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Rajasthan: Former chief secretary DB Gupta may become CEC

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Rajasthan’s former chief secretary DB Gupta, who was unceremoniously removed from his post by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, is likely to be the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).

DB Gupta, who was replaced by Rajeeva Swaroop as the chief secretary, was expected to become the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). He applied for the job after an assurance given to him by Ashok Gehlot.

But in a sudden twist of events, the Rajasthan government surprised the aspirants by inviting applications again for the posts of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and for the two posts of information commissioners.

The last date for applying was fixed for November 13. When the new advertisement for the post was published, there was a speculation that this was done to allow Rajeeva Swaroop to apply for the post.

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Rajeeva Swaroop was expecting an extension of service for three months. But the Union government did not grant him the extension. He retired on October 31. Due to this, Rajeeva Swaroop did not apply for the Chief Election Commissioner’s job, the last date for which was November 13.

This made it clear that Gupta, who is currently the advisor of the chief minister, but sits outside the state secretariat, will be appointed the new Chief Election Commissioner for a three-year tenure.

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It is likely that for the two posts of information commissioners, an IPS officer and a person of eminence from the public would be selected.

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The Chief Information Commissioners and the information commissioners are chosen by a committee in which either the chief minister or his nominee and the leader of Opposition are members.

Chief Minister Gehlot has nominated urban development minister Shanti Dhariwal in the committee from the government side.

In that case, there is a likelihood of Swaroop being given some assignment and he may be asked to replace Gupta as the advisor to the chief minister.

There is no other vacancy left for the bureaucrat now and there are also speculations that Swaroop would be appointed as the chairman of either the Finance Commission or the Administrative Reforms Commission. These appointments are for three years.

 

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