Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s decision to make sweeping changes in the bureaucracy has come as a big surprise to many senior cabinet ministers as well as top bureaucrats, causing some heartburn.
At least two cabinet ministers said they were not adequately consulted about the appointment of officers in their departments. Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, however reminded everyone that it was a routine affair: “The reshuffle is an annual exercise which is carried out in April-May.”
A senior officer said on condition of anonymity, “Frankly, the reshuffle has caused some heartburn among our colleagues.” He cited the transfer of Sudhir Shrivastav from finance to transport, Ashish Kumar Singh, who was close to former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan taking charge of the Public Works Department, the decision not to change senior officer Manukumar Shrivastava despite bickering within the department; and retaining principal secretary Praveen Pardeshi in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
Sources, however, said the reshuffle indicated efforts by the chief minister to resolve the friction between ministers and bureaucrats.
Bhushan Gagrani has been made Managing Director, CIDCO. He was CEO, MIDC. Sanjay Sethi has been brought as CEO, MIDC. The decision to bring in Solapur collector Tukaram Munde as the Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner is also being discussed in the corridors of power. Munde was facing a lot of resentment among politicians for his tough decision-making.
The transfer of principal secretary Praveen Darade from the CMO to MMRDA as additional metropolitan commissioner is to have a pointperson to pursue the mega projects.