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Present team not to be disturbed?

It is widely believed that the present team of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to continue till June 2024.One need not go into details.


Mizoram organizations demand ECI to change counting date

Sunday is considered as a sacred day for worship and observance by Christian community and thus, a conglomerate of Mizoram churches has prayed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to allow a change in vote counting date. A delegation from the NGO Coordination Committee, featuring representatives from influential organisations will soon meet ECI to persuade to reconsider the scheduled vote-counting date. The counting of votes for all the five Vidhan Sabha elections will begin in the morning of December 3, which is Sunday.


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Atal Dulloo appointed as Chief Secretary of J&K

Atal Dulloo, Secretary, Department of Border Management, who was repatriated to the parent cadre, has been appointed as Chief Secretary of Jammu & Kashmir. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.

(We said this on November 21, 2023)

Home Secretary gets additional charge of Border Management

Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Home Secretary, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Border Management. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of AM cadre.

Tenure of Naresh Kumar as Chief Secretary of Delhi extended

The tenure of Naresh Kumar as Chief Secretary, Delhi Government, has been extended for a period of six months  upto May 31, 2024. He is a 1987 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

(We said this on October 30 and Nov, 2023)

Mrs Veera Rana gets additional charge of Chief Secretary, MP

Mrs Veera Rana, Chairperson, Board of Secondary Education & Commissioner, Agriculture Production, has been assigned an additional charge of Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh. She is a 1988 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.

(We  said this on Nov 24 and Nov 29, 2023)

Abhinav Kumar given additional charge of DGP, Uttarakhand

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) in Uttarakhand, Abhinav Kumar, who is a 1996 batch IPS officer has been given the additional charge of the Director General of Police (DGP), Uttarakhand. The incumbent DGP Ashok Kumar is retiring on Thursday. 

(We  said this on Nov 29, 2023)

Ashok Awasthi promoted to DG grade in MP

ADG Ashok Awasthi has been promoted to the grade of Director General (DG) and designated as Special DGP in Madhya Pradesh. He is a 1990 batch IPS officer.

MSME yet to declare name for CMD, NSIC

The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) is yet to declare the name, selected through search committee, for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC).

4 IIS officers promoted to DG

After a long wait, four IIS officers have been promoted to HAG and designated as DG. They are: Rajiv  Kumar Jain-I, K Satish Namboodiripad, Kanchan Prasad and Maushami Chakraborty.


Secretary Tribal Affairs retiring today

Anil Kumar Jha, Secretary, Tribal Affairs in GoI is also retiring on November 30, because of his birth day on December 1. He is an IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.


Anish Dayal Singh to handle addl charge of DG, CRPF

Anish Dayal Singh, DG, ITBP, will hold additional charge of DG, CRPF, upon superannuation of SI Thaosen on November 30. He is a 1988 batch IPS officer of Manipur cadre.

Amit Garg continues as Director, SVP NPA

Amit Garg, Additional Director, SVP NPA, will continue holding an additional charge of the post of Director, SVP NPA, for a further period of three months beyond November 30, 2023. He is a 1993 batch IPS officer of AP cadre.

B Radhika returns to Odisha cadre

B Radhika has returned to the parent Odisha cadre from central deputation. She is a 1989 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre

Interviews for MD, MRPL today

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is holding interviews for the post of Managing Director, Mangalore Refineries & Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) on November 30, 2023.


Adarsh Kumar Modi appointed as CVO, CBDT

Adarsh Kumar Modi has been appointed as DGIT (Vigilance)/Chief Vigilance Officer in Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Delhi. He is an IRS-IT officer.

Vikash Kumar Dubey returns to parent cadre

Vikash Kumar Dubey, Director, DMEO, NITI Aayog, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre in order to avail the benefit of promotion. He is a 2006 batch ISS officer.


Santosh Tewari appointed DDGF, RO, Dehradun

Santosh Tewari is appointed as Deputy Director General of Forests (DDGF), Regional Office, Dehradun, on deputation basis under the Central Staffing Scheme of the Ministry (CSS-MoEFCC) for a period up to August 11, 2026. He is a 1993 batch IFoS officer of Bihar cadre.


Raj Kumar Bajpai appointed Professor, IGNFA, Dehradun

Raj Kumar Bajpai is appointed as Professor, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA); Dehradun on deputation basis under the Central Staffing Scheme of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (CSS-MoEFCC) up to June 16, 2024. He is a 1994 batch IFoS officer of Jharkhand cadre.


Tenure of one Member IRDA ends today!

Tenure of one Member of the Insurance Regulatory and Development of India (IRDAI) is coming to end on Thursday.


Dr R S Chavan superannuating in December

Dr R S Chavan, PCDA, Army at Pune will be retiring in December this year. He is a 1991 batch IDAS officer.


