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POLITICS (2024-07-22)

Have China & Pakistan engineered violence in Bangladesh?

Some reports indicate that China and Pakistan reportedly engineered the recent violent protest in Bangladesh. Reports also suggest that recently PM Hasina abruptly left the China visit due to some mysterious reasons. India is cautiously watching the development. Sources said the 'all weather friends' are trying to destabilize the eastern border of India.

 

More allies likely to join NDA after Parliament Session?

Insiders say there is a strong possibility of a couple of regional parties joining the NDA. Several Independent MPs are already in touch with HM Amit Shah.

Eight officers quit Indian Revenue Service-Customs (2024-07-22)

As many as eight officers have resigned from the Indian Revenue Service of Customs. The officers are: Mrs Aruna S Arekar,  V Soundarajan,  Ms Kalpana Roy, Mrs B Sumathi, Sunil Kumar, Subhash Pujari, Vangesh Ramesh Babu and Dr Binitha Puspakaran.

Sleeper Vande Bharat Exp set to run soon (2024-07-22)

The Indian Railways is going to introduce the sleeper Vande Bharat express trains. Trial run is likely to start in the last week of July.

Administrative merger of NTIPRIT, NICF & WMTDC into one training academy (2024-07-22)

The Department of Telecommunications has recommended the administrative merger of National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training (NTIPRIT), National Institute of Communication Finance (NICF) and Wireless Monitoring Training & Development Centre (WMTDC) into a single entity named National Communications Academy (NCA) with immediate effect. The composition of the Governing Council of the NCA will include Chairperson (Secretary - Telecom); 4 members (Finance, Services, and Technology and Wireless Advisor); and Member Secretary (Additional Secretary-Telecom).

ICs post advertised by Ministry of Textiles (2024-07-22)

The Ministry of Textiles has advertised for the post of Independent Consultants (ICs) on contractual basis. The applications must reach on or before August 11, 2024.

Post of LPAI Chairperson to fall vacant on Dec 2, 2024 (2024-07-22)

The post of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) Chairperson will fall vacant on December 2, 2024. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has invited applications for the same. The applications must reach on or before August 27, 2024.

GM-D&M, NHSRCL post for New Delhi location advertised (2024-07-22)

The Ministry of Railways has invited applications from IRSEE and IRSME officers for the post of General Manager (D&M) National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) for New Delhi location on deputation basis. More information can be availed from www.nhsrcl.in.

Post of CPM (Civil-Underground) advertised by DMRC (2024-07-22)

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) has invited applications from IRSE Group A officers for the post of Chief Project Manager (Civil-Underground) for DMRC Patna Project. Applications must reach on or before August 6, 2024.

Three NF-SAG/ IRHS officers appointed to officiate in SA Grade (2024-07-22)

Three NF-SAG/ IRHS officers have been appointed to officiate in SA Grade under the Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) Scheme. These officers and their date of promotion are Akhilesh Kashyap & Ms Mukta Mandal (July 20, 2024) and Mahendra Kumar Tatwade (July 19, 2024).

 

Vikas Kumar transferred to Eastern Railway (2024-07-22)

Vikas Kumar has been transferred to Eastern Railway and posted in the cadre. He is an Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers IRSSE officer.

Interviews for Asstt Director (Corp Law), SFIO from Aug 19 (2024-07-22)

As many as 65 candidates have been shortlisted for the interviews for the post of Assistant Director (Corporate Law) in the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The interviews will be held from August 19 to 22.

Retd Govt officials required as Chief Technical Consultant in NESTS (2024-07-22)

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, invites applications from Engineering/Construction division of Central Government/State Government/Central & State PSUs has advertised for the engagement of retired government employees on contract basis as Chief Technical Consultant in the National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS). The applications must reach on or before August 18, 2024.

Scientists required in Dept of Sc & Tech (2024-07-22)

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has advertised for the filling up of the posts of Scientists.

Last date for India-UK Joint opportunity in DST-EPSRC is Sept 24 (2024-07-22)

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has advertised for the India-UK Joint opportunity in Telecommunications Research (DST-EPSRC). The applications must reach on or before September 24, 2024.

Dy Manager (HRMS) advertised for CRIS (2024-07-22)

The Centre for Railway Information Systems has advertised for the post of Deputy Manager (HRMS) for New Delhi location on deputation basis.

