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Regime change spurs transfer games

delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2012 00:03 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
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A change of guard in Lucknow has started telling on the Noida authority. The new state government has transferred chief executive officer (CEO) SK Dwivedi. “I have been transferred and kept in waiting. For now, there is no information as to who will take charge,” Dwivedi said on Sunday.

The transfer means that Noida will get its eighth CEO in 15 months. Dwivedi happens to be the longest serving CEO with a tenure of three months.

Several officials of Noida and Greater Noida authorities have been transferred ever since the poll results were announced. Those considered Samajwadi Party loyalists are being given key posts. In the game of musical chairs, development works have taken a beating.

The process of transfers began right after Akhilesh Yadav was sworn in as Uttar Pradesh chief minister on March 15.

And going by history, most key officials will be changed. Several officers, who were neglected during BSP regime and with leanings to SP are all set to occupy key posts.

“Frequent changes have meant that development and maintenance work in the city has taken a backseat. The authority had its last board meeting in November 2011. The board meeting, which was to be held in March, is the most important as the annual budgetary provisions are passed around this time. But the date for this meeting has not yet been decided,” said a senior official.

So far, Noida authority’s engineer-in-chief Yadav Singh has been transferred. Hom Singh Yadav, said to be close to SP, has replaced him. Another party confidant, RS Yadav, has replaced general manager (housing) NP Gautam. In Greater Noida, eight officials have been transferred.