Bihar government on Sunday affected a major bureaucratic reshuffle transferring 65 IAS officials, including 19 secretaries and 29 district magistrates, in an apparent exercise to further tone up the administration.
The state personnel issued a notification to this effect and administrative reforms department after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gave his nod on the concerned files late last night, official sources said.
The district magistrates of Jamui, Aurangabad, Lakhisarai, Sitamarhi, Kaimur, Khagaria, Sheohar, Araria, Darbhanga, West Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Kishanganj, Nawada, Saharsa, Banka, West Arwal, Buxar, Katihar, Bhagalpur, Bhojpur, Madhubani, Gaya, East Champaran, Rohtas, Siwan, Nalanda, Munger and Samastipur have been changed.
District Magistrate (Patna) Dr B Rajinder was transferred and made director of the state agriculture department, the sources said.
Bhojpur District Magistrate Jitendra Kumar Sinha would now be the new DM of Patna. Similarly, Bipin Kumar, district magistrate (Bhagalpur) was shifted to Muzaffarpur in the same capacity.
Other new DMs included Rana Awadhesh Kumar (Jamui), Ramshobhit Paswan (Aurangabad), Pranmohan Thakur (Lakhisarai), Vijay Kumar (Sitamarhi), Baidyanath Prasad (Kaimur), U N Thakur (Khagaria), S P Singh (Sheohar), Indrasen Singh (Araria), Dilip Kumar Srivastava (West Champaran), Arun Prasad (Darbhanga), Firak Ahmed (Kishanganj), Yogendra Bhakta (Nawada), Garib Sahu (Saharsa), Ashish Kumar (Banka) and KK Sinha (Buxar).