NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally cleared appointments of some senior level officers on special duty (OSD) and private secretary to Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkiah Naidu, which were kept on hold for months.
Modi gave a green signal to the appointment of Mahesh Tiwari, a director in the Rajya Sabha, as OSD to the Minority Affairs Minister.
Similarly, Naidu got his OSD in Jagmohan Sundrial, a serving officer in the Rajya Sabha secretariat.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has asked for Simanchal Dash, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service, to function as his private secretary in both the and Finance and Defence Ministries.
Dash was functioning as Jaitley’s PS in the Finance Ministry. Now only did the PM cleared his appointment in the MoD. It was not without a rider though. An official notification by the PMO categorically stated that Dash can continue in the position only upto March 2016.
The order said an officer can continue in the personal staff of a minister only for a period of 10 years. Dash had earlier worked with Jaitley while he was Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. While clearing the appointments of personal staff to the NDA ministers, Modi had earlier rejected several such proposals.