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60 YEARS IN JOURNALISM AND 100 CRORE HITS
 
 
It has been 19 years
long journey full of perseverance, concerted dedication and burning desire to disseminate
“THE NEWS BEFORE IT HAPPENS”.  whispersinthecorridors.com and it's print magazine has accorded as a niche identity in the world of journalism in news dissemination, the highest echelons of power like PMO, North, South Blocks, Ministries, the top officials in state secretariats, districts and divisions and also the top corporate honchos are glued to Whispers, AICC, BJP Headquarters, Consulates and  foreign Embassies across the Globe are following our news publication on daily basis. Kudos to it's mentor
Dr. Suresh Mehrotra.

60 YEARS IN JOURNALISM AND

100 CRORE HITS

(whispersinthecorridors.com  and sureshmehrotra.com - first choice of movers and shakers)

‘Where there is a will, there is a way !”, goes an age old adage.  And I staunchly believe that it is true.  It has happened with me and hence I can say with conviction that nothing can fail you if you have commitment towards your work and do it honestly. In such a case, success is for sure even though it is delayed many a times.

After  six months I will be completing 60 years in journalism. 1961  was the year when I joined ‘Navprabhat’ daily newspaper from Ujjain where people like late P C Sethi  ,then President of the Municipality  used to come to our office with handouts. RSS stalwarts Baba Saheb Natu and Kusha Bhau Thakre used to encourage me in journalism.

Since then the journey has been too long as a Correspondent in news agencies and publications  of repute like UNI, Free Press journal, Hindustan Times and later as an Editor of Dainik Bhaskar group’s English News Paper National Mail and then as an Editor of Nai Duniya.

Being a gold medalist (in MA – History) from Vikram University, joined  the University run College as Professor of History. I continued this for 16 years till 1982 and came to Bhopal  but destiny had something else in store for me.

It was here in 2001 when there came a turning point once again and I alone set on a journey to do something of my own – create a new flavour in Journalism. And this out of box thinking lead to the emergence of whispersinthecorridors.com.  A new concept in the  country,which appeared an uphill task initially. Even the closest of my  friends were apprehensive that how can a news venture – devoid of any business house support -  survive. 

And today “Whispers” is known  across the country and in Missions abroad. Those who matter in politics, bureaucracy and corporate world, visit this site regularly. Information is power and for information I never embarrassed anyone but continued my work with full dedication without a single day break even in the worst of situations – when first my only son Sameer and then the back bone of the organisation Sanjeev passed away in quick succession.

It looked that the curtains were drawn but I left everything at the mercy of God and continued to work restlessly even when sometimes - at this age of 75 plus - my body refuses to cooperate.

Despite these setbacks, in 2008, we came out with the print edition of ‘Whispers In The Corridors’, a monthly magazine which contains all important news items of the month worth preserving for future reference.

However, the almighty has also been too kind to me and as they say, ‘God helps those, those who help themselves’, what could be more gratifying than the fact that whispersinthecorridors.com has not only become a name among ‘movers and shakers’ of the country but also created history in web journalism by bringing 100 crore visitors on its platform.

Today ‘whispers’ has become a small family having a dozen members and it has not only become a trusted name among the bureaucrats but people also wonder that how could the product sustain without any political or business house backing. It, however, remains to be seen now that how we stand the test of time in post COVID-19 situation.

Whatever little earnings we had by way of advertisements have fallen prey to the nationwide lock down and now my savings have also started drifting away to meet the expenses of the whispers’ family whose members are being paid 50 percent of their salary for the past two months. I have not taken  single paisa  to run my family  for the last two months and managing  things with the pension of my wife who retired as College professor.

But having full faith in God, I still feel ‘Yeh Raat bhi Gujar jaayegi’ because honesty, good intentions and hard work never go in vain.

At the same  time we also solicit your SUGGESTIONS & SUPPORT.

THANKS

Dr. Suresh Mehrotra
Editor-in-Chief
I may be reached at-mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com or suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com
Whatapp number 9525012929

 

 

 

What people say about us!

