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

12 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Will personal staff be retained?

In 2014, the Modi sarkar had decided that civil servants after serving as personal secretary (PS) and officer on special duty (OSD) to ministers could not be given the same role again. At the time, it was interpreted as a move to ensure that ministers refrained from choosing officers on their own. Now that NDA […]

04 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

ED gives gag order

They say the ship of state is the only ship that leaks at the top! Concerned about its sleuths leaking sensitive information about ongoing investigations to the media, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued an order that virtually gags its officials at its headquarters. ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra has reportedly directed his officers to […]

27 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Business as usual

It says something about the high confidence of the Modi sarkar in its returning to power. Sources reveal that the Niti Aayog held interviews to select incumbents for five positions of Adviser (JS level) and Senior Adviser (Additional Secretary level) to look after sectors like Economics, Transport, Energy, Human Resources etc. These posts were advertised […]

22 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Power tussle during polls

Barely weeks after polling and with a change of guard being widely expected, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is at loggerheads with the state Chief Secretary L.V. Subramanyam. According to sources, the tussle is about who gets to control the routine administration until the votes are counted and result declared on May 23. […]

14 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Non-cadre cops for cadre posts

Young IPS officers in Tamil Nadu are not amused. With the state government filling nearly half the allotted cadre posts with non-cadre officers, the IPS officers feel that their turf is shrinking shrunk. Sources say that 36 of the 76 cadre posts in Tamil Nadu are occupied by non-cadre officers holding the rank of superintendent […]

30 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

CAT sets a precedent

Officers on a foreign posting who do not report to their cadre state for duty are not eligible for voluntary Retirement Scheme or pension, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order has directed. The tribunal dismissed the case of former senior IAS officer Sanjeev Singh Ahluwalia, for voluntary retirement from service and pensionary benefits. Mr Ahluwalia […]

22 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Factionalism rears head in ED

Is the Enforcement Directorate (ED) going the CBI way? The agency seems to be getting pulled in different directions, as seen in the recent controversy involving a senior investigating officer. Joint Director Satyabrat Kumar was divested of all duties as in-charge of the Mumbai zonal unit except the supervision of the coal block allocation case […]

15 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Corruption dilemma

Former IPS officer Mayank Jain has put the Madhya Pradesh and Central governments in a peculiar dilemma. Five years after he was suspended following raids by the Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta special police establishment officials in a disproportionate assets case, the corruption watchdog has concluded that there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to prosecute him and filed a […]

08 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Babus’ retirement home?

Babus’ retirement home? The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Niti Aayog under the Modi sarkar is progressively beginning to resemble its earlier Planning Commission avatar at least in one aspect – as a favoured home for retired babus. According to sources, the buzz is that Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and […]

01 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Lohani’s return to Air India

Jet falling into SBI’s lap for eventual sale has drawn more attention to the reappointment of Ashwani Lohani as chairman and managing director of Air India and it continues to be talked about in babu circles. Mr Lohani had already served as CMD of Air India before being appointed as Chairman of the Railway Board, […]