Sunday, August 31, 2014


No. 5/1/2014-CPI
DATED: the 29th August, 2014
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – July, 2014

The All-India CPI-IW for July, 2014 increased by 6 points and pegged at 252 (two hundred and fifty two). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 2.44 per cent between June, 2014 and July, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.73 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 4.42 percentage points to the total change. The House Rent index further accentuated the overall index by 1.08 percentage points. At item level, Rice, Eggs, Milk, Onion, Chillies Green, Tomato, Potato and other Vegetables & Fruits, Sugar, Tea (Readymade), Pan Finished, Doctors’ Fee, College Fee, Petrol, Rail Fare, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Wheat, Soft Coke, Medicine (Allopathic), etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.23 per cent for July, 2014 as compared to 6.49 per cent for the previous month and 10.85 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.11 per cent against 5.88 per cent of the previous month and 14.10 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Nagpur recorded the maximum increase of 12 points followed by Ludhiana (10 points). Among others, 9 points rise was observed in 7 centres, 8 points in 3 centres, 7 points in 9 centres, 6 points in 23 centres, 5 points in 14 centres, 4 points in 10 centres, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 4 centres and I point in 2 centres.

The indices of 35 centres are above and other 41 centres are below national average. The indices of Ernakulam and Varanasi are at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2014 will be released on Tuesday, 30 September, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website in.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EPFO retains interest rate at 8.75% for current fiscal

NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO's trustees on Tuesday decided to retain interest payment on provident fund deposits for 2014-15 at 8.75 per cent. 

"It has been decided to pay 8.75 per cent interest in the current fiscal," Central Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC) K K Jalan told PTI after the meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the apex decision making body of the Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO). 

The EPFO has about 5 crore subscribers and the decision will have a bearing on their retirement fund. 
The decision to retain the interest rate on the provident fund deposits at last year's level was taken despite some protest by the trade union members of the CBT, sources said. 

The final notification for payment of the interest rate for the current fiscal will be issued by the finance ministry later.

The EPFO had provided 8.75 per cent rate of interest on PF deposits for 2013-14, which was higher than 8.5 per cent paid for the previous fiscal. 

Source : TOI

Air India offers tickets for Rs 100

NEW DELHI: Air India will sell tickets for Rs 100 (taxes extra) for five days from Wednesday — which it will celebrate as Air India Day to commemorate the merger of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India on this day in 2007.

"On this occasion Air India is launching the Air India Offer for its travellers. Under the scheme tickets will be offered for Rs 100/- apart from all applicable taxes. The sale of these tickets will be made only through the Air India website for five days from August 27 to 31 2014 for travel between August 27 and September 30, 2014, only," an AI statement said.

This is the first time that the airline will be celebrating the Air India Day. A function will be held to celebrate the day and also to award the meritorious employees of Air India.

Source : TOI 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Best Inspiring Article For Failures

Failure, what would you like hearing about it? Do you know what it means? Do you know why people fail? Do you know what causes them to fail?, well, the answer to all of it is pretty much the same; you know why; because failure is what leads you to success. And this failure will try to curb you into its trap but beware as you might just get away with it.

Every popular influential has failed at least once during his lifetime and perhaps his way to success. The important thing that matters is that they just didn’t give up. Instead, they fought back. Like every ordinary man does, they didn’t. They fought and kept fighting until they were satisfied with their failure. They didn’t repeat their mistakes, nor did they let their faults overcome their determination for success.

Well, nowadays, people think as the end of their life when it comes to struggling. They forget that the moment they give in to struggle they lose their toughness and the spirit to live life. I’d like to remind you all of Thomas Alva Edison. He is widely known as the inventor of the light bulb. To tell you the truth, he had carried out so many failed experiments that once his assistant asked him, “Sir, we have failed that developing a bulb after so many experiments. I think we should give up.” You know what he replied to his assistant’s words? He said, “We’ve been failing so many times because we’ve been using the inappropriate elements in our previous experiments. Those were mistakes we’ve been committing. Let’s just not repeat them now. Now we know what we should not use.”

