MP: Mauganj Attains District Status; IAS Ajay Shrivastav appointed its First Collector

Shiv Raj Singh Chowhan

In a significant development, Madhya Pradesh has officially welcomed its 53rd district with the formation of “Mauganj.” The state’s Revenue Department issued the order for this creation on a Sunday, marking a milestone for the region.

The district, which has been carved out of Rewa, is now ready to function with its administrative framework. The key figures leading this new district’s governance have also been announced.

2013 batch IAS officer Sonia Meena who was hitherto posted as Director with Tribal Welfare Department was appointed as the first collector of Mauganj. But, in the late night order, IAS officer Ajay Shrivastav, who was posted as Additional Commissioner, Tribal Welfare, was posted as the first Collector of the newly formed district of the state. Further, the order issued in the evening for Sonia Meena was cancelled by the government.

Simultaneously, IPS officer Virendra Kumar Jain has been appointed as the first Superintendent of Police (SP) for Mauganj. Mr. Jain’s prior role was Commandant of the 8th Battalion in Chhindwara.

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More appointments are expected to be announced throughout the week, as the district starts to take shape. Mauganj district has come into being by merging three tehsils: Mauganj, Hanumana, and Naigadhi. The district’s headquarters will be located in Mauganj, providing a central hub for its administrative activities.

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