Dy Dir (Engg) post advertised by Shipping Ministry (2024-07-22)

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has advertised for the post of Deputy Director (Engineering) on deputation basis in the Development Wing of the Ministry.

Six IAS officers get new responsibilities in Telangana (2024-07-22)

Six IAS officers have been assigned new responsibilities in Telangana. Vikas Raj has been posted as Special Chief Secretary, Transport, Housing and General Administration (Coordination with GoI and Smart Governance) Department, while Benhur Mahesh Ekka was appointed PS, Services, GAD and Ms Radhika Gupta joins as Additional Collector (Local Bodies), Medchal Malkajgiri. Similarly, Dr A Sharath, Secretary, Tribal Welfare, is placed in full additional charge (FAC) of Commissioner, Tribal Welfare; Mrs Kora Lakshmi, Director, Sports, will hold FAC of MD, Telangana State Warehousing Corporation and S Harish, Joint Secretary, TR&B Dept, gets FAC of Special Secretary, Revenue (Disaster Management).

Two IAS officers get new responsibilities in Gujarat (2024-07-22)

Two IAS officers have been given new responsibilities in Gujarat. Ms Arti Kanwar, Secretary, Finance (Economic Affairs), will hold additional charge of Chief Commissioner of State Tax, Ahmedabad, while Mrs Ponugumatla Bharathi has been appointed as Special Commissioner of State Tax, Ahmedabad.

Three IPS officers shifted in UP (2024-07-22)

Three IPS officers have been shifted in UP. Upendra Kumar Agrawal has been posted as IGP, EOW, while Amit Verma has joined as Joint Police Commissioner, Law & Order, Lucknow and Santosh Kumar Mishra is appointed SP, Training & Security, Lucknow.

Major administrative reshuffle in AP (2024-07-22)

In a major administrative reshuffle, as many as 62 IAS officers have been given new assignments in Andhra Pradesh. Sridhar is posted as Commissioner, Minorities Welfare with full additional charge (FAC) of VC & MD, Minorities Finance Corporation, while M V Seshagiri Babu is shifted as Inspector General, Stamps & Registrations and Mrs G Rekha Rani will join as Commissioner, Handlooms & Textiles. Similarly, Chevvuru Hari Kiran will be posted as Director, Public Health and Family Welfare with FAC of MD, National Health Mission; G Veerapandian as Chief Executive Officer, Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP); M Harinarayanan as Director, Municipal Administration; Lathkar Srikesh Balaji Rao as Director, Survey, Settlement & Land Records; Dr Mallikarjuna A as Director, BC Welfare with FAC of VC & MD, Backward Classes Cooperative Finance Corporation; Prasanna Venkatesh V as Secretary, AP Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (APSWREIS); Girisha P S as VC & MD, AP Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.; Dr Manazir Jeelani Samoon as Managing Director, AP MARKFED with FAC of VC & MD, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP); Mrs Kritika Shukla as Director, Intermediate Education with FAC of the post of Secretary, Board of Intermediate Education, and Director, Adult Education; Pattanshetti Ravi Subash as Chairman & Managing Director, CPDCL; Lakshisha G as MD, Andhra Pradesh Medical Services & Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMSIDC) with FAC of the post of CEO, NTR Vaidya Seva; M Venugopal Reddy as Director, Women Development & Child Welfare; P Raja Babu as MD, AP State Housing Corporation; Nishant Kumar as Director, Excise & Prohibition; GC Kishore Kumar as MD, Mission for Clean Krishna Godavari Canals; Mrs M Vijaya Suneetha as Director, Agriculture Marketing; Dr K Srinivasulu as Director, Horticulture; Mrs B Lavanya Veni as Director, Social Welfare; Muttimbaku Abhishikth Kishore as MD, APIIC with FAC of the post of VC & MD APTDC; Dr A Siri as Director, Secondary Health with FAC of MD, APSACS; S Rama Sundar Reddy as Commissioner, R&R and Commissioner CADA; Mrs Kirthi Chekuri as Joint Managing Director, APTRANSCO duly relieving K V N Chakardhar Babu from FAC. Among other transfers, Gummala Ganesh Kumar is posted as MD, Skill Development Corporation and Director, Technical Education; P Sampath Kumar as Commissioner, GVMC; Mrs B Navya as Director, Tribal Welfare; Kothamasu Dinesh Kumar as Commissioner, Guntur Municipal Corporation; Dhyanachandra HM as Commissioner, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC); Praveen Adhithya C V as CEO, AP Maritime Board, duly relieving Dr N Yuvaraj from FAC; Mrs Nishanthi T as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Konaseema District; Himanshu Kaushik as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, East Godavari District; Amilineni Bhargav Teja as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Guntur; Mrs Narapureddy Mourya as Commissioner, Tirupati Municipal Corporation; Mrs Shrivas Nupur Ajaykumar as Joint Secretary, O/o CCLA, AP; Ganore Suraj Dhananjay as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Palnadu District; Mrs Kalpana Kumari as Managing Director, Girijana Cooperative Corporation Ltd; Ketan Garg as Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Rajamahendravaram; R Govinda Rao as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Kakinada; N Tej Bharat as Municipal Commissioner, Kadapa Municipal Corporation; Mrs D Haritha as Project Officer, ITDA, KR Puram; G Surya Sai Praveenchand as Additional Commissioner, AP CRDA; Mrs Bhawna as Municipal Commissioner, Kakinada Municipal Corporation; Mallarapu Naveen as Additional Commissioner, AP CRDA; C Vishnu Charan as Joint Collector & Additional District magistrate, Nandyal District; Mrs Nidhi Meena as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, NTR District; Katta Simhachalam as Project Officer, ITDA, Rampachodavaram; Shubham Bansal as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Tirupati District; Mallavarapu Suryateja as Municipal Commissioner, Nellore Municipal Corporation; Tatimakula Rahul Kumar Reddy as Project Officer, ITDA, Seethampeta; Noorul Quamer as Deputy Secretary to Government, Finance Department; Farman Ahmad Khan as Joint Collector and Additional District Magistrate, Srikakulam District; Mrs Aditi Singh as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Kadapa District; Sedhu Madhavan as Project Officer, ITDA, Parvathipuram; Mrs Pedditi Dhatri Reddy posted Eluru District; Adharsh Rajendran as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Annaayya District; Abhishek Gowda as Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Alluri Sitha Rama Raju District; Y Megha Swaroop as Sub Collector, Madanapalle; Mrs Waikhom Nydia Devi as Sub Collector, Rajampeta and V R K Teja Mylavarapu is posted as Director, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development.

