K K Sharma, an IAS officer from the 1983 AGMUT cadre, took over as Delhi’s new Chief Secretary on Monday. Sharma was the Chief Secretary of Goa before being called to the capital.
Soon after joining, Sharma paid a courtesy visit to Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and met Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The new chief secretary also took a briefing of the work being done by senior officials.
Speaking to Newsline, Sharma said that while overall development of Delhi will remain his goal, his priorities will be on creating social infrastructure — especially in sectors like education and health.
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“I believe that the number of schools have not increased against the number of students in the city. We cannot have little infrastructure when it comes to education. Similarly, I find that there is dearth of primary health centres to provide quality treatment to those who cannot afford private healthcare facilities,” Sharma said while elaborating on his priorities.
Meanwhile, many officials could be seen thronging his office to welcome him.
Sharma was called from his Goa posting by the Delhi government after the stand-off between Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointing Ramesh Negi as the chief secretary.
Kejriwal had asked for Negi, the current Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh, which was turned down by the Union Home Ministry. The Delhi government then demanded that Sharma be appointed as the chief secretary.
Sharma has held various posts including that of secretary of the Public Works Department in 2009 and was then promoted as principal secretary, PWD. From 2011 to 2014, he served as advisor to the administrator, Chandigarh, an additional secretary-rank post.
He then came to the Union Ministry of Child and Women Development on central deputation and was appointed Goa Chief Secretary on January 1 this year.