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Mehrishi shifting deepens vacuum in Rajasthan's top bureaucracy

Rajasthan is scurrying to fill a vacuum at the top echelons of the bureaucracy after chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi became the latest civil servant to be shifted to the Centre.

jaipur Updated: Oct 16, 2014 20:56 IST
Rashpal Singh

Rajasthan is scurrying to fill a vacuum at the top echelons of the bureaucracy after chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi became the latest civil servant to be shifted to the Centre.

Mehrishi, incidentally, replaced batchmate Arvind Mayaram as the Union finance secretary in the bureaucratic reshuffle carried out by the Narendra Modi-led government.

Mehrishi will take charge in Delhi job on November 1, official sources said here. Mayaram was transferred to the tourism ministry.

As many as 27 IAS officers of the Rajasthan cadre are already serving in Delhi in joint secretary to secretary-level positions.

Before Mehrishi, additional chief secretary (home) Sunil Arora was deputed as secretary of skill development programme at Delhi.

According to sources in the government, Mehrishi played a vital role in drafting new labour laws in the state and in formulation of new rules for the Right to Education Act which the government intends to implement soon.

A senior IAS official confirmed that the headhunt for a new chief secretary has started and additional chief secretary (infrastructure) CS Rajan is the front-runner for the top job.

Rajan, a 1978 batch IAS officer, is currently accompanying chief minister Vasundhara Raje on an official trip to Singapore.

Rajan held vital posts during the previous Congress regime including additional charge of chief secretary before Mehrishi was appointed.

Though there are two more officers from the 1978 batch -- Umrao Salodia and Ashish Bahuguna – sources said the likelihood of ascendency to the top post was very less.

Known for his artistic bent of mind, Salodia is posted as director general of Jawahar Kala Kendra while Bahuguna is on deputation to the agriculture ministry.