Born on March 29, 1961, Shakuntala Gamlin is the youngest of seven children of Lalit Kumar Doley, a former Lok Sabha member from Assam who was also a seven-term MLA and twice president of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee. Gamlin is a History graduate from LSR College, New Delhi and has an MA in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. She joined the IAS in 1984. She married Jarbom Gamlin, an alumnus of St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, who later became the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Her husband passed away in December 2014.
Gamlin became principal secretary, power, on December 30, 2014. She also held charge of principal secretary services and the additional charge of principal secretary finance/vigilance. Gamlin also held the post of director vigilance in Delhi from 2007 till 2008. Based in feedback from bureaucrats in Delhi government, Gamlin has been held in high esteem because of her good work.
Sharma was CM’s second choice
K K Sharma, a 1983-batch IAS officer, took charge as Delhi’s chief secretary in March. Sharma was called from his Goa posting by the AAP government after a standoff between Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over Ramesh Negi, the current chief secretary of Arunchal Pradesh. Kejriwal had asked for Negi first but the request was turned down by the Centre. The Delhi government then demanded that Sharma be recruited as Delhi’s top bureaucrat. Sharma, who belongs to the AGMUT cadre, had joined as the chief secretary of Goa only on January 1, 2015. Many believe that relations between him and Kejriwal soured after the CM issued a show-cause notice to Sharma for not routing a file pertaining to transfers via his office. Sharma is currently in the US on a 10-day leave.