The Rajasthan government has appointed 1979-batch IAS officer Om Prakash Meena as the new chief secretary of the state.
In a major rejig after Meena’s appointment, the government transferred 22 IAS and 51 IPS officers late Thursday night.
Putting an end to speculations, chief minister Vasundhara Raje selected Meena. He replaced CS Rajan whose extension period ended on June 30. Rajan was due to retire on December 31 but had twice been given extension of three months since then.
A Master of Arts in History, Meena is a native of Sawai Madhopur and was born on June 16, 1957. He will serve 12 months in office as he is due to retire on June 30, 2017. The appointment has been made on the basis of seniority, after Nilima Jauhari. He is the senior-most IAS officer.
The 22 IAS officers who have been transferred include additional chief secretary (ACS) A Mukhopadhyay, who will be the new chairperson and commissioner of Rajasthan Housing Board, the post vacated by Meena; Ashok Jain will be ACS industries, RIICO, state enterprise and NRI department; Rajhans Upadhyay got additional charge of school and technical education along with higher and technical education; Vipin Chandra Sharma got additional charge of women and child development, social justice and empowerment department, along with minority affairs and Waqf; Nihal Chand Goyal got additional charge of mines and petroleum department along with forest and environment and OP Saini is ACS PHED; principal secretary Deepak Upreti Home and Civil defence and Veenu Gupta Medical and health and family welfare, respectively.
The 51 IPS officers transferred include 10 additional director general of police (ADG), 10 inspector general of police (IG), two deputy inspector general of police (DIG) and 29 superintendent of police (SP).
ADG Jaswant Sampatram is now Director General of Police, police housing, Rajasthan; ADG Sunil Kumar Mahrotra—administration and community policing; Om Prakash Galhotra—armed battalion; Hemant Kumar Purohit—police housing, Jaipur; Alok Tripathi—Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB); Bhupendra Singh—Personnel and pro-vice chancellor Sardar Patel University, Jodhpur; Rajiv Kumar Dasot—ADG-cum-director Rajasthan Police Academy; Mohan Lal Lathar—CID (civil rights); Bhupendra Kumat Dak—planning, modernisation and welfare and Umesh Mishra—ATS and SOG.