Is the PMO India’s new Kremlin?

Shortly after the new government came to power at the center under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there were news reports about all official bureaucratic appointments being made by the Prime Ministers’s Office (PMO). In other words, ministers had little say in determining their staff. Prior to this, there were clear directives to ministers that they should not appoint relatives to their staff. Further, the PM met with the various bureaucrats and suggested to them that they should come to him should they have trouble executing their responsibilities. In short, by-passing the ministers in-charge of the various ministries was not just encouraged, the stage was set for it to be the norm.

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