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Nine senior IAS officers shifted in Punjab

In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, affected on Sunday Punjab, as many as nine senior IAS officers were shifted with Vishwajit Khanna (IAS:1987:PB) becoming the new Financial Commissioner, Revenue, relieving the state’s senior-most IAS Officer Karan Bir Singh Sidhu (IAS:1984:PB). Holding the additional charge of ACS, Food Processing Khanna was hailed for the smooth procurement of wheat amid the COVID curfew.

Anirudh Tewari (IAS:1990:PB), ACS Finance, was given the charge of ACS-cum-Financial Commissioner, Development. He will hold the additional charge of Food Processing, Horticulture, Power, New & Renewable Energy etc.

In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the excise policy that happened during the lockdown A Venu Prasad (IAS:1991:PB) was made Financial Commissioner, Taxation. He will also hold the additional charge of CMD, Punjab Power Corporation Limited but his charge of Mines and Geology Department has been given to Sarvjit Singh.

Kirpa Shankar Saroj (IAS:1989:PB), presently working as ACS Social Justice, Empowerment & Minorities, was given the additional charge of NRI Affairs in place of Rahul Bhandari (IAS:1995:PB). 

Kakumanu Siva Prasad (IAS:1993:PB) replaces KAP Sinha as Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Department whereas K A Prasad Sinha (IAS:1992:PB) was posted as Principal Secretary, Finance Department. Alok Shekhar (IAS:1994:PB) was given Sinha’s additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs Department.

Ms Amanpreet Kaur Sandhu (IAS:2016:PB) posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Mansa.

Further, a PSC officer Rajesh Kumar Sharma (IAS:2016) was posted as Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Punjab.

08 Jun 2020
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Punjab CM apparently meets legislators to buy peace over CS?

Punjab legislators are not ready for anything less than to take the scalp of state chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh’s alleged ‘unacceptable behaviour’ with ministers during a meeting a fortnight ago. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met with some legislators to buy peace.

 

Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, MLAs Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Pargat Singh and Sangat Singh Gilzian met the chief minister over lunch at his Siswan farmhouse. Congress president Sunil Jakhar was also present at the meeting.

 

The CM invited them for an informal lunch during which discussions were held on various issues. Randhawa said that he had raised with the chief minister the issue of Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh’s alleged ‘unacceptable behaviour’ with ministers during a meeting held here a fortnight ago.

 

“When the CM asked about the chief secretary issue, we told him that the chief secretary’s attitude was not right and the way he spoke with ministers cannot be tolerated by anybody,” Randhawa said. The chief minister was told about what had happened on that day and why ministers had walked out of the meeting, Randhawa said, adding that the CM assured them to look into the matter.

21 May 2020
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Nine senior IAS officers shifted in Punjab

By IndianMandarins 08 Jun 2020

In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, affected on Sunday Punjab, as many as nine senior IAS officers were shifted with Vishwajit Khanna (IAS:1987:PB) becoming the new Financial Commissioner, Revenue, relieving the state’s senior-most IAS Officer Karan Bir Singh Sidhu (IAS:1984:PB). Holding the additional charge of ACS, Food Processing Khanna was hailed for the smooth procurement of wheat amid the COVID curfew.

Anirudh Tewari (IAS:1990:PB), ACS Finance, was given the charge of ACS-cum-Financial Commissioner, Development. He will hold the additional charge of Food Processing, Horticulture, Power, New & Renewable Energy etc.

In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the excise policy that happened during the lockdown A Venu Prasad (IAS:1991:PB) was made Financial Commissioner, Taxation. He will also hold the additional charge of CMD, Punjab Power Corporation Limited but his charge of Mines and Geology Department has been given to Sarvjit Singh.

Kirpa Shankar Saroj (IAS:1989:PB), presently working as ACS Social Justice, Empowerment & Minorities, was given the additional charge of NRI Affairs in place of Rahul Bhandari (IAS:1995:PB). 

Kakumanu Siva Prasad (IAS:1993:PB) replaces KAP Sinha as Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Department whereas K A Prasad Sinha (IAS:1992:PB) was posted as Principal Secretary, Finance Department. Alok Shekhar (IAS:1994:PB) was given Sinha’s additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs Department.

