Modi government bars UPA administrators from top postings

The union government has issued guidelines for National Democratic Alliance ministers not to appoint any officer who has worked in the last regime on their personal staff, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

"Due to administrative requirements, government has issued guidelines that any officer, official or private person, who has worked earlier as the personal staff of a minister, may not be appointed on the personal staff of ministers in the present government," minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

Certain relaxations have been made under which the guidelines would apply only in respect of private secretaries, officers on special duty, additional private secretaries, assistant private secretaries and first personal assistant who have worked in the personal staff of any minister for any duration during the last 10 years which is to be reckoned from 19 June 2014, he said.

These are some of the highest and most coveted postings in the Indian Administrative Service.