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IAS officers reshuffled

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NEW DELHI, AUG. 6. In an attempt to fine-tune the administration and make it more responsive and efficient, the Delhi Government today undertook a bureaucratic reshuffle, posting and shifting some senior IAS officers. The Delhi Jal Board CEO, P.K. Tripathi, will be the new Principal Secretary (Finance) relieving Principal Secretary (Home), R. Narayanswami, of additional charge.

Official sources said a senior IAS officer, Rakesh Mohan, has been appointed the new CEO of the Jal Board following his return from Central deputation. Similarly, K.S. Mehra has been posted as Secretary (PWD), R. K. Srivastava as Secretary (Public Grievances Commission), Jitendra Prasad as Director (Social Welfare) and Gyanendra Srivastava as Additional DIG (Tihar Jail). Mr. Prasad was posted as Additional Commissioner (Sales Tax) after his return from deputation but was relieved of this charge within a few days.

Mr. Mohan had been closely associated with the Board earlier and is said to have vast knowledge about the working of the organisation. The Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, who is also the Chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board, has personally handpicked Mr. Mohan for the job in view of his past performance and experience in the field. On the other hand, the decision to have Mr. Tripathi as the Principal Secretary (Finance) was prompted by the need to give a push to the working of the Finance Department. Mr. Tripathi was at one point of time tipped to be the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, a post that has remained vacant since the elevation of S. Regunathan as a Secretary in the Central Government and subsequently as the Chief Secretary of Delhi. The Government had been facing a lot of problems at the hands of former Principal Secretary (Finance), M.K. Bezbaruah, as many projects and proposals had got stalled at his end for some reason or the other.

It also reliably learnt that another senior IAS officer, D.M. Sapolia, is likely to be posted in the Planning Department. Another round of reshuffle is expected later this month after the return of some senior IAS officers from Central and State deputation.

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