Published On: Wed, Apr 8th, 2015

Differences with Smriti Irani, HRD ministry official shifted to rural development ministry

New Delhi: A senior officer in HRD ministry, who was shifted from technical education recently supposedly due to differences with Minister Smriti Irani, has been transferred to the Rural Development Ministry.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani

HRD Minister Smriti Irani

Amarjeet Sinha, who served as an additional secretary in the HRD ministry, is a 1983-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer.

According to sources, Sinha and Irani were not on the same page on a number of issues, including crucial appointments in a number of institutions like the IITs.

He was divested from the IIT portfolio and given the little-known statistics department in the HRD ministry last month due to alleged differences within the ministry over the appointment process for the directors of three IITs.

The ministry had conducted the selection afresh on March 23 after scrapping the earlier process.

Sinha is not the only one to have been moved out of the ministry in recent months.

As many as five senior officers have left the Ministry lately, the most recent being Radha Chauhan (joint secretary), who joined the Unique Identification Authority of India last week.

Besides, senior officers Veena Ish, Jagmohan Raju and Praveen Prakash have been moved out of the ministry over the last couple of months.

PTI

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