Additional chief secretary of home department, Basant Pratap Singh will take over as the 30th chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh on November 1 replacing Anthony JC de Sa.
The 1984-batch IAS official has been appointed as officer on special duty (OSD) to the chief secretary, a practice followed before full-fledged appointment of an IAS official to the top state post.
Singh said he would do his best to live up to the expectation of the government which had reposed its faith in him.
Earlier, Chouhan introduced Singh as the new chief secretary-designate to his ministerial colleagues during the state cabinet meeting on Thursday.
The cabinet also feted de Sa for his contribution to the state’s development. Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, the July 1, 1958-born Singh will assume office on the state’s foundation anniversary and will serve as the chief secretary for two years. He is due to retire four months ahead of 2018 assembly elections.
Like the incumbent CS, Singh too is a student of humanities and did his post-graduation in Philosophy from Allahabad University. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also holds a post-graduation in Philosophy and is a gold-medallist from Barakatullah University, Bhopal.