Shimla: Harinder Hira has been appointed
the Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh to succeed Rajwant
Sandhu who retired on Saturday.
This is the third successive occasion when a woman was
appointed the state`s Chief Secretary. The state government
had appointed Asha Swaroop as Chief Secretary in September
2008 who retired on July 31, 2010, and was succeeded by
A Himachal cadre officer of 1976 batch of IAS, Hira
would be Chief Secretary only for a month as she superannuates
on April 30.
In a related development, the government appointed the
seniormost Additional Chief secretary, Sudripto Roy of 1977
IAS batch as Officer on Special duty (OSD).
Roy is tipped to be next Chief Secretary on
Hira. Rajwant Sandhu had also worked as an OSD before taking
over as Chief Secretary on August 1, 2010.
The government also promoted S.K.Dass, Principal
Secretary, as Additional Secretary but his retirement is also
due on June 30 next.
There were two senior officers S. Vijay Kumar and Sutanu
Behuria of 1976 batch but they are now on central deputation.