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

21 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

IAS versus IPS

IAS versus IPS The Haryana government has placed the services of O.P. Singh, ADGP (Human Rights and Litigation), at the disposal of the Chief Secretary for further posting. This has led to speculation in babu circles that the senior police officer is set to get a secretary-level post in one of the departments. If this [...]

14 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

‘Rightsizing’ CCI

‘Rightsizing’ CCI The government has recently moved to cut the number of members of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) from seven to four, including the chairperson.  It may seem like ‘downsizing’ but the government insists that it is ‘rightsizing’. The reduced size, it argues, approximates the size of competition regulators in countries like UK, [...]

08 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Compulsory retirement

Compulsory retirement Senior Rajasthan cadre IPS officer Indu Kumar Bhushan, who was awaiting posting orders, has been compulsorily retired by the government “in public interest”. Sources say that the proposal concerning the cop’s retirement was reportedly forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs last November and has been accepted by the Centre. The 1989-batch IPS [...]

30 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Hot and bothered

Under the Modi sarkar, Gujarat cadre IAS officers have had a gloriously successful run. Some would even say that they have come to wield disproportionate power over other state cadres, due to their previous association with Modi during his tenure as chief minister of Gujarat. Modi is known to have a soft spot for babus [...]

25 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Future moves

Future moves There is much speculation in Dilli about the future of chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Sushil Chandra. Chandra is scheduled to retire in May-end, but it is being said that the Centre is likely to give him another extension. It may be recalled that Mr Chandra was scheduled to [...]

16 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Surprise transfer

Surprise transfer Barely two days after controversial IAS officer Rajeev Rautela was shifted from the post of Gorakhpur district magistrate and made divisional commissioner of Devipatan in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre decided to shift the babu to Uttarakhand. Rautela, who had hit the headlines for allegedly barring media persons from accessing the counting centre while [...]

04 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Fixed tenure

Fixed tenure The Union Finance Secretary may soon get a two-year fixed tenure in the posts as is the case with the Cabinet Secretary, Home, Defence and Foreign secretaries, and CBI, RAW and ED chiefs. Sources say that the government is seriously considering the option. It is felt that the complexities of managing the country’s [...]

26 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

A missive attack

A missive attack A letter written by Karnataka IPS Association president and ADGP R.P. Sharma to the Chief Secretary Ratna Prabha has set the cat among the pigeons in the poll-bound state. In the missive, Sharma has claimed that the law and order situation in the state is “deteriorating”. But perhaps more disconcerting for the [...]

05 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Politics and policing

Politics and policing   A 1992-batch IPS officer Dawa Sherpa has stirred a major controversy in Uttar Pradesh following his appointment as additional director general of police (ADGP) of Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home base. The state government has been accused of appointing the cop because of his past affiliation with the ruling party. [...]

26 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Babu transfers are ‘secret’

Babu transfers are ‘secret’ In Madhya Pradesh, the state government has denied the request of an anti-corruption activist and refused to share details of meetings of the state Civil Services Board because they are “confidential” and barred under the RTI Act. The activist, Ajay Dubey, had filed an RTI application with the state government to [...]