Amal Garg returns to parent cadre (2024-07-22)

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 Servants allowed taking part in RSSS activities (2024-07-22)

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 Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSSS).

 

Anurag Goyal gets proforma promotion to PrCCIT grade (2024-07-22)

Anurag Goyal has been accorded proforma promotion to the grade of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, CBDT. He is an IRS-IT officer.

 

Ms Garima Lekhwani appointed as DCIT in PrCCIT office, Mumbai (2024-07-22)

Ms Garima Lekhwani has been appointed as DCIT(OSD) in the office of Principal CCIT, Mumbai. She is an IRS-IT officer.

 

Sanjay Kumar Shukla is also Additional Director, WCCB HQ (2024-07-22)

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 (2024-07-22)

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.

 

Sonowal approves Development of Agricultural Commodity at JNPA (2024-07-22)

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA) - India’s Best Performing Port, received approval from the  Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal Approves the Development Export-Import cum Domestic of an Agricultural Commodity-based Processing & Storage Facility at JNPA on July 19th, 2024. This is India's first one-of-its-kind facility provided being provided by JN Port.  Speaking about the initiative, Unmesh Sharad Wagh, IRS, Chairman, JNPA, said, “Following the theme laid by the ministry about the ‘port-led development’ and JNPA’s efforts for ‘Port led industrialisation’ we are developing Domestic Agricultural Commodity based Processing & Storage Facility the primary objective of the project is to mitigate wastage due to multiple handling, unhygienic storage and extend the shelf life of a variety of produce. This initiative aligns with our aim to create a comprehensive port ecosystem.” The proposed facility is planned on 27 acres of land and is designed to provide comprehensive services including processing, sorting, packing, and laboratory facilities, emphasizing its commitment to ensuring compliance with food safety and trade regulations and shall cater to the agricultural commodities not only of Maharashtra but also of other states such as Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.  The export infrastructure is strategically designed to include essential facilities such as Cold Storage. Ensuring optimal temperature management crucial for preserving product freshness and quality Pre- -cooling Facilities: Vital for preparing perishable goods for transport, and maintaining their integrity throughout the journey. Frozen Storage: Designed to accommodate goods requiring deep freeze conditions to preserve texture, taste, and nutritional value. Dry Warehouses: Providing secure storage solutions for non-perishable goods, safeguarding them from environmental factors. On the import side, the facility will mirror these capabilities with dedicated frozen and cold storage options, along with dry warehouses, ensuring seamless handling and storage solutions for imported goods. With advanced technology and efficient processing and preservation techniques, the facility is poised to significantly reduce post-harvest losses, thereby positively impacting the entire agricultural supply chain The project, estimated at Rs 285 crores, will be executed in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode and Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) model. Interested companies can download the tender document from JNPA’s website, www.jnport.gov.in OR log on to the Central Public Procurement Portal (https://eprocure.gov.in/eprocure/app).  This initiative represents a significant step forward for India's agricultural and port sectors. This project underscores JNPA's unwavering commitment to sustainability, and fortifying India's position in the global agricultural landscape. The launch is anticipated to mark a significant milestone in the evolution of India's agricultural sector.

