MP cabinet, admin shake-up likely in next 10 days
Even as rumour corridors are rife with whispers of an imminent cabinet reshuffle in MP, talks are also on for a top-level administrative rejig with three senior bureaucrats set to superannuate soon. The major shake-up is likely to be announced in the next 10 days.bhopal Updated: Aug 29, 2015 19:19 IST
Even as rumour corridors are rife with whispers of an imminent cabinet reshuffle in MP, talks are also on for a top-level administrative rejig with three senior bureaucrats set to superannuate soon. The major shake-up is likely to be announced in the next 10 days.
According to sources, three additional chief secretary (ACS) rank officers, director of Tribal Research Institute, Devendra Singhai, ACS (statistics and economics) Ajita Bajpai Pande, agriculture production commissioner (APC) RK Swain and principal secretary (general administration department) K Suresh are set to superannuate soon.
Moreover, three IAS officers, principal secretary (forest) AP Shrivastava and principal secretary (tribal welfare) PC Meena of the 1984 batch and vice-chairman of the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) Rajnish Vaish of the 1985 batch are likely to be promoted to the additional chief secretary rank to fill up the vacancies arising with the superannuation. Besides, the 1992 batch has been awaiting promotion to the PS rank.
Sources told HT that the administrative reshuffle could be announced on Monday.
“We are awaiting directions from the Union government on the promotion of the 1992 batch to the principal secretary rank. The GoI’s clearance is expected soon after which a departmental promotion committee (DPC) meeting will be convened,” said a source in the state government.
A cabinet reshuffle is also expected anytime next week, sources added. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been mulling over a cabinet expansion which would, contrary to earlier reports be more “comprehensive”.
A number of ministers could be divested of the departments they are holding or could even be dropped owing to the expansion.
Meanwhile, hectic lobbying is on among MLAs for securing cabinet berths, even as existing ministers are trying hard to retain their portfolios and avoid the axe. MLAs and ministers have been traveling to and fro Delhi and Bhopal to gain confidence of Union ministers considered close to the chief minister.