What does it convey to you? For example, a student tries to solve a math problem. He keeps on practising and practising and on and on. He finally reaches his limit to solve the problem but cannot proceed any further since he is tired of staying focused to the problem. That limit is what enhances your capabilities. It asks you to defeat me so you can test and win against yourself. Albert Einstein once told that, “I am not a special man. I am just curious; I stay with problems longer which is why I succeed.” All you need to develop is the habit of staying with the problems longer and you could win them.

As states a famous proverb, “Take into account a bow and an arrow, before striking into force the arrow is pulled to the bow’s maximum tension. Similarly, life gives us all the pain and failures so that we strive against it and if we do, launches us into what is known as a “successful niche”.

In this world, anyone that you feel is so popular and opulent is because they’ve paid a price for that. They’ve failed and tried and failed and tried, again and again. They’ve gained for their failures.




Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year – Dopt Orders

Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year – Dopt Orders
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division
North Block, New Delhi
Dated August 25 , 2014
Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year – regarding
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Circular of even no. dated 23.07.2014 the subject mentioned above requesting all Ministries! Departments to bring the provisions of the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014, to the notice of all concerned for compliance. it is again requested that necessary directions may be issued in this regard urgently so that the declarations/information/returns from every public servant are received on or before the 15th day of September 2014 as stipulated in the said Rules. It is reiterated that the definition of public servant covers all Group A, B and C employees,
2. In this regard it is also clarified that the public servants who either failed or were not required to file the annual declarations as per the applicable rules [eg. Group C’ Government servants covered under CCS(Conduct) rules, 1964] are also required to file the stipulated declaration/ information/return within time,
3. Hindi version will follow. ,
(J. A. Vaidyanathan)
Director (E)
source :

Monday, August 25, 2014

SMART CITIES - An Overview !!

Smart City: 
  • There is no definition of Smart city as such. However, it can be presumed that these cities would mobilize the Information and Communication to deliver better services, reduce the carbon foot print, create a sustainable environment, provide better job opportunities and living conditions. 

Given the fact that the existing cities, which accommodate a bulk of the population, waste a lot of resources and are energy-inefficient, Smart city is a concept where life is technologically driven with efficient use of energy and resources. For example, if you have forgotten to turn off a light in your house and you are in train to your workplace which is 40km away, you can still switch it off remotely. This is called smart grid technology.

  • With the age of smart phone gripping our lives already, it is good time for governments and stakeholders to create the digital city life. 
  • Accordingly, this flagship project of the Government of INDIA  to build 100 smart cities, have received a firm financial allocation of Rs. 7, 060 crore also FDI norms have been relaxed to attract investors to build them. 
  • With assistance from Singapore, the first city coming under this project is Gujarat International Financial Tec (GIFT) City.

Strengths and Oppurtunities !
  • Smart cities project in India is very significant as, these cities promise number of direct and indirect jobs. 
  • In smart cities, Solid waste will be sucked out from homes and offices through pipelines leading directly to a waste processing plant helping manage everyday chores. 
  • Being environmentally friendly, smart cities use sustainable materials for building facilities. 
  • These cities would reduce energy consumption and offer convenient transport service.

Concerns !!

1. The Government has allocated Rs 7000 crore in this budget which is around Rs 70 crore per city, this is definitely not enough. It is good only if its like a initial token amount to kick start the project and later more funds will be arranged (which may happen in next budget ! ).

2. The smart cities will be developed on the outskirts of the existing cities. Its possible that instead of easing the burden on the existing one it can become a barricaded area between rich and poor.If the existing cities will be ignored then smart city project would turn out to be an expensive real estate meant to serve a few.

3. The Land development is a state subject and states active enthusiastic participation is necessary. This can only happen when the center can arrange enough funds for them.

MORAL of the STORY !!

The Smart cities will definitely help India to join the urbanization race, where at present we are lagging and by 2050 we would be least urbanised country in the world at the present rate. However, its important to ensure its equitable and inclusive nature.The thought is progressive as we need to overhaul urban governance and infrastructure, both physical and digital.

