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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

23 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Rise of the non-IAS babus

Rise of the non-IAS babus If there was a single notable trend in 2017, it was the inroads made by non-IAS officers in positions traditionally considered the turf of the heaven-born. Going by the liberal sprinkling of non-IAS officers at the level of joint secretary, it does appear as if the supremacy of the IAS, [...]

02 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Red tape hurting Vigilance sleuths

Red tape hurting Vigilance sleuths The CBI seems to be enjoying more success than the Chandigarh Vigilance Department in dealing with corruption. And the Vigilance folks are not happy about it. Despite UT Administrator V.P. Badnore declaring zero tolerance to corruption in the police ranks, the Vigilance department has scored a naught even as the [...]

13 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Budget Team in place

Budget Team in place The naming of Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia as the new Finance Secretary makes him in charge of the annual Budget-making exercise, likely to get underway soon. Within the Finance Ministry, as the senior-most official, Adhia will now be first among equals, the others being 1984-batch IAS officer Rajiv Kumar, Financial Services [...]

06 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

IPS officers being ignored

IPS officers being ignored     In the Modi sarkar, IPS officers are carrying a grievance. While the government has been inducting officers from services other than the IAS as joint secretaries, the IPS are lagging behind. Though both IAS and IPS officers are supposed to get promoted to joint secretary level scale in 14 [...]

02 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Ending VIP culture in Railways

Ending VIP culture in Railways  Sweeping changes are underway in the Railways, which has been in the spotlight following a series of tragedies. The recently appointed Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani is spearheading a massive overhaul of the Railways culture, shedding old outdated customs and protocols. He is known among babu circles as the “turnaround [...]

02 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Nothing ‘routine’ about transfer

Nothing ‘routine’ about transfer It has been termed as a routine reshuffle, but the view among babus in Punjab is that senior IAS officer K.B.S. Sidhu, of the rank of special chief secretary, has been side-lined by the state government. In a recent reshuffle involving 20 IAS officers and 15 state service officers, Sidhu was [...]