Don’t know, ask Prime Minister why home secretary was removed, says Rajnath Singh


Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said he didn’t know why then home secretary L.C. Goyal was removed.
Talking to the reporters on Tuesday, Singh said: “I don’t know why he (Goyal) was removed. Please ask the Prime Minister.”

Goyal, a 1979 batch IAS officer, had sought voluntary retirement on August 31. It was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rajiv Mehrishi, who was serving as secretary to the department of economic affairs under the finance ministry, replaced Goyal as the home secretary.

Rajnath Singh’s comments are likely to give credence to the reported rumours that he had very little control over the matters related to his own ministry.

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Earlier, the head of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet campaign ,Swacch Bharat, has quit as secretary in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. PM’s much publicised cleanliness campaign has yet to complete one year,

A Gujarat cadre IAS officer, Vijaylakshmi Joshi, had asked for voluntary retirement despite she having three years service in left.