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Caste census likely to start in Bihar

Now RJD and JDU are together in power there one should not be surprised if Caste based census starts in Bihar in near future


Venkaiah Naidu to shift Hyderabad!

Informed sources said that the outgoing Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is shifting to Hyderabad. He is unlikely to stay back in Delhi.




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Is an IAS using a private co- email address in govt business?

Whisper is that one IAS officer, who is posted as Secretary in a Commission, is using a private company's email address in official work.


Names of selected Member for CAT reaches Government

Names of over two dozen selected members (Administrative) as well as (Judicial) have now reached the Government.


List of selected Members of the CESTAT this month?

List of selected Members of the Customs, Excise, and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) is expected this month. 17 posts of Members in different benches are vacant in CESTAT.


Paban Kumar Borthakur is new Chief Secretary, Assam

Paban Kumar Borthakur has been appointed as Chief Secretary of Assam. Borthakur, who belongs to a 1989 batch IAS officer, will serve as OSD in Chief Secretary office till the retirement of present incumbent Jishnu Barua on August 31, 2022.


Jishnu Barua to continue as Chairman, APDCL even after retirement

Jishnu Barua, Chief Secretary, Assam, will continue as Chairman, APDCL for a period of two years after his superannuation on August 31, 2022.


Cadre strength of IAS increased to 459 in MP

In the midst of reports of a shortfall of 84 IAS officers, the Government of India has increased the cadre strength of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from 439 to 459 in Madhya Pradesh.


Department of MSME in Madhya Pradesh is now lauded

Ever since P Narahari IAS took over as the Secretary of MSME Department in Madhya Pradesh in September 2021, the department has come into focus and is abuzz with many achievements. His initiative of organising 'Rozgar Diwas' every month by coordinating with various departments has not only given self-employment to more than 13 Lakh youth in 2021 but also made Madhya Pradesh the state with least unemployment rate at 0.5% (as on June 2022 as per Center for Monitoring Indian Economy). He also designed the new Start Up policy of Madhya Pradesh which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 13th May 2022 and is being applauded for being the most progressive StartUp Policy in India.

Narahari also took keen interest in developing the State Clusters in Toys, Furniture, Textiles etc. His efforts led to sanctioning of 16 State Clusters and another 35 are in the making. A special package for Toys and Furniture clusters has been approved setting an example in the entire country in the realisation of Prime Minister's vision for Atma Nirbhar Bharat.


Cadre of Khushboo Gupta transferred to Telangana

Inter cadre transfer of Ms Khushboo Gupta from Bihar cadre to Telangana cadre on grounds of marriage has been approved. She is a 2019 batch IAS officer.


PESB yet to hold interviews for CMD, MOIL Ltd

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is yet to hold interviews for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MOIL Ltd falling vacant on November 1, 2022.


PESB yet to hold interviews for CMD, Cotton Corporation

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is yet to hold interviews for the post of CMD, Cotton Corporation falling on December 1, 2022.


33,000 medical seats increased

During the last few months 33,000 medical seats have increased in the country, but mostly in the private colleges. Till 2016 there were only 60,000 + seats available in the country's medical colleges.


Tenure of Dharmendra Kumar as Deputy Secretary, MHA extended

The central deputation tenure of Dharmendra Kumar working as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs has been extended up to August 17, 2023. He is a 2008 batch IOFS officer.


R L Ramesh Ram is also CVO, ECIL

R L Ramesh Ram, CVO, IREL, Mumbai, has been assigned an additional charge of CVO, ECIL, Hyderabad for a period of six months. He is a 2006 batch IRS-C&CE officer.


Does NMC become a liability for Govt?

Recently created National Medical Commission (NMC), seems to become a liability for the government. The government is receiving many complaints of alleged irregularities and other corruption. When the health minister visited the NMC in July, it is said that senior officers and faculty started quarrelling before the Minister.


PESB yet to advertise post of CMD, BEML

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is yet to advertise the post of CMD, BEML falling next year.


