Published On: Tue, Sep 1st, 2015

Ignoring ministers cost Goyal job of Home Secy

New Delhi: Ignoring ministers and changing portfolios of senior officers in the Ministry without the knowledge of Home Minister Rajnath Singh cost L C Goyal the post of Union Home Secretary, highly-placed sources said.

Changing portfolios of senior officers in the Ministry without the knowledge of Home Minister Rajnath Singh cost L C Goyal the post of Home Secretary.

Changing portfolios of senior officers in the Ministry without the knowledge of Home Minister Rajnath Singh cost L C Goyal the post of Home Secretary.

Goyal, who was ousted from the high-profile job yesterday, is said to have ignored Singh’s advice on many occasions. However, when contacted, Goyal told PTI that he had nothing to say beyond what he had said yesterday.

“I don’t want to say anything beyond what I said yesterday,” he said. He had yesterday said it was his own decision and any other reason being mentioned was “factually incorrect”.

The sources, who did not want to be identified said, Goyal had recently ordered change of portfolios of two Additional Secretaries and a Joint Secretary without consulting the Home Minister, an act which made Singh furious.

The Home Minister even used his Deputy Kiren Rijiju to persuade Goyal not to take such decisions unilaterally but he apparently paid little attention to such advice.

Singh had to overrule all the decisions and restored the portfolios of the Additional Secretaries and the Joint Secretary.

The Home Minister had been receiving complaints of several Joint Secretaries that many proposals of the Home Ministry were turned down by Goyal even at the conceptualisation stage without consulting the Minister or any of the two Ministers of State.

On several occasions, the Home Minister or his two Deputies had to overrule the Home Secretary leading to further differences between them, the sources said.

The trigger for taking the final decision came when Goyal, changed the portfolio of a Joint Secretary handling the Disaster Management Division last week without keeping the bosses informed.

“At this point of time, the Home Minister thought enough is enough and went to the Prime Minister seeking removal of Goyal, which the Prime Minister had agreed,” a source said.

PTI

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