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Speaker’s post not jinxed in new Parliament Building?

If one goes by the past history shows that the post of the Speaker Lok Sabha had been jinxed in the old Parliament Building -he either didn’t get a ticket or lost election. But this time Chair and the Lok Sabha building has changed and again OM Birla is the Speaker.

 

Nirmala Sitharaman creates history!

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has created history by presenting a Budget for the seventh consecutive year. That way she has broken the record of the late Morarji Desai also.

 

BUREAUCRACY HEADLINES
Whispers bureaucracy News
Term of Chairperson and CEO, RB ends in September

The term of Chairperson and CEO Railway Board, Jaya Verma Sinha will come to an end in September. After retirement last year in September, she was re-appointed from October 1 for one year.

Chairman AAI to move as Secretary?

Chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) Sanjeev Kumar is all set to move as Secretary in the Government of India in a week or two. He is 1993 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Nominations for Padma Awards 2025 open till Sept 15

The process to file nomination for the 2025 Padma Awards is open till 15th September this year. Union Home Ministry said the nominations and recommendations for Padma Awards will be received online on the Rashtriya Puraskar Portal. The Padma Awards, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri are amongst the highest civilian awards of the country. Instituted in 1954, these Awards are announced on the occasion of the Republic Day every year.

Upgrading posting of Rajiv Jalota to Secretary level extended

Upgrading posting of Rajiv Jalota as Chairperson, Mumbai Port Trust to Secretary level has been extended upto September 30, 2024. He is a 1988 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Upgrading posting of Manoj Sahay to Additional Secretary level extended

Upgrading posting of Manoj Sahay from Joint Secretary to Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure, has been extended upto August 9, 2025. He is a 1994 batch IA &AS officer.

Upgrading posting of Bhuvnesh Kumar to Additional Secretary level extended

Upgrading posting of Bhuvnesh Kumar from Joint Secretary to Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has been extended upto August 9, 2025. He is a 1995 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.

Upgrading posting of Nitishwar Kumar to Additional Secretary level extended

Upgrading posting of Nitishwar Kumar from Joint Secretary to Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Women & Child Development has been extended upto September 30, 2025. He is a 1996 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.

Upgrading posting of Nitesh Kumar Vyas to Additional Secretary level extended

Upgrading posting of Nitesh Kumar Vyas as Deputy Election Commissioner to Additional Secretary level in ECI, has been extended upto August 9, 2025. He is a 1996 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

Upgrading posting of Minhaj Alam to Additional Secretary level extended

Upgrading posting of Minhaj Alam from Joint Secretary to Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, has been extended upto March 31, 2025. He is a 1996 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.

Tenure of Nitin Deep Blaggan as Joint Director, CBI extended

The deputation tenure of Nitin Deep Blaggan working as Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has been extended for a period of two years beyond October 8, 2024. He is a 2003 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Tenure of Ravi Kumar Arora as Joint Secretary, Housing & Urban Affairs extended

The central deputation tenure of Ravi Kumar Arora working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has been extended for a period of two years beyond August 4, 2024. He is a 1006 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

 

Rajesh Kumar Yadav returns to parent cadre

Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre on personal grounds with imposition of extended off condition. He is a 1996 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

 

Amal Garg returns to parent cadre

Amal Garg, CVO, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Delhi, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre in order to avail the benefit of promotion in his cadre. He is a 1995 batch IRS-IT officer.

 

Govt says no Proposal to constitute 8th Central Pay Commission

The government has reiterated that it has no proposal to constitute the 8th Central Pay Commission for the revision of the pay and pension of Central Government employees. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said that two representations have been received for the constitution of the 8th Central Pay Commission in June 2024, but no such proposal is under consideration by the Government, at present.

 

Dr Debapriya Sengupta quits railway service

Dr Debapriya Sengupta has quit railway service with effect from August 31, 2024. She is an officer of Indian Railway Health Services, and was serving as Senior Professor (HM), NAIR/ Vadodara.

