New Delhi, July 13: A week after Smriti Irani was shifted to the Textiles Ministry, it is said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected Irani's selection for the chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
According to a report in Indian Express, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) rejected the proposal of nominating Dr Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh for the post of CBSE chairman.
The report also suggest that the HRD Ministry will have no say in future in case of such appointments.
"While considering the proposal, the competent authority in the ACC has conveyed that the post be filled under Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) by keeping the recruitment rules in abeyance," the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) said in a letter addressed to the HRD Ministry.
This comes after the CBSE has not had a full-time chairman since December 2014.
However, this is not the first time that the ACC is rejecting Irani's choice. In August last year, the ACC had rejected Irani's selection of Satbir Bedi stating that she did not fulfill the qualification requirement for the post.
This time Singh was said to be Irani's first choice followed by Kamalakanta Biswal, professor at National University of Educational Planning and Administration and Khurram Shahzad Noor, additional principal director in the education wing of the Indian Navy.