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 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

A lucky break

A lucky break Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet Swachch Bharat campaign has been bolstered by the induction of Meerut district magistrate B. Chandrakala Niru in the “dream team” tasked with ensuring the success of the campaign. Ms Niru is the youngest member of the team and has been appointed director of the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan [...]

06 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Lack of presence

Lack of presence For the first time, not a single secretary to the government of India is from Maharashtra. Apparently, Bengal is not the only state where babus are averse to Central deputation (with more than a nudge from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee!). it does appear that by and large, Maharashtra cadre IAS and IPS [...]

23 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

On the fast track

On the fast track Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Bullet Train project is on the fast track. The government is close to finalising the name of the managing director of the National High Speed Rail Corporation. Sources say the announcement will be made this month. A three-member selection panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha [...]

12 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Jammu’s turn

Jammu’s turn For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir since 1947, the Chief Secretary as well as Director General of Police are both from the Jammu region. Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, a 1986-batch IPS officer, was named the new DGP from this month. Meanwhile the state Chief Secretary B.R. Sharma took [...]

02 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

High stakes race

High stakes race This is one of the most eagerly awaited appointments in government. After coming under fire from the Supreme Court for appointing Gujarat IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as acting chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the government is moving quickly on naming a regular chief. Curiously, the scheduled meeting of the [...]

26 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

A tough race

A tough race The search for a successor to U.K. Sinha, chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is on, in earnest. Sources say that the government has shortlisted 10 candidates to succeed Sinha when his term ends in February. They include power secretary Pradeep Kumar Pujari, disinvestment secretary Neeraj Kumar Gupta, former [...]

12 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

New masters voice Prasar Bharati Corporation CEO Jawhar Sircar, a remnant of the UPA government, put in his papers four months before the end of his tenure. He had retired as secretary of culture with the Union government and was then appointed as Prasar Bharati CEO in 2012. Sources say that Sircar had written to [...]

05 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Security drill

Security drill It has taken the government almost a month to appoint new chiefs of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the National Security Guard (NSG). The delay was surprising but, perhaps the Uri terror attack spurred the government into action. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet named O.P. Singh, a 1983 batch Indian Police [...]

27 September 2016 ~ 0 Comments

A bigger role

A bigger role Indian Revenue Service (IRS) babus will predictably hold key positions in the Goods and Services Tax council secretariat which is being set up. These and officers of the Central Board of Excise and Customs will play a greater role in GST implementation than IAS officers. This assurance has been given by Finance [...]

05 September 2016 ~ 0 Comments

New thinking?

New thinking? The appointment of Dr Urjit Patel as Raghuram Rajan’s successor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has put an end to a period of furious speculation in which names of several notables were thrown up in the painstakingly thorough selection process. By opting for Rajan’s deputy, the government has signalled that it [...]