There is a strange situation developing in the PMO, or so it appears. Everybody is discussing a particular case but nobody dares to divulge any details. The media is conscious of it too but is abstaining from writing about it as there is no one to authenticate the facts. The matter concerns Nripendra Misra, a 1967-batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh and a former Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). He is currently Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. The coveted position is the prime window to reach Narendra Modi. All government work is routed through Misra. The grapevine is abuzz with rumours that Modi is discontented with Misra. If insiders are to be believed, Modi has not reconciled with the lack of information that forced the government to bring in an ordinance to appoint Misra as PS to PM. There are two issues that indicate that Misra has been put on a slow pace in the PMO. First, the 69-year-old has not been keeping well. His sugar levels are bothersome. Second, the fast-paced working style of Modi can tire a 20-year-old. Officers who have visited the PMO in the last three months feel that it is an issue of compatibility as well. Modi is a man of words and commitment and is in no way likely to remove or abandon Misra but it is observed that the latter’s workload has been reduced. Most of the work is being handled by the efficient and hardworking Additional Principal Secretary, PK Mishra, a retired 1972-batch IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre.
VOL. 8, ISSUE 8 | November 2014