The Human Resource development ministry’s attempts to push through some key appointments in the last few days of the UPA government have hit a rough patch.
Most of the decisions have been put on hold, either by court or the cabinet secretariat.
While the cabinet secretariat has asked the ministry no to appointment new chairperson to the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) and proceed with selection process for the vice-chairperson of University Grants Commission (UGC), the Delhi High Court on Wednesday questioned its sacking of National Open School chairperson M.C. Pant.
The ministry had proposed name of a Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer, Pragya Srivastava, for the post of CBSE chairperson.
The cabinet secretariat refused, cited the code of conduct and also questioned the selection process.
The secretariat had to step in again when questions were raised over a meeting held to select new UGC vice-chairperson.
It asked the ministry not to hold the selection committee’s next meeting on May 1, citing the poll code.
Three days ahead of the first phase of polling on April 16, the ministry sacked Pant, stating lack of supervision for certain schemes and named school secretary P. Bhist, an IPS officer, as in-charge.
Pant, whose term was to end after some months, moved court, which court told the government to consider his plea.
A senior government functionary said HRD ministry Arjun Singh appeared to be a man in hurry.
“He wants to take all decisions before the end of the term of the UPA government,” he said on the condition of anonymity.