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Confusion over bureaucratic reshuffle

NOTWITHSTANDING CHIEF Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan?s unambiguous assertion that he would effect bureaucratic changes based on performance of the officers after due assessment, an air of uncertainty is hanging in the corridors of power.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 01:03 IST

NOTWITHSTANDING CHIEF Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s unambiguous assertion that he would effect bureaucratic changes based on performance of the officers after due assessment, an air of uncertainty is hanging in the corridors of power.

Not only in the State capital, officers are awaiting the promised reshuffle with their fingers crossed in districts as well. As a result, working has been adversely affected.

Preliminary exercise for administrative surgery is already underway. Some rounds of meetings have taken place where recommendations of BJP MLAs were discussed.

Highly placed sources told Hindustan Times that the Chief Minister has already identified officers to be shifted. He had discussions with the Chief Secretary in this regard a couple of days ago. “This time both the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary want to make sure that transfer list once released is not amended,” sources said. Hence the delay.

Meanwhile, bureaucrats are also in a quandary as to whether incumbent Chief Secretary Vijay Singh would be retained. The Chief Secretary is a very important organ of the governance and any confusion about his continuance adversely
affects pace of work,” said a senior bureaucrat.

The confusion over Chief Secretary Vijay Singh’s continuance is further compounded by the fact that he and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister OP Rawat were the main targets of the party MLAs and ministers.

The prevailing confusion has also increased because of delay in giving promotion to 1990 and 1972 batch officers who have been promoted as

Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary respectively. “As some of the officers whose names were cleared by the DPC are still working on non-super time posts, they would be given promotion at the time of proposed shifting,” sources added.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 01:03 IST