Your brainchild "Whispers in the Corridors" (whispersinthecorridors.com) has not only contributed to mere journalism world with newest concept of news dissemination, but its actual contribution in nation building and the transparency that whispersinthecorridors.com has brought in to administrative functions and selection process of officials at large. Even Government of India, remains concerns of whispersinthecorridors.com during the appointment of key posts as your portal publishes the names of eligible candidates well in advance. Your whispersinthecorridors.com predictions and forecast so far as political developments, administrative actions thereto and also any developments of national significance is a great hit. Many other predictions and guiding news like appointment of Lokpal, CDS, JP Nadda as BJP Chief, Amit Shah as HM, etc., are some of the examples of ever-lasting effects. All top notch officials in Centre as well as States get glued in morning or sometime once in 24 hours to get first hand and first information about as to what is about to happen next. All India's organizations, various associations, national as well as state parties and various unions etc., are very much concerned and peep through whishpersinthecorridors.com into the other's affairs and inside matters of their opponents and so forth. Many kudos and great salute to its mentor and founder Dr. Suresh Mehrotra.

Keep up this good work. With Best wishes and regards.

 

M.W. Ansari, IPS (Retd. DGP)




WHISPERS POLITICS NEWS

 

This is History (2147)

Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known.

 

 

 

 

 

Will one Congress Rajya Sabha Member join BJP ?

According to grapevine, one Rajya Sabha Member from the Congress who has been sending feelers to the BJP is likely to join the party. He knows that even if the Congress returns to power in 2024, he will not be made the Finance Minister as the Congress High Command has decided to make Dr Raghuram Rajan as the FM.

 

 

 

 

Lockdown - 5 likely to start on June 1 ?

As per available indications, Lockdown is likely to continue from June 1 but limited to Hot spot only. Cabinet Secretary on Thursday held a talk with CS, Health Secretaries and Commissioners, DMs and Police Chiefs of those districts who are badly affected by the COVID pandemic. According to initial indications, this time more relaxations could be given but in hot spot no relaxation will be given. Final picture would be clear by Sunday when PM is likely to say something important in his "Man ki Baat" 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BUREAUCRACY HEADLINES
Whispers bureaucracy News
Is Kamath getting some role in North-Block ?

Eminent banker KV Kamath, who has on Wednesday demitted office as the President of the National Development Bank, led by the five BRICS member countries, is likely to get some important role in the North-Block.

40 IRS-C&CE officers of 1991 batch empanelled as Principal Commissioner

As many as 40 IRS-C&CE officers of 1991 batch are believed to have been empanelled for the posts of Principal Commissioner at a Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting held on May 28, 2020.

Rao to succeed Anil Kishore as CRO SBI ?

S Srinivas Rao is likely to succeed Anil Kishore as Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of the State Bank of India (SBI).He is presently CGM SBI. Anil Kishore is joining the New Development Bank as Vice President.

 
Will Ajoy Mehta be Chairman of CERC ?

Name of Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta has now started doing the round for the post of Chairman of the Central Electricity Regularity Commission (CERC). He is 1984 batch IAS officer. post has already been advertised.

Ms Ranganathan likely to be Member, Finance

Ms. Manjula Ranganathan is likely to be appointed as Member, Finance in the Railway Board. Her proposal in this regard has reportedly been sent for ACC approval. If it is approved, she will be the first female Member, Finance, in Railway Board. Due to retire this year in September, the 1983 batch IRAS officer is presently posted as Finance Commissioner. 

Will Dr Khati be DG (HR), Railway Board ?

Dr Aanand Singh Khati is likely to be new DG (HR) Railway Board – a post lying vacant for the last few weeks. He is a 1983 batch IRPS officer and presently posted as Addl Member (Staff). He is scheduled to retire in March next year.

S D Paul designated as CFO of ITDC

India Tourism Development Corporation has designated S.D. Paul, VP (F&A) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Corporation.

Jitendra Trivedi returns to parent cadre

Jitendra Trivedi, Director of Pharmaceuticals, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre on personal grounds. He is a 2000 batch IOFS officer.

