There has been a common perception about the NaMo administration that while making appointments to top posts, it tends to collect comprehensive feedback. The process in official parlance is referred to as 360 degrees.
To some extent, it may be true – with inherent limitations. Take recent examples. Two Jt Secretary rank officers from adjoining states were put on the offer list but did not get posting as JS at the centre. After waiting for long, they started making queries about the same. They were told by the top authorities that the ‘360 report’ were not in their favour, rather it was adverse. Further, when the officers concerned pursued the matter through ministers with a say in the govt, both were immediately appointed to the JS post.