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06 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Prez preference

Prez preference Though perhaps not the first time, no IAS official will serve in Rashtrapati Bhavan during President Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure. Most presidents choose their own loyal and trusted officials to assist them in performing their duty. But Pranabda’s chosen three are not from among the heaven-born. It was always known that Omita Paul, who […]

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01 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Relief Jayate

Relief Jayate There will be relief on many faces in government this week as Satyamev Jayate goes off air now after a tumultuous 12-week run. In this span, the series enjoyed unprecedented impact (brushing aside the silly TRP controversy), created a buzz far beyond the confines of the ‘idiot box’ and may even have set […]

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23 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Babus forever

Babus forever Retired babus never fade away; they just come back in a different avatar. That does seem to be the case in Punjab and Haryana, where the ruling dispensations seem to be more than generous in rehabilitating retired IAS and IPS officers. In Haryana, babu-watchers say, during chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s seven year […]

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17 July 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Power Slot

A relatively lowly vacant post of desk officer at the powerful National Advisory Council (NAC) has attracted a lot of interest in babu circles, for obvious reasons. The most obvious reason is that the chosen official will not just get to work closely with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who heads NAC), but also get a […]

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25 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

P for Paribartan

While all the excitement seems to revolve around finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s eventual move to Rashtrapati Bhavan, talk in North Block is about the expected reshuffle in the top team. The buzz is that expenditure secretary Sumit Bose may end up being entrusted with more responsibilities. As it so happens, the chief economic advisor Kaushik […]

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19 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Transfer Blues

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit is upset with Union home minister P Chidambaram, over the “unilateral” transfer of IAS out of Delhi. While the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has ordered the transfer of 27 officials, what has upset Ms Dikshit is that the transferred babus include her principal secretary M.M. Kutty, industry secretary Chetan […]

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04 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Plugging the Leak

The government, naturally, is cagey about mentioning this, but apparently investigations by the Intelligence Bureau have zeroed in on the bureaucrat who allegedly leaked Army Chief V.K. Singh’s “top secret” letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the media. The issue had rocked Parliament a month ago with MPs alleging “treason” and demand for stringent […]

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15 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Revolving Chair

The Uttar Pradesh government under chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is yet to settle down. Observers attribute the confusion to the young CM being unable to run his administration without interference from the many power centres, including his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, in the Samajwadi Party. So UP continues to witness a revolving chair spectacle of […]

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07 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Waiting for PM

Is there an administrative delay or is the government too busy fighting political fires to bother about filling two vacancies of information commissioners at the Central Information Commission (CIC)? According to sources, the decision has been pending for months simply because Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Ms Sushma Swaraj the leader of the Opposition in […]

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01 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Tug of War

A rather lengthy tussle has been going on between the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and chief minister Raman Singh of Chattisgarh over an IAS officer currently posted as additional secretary in the PMO. B.V.R. Subramaniam, a 1987 batch officer from Chattisgarh has been on what is being termed as an unusually long deputation to the […]

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