Ms Amanpreet Kaur Sandhu (IAS:2016:PB) posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Mansa.

Further, a PSC officer Rajesh Kumar Sharma (IAS:2016) was posted as Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Punjab.

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Punjab CM apparently meets legislators to buy peace over CS?

By IndianMandarins 21 May 2020

Punjab legislators are not ready for anything less than to take the scalp of state chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh’s alleged ‘unacceptable behaviour’ with ministers during a meeting a fortnight ago. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met with some legislators to buy peace.

 

Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, MLAs Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Pargat Singh and Sangat Singh Gilzian met the chief minister over lunch at his Siswan farmhouse. Congress president Sunil Jakhar was also present at the meeting.

 

The CM invited them for an informal lunch during which discussions were held on various issues. Randhawa said that he had raised with the chief minister the issue of Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh’s alleged ‘unacceptable behaviour’ with ministers during a meeting held here a fortnight ago.

 

“When the CM asked about the chief secretary issue, we told him that the chief secretary’s attitude was not right and the way he spoke with ministers cannot be tolerated by anybody,” Randhawa said. The chief minister was told about what had happened on that day and why ministers had walked out of the meeting, Randhawa said, adding that the CM assured them to look into the matter.

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Punjab Chief Secretary in quagmire: Politics Vs governance

By IndianMandarins 12 May 2020

Contradictions have become a norm in the Amrinder Singh government with SAD demanding the Punjab government to be sacked and Punjab cabinet ministers asking the CM to sack CS Karan Avtar Singh (IAS:1984:PB). They declared that they would not attend cabinet meetings as long as he attends these meetings.

The CS had taken on ministers at a pre-cabinet meeting on the excise policy insisting that changes recommended by ministers to the policy could not be taken on board. The face-off had led to ministers storming out of the meeting and finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal was the first one to walk out.

Annoyed ministers decided to stand their ground and walk out of the meeting if the chief secretary is present at an informal meeting ahead of the cabinet meeting.

The CS was advised to stay away from May 11 cabinet meeting and additional chief secretary (home) Satish Chandra was asked to officiate. As soon as cabinet meeting started, the ministers told chief minister Amarinder Singh that they would not attend cabinet meetings in case the chief secretary is present.

But as per the rulebook, the chief secretary is also the secretary to the cabinet, coordinates all meetings of the cabinet and signs off on the official records.

Meanwhile, the CS had signaled that he was ready to apologize to bury the hatchet. But Manpreet Singh Badal has insisted that he isn’t game. Some ministers want to give the chief secretary a second chance but the finance minister is adamant.

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IAS reshuffle in Punjab

By IndianMandarins 10 Dec 2018

Punjab IAS reshuffle 

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Navjot's trouble with Punjab bureaucracy continues

By IndianMandarins 11 Nov 2018

Cricketer turned politician and State Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's equation with the Punjab bureaucracy remains as unpleasant as before.

 

He walked out last Friday from a meeting to discuss the state govt’s plans for the celebrations to mark Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary as he felt that he was “bypassed” by the bureaucracy on certain issues.

 

Sidhu, who as Tourism Minister was scheduled to chair the meeting, got upset on being told that eight departmental committees for deciding arrangements for the celebrations in November 2019 had been set up by the Chief Principal Secretary (Retd IAS Suresh Kumar) to the CM. Sources stated that on hearing this, he angrily said, “Je afsaran ne hi saare faisle laene be, fer assin chhunchhuna bajaon aaye haan”.

 

Reportely, the next meeting is scheduled to be held on November 19 which will be presided over by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.


The minister was earlier cross with the top officer after he was summoned by the inquiry panel headed by B Purushartha (IAS:2002:PB), Divisional Commissioner- Jalandhar, in the Amritsar train tragedy earlier this month.

 

Reportedly, Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa's attempt to pacify Sidhu didn't have any impact. Sources said Sidhu told Randhawa that officers could not take over ministers’ work and it was unacceptable that officers had decided on these crucial committees on their own, including the committee to be made for Sultanpur Lodhi, where Guru Nanak had stayed for some time. “If there are lapses in the preparations, these will be blamed on the sub-committee, not on the officers,” Sidhu is learned to have told his colleagues.

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