Anant Swarup quits railway service

Anant Swarup has quit railway service with effect from July 31, 2024. He is an IRPS officer and was working as the Additional Secretary in the Department of Commerce on deputation.

 

Hemanta Narzary is Special Monitor, NHRC

Hemanta Narzary has been appointed as Special Monitor of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

 

Pensioners are still waiting for Form 16

The largest PS bank SBI is taking too much time to supply Form 16 to pensioners this year. It was supposed to be given to the needy by July 15 but a large number of pensioners are still going to their respective branches but getting answers in the negative. Many pensioners are taxpayers and the last date of IT return submission is July 31. Will the finance ministry ask bankers for this unusual delay?

 

Media not allowed to cover inaugural function

First, the media was asked to register themselves for the coverage of the 46th World Heritage Convention(WHC), which was inaugurated by the PM on Sunday . On Saturday late evening they were informed that the inaugural session is not open for the media and the registered media will be allowed from Monday, July 22 onwards. The ministry of Culture has no convincing answer for 'invite with denial'.

 

UPSC releases list of candidates qualified for Mains

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has shared a list of 14627 candidates who have cleared the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2024 and qualified the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2024.

 

Govt Servants allowed taking part in RSS activities

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued a notification allowing the Government of India servants to take part in the activities of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

IGNOU Vice Chancellor post advertised

The Department of Higher Education has advertised for the post of Vice Chancellor for Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

 

 

M M Ayyappan is Non-Executive Chairman on NCGTC Limited Board

Manoj Muttathil Ayyappan, Joint Secretary Department of Financial Services (DFS),  has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman on the Board of National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Limited (NCGTC Limited).

 

Anurag Goyal promoted to PCIT grade

Anurag Goyal has been given proforma promotion to the grade of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

 

Ms Garima Lekhwani is DCIT, PrCCIT office, Mumbai

Ms Garima Lekhwani has been posted as Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax-Officer on Special Duty (DCIT-OSD) in the office of Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Mumbai (PrCCIT). She is a 2017 batch IRS-IT officer.

 

IAS officers reshuffled in Tamil Nadu

IAS officers have been reshuffled in Tamil Nadu. S Sheik Abdul Rahaman has been posted as Joint Commissioner of Municipal Administration, while Mrs Durga Moorthi joins as Joint Commissioner (Admin.), Commercial Taxes and Mrs K Karpagam was appointed Joint Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply. Similarly, Mrs Kavitha Ramu will take over as Director of Museums; H Krishnanunni as Commissioner of Treasuries and Accounts; Dr N O Sukhaputra as Commissioner, Corporation of Tiruneiveli; H S Srikanth as Commissioner, Corporation of Hosur; Dr S Anu as Commissioner, Corporation of Cuddalore; Ranjeet Singh as Commissioner, Corporation of Salem; R Sadheesh as Additional Collector (Development)/ Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, Erode; K Vivekanandan as MD, TN Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation; Hanish Chhabra as MD, New Tirupur Area Development Corporation; A Sivagnanam as CEO, Chennai Metropolitan Development Agency and Mrs S Amritha Joshi was appointed as MD, TN Handicrafts Development Corporation.

 

Ambalavanan appointed Director, EDII in Tamil Nadu

R Ambalavanan has been appointed as Director, Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute in Tamil Nadu. He is an IA&AS officer.

 

Sanjay Kumar Shukla is also Additional Director, WCCB HQ

Sanjay Kumar Shukla, MS, CZA, New Delhi, has been assigned an additional charge of Additional Director, WCCB (HQ). He is a 1992 batch Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer of MP cadre.

 

Prashant Rajagopal to also handle charge of Joint Director, WCCB HQ

Prashant Rajagopal, DIGF, NAEB, New Delhi, is assigned with additional charge of Joint Director, WCCB (HQ), New Delhi. He is a 2006 batch Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer of AGMUT cadre.

