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 from his state. But the recent Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examination paper leaks have dented this image of untouchability.

Both organisations are headed by Gujarat-cadre IAS officers. Ashim Khurana, an IAS officer of 1983 batch, is the chairman of SSC while Anita Karwal, an officer of 1988 batch, is the chairperson of CBSE. Mr Khurana was placed as the head of the SSC in December 2015 well before his superannuation in 2016 on a contract basis for two years. Ms Karwal had taken charge of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in August last year. Prior to joining CBSE, she was posted as Additional Secretary in Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry. She has also served as Gujarat Chief Electoral officer during the Lok Sabha election in 2014. But the widespread public anger over the leak of examination papers and the inept handling of the whole issue has even led to demands for removing these babus from their positions. Will they manage to survive the current turmoil?

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