Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made clear that errant officers won’t find a place in the office if they don’t mend their ways. In the ninth PRAGATI meeting, he even asked to sack or slash pension of such government officers.
Carrying forward with the mantra of perform or perish, PM Modi carried out a top-level bureautic reshuffle on January 29.
He brought 10 new officers in the department of agriculture, telecom and information technology and moved out others who weren’t able to perform well.
Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer JS Deepak, who was earlier the IT secretary, has been appointed as the telecom secretary. He will report to Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who has both IT and telecom department’s charge.
Arun Sharma, a 1980 batch officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre, will be now looking over the IT department.
While Karnataka cadre IAS officer Shobhana K Pattanayak was appointed as secretary in the agriculture department, Avinash K Srivastava, who was earlier special secretary in the agriculture ministry, has been appointed to head the food processing ministry.
Vinod Agrawal, secretary of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, and Shyam S Agrawal, secretary of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, have been moved up and appointed secretary of the disabilities department and the tribal affairs ministry.
Rakesh Garg, who was one of the first few officers get a charge in the Modi government, will now head the minority affairs department.
Arun Jha, a 1981 batch Bihar cadre officer, has been appointed as the secretary of the commission for scheduled castes.
According to a government official, the reshuffle was necessary as many officers were near retirement and also, to closely watch performances of civil servants.
“You will also notice that the intention is to post the best man for the job in crucial sectors, even if he or she is not amongst the senior most,” he added.