Mrs. Jyoti Trivedi returns to parent cadre

Mrs. Jyoti Trivedi, Director, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), has been given premature repatriation to her parent cadre on personal grounds. She is a 2000 batch IOFS officer.

S Anantharaman appointed Technical Member, RCT

S Anantharaman has been appointed Technical Member in the Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT).

Ms. Anupama appointed Director, Drinking Water

Ms. Anupama has been appointed Director in the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation. She is a 2000 batch IFS officer of West Bengal cadre.

Tenure of Alok Kumar extended

The central deputation tenure of Alok Kumar, working as Adviser, NITI Aayog, has been extended for a period of one year beyond June 16, 2020. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.

Sachin Sinha returns to parent cadre

Sachin Sinha, Joint Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre. He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

Ms Godara posted in Pondicherry

On return from Inter-State deputation from Haryana 2011 batch IPS officer of UT cadre has been  moved to Pondicherry.

Mrs. Reena Sinha Puri is no longer Director, Coal India Ltd.

Mrs. Reena Sinha Puri, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal, has been relieved of Nominee Director of Coal India Limited.

M Nagaraj again becomes CMD, HUDCO

M Nagaraj, Director (Corporate Planning), HUDCO, has been given an additional charge of Chairman-cum-Managing Director for a period of three months after selection of present incumbent to other place.

Sushil Sharma appointed Director (Elec), SJVN Ltd

Sushil Sharma, GM, SJVN Ltd, has been appointed Director (Electrical), SJVN Limited.

R Appavuraj appointed Chairperson, CEPTAM

R Appavuraj, Scientist 'H' (retired), has been appointed Chairperson, Centre for Personnel and Talent Management (CEPTAM).

Vinay Kumar Prajapati appointed Deputy Secretary, Shipping

Vinay Kumar Prajapati has been appointed Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping. He is a 2006 batch IRSSE officer.

Bhaskar Choradia returns to parent cadre

Bhaskar Choradia, Director, GeM under the Department of Commerce, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre to avail the benefit of promotion. He is a 2000 batch IRAS officer. 

15 officers of Indian Economic Service shifted

As many as 15 officers of Indian Economic Service (IES) have been transferred and posted to different places. Accordingly, Ms Reetu Jain has been appointed as Director, Department of Economic Affairs, while Satyen Lama was made Director, North Eastern Council Secretariat, Shillong and Sanjeev Kumar is Joint Director, Ministry of Skill Development. Similarly, Ms Athira S Babu has been appointed as Director, Ministry of Tribal Affairs; Ms Kamini Tandekar as Deputy Director, Agriculture, Cooperation; Zubair Naqvi as Deuty Director, Economic Affairs; Ms Divya Sharma as Deputy Director, Labour and Employment; Kapil Patidar as Deputy Director, Economic Affairs; Ms Anusree Raha as Deputy Director, Economic Affairs; Ms Avni Gupta as Deputy Director, Textiles Commissioner office, Mumbai; Ms Sindhu as Deputy Director, Transport Research Wing; Ashish Shinde as Deputy Director, IES cadre , Economic Affairs; Ms Nitisha Mann as Assistant Director, Development Commissioner office, MSME; Ms Leena Kumar as Assistant Director, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices and Ms Surobhi Mukherjee was made Assistant Director, Economic Affairs.

Tenure of Director (Refinery) N Vinayakumar , MRPL ends on May 31, 2020

The tenure of Director (Refinery) N Vinayakumar , MRPL is ending on May 31, 2020.

Govt advertises DDG post in UIDAI HQ

Govt has advertised to fill up the post of Deputy Director General in UIDAI, HQ, New Delhi on deputation basis.

Ms. Pratibha Parkar appointed next Ambassador to Angola

Ms. Pratibha Parkar, presently Consul General of India in Frankfurt, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Angola. She is an Indian Foreign Service officer of 2000 batch.