 

Ms Bharghava to oversee duties of Addl. Member (HR), Railway Board

Ms. Pramila H Bharghava, Additional Member (Staff), Railway Board, has been assigned additional duties of the post of Additional Member (Human Resources) of the Railway Board during Ms VG Bhooma’s leave from July 18, 2024, to September 2, 2024. She is an Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) officer.

 

Pankaj Khanna appointed Asst Pvt Secretary, MoS (Railways)

Pankaj Khanna, a non-government official, has been appointed as Assistant Private Secretary in the Personal Secretariat of Minister of State for Railways Ravneet Singh on a co-terminus basis.

 

VB Vishwakariya moved as AGM, NFR

VB Vishwakariya, who is currently serving as Principal Chief Electrical Engineer (PCEE) in Eastern Railway (ER), has been transferred to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and appointed as Additional General Manager (AGM). He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

 

Yogendra Baghel appointed ADRM, WCR

Yogendra Baghel, who is returning from deputation to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), has been transferred to West Central Railway (WCR) and appointed as Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM), Bhopal (BPL). He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

 

NLC organizes Customer Meet (UPDATED)

NLC India Ltd has organised Customer Meet July on 22, 2024 in Chennai participated by all customers of NLCIL. Speaking on the occasion, Prasanna Kumar Motupalli, CMD, NLC India said that this Customer meet was envisaged to bridge the gap between NLCIL and State DISCOMs and other stakeholders. He highlighted that customer focus and Commitment to Excellence for customer satisfaction are part of NLCIL Core values (NLCIL COMMITS). He also briefed the expansion plans of NLC India to the dignitaries present. He thanked all the customers for maintaining excellent relations and positive approach in resolving the issues with NLCIL. Rajesh Lakhani, CMD, TNPDCL appreciated NLCIL&’s efforts to improve customer relations and this initiative. He stated that TNPDCL is the biggest customer taking power from NLCIL power stations and with seamless communication and mutual understanding issues are being settled. M Venkatachalam, Director (Power), NLC India; Ms. Malarvizhi, Director Finance, TNPDCL; Prasanna Kumar Acharya, Director (Finance), NLC India also graced the occasion. The meet featured an open house interaction session, during which DISCOMs have requested the early completion of upcoming projects, ensuring availability of uninterrupted power at competitive prices, including bundling of RE power, and emphasized working in the interest of end consumers. Director (Finance) of NLCIL and his team addressed the queries and assured DISCOMs that with the innovation and diversification, NLCIL would meet its customer’s needs.

 

Sanjay Kumar Singh appointed as Director (Proj), NHPC Ltd (UPDATED)

Sanjay Kumar Singh, CGM, SJVN Ltd, has been appointed as Director (Projects), NHPC Limited. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.

 

Sanjay Shukla appointed as MD, NHB (UPDATED)

Sanjay Shukla, MD & CEO, Centrum Housing Finance Limited, has been appointed as Managing Director in National Housing Bank (NHB). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.

 

Darla Sunil Kumar appointed as Director (Fin), SECL (UPDATED)

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

 

Pranjol Chandra returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Pranjol Chandra, Director in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre on personal grounds. He is a 2001 batch IRSME officer.

 

Two IAS officers get new postings in Haryana (UPDATED)

Two IAS officers have been given new postings in Haryana. Renu S Phulia has been posted as Secretary, Home-I and Home-II Department, while Mahavir Kaushik joins as Deputy Commissioner, Bhiwani.

 

Cadre of Y D Bhutia transferred to Assam-Meghalaya (UPDATED)

Cadre of Ms Yangchen Doma Bhutia has been transferred from Tamil Nadu cadre to Assam-Meghalaya. She is a 2020 batch IPS officer.

