Mystery of MP’s Great Cyber Heist

DB Post 15 Sept 18


Curiouser and curiouser,” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).  – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The mystery of MP’s great cyber heist, unearthed in May this year, is getting ‘curiouser and curiouser’. The MP Government’s e-tender scam is, arguably, the biggest financial swindle in its history. It entails public contracts worth Rs 3,000 crore.

The figure may go up to Rs 10,000 crore, given the length and breadth of rigging of the state government’s e-procurement platform, say those familiar with the development. It is, in a nutshell, a massive scandal.

However, the MP government seems to be in no hurry to unravel the mystery, find out the identity of the racketeers and punish the guilty. Even after four months, the Economic Offences Wing of MP Police is still investigating the case. It seems to be dragging its feet as it is yet to register an FIR. And since there is no criminal case, there are no arrests. Continue reading “Mystery of MP’s Great Cyber Heist”

Bureaucrats with a conscience


Two bureaucrats are discussing Cabinet minutes in Yes Prime Minister

Bernard: So you want me to falsify the minutes? 
Humphrey: I want nothing of the sort! It’s up to you Bernard; what do you want? 
Bernard: I want to have a clear conscience. 
Humphrey: A clear conscience? 
Bernard: Yes. Humphrey: When did you acquire this taste for luxuries?

Senior IAS officer Dipali Rastogi has surprised many by publicly coming out against civil servants who let their spine rot and said only what their masters wanted to hear for the sake of “salary, perks, club membership, car, driver, domestic help, spruced-up homes, dinner parties, discounted vacations, foreign trips and the silly, mean-minded ‘power’ to dole out small favours to friends and relatives.” Continue reading “Bureaucrats with a conscience”