Ticked off by Narendra Modi, BJP MP Priyanka removes father as representative

Copies of the circular were sent to district officials, including the district magistrate.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: June 1, 2014 6:22 pm

A BJP MP, who had named her father as representative in her constituency, has removed him following direction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had asked his ministers not to appoint any relative in their personal staff.

BJP sources said MP Priyanka Singh Rawat from Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh took the decision to annul the appointment of her father Uttam Ram after being conveyed that Modi was unhappy with her decision and wanted her to reverse it.

Rawat had issued a circular on May 26, the day Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister, stating Ram would be her representative and is authorised to conduct all government and development work.

Copies of the circular were sent to district officials, including the district magistrate. She had defended her decision saying the appointment was made before Modi’s directions to his ministers.

The Modi government has also asked all ministries to take prior approval of the Prime Minister-led Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) before appointing Officer on Special Duty as their personal staff.

“Prior approval of the ACC is required for appointment in the minister’s personal staff (other than Private Secretary) at Deputy Secretary and above level. Further, for appointments as Private Secretary, ACC approval is required for all levels,” it said, asking the secretaries of all ministries to follow the instructions.

The DoPT’s order is seen as an attempt to discourage ministers from appointing private persons, including their acquaintances, friends or relatives, in their personal staff.

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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 2, 2014 at 5:57 am
    After living for 8-10 years in Punjab, Himachal, one gets Permanent residency and after that one gets all the benefits of that state including Jobs, Land etc. Similarly when 370 will go, Lakhs of people from Punjab, UP, Himachal, Bihar etc will come and settle down in J&K and those who are already working in J&K for the last 8-10 years will get permanent
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      Abhishek Kumar
      Jun 2, 2014 at 5:57 am
      BJP's ideological founder head Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was one of the signatory of the Parliament committee which granted Article 370 through the consuent embly of J&K. Dr karan Singh had talked of making J&K to India like Hong Kong is to China recently
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        Abhishek Kumar
        Jun 2, 2014 at 5:56 am
        Corrupt bureaucrats must be summarily dismissed. Now the questions is who showed the bureaucrats the way? The politicians of course. Kick out the corrupt politicians and all will be fine with the babujis reforming automatically.
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          Abhishek Kumar
          Jun 2, 2014 at 5:56 am
          Elections alone will not remove corruption. The mindset, the system has to change. When all the corrupt Govt. Employees are still on their desks what the use of changing politicians? Every person in our country should have an urge for change ..how many of us declare the exact cost when we buy or sell a property ? Politicians are not the only cause.
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            Abhishek Kumar
            Jun 2, 2014 at 5:57 am
            Even Maharaja of J&K has sought for the people of his mes ,he had sought the guarantee from India that his mes will decide their fate when situation be conducive for it, when i am saying mes will decide then it has three choices complete merger with India complete merger with stan or separate eny.
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