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Major overhaul in next Modi Cabinet?

In the third term of Narendra Modi, there is going to be a major overhaul in his new Cabinet. High profile Ministers may be out and there will be new faces from the youth and women will be seen, whispers in the corridor of power say.


Will Bansuri Swaraj be BJP candidate from Delhi?

Bansuri Swaraj, a daughter of Sushma Swaraj, is expected to get BJP ticket from a Delhi constituency. She has been quite active in politics these days.

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Secretary level changes in GoI soon

Secretary level Changes are expected to take place in the Government of India in a week or two. Some new appointments are likely to be made.

No empanelment as Secretary in GoI from 11 cadres

No empanelment of 1993 batch IAS officers has been made for holding Secretary or Secretary equivalent posts in the Government of India from 11 States.

Will Chanchal Kumar return as Chief Secretary of Bihar?

Although chances are that present Chief Secretary of Bihar Amir Subhani will get an extension on May 1 yet chances of the return of Chanchal Kumar to Bihar as CS are not ruled out. Chanchal Kumar a 1992 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre is presently Secretary in the GoI.

Three rising stars in MP bureaucracy!

In Madhya Pradesh, the bureaucrats  now talk about the three rising stars in the IAS cadre. They are: Manoj Govil of 1991 batch IAS, Pankaj Agrawal of 1992 batch and Vivek Agrawal of the 1994 batch IAS.

Manoj Govil Pankaj Agrawal Vivek Agrawal


Tenure of Awanish Awasthi as Advisor to CM UP extended

The tenure of Awanish Awasthi as Advisor to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has been extended upto February 28, 2025. He is a retired IAS officer.

Vijay Katariya promoted to DGP grade in MP

Vijay Katariya has been promoted to the grade of Director General of Police (DGP) in Madhya Pradesh. He is a 1990 batch IPS officer of MP cadre.

Arun Kanti Bagchi only Board level contender for CMD, RINL

Arun Kanti Bagchi, Director (Projects), appears to be only Board level contender for the post of Chairman & Managing Director, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited.

Union Home Secretary interacts with top-level officers of all states

The Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, for the preparation of upcoming Parliamentary polls, interacted with the top officials including Home Secretaries and DGPs of all the states. Through the video conferencing, the union Home Secretary took the stock of the situation for the preparation of the polls. He also discussed mobilization of forces from one state to other. The officers present in the meeting informed about the steps taken regarding the Parliamentary polls 2024 in their respective states.

Tenure of Adhia ends

Tenure of  Dr Hasmukh Adhia  as Non-Executive Chairman Bank of Baroda has ended. He is 1981 batch former IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

Mrityunjay Kumar Singh is now Advisor to SHRACHI group at Kolkata

Mrityunjay Kumar Singh (Retired IPS officer of 1987 batch of West Bengal) is going to assume the role of  Advisor to the SHRACHI group at Kolkata. Singh has completed his Master of Arts in Political Science from University of Delhi. A member of the Indian Police Service of 1987 batch, he has more than 36 years of experience with West Bengal Police. Apart from serving West Bengal Police and Kolkata Police in different capacities, he has worked in various capacities like as Counsellor of the Embassy of India, Jakarta, Represented India as a member of the Working Committee to formulate scope and objectives of ‘Bali Democracy Forum’, Represented India in UNICEF’s multilateral discussion ,Worked for SAARC summit in Dhaka in 2005 and many more. He is also remembered as an established poet and writer of both Bhojpuri and Hindi, and has earned immense laurels in the various literary festivals of India. He is an established category folk singer of ICCR too. He is largely associated with Publications, Literary & Cultural works.  His poems includes 'Draupadi', ‘Aas Ke Aabhas’, Drama includes ‘'The Dice of Desire', Novel includes ‘Ganga Ratan Bidesi’ in Bhojpuri and Hindi.

D Venkateswara Reddy is also CVO, MDSL

D Venkateswara Reddy, CVO, BEML, has been assigned an additional charge of CVO, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL), Mumbai till the appointment of a regular incumbent. He is a 1995 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

Post of V S Arvind upgraded as Director, Skill Development

The post of V S Arvind has been upgraded as Director in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. He is a 2010 batch IP&TA&FS officer.

Ms Monalisa Dash to look into MHA Central Security matters

Ms Monalisa Dash Director VS, has been designated as CPIO in the IS-I Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs and will look after the matters related to Central Security. She is a 2003 batch Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer from Sikkim cadre.

Financial aid of technology driven projects guidelines issued

The Ministry of Home Affairs has reached out to the prison authorities of all States and Union Territories to provide them assistance in the form of financial aid for technology driven projects as well as sharing contemporary best practices and guidelines on varied aspects of efficient prison administration from time to time. As part of the above exercise, the guidelines/ instructions are shared with the States/UTs, which they may take note of and apply in their respective jurisdictions include advice on caste/religion-based discrimination of prisoners, medical care of prisoners and updating of online database of prisoners on e-prisons.