13 Interesting facts related to Indian Banking

  1. Allahabad Bank is the oldest Joint Stock Bank of India.
  2. Andhra Bank was founded by Freedom Fighter Dr. Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya
  3. Bank of India, London, 1946 was first bank to open a branch outside India.
  4. The first bank to be given an ISO 9002 certificate for one of its branches -- Canara Bank
  5. The Postal Dept has issued a commemorative stamp in the name of this bank celebrating 100 years in 2011 -- Central Bank of India
  6. First Indian Bank to be wholly owned by Indians -- Central Bank of India
  7. The bank formed on the efforts of Lala Lajpat Rai -- Punjab National Bank
  8. The only merger of nationalized banks took place between -- Punjab National Bank and New Bank of India in 1993
  9. The bank whose brand equity is "Pygmy Deposit Scheme" -- Syndicate Bank
  10. The bank which was conceived by Shri GD Birla -- UCO Bank
  11. The bank which was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1919 -- Union Bank of India
  12. The largest among nationalized banks -- Punjab National Bank
  13. The bank established in the year 1913 as Bank of Mysore Ltd. at the instance of the banking committee headed by the great Engineer - Statesman, Late Dr. Sir M.Visvesvaraya -- State Bank of Mysore

List of Heads of Important Indian Organizations

1. Chief Economic Advisor - Siddharth Tiwari

2. Chief Election Commissionor - V.S.Sampath

3. RBI - Raghu Ram Rajan

4. RAW - Alok Joshi

5. SBI - Arundhyuti Bhattyacharya

6. SEBI - U.K. Sinha

7. IB - Saiyad Ashif Ibrahim

8. IBPS - Mr.Anup Sankar Bhattacharya

9. IRDA - T.S.Vijayan

10. ISRO - Dr. K. Radhakrishnan

11. NABARD - Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

12. NASSCOM - R. Chandrasekhar

13. SSC - Amitava Bhattacharyya

14. TRAI - Rahul Khullar

15. UGC - Ved Prakash

16. UPSC - Smt. Rajni Razdan

17. DRDO - Avinash Chander

18. FICCI - Sidharth Birla

19. ASSOCHAM - Rana Kapoor

20. CAG - Shashi Kant Sharma

21. CBDT - K.V. Chaudhary

22. CBI - Ranjeet Sinha

23. CCI - Ashok Chawla

24. National Commission for women - Mamta Sharma

25. National Innovation Commission - Sam Pitroda

26. National Security Advisor - Ajit Kumar Doval

27. Press Trust of India - K N Shanth Kumar

28. Attorney General of India - Mukul Rohatgi

29. Bombay Stock Exchange - Ashish Kr. Chauhan

29. National Stock Exchange - Chitra Ramkrishna

30. Press Council of India - Marandey Katju

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Aadhaar based Biometric Attendance System in Central Government Offices

Aadhaar based Biometric Attendance System in Central Government Offices soon – Department of Electronics has circulated the procedures to be followed by all Government Departments

Aadhaar Based Biometric Attendance System in Central Government offices

As per the letter dated 04.08.2014 addressed by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communication to all Central Government Departments, Government is going introduce Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) in the Central Government Offices at New Delhi to begin with.
The proposed system would enable an employee with an Aadhaar Number, to register his / her attendance in the office through Biometric authentication. A web based application software would record attendance of Central Government Employees online once biometric authentication is used by the employees.
Department of Electronics has also informed all the departments to nominate an officer not below the level of Joint Secretary in each ministry / department, for coordination with NIC , UIDAI and other oficials to implement the Biometric Attendance system.
It was also advised by the Department of Electronics to identify the employees who are yet to enroll themselves with Aadhaar System and to conduct Aadhaar enrollment camps for the purpose of enrolling such officers to enrol into Aadhaar system.
Some more steps to be followed by all central government departments have been mentioned in the said letter.

