidate for the President?

Though the programme of the presidential elections yet to announced. But parties have started searching possiblity of alliance. All eyes are now on the candidate of NDA. 

 

 

 

Will Tamilisai Soundararajan or Gehlot be NDA candidate for president? 

Latest information says that this time a Governor from a Southern State  may be the NDA candidate for the President.  Names of Telengana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot  are doing the round.Final decision,however  will be taken by the BJP High command.

 


DEBATE

Will it be Rahul Gandhi versus Narendra Modi in 2024 parliamentary polls ?

Given the fact that the Congress and the rest of the opposition are unlikely to join hands to face the ruling BJP and a recent survey claiming that here has been a steep downfall in the polularity ratings of both Ms. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, is there any possibility of Lok Sabha 2024 elections being a direct contest between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, as the Congress party claims.

Mail your direct opinion in short to mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com or suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com

 

 


 

BUREAUCRACY HEADLINES
Whispers bureaucracy News
16 IPS officers retiring in May

As many as 16 IPS officers of various batches and cadres are retiring in May, 2022. They are: Rupinder Kumar and Brija Kishore Singh of UT; Ravinder Kumar of Bihar; T Ekka of Chhattisgarh; Ashish Bhatia of Gujarat;  A Natarajan of Jharkhand; R K Tandon of Madhya Pradesh; K Venkatesham, S Jagannathan and H M Baijal of Maharashtra; E Priyokumar Singh of Manipur; Barjinder Kumar Uppal, Gurpreet Singh of Punjab; M Ravi of Tamil Nadu; Kamal Chakraborty of Tipura and Sashi Bhushan of West Bengal.

 

Sanjeev Chopra empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Sanjeev Chopra has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.

 

Niten Chandra empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Niten Chandra has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.

 

Subrata Gupta empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Subrata Gupta has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.

 

Amrit Lal Meena empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Amrit Lal Meena has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.

 

Rajiv Jalota empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Rajiv Jalota has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1988 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

 

Ravneet Kaur empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI

Ravneet Kaur has been empanelled for holding Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. She is a 1988 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.

 

Iqbal Singh Chahal empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI

Iqbal Singh Chahal has been empanelled for holding Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

 

Ashish Upadhyaya empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI

Ashish Upadhyaya has been empanelled for holding Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

 

Gudey Srinivas empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI

Gudey Srinivas has been empanelled for holding Secretary Equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of Orissa.

 

M P Cadre IPS officer is Chairperson in West Bengal

Rina Mitra has been sworn in by the Governor  IPS Retd as Chief Commissioner  West Bengal Right to Public Services Commission (WBRPS) . She is former 1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya apradesh cadre.

 

New Delhi LG likely to get new PS in June ?

Normally ,in Delhi it does not change  when the change of guard ,But,as per available information, the new LG New Delhi is likely to get new PS in June. Sources said that AGMUT cadre IAS officer from 2010 to 2013 batch could be posted as PS in Raj Bhawan in Delhi

 

Interviews for Members CESTAT held

Interviews for 7 Judicial Members and 13 Technical Members of he Customs, Excise, and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) were held in Delhi on May 24 and 25.Altogether 70 persons appeared for the interview.

 

Rajesh Bhushan is also Secretary, AYUSH

Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary Health, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH till June 6, 2022. He is a 1987 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.

 

Roshan Mammarappallil Thomas is Deputy Secretary, Tourism

Roshan Mammarappallil Thomas has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism. He is a 2011 batch IDAS officer.

 

Tenure of Yojana Das as Director (Fin), BSNL ending soon

The tenure of Yojana Das as Director (Finance), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), is coming to an end in November this year.The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is yet to hold interviews for the same.

 

Madal Lal Meena selected for Special Rapporteur, NHRC

Madan Lal Meena has been selected as a Special Rapporteur for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). He will be looking for Zone-V covering the state of Rajasthan.

 

Four IPS officers promoted to ADGP rank in Haryana

Four IPS officers in Haryana: Ms Mamta Singh, Dr Hanif Qureshi, Dr M Ravi Kiran and Krishan Kumar Rao have been promoted to the rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP).

 

Five IPS officers get new responsibilities in Haryana

Five IPS officers have been handed over new responsibilities in Haryana. Dr Arun Singh, DIG/SVB (H) has been given the additional charge of DIG/Haryana Police Academy (HPA), Madhuban, while Shiv Charan takes over as DIG/Haryana Armed Police (HAP), Madhuban. Similarly, Surinder Pal Singh has been posted as DCP, Panchkula; Mohit Handa as SP, Yamunanagar and Kamal Deep Goyal is shifted as AIG/Provisioning, Haryana, Panchkula.

