Dilip Cherian's Blog

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

17 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Foreign training put on hold

The Modi sarkar is likely to cut down on foreign training of bureaucrats under the Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) policy due to the rising cost of sending babus abroad. In 2018-19, the government spent Rs 60 crores on training 332 bureaucrats, which is more than half of the annual training budget of the […]

10 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Controversial appointment

The appointment of additional director general of police (ADGP) rank police officer O.P. Singh as Principal Secretary of Haryana’s Department of Sports and Youth Affairs has triggered off a turf war, with IAS officers questing the move for being “against civil service rules”. According to sources, Singh is the first IPS officer appointed to this […]

03 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Punjab CM fights to retain top cop

The quashing of the appointment of Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) is a big blow to the state government, though not entirely unexpected. The tribunal also stated that the process followed in Mr Gupta’s appointment in February last year was against the provisions outlined by the Supreme Court. When the […]

27 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

The CRPF’s new boss

The appointment of 1984-batch IPS officer A.P. Maheshwari as the new Director-General of the CRPF came as a surprise to some observers. Mr Maheshwari took over from ITBP Director General S.S. Deswal who was holding additional charge of CRPF after the superannuation of its previous DG Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar last month. Mr Maheshwari now heads […]

13 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

IPS wars in UP

A rather ugly war has broken out in the higher echelons of UP Police. Senior IPS officer and Noida police chief Vaibhav Krishna has alleged murky dealings in the transfer and posting of police officers in the state. In a written complaint to the Director-General of Police and state Home Secretary, Krishna claimed that huge […]

31 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Kaam wapasi by senior officers?

A few months ago, the highly publicized resignations by three IAS officers, created consternation in government circles. Kannan Gopinathan, an AGMUT cadre officer and Sasikanth Senthil, a Karnataka cadre officer resigned from service alleging the shrinking space for dissent in the country. They had cited the clampdown in Jammu & Kashmir as the reason for […]

23 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Gujarat syndrome

Gujarat is the go-to state for the Modi sarkar when it needs more trusted hands at the Centre. In the days of Narendra Modi, babus from the state have a disproportionate presence in the capital. Following Mr Modi’s long stint in Gujarat as chief minister, many of his favoured babus slowly followed him as he […]

16 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

J&K babus in a spot

In the Modi era, babus seem to be increasingly reluctant to serve in Dilli. In fact, the government has admitted that the number of IAS officers appointed on central deputation is the lowest in five years, as reported in this column (Nov 12). To reverse the trend, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has […]

06 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Do we need more banks? Is the #RBIs new on-tap norm for small #banks enough? Should a #BigBoy be allowed to play? #economy #today #FridayMusings

Do we need more banks? Is the #RBIs new on-tap norm for small #banks enough? Should a #BigBoy be allowed to play? #economy #today #FridayMusings

03 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Finance Ministry may get new faces

Babu watchers expect a reshuffle at the top level in the Finance Ministry in the coming weeks. It has been necessitated after G.C. Murmu, who headed the Department of Expenditure in the ministry, was appointed the first Lt Governor of Jammu & Kashmir after it became a union territory. Further, Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar is […]