The term of Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, a 1977-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been extended for one year more. This news was almost confirmed at the celebrations of Civil Services Day. Most of the civil servants were whispering that Sinha will get another year as a cabinet secretary; they also observed the confidence of PK Sinha at the function. It was quite indicative that the he is sure to get an extension. For over a decade, the practice has been to appoint a Cab Sec for a fixed two-year term. Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be a believer of continuity in governance. When he took over as Prime Minister in May 2014, AK Seth was serving as Cab Sec and there was strong opinion that a new Cab Sec will be appointed in June 2014 but Modi surprised everybody when he ordered an extension for Seth. Insiders inform that Seth who had an impeccable track record made Modi comfortable at crucial time of transition of power from Congress to BJP. 2019 will be the election year and in the given scenario a new face in the Cabinet Secretariat would have taken time to acclimatise as the Cab Sec has to deal with a new subject every 15 minutes and different ministries. Sinha’s track record indicates that he is a fast-paced performer and he has synchronised Cab Sec office with the working style of the Prime Minister. The Cab Sec and PM relationship is a very delicate and indispensable bond between two individuals and institutions. Even Manmohan Singh did not change his Cab Secs, KM Chandrasekhar and BK Chaturvedi.
VOL. 12 | ISSUE 2 | MAY 2018