 

Four IAS officers shifted in Bihar

Tanai Sultania has been appointed as Deputy Development Commissioner, Patna, while Vinod Duhan is now Deputy Development Commissioner, Gaya and Mrs Amrisha Bains will be posted as Deputy Development Commissioner, Darbhanga. Besides, Amit Kumar, Director, Information & Public Relations Department, Bihar, will also hold the charge of MD, Bihar Samvad Samiti and Additional Secretary, Information & PR.

 

Vishwas Pathak appointed Addl. Pvt. Secy, MoS (Railways)

Vishwas Pathak, a non-government official, has been appointed as Additional Private Secretary to Minister of State of Railways Raosaheb Patil Danve with effect from July 8, 2021.

 

MK Mehta appointed APM (Civil), DFCCIL

Manoj Kumar Mehta, formerly Assistant Divisional Engineer (ADEN), Western Railway (WR), has been selected for deputation to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as Assistant Project Manager (APM) (Civil) for a period of three years with effect from March 9, 2022.

 

SK Chandra gets extension in deputation tenure

Sudhir Kumar Chandra, formerly Director (Infrastructure), Railway Board, has been given extension on his term of deputation to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as General Manager (TS) for the fourth and fifth year, which is up to March 25, 2024. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

 

Ms Joshi appointed GM (Fin.), DFCCIL

Ms. Pallavi Joshi, formerly Director (FC), Railway Board, has been selected for deputation to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as General Manager (Finance) for a period of three years with effect from December 12, 2021. She is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer.

 

Anshuman Kumar gets extension in deputation tenure

Anshuman Kumar, formerly DVT, Railway Board, has been given extension on his term of deputation with Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) as General Manager (UTS) for the fifth year, which is up to April 1, 2023. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

 

Md Khan gets extension in deputation tenure

The tenure of deputation of Mohammed Tanveer Khan, formerly Senior Assistant Engineer (Sr. AEN), Eastern Railway (ER), with Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as Deputy Chief Project Manager (Dy. CPM), Engineering, Noida, has been extended for the fifth year, which is up to May 17, 2023. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

Ms Viji gets extension in deputation tenure

The tenure of deputation of Ms. MR Viji, formerly Deputy Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer (Dy. FA&CAO), CN, Chennai Egmore (MS), Southern Railway (SR), with the Department of Telecommunication as Director of Accounts (Postal), Kerala Circle, Thiruvananthapuram, has been extended for the fourth and fifth year which is up to February 15, 2023. He is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer.

 

AK Prajapati sent to ECR

Ambrendra Kumar Prajapati has been transferred from Rail Wheel Plant (RWP) to East Central Railway (ECR) and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

 

Manish Sharma moved to RCF

Manish Sharma has been transferred from Northern Railway (NR) to Rail Coach Factory (RCF). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

Tenure of Yojana Das as Director (Fin), BSNL ending soon

The tenure of Yojana Das as Director (Finance), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), is coming to an end in November this year. The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is yet to hold interviews for the same.

 

Madal Lal Meena selected as Special Rapporteur, NHRC

Madan Lal Meena has been selected as a Special Rapporteur for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). He will be looking for Zone-V covering the state of Rajasthan.

 

Four IPS officers promoted to ADGP rank in Haryana

Four IPS officers in Haryana: Ms Mamta Singh, Dr Hanif Qureshi, Dr M Ravi Kiran and Krishan Kumar Rao have been promoted to the rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP).

 

Sanjeev Khirwar shifted to Ladakh

Sanjeev Khirwar has been transferred from Delhi to Ladakh. He is a 1994 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

 

Rinku Dugga shifted to AP

Rinku Dugga has been shifted from Delhi to Arunachal Pradesh. She is a 1994 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

 

P K Mohanty is acting Chairperson, Lokpal (UPDATED)

Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Member (Judicial), Lokpal, has been authorized to act as Chairperson, Lokpal, due to completion of tenure of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as Chairperson.

 

Nine IES officers get posting to DEA (UPDATED)

As many as nine officers of Indian Economic Service (IES) have been posted to the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA). Accordingly, Ms Bhumika Verma, Ms Monica Thind have been appointed as Director while Ms Nidhi Amit Satija was made Joint Director and Ms Kirti, Ms Prachi Singhal, Ms Neha Singh, Ms Rishika Choraria are Deputy Director and Ms Monika and Prashant Kumar were made Assistant Director in DEA.

 

Deputation tenure of Girraj Goyal extended (UPDATED)

The deputation tenure of Girraj Goyal working as Director, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, has been extended upto September 12, 2022. He is a 1988 batch IDSE officer.

 

A K Rawat shifted to Ministry of Cooperation (UPDATED)

Amit Kumar Rawat, Under Secretary, has been shifted to the Ministry of Cooperation consequent upon his repatriation from deputation.

