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03 June 2022 ~ Comments Off on Fiscal advisors may get to have a larger say in ministry spends

Fiscal advisors may get to have a larger say in ministry spends

Looking at the future, the Modi sarkar wants to show that it is capable of fresh thinking. The Finance Ministry has reportedly formed an internal working group under the Department of Expenditure Secretary T.V. Somanathan to work on improving the decades-old role of financial advisors in ministries and departments. Financial advisors are a crucial interface […]

23 May 2022 ~ Comments Off on Cool-off debate rages on amid MNC absorbing senior officials

Cool-off debate rages on amid MNC absorbing senior officials

The Centre’s lateral entry policy in which it is hiring domain specialists from the public and private sectors is being offset by a trickle of high-profile exits of senior babus to the corporate world. In many instances, these babus have taken up lucrative assignments shortly after leaving the civil service or retirement, even though rules […]

09 May 2022 ~ Comments Off on Spirit of sharing tech, tips among states overrides partisan politics

Spirit of sharing tech, tips among states overrides partisan politics

Kerala Chief Secretary V.P. Joy’s recent visit to Gandhinagar to study the dashboard system for e-governance in Gujarat is full of portent for good governance if picked up by other states. The dashboard monitoring system was started in 2019 when Vijay Rupani was the chief minister. Apparently, Joy was impressed with it and said it […]

11 April 2022 ~ Comments Off on Amid shortage of officers, govt sets up panel to find our why

Amid shortage of officers, govt sets up panel to find our why

It’s a crisis. Critics often say that India has too much bureaucracy. But actually, as admitted by the Centre, is that there are not enough babus. The Minister of State for PMO and Personnel, Jitendra Singh recently informed Parliament that there is a shortage of 1,515 IAS officers. Recently, a parliamentary standing committee had also […]

25 March 2022 ~ Comments Off on Thewait continues for new defence production secy

Thewait continues for new defence production secy

More than three months after Defence Production Secretary Raj Kumar (Dilli Ka Babu, Dec 2, 2021) was prematurely repatriated to his parent state of Gujarat, the position is still vacant. Some observers believed that the position has not been filled since the government was keeping it for a particular IAS officer who may be brought […]

25 March 2022 ~ Comments Off on CSS babus protest delayed promotions

CSS babus protest delayed promotions

It was a rare sight in recent years – more than 1,000 babus protesting outside the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) at North Block over caste-based reservations in promotions. The officers from the Central Secretariat Service (CSS), who are the functionary staff in ministries, the Central Secretariat and other government offices, claim that the […]

10 March 2022 ~ Comments Off on Whistleblower Khemka gets promoted

Whistleblower Khemka gets promoted

Whistleblower Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who has the dubious distinction of being one of the most transferred babus in the country (54 times), has been promoted to the apex scale of chief secretary after 30 years of service. This is remarkable considering that he has constantly been at odds with practically every political dispensation […]

28 February 2022 ~ Comments Off on ATS posts in Maharashtra turn political hot potatoes

ATS posts in Maharashtra turn political hot potatoes

The once-vaunted Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra Police seems to have lost its sheen. Many senior cops in the state believe that this was brought on over the past few years by the ongoing political tussle between the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and BJP-ruled Centre. While some recent […]

09 February 2022 ~ Comments Off on Will ex-Oil Secy’s appointment as regulator bring stability or crisis?

Will ex-Oil Secy’s appointment as regulator bring stability or crisis?

Former Oil Secretary Tarun Kapoor’s appointment as chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has been noted with considerable interest by industry watchers. If a regulator comes from many years in the industry, he has a vested interest in this and that is what the players in the oil sector are worried […]

03 February 2022 ~ Comments Off on Snobby Kerala babus ordered to remove flags on official cars

Snobby Kerala babus ordered to remove flags on official cars

IAS, IPS and other officers in Kerala often display a blue flag on their official vehicles, which has the same symbol as on the flag of the training academy in Mussoorie. But now that the Kerala Motor Vehicle Department has termed it “illegal” and said there is no order from the state government that allows […]