MU­SI­CAL CHAIRS

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

The swap at the top in the fi­nance min­istry which saw the con­tro­ver­sial Rev­enue Sec­re­tary R. S. Gu­jral— ar­chi­tect of the ret­ro­spec­tive tax on Voda­fone and GAAR— switch de­part­ments with Ex­pen­di­ture Sec­re­tary Su­mit Bose was just the first of many changes in per­son­nel planned by P. Chi­dambaram. He has, since, di­vested Joint Sec­re­tary Ra­jesh Khullar of the For­eign In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Board charge. He also sent out ques­tion­naires to sev­eral of­fi­cials of the rank of deputy sec­re­tary and above ask­ing tough ques­tions of their abil­ity and de­sire to serve in the fi­nance min­istry. Chi­dambaram means busi­ness and is de­ter­mined to build his own team. Of­fi­cials from the pre­vi­ous regime are nat­u­rally look­ing else­where. One such of­fi­cial, Thomas Mathew, joint sec­re­tary of the cru­cial Cap­i­tal Mar­kets division, is on his way to Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van.

CHI­DAMBARAM

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