The Narendra Modi government performed its biggest bureaucratic reshuffle on Tuesday, inducting over 20 IAS officers from the states to infuse fresh blood into the civil services and rehabilitating half a dozen administrators who served as aides to UPA ministers.
The appointments were in line with the prime minister’s assurance that civil servants will not be transferred just because they had the previous government’s trust, an official said.
Some officers already serving in the central government have also been moved around for various reasons, said sources.
“In some cases, the transfers seem to have been made to better utilise an officer’s skills... but there was some heartburn in a few instances,” said an official familiar with the appointment process for the 40-odd bureaucrats.
Six officers who served in the personal staff of UPA ministers and were waiting for postings have been given key assignments at the crucial joint secretary-level in the bureaucracy.
Three of them — Dilip Kumar, Gopal Krishna Dwivedi and Hitesh Kumar S Makwana — have been assigned to the home ministry. Among their peers, Uday Singh Kumawat will move to the department of revenue, while AK Singh is going to the power ministry.
A key officer who has been shunted is IS Chahal, the joint secretary in-charge of union territories in the home ministry. Chahal, who joined the ministry as the then home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s officer on special duty, has been assigned to the women and child developm-ent ministry.
Two petroleum ministry officials have also got new postings.