Three batch officers holding three top posts

Three IDAS officers of different batches are holding three top posts. According to information, Ms Rasika Chaube, a 1986 batch officer is presently holding the post of the financial advisor, defence services, MoD. S G Dastidar, a 1987 batch IDAS officer is the CGDA in MoD. Ms Anuradha Prasad is the Secretary, Inter- State Council Secretariat, under the MHA. A 1986 batch IDAS officer Anuradha is scheduled to retire next year in January.  All  these three IDAS officers belong to Apex level.


27 BHEL senior officials appointed Executive Director

As many as 27 senior officials of BHEL have been promoted and appointed as Executive Director (ED) with effect from November 24, 2023. These officers include: Amit Kertketta, K Ravishankar, Pushpendra Kumar Saxena, S Jithender Reddy, V J Rajasundar, Rajesh Kohli, S M Ramanathan, K Bharaneedhar Raja, Jitendra Das, Alok Kumar Singhal, Navin Saxena, M Arunmozhi Devan, Vinay Kumar Bassi, Pankaj Rastogi, Rajeev Kumar Gupta,  K Ashok, Akhil Mehrotra, S Prabhakar, Anil Jain,  Sanjeev Kumar Roy, Sanjay Goel, S D Goswami, Y Srinivasa Rao, C Venkat Rao, Rahul Bansal, B Shyam Babu, and R P S Sisodia.


Veenu Gupta is new RERA Chairperson in Rajasthan

 Veenu Gupta  will take over as  New Chairman of Rajasthan RERA on December 1. She is 1987 batch IAS officer.

Dinkar Asthana accredited as Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Dinkar Asthana, presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of Senegal, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. He is a 1990 batch IFS officer.


Ms C Chandrakanta appointed as CIT in Pr.CCIT office

 Ms C Chandrakanta has been appointed as CIT (OSD) in the office of Pr.CCIT Delhi. She is an IRS-IT officer.


A Dhanraj promoted to Pr.CIT grade

A Dhanraj has been promoted to the grade of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (Pr.CIT). He is an IRS-IT officer.


Shiva Srinivas promoted to JCIT grade

Shiva Srinivas has been promoted to the grade of JCIT on a regular basis. He is an IRS-IT officer.


Two posts of Assistant DG, DGS advertised

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has advertised two vacancies for the post of Assistant Director General of Shipping in Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The last date to apply online is December 15, 2023.


25th Appreciation Course in Legislative Drafting for Govt officers

The Institute of Legislative Drafting and Research will be conducting the Twenty-fifth Appreciation Course in Legislative Drafting for the Central Government and State Governments officers, dealing with legislative proposals and preparation of drafts of subordinate legislation. The training will be held from February 12-23, 2024. This course will, inter alia, comprise the basic concept of legislation, including subordinate legislation and the procedure for processing of legislative proposals. The Appreciation Course is also expected to fill the communication gap between the Legislative Department and the administrative Ministries/Departments, which have to conceptualise, formulate and initiate proposals for legislation as well as to prepare drafts of statutory rules, orders, etc., in respect of the Acts administered by them.


Surendra Yadav gets extension as CGM (Elec.), IRCON

Surendra Yadav, formerly Chief Electric Locomotive Engineer (CELE), West Central Railway (WCR), has been given extension on his deputation with IRCON International Limited as Chief General Manager (Electrical) for the fourth year, which is up to March 5, 2025. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.

Ravi Kumar gets extension as GM,CRIS

Ravi Kumar, formerly Chief Workshop Engineer (CWE), Patiala Locomotive Works (PLW) has been given extension in his tenure of deputation with Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) as General Manager (GM) for the sixth year, which is up to January 1, 2025.  He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineer (IRSME) officer.

BK Mishra appointed CRS, South Eastern Circle

Brijesh Kumar Mishra, Chief Engineer (CE), Road Safety Works and Bridge Rehabilitation (RSW & BR) has been appointed as Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), South Eastern Circle, Kolkata in the Commission of Railway Safety, Ministry of Civil Aviation on absorption basis. The technical resignation of Mishra, an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer, has been accepted with effect from November 17, 2023.

DC Deshwalappointed CRS, Northern Circle

Dinesh Chand Deshval, Chief Bridge Engineer (CBE), North Western Railway (NWR), has been appointed as Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Northern Circle, New Delhi, in the Commission of Railway Safety, Ministry of Civil Aviation on absorption basis. The technical resignation of Mishra, an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer, has been accepted with effect from November 17, 2023.

AK Pandey appointed CAO (C), Central Railway

Avinash Kumar Pandey, who is presently posted in Central Railway (CR), has been appointed as Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) in the Railway itself.

