A major administrative surgery will follow the proposed Cabinet reshuffle next month to put in place a permanent administrative mechanism till the forthcoming assembly elections in 2008, according to sources.
The sources said the Chief Minister would consult his cabinet colleagues, party leaders and senior officers before effecting the administrative reshuffle. The idea is to create a permanent system so that further bureaucratic reshuffle is avoided till the elections. The government would be in election mode and would not like to make frequent changes in the administration, the sources added.
Ministers whose departments are likely to be changed and those likely to be inducted in the Cabinet would also be consulted about their choice of officers in posting.
The Mantralaya sources said that process of preparing a list of officers has already begun. This time, it appears, the State Government is adopting a cautious approach.
Sensing this, some officers in loop line have started lobbying for better postings. They are trying to approach the people close to the Chief Minister. Some senior officials considered close to Chief Minister are also being approached.
Changes are on the cards in important departments like Home, Commerce and Industry, Water Resources, Commercial Tax, Higher Education and General Administration.
Besides, half a dozen collectors could also be shifted. Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni has already cautioned all the district collectors to work with more devotion towards implementing peoples welfare schemes.
While reviewing performance of the collectors some time back, the Chief Secretary had expressed displeasure on some of them. He warned that various welfare programmes of the Government were not being implemented as per the set parameters.