Telegraph has published the following news on Aadhaar based Biometric Attendance System in Central Government Offices
The sarkari babu will have to make every minute count.
The Narendra Modi government has ordered that an Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) be implemented in all central government offices.
circular issued to all central government offices in the capital today has also asked employees, of all ranks, to submit their contact details (email ID, residential address, telephone and personal mobile phone numbers) to the department of personnel and training that is with the Prime Minister’s Office.
Delhi police are already building a databank containing the cellphone number, email ID, name, rank and “personal number” and of every city cop, from constable to commissioner, on the orders of the PMO. A letter from the home ministry on August 5 had asked for such a databank, which will also include the municipality in which the cop lives. “All the station house officers are on the job,” an officer said.
The circular issued today does not give a date from which the new attendance system will be implemented. It says “Aadhaar number is mandatory to register attendance”.
At least one state — Jharkhand — has begun implementing the AEBAS. But a central government order means the system will have to be adopted across the country.
The system will be implemented in the capital first and then in all central offices outside New Delhi. The order is binding on all employees, including those in the armed forces.
To implement the system, all offices will have to install fingerprint scanners with Wi-fi Internet. The objective of the system, sources said, is “to check absenteeism and measure the time an employee spends in office and the time he or she checks in and checks out”.
Similar systems have been implemented in many corporate offices, both in the private and the public sector, though they are not based on Aadhaar, the card issued to citizens by the Unique Identification Authority of India that was headed by Nandan Nilekani and created by the UPA II government of Manmohan Singh in 2009.
The system will also seek to ensure that employees cannot backdate attendance or mark attendance for someone else.
On July 1, Nilekani had met Modi and finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley and given a presentation on the Aadhaar scheme that impressed the new regime.
Police clueless
Delhi police have been left befuddled by the message from the PMO asking for the databank.
“This is unprecedented. We are not clear about the objective behind it,” a senior officer said in private.
“It seems the PMO is going to be the new control room for everything: it will keep a tab on all government officials including the police,” conjectured an IPS official posted in the home ministry.
The Delhi police, who claim to be the world’s largest metropolitan force with their 80,000 personnel including nearly 50,000 constables, have thrown themselves into the massive exercise.
Delhi’s is the only police force in the country that is under the Union home ministry’s direct control. Police sources said the directive came in the form of a ministry letter dated August 5.
Additional deputy commissioner Mahesh Batra then wrote to all the zonal deputy commissioners to help prepare the databank.
“May kindly direct the concerned to collect the same from every employee under your control and feed the information by August 13,” says the letter, dated August 11, of which The Telegraph has a copy.
“There will not be an extension of this date, being time-bound requirement by Prime Minister’s Office….”
Not surprisingly, the deadline has been missed. A senior officer said the task would be completed by the end of this month.
Source : The Telegraph



