80 IAS, 19 IPS officials transferred in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Gujarat government has carried out a major reshuffle in the state bureaucracy, transferring as many as 80 IAS officials, including collectors, district development officers (DDOs) and senior secretaries.

Prominent among those transferred include the longest serving IAS officer D J Pandian, Managing Director of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC), who has been made Principal Secretary energy and petrochemicals while Tapan Ray, principal secretary economic affairs, has been posted in GSPC in late last night's reshuffle.

Principal Secretary Energy S Jagdeesan has been made Managing Director of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) while present incumbent R K Tripathy has been shifted as principal secretary agriculture.

Principal Secretary port and transport H K Dash has been made principal secretary of water supply, while on his repatriation from the Centre B K Sinha has been posted in Dash's place in port and transport department.

B B Swain has been made new industry commissioner while present incumbent Sujit Gulati has been appointed as development commissioner in place of Vipul Mitra who has been shifted as Secretary Tourism.

Joint MD of SSNNL Pankaj Kumar has been appointed as CEO of Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) while incumbent Atanu Chakravarty has been shifted as secretary in the finance department.

Water supply secretary V S Gadhvi has been sent to Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) as MD while director of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Mukesh Puri has been made special commissioner of commercial tax in place of J P Gupta who has been made commissioner of transport.

CEO of Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDC) K Srinivas has been made joint MD of SSNNL while land reforms commissioner G R Aloria has also been posted in SSNNL as joint MD.

Besides this, collectors of 10 districts, including Surat, Valsad, Bhavnagar, Panchmahal, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kheda, Bharuch and Sabarkantha have been shifted while DDOs of 12 districts have been transferred.

Apart from IAS officials, the state government also transferred 19 IPS officials yesterday. Prominent among those who have been transferred are Satish Sharma and Atul Karwal, who have been made Joint Police Commissioner of Ahmedabad sector I & II respectively and Ashish Bhatia, who has been posted as IG of Ahmedabad range.

Additional DGP Kuldeep Sharma has been made Managing Director of Gujarat Sheep and Woollen Development Board while Chitaranjan Singh has been appointed as director of Anti Corruption Bureau.

Bureau Report