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

30 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Red tape rules

Red tape rules Senior bureaucrats, you would assume, would know how to deal with their kind. But the ways of babudom can sometimes flummox even the most experienced babus, as Rajasthan’s chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi recently discovered. Mehrishi, who is in the running to be the next Cabinet Secretary, got a taste of red tapism [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Big One

The Big One The extended tenure of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth is ending and Modi sarkar is scouting for his replacement, reportedly to take over from Seth in mid-October. Seth, it may be recalled, was slated to retire in June but was, surprisingly to some observers, given a six month extension by Prime Minister Narendra [...]

15 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The party is over

The party is over Since 2002, several bureaucrats in Punjab, from high-ranking officers to clerks, have used a “study leave” policy of the state government to go abroad and make money there. Some of them even have resident status in countries like Canada, and have developed business interests there in the guise of “study leave”, [...]

08 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Calling the shots

Calling the shots Prime Ministers are the final authority in all high-level appointments of joint secretaries and above. But then we’ve probably not ever seen a micro-managing PM like Narendra Modi. Earlier, the issue of postings, transfers and appointments was handled in a routine manner and the Prime Minister usually simply signed off on the [...]

01 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Parting shocks

 The Telangana-Andhra Pradesh divorce was understandably messy, and continues to be so, as bureaucrats are discovering. Quite a few IAS and IPS officers are upset with the manner in which the allocation of cadres was done by the Pratyush Sinha Committee, as many failed to get the state of their preference. Apparently, the whole process [...]

22 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Feeling the pinch

Feeling the pinch Orissa’s new chief secretary and new director general of police both have taken office at a rather trying time for the Naveen Patnaik government. Though Mr Patnaik has no worries on the political front, having comfortably won his fourth term as chief minister, observers note that his government is facing numerous challenges. [...]

04 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Departure dilemma

Departure dilemma Quite a few babus on Central deputation develop roots in Delhi and are reluctant to return to their parent cadre. It is clearly time for Amit Khare, joint secretary in the Human Resource Development Ministry to leave the Capital as his tenure at the ministry is ending. Or will he? Sources say that [...]

28 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shield for all?

Shield for all? When it comes to protecting babus from “harassment”, the Bhartiya Janata Party government seems to be aligned with the views to its predecessor. In May, in what was considered a progressive step towards fighting corruption in government, the Supreme Court had set aside a law that mandated investigating agencies such as the [...]

21 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A shuffled deck

A shuffled deck Just ahead of his departure for Brazil to attend the BRICS summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi carried out his government’s first real reshuffle of his top bureaucracy. The Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh as member, cleared 10 files including transfers, additional charges [...]

15 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Punctuality drive

Punctuality drive The Parkash Singh Badal government in Punjab has been quick to adopt the new work culture that is taking shape at the Centre. At least that’s how observers in Punjab view the state government’s sudden insistence on punctuality and discipline from ministers and bureaucrats. And apparently the change is flowing from the top. [...]