One of Frank Bainimarama's most trusted civil servant after the military coup of December 2006 looks to be losing his power and influence in the regime.
Parmesh Chand was transferred in April from the interim Prime Minister's Office to become the Permanent Secretary for Public Service Commission and look after the sugar industy, but he's now lost his sugar duties.
Bainimarama is the interim sugar minister.
Fiji Television has reported that the decision to relieve Chand of the sugar portfolio was made to allow him to concentrate on PSC.
But Coupfourpointfive has been told the decision is a slap on the face for Chand, and comes close on the heel of rejections of recent proposals to revive the suar industry.
We've been told the decision to shift the sugar portfolio back to Bainimarama's office was decided when the PM, Reserve Bank Governor Sada Reddy and Permanent Secretary for Finance, John Prasad, were away in Istanbul, Turkey attending the International Monetary Fund meeting.
Sources say Bainimarama was convinced by Prasad and Reddy to relieve Chand of the sugar responsibility.
Chand's contract as Permanent Secretary ends in six months and it will be interesting to see if it's renewed since it appears his services are no longer in demand.