Keyword : Bureaucracy

New chiefs for FCI and DDA, senior officials reshuffled

With monsoon playing hide and seek the government has taken major step to control food inflation by appointing a full-time chairman and managing director of Food Corporation of India. The FCI facil

Chaturvedi wins battle, ACC approves cadre transfer

Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer who has emerged as a whistle-blower, has won a battle, as the centre has finally approved his long-pending cadre transfer. The app

Swamy spin on Modi narrative: ‘Core eco sectors are not performing’

With friends like this, Narendra Modi does not need enemies. Subramanian Swamy has tasted success and he is continuing his nation-building mission with all the more zeal.

Is Modi`s `snub` to Swamy too late, now that damage is done?

Is Modi`s `snub` to Swamy too late, now t

Pay panel: what it means for bureaucrats, economy and industry

With the union cabinet having accorded its approval to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Co

Forget progress on Lokpal, we are going backwards

 The Lokpal law that was enacted after decades of debate and demand for an anti-corruption institution was dealt a severe blow as an amendment bill was introduced and passed by parliament in l

From red tape to red carpet

On Independence Day, we heard the PM saying that his government’s motto is to reform, perform and transform. Also, on September 1, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace wrote, “Ind

Separate Arunachal Pradesh cadre in All India Services needed

 In the politico-administrative set up of India, executives are a vital part and have been empowered to formulate policies and implement them for the welfare of the people. Executives are of t

For efficient governance, consider lateral entry, longer tenure and outsourcing

‘Three Year Action Agenda’, a document prepared by the NITI Aayog and released for public consultation on April 27, devotes a chapter on ‘Government’, with the government th

The case of former coal secy and the anti-corruption law

  A senior bureaucrat, apparently much respected among the administrative circles, faces two years in jail. His crime: a decision that may have come from the political leadership

India and her brown sahibs

Uttar Pradesh has been advised by Niti Aayog to trim its bureaucracy to streamline functioning and boost efficiency, a civil service reform initiative that needs to be urgently undertaken across

Ashok Malik is press secy to president

As Ram Nath Kovind readies to take charge as president, the government is forming his team, naming three officials.    Ashok Malik, former journalist and comment

Timely delivery

Government projects typically suffer from time overrun and cost overrun. There appears to be no project management discipline, and extension of time and escalation of cost rarely attract the kind o

No longer a walk in the park for bureaucrats

Continuing as a bureaucrat just got a lot tougher with the government weeding out the incompetent and taking action against 381 civil services officers, including 24 who were from the Indian Admi

When ‘good’ is not good enough

A single adverse entry in the annual confidential report (ACR) of a government official can be enough to ruin a promising career. Many officials decide to take premature retirement as their chanc

If Prabhu is really angry, why is he not taking on the railway board?

Gone are the days of Lal Bahadur Shastri, Madhav Rao Scindia and Nitish Kumar who hogged the limelight and even moral space by resigning after train accidents that claimed human lives. Railway mi

The Antrix Devas deal: A Fall Gal`s Story

 L`affaire Antrix Devas no longer makes newspaper headlines, but little snippets about it keep surfacing periodically. It has a strange history, starting from 2003, has seen three PMOs and two

No one did it

We recently witnessed the shameful spectacle of a tribal girl’s death from starvation due to her inability to link her Aadhaar to her ration card. Once the media got hold of the story, all

A people’s bureaucrat

In a country where a sense of entitlement comes naturally for a bureaucrat, if a civil servant – especially a veteran – displays even little bit of humility it is sure enough to garner

CM vs chief secretary: The issue is trust, not authority

The unfortunate event last week raises the question whether the supreme court decision on powers and accountability of the Delhi government will really settle matters. Even as the de

IAS lateral entry is attempt to cut cobwebs of complexity in governance

If you want to know why the Narendra Modi government`s proposal for lateral entry of experts into the hallowed precincts of the Indian Administration Service has kicked up such a row, this anecdote

The steel frame in peril

As a nervous, young IAS aspirant in 1977, I remember being thrilled to see my name in the newspapers when the list of successful candidates was published. Indeed, I was hoping to be allotted my hom

The Galahads of Indian bureaucracy

 In 1988, at the peak of the Rajiv Gandhi-VP Singh face-off fuelled by media exposes, the most respected editor of those times, Girilal Jain, wrote a comment in The Times of India with the hea

The ivory tower and the winds outside

The recent DoPT advertisement inviting applications for 10 posts of joint secretaries has generated a disproportionate amount of controversy. The government has justified the lateral induction of

With infighting, CBI faces unprecedented drift

Skeletons, if kept in the cupboards of investigative agencies, are bound to tumble out much sooner than later. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is no exception. The corridors of the CBI he

The Rusting of the Steel Frame

The Steel Frame of the government machinery was forged by the Iron Man. The phrase that has come to describe the Indian bureaucracy was coined by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, when he addressed the fir

A Harish Chandra parable gone wrong

The recent conviction of former coal secretary Harish Chandra Gupta and other officers by a CBI court in a case relation to allocation of a coal block in West Bengal has raised many questions relat

Governance of the self

The Razor’s Edge, a 1944 novel by Somerset Maugham, explores the dichotomy between materialism and spirituality. The title is derived from a line of Katha Upanishad: “The sharp edge of

The greatest challenge for any government

Shouting vengeance at all and sundry while wriggling out of holes of our own making seems to be our very special national characteristic. Some recent instances are illustrative of this attribute. A

Reform of the civil services: At home and away

The question of reform of the civil services has been debated extensively at all levels at least over the last five to six decades after independence. Indeed, it was soon perceived that the Indian

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