‘Indianmandarins’ has learnt that two names have been in serious contention for the coveted post of Establishment Officer, DOPT; ex-officio Secretary to the Appointment Committee of Cabinet. Ajay Prakash Sawhney (IAS:AP:1984) is reported to have emerged as the first choice of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth whereas an Additional Secretary’s name under the Ministry of Finance is also doing rounds.
Highly placed sources say that amid the two probable names one cannot deny the possibility of a dark horse as in Modi’s regime nobody can be sure of establishment matters beyond an extent.
However, the incumbent EO Bhanu Pratap Sharma (IAS:1981:BH) took charge yesterday as Secretary, Health & Family Welfare. Those who are well versed with the functioning of DOPT say that it would not be easy task for the government to find the suitable replacement of B P Sharma (as EO, DOPT) who has earned a reputation in the position for his in-depth knowledge, approach and integrity.
Interestingly, the position of EO is considered as the most coveted one in the rank of Additional Secretary as EO plays a crucial role in establishment and personnel and reports directly to the ACC as its ex-officio Secretary.