 

enure of Ravi Kumar Arora as Joint Secretary, Housing & Urban Affairs extended (2024-07-22)
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 (2024-07-22)
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.
Upgrading posting of Rajiv Jalota to Secretary level extended (2024-07-22)
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 (2024-07-22)
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 (2024-07-22)
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 (2024-07-22)
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 (2024-07-22)
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 (2024-07-22)
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 (2024-07-22)
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.
Rajat Agrawal re-appointed MD, Gravita India Ltd (2024-07-22)

Rajat Agrawal has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Gravita India Limited effective from September 25, 2024.

 

Ms. Desai appointed Addl. Director, Super Bakers (India) Ltd (2024-07-22)

Ms. Anal R Desai has been appointed as an Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Super Bakers (India) Limited effective September 1, 2024.

QM Hararwala appointed Addl. Director, Oxford Industries Ltd (2024-07-22)

Quaid Mohammed Hararwala has been appointed as Additional Independent Non-Executive Director of Oxford Industries Limited.

D Champaneri appointed Addl. Director, Suvidha Infraestate Corporation Ltd (2024-07-22)

Dharmendra Champaneri has been appointed as Additional Independent Non-Executive Director of Suvidha Infraestate Corporation Limited, effective September 1, 2024.

Dr M Sai Kumar appointed Addl. Director, Seshasayee Paper and Boards Ltd (2024-07-22)

Dr. M. Sai Kumar, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director of Tamilnadu Industrial Investment Corporation Limited (TIIC), Chennai, has been appointed as Additional Director of Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited.

TCA Ranganathan appointed Addl. Director, Seshasayee Paper and Boards Ltd (2024-07-22)

TCA Ranganathan has been appointed as an Additional Director (Independent) of Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited.

Dr C Chandramouli appointed Addl. Director, Seshasayee Paper and Boards Ltd (2024-07-22)

Dr. C Chandramouli, IAS (Retd.), has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent) of Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited.

Ms Udhwani appointed Addl. Director, Prism Finance Ltd (2024-07-22)

Ms. Rajkumari R. Udhwani has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent Woman) of Prism Finance Limited effective September 1, 2024.

Parth B Thakkar appointed Addl. Director, Prism Finance Ltd (2024-07-22)

Parth B Thakkar has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Prism Finance Limited effective September 1, 2024.

 

BM Tanna appointed Addl. Director, Kirloskar Pneumatic Co. Ltd (2024-07-22)

Bimal Manu Tanna has been appointed as an Additional Director (Independent) of Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited.

Deepak Bagla appointed Addl. Director, Kirloskar Pneumatic Co. Ltd (2024-07-22)

Deepak Bagla has been appointed as an Additional Director (Independent) of Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited.

Ms. Soni appointed Addl. Director, Mayur Leather Products Ltd (2024-07-22)

Ms. Jyoti Soni has been appointed as an Additional Director (Independent) of Mayur Leather Products Limited.

HV Modi quits as ED, Indian Infotech & Software Ltd (2024-07-22)

Hemant V Modi has resigned from the position of Executive Director of Indian Infotech & Software Limited.

FORUM (2024-07-22)

Railway incidents

In the recent past, there have been many railway accidents. On the other hand, railway technical officers of senior level do non technical work in MCD Delhi.  Could anybody share why and whose instances?

Kuldeep Mendiratta

 

DATE WITH RTI (2024-07-22)

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