A week after Union Cabinet reshuffling in which Smriti Irani moves from Human Resource Development Ministry to Textile Ministry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected former HRD minister choice of chairman for the Central Board of Secondary Education.
A letter received by the HRD Ministry on Tuesday from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) stated that “While considering the proposal, the competent authority in the ACC has conveyed that the post be filled under Central Staffing Scheme by keeping the recruitment rules in abeyance.”
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet rejected Dr Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh’s name as the next CBSE chief. Modi takes the final decision on the committee, which rejected the search-and-selection panel’s recommendation. It asked the ministry to wrap up the selection process in the next two months. The panel has been told to submit its recommendations by October 31.
This is the second time that Irani’s selection for the post has been rejected. The post has been vacant since December 2014. HRD Joint Secretary YSK Seshu Kumar is handling the post as an additional charge since August 2015. He got an extension of six months recently.