OA 2548/2014
Mr. G. George Paracken, Member (J):-
The applicant has filed this OA seeking the following reliefs:-
(a) to declare the action of the respondents in not granting the scale of Rs. 15600-39100 (PB-3) with Grade Pay of Rs.5400 & 6600 as illegal and arbitrary
(b) To direct the respondents to grant scale of Rs.15600-39100 with Grade Pay of Rs.5400 & 600 attached to the promotional posts, as 2nd & 3rd financial upgradation to the applicants under MACP from due date with all arrears of pay.
(c) To declare the OM/MACP dated 19.05.2009 as unconstitutional to the extent the same deny the next promotional scale attached to the promotional post as 1st, 2nd & 3rd financial upgradation as illegal, arbitrary and unjustified and issue appropriate consequential directions.
(d) To allow the O.A with costs.
(e) Pass such other direction or directions order or orders as this Hon’ble Tribunal may deem fit and proper to meet the ends of justice.”
2. According to the learned counsel for applicants, this case is squarely covered by an order of this Tribunal dated 26.11.2012 in OA No.904/2012 – Sanjay Kumar Vs. Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Ors. The operative part of the said order reads as under:-
“4. We have heard the learned counsel for the parties. The issue raised in the OA has already been considered by the Chandigarh Bench of this Tribunal in OA No.1038/CH/2010- Rajpal son of Shri Tilak Ram Versus Union of India and others.
5. In the aforesaid OA, the applicant was working as Photocopier and he was already given 1st Financial Upgradation under the ACP Scheme. According to the applicant, his pay had been wrongly fixed in pay band-I with grade pay of Rs.2400/- on grant of 2nd Financial Upgradation under the MACP Scheme. This Tribunal held that the applicant therein was entitled for the 2nd Financial Upgradation in the next hierarchy of posts and not in the next grade pay. The posts of Photocopier and that of LDC/Hindi Typist being isolated posts, not having any promotional avenues, the Chandigarh Bench of the Tribunal made the following observations:-
“11. We have heard the learned counsel for the parties and considered the documents on record.
12. There is no dispute that the applicant is holding the post of Photocopier, which is an isolated post, having no avenues for promotion. It is also not disputed that he post held by the applicant had been declared equivalent to the post of LDC/Hindi Typist etc. by the Tribunal as well as the High Court by Judicial pronouncements in matters of grant of ACP, which have attained finality and stands implemented also. Accordingly, applicant was
granted Ist ACP (under the old ACP) w.e.f. 9.8.99 in the pay scale of Rs. 4000-6000.
13. It has also been settled that the ACP would be granted on completion of the required years of service in the hierarchy of posts for the posts of LDC/Hindi Typists, and not in the next higher scale in the recommended scales. The same principle would have to be applicable in regard to grant of MACP to the applicant. The only difference is that while in case of ACP two financial upgradations were granted on completion of 12 and 24 years of service, in case of MACP, three upgradations on intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of service.
14. The respondents have placed reliance on para 13 of the MACPS, which reads as under:
“13. Existing time-bound promotion scheme, including insitu promotion scheme, Staff Car Driver Scheme or any other kind of promotion scheme existing for a particular category of employees in a Ministry/Department or its offices, may continue to be operational for the concerned category of employees if it is decided by the concerned administrative authorities to retain such Schemes, after necessary consultations or they may switch-over to the MACPS. However, these Schemes shall not run concurrently with the MACPS.
Reliance has further been placed on decision taken in the second meeting of the Joint Committee on MACPS held under the Chairmanship of the joint Secretary DoPT was circulated. Item No.3 of the Agenda for the said meeting reads as under:
“The MACP Scheme provides for placement in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pay bands and grade pay after 10,20 and 30 years of service. On the other hand the earlier ACP Scheme provided for placement to higher pay scale of the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the pay scale after 12 and 24 years of service taken from date of induction in service.”
15. Be that as it may, the principle enunciated and settled by the Tribunal/High Court for grant of ACP cannot be changed and the same principle would apply for grant of MACP to him. The only difference is of number of years required to be completed. We find no justification to take a different view in the matter
16. For the foregoing reasons, the impugned order dated 9.8.2010, (Annexure A-1)qua the applicant, fixing his pay in PB-1 with grade pay of FR 2400/- under the second MACP, and the order dated 10.08.2010 (Annexure A-2) are hereby quashed and set aside.
Consequently, the respondents are directed to grant second financial upgradation to the applicant under the MACPS from due date fixing his pay in the hierarchy of posts decided in his case earlier and to pay the resultant arrears without interest, within a period of 2 months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order.
17. The OA stands disposed of in the above terms. No costs.”