Tenure of Sandip Das as Director (Fin), BLC ending

The tenure of Sandip Das as Director (Finance), Balmer Lawrie & Co. Limited, is coming to an end in December this year. The Government is yet to find his successor.


2,790 borrowers defaulted payments to SCBs, financial institutions in 2021-22

According to the provisional data of the RBI’s Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC) database, a total number of 2,790 borrowers – with aggregate credit exposure of Rs 5 crore and above – have been reported as wilful defaulters of scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) and all Indian financial institutions in 2021-22, Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat K Karad informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Tuesday.


Cadre Training Programme at ISTM for CSS officers from Aug 22

The Level-E mandatory Cadre Training Programme at ISTM for Officers of CSS will be held from August 22 to September 16 in Hybrid Offline/Online mode.


Jitendra Srivastava appointed AGM (Security), DFCCIL

Jitendra Srivastava, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Sr. DSC), Coordination (Coord.), Central Railway (CR), has been selected for deputation to Dedicated Freight Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as Additional General Manager (AGM) (Security) at Ahmedabad for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS) officer.


Ashish Mishra appointed AGM (Security), DFCCIL

Ashish Mishra, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Sr. DSC), Railway Protection Force (RPF), East Central Railway (ECR), has been selected for deputation to Dedicated Freight Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) as Additional General Manager (AGM) (Security) at Pryagraj for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS) officer.


Anurag Wadhwa appointed Manager (HRMS), SCR

Anurag Wadhwa, Senior Divisional Personnel Officer (Sr. DPO), Guntakal,  South Central Railway (SCR), has been selected for deputation to Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) as Manager (HRMS) for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) officer.


Satyendra Kumar posted as CFTM, ECR

Satyendra Kumar, who has been recalled from deputation to Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), and posted on East Central Railway (ECR) as Chief Freight Transportation Manager (CFTM).He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.


Yash Pal is also Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad (UPDATED)

Yash Pal, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, Haryana, has been assigned an additional charge of Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad, in addition to his present duties. He is a 2011 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.


Niraj Kumar promoted to HAG of IPoS (UPDATED)

Niraj Kumar has been promoted to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) of Indian Postal Service (IPoS) and posted as CPMG, J&K Circle. He is a 1992 batch IPoS officer.


Dr Niten Chandra is also Secretary, Justice (UPDATED)

Dr Niten Chandra, Secretary Legal Affairs, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Department of Justice till August 25, 2022. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.


R K Tyagi appointed as Director (Ope), PGCIL (UPDATED)

R K Tyagi, ED, PGCIL, has been appointed as Director (Operations), Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved his appointment to the post.


J P Srivastava appointed as Director (E, R&D), BHEL (UPDATED)

Jai Prakash Srivastava, ED, BHEL, has been appointed as Director (Engineering, Research & Development), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved his appointment to the post.


Pradeep Kumar Chand appointed as Director (Fin), CCI (UPDATED)

Pradeep Kumar Chand, General Manager (F&A), Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL), has been appointed as Director (Finance), Cement Corporation of India Limited (CCI). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved his appointment to the post.


Atul Gupta appointed as Director (Comm), EIL (UPDATED)

Atul Gupta, GGM, EIL, has been appointed as Director (Commercial), Engineers India Limited (EIL). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved his appointment to the post.


G S Srinivasan appointed as Director (Fin), SECL (UPDATED)

G Srinivasan, GM, CIL, has been appointed as Director (Finance), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved his appointment to the post.


Moloy Chandan Chakraborty is also Secretary, National Jute Board (UPDATED)

Moloy Chandan Chakraborty, Jute Commissioner, Kolkata, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, National Jute Board.


