12 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Will personal staff be retained?

In 2014, the Modi sarkar had decided that civil servants after serving as personal secretary (PS) and officer on special duty (OSD) to ministers could not be given the same role again. At the time, it was interpreted as a move to ensure that ministers refrained from choosing officers on their own. Now that NDA is back at the helm, the question has arisen again. To ensure continuity in administration and efficient functioning of ministries several ministers have retained their earlier portfolios. Dharmendra Pradhan stays with Petroleum, Nitin Gadkari with Road Transport, Piyush Goyal (Railways & Corporate Affairs), and Ravi Shankar Prasad (Law and Justice). The question is whether these ministers will be allowed to retain their PS and OSDs or get new personal and preferred staff afresh. It may take the ministers a few more days to get personnel for their own offices. Until then the talk in the corridors of will be about continuity versus disruption.

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