 

Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, NSE, reacts to budget (UPDATED)

Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, NSE, has expressed views on the budget for the financial year 2024-25 presented by Finance Minister Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman. He said that the Finance Minister has given a huge fillip to job creation in India by ensuring that the private sector also participates in job creation in addition to the government sector while ensuring that India becomes the number 1 start up nation and a nation of entrepreneurs by providing relief on the angel tax as well as increasing Mudra loan scheme limit from Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 20 lakhs per person. She has also focused on increasing women participation in India’s labour force which will help India reap demographic dividend even further by increasing young women’s participation in the workforce. Skill development as a part of job creation has been also an out of the box idea from her while keeping infrastructure outlay intact and reducing fiscal deficit at 4.9% from the expectation of 5.1%. All these things are being achieved without much tinkering with the direct or indirect tax structure ensuring that India’s long term credit rating improves by giving a glide path to 4.5% fiscal deficit in 2025-26. Overall, 10/10.

 

Three IAS officers shifted in MP (UPDATED)

Avi Prasad has been appointed as Deputy Secretary, Mantralaya, while Dilip Kumar Yadav was made Collector, Katni and Ms Aditi Garg is appointed as Collector, Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.

 

BEL signs tripartite MoU for manufacture of indigenised ammunition (UPDATED)

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) today signed a tripartite MoU with joint stock company Rosoboronexport, Russia, and MSK Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd. for co-operation in the licensed production and supply of indigenised ammunition: 30 mm ammunition (HEI & HET), 40 mm ammunition (VOG-25) and 30 mm grenade ammunition (VOG-30 D). The MoU aims at leveraging the complementary strengths and capabilities of BEL and Rosoboronexport. It will enable the indigenisation of ammunition, as required by the Indian Army, in line with the Government of India's 'Make in India' and 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' initiatives. K V Suresh Kumar, Director (Marketing), BEL, and Viacheslav V Kozlov, Deputy Director General, Rosoboronexport, signed the MoU documents in Delhi today in the presence of Mr Anuj Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, MSK Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, and GMs of BEL.

 



WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
Randhir Singh appointed Executive VC, Indostar Capital Finance Ltd

Randhir Singh has been appointed as Whole-Time Director, designated as Executive Vice-Chairman, of Indostar Capital Finance Ltd.

 

M Hariharan appointed CEO, KBC Global Ltd

Muthusubramanian Hariharan has been appointed as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of KBC Global Limited effective July 9, 2024

 

JK Agrawal re-appointed MD, Triveni Glass Ltd

Jitendra Kumar Agrawal has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Triveni Glass Limited effective from January 1, 2025

 

Abhishek Bohra appointed MD, Ace Engitech Ltd

Abhishek Bohra has been appointed as Additional Director in the capacity of Executive and Managing Director of Ace Engitech Limited, effective June 28, 2024.

GB Bhayde appointed Addl. Director, Ace Engitech Ltd

Ganesh Bhanudas Bhayde has been appointed as an Additional Director in the capacity of Independent Director of Ace Engitech Limited, effective June 28, 2024.

 

Dinesh Nolkha re-designated as CMD, Nitin Spinners Limited

Dinesh Nolkha has been re-designated from Managing Director to Chairman and Managing Director of Nitin Spinners Limited with effect from October 1, 2024.

Nitin Nolkha appointed MD, Nitin Spinners Limited

Nitin Nolkha has been appointed as Managing Director of Nitin Spinners Limited with effect from October 1, 2024.

Pratyush Nolkha appointed Addl. Director, Nitin Spinners Limited

Pratyush Nolkha has been appointed as Additional Director (Executive) on the Board of Nitin Spinners Limited.

Vibha Aren appointed Addl. Director, Nitin Spinners Limited

Vibha Aren has been appointed as an Additional Director (Independent) on the Board of Nitin Spinners Limited.

 

VK Goyal appointed CEO, Rudra Ecovation Limited

VK Goyal has been appointed as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rudra Ecovation Limited.