11 IAS officers get new responsibilities in Punjab (UPDATED)

As many as 11 IAS officers have been handed over new responsibilities in Punjab. Arshdeep Singh Thind has been posted as Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, while Indu Malhotra is now Secretary, Forest and Wildlife and given additional charge of Secretary, Punjab State Information Commission and Dilraj Singh will take over as Secretary, Revenue and Rehabilitation. Similarly, Rajiv Prashar will be posted as Secretary, Lokpal, and in addition Secretary, State Election Commission; Gauri Parashar Joshi as Special Secretary, School Education; Tej Partap Singh Phoolka as Labour Commissioner; Apneet Riyait as Chief Administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, Mohali, and in addition Director, Town and Country Planning; Girish Dayalan as Director, Governance Reforms and Public Grievances with additional charge of Special Secretary, Governance Reforms; Amarpreet Kaur Sandhu as Chief Administrator, Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority, Ludhiana; Arun Sekhri as Commissioner, Patiala Division and Gautam Jain is now Chief Administrator, Patiala Development Authority.


Prof Maneesha Shreedhar Inamdar appointed as Director, InStem, Bangalore (UPDATED)

Prof Maneesha Shreedhar Inamdar, Professor, JNCASR, Bangalore has been appointed as Director, Institute for Stem Cell Science & Regeneration Medicine (InStem), Bangalore.


K Ravichandran appointed as Director, IIFM, Bhopal (UPDATED)

K Ravichandran, Additional PCCF, Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair, has been appointed as Director, Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal.


S Arul Kumar relieved to join as DIG, CRPF (UPDATED)

S Arul Kumar has been relieved to join Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for a period of five years. He is a 2008 batch IPS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.

Namgya Khampa appointed High Commissioner of Kenya (UPDATED)

Ms Namgya C Khampa, presently Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Kathmandu, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Kenya. She is a 2000 batch IFS officer.

Shubra Saxena appointed as Deputy Secretary, Election Commission of India (UPDATED)

Shubra Saxena has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Election Commission of India. He is a 2009 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.

Niraj Kumar Bansod appointed as Director, Cabinet Secretariat (UPDATED)

Niraj Kumar Bansod has been appointed as Director in the Cabinet Secretariat. He is a 2008 batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre.

SS Raman appointed Ind. Director, Lokesh Machines Ltd

SS Raman has been appointed as Independent Director of Lokesh Machines Limited.


Dr Alagh quits as Ind. Director, Shree Cement Ltd

Dr. YK Alagh has resigned from the position of the Independent Director of Shree Cement Limited.


Narsiman re-appointed MD, Indsil Hydro Power and Manganese Ltd

Vinod Narsiman has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Indsil Hydro Power and Manganese Limited.


DJ Shah appointed Addl. Director, Kesar Enterprises Ltd

DJ Shah has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Kesar Enterprises Limited.


Basavanhalli appointed Executive V-C, Greaves Cotton Ltd

Nagesh Basavanhalli has been appointed as Executive Vice-Chairman of Greaves Cotton Limited.


Sunil Sureka appointed Addl. Director, Cupid Ltd

Sunil Sureka has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent) of Cupid Limited


Ghorpade re-appointed MD, Sandur Manganese and Iron Ores Ltd

Bahirji A Ghorpade has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Sandur Manganese and Iron Ores Limited with effect from October 1, 2022.


Ms Bhattacharya appointed Addl. Director, Himadri Speciality Chemical Ltd

Ms. Rita Bhattacharya has been appointed as Additional Director, in the capacity of Independent Director of Himadri Speciality Chemical Limited.


Bharwani appointed Addl. Director, Jetking Infotrain Ltd

Avinash Bharwani has been appointed as Additional Director, designated as Whole-Time Director, of Jetking Infotrain Limited.


Ms Subramanian appointed Addl. Director, Supra Pacific Management Consultancy Ltd

Ms. Neethu Subramanian has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Supra Pacific Management Consultancy Limited.


Dr Shroff re-appointed MD & Executive V-C, Delta Manufacturing Ltd

Dr. Ram H Shroff has been re-appointed as Managing Director and Executive Vice Chairman of Delta Manufacturing Limited.


