29 November, 2020

Everything Is Facilitated

In Delhi’s corridors of power, the minister’s OSD is the go-to man

Sanjay Rawat
Everything Is Facilitated

It’s not very often that the all-powerful Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) issues a memorandum not only disapproving the appointment of a particular individual, but adding that the person in question “should not be considered for any appointment of a sensitive nature”. But that’s what it did in 2008, while rejecting the promotion of Nachiketa Kapur—a functionary in the office of the then minister of state for women and child development Renuka Chowdhury—to the post of the minister’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

Kapur, a Congress activist, who has since been rehabilitated as deputy director general (protocol & media relations), Commonwealth Games, blames Chowdhury for his problems, and says the extraordinary memorandum was issued by the ministry of personnel and training at her behest, and that he has been “victimised” by her.

Whatever be the truth of the case, it only serves to illustrate the often shadowy and murky relationship that exists between ministers and...



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