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Uttarakhand Chief secretary Utpal Kumar promises results in three years

Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Utpal Kumar Singh on Wednesday took over as chief secretary replacing incumbent S Ramaswamy, who has been appointed as chairman, revenue board

dehradun Updated: Oct 25, 2017 20:41 IST
Anupam Trivedi 
Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh (left)  calls on chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday after taking charge.
Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh (left) calls on chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday after taking charge.(HT Photo.)

Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Utpal Kumar Singh on Wednesday took over as chief secretary replacing incumbent S Ramaswamy, who has been appointed as chairman, revenue board.

The 1986 batch IAS officer said he will draw a roadmap to focus on key areas. Prior to this assignment, Singh was the additional secretary in the Union ministry of agriculture ministry. He was on deputation at the Centre for the last five years. Singh was relived by the Centre on the request of the Uttarakhand government.

“The Union government sees a tremendous potential in the state…..I will sit with the officials and chalk out a plan on key areas so that results are visible in the next three years,” Singh told reporters at the state secretariat. “Earlier, I had worked in the state and I am aware of its strengths.”

Singh was the principal secretary at the chief minister’s office during the rule of BJP veteran BC Khanduri. Besides, he had served as district magistrate of Nainital, Jhansi, Muzzafarnagar, Almora, Shahjahanpur, Siddarthnagar and Azamgarh in his four decade of service. The erstwhile Congress government chose Ramaswamy, also a 1986 batch officer, over Singh in November last year though he was reportedly willing to work in the state.

Earlier in the day, Singh called on chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat who is himself facing ‘performance pressure’ seven months after the Bharatiya Janata Party won with a thumping majority in the assembly elections.

During his recent visit to Kedarnath, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested the state government to focus on areas such as holistic healthcare, herbal knowledge and organic farming. Sources say after the PM’s suggestion, the government intends to showcase ‘good work’ and, therefore, the need to revamp bureaucracy was needed. Singh is known for his no-nonsense style of working.

Meanwhile, two more IAS officers Saujanya working on deputation in Karnataka and Nitesh Jha on deputation at the Centre are likely to join the state cadre in the next few days.