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

11 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Taking a cue from Centre, Didi nod to lateral entry in state’s executive

Buoyed by her thumping win in the Bhabanipur by-election, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now mulling on introducing lateral entry into the state government a la the Central Government. sources say that the state government is hoping to get domain specialists in senior positions such as special secretary and joint secretary. Lateral entry […]

06 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Kerala first state to appoint point man for diaspora, is Punjab next?

In a first, the Kerala government has named Venu Rajamony, a former Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer as its point man to deal with the Malayali diaspora, especially in the Gulf states. Unlike many other states, Kerala has a large diaspora spread across the world. Given the strong links between the global Malayali community and […]

26 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Govt bends to apex court over filling vacancies in law tribunals

Government watchers are keenly watching the ongoing crosstalk between the Supreme Court and the Central government over the latter’s delay in filling the vacancies in the National Company Law Tribunals (NCLT) and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). The vacancies have slowed down the insolvency proceedings thanks to the huge backlog of pending cases. […]

18 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

A big win for the RS cadre officers

Dr Parasaram P.K. Ramacharyu is the first officer of the Rajya Sabha cadre to be appointed as the Secretary-General of the upper house of Parliament. He succeeds Deepak Verma, who was an IAS officer as were those that preceded them. This is good news for the RS cadre officers for they had long resigned themselves […]

09 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Hit by glitches in new tax portal, new CBDT chief hits the deck running

The 1985-batch IRS officer Jagannath Jagannath Mohapatra has little time to settle into his seat after finally being confirmed as chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), three months after the extended tenure of his predecessor P.C. Mody ended. The biggest challenge for Mohapatra is to resolve the issues with the new income […]

05 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

All of Gujarat is abuzz over future role of ex-CS Mukim

Gujarat has got a new Chief Secretary in 1986-batch IAS officer Pankaj Kumar, but within babu circles, there is more curiosity about Kumar’s predecessor Anil Gopishankar Mukim, who completed his extended tenure. It’s not game over yet for Mukim. The word is that Mukim is nowhere near hanging up his boots. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani […]

26 August 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Babus’ ‘equality’? Mid-career course at Mussoorie will lose IAS-only tag

The new Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, Katikithala Srinivas has a new and rather important task. In a first, non-IAS officers will receive mid-career training along with IAS officers in October this year, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Mission Karmayogi” plan. Inspired by the changes brought in babudom […]

19 August 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Did India’s babus miss the bus, fail to read signals right on Taliban?

Did India miss a bus in Afghanistan? With the Taliban takeover of the country complete, the ominous silence from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), except for the routine statement on protecting Indian interests and giving temporary visas to Afghan refugees, was however broken by global outcries. While western powers were expected to do this, […]

19 August 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Iqbal Chahal, ‘superbabu’ of Mumbai, & his amazing story

This week we feature another distinguished IAS officer (who was recognized by SpeakIn), Asia’s largest network of experts and thought leaders, for creating impact and inspiration beyond the call of duty. COVID was a testing time and true mettle shone through yet again. Iqbal Singh Chahal, a 1989 batch officer of the Maharashtra cadre, established […]

17 August 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Telangana DM thinks out of box, creates jobs for women, migrants

During the Covid pandemic, babus have been important players playing a critical role in framing and implementing the government’s response. Some babus however have managed to stand out from among the crowd. SpeakIn, Asia’s largest network of experts and thought leaders, recently recognized 10 distinguished IAS officers who have created impact and inspiration beyond the […]