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Tus­sle for power, Se­cret PMO lan­guage, Power to women, Con­fused bureaucracy

IF there was one area where the bureaucracy was quite ef­fi­cient, it was in ap­point­ments to se­nior posts, es­pe­cially min­is­te­rial sec­re­taries. Al­though there were in­tense, some­times bloody, tus­sles for the ac­tual min­istries, the names of the in­di­vid­u­als were de­cided much in ad­vance. Most po­ten­tial bu­reau­crats knew that they would be­comeco eaa Sec­re­tary by a par­tic­u­lar year, and so did the DoPT. This s sys­tem was dis­rupted a bit three years ago as an­other er layer of con­trol and de­ci­sion-mak­ing—the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (PMO)—was added. As the South Block de­cided to go through the ap­point­mentsre­lated files, the process be­came more com­plex and lay­ered. It had both its pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives—ei­ther the sec­re­taries were ap­pointed much be­fore the ex­ist­ing one re­tired or left, or much af­ter the due date. It is, there­fore, not sur­pris­ing that the three cen­tral de­part­ments—ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms and pub­lic griev­ances, cor­po­rate af­fairs, and jus­tice—don’t have full-time sec­re­taries. Naveen Verma, Sec­re­tary, de­vel­op­ment af­fairs, was given ad­di­tional charges of ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms and pub­lic griev­ances, and pen­sion and pen­sion­ers’ wel­fare. Sub­has Chan­dra Garg, Sec­re­tary, eco­nomic af­fairs, is also in-charge of cor­po­rate af­fairs. And, G Narayana Raju, Sec­re­tary, leg­isla­tive depart­ment, was given ad­di­tional charge of jus­tice. The net ef­fect: po­ten­tial and de­serv­ing sec­re­taries are con­fused. They are un­sure if and when will they get the cov­eted post, or ride the ul­ti­mate bu­reau­cratic horse.

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