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Another tussle with Kejriwal? Delhi chief secy shifted in Modi’s rejig

india Updated: Nov 24, 2016 01:31 IST
Aloke Tikku
Aloke Tikku
Hindustan Times
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Another round of tug-of-war between the Delhi government and Centre is likely after the recent reshuffle. (PMO Twitter account/file photo)

A major reshuffle of over 40 officers by the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday cost the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi its chief secretary. The long list of officers transferred includes two dozen secretary-level IAS officers.

KK Sharma’s appointment as higher education secretary sets the stage for another round of tug-of-war between the Delhi government and Union home ministry over his replacement.

Sharma, who has time till 2018, has been moved out less than two years after he assumed charge in Delhi’s hot seat. The 1983 batch IAS officer, who was appointed in March 2015, was often caught in the crossfire between the AAP government and the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

The Centre also sent back Sanjay Kumar Srivastava to the city but he is set to be appointed as the Delhi Election Commissioner, the body that will conduct the municipal elections due next year.

Wednesday’s reshuffle also saw changes in key departments at the Centre.

Also to be moved to the human resource development ministry is coal secretary Anil Swarup who will take charge as school education secretary. UP cadre IAS officer Rajeev Kapoor has been brought in to lead Prime Minister’s clean energy initiative at the renewable energy department. KP Krishnan will head the skill development department while Anoop Kumar Srivastava will be the tribal affairs secretary.

The reshuffle, however, brought bad news for the National Highways Authority of India chairman Raghav Chandra who has been shunted out within just 15 months to the low-profile commission for scheduled tribes. Yudhvir Singh Malik replaces him.

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