In a major administrative reshuffle, the UP government Friday transferred 21 IAS officers, including nine district magistrates and 83 PCS officers.
Significant among those who have been transferred include Lucknow DM Raj Shekhar, who has been moved to Bareilly. Satyendra Singh, vice-chairman of Lucknow Development Authority has been appointed the new Lucknow DM.
Raj Shekhar, who had taken charge as Lucknow DM in February 2014, had become a “popular figure” in the state capital. However, government sources said that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had on several occasions openly expressed displeasure over Raj Shekhar’s working style.
Akhilesh had reportedly also pointed out once that his works were not getting done in the state capital.
Among others, Agra DM Pankaj Kumar has been transferred as Special Secretary Home Department. Bareilly DM Gaurav Dayal replaced Kumar in Agra.
Saumya Agarwal, DM Unnao has been made Special Secretary Agriculture. Surendra Singh, who was Mission Director Skill Development Mission, will replace Agarwal in Unnao. Similarly, Kanchan Verma, Special Secretary Industries, has been appointed Mirzapur DM.
Priti Shukla, the DM of Balrampur, has been made Special secretary PWD while Ram Vishal Mishra, special secretary Finance, is new DM Balrampur. Surendra Kumar, special secretary Revenue, has been made DM Ambedkarnagar.
Prakash Bindu, who was the District Magistrate of Bhadohi, will now take charge of Farrukhabad, whereas Surendra Kumar Singh, special secretary Agriculture, has been made DM Bhadohi.
Among other senior officers, P K Mhanti, who was on the wait list, has been made Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry, whereas Mukul Singhal, Principal Secretary Handloom has been given additional charge of Principal Secretary Planning.