A major reshuffle of ranking officials, midway through the winter session of Parliament, has taken everyone by surprise. There are many explanations in the air.
In what has become the normal NaMo style of functioning, at one shot, as many as 19 secretaries were appointed; 07 serving secretaries were laterally shifted to other departments; 12 officers (1983 batch IAS) were appointed secretaries for the first time. Out of 07 lateral shifts, 04 belonged to 1981 batch whereas 03 belonged to 1982 batch including Raghav Chandra.
Two appointments seem to have drawn much attention. The Harvard-educated officer handling the crucially important NHAI as Chairman was shifted to National Commission of Scheduled Tribes and appointment of Yudhvir Singh Malik’s in his place.
Secondly, Anil Swarup who is considered to have transformed & cleaned up the coal sector from its dark past is shifted to Dept of School Education & Literacy. This is seen as a move to impart dynamism to school education that has earned a lot of disrepute during Khuntia’s tenure especially because he failed miserably to fill the CBSE Chairman post causing much embarrassment to the NaMo administration.
Similarly, Sushil Kumar’s lateral shift from Border Management to Coal is also seen as a reward.
(By Rakesh Ranjan, Editor-in-chief)