The administration in AP is witnessing a war between two senior officers and the bureaucrats are suffering in the fight. The newly-appointed principal secretary Praveen Prakash, is said to be emerging as the new power centre in administration, ignoring the chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam. Praveen Prakash, who is now attached to the Chief Minister’s Office, as political secretary is allegedly intruding into the powers of the chief secretary and trying to have his word prevailed in the government.
Irked at this excess attitude of the principal secretary, the chief secretary had issued a show cause notice to Praveen Prakash asking for explanation in one week. While it is to be seen what explanation the Principal Secretary would give, the bureaucrats in the government are watching these developments with curiosity.
Praveen Prakash also issued transfer orders to three senior IAS officers and one IPS officer on Saturday bypassing the chief secretary. The orders were the flash point for the controversy between the two senior officers. The officers who were transferred are now in two minds whether to accept the transfer orders and assume new offices or wait for the chief secretary to take a call on the issue.
It has been the practice that the chief secretary would be the cabinet secretary of the government and the minutes and agenda for the Cabinet meetings are his responsibility. The GOs issued from time to time are to be cleared by the chief secretary. However, Praveen Prakash issued a fresh GO last week asking the officers to send their GOs to him at the CMO for clearance and wait for one week to get his approval. If these is no communication from him from the CMO for five days, he said the GOs are deemed to be cleared.
This GO by Praveen Prakash and his subsequent moves have created confusion among the officers whether to send the draft GOs to the chief secretary or to the principal secretary at the CMO. It is to be seen how the war between the bureaucrats would be resolved before it disturbs the entire administration.