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Bureaucracy does not want to take any decisions, wants court to do everything, SC says

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ramana said that bureaucracy has developed 'inertia' over a period of time and this attitude has been developed by the Executive.
The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Modi govt clears empanelment of 27 IAS officers of 1990 batch for secretary-level posts

Of the total, 24 officers have been selected for secretary and secretary-level posts, while three have been cleared for posts equivalent to the level of secretaries.
The late bureaucrat Keshav Desiraju

Erudite, articulate soft spoken but Keshav Desiraju was not afraid to speak his mind

Desiraju had been instrumental in getting gutkha banned in the country. The Mental Healthcare Act 2017, passed long after he had left the ministry of health, was his baby.
Ayush Sinha, a 2018-batch IAS officer, is posted as a sub-divisional magistrate in Karnal district | ThePrint

What is Ayush Sinha’s crime? The blame in Karnal goes deeper

More than his words, what's most offensive is his body language. It reflects a deep nexus between political leaders and their favourite bureaucrats.

MoD and IDSA no longer separate. How Manohar Parrikar’s name was added to the think tank

With the packing of Executive Council with favorites of the establishment, a major source of resistance to defend IDSA’s autonomy could get weakened.
PM Narendra Modi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at an event during Netaji Subash Chandra Bose 125th birth anniversary, at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, on 23 January 2021 | ANI Photo

Modi-Mamata battle over Bengal chief secy is another proof civil services needs reforms

Political masters hold the power of appointment and transfer, and use it to bend the bureaucracy to political will. Tussle over Alapan Bandyopadhyay is a case in point.
Modi addressing session

CFOs to bankers to SME owners, what India’s business class says about Modi govt

I conducted 63 interviews over the past five months. The majority sentiment among Indian capitalists today is that the mood has moved back to the 1970s.
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

All ministries to list IAS, IPS, other officers with ‘doubtful integrity’ for early retirement

Ministries have been told to maintain registers, which will contain the performance review of officials in the 50-55-year age bracket and those who have completed 30 years in service.
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

10 secretaries transferred and promoted in Modi govt’s 3rd reshuffle since May 

The civil servants involved in the exercise include Higher Education Secretary R. Subhrahmanyam, Culture Secretary Arun Goel and I&B Secretary Amit Khare.
Central Vigilance Commissioner K.V. Chowdary has said that corruption in the government has fallen under the Narendra Modi government.

India Inc loves retired bureaucrats. Modi govt can stop the stink with cooling-off period

Former CVC K.V. Chowdary’s joining Reliance Industries as an independent director highlights the need for urgent reforms in Indian bureaucracy.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.