AISBOF wants separate medical and quarantine care for COVID-19 affected staff

The All India State Bank Officers’ Federation has demanded standard - medical and quarantine care for officers and staff who have been working like soldiers. In this backdrop, it has requested to consider provision of any one of the following alternatives for making them as temporary quarantine centres for the employees and the officers which will enable them to have hassle free access to quarantine centre in case of need-- Tie-up with chain of hotels/guest houses for quarantine facilities at all important centres or use SBILD/Training Institute for quarantining officers and staff and their family, in case of need, in Metros and major centres as training programmes cannot be conducted now.

Total no. of pending cases in courts at 32.54 million

Total number of pending cases in various courts of India is at 32.45 million as of May 24, 2020 as per the data from the National Judicial Data Grind(NJDG) on the pendency of cases in India.

Promotions of Artisan to GM levels in BHEL in doldrums ?

It has been a history of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) that it never skipped timely promotion of workforce from Artisan to General Manager level every year on June 25. But this year, there is no whisper in the corridor about the promotion and DPC meetings. The employees and officers are worried about promotion and are of the view that COVID-19 might queer the pitch of promotion. But sources said that the BHEL has returned to normalcy with workforce at offices as well as factory units and pinned the hopes on timely promotion.

Contractual, casual & outsource staff of Ministries/ Depts at home to be paid wages during lockdown

As a measure to avoid undue hardship during lockdown period, Department of Expenditure [DoE] has issued instructions that any contractual, casual and outsource staff of Ministries/ Departments and other organizations of Government of India, who are required to stay at home in view of the lockdown order, shall be treated “on duty” and be paid necessary pay/wages accordingly.

BBB takes to video conf for the first time for holding interviews of candidates

The COVID-19 situation has made Chairman and members of Banks Board Bureau hold interviews of candidates for the first time through video conferencing.

DD News transmission shifted temporarily

DD News has shifted transmission to CPC for Friday and Saturday. Office will be sanitised and sealed for 2 days 

Govt sets up CAT Bench in Jammu (UPDATED)

The Central Govt has established a Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal in Jammu.

 

R S Barapatra appointed DGM (HR), MAHA-Metro, Nagpur (UPDATED)

Rajendra Shankarrao Barapatra presently posted as Additional Registrar, RCT, Nagpur has been selected for deputation to MAHA-Metro as DGM (HR) in Nagpur for a period of five years.

Five ISS officers promoted to SAG (UPDATED)

Five officers of IndianStatistical Service (ISS): Swapna Banerjee, Nitish Kumar, Dharmvir Jha, AltafHussain Haji and Ruchika Gupta have been promoted to the Senior AdministrativeGrade (SAG).

Aditya Madanpotra shifted to Delhi (UPDATED)

Aditya Madanpotra has been transferred from A & N Island to Delhi. He is a 2016 batch IFS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Anurag Jain relieved to join as Vice Chairman, DDA (UPDATED)

The Government of Madhya Pradesh has relieved Anurag Jain of cadre responsibility to join as Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to Government of India. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

Three IAS officers get new assignments in West Bengal (UPDATED)

Subhra Chakraborti has been appointed as State Project Director at PBSSM, while Subhanjan Das was made Additional Secretary of Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal and Arnab Roy is Principal Secretary, Personnel and Administrative Department for additional charge of MD, WBHDCL and will also hold charge of Fisheries Department in West Bengal.

Sanjay Kumar appointed as Director (CX-3 & 9), CBIC (UPDATED)

Sanjay Kumar has been appointed as Director (CX-3 & 9), CBIC in the Department of Revenue for a period of five years. He is a 2005 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

J S Kandhar appointed as Deputy Secretary (TRU), CBIC (UPDATED)

J S Kandhar has been appointed as Deputy Secretary (TRU/CBIC) in the Department of Revenue for a period of four years. He is a 2007 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

R Ananth appointed as Deputy Secretary (Cus), CBIC (UPDATED)

R Ananth has been appointed as Deputy Secretary (Customs), CBIC in the Department of Revenue for a period of four years. He is a 2009 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

Arun Singhal appointed as CEO, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (UPDATED)

Arun Singhal has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India. He is a 1987 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.