20 IRHS officers appointed in SAG posts

As many as 20 Indian Railway Health Service (IRHS) officers have been appointed as transferred and posted in pinpointed senior administrative grade (SAG) posts.


Sanjay Verma appointed Director (Fin.), Andrew Yule & Co Ltd

Sanjay Verma, Additional General Manager, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has assumed the charge of the post of Director (Finance) of Andrew Yule & Company Limited


RV Nabar appointed NE Director, Solara Active Pharma Sciences Ltd

Rajiv Vijay Nabar, who is serving as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Solara Active Pharma Sciences Limited, has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of the company

Abidh Abubakkar appointed Addl. Director, Supra Pacific Financial Services Ltd

Abidh Abubakkar has been appointed as Additional Executive Director of Supra Pacific Financial Services Limited.

M Rajamani appointed Ind. Director,Sicangen India Ltd

M Rajamani has been appointed as Independent Director of Sicangen India Limited

Dr Mishra appointed Part-Time Official Director, Scooters India Ltd

Dr Renuka Mishra, EA, Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI), has been appointed as Part-Time Official Director of Scooters India Limited with effect from November 16, 2023.

Nehal Shah steps down as Ind. Director,GCCL Infrastructure & Projects Ltd

Nehal Shah has resigned from the position of Independent Director of GCCL Infrastructure & Projects Limited.

Nandit Raja quits as Ind. Director,GCCL Infrastructure & Projects Ltd

Nandit Raja has resigned from the position of Independent Director of GCCL Infrastructure & Projects Limited.

Mrs. Shah quits as Director,GCCL Infrastructure & Projects Ltd

Mrs, Binoti Shah has resigned from the position of Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of GCCL Infrastructure & Projects Limited.

Shravan Kumar Kanodia quits as Ind. Director, Ganga Papers India Ltd

Shravan Kumar Kanodia has resigned from the post of Independent Director of Ganga Papers India Limited.

Amit Choudhary steps down asInd. Director, Ganga Papers India Ltd

Amit Choudhary has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Director of Ganga Papers India Limited.


Whispers Forum

Ban tobacco or compensate victims

I support the views in a matter of urgent public interest published on the WIC on November 20, 2023. The WHO reported 11,60,000 new cancer cases in India in 2018 and 7,84,800 deaths due to cancer. Treatment cost between Rs.5 to 20 lakh. It said that “cancer patterns in India are dominated by high burden of tobacco-related head and neck cancers…”. The government collects annual revenue of approximately Rs.20,000 crore. It might have spent many times more in primary health care of neck and mouth cancer patients. At an average of Rs. 8,00,000(eight lakhs) as cost of treatment for a cancer patient, the total cost of treatment for all the 11,60,000 is huge business (8,00,000x11,60,000=928,000,000,000- Perhaps nine hundred twenty eight billion). Efforts to ban tobacco products have failed so far in the name of more than 45,00,000 farmers and workers employed in the industry. Where should the devastated families (widow, children, aged parents penniless with no assets at all and one of the 80 crore getting free ration) go for justice? To the government, supreme court (PIL), parliament’s standing committee on Health? Justice needs to be done to the heart-rending cries of the victims.

M L Gupta



Breakdown of the medical expenses incurred during the cataract surgery

The reimbursement of appellant’s cataract surgery raised with Insurers was restricted to Rs. 30,000 by TPA. The appellant submitted that he is entitled to Rs 50,000/- i.e. 10% of sum insured but the insurers restricted as per GIPSA whereas no such restriction was in the policy and also the insurers failed to share complete details of GIPSA which apparently had lenses of lower specifications than the ones actually installed by the doctor in the surgery. The CIC observed that the Appellant's claim of entitlement to Rs. 50,000 for the cataract surgery as per their insurance policy is a significant matter that deserves immediate attention. Further, it is essential to recognize the larger public interest in this matter. The transparency and accuracy of information related to medical insurance claims and expenses are of great concern to the general public. In an age where healthcare costs are rising, individuals rely on their insurance policies for financial support during medical procedures. The lack of transparency and potential discrepancies in the process can significantly affect public trust in the insurance system. The CIC directed the PIO of United India Insurance Company Limited to furnish the requested information including a detailed breakdown of the medical expenses incurred during the cataract surgery, along with all relevant documents and justifications for the decisions made, free of cost, to the appellant.

Comments This order would pave the way for the transparency in the processing of the insurance claims. Hopefully, the insurers would provide the detailed breakdown to the

Citation: Mr. Ajay Kumar Gupta v. United India Insurance Co. Ltd., CIC/UIICL/A/2023/632292-UM; Date of Decision: 01.11.2023

Dr Anuradha Verma ( 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


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