The Telangana government on Wednesday appointed senior bureaucrat K Pradeep Chandra as the new Chief Secretary following the retirement of Rajiv Sharma, who has been made Chief Advisor to government by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. A Government Order (GO) has been issued on the appointment of Chandra, an IAS officer of the 1982 batch.
Chandra had been serving as a Special Chief Secretary in the Revenue department.
Speaking at a farewell organised for Sharma in the evening, Rao hailed his services as Telangana’s first Chief Secretary in “difficult times after the formation of Telangana” in 2014.
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Sharma possessed a great understanding of the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act as he was part of Sri Krishna Committee (set up by then UPA government to go into the issue of bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh) and also served as Additional Secretary in Union Home Ministry, Rao said.
The knowledge helped him, after he became Chief Secretary, in easily handling issues that cropped up with (new) Andhra Pradesh and also in talking to the Centre, he said.
Sharma handled difficult tasks, including conducting a state-wide intensive household survey on a single day and reorganisation of districts, with deftness, he said.
Describing Sharma as an “all-round player”, Rao said his services would be utilised by appointing him as Chief Advisor to the government.
“Till today, you (Sharma) are only official bureaucrat. From today onwards, you are political bureaucrat also. The sphere of your role expanded,” he added.