Whispers Forum

‘Freebies : An Unethical Dilemma’

The term freebie is a bad word in India. Pejorative connotation. Its practice gathers momentum close to elections. India is always in election mode, either in federal states or General elections across the country. The freebies as an integral part of Indian politics can destroy the basic foundation of society and the nation. One wonders whether similar unethical practices prevail in western democracies. Sri Lanka is the latest example for India for taking lessons. SL govt showered its generosity on its citizens by reducing taxes and providing free goods and services to please them by securing votes in the electoral battles. This led to collapse of its GDP, hitting the heavily indebted economy. Negative economic growth.  In India, things are far worse. Allurements are offered before and during the elections, liberally distributing currency notes tucked inside saris, sewing machines, bicycles, free electricity, water, TV sets, laptops, further enhancing the divide between the rich and poor. Massive burden on public exchequer. A fraud on tax payers. Worse still, loan waivers, fiscal profligacy, wasteful expenditure on procuring VIP-5 star planes equipped with missiles for three VVIPs have debilitating impact resulting in wonky priorities. Ministers and other VVIPs enjoy privileges in the form of rent-free bungalows, free electricity, water, costly cars, unlimited fuels, free air and rail travels with attendants. All out of taxpayers funds. Insensitive, unfazed, shameless dimwits and their chatukaars. Ministers, MPs, and MLAs, decide their salaries and massive allowances. Top judges select themselves. A unique practice in India and nowhere else. One must understand that such inhibited freebies add a burden to the macro-economically unstable foundation of our economy. Chief election commission is not bothered about unfair practices during elections. Flagrant violations of its orders. C&AG remains toothless, even gumless watchmen of public expenditure. Both are extended arms of the ruling dispensation. Legislative assemblies are not interested in reforms due to vested interests. Judiciary is scared of entering into direct confrontation with the political class. Why can't it have courage to declare freebies as bribery and lays down rules to punish both the bribe-givers and bribe takers?

A K Saxena ( A former civil servant)


Not just a Vote Katwa party

After the success in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party is eyeing Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. The leaders of the party are engaged in presenting AAP as a better option in these states by giving examples of Delhi and Punjab. Elections in Gujarat and HP are scheduled by year end. The Congress party seems to be suffering the most due to AAP's growing stature. Things started changing in AAP's favour in Gujarat in February 2021, when it tasted its first major success -- in the Surat municipal polls. AAP now projects itself to be an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress in the state. Initially, the BJP must have felt that AAP’s emergence will indirectly benefit them as it would prove to be a Vote Katwa party thus harming the prospects of Cong. But BJP cannot dismiss AAP as just a Vote Katwa party. Recently, AAP also performed well in Madhya Pradesh civic polls.

Yogesh Gupta



Details of payment of compensation paid to the farmers whose land was acquired

The Appellant denied receipt of satisfactory information in compliance with the order of the SIC, J&K dated 18.07.2019 and stated that no opportunity of hearing was provided to him at the FAA stage. The Respondent remained absent during the hearing despite prior intimation and an unsigned written submission was received by CIC from the O/o the Collector Land Acquisition I&FC Department, Srinagar vide letter dated 13.06.2022 wherein it was stated that the information was already provided to the Appellant on 14.01.2019. The CIC noted that a note ostensibly expressing satisfaction has been received by the respondent from a representative of Dr. Fayaz Ahmad on 11.06.2022, the factual veracity of which was not established. The CIC observed that as per available record, the order of the SIC, J&K has not been complied with till date since the statement of the compensation paid to each farmer/ land owner whose land has been acquired by the department has not been provided. Furthermore, the written submission given by the Respondent is unsigned and does not mention the name of the officer signing it. Holding that due to the absence of the Respondent, the proceeding before it is vitiated, the CIC issued show cause notice to the Collector, Land Acquisition I&FC Department, Srinagar to show cause why penal action should not be taken against him for not providing complete information to the Appellant and for not complying with the order of the SIC, J&K.


Not following the orders of the Information can lead to imposition of penalty on the concerned public information officer.

Citation: Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Bhat v. O/o Collector Land Acquisition, Irrigation & Flood Control Dept., Rajbagh, Srinagar in Second Appeal No. CIC/UTOJK/A/2020/114941, Date of Decision: 17.06.2022

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