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14 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Karnataka home secy shunted out for calling out ‘Safe City’ scam

IPS officer D Roopa, who was the first woman home secretary of Karnataka has been transferred as the managing director of Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation amid her public spat with another IPS officer Hemant Nimbalkar, who too also transferred. Nimbalkar was the additional commissioner (administration) in Bengaluru before being transferred to the internal security […]

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07 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

India’s toppers no longer find civil services a dream career?

Is the civil service no longer a dream career for aspiring youngsters in India? The recent survey of national school board toppers over 20 years suggests that it may be so. Of the 86 men and women who topped in their school board exams between 1995 and 2015, more than half live abroad, most are […]

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31 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Govt’s lateral entry move fails as babus defend turf

Earlier this year, Arvind Panagariya, former vice-chief of the government NITI Aayog, wrote in his book “India Unlimited – Reclaiming the Lost Glory” that Indian babus suffered from the socialist hangover, which has slowed down the pace of reforms the Modi sarkar wishes to introduce (Dilli Ka Babu, April 16. 2020). To buttress his view, […]

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23 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Centre spars with Mamata in bid to turn Bengal babus into stool pigeons

The battle for the West Bengal assembly elections looms ahead but skirmishes have already started. After the attack on BJP president J.P. Nadda’s convoy in the state, the Centre retaliated against the TMC government by recalling 3 IPS officers from the state on Central deputation.  Further, to perhaps underline the “message”, the Ministry of Home […]

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17 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Gymkhana divided on suspension of ex-babu

Due to various complex rules around admission, the Delhi Gymkhana Club has maintained its exclusive “aura” for 107 years. Its governing body is comprised of various retired government and defence officials as well as other private citizens. Its elections are a hotly contested affair, often leading to accusations of “illegal” and “unlawful” means between the […]

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10 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Babus angered by Haryana’s IAS cadre post appointments

As noted in an earlier column, there is a degree of discontent among Haryana babus over what many consider is a consistent attempt by the Manohar Khattar government in the state to allow the “usurping” of IAS cadre posts by other services. The Haryana government has appointed a number of IPS, IFS and IRS officers […]

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03 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Caste fraud stench in Chhattisgarh secretariat

A “high-level” Certification Investigation Committee set up by the Chhattisgarh government has detected 267 cases of government employees with fake caste certificates.  Sources say that Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has given instructions to the state Chief secretary R. P. Mandal to dismiss all such employees from service, except those who got a stay order from […]

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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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