Former home secy Anil Baijal appointed new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
The central government cleared former Union home secretary Anil Baijal’s name as Delhi’s next lieutenant governor, sources told HT on Wednesday.delhi Updated: Dec 28, 2016 21:40 IST
The government on Wednesday appointed former Union home secretary Anil Baijal’s name as the Delhi lieutenant governor.
President Pranab Mukherjee approved Baijal’s appointment on Wednesday after the government had cleared his name for the post.
After retirement, Baijal was member of the executive council of Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), which had current National Security Advisor Ajit Doval as its founder director.
Nripendra Mishra, principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PK Mishra, additional principal secretary to the PM, were also associated with the VIF before they took over their current assignments.
The move to appoint Baijal came roughly a week after former L-G Najeeb Jung’s surprise resignation.
A 1969 batch India Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Union Territories cadre, Baijal was removed as Union home secretary when the UPA government assumed power in May, 2004.
He was appointed as home secretary in February, 2004 by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government but after surprise victory of the UPA in May, 2004 general election, Baijal was transferred as civil aviation secretary on July 1 the same year.
He superannuated in 2006 as the secretary in the urban development ministry. Interestingly, Delhi’s current chief secretary MM Kutty was one of the joint secretaries in the urban development ministry then. Kutty joined the urban development ministry in June, 2006 and Baijal retired as secretary, urban development in October.
After retirement, Baijal served on the boards of many corporate entities.
Baijal’s predecessor Jung had several run-ins with the Delhi government with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing the L-G of trying to run the city’s administration by proxy. Baijal will have to navigate complicated jurisdictional issues that arise out of Delhi’s unique position as a union territory acting as the national capital.
Baijal was earlier tipped to replace NN Vohra as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir. But the move fell through following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 as the law and order situation in the border state deteriorated and the Centre decided against changing the Governor at this juncture.
(With agency inputs)