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POLITICS (2024-02-21)

Who will be Ajit Pawar of Karnataka?

Who will join the BJP to take over the reins of Karnataka? Political observers do not rule out the possibility of some Congress leader joining hands with BJP to become Chief Minister of Karnataka.


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20 IAS officers of 1993 batch empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Altogether 20 IAS officers belonging to 1993 batch have been empanelled to the rank of Secretary in the Government of India.

Post of Alok Sharma as Director, SPG upgraded to DG level (2024-02-21)

The post of Alok Sharma as Director, SPG has been upgraded to DG level. He is a 1991 batch IPS officer of UP cadre.

Brij Mohan Agrawal gets additional charge of Member (Infra), RB (2024-02-21)

Ex-post facto approval has been given by ACC for entrustment of additional charge of Member (Infra), Railway Board to Brij Mohan Agrawal, DG (Safety), Railway Board, with effect from January 1, 2024.

Roopa Srinivasan gets additional charge of Member (Fin), RB (2024-02-21)

Ex-post facto approval has been given by ACC for entrustment of additional charge of Member (Finance), Railway Board to Ms Roopa Srinivasan, AM (Revenue), Railway Board,  w e f January 1, 2024.

Sandeep Pondrik empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Sandeep Pondrik has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre.

Amit Agrawal empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Amit Agrawal has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre.

 

Kamlesh Kumar Pant empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Kamlesh Kumar Pant has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.

Deepti Umashankar empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Deepti Umashankar has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. She is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

V Umashanakar empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

V Umashankar has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

Sanjeev Kumar empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Sanjeev Kumar has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Deepti Gaur Mukerjee empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Deepti Gaur Mukerjee has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. She is a 1993 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

Amardeep Singh Bhatia empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Amardeep Singh Bhatia has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre.

Ashok Kumar Kaluram Meena empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Ashok Kumar Kaluram Meena has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.

Nikunja Bihari Dhal empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Nikunja Bihari Dhal has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. Dhal is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.

Tanmay Kumar empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Tanmay Kumar has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Dheeraj Kumar empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Dheeraj Kumar has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

 

Sunil Paliwal empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Sunil Paliwal has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Nagaraju Maddirala empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Nagaraju Maddirala has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre.

Punjya Salila Srivastava empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Punya Salila Srivastava has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. Punya is a 1993 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.

Vikram Dev Dutt empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Vikram Dev Dutt has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.

Prabhat Kumar Mishra empanelled as Secretary in GoI (2024-02-21)

Prabhat Kumar Mishra has been empanelled for holding Secretary and Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.

Neerja Sekhar empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI (2024-02-21)

Neerja Sekhar has been empanelled for holding Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. Neerja is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

Sukriti Likhi empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI (2024-02-21)

Sukriti Likhi has been empanelled for holding Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. Sukriti is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

Surendra Kumar Bagde empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI (2024-02-21)

Surendra Kumar Bagde has been empanelled for holding Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1993 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Sanjay Sethi empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI (2024-02-21)

Sanjay Sethi has been empanelled for holding Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1992 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Deputation tenure of Vivek Aggarwal extended (2024-02-21)

The deputation tenure of Vivek Aggarwal working as Additional Secretary, Department of Revenue has been extended for a period up to February 10, 2026. He is a 1994 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

Deputation tenure of Sanjay Prasad extended (2024-02-21)

The deputation tenure of Sanjay Prasad working as Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure has been extended for a period of one year beyond March 25, 2024. He is a 1990 batch IRS-IT officer.

Deputation tenure of Ms Anuradha Thakur extended (2024-02-21)

The deputation tenure of Ms Anuradha Thakur working as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs has been extended upto March 24, 2025. She is a 1994 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.

Mrs Singh posted as SDO, Bilasipara, Assam (2024-02-21)

Mrs Srishti Singh has been transferred and posted as sub-divisional Officer, Bilasipara, Assam. She is a 2021 batch IAS officer.

Payeng is JD Assam Admin Staff College (2024-02-21)

Manoranjan Payeng has been transferred and posted as Joint Director Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara. He is a 2010 batch IAS officer.

Mrs Mahanta gets Secy Assam HRC addl charge (2024-02-21)

Mrs Kavyashree Mahanta Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Fishery Department has been posted as Secretary, Assam Human Rights Commission as additional charge. She also holds the post of Secretary Government of Assam, Fishery Department. She is a 2012 batch IAS officer.

UPSC issues e-summons to 817 candidates for interviews (2024-02-21)

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has issued e-summon letters to 817 students who cleared the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2023 to attend the personality test (interviews). The interviews will be held from March 18, 2024 to April 9, 2024.

