Monthly Archives: September 2017

Happy days for IAS?

FOUR former bureaucrats—two IAS, one IFS and one IPS—were made ministers at the Centre giving a clear signal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi banks more on former bureaucrats than political leaders when it comes to performance. It’s not that simple; … Continue reading

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Turning dreams to reality

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi is passionate about implementing his dreams. He is the first Prime Minister who is interacting with top ranking Secretaries, Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries. He makes the effort to explain his dreams to the civil servants. … Continue reading

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NMDC: A prized catch

THE stars are shining for N Baijendra Kumar, 1985 batch IAS officer of the Chhattisgarh cadre. An order dated July 21 had appointed 1988 batch IAS officer of the Himachal Pradesh cadre Ali Raza Rizvi as CEO of the National … Continue reading

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From cadres to zones

THE Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is learnt to be going full steam ahead with its plan to transform the civil services. There was news last month, reportedly leaked to PTI, that a new policy for cadre allocation has … Continue reading

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Uma’s drama

THE last reshuffle of the cabinet by the Prime Minister was supposed to be an elaborate one but the BJP leadership had to reconcile with five new inductions. Narendra Modi is known for his firm decisions but the tremor within … Continue reading

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Reading her signals

MOST people, who have met Nirmala Sitharaman, the defence minister who formerly held the commerce and industry portfolio, say that she’s a tough cookie. Even the smartest and most confident people are scared to confront her, or even make a … Continue reading

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Problems for Yogi

CHIEF Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Aditya Nath’s troubles seem to be never ending. He is now embroiled in a tussle with Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik. Their relations are souring fast. Sources close to Yogi have been critical of … Continue reading

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Counting the waves!

THERE is the story of how Emperor Akbar and Birbal decided to correct a corrupt person by asking him to count the waves of the River Yamuna. Days later, they disguised themselves and saw that the man sat with his … Continue reading

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Tax Man – Triloki Nath Pandey

IT was peer pressure and ease of doing studies which brought Triloki Nath Pandey, son of Chandra Nath Pandey, an accounts officer in British India Corporation at Kanpur, to Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Pandey was teaching commerce in DAV college, … Continue reading

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Blessed are the poor

THE cognoscenti who keep a sharp lookout on national events must have noticed with suppressed smiles the BJP’s deliberate effort at establishing poverty as the chief element in the bio-data of its aspirants for high office. When we analyse the … Continue reading

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