S Gopalakrishnan appointed as Additional Secretary, PMO (UPDATED)

S Gopalakrishnan has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office. He is a 1991 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Rajendra Kumar appointed as Additional Secretary, Electronics & IT (UPDATED)

Rajendra Kumar has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Subir Mallick appointed as Additional Secretary & FS, Agricultural Research & Education (UPDATED)

Subir Mallick has been appointed as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Department of Agricultural Research and Education. He is a 1989 batch IA &AS officer.

C Sridhar appointed as Joint Secretary, PMO (UPDATED)

C Sridhar has been appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office. He is a 2001 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.

Ms Alakananda Dayal appointed as Joint Secretary, Agriculture (UPDATED)

Ms Alaknanda Dayal has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare. She is a 2000 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.

Ms Pallavi Agarwal appointed as Member Secretary, NMA (UPDATED)

Ms Pallavi Agarwal has been appointed as Member Secretary, National Monuments Authority (NMA). She is a 1991 batch IRS-IT officer.

Surendra Prasad Yadav appointed as Joint Secretary, Defence Production (UPDATED)

Surendra Prasad Yadav has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Defence Production. He is a 1996 batch IFS officer of West Bengal cadre.

Ms V Radha appointed as Joint Secretary, DPIIT (UPDATED)

Ms V Radha has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade. She is a 1994 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Manish Tiwari appointed as Joint Secretary, MHA (UPDATED)

Manish Tiwari has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs. He is a 1995 batch IRTS officer.

Vijay Kumar Singh appointed as Member (Fin), DDA (UPDATED)

Vijay Kumar Singh has been appointed as Member (Finance), Delhi Development Authority (DDA). He is a1995 batch ICAS officer.

Ateesh Kumar Singh appointed as Joint Secretary, MSME (UPDATED)

Ateesh Kumar Singh has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He is a 1994 batch IRTS officer.

Anupam Mishra appointed as Joint Secretary, DMEO (UPDATED)

Anupam Mishra has been appointed as Joint Secretary (A&F), Development Monitoring & Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog. He is a 1995 batch IES officer.

Ms Vinod Kotwal appointed as Member Secretary, NPPA (UPDATED)

Ms Vinod Kotwal has been appointed as Member Secretary, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). She is a 1994 batch IP&TA&FS officer.

 
Ghanshyam Prasad appointed as Joint Secretary, Power (UPDATED)

Ghanshyam Prasad has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power. he is a 1989 batch CPES officer.

Ms Himabindu Madhumbai appointed as Joint Secretary, Revenue (UPDATED)

Ms Himabindu Madhumbai has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Revenue. She is a 1999 batch IA &AS officer.

Vipin Kumar appointed as Joint Secretary, School Education (UPDATED)

Vipin Kumar has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy. He is a 1996 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.

Sunil Kumar appointed as Joint Secretary, Science & Tech (UPDATED)

Sunil Kumar has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Science & Technology. He is a 1999 batch IFS officer of Punjab cadre.

Ms R Jaya appointed as Joint Secretary, Tribal Affairs (UPDATED)

Ms R Jaya has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

Ms Roopa Rashi appointed as Textile Commissioner (UPDATED)

Ms Roop Rashi has been appointed as Textile Commissioner, Mumbai. She is a 1994 batch IA & AS officer.

Ms Meera Mohanty appointed as Director, PMO (UPDATED)

Ms Meera Mohanty has been appointed as Director in the Prime Minister's Office. She is a 2005 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.

Ms Smita Sarangi appointed as Deputy Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat (UPDATED)

Ms Smita Sarangi has been appointed as Deputy Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat. She is a 2008 batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre.

D K Sekar returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

D K Sekar, Additional DGFT, Chennai, DGFT, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre on grounds of availing promotion in the cadre. He is a 1995 batch IA & AS officer.

Ms Meera Ranjan Tshering returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Ms Meera Ranjan Tshering, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, has been given premature repatriation to her parent cadre on grounds of availing promotion in the cadre. She is a 1988 batch IPoS officer.

Ms Ritu Sharma appointed as Director, Investment & Public Asset Management (UPDATED)

Ms Ritu Sharma has been appointed as Director, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management. She is a 2005 batch IRS-IT officer.