Five IAS officers get new responsibilities in W Bengal (2024-02-21)

Five IAS officers have been reshuffled and given new responsibilities in W Bengal. Accordingly Sanjay Bansal has been appointed as Secretary, Backward Classes Welfare Department with additional charge of Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department and Managing Director, WBHIDCO, while Mrs Roshni Sen takes over as ACS, Environment Department and ACS, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Aquatic Resources and Fishing Harbour Department and Chairman and Managing Director, WBIDC. Similarly, Khalil Ahmed will be appointed as Principal Secretary, Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs Department; Mrs Neelam Meena as Principal Secretary, Consumer Affairs Department and Abhinav Chandra takes over as Director, Institute of Environmental Studies & Wetland Management.

Nominations invited for Development Commissioner, SEEPZ (2024-02-21)

Nominations of officers, who have been empanelled to hold Joint Secretary or equivalent posts at the Centre under the Central Staffing Scheme, are invited by March 16 to fill up the post of Development Commissioner (JS Level), Santa Cruz Exclusive Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ), Special Economic Zone, Mumbai under the Department of Commerce on deputation basis.

Post of Chairperson, JNPA to be filled on deputation (2024-02-21)

It is proposed to fill up the post of Chairperson (JS Level), Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), Navi Mumbai under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, on deputation basis and nominations are sought by March 16.

Manjesh Porwal appointed as Deputy Secretary, Housing & Urban Affairs (2024-02-21)

Manjesh Porwal has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. He is a 2014 batch ICoAS officer.

Mukesh Bahadur Singh appointed as Director, Housing & Urban Affairs (2024-02-21)

Mukesh Bahadur Singh has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affair. He is a 2008 batch IRPS officer.

George Thomas appointed as Deputy Secretary, Petroleum (2024-02-21)

George Thomas has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. He is a 2015 batch IFS officer.

 

A K Khandelwal empanelled to Level 17 posts of IRMS (2024-02-21)

A K Khandelwal, 1987 batch IRMS officer, has been empanelled to Level 17 posts of Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS).

Ravinder Goyal empanelled to Level 17 posts of IRMS (2024-02-21)

Ravinder Goyal, 1987 batch IRMS officer, has been empanelled to Level 17 posts of Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS).

Roopa Srinivasan empanelled to Level 17 posts of IRMS (2024-02-21)

Ms Roopa Srinivasan, 1987 batch IRMS officer, has been empanelled to Level 17 posts of Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS).

Hari Shankar Verma empanelled to Level 17 posts of IRMS (2024-02-21)

Hari Shankar Verma, 1987 batch IRTS officer, has been empanelled to Level 17 posts of Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS).

Ten IPS officers reshuffled in Delhi (2024-02-21)

Ten IPS officers have been reshuffled in Delhi. Ajay Chaudhary has been appointed as Spl. CP/SPUWAC, while Kime Kaming is posted as Joint CP/ Traffic and Keshav Ram Chaurasia takes over as  Joint CP/ EOW. Similarly, Vijay Singh was shifted as Joint CP/Transport Range; Jatin Narwal as Joint CP/Security; Ms Aslam Khan as Addl CP/ Vigilance; Asif Mohd. Ali as Joint Director, Delhi Police Academy; Abhishek Dhania as DCP/Vigilance; Nidhin Valsan as DCP/5th Bn., DAP and Achin Garg is now Addl. DCP, South District.

Nine DANIPS officers reshuffled in Delhi (2024-02-21)

Ten DANIPS officers have been reshuffled in Delhi. Ms C Anjitha has been appointed as Addl. DCP, North District, while Sukhraj Katewa was posted as DCP/ Security (PM) and Sikandar Singh takes over as Addl. DCP, North West District. Similarly, Nishant Gupta will be posted as Addl. DCP, Dwarka District; P A Mansukh as DGM, DPHCL; Alok Kumar as Addl. DCP, Rohini District; Mayank Bansal as Addl. DCP, South West District; Avnish Kumar as Addl. DCP, East District and Sunil is now Addl. DCP, East District.

Vineet Mathur appointed CPMG, Madhya Pradesh Circle (2024-02-21)

Vineet Mathur has been appointed as CPMG, Madhya Pradesh Circle, on repatriation from deputation. He is a 1994 batch Indian Postal Service (IPoS) officer.

 

Debasish Goswami is Sub-Divisional Officer, Rangia (2024-02-21)

Debasish Goswami has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Officer, Rangia in Assam. He is a 2017 batch IAS officer.

 

M Narah is ADC, Jorhat, Assam (2024-02-21)

Mogen Narah has been transferred and posted as Additional District Commissioner Jorhat in Assam. He is a 2015 batch officer and was posted in Bongaigaon.

 

Borah is ADC Jorhat, Assam (2024-02-21)

Pankaj Borah has been transferred and posted as Additional District Commissioner, Jorhat in Assam. He is a 2016 batch officer and was posted in Jorhat.

 

Dr Ranbir Singh re-employed as Chairman, Brahmaputra Board (2024-02-21)

Dr Ranbir Singh has been re-employed as Chairman, Brahmaputra Board on contract basis. He is a 1991 batch retired IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

 

13 Persons appointed as Joint Secretaries, Directors on lateral basis (2024-02-21)

As many as 13 Persons have been appointed as Joint Secretaries, Directories and Deputy Secretaries on contract basis under the lateral recruitment policy.

