Free Press Journal

Rajnath gets new OSD


New Delhi:  IAS officer Nitesh Jha has been appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to  Home Minister Rajnath Singh, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi put on hold the appointment of an IPS officer as his Private Secretary.

Jha, a 2002 batch Uttrakhand cadre officer, was earlie  working with the state government’s education department.

This would be 37-year-old officer’s first deputation to the Centre.

The appointment of IPS officer Alok Singh as Home MInister’s Private Secretary was put on hold following the government directive. Alok had served as PS to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in UPA government.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has finally got a Private Secretary – Vikas Anand, a 2002 batch IPS officer, who has replaced IPS officer Abhinav Kumar.

Kumar, who was Rijiju’s first choice, had been with former minister of state for HRD Shashi Tharoor in UPA government. He had started functioning with the new Minister but a government directive on June 19 forced his ouster.

“It has been decided by the competent authority that any officer/official/private person who has worked earlier in the staff of a minister in any capacity for any duration may not be appointed as personal staff of ministers in the present government,” the circular said.

According to sources, Abhinav has already handed over responsibility to Anand.

“It was only after the Prime Minister himself directed a clean-up and senior officials said so that this clean-up drive was undertaken,” an official said.

Many ministries have junked old files and broken furniture that had piled up over the years.

The files are first shredded before being given out as junk.

According to the procedure, the files are divided into three categories. ‘A’ category is for files which are five years old. Category ‘B’ is for files that are 10-15 years old. Category ‘C’ usually deals with files that are older than 15 years. Files of historic importance are to be sent to National Archives of India.

According to officials, though directives say that files have to be reviewed every six months and disposed of, this is hardly done.