Japan Calling

Japan Calling
Indian officers accompanying prime minister Narendra Modi are seen during a meeting at Kyoto, Japan on August 31, 2014. The officers include National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh (1976 batch IFS), India's ambassador to Japan Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa (1979 batch IFS), DIPP secretary Amitabh Kant (1980 batch IAS), MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin (1981 batch IFS) etc.

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Know Your Babu: New steel secretary and former Punjab chief secretary Rakesh Singh

IN A major bureaucratic reshuffle last week, former chief secretary of Punjab and 1978 batch IAS Rakesh Singh was brought to the Centre, making him the next steel secretary after incumbent steel secretary and 1979 batch Odisha cadre IAS G Mohan Kumar was sent to South Block as secretary in the department of defence production. Currently, Rakesh Singh has been serving as…

Friday, August 29, 2014

Delhi Gymkhana Club: Pollution controversy and rivalry within bureaucracy!

WITH the standoff between Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) escalating after the latter had directed closure of the elite club on the grounds of pollution early this month, the issue has caught attention in international media as well. The Wall Street Journal, for example, has published an article titled: “Delhi Gymkhana Tussles With Bureaucracy”. But before coming into the latest row, let’s first look at why Delhi’s elite seeks to be a…

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Whispers in Corridors: Gujarat cadre IAS Gauri Kumar tipped to be skill development secretary

LABOUR secretary and 1979 batch Gujarat cadre IAS Gauri Kumar is believed to be the front-runner for the post of secretary in the newly-created department of skill development. With the cabinet secretary giving the final touch of the power of the new department including modalities of taking out…

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Indra Nooyi to Cyrus Mistry: Who are the corporate bigwigs spotted in corridors of power?

PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi with minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal
IN THE last couple of days, Delhi’s power corridors witnessed a flurry of corporate activities. On Monday, India’s biggest online retailer Flipkart, valued at about $5 billion, singed an MoU with Development Commissioner (Handlooms), an arm of union textile ministry. The idea is to provide online marketing platform to handloom weavers. Then on Tuesday, PepsiCo chairman Ms Indra Nooyi met food processing industries minister Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal amid a speculation that…

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

50 Income-Tax officers empanelled as GoI joint secretaries; Full List

ON MONDAY, as many as 50 IRS (Income-Tax) officers of 1987 batch were empanelled as joint secretaries to Government of India. Here is the full list:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Any guess on UPA ministers, bureaucrats who requested Vinod Rai to drop names from CAG reports?

THIS photo shows former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai (standing left) with three UPA ministers: P Chidambaram, Pawan Kumar Bansal and SS Palanimanickam (of the DMK). Rai was the then the banking secretary, and he posed for this official photo ahead of one of Chidambaram’s budgets during UPA-I. Bansal and Palanimanickam were then the MoS, Finance, and in hierarchy Rai was junior to all those three ministers. But days before the release of his supposedly tell-all book, “Not Just An Accountant”, speculations have risen about the names of the UPA ministers who had visited his home with a request to…

Friday, August 22, 2014

58 IAS of 1996 batch empanelled as GoI joint secretary; Full List

AS many as 58 IAS officers of 1996 batch including prime minister Nadendra Modi’s private secretary and Gujarat cadre IAS Rajeev Topno have figured in the first list of officers empanelled as joint secretary or joint secretary equivalent at the Centre. Here is the full list:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cadre allocation, appointment, retirement policies… 12 things where PM is the final word

PM Modi
IT HAS always been the case that prime minister is the final authority in posting and transfer of officers of joint secretary and above. But in reality, PM just okays the file seen by his principal secretary. Now, new prime minister Narendra Modi makes it clear that he is the final word on variety of issues including posting, transfer and cadre allocation etc. Here are some of the matters where…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Manipur and Tripura will now be two separate cadres; defence secy RK Mathur allocated Tripura; Full List

RK Mathur, Tripura Cadre
DEFENCE secretary RK Mathur and corporate affairs secretary Naved Masood, both IAS batch-mates of 1977 batch, will no longer be from the same Manipur-Tripura cadre. The reason? The government has hived off the cadre for IAS, IPS and other all India services and re-allocated the officers to Manipur and Tripra cadres. Here is a complete list of IAS and IPS officers according to their new allocation:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

India’s 5th Most Powerful Bureaucrat: Why Mr Peon is powerful?

FOR the sixth consecutive year, BoI is coming out with a power list that includes India’s 5 Most Powerful Bureaucrats. Like in the past, our ranking is based on off-record interactions with at least 50 bureaucrats, apart from considering inputs from politicians, academics and journalists who understand corridor’s changing power equations. Then, who is India’s 5th Most Powerful Bureaucrat, 2014? For that you have to first read what…