Maharashtra Government Reshuffle 10 Senior IAS Officers, Sujata Saunik made ACS Home

Sujata Saunik

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday implemented a major bureaucratic reshuffle, marking the third such rearrangement in a short span of last one week. Ten senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers were transferred as part of this significant administrative overhaul.

One of the prominent changes involved Rajesh Kumar, who transitioned from the position of Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of the Rural Development Department to assume the role of ACS for Relief and Rehabilitation at the state secretariat in Mumbai, known as Mantralaya.

Another notable transfer saw Anoop Kumar, the previous ACS of the Cooperation, Marketing, and Textile Department, assume the position of ACS of the Agriculture Department. Rajagopal Devara, who previously served as the ACS and Development Commissioner of the Planning Department, has been reassigned as the ACS of the Revenue, Registration, and Stamps Department.

Additional changes included Aseem Kumar Gupta, who transitioned from the Principal Secretary role in the Relief and Rehabilitation Department to become the Principal Secretary (1) of the Urban Development Department. Radhika Rastogi was appointed as the Principal Secretary (PS) of the Tourism Department. Sanjay Khandare was transferred to the position of PS for the Water Supply and Sanitation Department. Eknath Dawale, formerly the PS of the Agriculture Department, now serves as the PS of the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department.

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Saurabh Vijay, who previously held the position of PS in the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department, has been assigned the role of PS and Development Commissioner of the Planning Department. Furthermore, R S Jagtap has assumed the position of Deputy Director General at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) in Pune. Jitendra Dudi, the former CEO of Sangli Zilla Parishad (ZP) Sangli, has been appointed as the Collector of Satara district.

These changes were announced shortly after the Maharashtra government’s decision to transfer 20 IAS officers, including Sujata Saunik, the wife of Chief Secretary Manoj Saunik. Sujata Saunik, a 1987 batch IAS officer, was previously serving as the ACS of the general administration department (GAD) and has now been assigned the role of ACS for the home department.

Additionally, S V R Srinivas, a 1991 batch IAS officer who was leading the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), has been reassigned as the officer on special duty (OSD) for the Mumbai’s Dharavi Redevelopment Project, according to the government release.

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