 

Six officers confirmed in IAS in Haryana (UPDATED)

Six members of Indian Administrative Service of 2011 batch in Haryana have been confirmed in IAS with effect from May 2020. The officers are: Mukul Kumar,  Naresh Kumar,  Mahavir Kaushik, Yash Pal, Yashendra Singh and Narhari Singh Banger.

 

JNPA SEZ Investor Conclave 2022- an opportunity for investors to invest (UPDATED)

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), India’s best-performing Port, organized ‘JNPA SEZ Investor Conclave 2022’ in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai on May 27, 2022, to propose ample opportunities to investors to invest in the next growth story and be a part of country’s growing port-led economy. In line with the objective of Port-led industrialization, this multi-product Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project is developed on 277.38 Ha of freehold land by JN port, incorporating the Land Use Plan of the Port. This industrial hub is India’s first Port-based multi-product operational SEZ.  Highlighting the global opportunities and world-class features of the SEZ, Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPA, said, “JNPA is set to strengthen further its growth aspects in the port-led business with this specific project of SEZ that offers varied facilities from single-window clearances to multi-modal connectivity and ready state of the art infrastructure; making it an ideal choice to establish businesses and boost export-oriented industries in India. On behalf of JNPA, I invite all the potential investors to be a part of this project and invest in the next and future growth story. JNPA SEZ aims to generate additional economic activity, promotion of exports, promotion of investment, creation of employment, and infrastructure development. JNPA SEZ has special incentives to offer its investors, like economic laws that are more liberal than the rest of the country’s general economic rules and subsidized rates for water and electricity supply.

 

Bhupinder Singh Bhalla appointed as Chairperson, NDMC (UPDATED)

Bhupinder Singh Bhalla has been appointed as Chairperson of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

 

Mrs Vandita Sharma is new Chief Secretary, Karnataka (UPDATED)

Mrs Vandita Sharma has been appointed as new Chief Secretary of Karnataka with effect from June 1, 2022. She is a 1986 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

BEML registers highest ever turnover (UPDATED)

BEML Ltd has achieved its highest ever turnover of Rs. 4143 crs during FY 2021-22, against previous year turnover of Rs 3557 crs.  Recorded highest ever value of production of Rs 3993 crs in FY 2021-22, which stood at Rs 3556 crs in FY 2020-21. This was achieved despite challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic and resultant supply chain disruptions.  PBT has grown to Rs 206 crs in FY 2021-22 from Rs 93 crs in FY 2020-21 and PAT stands at Rs 135 crs in FY 2021-22 against Rs 75 crs in FY 2020-21. Company’s order book as on 31st March 22 stands at Rs 9192 crs. During the year BEML has exported to a new country Madagascar adding to its list of export to 68 countries.  Major milestone achieved during FY 2021-22 includes Successful commissioning of 190 T Electric Dump Truck at NCL Singrauli, Supply of 81 Nos. of Medical Oxygen Plant by standing with the nation to tide over the COVID 19 pandemic and Flagged off MRS 1 Driverless Metro Cars for Mumbai Metro.

Abhishek Chauhan appointed as Director, Defence (UPDATED)

Abhishek Chauhan has been appointed as Director in the Department of Defence. He is a 2008 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

SC Collegium recommends transfer of Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah to Patna HC (UPDATED)
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended transfer of Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah, Judge, Andhra Pradesh High Court to Patna High Court.
SC Collegium recommends transfer of Justice CR Dash to Calcutta HC (UPDATED)
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended transfer of Justice Chitta Ranjan Dash, Judge, Orissa High Court to Calcutta High Court.
SC Collegium recommends transfer of Justice Subhasis Talapatra to Orissa HC (UPDATED)
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended transfer of Justice Subhasis Talapatra, Judge, Tripura High Court to Orissa High Court.
SC Collegium recommends transfer of Justice Lanusungkum Jamir to Gauhati HC (UPDATED)
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended transfer of Justice Subhasis Talapatra, Judge, Manipur High Court to Gauhati High Court.
SC Collegium recommends transfer of Justice PK Kaurav to Delhi HC (UPDATED)
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended transfer of Justice Purushaindra Kumar Kaurav, Judge, Madhya Pradesh High Court to Delhi High Court.
SC Collegium recommends transfer of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur to Bombay HC (UPDATED)
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended transfer of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Judge, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh High Court to Bombay High Court.


WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
Rajagopal re-appointed Ind. Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd

Ravi Rajagopal has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Fortis Healthcare Limited.  

 

Ms Chakraborty re-appointed Ind. Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd

Ms. Suvalaxmi Chakraborty has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Fortis Healthcare Limited. 

