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28 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Welcome change

Welcome change RTI activists often complain about the disproportionate number of former bureaucrats who become information commissioners after retirement. Ever since the Central Information Commission came into being in 2005, the tribesmen have bagged the key posts of information commissioners and even Central Information Commissioner (CIC). The list includes such babu luminaries like Wajahat Habibullha, […]

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21 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Playing safe

Playing safe Despite the current coal crisis, the search for a new chief for Coal India Limited, which accounts for nearly 80 per cent of the country’s total coal supply, will probably continue into next year. The process to replace Partha S Bhattacharya, who retired in February, has moved in fits and starts. Now, according […]

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08 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Official hai!

Official hai! Street lingo as officialese? Hinglish may be how most of us communicate, but for decades the government insisted on the use of “shudh” Hindi or English by its babus. Now Hinglish has gone “sarkari”, with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) finally giving the nod to babus to use a convenient mix of […]

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24 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Toiling babus

Toiling babus The devastating floods in Orissa have had at least one unfortunate fall-out for babus in the state. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, known to be soft on bureaucracy, has transformed into a rather tough taskmaster. Consequently, many babus spent the Puja holidays in their offices, working on relief and rehabilitation for the millions of […]

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17 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

In the hot seat

In the hot seat The much-awaited Pulok Chatterji is back at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as principal secretary to the Prime Minister. Though familiar with the corridors of power, Mr Chatterji has returned at a time when the UPA sarkar is reeling under various crises. Dilli knows this is no ordinary change of guard. […]

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03 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Law & the jungle

Law & the jungle Environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan’s crackdown on corrupt officials in the forest department has babu circles buzzing. Though barely two months old in the ministry, Ms Natarajan has already acted against three senior forest officials. The most recent instance is the transfer of an inspector general of forests, C.D. Singh, […]

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26 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Pressure tactics

Pressure tactics It’s not surprising to learn that babus spare no efforts to wrangle a stint abroad. The chief attraction of course is the special allowance which can range from Rs 70,000 per month to Rs 1.15 lakh per month. But the Ministry for External Affairs (MEA) is clearly unhappy with the situation since it […]

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30 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Banking on corporates

Banking on corporates Although final licensing may still be some time away, there is much excitement in Dilli over the prospect of granting new banking licences. With corporate majors like Tata, Mahindra & Mahindra, AV Birla and L&T among those publicly hopeful of entering the banking sector, the suspense is naturally high. Industrial houses have […]

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29 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Performance pain

Performance pain Wonder how this will sit with the Finance Minister’s revived austerity drive. Mounting government expenditure has have made Pranab-da issue a circular on austerity to be observed by Central government ministries, a throwback to the situation in 2008-09. But it’s not clear whether the austerity drive will now put a stop to performance […]

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