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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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26 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

A missive attack

A missive attack A letter written by Karnataka IPS Association president and ADGP R.P. Sharma to the Chief Secretary Ratna Prabha has set the cat among the pigeons in the poll-bound state. In the missive, Sharma has claimed that the law and order situation in the state is “deteriorating”. But perhaps more disconcerting for the [...]

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05 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Politics and policing

Politics and policing   A 1992-batch IPS officer Dawa Sherpa has stirred a major controversy in Uttar Pradesh following his appointment as additional director general of police (ADGP) of Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home base. The state government has been accused of appointing the cop because of his past affiliation with the ruling party. [...]

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26 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Babu transfers are ‘secret’

Babu transfers are ‘secret’ In Madhya Pradesh, the state government has denied the request of an anti-corruption activist and refused to share details of meetings of the state Civil Services Board because they are “confidential” and barred under the RTI Act. The activist, Ajay Dubey, had filed an RTI application with the state government to [...]

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19 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Failing the test?

Failing the test? The Modi sarkar’s 360-degree appraisal system for babus introduced in 2015 has often come in for flak, including from a parliamentary standing committee, which last year labelled it as “illegal, arbitrary, non-transparent and susceptible to manipulation”. The appointment of Vineet Chawdhary as chief secretary of Himachal Pradesh by the BJP has, once [...]

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12 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Govt’s SEBI dilemma

Govt’s SEBI dilemma The government is in a bind over appointing whole-time members with capital markets regulator SEBI. To maintain the regulator’s “autonomy and independence” it mandates IAS officers to resign from service if they have to take up the job of whole-time member with SEBI. Now Sanjeev Kaushik, a 1992-batch Kerala cadre IAS officer, [...]

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12 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Turf war erupts

Turf war erupts  The last two months have witnessed a turf war between the IAS and IPS lobbies in Maharashtra over the posts of transport commissioner and excise commissioner. The IPS lobby has given a representation to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that, like in a few other states, these posts should be manned by an [...]

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