A 1981 batch IAS officer, Praveen Kumar Gupta, was on Friday appointed the new Haryana chief secretary. He will assume charge on November 30 following the retirement of outgoing chief secretary, Shakuntla Jakhu. Gupta is the senior-most IAS officer serving the state government. He was posted as additional chief secretary (ACS), revenue and disaster management and consolidation before being appointed to the top bureaucratic post.
Though Gupta retires on December 31, 2014, the state government can seek extension of service for him from the Central government. The All-India Services (death-cum-retirement benefit) Rules, 1958, provide that a member of the All-India service holding the post of the chief secretary to a state government may be given extension of service for a period not exceeding six months on a recommendation of the state government with full justification and in public interest with the prior approval of the Central government.
Dalip Singh to be ACS revenue
A 1982 batch IAS officer, Dalip Singh, who rejoined Haryana government after completing his central deputation, will be appointed as ACS, revenue and disaster management and consolidation.
Gupta graduated from Government College, Faridkot, in 1974 and completed his law degree from Panjab University in 1977. He did his MBA from Australia and MA (public administration) from the US.
He has served as principal secretary in the departments of home, public health engineering, labour and employment, technical education, forest and wild life, and environment and tourism. He has also rendered his services as director, public relations, director, industries, managing director of HSIIDC, tourism, Haryana Financial Corporation. His wife, Anuradha Gupta, also a 1981 batch Haryana IAS officer is presently on deputation to the Central government and is at present posted at Geneva as Deputy chief executive officer, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi), a World Health Organization (WHO) supported organisation.