Mumbai: Maharashtra government today issued a directive prohibiting government employees who had worked with ministers in the Congress-NCP government as personal assistants or on some other posts from working with the current ministers.
The Narendra Modi government at the Centre had issued a similar directive after NDA came to power. A government resolution (GR) issued by the General Administration Department of the state said, "Those who have worked as private secretary, officer on special duty or personal assistant with Chief Minister/Deputy Chief Minister/Ministers... in the last 10 years cannot work in the ministerial establishment for the next five years.
"Those who have been so appointed (after the Devendra Fadnavis government took the charge on October 31), should be repatriated to their original departments." After the change of regime, several personal secretaries and others who had worked for Congress-NCP ministers were reportedly lobbying for similar postings in BJP government.
Appointment of these staff members is the prerogative of the respective ministers. A minister can choose any class-I officer as his or her personal secretary.