Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has effected a change at the top of the bureaucratic set up. IAS officer Rajiv Kumar of the Uttar Pradesh cadre has taken over as chief secretary of the state today. The 1981-batch officer has replaced Rahul Bhatnagar. As per newstrack.com, Bhatnagar has been made chairman of Greater Noida and investment commissioner. Prior to his latest assignment, Rajiv Kumar was Secretary in Shipping ministry, Government of India. As per Indian Express, Bhatnagar was appointed as the chief secretary during the last phase of Akhilesh Yadav Government.
According to Indian Express report, Bhatnagar was appointed as the state chief secretary during the last phase of Akhilesh Yadav Government. Kumar had earlier served the Central Government in various capacities in Ministries of petroleum and natural gas, finance and shipping, as also in the central Cabinet secretariat.In Uttar Pradesh, he has earlier served as the divisional commissioner of Saharanpura and Meerut and also in industrial development department.
Debashish Panda, who had served as Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) when Samajwadi Party Government was in power and is currently serving as Investment Commissioner and Resident Commissioner in the national capital and also holds the charge of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Greater Noida, has been divested of his charge as the Investment Commissioner. However, he would continue with his other responsibilities, an official spokesman told IANS.
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Since the formation of Yogi Adityanath Government in the state, at least seven senior officers, who were on central deputation, have joined in various posts in Uttar Pradesh. Among those who have joined the state include 1989 batch officer Sanjay Bhoosreddy(yet to get a posting in the government), 1988 batch IAS officer Alok Kumar (Currently serving as principal secretary in the power department), 1989 batch IAS Prashant Trivedi ( Serving as principal secretary for medical, health and family welfare), Shashi Prakash Goel (At present serving as principal secretary to the chief minister) and Anurag Srivastava (He is yet to join in Lucknow), Indian Express said.