The Railway ministry has decided to take disciplinary action against Union minister Jitendra Singh’s OSD for casting aspersions against its minister Piyush Goyal and questioning the wisdom of senior government officials in an article, according to official documents.
Kumar is the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Jitendra Singh, who holds multiple portfolios, including minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office and for Development of North Eastern Region.
The article, besides being in bad taste, questions the wisdom of senior functionaries of the level of secretary to the government of India and also casts aspersions on the Minister of Railways (Piyush Goyal), it said.
it is proposed to take up the officer under the Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1968. You would appreciate that a misconduct of this nature and that too in the public domain would send a wrong message all around and encourage indiscipline in the service, the letter dated December 28, 2018, said.
Ashwani Lohani retired as Railway Board chairman on Monday.
Kumar has been vocal in raising concerns related to the alleged wrong functioning of some wings of the Railway Ministry.
The article written by Kumar clearly mentions that all is not good in the Railway Ministry. It needs immediate intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office, said an officer requesting anonymity.
The Railway Ministry has internally transferred another officer for allegedly raising concerns on cadre related issues.