RTI-Cabinet Secretariat- Regarding DO letter of Sh P. K. Sinha discouraging Govt Officials for direct communication with PM

To                                                                         Date 25th August 2015 Shri Rajesh Nagpal, Under Secretary, Central Public Information Officer, ACC Cell, Cabinet Secretariat, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi – 110004  Hello, Kindly provide me with the following information requested under the purview of the RTI Act, 2005 in respect of DO Letter No 501/1/4/2014-CV.V dated 17 August 2015 of Sh P. K. Sinha, Cabinet Secretary, GOI. In Para- 1 of above refer letter it has been stated that – “it has been observed that Government servants including officers/officials on service matter and other Issues directly to the Prime Minister/PMO, which is violation of conduct Rules”. The said DO letter of Sh P. K. Sinha, Cab Secretary is in sharp contrast to a communication sent by Sh Nripendra Mishra, Principal Secretary ,PMO in June 2014 in which Government servants were urged to interact directly with Hon’ble Prime Minister through the PMO website (refer 25 … [Read more...]

Ramdev’s Company to Help Market Defence Research Body DRDO’s Products -NDTV

Yoga teacher Ramdev's company will soon market herbal supplements and food products developed by India's defence research organisation DRDO. The DRDO or Defence Research and Development Organisation yesterday finalized agreements with the yoga teacher's "Patanjali Yogpeeth", for the transfer of technology involving products made from Seabuckthorn at its high altitude research lab in Leh. With this venture, the DRDO, which has products ranging from juices and mosquito repellents to strategic missiles, hopes to make a mark in the "civilian" market. The organization clarified that its contract with Patanjali is "non-exclusive" and it has transferred technologies to other companies in the past. The DRDO laboratory, which has units in Siachen, the world's highest battlefield, has developed technology to improve the availability of fresh food in the mountains and for poultry, goat and dairy farming and green house cultivation; the know-how is shared with local farmers. Defence … [Read more...]

The scientist baba: Market-savvy Ramdev and his DRDO deal

Abhishek Saha | Updated: Aug 24, 2015 19:45 IST Hidustan Times The Sensex needs to cure its motion sickness with a healthy dose of stimulants from Baba Ramdev’s herbal factory because the saffron-clad, bare-chested yoga guru’s stocks are always up these days. The CEO of India’s yoga industry tied up the other day with the military to manufacture and market herbal supplements and food products developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Given the success and popularity of his company, Patanjali Ayurveda, the deal is a steal for the DRDO rather than the other way round. No doubt, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, DRDO head S Christopher were in Leh on Sunday to oversee nothing went wrong when DRDO's Defence Institute of High Altitude Research and Patanjali Ayurveda signed on the dotted lines. It’s not clear if they clinked long glasses filled with bile-cleaning gourd juice to mark the achievement. A happy … [Read more...]

Auxiliary Power and Vehicle Supplier (APVS) of Rustom 2 Program

ADE, Bangalore got sanction of a CCS project in Feb 2011 for design and development of MALE UAV system, code named Rustom-2. The program was progressing with slow and steady pace. Already, many lead-in project activities in the code name of Rustom-1 had been completed, wherein a manned aircraft was converted into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and many of the sub-systems and their functionalities were proved. Program, however, needed a push and revamp to speed up the progress and get synergistic output from the program team. In this context, new DG-Aero got nominated one young electronic engineer who never had handled any system level projects as Program Director (PGD).  He was suddenly propelled bypassing many experienced and expert scientists who had been working for the program for a long period from its inception. This act of pushing him as program director was not based on merit or talent, but, purely due to his accessibility and proximity to the DG-Aero. There was a group consisting … [Read more...]

Modi Govt Gags Military, Defence Ministry Babus

Manu Pubby Aug 25 2015 : The Economic Times (Delhi) New Delhi: A YEAR IS A LONG TIME IN GOVERNANCE In June 2014, bureaucrats were urged to interact directly with Modi through PMO website As OROP issue hots up, govt puts curbs on officials communicating with the prime minister A year after it urged government officials to share ideas and interact directly with the prime minister through his portal, the government has placed curbs on military personnel, defence ministry officials and scientists communicating directly with Narendra Modi. Swamped by a mountain of letters to PTI the PM from government servants, including serving army personnel who are upset over the `One Rank, One Pension' (OROP) issue, Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha has issued strict instructions that all communication be routed through the official line passed through the head of department to higher authorities. Warning that violations would be `viewed seriously', Sinha has asked babus to enforce the rules and take … [Read more...]