04 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Recipe for repatriation

The Modi sarkar has despatched peremptorily Rina Ray, Secretary School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, to her parent UT cadre. The order issued by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Ministry of Personnel, stated that the panel had approved the repatriation of Ray, a 1984-batch IAS officer, to her parent cadre with immediate effect. Amit Khare, Secretary of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, has been given additional charge of the School Education Department. The repatriation of Ray took many by surprise but those in the know say that she fell foul of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) which was reportedly “unhappy” with her performance (read speed of delivery) and because of “behavioural issues” (read what you will!). But the removal of the senior IAS officer has most likely to do with her decision to withdraw permission to centralized kitchens run by private organizations to serve midday meals in rural schools earlier this year. When Ray took over as the secretary in July 2018, she reviewed the permission to centralized kitchens in rural areas. Ray is learnt to have questioned the rationale for allowing private organizations to operate centralized kitchens for preparing midday meals. Any guesses who’s been hurt by her enthusiasm? That’s where the next story is!

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