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Sanjay Kumar is next CS, Mehta to be Principal Advisor to CM

The Uddhav Thackeray Government appointed Sanjay Kumar (IAS:1985:MH) as the next Chief Secretary of Maharashtra who will take over from Ajoy Mehta (IAS:1984:MH) who will be completing his extended term on June 30. Currently, he is an Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Housing Departments. He will retire in February next year.

Handing over the baton to Sanjay Kumar as new Chief Secretary Mehta will take over as the Chief Minister's Principal Advisor from July 1.

24 Jun 2020
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Widening rift casts shadow on Bureaucracy

Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) led by Altaf Bukhari has alleged that Kashmiri officers are being sidelined systematically seeking the central government’s intervention on the matter. The party also sought to end ‘groupism’ in the J&K administration between those loyal to Raj Bhavan and others allied with the Chief Secretary’s office.

But the biggest allegation has come as the administration sidelining officers of a particular region on the basis of their region and religion. There appears a wide gulf between the administration and the people.

The party alleged that governance has come to a grinding halt in the UT mainly due to the widening rift in the bureaucracy which seems to be busy in proving loyalties towards their respective centres of influence that the welfare of people. JKAP leader Rafi Ahmad Mir, “Some officers show an inclination towards Raj Bhavan and are unfortunately at loggerheads with their bureaucrat colleagues who toe the line of the highest office in the civil secretariat.”

J&K was witnessing “uncertainty and an unwanted decay in its governance apparatus mainly because of the lobbyism. “The management of the COVID pandemic across Kashmir has been handed over to some officers who are completely inaccessible to people. This is because these officers think they are unaccountable because of their close proximity with the power corridors,” Mir said.


ALSO READ: Report dated 27.01.2020

LG Vs CS: Rift mars crucial decision


04 Jun 2020
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Sanjay Kumar is next CS, Mehta to be Principal Advisor to CM

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

The Uddhav Thackeray Government appointed Sanjay Kumar (IAS:1985:MH) as the next Chief Secretary of Maharashtra who will take over from Ajoy Mehta (IAS:1984:MH) who will be completing his extended term on June 30. Currently, he is an Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Housing Departments. He will retire in February next year.

Handing over the baton to Sanjay Kumar as new Chief Secretary Mehta will take over as the Chief Minister's Principal Advisor from July 1.

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Widening rift casts shadow on Bureaucracy

By IndianMandarins 04 Jun 2020

Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) led by Altaf Bukhari has alleged that Kashmiri officers are being sidelined systematically seeking the central government’s intervention on the matter. The party also sought to end ‘groupism’ in the J&K administration between those loyal to Raj Bhavan and others allied with the Chief Secretary’s office.

But the biggest allegation has come as the administration sidelining officers of a particular region on the basis of their region and religion. There appears a wide gulf between the administration and the people.

The party alleged that governance has come to a grinding halt in the UT mainly due to the widening rift in the bureaucracy which seems to be busy in proving loyalties towards their respective centres of influence that the welfare of people. JKAP leader Rafi Ahmad Mir, “Some officers show an inclination towards Raj Bhavan and are unfortunately at loggerheads with their bureaucrat colleagues who toe the line of the highest office in the civil secretariat.”

J&K was witnessing “uncertainty and an unwanted decay in its governance apparatus mainly because of the lobbyism. “The management of the COVID pandemic across Kashmir has been handed over to some officers who are completely inaccessible to people. This is because these officers think they are unaccountable because of their close proximity with the power corridors,” Mir said.


ALSO READ: Report dated 27.01.2020

LG Vs CS: Rift mars crucial decision


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Kerala bureaucratic rejig: Mehta will be new Chief Secretary

By IndianMandarins 27 May 2020

The state cabinet on Wednesday, 27 May undergoes the major bureaucratic reshuffle Senior bureaucrat Dr Vishwas Mehta (IAS:1986:KL) has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary (CS) of Kerala. Mehta will succeed Tom Jose (IAS:1984:KL) retiring this month-end. Mehta will assume office on June Reportedly, the Kerala Govt followed the seniority list while appointing the CS and Home secretary.

In addition, V Venu (IAS:1990:KL) has been appointed as a Secretary, State Planning Board whereas A Jayathilak (IAS:1991:KL) has been made Revenue Secretary.

