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

14 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Swadeshi lobby has its way

Swadeshi lobby has its way Arvind Panagariya’s departure from NITI Aayog may not be an innocuous one, but is likely a sign of a more significant change. It denotes the fade-out of the “foreign” influence on Indian economic policymaking, in the view of incoming NITI Aayog chief Rajiv Kumar. Dr Panagariya’s designated successor has hinted [...]

31 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Goodbye pay panels?

Goodbye pay panels? Central government babus are unhappy with the Seventh Pay Commission, feeling let down by the government’s decision not to give them revised allowances with arrears from July 2016 onwards as demanded. Further, it is very likely that there will be no more pay commissions. The government is of the mind not to [...]

17 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Mass transfer of babus in UP

Mass transfer of babus in UP It’s never easy in Uttar Pradesh, despite the regime change. In fact, instances of IAS and IPS officers having altercations with politicians have increased since the BJP government came to power in the state. In fact, this might be one of the few things the Yogi Adityanath administration has [...]

10 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Babus finally speak up

Babus finally speak up   Service rules forbid babus from speaking their minds, especially if their thoughts are not aligned with the government’s. But retired bureaucrats have no such chains to tie them down. Recently 65 retired senior babus wrote an open letter addressed to all public authorities and constitutional bodies to take heed. It’s [...]

07 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Perform or perish

Perform or perish Governments are often accused of being bloated and overstaffed. At the beginning of his term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made reforming bureaucracy an area of prime focus. And he now seems to be taking steps to remove the “dead wood” in the administrative workforce.  Over the past few months, the Centre [...]

16 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

North vs South

North vs South Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to appoint AP cadre IAS officer Anil Kumar Singhal as the Executive Officer of Tirumula Tirupati Devasthanams has riled many Telugu officers who were vying for this prestigious post. Naidu however is unruffled by the undercurrent of resentment about appointing a “North Indian” even [...]

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 [...]