In a strategic reshuffle, the Central government on Wednesday brought a Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer to the Prime Minister’s Office and shifted Gujarat cadre IPS officer to the Special Protection Group (SPG) as its functional chief.
Madhya Pardesh cadre IAS officer Anurag Jain has worked closely with two Madhya Pradesh chief ministers Babu Lal Gaur and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He was secretary to chief minister’s office during 2005-11 and is said to have expertise in energy, power and IT sectors.
Gujarat cadre IPS officer Vivek Srivastava, however, would join as inspector general of the SPG, occupying an upgraded vacant post of a DIG-rank officer, according to the cabinet’s appointments committee order. This implies that the government has left the SPG director's (chief) post vacant for now and would be its functional chief.
The order also clarifies that the officer would be treated to be on deputation from Intelligence Bureau (IB), a provision made to ensure that he does not miss out on the opportunities to move up the hierarchy in the IB.
Srivastava had been moved to the Intelligence Bureau more than a decade ago.
The controversial November order that had eased out former SPG director Durga Prasad had ordered that the senior-most officer should hold the charge till Prasad's successor was named.
So far, this responsibility was on the shoulders of IG-rank officer SS Chaturvedi.
But, Wednesday’s change makes Srivastava the senior-most officer in the force. Chaturvedi is one year junior to him.