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Bharat Lal never goes out of the scene?

Whenever it comes to top-level appointments, re-appointments, and extension Bharat Lal (IFS:1988:GJ) is never out of a scene from the discussion and gossip. Several senior civil servants still consider Lal as invisible, though an important, factor.

Lal, currently an Additional Secretary (Water), Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti was Additional Secretary to the President of India and had been the Gujarat government’s Resident Commissioner in Delhi from 2010 to 2014.

23 Apr 2020
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Eagerness for HS post: Roadmap for improving MHA performance

Indianmandarins has reliably learned that a senior IAS officer presently serving as Secretary (GoI) of a key department has presented a roadmap to the top authority suggesting a raft of measures for improving the administration and enhancing the performance of Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

The effort and intent are loud and clear: that the officer may be positioning for the top job of Union Home Secretary which brings two years fixed term. As a career bureaucrat, ahead of retirement early next year, he may be aiming at winning a fresh lease of life for another two years. It may be underlined that the outgoing Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba (IAS:1982:JH) is all set to complete the fixed term on August 30 this year. 

 

According to top sources, the officer eager for Union Home Secretary post is among the few most powerful bureaucrats in the country and has been closest to the establishment.

21 Jun 2019
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Bharat Lal never goes out of the scene?

By IndianMandarins 23 Apr 2020

Whenever it comes to top-level appointments, re-appointments, and extension Bharat Lal (IFS:1988:GJ) is never out of a scene from the discussion and gossip. Several senior civil servants still consider Lal as invisible, though an important, factor.

Lal, currently an Additional Secretary (Water), Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti was Additional Secretary to the President of India and had been the Gujarat government’s Resident Commissioner in Delhi from 2010 to 2014.

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Eagerness for HS post: Roadmap for improving MHA performance

By IndianMandarins 21 Jun 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learned that a senior IAS officer presently serving as Secretary (GoI) of a key department has presented a roadmap to the top authority suggesting a raft of measures for improving the administration and enhancing the performance of Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

The effort and intent are loud and clear: that the officer may be positioning for the top job of Union Home Secretary which brings two years fixed term. As a career bureaucrat, ahead of retirement early next year, he may be aiming at winning a fresh lease of life for another two years. It may be underlined that the outgoing Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba (IAS:1982:JH) is all set to complete the fixed term on August 30 this year. 

 

According to top sources, the officer eager for Union Home Secretary post is among the few most powerful bureaucrats in the country and has been closest to the establishment.

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Avoiding trouble, biding time

By IndianMandarins 26 Oct 2018

There is no way to measure it. But opinions and views have it that most of the senior officials, particularly at the top level of secretaries, have stopped initiating ideas and plans. It is said many of them have got into a kind of tortoise-like defensive module even as they are steadfast in implementing and executing political decisions and orders. Clearly, they wish to avoid getting into the crosshairs of either the ruling or opposition parties.

 

Even though the situation may attract the politically-loaded charge of policy paralysis in governance, it has been the general norm among the officials before every national election to avoid getting into the mud-slinging campaigns of political parties. 

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Art of survival is not easy

By IndianMandarins 26 Oct 2018

Even as secular and idealistic power brokers and 'Kursi lovers' engage themselves and entertain others with their penetrating thoughts and analyses about the survivability of the NaMo administration, smart and practical ones are already jockeying for positions in the next round of Modi dispensation.


One such top official, possibly the smartest of all (known for high-profile, low content & loud presentation) is believed to have been angling for another extension of his prestigious assignment. He is said to complete the extended tenure early next year. And to ensure that he gets the desired extension, he is deliberately avoiding the limelight and maintaining a low profile to prevent his detractors from locking in on to him and initiate their poisonous whispers against him. 

 

As it is, it hasn't been easy for many officials to survive the style of functioning of the NaMo administration. So, if the official  of our story has survived and flourished in the NDA regime as he did during his long years of posting in a politically difficult state, he seems to be made of the stuff that no politician may afford to ignore. Since his sense of timing is also perfect, it may be no wonder if he may be still around if NaMo returns to power in 2019.

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