Several senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, who were known to be close to former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and had a stint in the CM secretariat, have been moved out of the mainstream departments - an indication of chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's growing stature.
In a late Tuesday evening bureaucratic reshuffle, the Bihar government transferred 18 senior IAS officers, including home secretary Amir Subhani.
Manjhi now has his own team in the CM secretariat.
Staff Selection Commission (SSC) chairperson Sudhir Kumar is the new home secretary. He will continue to hold the additional charge of the SSC.
Subhani, who was the home secretary for at least six years, has been made principal secretary in the general administration department. He will also hold the additional charge of department of minority welfare and work as the mission director of the Bihar Administrative Reforms Mission Society.
Subhani replaces Dr Dharmendra Singh Gangwar, who goes to the department of planning and development as the principal secretary. Gangwar will continue to hold the additional charge of officer on special duty at New Delhi's Bihar Bhawan.
Amrit Lal Meena, principal secretary with the department of agriculture, who also held the additional charge of agriculture production commissioner, has been made the principal secretary to the chief minister.
Principal secretary with the department of transport, Vijoy Prakash, has been made the agriculture production commissioner, while Shashi Shekhar Sharma, principal secretary with the department of panchayati raj, has been shifted to transport department in the same capacity.
Sharma will continue to hold the additional charge of transport commissioner.
Sources said few more transfers could not be ruled out at the senior level, as the chief minister has time and again expressed his displeasure over the bureaucratic style of functioning at various public functions.