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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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09 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

It’s Army vs IPS

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has been looking to recruit some 600 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers it needs to make up for the shortfall in recruitment. Since the armed and paramilitary forces seems like a pretty good catchment area for recruiting police officers, MHA has issued new guidelines which will allow serving officers […]

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02 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Domestic Ties

The trend of retired IAS officers picking up jobs in the information commissions continues unabated, despite cries of protests from civil activists. In Haryana, according to sources, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has cleared the appointment of newly retired chief secretary Urvashi Gulati for appointment as state information commissioner. The chief information commissioner of state […]

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26 March 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Change of Guard

The change of guard in Uttar Pradesh, predictably, means large scale transfers of babus. UP’s bureaucracy, after all, is divided along political lines. So within hours of Akhilesh Yadav taking over as the new chief minister, officers who held key positions in the BSP government were moved out and Samajwadi Party “loyalists” brought in. The […]

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19 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Grand Design

The India Design Forum held in Delhi recently epitomizes the new India. By combining the refinement of design, expanding the very horizon of its application and appreciation, the Forum puts into place, one more essential brick in the gradual transformation of India into the Next Generation service economy. It was the first attempt to enthuse […]

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12 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Tied to the Job

Rajasthan’s high-flying babus have become more earth-bound after the state government’s efforts to control and regulate expenditure. Apparently, the government wants to check the growing tendency of senior babus to leave on foreign trips without obtaining prior sanction. But now a circular issued by additional chief secretary C.K. Mathew of the department of finance lays […]

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13 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Ready to desert?

Are bureaucrats in Uttar Pradesh sensing a regime change after the assembly elections? The buzz in Lucknow’s babudom is not just about vote shares, seats and party performances. Observers there have noted that several high-profile bureaucrats, including chief secretary Anoop Mishra, additional Cabinet secretary Ravindra Singh and principal secretary to chief minister Mayawati, R.P. Singh, […]

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06 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Food for thought

There are no free lunches, literally, in Union Minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh’s domain. The minister who strives to strike a different note has launched a vigorous austerity drive in his ministry and its associated departments. In the minister’s crosshair now is the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), which […]

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