 

Minor reshuffle of IAS officers in Delhi Govt (2024-02-21)

Five IAS officers have been given new assignments in Delhi Government. Accordingly, Ms Sakshi Mittal has been appointed as Special Secretary to Lt Governor, while Tariq Thomas was made Additional Commissioner, MCD and Ms Ruhee Dugg is Commissioner, DDA. Similarly, Ms Veditha Reddy has been appointed as Deputy Commissioner, DM North East; Amol Srivastava was made Deputy Commissioner/DM East and Anil Banka (DANICS) was shifted to NDMC.

 

Vivek Gogia appointed as Director, NCRB (2024-02-21)

Vivek Gogia has been appointed as Director in NCRB. He is a 1991 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre.

R A Chandra Sekhar appointed as Special Director, IB (2024-02-21)

R A Chandra Sekhar has been appointed as Special Director, IB. He is a 1991 batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre.

Piyush Anand appointed as Special Director, CISF (2024-02-21)

Piyush Anand has been appointed as Special Director, CISF. He is a 1991 batch IPS officer.

Central deputation tenure of Yogesh Mohan Dixit extended (2024-02-21)

The central deputation tenure of Yogesh Mohan Dixit working as Director, Ministry of Home Affairs has been extended upto September 30, 2025. He is a 1998 batch IOFS officer.

NK Bhalotia appointed MD, Aris International Ltd (2024-02-21)

Nitin Kumar Bhalotia has been appointed as Managing Director of Aris International Limited with effect from February 3, 2024.

Rajesh Kundra appointed NE Director, TCI Finance Ltd (2024-02-21)

Rajesh Kundra has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of TCI Finance Limited.

Nitin Desai appointed NE Director, TCI Finance Ltd (2024-02-21)

Nitin Chandrakant Desai has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of TCI Finance Limited.

RP Kakodkar appointed Addl. Director, Granules India Ltd (2024-02-21)

Rajiv Pritidas Kakodkar has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) on the Board of Granules India Limited.

Ms Iyer appointed NE Director, Welcure Drugs And Pharmaceuticals Ltd (2024-02-21)

Ms. Deepika Krishnan Iyer has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Welcure Drugs And Pharmaceuticals Limited.

Ms. Zia re-appointed Whole-Time Director, Sahara One Media And Entertainment Ltd (2024-02-21)

Ms. Rana Zia has been appointed as Whole-Time Director of Sahara One Media And Entertainment Limited with effect from November 11, 2023.

RK Lal appointed NE Director, Sahara One Media And Entertainment Ltd (2024-02-21)

Rajiv Kumar Lal has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Sahara One Media And Entertainment Limited.

VM Shah quits as Ind. Director, Sellwin Traders Ltd (2024-02-21)

Viral Mukundbhai Shah has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Sellwin Traders Limited.

AK Baid bows out as NE Director, Gopal Iron & Steels Company (Gujarat) Ltd (2024-02-21)

Arvind Kumar Baid has ceased to be Non-Executive Independent Director of Gopal Iron & Steels Company (Gujarat) Limited on completion of his tenure effective from September 29, 2023.

Nitin Oza quits as NE Director, Aris International Ltd (2024-02-21)

Nitin Oza has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Aris International Limited.

Ms Mishra steps down as NE Director, Aris International Ltd (2024-02-21)

Ms. Ira Mishra has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Director of Aris International Limited.

FORUM (2024-02-21)

Rahul Gandhi’s yatra

The timing of Rahul’s yatra could not be more wrong. With LS polls drawing close, Rahul at this time should have been busy in holding meetings with party leaders of various states and energizing the disheartened workers. The negotiations with India alliance partners have taken a back seat and it is learnt the Congress alliance with SP in UP has failed, which is a big blow to the Opposition block.

Ritika Kumari

DATE WITH RTI (2024-02-21)

How are the colleges accredited?

The appellant sought for certain information from University Grants Commission (UGC) - a photocopy of the rules that education institutions cannot keep original documents of students such as marksheet, passing certificate, Migration certificate and other documents. He further asked for the number of members of NAAC team visit a college during inspection, the checks carried out by them, cost for NAAC inspection per college / per university, source of UGC revenue etc. Dissatisfied with the response received, the Appellant approached the CIC. The CIC observed that the appellant communicated to the Registry that he had received the requisite information and was not willing to pursue the second appeal any further. The CIC held that there is no scope for further intervention in the matter.

Comments

The UGC website contains some information on their website such as Annual reports. However, most of the information sought in the RTI application ought to have been provided suo-motu by the UGC. In this case, the CIC should have directed the UGC to put the information on their website. It would be prudent for the UGC to consider putting up a series of FAQ’s for the benefit of the students and their parents.

Citation: Abhishek Ranjan v. University Grants Commission, Second Appeal No. CIC/UGCOM/A/2023/622787; Date of Decision: 16.01.2024

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