Appointment of Rajiv Nayan in PMO cancelled

After turning down the choices made by certain ministers for their private secretaries, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday cancelled the appointment of Rajiv Nayan Choubey as an additional secretary in the PMO.

A PMO release stated that the appointments committee of cabinet has approved the cancellation of order of appointment of  Rajiv Nayan Choubey as additional secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Choubey, a 1981-batch officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, who was appointed as additional secretary in the PMO on 13 June. Choubey was sfifted from Ministry of Power, where he was working in the same capacity.
Choubey is an IAS of 1981 batch, had worked as adviser in telecom regulator TRAI between 2006 and 2009 when incumbent principal secretary to PM Nripendra Misra was the chairman.
Choubey was hand-picked by the then oil minister S Jaipal Reddy to head petroleum ministry’s technical arm, the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons in June 2012.

Earlier in the week Modi had already stopped the appointment of several secretaries in several ministries.  Rajnath Singh wanted Alok Singh, a 1995 batch UP cadre officer to assist him, sources say the PM rejected his appointment as he had served as the personal secretary to former foreign minister Salman Khurshid.

Other ministers whose moves to appoint personal secretaries of their choice have been blocked by the PMO include HRD minister Smriti Irani, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan, MoS home Kiren Rijiju and MoS external affairs VK Singh, who is also MoS (independent charge) for the North East region.
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