6. The respondents have challenged the aforesaid order before the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh in CWP NO.19387/2011 decided on 19.10.2011. The Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh held that there was no infirmity in the aforesaid order passed by the Chandigarh Bench of this Tribunal. The relevant observations of the said order are extracted hereunder:
“Upon implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission, the scale of Rs.3050-4590/- was kept in pay band-I, Rs.5,200-20,200/- with grade pay of Rs.1,900/-, the scale of Rs.4,000-6,000/- was also kept in pay band-I with grade pay of Rs.2,400/- and the scale of Rs.5,500/- 9,000/- was kept in pay band-II in pay scale of Rs.9,300- 34,800/- with grace pay of Rs.4,00/- increased to Rs.4,600/-. In terms of MACP Scheme, respondent no.1 was granted the lower scale by keeping in pay band –I of Rs.5,200-20,200/- with grade pay of Rs.2,400/-. This was done in terms of order dated 09.08.2010. Accordingly, respondent No.1 approached the CAT contending that he is entitled to be granted the scale of Rs.5,500-9000/- towards the 2nd Financial Upgradation at par with the post of Hind Typist and LDC. Such claim of respondent No.1 has been upheld by the CAT in the impugned order dated 31.05.2011.”
7. In our considered view, the present OA is squarely covered by the aforesaid judgment of Chandigarh Bench, as upheld by the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh.
8. In fact, the respondents have wrongly interpreted the terms and conditions mentioned in the MACP Scheme, issued by the Deptt. of Personnel & Training, in the case of the applicants. By the said Scheme, the eligible government servants are to be placed in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pay bands and grade pay and not merely in the next higher
next promotional post in the hierarchy, namely, the Assistants carrying the pay scale of Rs.9300-34800 and the grade of Rs.4200/-.
9. In view of the above position, this OA is allowed. The respondents are directed to grant scale of pay of Rs.9300-34,800/- with grade pay of Rs.4200/- attached to the said promotional post of Assistatn/OS from the due date to the applicants.
10. The aforesaid directions shall be complied with within the period of two months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order, subject to the other conditions mentioned in the MACP Scheme.
There shall be no order as to costs.”
3. He has also submitted that following the aforesaid order, this Tribunal has passed similar orders in OA No.1493/2014 – Indian Ordnance Factories Gazetted Officers Association through its President Shri Brajesh Kumar Singh & others Vs. UOI & Ors, OA No.988/2014 – Shri Pradeep Kumar & Ors. Vs. Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting & Ors, OA No.864/2014 – Shri Om Prakash & Ors. Vs. Secretary (NCERT) & Ors., and No.203/2014 – Narener Kumar, JE(Civil) Vs. Govt. of NCT of Delhi & ORs. He has further stated that the OA No.864/2014 (supra) has been challenged by the respondents therein before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi vide WP(C) No.3608/2014 but the same was dismissed vide order dated 14.07.2014.
4. In view of the above position, we dispose of this OA at the admission stage itself with the direction to the respondents to consider the case of the applicants in the light of the aforesaid orders. If their case is covered by them, they shall also be extended the same benefits under intimation to the applicants. The aforesaid direction
shall be complied with, within a period of two months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order.
5. For the sake of convenience of the Respondents, Registry is also directed to send a copy of this OA to them.
( Shekhar Agarwal)                                                                                                                                                                                    (G. George Paracken)
Member (A) Member (J)

Sikri tipped to be next Central Vigilance Commissioner

New Delhi: A 1975-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officerD K Sikri is set to be the next Central VigilanceCommissioner, replacing Pradeep Kumar, who will retire next month.
A 1975 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, D K Sikri tipped to be the next Central Vigilance Commissioner.
A 1975 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, D K Sikri tipped to be the next Central Vigilance Commissioner.
PMO sources said after Sikri’s hour-long meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, his name is considered “almost clear” for the top post of CVC.
The CVC selection panel comprises the Prime Minister,Lok Sabha Speaker and leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha but there is no leader of opposition post in the current Lok Sabha.
Sikri was among the IAS officers in a list that had been forwarded to the PMO during during Congress-led UPAgovernment for the post of Vigilance Commissioner.
The UPA government had not considered it, partly because he was a Gujarat cadre officer and was considered close to Modi.
Sikri retired as Justice Secretary in the month of July last year. Sikri has also served as Secretary in women and child development ministry. earlier.
He had served in Gujarat in key posts under various government including the government led by Narendra Modi.