Post of Bhaskar upgraded as Director, Women & Child Development

The post of Bhaskar has been upgraded as Director in the Ministry of Women and Child Development. He is a 2010 batch IRTS officer.

Three IAS officers assigned additional responsibilities in Rajasthan

Three IAS officers have been assigned additional responsibilities in Rajasthan. Karan Singh, Special Secretary, Labour. Will hold additional charge of Commissioner, Labour Department, while Vishwa Mohan Sharma, Commissioner, Mid Day Meal, Jaipur, will also handle responsibility of Special Secretary, Education Department and Rajendra Vijay, Special Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, gets additional charge: of MD, Rajasthan State Food & Civil Supplies Corporation, Jaipur.

Virendra Kumar Mishra is new SP, Datia in MP

Virendra Kumar Mishra has been appointed as SP, Datia in Madhya Pradesh. He is a 2012 batch IPS officer of MP cadre.

Ms Jain is Deputy Director, NIDEM

Ms Tanu Jain has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director in the National Institute of Defence Estates and Management (NIDEM), Delhi Cantt. Prior to this posting, she was holding the charge of Additional Defence Estates Officer, Jalandhar and holding the charge of DEO, Jalandhar. She is a 2015 batch IDES officer.

Ms Mamta is DEO, Jalandhar

Ms Mamta, Chief Executive Officer, Cantonment Board, Barrackpore, has been transferred and posted as Defence Estates Officer, Jalandhar. She is a 2011 batch IDES officer.

Ms Priyadarshini attains superannuation

M Sathya Priyadarshini, DDG (R) TN LSA, an ITS Group ‘A’ officer, attained superannuation on February 29, 2024.

Director (Safety), DGFASLI, Mumbai post advertised

The Ministry of Labour & Employment has advertised for the filling up of the post of Director (Safety), in the Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Mumbai, on deputation basis.

Post of Director NIUM advertised

The Ministry of Ayush has advertised for the post of Director, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bengaluru.

RBI invites applications for Medical consultant post

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has invited applications for the filling up of the post of Bank’s Medical Consultant (BMC) on contract basis for Bhopal location.The applications must reach on or before March 11, 2024.


UPSC notifies interview dates for Asstt Dir posts in SFIO

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified that the candidates shortlisted for the nine vacancies of Assistant Director (Banking) in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs will be held on March 12 and 13, 2024. The morning session will be held from 9 am while the afternoon session will be held from 12 pm.


M K Yadava re-engaged as Special CS Forest in Assam

M K Yadava, IFoS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force, Assam has been re-engaged as Special Chief Secretary (Forest) for a period of one year w e f March 1, 2024 after his superannuation on February 29.


GGM Gurugram post advertised

The RITES Limited has invited applications for the post of Group General Manager (Mech) for Gurugram location.

NIA delegation headed by DG visits J&K, meets DGP

A high-level team of elite NIA headed by the DG, Dinkar Gupta visited J&K and met senior Police officers. This has raised speculations among the bureaucratic officers. Besides Gupta, the NIA team comprised of Inspector General, Vijay Sakhare and Deputy Inspector General, Amit Kumar. The team interacted with Director General of Police J&K R.R. Swain and other senior officers of J&K Police including ADGP Headquarter PHQ M.K Sinha, ADGP Armed, law & Order Vijay Kumar, IGP (POS) PHQ B.S Tuti, DIG SIA, Dr. Ajeet Singh Salaria, SSP NIA, Jammu Sandeep Choudhary and other officers. During the meeting, the officers deliberated upon updates on ongoing investigation of terror crime cases and action plans to take them to logical conclusion. Besides this, the officers exchanged ideas and insights regarding terrorism, terrorist-separatist ecosystem and new network of the national security adversaries in J&K to sustain the dwindling edifice of Pakistan sponsored anti-India campaign.

Cabinet approves creation of Director level post in National Institute of One Health

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal of creation of one post at the level of Scientist H (in the pay level 15) as Director of National Institute of One Health, Nagpur who will also serve as the Mission Director for the multi-Ministerial and multi-sectoral National One Health Mission for integrated disease control and pandemic preparedness, by bringing human, animal, plant and environmental sectors together.


Reshuffle of IAS officers in W Bengal

Many IAS officers have been reshuffled and given new postings in W Bengal. Mrs Smaraki Mahapatra and Binod Kumar have been appointed as Additional Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal, while Dr P B Salim, was shifted as Secretary, Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department. Similarly, Surendra Gupta will be posted as Principal Secretary, Correctional Administration Department; Manoj Pant as Additional Chief Secretary, Land & Land Reforms and Refugee Relief & Rehabilitation Department and LRC and Alokesh Prosad Roy was made Commissioner, Transport Department.