 

Two IAS Officers shifted in Maharashtra (UPDATED)
P Siva Sankar, Chairman and Managing Director, Maharashtra State Warehousing Corporation, Pune has been posted as Municipal Commissioner, Solapur Municipal Corporation, Solapur and Deepak Taware, Municipal Commissioner, Solapur Municipal Corporation, Solapur was made Chairman and Managing Director, Maharashtra State Warehousing Corporation, Pune in Maharashtra.


WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
Singal again MD & CEO of Arvind SmartSpaces Ltd.

Arvind SmartSpaces has re-appointed Kamal Singal as Managing Director and CEO of the company w.e.f. June 1, 2020.

Tiwari quits as ED of Gulshan Polyols

Suresh Kumar Tiwari has quit as Executive Director of Gulshan Polyols.

Varadarajan again Whole-time Director of Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals

Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals Ltd has re-appointed R.Varadarajan as Whole-time Director of the company w.e.f. June 5, 2020. 

Saini quits as CS of Ganesh Holdings

Banwari Lal Saini has quit as Company Secretary of Ganesh Holdings Ltd.

Whispers Forum
FORUM

Restoration of full pension

A week ago, I had emailed you the third post about a MOF official calling me to say the recovery beyond 11 years is something like an insurance premium to which I explained saying my suggestion was to restore the  pension only after 12 years and not 11 years as demanded by the Retired IPS Officers' Association before the Delhi High Court in 2017. I would highly appreciate if you could kindly carry it as I have no intention to continue to write on this topic any more.

I have forwarded the certificate issued by President Donald Trump. I have explained to both Lara Trump (Eric Trump's wife & President Trump's daughter in law) Senior Advisor Trump's Re election  campaign that i am neither a Permanent Resident of US nor a US citizen. I also told Ms Ivanka Trump when she got in touch with me two months ago when I politely declined her invitation to Delhi. A year ago Donald   Trump my Facebook as the official login page of :President Trump  when Shri Jayashankar had called Sri TN Seshan to ask me to remove my Facebook page as this had not gone well with the  powers in Delhi ( Jayashankar is the son of late K  Subramanian IAS (TN 1951 topper)   a close friend of Seshan I did try but the Facebook Chairman who lives in the  US refused and  I climosed my FB. Trump was impressed by my articles on him  Some are attached   Jimmy Carter who has sponsored me for the  Economics Nobel 2020 did not approve of  my articles on Donald Trump

Sitnaram Gurumurthi  IAS Retired

 

