Has the role of EO shrinked in new regime?

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Amid ongoing speculation over the prospective officer as new Establishment Officer (DOPT) an interesting aspect seems to have emerged in the bureaucratic fraternity. If the murmuring among the top bureaucracts are any guide the importance and role of EO (DOPT) seems have lost its charm in the new regime. Vigilant observers say that these days EO has less to do with the decision making role in top level appointments in GoI as PMO has already taken the driving seat in terms of establishment.

The post had fallen vacant after Bhanu Pratap Sharma (IAS:1981:BH) finally got appointed as Secretary, Health & Family Welfare last month. Ajay Prakash Sahni’s (IAS:1984:AP) name has emerged as the most prospective candidate for the post (EO, DOPT). Though; one can not deny the possibility for a dark horse in the race of EO, DOPT. Reportedly, the post may be filled at any point of time this week.

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