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23 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

MHA hard put to find officers ready to serve in Ladakh, J&K

More than a year after the change in the status of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, there is an acute shortage of IAS, IPS and other all-India service officers in the union territories.  The situation is dire enough for the Ministry of Home Affairs to write to all cadre-controlling authorities to prepare a list of […]

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11 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Centre denies Gehlot his chosen babu

N.K. Arya, the new chief secretary of Rajasthan, is not the first choice of state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for the position. Until the last moment, the last working day of outgoing chief secretary Rajeev Swarup, the Gehlot government hoped to push for a tenure extension for Swarup. But the Centre denied its consent and […]

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05 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Crunch time for babus preparing Budget 2021

The countdown to the annual Budget for 2021-22 has started amid the urgency to push economic growth badly mauled by the Covid-19 pandemic. There is already talk of a third stimulus soon, going by the recent utterances of the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  The Budget-making babus led by Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey have their […]

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05 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

CIC sans chief, only 10 of 28 panels worked during lockdown

Fifteen years after the Right to Information (RTI) Act came into force, does the nation have more transparency or less? The story is quite sombre. More than 2.2 lakh cases are pending at the Central and State Information Commissions. Nine out of 29 information commissions are functioning without a chief, one-fourth of information commissioner posts […]

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05 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Dhesi, Khattar’s favourite, gets a second innings

Politicians are sometimes loath to let a favourite babu go off into retirement. They find ways to bring them back into the administration. In 2017, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had appointed retired chief secretary Suresh Kumar as his chief principal secretary, even though the state had a regular principal secretary, another IAS officer because […]

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19 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

RAW and IB set to teach tax officers about ‘tradecraft’

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers trying to nab economic offenders will now get an edge after undergoing training from spooks. Officers from the nation’s premier intelligence agencies, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), have been roped in to train them in intelligence “tradecraft”. Sources say that revenue officers from the Enforcement Directorate, […]

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28 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Revamp of railway services sure to trigger a turf war

The Narendra Modi government is pushing ahead with restructuring the Indian Railways board and services. The Cabinet recently green-lit the revamping of the powerful Railway Board that governs the railways. The board will now have five members instead of five. The present Chairman of the Board V.K. Yadav will be the first CEO of the […]

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18 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

7 former DGPs jump in to defend Mumbai Police

What made seven former DGPs and a police commissioner approach the Bombay High Court in the Sushant Singh Rajput case? The media’s obsession with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case has overridden the raging corona pandemic, our stalled economy and the Chinese threat on the border. After the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and sundry agencies have […]

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09 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Civil servants under watch for corruption

Transparency and weeding out corruption is a big theme with the Modi sarkar, and it has doggedly pursued this goal despite pushback from the babus. Last year, the government endorsed lists of dozens of officers of the IRS and IT services accused of corruption, sexual harassment and other charges. The campaign continues. Now, as part […]

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03 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Rajiv Kumar in sight of CEC chair in 2024

Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar has been named the new Election Commissioner. He replaces Ashok Lavasa, who is leaving to join the Asian Development Bank as vice-president. While Sunil Arora is the Chief Election Commissioner, the other Election Commissioner is Sushil Chandra. The importance of this announcement lies in the fact that Rajiv Kumar will […]

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