Chief Minister, Dr Raman Singh has finally okayed Additional Chief Secretary, Shivraj Singh for the post of Chief Secretary, Chhattisgarh, on Wednesday. He would be the fifth Chief Secretary of this tribal State.
Singh, a close confidant of the Chief Minister, supercedes Additional Chief Secretary, Home, BKS Ray. Speculation was rife since the last 10 days in the corridors of Mantralaya as to who would succeed R P Bagai, who retired, Wednesday, as Chief Secretary.
When contacted, Shivraj Singh refused to meet media persons at Mantralaya and was closeted in a meeting with his staff.
Talking to Hindustan Times, a subdued but smiling Ray, who has been superceded by Shivraj Singh, disclosed, he too has been elevated to the status of Chief Secretary and would soon take up his new position as Director General of the Academy of Administration and also as Chairman , Board of Secondary Education and Professional Education. He would be moving out of Mantralaya where he was presently handling the Home and Transport departments. “ I am satisfied with what I have. I am a smiling bureaucrat, always”, he quipped.
In Wednesday’s meeting, the Chief Minister has also reallocated the present departments, which were with Shivraj Singh, to some other bureaucrats. An official notification regarding the changes would be out soon by Wednesday evening, it was learnt.
Sources say that the outgoing Chief Secretary, R P Bagai, is likely to take over as Chairman of the Chhattisgarh State Public Service Commission (CGPSC). This position has been lying vacant for quite some time now, due to the suspension of the Ashok Darbari by the State Governor due to the controversial large scale irregularities in the CGPSC.