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MHA to Delhi govt: Transfer officers

Delhi government will witness a major bureaucratic reshuffle in the next fortnight.

delhi Updated: Apr 02, 2011 00:16 IST
Atul Mathur

Delhi government will witness a major bureaucratic reshuffle in the next fortnight.

The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has asked the government to relieve five senior officers who were transferred out of the state in February this year at the earliest.

Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit had, however, got an extension for the officers till March 31 saying these officers were critical during the state’s budget planning.

The five officers include principal secretary (public works department) KK Sharma, principal secretary (transport) RK Verma, Delhi Jal Board chief executive officer Ramesh Negi, principal secretary (industries) Chetan Bhushan Sanghi and VAT commissioner Jalaj Shrivastava.

With the budget session of Delhi assembly over, sources said the home ministry has written a letter requesting Delhi Government to relieve these officers. “The alternatives for some of these officers have already come. All these officers hold critical posts and the Shunglu Committee report has just been made public. It has delayed the process. But these officers will soon be relieved,” Dikshit said.

Sources said the transfer of these officers will lead to a complete bureaucratic reshuffle in Delhi government.

Mehta has already been moved as election commissioner for Delhi and Chandigarh.

He is tipped to be replaced by Dikshit’s principal secretary PK Tripathi, who also holds the charge of Delhi’s finance secretary.

“There are a number of senior bureaucratic posts that are vacant. The government has also got back some of its officers who were posted in other union territories and are now waiting for a posting in Delhi government. A bureaucratic reshuffle is imminent,” a senior government official said.