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Dilip Cherian Blog Dilip is considered India's foremost Image Management guru and resident iconoclast. He wavers between irrational exuberance and cataclysmic gloom but can be influenced at mail@dilipcherian.com

11 August 2023 ~ Comments Off on Mishra, Gauba, Bhalla and the ripple effect of many extensions

Mishra, Gauba, Bhalla and the ripple effect of many extensions

The Centre’s longing for an extension to its trusted and tested babus was made obvious when it approached the Supreme Court seeking an unprecedented extension to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) chief S.K. Mishra. It became the precursor to the extension of tenures of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla. For […]

28 July 2023 ~ Comments Off on Eye to polls, goes after ‘corrupt’ govt officers

Eye to polls, goes after ‘corrupt’ govt officers

Eye to polls, goes after ‘corrupt’ govt officers With about a year to go for the 2024 Assembly elections, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is seizing the opportunity to convey a strong message against corruption by holding senior officials in the state administration accountable. According to information, as many as 41 senior officers in […]

20 July 2023 ~ Comments Off on J’khand officer in a fix for touching up note on Eklavya schools

J’khand officer in a fix for touching up note on Eklavya schools

The recent case involving K Srinivasan, a 2005-batch IAS officer, in Jharkhand, has evoked a lot of interest in babu circles. The state government has issued four show-cause notices to Srinivasan for “tampering with the contents” of a Cabinet note twice, which is a serious breach of protocol. Sources have informed DKB that the said […]

14 July 2023 ~ Comments Off on Himachal dithers as babu shortage persists at the top

Himachal dithers as babu shortage persists at the top

Himachal dithers as babu shortage persists at the top The severe shortage of capable babus in Himachal Pradesh is exacerbated by the state government’s seeming reluctance to act on the issue. Observers note that with a shortfall of 35 IAS officers out of the total cadre of 153 and five senior bureaucrats due for retirement […]

15 May 2023 ~ Comments Off on What’s Kishor’s next move? Can he actually pose threat to Nitish?

What’s Kishor’s next move? Can he actually pose threat to Nitish?

What are retired IAS and IPS officers doing with ace poll strategist-turned-neta Prashant Kishor? Given the man’s track record of working with some of India’s biggest political parties, including the BJP, Congress and TMC, it is not surprising that there is speculation about his next move, after his year-long padyatra through seven districts of Bihar […]

28 April 2023 ~ Comments Off on Delhi top cop in the race to become DGP of Tamil Nadu

Delhi top cop in the race to become DGP of Tamil Nadu

The race is on to succeed the Director General of Police (DGP) of Tamil Nadu C. Sylendra Babu who is due for superannuation at the end of June. The buzz in Delhi seems to suggest that Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora is a sure-shot winner, being the most favoured to succeed Babu as Tamil Nadu’s […]

21 April 2023 ~ Comments Off on Karnataka’s voter data theft case resurfaces ahead of Assembly polls

Karnataka’s voter data theft case resurfaces ahead of Assembly polls

The voter data theft case in Karnataka (reported in this column on December 29, 2022) has come alive again, just when the state is about to go to polls. A probe by the Election Commission, conducted by IAS officer Amlan Aditya Biswas, Regional Commissioner, Bengaluru Division, has found that many officials of the Bruhat Bengaluru […]

17 April 2023 ~ Comments Off on Should officers prioritize Centre over the cadre of their own state?

Should officers prioritize Centre over the cadre of their own state?

Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi has trodden on many toes in the state government and the ruling party, be it withholding important bills or speaking his mind on Centre-state relations. Some may say that the situation seems to mirror a similar tussle in neighbouring Kerala, also a non-BJP-ruled state. The latest salvo from the Governor […]

12 April 2023 ~ Comments Off on More secys quit: Is lateral entry losing its sheen?

More secys quit: Is lateral entry losing its sheen?

Lateral entry was a much-awaited administrative reform introduced in 2018 as part of Modi sarkar’s larger civil services reform agenda. The noble aim was to bring in fresh perspectives, expertise and efficiency into the government system. The bold experiment is now being seen as losing its sheen. Saurabh Mishra, joint secretary in the Department of […]

04 April 2023 ~ Comments Off on Ex-babus to probe corruption among serving IAS officers

Ex-babus to probe corruption among serving IAS officers

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)’s decision to invite retired IAS officers to investigate allegations against serving IAS officers comes at a time when corruption charges and other violations of service rules have been on the rise among the country’s babus. With its eyes on the 2024 general elections, the Centre is hoping this […]