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

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Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani is spearheading a massive overhaul of the Railways culture, shedding old outdated customs and protocols.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 [...]

02 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Head-less in Rajasthan

Head-less in Rajasthan Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) chairman S.S. Sharma retired last month but the government is yet to announce his successor. The panel is also without two members. The commission is entrusted with the task of recruiting government employees. But it has often run into legal trouble for mismanagement and inefficiency in conducting [...]

09 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Delhi calling in TN babus

Delhi calling in TN babus The political uncertainty prevailing in Tamil Nadu is making many babus in the state move to the Centre. Sources say that at least six senior IAS officers have left for Delhi on Central deputation in the past five months. They include Ambuj Sharma, Jatindra Nath Swain, K. Rajaraman, S. Gopalakrishnan [...]

25 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Forest fire in Karnataka

Forest fire in Karnataka   The sudden ouster of Indian Forest Service officer (IFoS) Vinay Luthra as chairman of the Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board, just a year after his appointment, has caused much distress in the service. Moreover, he has been replaced by former chief secretary, J. Alexander, and IAS officer, who apparently has never [...]

18 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

A time-saving initiative

A time-saving initiative   Telangana Chief Secretary S.P. Singh has come to the rescue of all busy IAS officials working in the districts. The bureaucrats were provided an online facility for official communication, an arrangement that does not require them to come all the way to Hyderabad to meet him personally for any official duties. [...]