Further, several district collectors have also been reshuffled;  Thiruvananthapuram District Collector Gopalakrishnan (IAS:2013:KL) has been appointed as Malappuram District Collector. Navjot Khosa (IAS:2012:KL) will be the new Collector of Thiruvananthapuram.

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Maharashtra Chief Secretary gets extension

By IndianMandarins 29 Mar 2020

Following the concurrence of Centre the Maharashtra Government on Saturday announced the extension in service of Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy G Mehta (IAS:1984:MH) for a period of three months. He was scheduled to retire on March 31, 2020 instead he would continue as CS till June 30, 2020.   

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Jharkhand: Sukhdev Singh named as next CS, Ekka as PS to CM

By IndianMandarins 29 Mar 2020

The Hemant Soren Government on Saturday announced the appointment of Sukhdeo Singh (IAS:1987:JH) as next Chief Secretary, Jharkhand. He will take over from D K Tiwari (IAS:1986:JH); the outgoing CS retiring on March 31. Currently, Singh is a Development Commissioner holding the additional charge of the Home Department.

Further, Chief Minister Soren picked Rajiv Arun Ekka (IAS:1994:JH) as his Principal Secretary.

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IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman reinstated in service

By IndianMandarins 23 Mar 2020

Due to unprecedented situation arising due to corona outbreak in the country, the 2013 batch IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman has been reinstated in the state services. Earlier he was suspended by the government due to his involvment in the controversial issue of drunken driving accident case in which the journalist K M Basheer died in Thiruvananthapuram in August 2019. Though no formal order has been issued by the state government, he has been reinstated as the joint secretary in the department of Health and Social Justice. Venkitararam has requested so many times to the government to reinstate him in service as per provisions of All India Service 1996.  In January Venkitaraman's reinstatement was put on hold by the chief secretary Tom Jose (the committee head) after criticism from various corners.

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UP: Finally R K Tiwari regularised as CS

By IndianMandarins 14 Feb 2020

Having held the additional charge of Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari (IAS:1985:UP) was on February 14 regularised for the top job. Tiwari was given additional charge of CS on 01 September 2019 following the completion of tenure of Anoop Chandra Pandey on August 31, 2019.

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Ad-hocism at top invites criticism: UP administration creates history

By IndianMandarins 14 Feb 2020

Over six months have passed since the brute majority Uttar Pradesh government has failed to get a regular Chief Secretary; a rank and post that plays key role in the administrative framework of any state. For the last few months it has been drawing criticisms in the power corridors of Delhi for its indecisiveness. Sometimes it is termed as a ‘strong government with weak administration’ and sometimes as ‘weak government with strong mandate’. It might be a coincidence that Hitesh Chandra Awasthy too is holding the additional charge of DGP post for want of UPSC’s consent on the panel.

There are several theories doing round that explain the reasons behind this uncertainty in UP administration. Probably any other Govt would have ensured clarity at the top ahead of crucial ‘Ayodhya verdict’ but that too passed; though smoothly. And this is something which is often cited as Yogi Adityanath Govt's strength and endurance. 

Agriculture Production Commissioner R K Tiwari (IAS:1985:UP) was on September 01, 2019 given additional charge of Chief Secretary. It is for the first time in the history of UP when a key position like CS is being run under an ad-hoc arrangement for more than six months. Even previous coalition state governments in UP ensured clarity at the top echelons of the administrative machinery.

Interestingly, UP does not have any dearth of officers at senior level having the qualification to become full-fledged Chief Secretary. If integrity has been an issue R K Tiwari too is considered among the best lot of officers. Further, it is said that in a state where social equations matter a lot, the Yogi Govt might be in dilemma while drafting Brahmins both as CS and DGP.

Until August-September last year names of Union Urban Affairs Secretary D S Mishra (IAS:1984:UP) and Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal (IAS:1984:UP) did rounds.

Amid delays in announcing regular CS initially, it was assumed that it might be the reflection of a stand-off between the Centre and the State Govt over the choice of a particular officer. But with the passage of time this theory fell flat.

Further, it is said that the Yogi government is inclined to draft Avanish Kumar Awasthy (IAS:1987:UP) as Chief Secretary but superseding over a half dozen senior IAS officers in the state would be a little difficult at this point of time.

There are a few who also believe that an ad-hoc arrangements often suit to a powerful establishment. Whatever be the reason behind this apparently perpetual arrangement it is being keenly watched as till how long the top job hangs in balance.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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