From within government came tales of how Dixit insisted on seeing all files relating to the mea and "interfering'' in appointments of officials and ambassadors. How could he see files unless he had been mandated to see them? The reluctant answer was: "Well, Brajesh Mishra, as principal secretary and NSA, saw all files. When the job was bifurcated, files relating to the ministries connected with the NSA's job went to him."
A senior Congress leader said, "Dixit converted a staff function into a line function. All files relating to external affairs, defence and internal security went to him, to the point that the principal secretary's position was totally emasculated. It has been the custom that the principal secretary to the PM is the single point to which all files come. How could he function if files relating to the three ministries were going elsewhere? Do you know Dixit was interfering in the commerce and petroleum and natural gas ministries?'' Clearly, economic and energy security were not part of NSA mandate.