NN Singh posted in Northern Railway

Upon completion of his term as Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM), Moradabd, in Northern Railway (NR), Nirbhay Narain Singh has been posted in the cadre in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

Ms Tyagi posted in Northern Railway

Ms. Radhika Tyagi, who is a Group B officer of Electrical Department of Western Railway (WR), has been transferred to Northern Railway (NR) on her own request, and posted in the cadre.

55 IRS officers empanelled for CCIT rank post

As many as 55 IRS officers belonging to 1990, 1991 and 1992 batches have been empanelled for holding Chief Commissioner (Income Tax) rank post in the Indian Revenue Service, in Level 16 in the Pay Matrix, for the panel year 2024. Out of a total 55 officers 14 are in the Extended Panel. Officers empanelled for CCIT rank post are: Rajeev Varshney, Satyendra Kumar Mishra, Bhupender Kumar Gupta Shantanu Dhamija, Damodar Prasad Gupta, Pratima Kaushik, Mukesh Verma, Aparna Mittal, Sandip Pradhan, Sushma Singh, Ashok K Jha, Farhat Hussain Qureshi, Shashi Bhushan Prasad, Joe SebastianNarender Kumar, Mahesh Kumar, Sanjay Prasad, Syed Mohammad Jawad Abidi, Shantam Bose, Vismita Tej, Reema Hota Singh, Manoj Pal Singh, Devinder S. Kalayan, Nivedita Biswas, Dirisam Sudhakar Rao, G M Doss, Gautam Mandal, Jagdish, Pathiavath Peerya, Suneel Verma, Priscilla Singsit, Lal Chand, N Longvah, Renu Amitabh, Mayank Priyadarshi, Preeti Jain Das, Pallavi Agarwal, Rolee Agarwal, Mona Mohanty, Ashima Gupta, Vidisha Kalra, Prabhjot Kaur, Bedi Suresh Battini, Abha Kala Chanda and Sanjeev Singh. Officers empanelled for CCIT rank post under Extended Panel include: G Guruswamy, Vivek R Wadekar, Satish Kumar Goyal, P Selvaganesh, Prafulla Kumar Mishra, Gopal Krushna Dhall, Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Partap Singh, Deepali Chandra, Sunil Kumar Singh, Shishir Dhamija, Sudhanshu Shekhar Jha, Prabha Kant and Arun C Bharat.

Dr Shukla appointed MD & CEO, Rallis India Ltd

Dr Gyanendra Shukla has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Rallis India Limited with effect from April 1, 2024.

Sudhanshu Vats appointed MD-designate, Pidilite Industries Ltd

Sudhanshu Vats has been appointed as Managing Director designate of Pidilite Industries Limited. He will take charge on the completion of term of incumbent Bharat Puri in April 2025.

Whispers Forum

Corruption reduced after faceless IT

After introducing faceless in Income-tax, the PM has greatly reduced corruption. However the investigation and central charges have become isolated centres of huge corruption in the department and all officers scramble to get these few posts. 



Preliminary report pertaining to crash of Attack Helicopter

Information pertaining to crash of an Attack Helicopter (IA 2148) of Indian Army on 25 January 2021 in an operational area near international border was sought by Mr Manik Chopra who was Commanding Officer of the said attack helicopter unit when the incident took place. A Court of Inquiry was initiated to investigate the circumstances in which the accident occurred. A certified copy of Preliminary Report received by HQ Western Command on 15 Jun 2021 was denied by the PIO under section 8 (1) (e) & 8 (1) (h) of RTI Act. The appellant alleged that certain officers arranged a copy of Preliminary Report and used it to attach and subsequently post out him (appellant) without providing a copy of the report to defend himself as per the provisions of natural justice. The respondent stated that purpose of the Preliminary Report in the instant case was limited to identify any immediate concerns relating to the safe operation of the attack helicopters and recommend precautionary measures to arrest similar occurrences in the highly active operational area, and the same had no relevance to either investigation by the court of Inquiry in the matter or subsequent departmental action against the appellant. In addition to the above, the communication of the said report to any person not authorized, may prejudice the National Security and also adversely affect the war preparedness of the Indian Army. It was also submitted that the information sought was held with their Headquarters Western Command in fiduciary capacity, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the security of the state and no public interest was involved in the request of the appellant. The CIC held that the reply given by the respondent is in consonance with the provision of the RTI Act and no interference is required.


As a Commanding Officer of the attack helicopter unit, the appellant was privy to all the records of the relating to the unit. In matters where national has been cited, the decision tends to be against the appellant. Ordinarily, any person charge-sheeted is given an opportunity to defend himself.

Citation: Manik Chopra v. Western Command, CIC/IARMY/A/2022/147250; Date of Decision : 19-02-2024

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