One More Year Of Good Governance In India

Narendra Modi completes one more year of good governance in India on May 30, 2020 in his second term as Prime Minister. In this one year he has corrected a great historical blunder by abrogating Article 370/35A inserted in the Constitution of India unconstitutionally and unwisely. It was such a huge strategic blunder that the country has paid a very heavy price for it. Narendra Modi’s name will be written in Golden Letters as a statesman of extra-ordinary qualities for this act of political sagacity. Narendra Modi has devoted the year for introducing structural changes in many areas like finance, economy, agriculture. Unfortunately, the Congress and other political parties once against lost the year in foul-mouthing the prime minister. Their vision is so short that they continued to play the political games of the last century and failed. They displayed only hatred for the prime minister personally and his admirers generally, calling them “Bhaktas”, though they only set new standards of sycophancy on a daily basis. They ridiculed patriotism liberally, spoofed corruption where there was none because they are unable to accept the reality of a transparent and honest government working in India. The Opposition, especially the Congress Party and the Leftists, tried to develop an anti-Modi narrative in COVID-19 too. They spared no occasion to attack the Prime Minister for the lockdown and tried to incite the masses to disobey the government orders. The people rejected the opposition and supported the government wholeheartedly. During lockdown 4.0 they heightened their assault in the name of the economy, jobs and employment as workers were laid off in large numbers. Millions of the workers started moving to their native place, braving all difficulties by whatever mode of transport was available or on foot. It saddened the whole country to see the workers with their families and children undertake the journey on foot without getting food or water. The opposition has been looking for such a scenario to validate their hate campaign against Narendra Modi and the government. However, no political party showed any love or care by serving food or water to these walking workers, whom they call “majdoor”, a word equivalent of labour but highly derogatory coming from feudal glossary of the manor born. They only used their misery to attack the government, demanding opening of transport and the economy. They imagined that the government was caught in a bind and will never be able to extricate itself from it, at least in the next few months and by that time they will arouse enough public anger to dislodge Narendra Modi. The misfortune of the opposition is that they are led by people who refuse to acknowledge the stature of Narendra Modi. The prime minister held more than one video conference with the Chief Ministers, some of them from the opposition parties, to brief them on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic induced medical emergency and steps needed to contain its spread in the country. Similar conferences were held with the leaders of the opposition parties. The need was to work together to fight the disease. The prime minister tried to take everyone on board but the opposition carried on as usual creating unrest in the name of the labour, though they had party workers, Youth Wings and Student Wings in every nook and corner of India and could have exhibited a bit of social responsibility, if not charity/philanthropy, by helping the needy workers traversing to their homes. This presented a very difficult situation before the government. Left with no scope for any further sacrifice from the people affected by nearly two-month long lockdown, the Government of India decided to run special trains to ferry the workers. The flexibility shown by the government un-nerved the opposition and many state governments expressed unwillingness to allow the trains. The government also declared opening of air travel from 25th May 2020, and again many (opposition run) state governments expressed unwillingness for it. The political parties found themselves unprepared for this sudden turn of events. Used to the jargon of communal politics played by them, the opposition lost the narrative as it became their responsibility now rather than that of the government of India or Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The work done by Narendra Modi is bound to bring a positive change in the attitude and functioning of the opposition parties in India post COVID-19. The politics overloaded style of working of these parties will change to economic and development ideology dominated approach and language. COVID-19 has taught many lessons to the world and India too. Politics in India will not be the same anymore. States will need to develop local livelihood for their people rather than exporting them to industrially developed states. The migrant workers are not majdoor but skilled, trained and experience hands capable of producing goods and services making valuable contribution to the economy and GDP. The states which have driven them away in the first place to distant places for employment and now the states that have pushed them back to their native places, both will suffer unless intelligent correctives are employed to create local opportunities and labour is treated with respect for its contribution instead of pitying them and throwing crumbs at them in lieu of their labour. The effects of COVID-19 will affect the world for many more months. Even if a drug to treat it or a vaccine is produced, the world economy will take years to recover. Added to it is the way technology is bound to reduce opportunities of employment. Reorganisation and restructuring of work as WFH will become another norm to cut expenses and AI will further cut in to prospects of employment worldwide.

M L Gupta

 

Under stress due to CoronaVirus

A lot of people are under stress nowadays, due to coronavirus. Even children are suffering. Ways to reduce stress are to chant some mantra, sing some bhajan, meditate and exercise. Remembering God, Allah, Ishwar, Bhagwan, Akal Purakh are also good stress busters. One may also remember the gurus, Guru Nanak Devji, Sai Baba and so on. Another way to bust stress and depression is to look for ways to be compassionate and help people.

Vijay Kumar

DATE WITH RTI

Filing RTI Application with one’s own organisation

An employee filed an application with his own public authority seeking information certain information about the decision of an independent committee. The desired information was not provided to her by the PIO while stating that she can get the information through proper channel. The PIO submitted that the appellant being an employee of the same organisation, the RTI application was put up before the higher authorities and based on the decisions taken by the higher authorities, a reply was provided to her. The CIC held that the PIO was supposed to address the points raised by the Appellant in her RTI application rather than stating that the applicant being herself an employee of the respondent is a part of information provider and can get the information through proper channel. The CIC cautioned the PIO to strictly follow the RTI regime while handling the RTI applications in future.

Comments

As per Section 3 of the RTI Act, a citizen has every right to file a RTI application and the PIO is legally bound to reply to the same. Even though one may be an employee of the organisation, it does not take away the right to file an application under the RTI Act to that organisation as a citizen.

Citation: Ani Dath v. ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute in Decision no.: CIC/CARIT/A/2018/166218/02856, Date of Decision: 12/02/2020

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.co

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