The deck has been cleared for the appointment of ML Lather as the next director general of police (DGP) of Rajasthan. ML Lather will replace the incumbent DGP Bhupendra Singh Yadav, who has sought voluntary retirement. The latter will retire on November 20.
In a midnight order issued by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, BL Soni was made the DGP of the Anti-Corruption Bureau thus clearing the deck for ML Lather to become the next DGP of Rajasthan police.
Ashok Gehlot’s social engineering strategy would mean that Lather, a Jat, would be the police chief of the state. With his move, Gehlot is trying to appease the Jat community which does not him. The chief minister, however, never misses an opportunity to appease the Jats and regain the community’s support.
BL Soni might become DGP after ML Lather retires
BL Soni who is from the OBC will be the next DGP when ML Lather retires next year. Soni has always been a favourite of Gehlot as he belongs to the Marwar region and has always been loyal to him.
BL Soni, who was DGP prison, was replaced by Rajiv Dasot. Dasot was also in the competition to become the DGP, but he missed the bus. Rajiv Dasot, a Jain Oswal, lacks a strong lobby.
Utkal Ranjan Sahu who is also a senior DGP rank officer was made DGP civil defence.
The midnight order saw the Dungarpur collector Kanaram removed and made the joint CEO of state medical Insurance agency.
Kanaram was removed because of the recent youth agitation seeking reservations in teachers’ appointment in the tribal region of Dungarpur. The five-day-long agitation witnessed two deaths because of police firing. The SP Jai Yadav of Dungarpur was also removed and replaced by Kalu Ram Rawat, who is currently the deputy police commissioner of Jodhpur. Rawat is a tribal and is a promotee officer from the state police service.
Several changes were made in the administration and the most significant one was removing Roli Singh, the principal secretary of the personnel department, who has been made the resident commissioner in New Delhi.
P Ramesh, who was the CMD of the Vidyut Utpadan Nigam has been removed and made the commissioner of the Udaipur division.
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