Reshuffle in UP bureaucracy following Pandey`s removal

A major administrative reshuffle took place in the Uttar Pradesh government following removal of Vijay Shanker Pandey from the post of principal secretary information for his alleged links with Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan.

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2011, 21:43 PM IST

Lucknow: A major administrative reshuffle
took place in the Uttar Pradesh government following removal
of Vijay Shanker Pandey from the post of principal secretary
information for his alleged links with Pune stud farm owner
Hasan Ali Khan.

Pandey, who was also holding the additional charge of
Food and Drug Authority and secretariat administration, has
been relieved from all the charges, an official spokesman said
here.
While divisional commissioner Prashant Trivedi has
been given additional charge of the information department,
secretary higher education Avneesh Kumar Awasthi has been
given additional charge of secretariat administration.

Awasthi has been relieved from the charge of secretary
tourism and culture, besides director general UP Tourism
Development Corporation.

Secretary horticulture Manoj Kumar Singh has been
given additional charge of tourism department.

Chairman administrative tribunal Stuti Narai Kakkar
has been given additional charge of principal secretary FDA
and director culture.

Pandey`s removal has led to revamp of the information
department.

Special secretary information Ajay Kumar Upadhyaya,
who was having additional charge of information directorate
has been shifted to rural development department as additional
commissioner.
Additional commissioner rural development Badal
Chatterjee has been posted as additional director at
information directorate.

Special secretary home S K Ojha has been posted as
special secretary information.

Additional commissioner cane development Ram Vishal
Mishra has been posted as municipal commissioner Agra, whereas
special secretary APC branch Dinesh Chandra has been posted as
director horticulture.

With the Enforcement Directorate preparing to question
Vijay Shankar Pandey, Principal Secretary (Information),
in connection with the passport procured by Khan and some
investments done abroad, the state government quickly
distanced itself from the issue.

The UP government and the Chief Minister`s office have
nothing to do with Khan and if there is any proof of the
allegations against Pandey, then he has to respond in his
individual capacity, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh
told reporters here.

PTI