The Government of Uttar Pradesh transferred 18 of its senior IAS officers in a significant bureaucratic reshuffle. The move has led to a massive shift in the responsibilities of the IAS officers managing the state’s administration. RK Tewari (1958 – batch) is confirmed as the new permanent Chief Secretary of the state post the reshuffle.
As per the UP government, the 1990 – batch IAS officer Deepak Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Housing has been given the responsibilities of the Urban Development, Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation department as well. Whereas, Manoj Kumar Singh (1988 – batch), former Principal Secretary, Urban Development has been given the charge of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department. However, Sudhir Garg (1990 – batch), Principal Secretary, Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has been relieved of his additional charge of the head of the Horticulture department after the reshuffle.
Moreover, Alok Kumar, 1988 – batch IAS officer who is serving as Principal Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Industrial Development has been additionally given the charge of IT and Electronics department. Alok Sinha (1986 – batch), Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Commercial and Entertainment tax will also be posing as Agricultural Production Commissioner. From the 1990 – batch of the IAS officers, Anita Singh will take over as Principal Secretary, Food Safety and Drug Administration whereas, Kalpana Awasthi, another 1990 – batch IAS officer, will be posted as Principal Secretary, Sports and Rural Engineering Services.
Devesh Chaturvedi (1989 – batch) will be the new Principal Secretary , Health and Family Welfare Department and Amit Mohan Prasad (1989 – batch), who formerly headed the department will take over the charge of Agriculture department as the principal secretary. Mohammad Iftikharuddin, from the 1985 – batch, earlier had the charge of Sports department as the Additional Chief Secretary has been now appointed as the Chairman of the UP State Road Transport Corporation.
The 1991 – batch officer, BL Meena has been given the charge of the Horticulture department. Whereas, Shiv Prasad (2012 – batch), Secretary of State Information Commission swapped place with Jagdish Prasad (2009 – batch), Managing Director of UP State Construction and Infrastructure Development Corporation.
Dr Ashok Chandra (2009 – batch), former Special Secretary, Governor’s Secretariat has been given the charge of Women Welfare department. Monika Garg (1989 – batch) has been posted as the new Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department. Virendra Kumar Singh (2004 – batch) has been given the post of Divisional Commissioner of Moradabad. Whereas, the 1995 – batch IAS officer, Bhuvnesh Kumar has taken the charge as Principal Secretary, Dairy Development, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry department.