CRPF may see lot of inside movement
The move to replace the Central Reserve Police Force chief Vikram Srivastava could lead to changes in two senior posts in the force. A 1975-batch officer, K. Vijay Kumar, the CRPF chief designate, is junior to the two Special Directors General of the force: N.K. Tripathy, who leads the CRPF formation in J&K, and Vijay Raman, who was shunted out of Chhattisgarh. Sources said, if a junior officer is assigned to lead the force, bureaucratic niceties dictate that the senior officers should be transferred out of the force lest they have to work under him. This would be particularly true for Tripathy who would have to report to the new chief, unlike Vijay Raman who has been on leave due to health reasons. Also, unlike Raman, who is will retire in January 2011, Tripathy has two more years of service.
Railways get sweet advertisement deal
When it wants, the labyrinthine machinery of government can and does move fast. Rail Board officials recently got advertising czar and O&M executive chairman Piyush Pandey to film an innovative television commercial for the Indian Railways on a high-priority basis. They even succeeded in extracting a fine deal: A free print ad; free radio spot — also the rights for display of the ad strips on video boards at major sporting venues during the Commonwealth Games. Besides the Doordarshan, the railways commercial will be telecast free of cost by the state-owned channels of New Zealand and Australia.
DoPT retracts RTI advice to departments
If central government departments are able to duck the requests under the Right to Information Act, the single-handed credit would probably go to the Department of Personnel and Training — the body that was expected to further the transparency law. Recently, the department had to eat its words again. It had to withdraw its advise to departments to return all RTI applications that had questions that may concern with other public authorities without telling the applicant which public authority would need to be approached.
“It has been decided to advise the Public Information Officers that if the details of public authorities who may have this information sought by the applicant are available with the Public Information Officer, such details may also be provided to the applicant,” the new circular said.