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Alexander new DGP, Pavan Raina, Home Secretary

By Our Tamil Nadu Bureau



A.X. Alexander

CHENNAI, JAN. 12. The State Government today effected a major reshuffle of senior officers in the Home department and the police.

A.X. Alexander, DGP (Intelligence), replaces I.K. Govind as chief of the State police.

Pavan Raina, Principal Resident Commissioner, Tamil Nadu House, New Delhi, is the new Home Secretary. He succeeds Sheela Rani Chunkath, who took over as the Home Secretary about six months ago. Ms Chunkath has been sent back to the Health and Family Welfare department.

Mr. Govind has been made the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Police Housing Corporation in the place of another DGP, B.P. Nailwal, who will head the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board for the second time.

With Mr. Alexander moving out of Intelligence, K. Ramanujam, Inspector-General of Police, will be the chief of the unit until further orders.

Fourth Home Secretary

Mr Raina is the fourth Home Secretary since the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam returned to power in May 2001. Naresh Gupta, the Chief Electoral Officer, was the first. He held the post till August 2002. Syed Munir Hoda succeeded him. Mr. Hoda was replaced by Ms Chunkath in July last.



I.K. Govind

He was later placed under suspension on charges of attempting to cover up the involvement of police officers in the fake stamp paper case.

Nearly a year and 10 months after he took over as the head of the State police force, Mr. Govind, a 1969 batch officer, has been shifted back to the Tamil Nadu Police Housing Corporation as the Chairman and Managing Director, a post he held prior to becoming the State DGP.

Fifth police chief

Mr. Alexander belongs to the 1970 batch of the IPS. Earlier, he held the post of Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board. He took over as DGP (Intelligence) on November 26 last. Mr. Alexander is expected to take charge as police chief on January 14, according to police sources.

He is the fifth DGP in the State in the three years and eight months of the AIADMK rule.

In June 2001, A. Ravindranath was posted as the DGP to succeed R. Rajagopalan, who was shifted as DGP (Training). Within three months, Mr. Ravindranath was replaced by B.P. Nailwal, the then Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption.

On January 6 2003, Dr. Rajagopalan became the DGP again and Mr. Nailwal was posted to the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board.

Following Dr. Rajagopalan's retirement, Mr. Govind took over as DGP on March 31, 2003.

IAS officers

transferred

The Health Secretary, N. Sundaradevan, has moved back to the Revenue department as Secretary in place of R. Satapathy, who has been made the Energy Secretary, a post which was till now held by N.S. Palaniappan in addition to his main portfolio, Public Works.

Jasbir Singh Bajaj, Joint Resident Commissioner at New Delhi, will hold additional charge of the post of Principal Resident Commissioner.

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