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New J-K govt rejigs bureaucracy

The NC-Cong coalition government has ordered shifting of many senior IAS officers 'in an attempt to bring men of honesty and integrity on important positions'.

Written by Express News Service | Jammu |
February 5, 2009 3:39:16 pm

In the first major shake-up after assuming charge of the office last month,the National Conference-Congress coalition Government has ordered shifting of many senior IAS officers “in an attempt to bring men of honesty and integrity on important positions”.

However,no District Development Commissioner has been transferred during the reshuffle,which was approved at the coalition government’s first Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday.

Seniormost IAS officer Verghese Samuel,who was Financial Commissioner PWD (R&B),has been transferred and posted as Financial Commissioner Home while another senior IPS officer P S Gill,who was Director General,Youth Services and Sports,has been transferred and posted as Commissioner Vigilance Organisation against a vacancy arising after the appointment of RV Raju as NIA chief.

Financial Commissioner Revenue Anil Goswami has been transferred and posted as Principal Secretary,Industries and Commerce,while Principal Secretary,Forests,Mohammad Iqbal Khandey,has been posted as Director General,IMPA.

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Pramod Kumar Jain replaces Dr RK Jerath as Commissioner/Secretary Social Welfare. Jerath is now Financial Commissioner Revenue and replaces Anil Goswami.

In another more significant posting,Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sudhanshu Pandey has been also been transferred and posted as OSD in Finance Department. He will take over as Commissioner/Secretary,Finance,after March 2009,relieving Principal Secretary to Governor B B Vyas of the additional charge.

Pandey has been replaced by Pawan Kotwal as new Divisional Commissioner Jammu,who was Commissioner Secretary Industries.

Another senior IAS officer Mehboob Iqbal,Commissioner/Secretary,Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution,has been posted as Commissioner/Secretary,Public Works (R&B) while Shant Manu,Managing Director,J&K State Power Development Corporation,has been posted as Commissioner/Secretary,Forests.

Bipul Pathak,awaiting posting orders after availing study leave,has been posted as Managing Director,J&K State Power Development Corporation.

N K Verma,Commissioner/Secretary,Culture,has been transferred and posted as Commissioner/Secretary,Higher and Technical Education,replacing Khazir Mohammed Wani,whose orders will be issued separately. It has been reliably learnt he will sent to Public Service Commission as member.

In what can been seen as significant posting,Abdul Hamid,Excise Commissioner,has been transferred and posted as Commissioner/Secretary,Transport with effect from March 1 upon the retirement of Dalip Singh. Hamid has been asked to report to the General Administration Department till February,28. Pradeep Gupta has been given the key post of Excise Commissioner.

Secretary,Information,K B Jandial has been transferred and posted as Secretary,Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution. The charge of the Administrative Secretary,Information will be held by Commissioner/Secretary,GAD,in addition to his own duties.

Tanveer Jehan Secretary,Cooperatives,has posted as Secretary,Tourism and Culture replacing Naeem Akhtar,who has opted for voluntary retirement with effect from February 28.

Jeet Lal,Gupta,Director,Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution,Jammu,has been posted as Secretary,J&K State Finance Commission against an available vacancy. Sheikh Ejaz Iqbal,Managing Director,J&K State Financial Corporation,has been transferred and posted as Secretary,Revenue,relieving Financial Commissioner(R) of the additional charge of the post. Ramesh Kumar Koul,Special Secretary,Finance will hold additional charge of the post of Managing Director. Kachu Isfandyar Khan,IAS,awaiting posting orders after medical leave,has been posted as Director,Land Records,Kashmir,vice Dilshad Khan,who has been transferred and posted as Director,Rural Development,Kashmir,relieving Secretary,RDD of the additional charge of the post. Sarita Chauhan,Director,Tourism,Jammu,has been transferred and posted as Director,Industries & Commerce,Jammu,vice Pradeep Gupta.In one more significant transfer,Mohammad Aslam

Laigaroo,Vice Chairman,Srinagar Development Authority,has been shifted and posted as Director,Bureau of Public Enterprises. The charge of the post of VC,SDA,shall be held by the Deputy Commissioner,Srinagar,in addition to his own duties.

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