Updated: April 28, 2015 12:31:02 am
The first thing that Sitaram Kunte, who took charge as principal secretary in the environment department on Monday, plans to do in his new innings is to have an all-staff meeting in his office Tuesday morning, a common practice after an IAS officer assumes a new role.
After receiving his transfer orders in the morning, Kunte, the city’s outgoing municipal commissioner, took charge of his new appointment around noon at his 2nd floor cabin in Mantralaya.
Soon after taking charge, Kunte left for his old headquarters, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) building at CST, to hand over charge and introduce his successor, Ajoy Mehta, as the two switched roles.
Kunte, whose transfer came three days ahead of the scheduled end of his tenure as municipal commissioner, returned to his new Mantralaya office a few hours later and left for the day around 4 pm. “He didn’t look at any specific files or hold any meetings on the first day. The only event scheduled on his agenda for tomorrow is a meeting with the entire staff,” said an employee at the state environment department. Kunte, who was transferred amid flak faced by the BMC over irregularities in the draft development plan, will be the fourth person to occupy the post of principal secretary, environment, in the past one year.
Before Mehta, who had barely completed four months in the job, the post was held by Medha Gadgil who was transferred within six months in the first major bureaucratic reshuffle after the new BJP-Shiv Sena government took over.
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