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Narendra Modi may take ‘trusted’ officers in state to Delhi

Sources in the CMO maintain that Modi is likely to take one or two officers to Delhi on deputation.

Written by Hiral Devrajbhai Dave | Gandhinagar |
May 17, 2014 4:05:24 am

When Narendra Modi moves to Delhi, he is likely to take some of his trusted men along. The core team at CMO includes Chief Principal secretary K Kaliashnathan, additional principal secretary A K Sharma, Principal secretary G C Murmu and latest entrant joint-secretary Vijay Nehra.

Sources in the CMO maintain that Modi is likely to take one or two officers to Delhi on deputation. But officers maintained no time frame has been set on when they can be called to Delhi.

”The selection of officers will be dependent on requirements, both in Delhi and Gandhinagar. If Modi will need trusted men in Delhi, he would also like to keep his familiar members here to keep a grip on home state,” said a top official, who is tipped to be in the chief secretary’s race.

Chief secretary Varesh sinha, who retried in April this year, is on three-month extension. He, too, may be hand-picked for Delhi, along with other retired officers like I P Gautam, who has got a job in Modi’s dream metro rail project, post-retirment.

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Another probable is Principal secretary in the General Administration Department, K Srinivas, who has been supervising Modi’s pet project of statue of unity, the proposed world’s largest statue of Sardar Patel. Maheshwar Sahu, who retried in January as Principal secretary (industry),  was among the officers in the good books of Modi. Credited for the success of Vibrant Gujarat Investors Summit, he is likely to join Modi in Delhi.

Additional Chief secretary J Pandian and the successor of Sahu is also one of the trusted men of Modi. “Pandian may be kept in Gujarat itself to carry forward Vibrant Gujarat Investors Summit,” said a top bureaucrat.

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