The state government has appointed collectors for the seven new districts that will formally come into existence on August 15. With this,the total number of districts in Gujarat will rise to 33 from the existing 26. The new collectors will hoist the tricolour in their respective districts on the Independence day,official sources said.
Appointments have been made for the seven districts of Aravalli,Botad,Chhotaudepur,Morbi,Mahisagar,Gir-Somnath and Dwarka.
Among the new appointees is the deputy municipal commissioner of Vadodara Jenu Devan,who is now collector of Chhottaudepur,a predominantly tribal area that was earlier part of Vadodara district.
Commissioner of Entertainment Tax in Gandhinagar P P Harshe has been appointed the collector of Mahisagar,carved out of Panchmahals and Kheda districts.
M A Narmawala,director of scheduled castes welfare,Gandhinagar,has been appointed the collector of Botad,carved out of Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar districts.
S B Raval,director of municipalities,Gandhinagar,has been appointed the collector of Morbi which is one of the three districts created in Saurashtra. Morbi will consist of areas carved out of Rajkot,Surendranagar and Jamnagar districts. C P Patel,District Development Officer,Surendranagar,will head the collectorate of Gir-Somnath.
B J Bhatt,DDO of Gandhinagar,will be the collector of Aravalli district. Managing director of Gujarat Medical Services Corporation,Gandhinagar,is the collector of Dwarka district.