Dilip Cherian's Blog

Dilip Cherian Blog Dilip is considered India's foremost Image Management guru and resident iconoclast. He wavers between irrational exuberance and cataclysmic gloom but can be influenced at mail@dilipcherian.com

18 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Babu upheaval in Karnataka

Babu upheaval in Karnataka Babus in Karnataka are expecting another high-level reshuffle, after the change in government. AS the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress government headed by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy settles in, observers say that the chief minister is very likely to fill crucial positions in the government with babus of his choice. For at least [...]

14 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

CIC’s depleted strength

CIC’s depleted strength The Central Information Commission (CIC) is acutely short of information commissioners. Against the sanctioned strength of 10 information commissioners, it has only six. And by this year end, three more posts of ICs and one post of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) may fall vacant. In the normal course, the posts should be [...]

28 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Who’ll be J&K chief secretary?

It now appears that Jammu & Kashmir Chief Secretary B.B. Vyas may get a third six-month extension. Mr Vyas was scheduled to retire in November last year but he has since been given an extension twice, each of three months. His extended term is scheduled to end this month-end. According to sources, based on J&K [...]

21 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

IAS versus IPS

IAS versus IPS The Haryana government has placed the services of O.P. Singh, ADGP (Human Rights and Litigation), at the disposal of the Chief Secretary for further posting. This has led to speculation in babu circles that the senior police officer is set to get a secretary-level post in one of the departments. If this [...]

14 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

‘Rightsizing’ CCI

‘Rightsizing’ CCI The government has recently moved to cut the number of members of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) from seven to four, including the chairperson.  It may seem like ‘downsizing’ but the government insists that it is ‘rightsizing’. The reduced size, it argues, approximates the size of competition regulators in countries like UK, [...]

08 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Compulsory retirement

Compulsory retirement Senior Rajasthan cadre IPS officer Indu Kumar Bhushan, who was awaiting posting orders, has been compulsorily retired by the government “in public interest”. Sources say that the proposal concerning the cop’s retirement was reportedly forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs last November and has been accepted by the Centre. The 1989-batch IPS [...]

30 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Hot and bothered

Under the Modi sarkar, Gujarat cadre IAS officers have had a gloriously successful run. Some would even say that they have come to wield disproportionate power over other state cadres, due to their previous association with Modi during his tenure as chief minister of Gujarat. Modi is known to have a soft spot for babus [...]

25 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Future moves

Future moves There is much speculation in Dilli about the future of chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Sushil Chandra. Chandra is scheduled to retire in May-end, but it is being said that the Centre is likely to give him another extension. It may be recalled that Mr Chandra was scheduled to [...]

16 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Surprise transfer

Surprise transfer Barely two days after controversial IAS officer Rajeev Rautela was shifted from the post of Gorakhpur district magistrate and made divisional commissioner of Devipatan in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre decided to shift the babu to Uttarakhand. Rautela, who had hit the headlines for allegedly barring media persons from accessing the counting centre while [...]

04 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Fixed tenure

Fixed tenure The Union Finance Secretary may soon get a two-year fixed tenure in the posts as is the case with the Cabinet Secretary, Home, Defence and Foreign secretaries, and CBI, RAW and ED chiefs. Sources say that the government is seriously considering the option. It is felt that the complexities of managing the country’s [...]