Cabinet Sectt opposes I&B’s nominee for IIMC top post

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The cabinet secretariat is said to have opposed the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s proposal to appoint K G Suresh as Director General of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), stating that he lacks “administrative experience”. The Cabinet Secretariat is said to have informed the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) that Suresh should not have been shortlisted for the interview.

Suresh is currently a Senior Consulting Editor with Doordarshan News and has served in an honorary capacity as Senior Fellow with New Delhi-based think tank Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF). He was the foundation’s editor for website and in-house publications.

I&B officials said the ministry is now working on giving Akshay Kumar Rout — an Indian Information Service officer who is currently ADG (News) Doordarshan — additional charge of IIMC. While Rout was MoS Rajyavardhan Rathore’s first choice, the selection process had to go through the search-cum-selection committee route as the DoPT refused to exempt Rout from working in his parent cadre for the mandatory three years.

This is the first time in the NaMo administration that a appointment of a person associated with VIF has been opposed. So far, the NDA government has picked from the VIF its director Ajit Doval as National Security Advisor, executive council member Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary to the PM, distinguished fellow A Surya Prakash as Prasar Bharati chairman, and former DRDO chief V K Saraswat as full-time Niti Aayog member.

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