Pradeep Aggarwal, 2006 batch IAS officer, assumed the charge of deputy commissioner of Ludhiana on Friday. He replaced Ravi Bhagat who was serving as the DC since January 2016. Bhagat’s will now be serve as chief administrator of Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.
For Aggarwal, Ludhiana is not a new place since he was also posted here in 2014 from June to December as municipal corporation commissioner.
Before this, he was appointed as Gurdaspur DC in January.
Following a guard of honour outside the district administration complex that lasted for nearly two minutes, Aggarwal was directly escorted to his new office where while appreciating the services of Bhagat, he said he will list out his priorities in the coming days after analysing the current issues and challenges of the district.
“I think it’s too early to comment on my priorities since I first want to patiently understand the current challenges. However, I will continue to support all the mobile applications and services launched by Bhagat who did a commendable job during his stint here. It was inspiring to read about his apps in newspapers too,” he said.
On being asked that it was usually alleged that top officials met those connected with politicians, he said he was strictly against this culture and will ensure to keep his doors open for one and all and added that he will ensure a corruption-free system.
Interestingly, both Aggarwal and Bhagat, who are both of the 2006 batch, arrived in the same car while Aggarwal’s wife and his daughter arrived in another car following a welcome lunch thrown by Bhagat at his residence near Rakh Bagh.
They also joined him in his office and were all smiles to see him talking about his fresh role.
There was also a beeline of officials from the administration, local industrialists and many others who later offered him flower bouquets.