Soon after the swearing-in of Captain Amarinder Singh to lead a new Punjab government on Thursday, Karan Avtar Singh assumed charge as chief secretary of the state. He will also be principal secretary, department of personnel, general administration and vigilance; and principal secretary, investment promotion.
Outgoing chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal has been appointed special chief secretary-cum-director general, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration. The government also transferred 12 other IAS officers at the state level with immediate effect, and gave new deputy commissioners to 18 districts. Besides at the principal secretary level and above, the government posted Kamal Kishor Yadav as director, local government, and Arshdeep Singh Thind as managing director, Markfed.
- Amritsar: Kamaldeep Singh Sangha
- Bathinda: Diprava Lakra
- Patiala: Kumar Amit
- Mansa: Dharam Pal
- Ludhiana: Pradeep Kumar Agarwal
- Sangrur: Amar Partap Singh Virk
- SAS Nagar: Gurpreet Kaur Sapra
- Kapurthala: Mohammad Tayyab
- Rupnagar: Gurneet Tej
- Fatehgarh Sahib: Kanwalpreet Brar
- Gurdaspur: Amit Kumar
- Pathankot: Neelima
- Faridkot: Rajiv Prashar
- Jalandhar: Varinder Kumar Sharma
- Hoshiarpur: Vipul Ujwal
- Ferozepur: Rambir
- SBS Nagar: Sonali Giri
- Barnala:Ghanshayam Thori
Here are key posts now held by 12 top IAS officers at the state level:
Himmat Singh: Special chief secretary, horticulture; special principal secretary, forests and wildlife.
Karanbir Singh Sidhu: Special chief secretary, revenue and rehabilitation; special chief secretary, irrigation.
Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi: Additional chief secretary, home affairs and justice; additional chief secretary, agriculture, additional chief secretary, removal of grievances, principal commissioner (investment promotion and industrial liaison) Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi, and additional chief secretary governance reforms.
Satish Chandra: Additional chief secretary, finance; additional chief secretary, pensions and welfare of pensioners’ wing, principal resident commissioner, Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi, and additional chief secretary co-operation.
SK Sandhu: Additional chief secretary, social security and development of women and children.
Anurag Agarwal: Financial commissioner, taxation.
Raji P Shrivastava: Director, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration.
Tejveer Singh: Principal secretary to CM; secretary, information and public relations; and secretary, civil aviation.
Vivek Pratap Singh: Excise and taxation commissioner.
Krishan Kumar: Secretary, expenditure (department of finance); and secretary, personnel.