Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned down Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party leader Upendra Kushwaha’s choice of an IAS officer for appointment as his private secretary.
The Minister of State for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation had recommended the name of Ravinder Kumar as his private secretary to the Appointment Committee of Cabinet.
“The Prime Minister has not approved the proposal of the Department of Rural Development for appointment of Ravinder Kumar as Private Secretary to Kushwaha,” said an official order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.
The Prime Minister had earlier put on hold the appointment of private secretaries of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and some other Union ministers.
Kumar, a resident of Bihar, is a 2011 batch IAS officer of Sikkim cadre. He was the first IAS officer to scale Mount Everest.