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

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 [...]

19 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Failing the test?

Failing the test? The Modi sarkar’s 360-degree appraisal system for babus introduced in 2015 has often come in for flak, including from a parliamentary standing committee, which last year labelled it as “illegal, arbitrary, non-transparent and susceptible to manipulation”. The appointment of Vineet Chawdhary as chief secretary of Himachal Pradesh by the BJP has, once [...]

12 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Govt’s SEBI dilemma

Govt’s SEBI dilemma The government is in a bind over appointing whole-time members with capital markets regulator SEBI. To maintain the regulator’s “autonomy and independence” it mandates IAS officers to resign from service if they have to take up the job of whole-time member with SEBI. Now Sanjeev Kaushik, a 1992-batch Kerala cadre IAS officer, [...]

12 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Turf war erupts

Turf war erupts  The last two months have witnessed a turf war between the IAS and IPS lobbies in Maharashtra over the posts of transport commissioner and excise commissioner. The IPS lobby has given a representation to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that, like in a few other states, these posts should be manned by an [...]

23 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Rise of the non-IAS babus

Rise of the non-IAS babus If there was a single notable trend in 2017, it was the inroads made by non-IAS officers in positions traditionally considered the turf of the heaven-born. Going by the liberal sprinkling of non-IAS officers at the level of joint secretary, it does appear as if the supremacy of the IAS, [...]

02 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Red tape hurting Vigilance sleuths

Red tape hurting Vigilance sleuths The CBI seems to be enjoying more success than the Chandigarh Vigilance Department in dealing with corruption. And the Vigilance folks are not happy about it. Despite UT Administrator V.P. Badnore declaring zero tolerance to corruption in the police ranks, the Vigilance department has scored a naught even as the [...]