Banerjee re-appointed Ind. Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd

Indrajit Banerjee has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Fortis Healthcare Limited.  

 

Metaxas appointed Addl. Director, Multibase India Ltd

Mark Stephen Metaxas has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Non-Independent) of Multibase India Limited.

 

RT Paulin steps down as NE Director, Multibase India Ltd

RT Paulin has resigned from the position of Non-Executive & Non-Independent Director of Multibase India Limited.

Rajiv Mehrishi appointed Ind. Director, Piramal Enterprises

Rajiv Mehrishi has been appointed as Independent Director of Piramal Enterprises Limited.

 

Yajnik appointed Addl. Director, Sayaji Industries

Birad Yajnik has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Sayaji Industries Limited.

 

Naresh Gujral appointed NE Director, Berger Paints India Ltd

Naresh Gujral has been appointed as Non-Executive, Independent Director of Berger Paints India Limited.

VB Agarwala appointed Addl. Director, West Coast Paper Mills

Vinod Balmukand Agarwala has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent) of West Coast Paper Mills Limited.

 

PN Kapadia steps down as Ind. Director, West Coast Paper Mills

Premal N Kapadia has resigned from the position of Independent Director of West Coast Paper Mills Limited.

 

Ms Kantam re-appointed NE Director, Indo Amines Ltd

Ms. Lakshmi Kantam has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Indo Amines Limited.

 

Nitin Parab appointed Whole-Time Director, Ridhi Synthetics Ltd

Nitin Parab has been appointed as Whole Time Director of Ridhi Synthetics Limited.

 

Kanoria appointed Chairperson, Kanco Tea & Industries Ltd

Umang Kanoria has been appointed as Chairperson and Non-Executive Director of Kanco Tea & Industries Limited. 

 

Mrs Srivastava appointed Addl. Director, Genus Paper & Boards Ltd

Mrs. Rekha Srivastava has been appointed as Additional Independent Non-Executive Woman Director of Genus Paper & Boards Ltd.

 

BK Saraf appointed Whole-Time Director, Satyam Silk Mills Ltd

Bijay Kumar Saraf has been appointed as Whole-Time Director of Satyam Silk Mills Limited.

 

Sibin C appointed Sr Vice Chairman, PCL

Sibin C, IAS, has been appointed as Senior Vice Chairman on the Board of Punjab Communications Limited (PCL).

 

Mrs Ramsay appointed JMD, Garware Hi-Tech Films Ltd

Mrs. Sarita Garware Ramsay has been appointed as Additional Director in the category of Whole-Time Director termed as Joint Managing Director of Garware Hi-Tech Films Limited.

 

Mahesh Chhabria re-appointed MD, Kirloskar Industries

Mahesh Chhabria has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Kirloskar Industries Limited with effect from July 4, 2022.

 

Whispers Forum
FORUM

DEBATE(1)

Very true Rajsekhar. But why should we compare them at all? Modi is today the tallest leader in India. Rahul Gandhi is a non entity.

AK

 

DEBATE (2)

 In the present political scenario, the debate topic has no relevance.

R D Bajpai

 

Who will be new Chairman of CERC?

 Hope a technocrat becomes the Chairman of the Authority. There are very many eminent electrical engineers in the country and they should get the opportunity without fail.

K Srinivasa Rao

 

DATE WITH RTI

Creation of information about lapsed policies

Appellant sought details regarding number of lapsed policies and amount involved in the early stages of the policy such as after the payment of first premium, first year premium etc. The PIO of LIC contended that the information sought by the appellant does not exist as a record as defined under section 2 (i) of the RTI Act. The requested information will have to be created by 2048 Branches of LIC spread all over India and then to be collected and collated and compiled merely to reply to the RTI queries of the appellant. It will disproportionately divert the limited resources of the Corporation, which is strictly forbidden under section 7 (9) of the RTI Act. The CIC held that the queries of the appellant are non-specific, unclear as information related to all the lapsed policies and seeking such voluminous data is not maintainable under the provisions of the RTI Act. The CIC noted that the LIC has provided a categorical reply vide their written submission dated 06.04.2022 which clarifies some of the issues raised in the RTI Application and upheld the same. Further, the CIC admonished the LIC for not providing the specific reply ab initio as per their written submission and cautioned them to be more diligent in future while dealing with the matters related to the RTI Act..

Comments

The PIO is not expected to compile information under the RTI Act. Further, the initial reply to the RTI Application should be proper as the onus of denial of information is on the PIO.

Citation: Mr. Ajamuddin Taher Khairatkhan v. Life Insurance Corporation of India in Second Appeal No. CIC/LICOI/A/2020/680978, Date of order: 21.04.2022

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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