Omar questions Modi govt for putting PS appointments on hold

If a minister can't be trusted to choose a PS, how can he/she run a ministry: Omar on Twitter.

By: Press Trust of India | Srinagar | Published:June 17, 2014 11:55 am
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, on Tuesday, questioned the move by the Prime Minister’s Office to put on hold the appointment of private secretaries to Union ministers, saying the ministers need to be trusted about appointing their personal staff.

“A strong PMO is one thing but if a minister can’t be trusted to choose a private secretary how can he/she be trusted to run a ministry?” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site, twitter. The appointment of private secretaries to three Union ministers, including Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, has been put on hold with the decision being attributed to a circular from Personnel Department that appointments to a minister’s personal staff, including private secretaries and officers on special duty, should be cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet.

The circular was sent to all secretaries on May 26. “All ministries and departments are, therefore, advised to ensure strict compliance with the laid down procedure for all appointments, including of officer on special duty, in the personal staff of the ministers”, it said.

In the case of Rajnath Singh, the name proposed for the post of his private secretary is Alok Singh, a 1995-batch IPS officer who worked with External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid in the previous UPA government.

Sources said that the new government is wary about appointing officers who have served as ministerial staff under the previous UPA regime.

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  1. A
    Jun 17, 2014 at 11:23 am
    Dont worry he will soon get an answer from his people in the next elections in the state. When he will have all the time to twitter....
    1. A
      Jun 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm
      How is Omar concerned about Ministerial PSs in Delhi? He is the loser CM of J&K. If the central government wants to shake the babudom who "must" remain as a PS to complete their tenure, then he is sorely wrong. A all India service officer must serve his state first and not ensconce him/herself in Delhi - these guys must realize that they are there as paid public servants to serve the tax payers, not give greater importance to their "tenure"
      1. A
        Jun 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm
        What a bogus argument? I am an Indian why would I interfere in the positionings of Babudom? They are taxpayer paid public servants and they have to go where they are told to go. Whats so difficult about that
        1. B
          Jun 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm
          When is Omar Abdullah, the Mr Know it All, but does nothing CM of Kashmir, vacate his Delhi govt bungalow which he occupies against rules and morality? - Ditto for father Farooq Abdullah.
          1. N
            Jun 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm
            Appears he is spending more time before his laptop. He should concentrate on welfare of his poce.
            1. G
              Jun 17, 2014 at 7:46 am
              it would be better if omar did something real to change the fate of his people than constantly being on twitter
              1. G
                Jun 17, 2014 at 7:24 am
                Omar needs to work for J & K more rather than tweeting now and then!
                1. H
                  Jun 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm
                  Omar, the great loser is going Congress way.
                  1. M
                    Mango Chaiwala
                    Jun 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm
                    Why is this Halal Sharia fella harping on BJP?? Still scared of the Namo's influence???
                    1. M
                      Mit K
                      Jun 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm
                      Omar - the good for nothing CM wants to advise a CM of proven records who became PM now is quite ironical. Omar will be well advised to learn from Modi. Modi is doing right by putting a check on obvious weakness of politicians to appoint their cronies as PA/PS etc. If some officers favorite of previous regime also become favorite of new ministers then they are real sycophants and may derail BJP agenda if taken in important departments like home. Rajnath needs to be educated by more astute Modi.
                      1. P
                        Pushpinder Singh
                        Jun 17, 2014 at 7:48 am
                        Since Omar is not one of the affected Ministers, nor is he one of the potential PS, how is it Omar's business how the PM runs his government at the Center?
                        1. R
                          Jun 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm
                          I wonder if Omar Abdullah is the CM of J&K or the Chief Minister of Twitter?
                          1. G
                            Jun 17, 2014 at 9:30 am
                            I think the only reason is because he is an "Indian". We are all asked to be Indian first throughout the last many months.
                            1. D
                              Dr. Nath
                              Jun 17, 2014 at 7:26 am
                              Omar Abdullah is unnecessarily poking his nose in the matter of appointment of private secretary and others by Modi govt wasting his time which he can better utilize in development works.
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