THE GAME CHANGER
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet ( ACC) has sent a note to all ministries on October 7 laying down a ceiling of 10 years for an officer to be on the personal staff of ministers. Within this overall tenure, the ACC has specified, a bureaucrat cannot remain in the position of Private Secretary ( PS) or Officer on Special Duty ( OSD) to a minister for more than five years. Sources in the Government claim that this has been done to ensure that bureaucrats can work independently, without fear or favour, and to curb the completely unwarranted proximity that develops between officials and the government of the day. So is this the first aftershock of Pulok Chatterji taking over in the PMO?