Chief Minister Y S Jagan mohan Reddy had transferred chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam on Monday. He was made the director general of the AP Human Resources Development Institute, just before five months to his retirement. He was asked to relieve immediately giving the charge to Chief Commissioner of Land Acquisition, Neerabh Kumar Prasad.
Interestingly, the transfer orders were issued by Praveen Prakash in the chief minister’s office, who was served a show cause notice by the chief secretary a day before. Subrahmanyam locked horns with Praveen Prakash, who is now heading the CMO, alleging that he was violating the set rules and bypassing the hierarchy. The chief secretary found that Praveen Prakash was ignoring the Chief Secretary in issuing orders, including the transfer of senior IAS officers.
The CMO is becoming the power centre with some officers taking advantage of the access that they have with the chief minister and ignore the senior officers of the government. It happened when Chandrababu Naidu was the chief minister. Shockingly, the then chief secretaries I Y R Krishna Rao and Ajay Kallam, had to wait for their junior officers in the CMO to meet the chief ministers. The files sent by the junior officers in the CMO were treated on high priority, without the knowledge of the chief secretary.
As chief secretaries, both Krishna Rao and Ajay Kallam, expressed their dissent over the CMO becoming the power centre without the officers holding any responsibility. It was alleged that the officers in the CMO hold no departmental responsibilities but command the heads of the departments, who are seniors to them. The trend continues now as Praveen Prakash issued transfer orders to three senior IAS officers and two senior IPS officers on November 2 without the knowledge of the chief secretary.
With the chief minister taking the side of the junior officer and transferring the chief secretary, it is to be seen what message that the new government is giving to the bureaucrats. Moreover, the chief secretary, who served the show cause notice was transferred by the officer who received the notice!