In major reshuffle, 9 IAS officers shifted - ECAS Punjab

In major reshuffle, 9 IAS officers shifted

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6

A major administrative reshuffle has been affected in Punjab today, with Vishwajit Khanna becoming the new Financial Commissioner, Revenue, relieving the state's senior most IAS Officer KBS Sidhu.

Khanna was the Financial Commissioner, Development, and has been hailed for the smooth procurement of wheat amid the Covid curfew. The charge of Financial Commissioner, Development, has been given to Anirudh Tewari, who was in charge of the Finance Department, and has just been promoted to the rank of Additional Chief Secretary.

The administrative reshuffle set the rumour mills working overtime in corridors of power as it comes at the time when the new Chief Secretary is to be decided well before August. This week incumbent Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh has reportedly also applied for the post of Chairperson of the Punjab Water Regulation and Development Authority.

Sources in the government say that the reshuffle was on the cards for quite some time, but was held back after the pandemic broke out. It was earlier speculated that Tewari would be posted as the Financial Commissioner, Taxation, but following the controversy surrounding the excise policy because of the lockdown, an old hand in the Excise Department, A Venu Prasad was brought in at the last minute. Prasad also gets the charge of CMD, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, but his charge of Mines and Geology Department has been given to Sarvjit Singh.

Among other officers transferred are KAP Sinha, who has been relieved from the charge of Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, and is now in charge of Finance Department. K Siva Prasad replaces him in the Food and Civil Supplies Department and Alok Shekhar gets Sinha's additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs Department.

from The Tribune

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