Pramod Kumar Aggarwal has taken over as chief executive officer of Noida authority, replacing Rama Raman who will be shifted to Lucknow.
Aggarwal, who was the additional chief executive officer (ACEO) of Noida, was earlier made acting CEO authority on July 1, when Allahabad high court had seized the powers of Raman.
“Rama Raman has been relieved of his duties and he has handed over charge to me as per procedure,” Aggarwal said.
The UP government has put Raman on the waiting list and is expected to appoint him in some important department in Lucknow in the next few days, officials said.
Principal secretary, technical education, Monika S Garg has been given the additional charge of officer on special duty (OSD), Noida.
The UP government had first appointed Rama Raman as CEO of the Greater Noida authority in 2010. On January 16, 2013, he was given the additional charge of the Noida authority CEO.
Raman was made Noida CEO in place of Sanjiv Saran in 2013. In May 2013, Raman was appointed chairman of the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities as well.
Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Jitendra Kumar Goyal, the Allahabad high court took a grim view of Raman’s continuance on the top posts for the last six years.
The court asked the state government why it could not find any capable officer to replace him.
On July 4, the state government removed Raman from the post of chairman of the three authorities and appointed agriculture production commissioner Pravir Kumar.
Raman continued to hold the post of CEO, Noida.
Nearly a month after Pravir Kumar’s appointment, the government on August 16 removed him from all the posts.
Principal secretary, energy, infrastructure and industrial development, Sanjay Agarwal, was given additional charge of the posts held by Kumar.
The Yadav Singh scam in Noida failed to make any impact on Raman’s fortune. “Raman maintained distance from allotments of contracts and tenders made by Yadav as engineer-in-chief of Noida,” a senior officer said.