RP Gupta appointed Director (Projects), Rudra Ecovation Ltd

Ravi Prakash Gupta has been appointed as Director (Projects) of Rudra Ecovation Limited.

 

Ms Desai appointed Addl. Director, Gujarat Craft Industries Ltd

Ms. Anal R. Desai has been appointed as an Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent Director and Woman Director) of Gujarat Craft Industries Limited with effect from September 1, 2024.

Paresh Sukhadiya appointed Whole-Time Director, Typhoon Financial Services Ltd

Paresh Sukhadiya has been appointed as Whole-Time Director of Typhoon Financial Services Limited effective from July 9, 2024.

Paresh Sukhadiya appointed Whole-Time Director, BISIL Plast Ltd

Paresh Sukhadiya has been appointed as Whole-Time Director of BISIL Plast Limited effective from July 9, 2024.

Vimal Bhandari appointed Addl. Director, Poly Medicure Ltd

Vimal Bhandari has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Independent Director of Poly Medicure Limited.

 

Sandeep Rao appointed NE Director, Digicontent Limited

Sandeep Rao has been appointed as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Digicontent Limited.

 

PC Shah appointed Addl. Director, Lumax Auto Technologies Limited

Parag Chandulal Shah has been appointed as an Additional Non-Executive Independent Director of Lumax Auto Technologies Limited.

 

Milap Jain ceases to be Director, Lumax Auto Technologies Limited

Milap Jain has ceased to be Independent Director of Lumax Auto Technologies Limited due to the completion of his tenure.

 

Roop Salotra ceases to be Director, Lumax Auto Technologies Limited

Roop Salotra has ceased to be Independent Director of Lumax Auto Technologies Limited due to the completion of his tenure.

 

Whispers Forum
FORUM

UPSC chairman resigns; will NTA chairperson follow suit?

Manoj Soni, chairman UPSC has resigned ostensibly due to ‘personal reasons’ but actually due to large scale corruption reported in the media with solid evidences. Parliament session is resuming shortly. But, what about P K Joshi, former chairperson UPSC, presently Chairman National Testing Agency (NTA).Both organizations are mired in controversies. As for the NEET, the petitions filed  by the aggrieved are sub judice before Supreme court that has ordered Centre-wise details of results to be uploaded on NTA website. Hearing will be resumed on July 22,2024.Depending on SC’s verdict on ReNEET, the present chairperson of NTA could also possibly put in his papers as the sanctity of exam has been compromised. Let us wait and watch which way, the wheels of Justice move? Both UPSC and NTA, are under cloud with serious allegations of corruption. Supreme court monitored inquiries by CBI, could be ordered in both matters. As for civil services Mains exams, there is a felt need to re-verify the authenticity of all certificates(community-SC,ST,OBC) Non-creamy layer, disability, number of attempts etc submitted by the current/incumbent aspirants who are preparing for C S Mains 2024 exams. The aspirants are confused and depressed ,fearing delay in the examination.

A K Saxena (A former civil servant)

 

DATE WITH RTI

Submission of proof of being a Legal Heir of the deceased

Copy of account opening form of a deceased person was denied by the Bank u/s 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act. When queried by the Commission regarding the submission of proof of being a Legal Heir of the deceased by the Appellant, the Respondent replied that no such proof has been submitted by the Appellant. The CIC advised the appellant to furnish the documentary proofs to the Respondent within 10 days from the date of receipt of this order. Further, the Respondent was directed to re-visit the RTI application and provide a correct revised reply to the appellant based on the aforesaid documentary proofs.

Comments

Many RTI applications are filed seeking information about a deceased person without any accompanying documents such as death certificate, legal heir proof, etc. If a person wishes to obtain any personal information about a deceased individual, then such documents should be enclosed alongwith the RTI application.

Citation: Neeta Singh v. Madhyanchal Gramin Bank, CIC/RUGBK/A/2022/136906; Date of Decision: 01.04.2024

Dr Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) 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 www.rtifoundationofindia.com

 

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