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

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, […]

25 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Moral victory for Khemka

In his long battle against the establishment, senior Haryana IAS officer and noted whistleblower Ashok Khemka has undergone many trying times. In his famously peripatetic career in the civil service, Mr Khemka has been transferred more than 50 times, six times during the tenure of the current BJP government in the state. So, it was […]

18 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Tapping new talent

The Modi government’s move on lateral entry into government is inching along. Out of the 6,000 applicants from the private sector who applied for 10 posts of Joint Secretary in the Central government last year, 89 have been shortlisted, sources say. These posts are in revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture and farmers welfare, road […]

11 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Who will bell the cat?

Though the government simplified the process of filing immovable property returns for babus in 2016, there has not been much change in their attitude. Despite the expiry of deadline for filing immovable property returns (IPRs) for 2018, 340 IAS officers are yet to file their details. The last date for submitting IPRs for 2018 was […]