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Khattar’s dual support

gfiles-mary2015-46When Manohar Lal Khattar took over as Chief Minister of Haryana, he had virtually no experience in governing. It was a peculiar situation as he had not even appointed a Principal Secretary. It is an important post in a state government, working like a bridge between the Chief Minister’s Office and the state. Sanjiv Kaushal, a 1986-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, has now been appointed to the position. The BJP has come to power for the first time since the inception of Haryana, so it was a new challenge all the way for everybody to run the state. The polite, humble and suave Kaushal is managing the show well. But it is really tricky to manage the state single-handedly and naturally there were murmurs. So Khattar brought in another sharp, intelligent and hardworking young IAS officer of the 1988 batch, Haryana cadre, as Additional Principal Secretary – Rajesh Khullar. The latter was working as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. Now the state’s responsibilities are vertically divided between the two efficient secretaries. Politicians and officers who were reluctant to approach Kaushal are approaching Khullar. Khattar is also happy as there are more inputs on the table from both sides. One definitely learns the art of ruling as time passes!

VOL. 9, ISSUE 2 | May 2015

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