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

26 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

At President’s ‘At Home’, babus feel left out

The new Saffrons of Lutyens were a little perplexed at the relatively low turnout at the President’s ‘At Home’ last week. Usually a crowded affair with people in the thousands, this time’s ‘At Home’ was noticeably smaller. It’s by design, said some who believe that the riffraff (read rather irrelevant Lutyen-ites?) and many hangers-on of […]

19 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

No more pay panels?

The Modi sarkar, it appears, is debating not to form any pay commission for increasing salaries and allowances of Central government employees in future. Apparently, this proposal has been placed before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to take a policy decision in this regard. Those in the know say that the proposal is based on the […]

12 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Modi’s fresh approach to bureaucracy in 2nd term

In his second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aware of the high expectations from his government. Passing the buck to the UPA era (or even further back to Nehru) will not cut ice. He will eventually need to show performance and efficiency. Known to rely heavily on the bureaucracy, Mr Modi is likely to […]

06 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

TN babus divided over circular

The recent circular issued by Tamil Nadu chief secretary K Shanmugam to make babus more responsive has met with a decidedly mixed response. It was certainly not the response he would have expected from the district magistrates and collectors in the state. Sources say that Mr Shanmugam has spelt out a 10-point plan to improve […]

29 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Grace and grit: Sheila Dixit

‘Dicky’ was Sheila Dikshit’s husband who passed away too young. This column can now reveal (given that both the wonderful elements of that power couple have passed on) that he was, during his days one of the best sources you could find on the inner workings of the Indian bureaucracy. Belonging to the Uttar Pradesh […]

24 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

CIC backs whistleblower

Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer and whistle-blower Sanjiv Chaturvedi prevails again! His RTI application seeking details of corruption complaints against Union ministers has got a sympathetic hearing at the Central Information Commission (CIC). The 2002-batch IFoS officer had filed an RTI application in 2017 seeking this information, which the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) denied. Against […]

18 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Reservation in lateral entry?

The Centre’s policy to induct talent in the bureaucracy from the private sector has been hailed as a major much-needed administrative reform. But the lateral entry move has been criticized by several Dalit IAS officers as legally untenable as it does not extend the reservation law on such recruitments. Earlier, in April, the government had […]

01 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Modi reaffirms faith in babus

A notable feature of the Modi government’s first term and which has spilt into the second term is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s firm belief that, in some instances, experienced bureaucrats can do the job better than even seasoned politicians. In the past, under other dispensations too, there are several instances of babus making the transition […]

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 […]