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Rajasthan CM appoints Dalit IAS Niranjan Arya as chief secretary

In a late-night drama, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot stunned the state’s bureaucracy by appointing a Dalit IAS as the new chief secretary. Niranjan Arya, a 1989 batch IAS, who was additional chief secretary (finance) replaced Rajeeva Swaroop. The Rajasthan government had sought three months extension for Rajeeva Swaroop’s, but the same was not approved...

Former IAS Rajiv Kumar is new election commissioner

Former IAS Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the election commissioner in place of Ashok Lavasa, who has resigned. Rajiv Kumar is likely to preside over the next Lok Sabha polls in 2024. President Ram Nath Kovind has cleared Rajiv Kumar’s appointment with effect from the date of his assuming office. Rajiv Kumar’s appointment is...

UPSC issues clarification after controversy

Total indented vacancies: 927 Total candidates recommended for civil services: 829 Social media users alleged that less number of candidates were recommended for civil services by the UPSC as against the vacancies indented by the government. Following a controversy over less number of candidates being recommended for civil services, UPSC has issued a clarification terming...

Pradeep Singh tops civil services exam

August 4, 2020, proved to be a life-altering day for 29-year-old Pradeep Singh. The son of a farmer from Sonipat district of Haryana, Pradeep Singh, emerged as the topper of the UPSC civil services exam, the results for which were declared today. He topped the list of 829 candidates who have qualified for the prestigious...

Surat’s Kartik Jivani, training for IPS, is Gujarat UPSC topper

Kartik Jivani attempted the UPSC exams thrice, and topped in Gujarat twice. In 2019, he was one mark and two ranks short of making it to the IAS. He decided to attempt it a third time despite making it as an IPS officer Surat’s Kartik Jivani an IPS officer under training has topped the UPSC...

Hardik Shah is new private secretary to PM Modi

Gujarat’s Hardik Shah is new private secretary to PM Modi Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Hardik Shah has been appointed the Private Secretary to PM Narendra Modi.  An order of the Personnel Ministry informed about the new appointment on Thursday. Shah, a 2010-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, is currently serving as a Deputy Secretary in the...

IAS Rajkumar Beniwal is new municipalities commissioner

Anil Pushpangadhan, Gandhinagar: Gujarat cadre 2004 batch IAS officer Rajkumar Beniwal has been appointed as the commissioner of municipalities. Beniwal had been on study leave. He has also been given additional charge as Managing Director, Gujarat Urban Development Company and additional CEO,  Gujarat Urban Development Mission. Also Read: HSBC to set up IFSC banking unit...

IAS Vini Mahajan becomes Punjab’s first woman chief secretary

The Punjab government on Friday appointed 1987-batch Punjab cadre IAS officer Vini Mahajan as the new Chief Secretary, replacing Karan Avtar Singh. Mahajan becomes the first woman Chief Secretary of the state. The only Punjab cadre officer currently in the state who is empanelled to hold position as Secretary with the government of India, Mahajan...

Former chief secretary JN Singh bids adieu to Gujarat

Anil Pushpangadan, Gandhinagar: Former chief secretary of Gujarat JN Singh has finally bid adieu to the state. He was waiting for a posting post his retirement in November last year. However, after getting no positive response from the state government, he finally left the state for his hometown. Notably, the former bureaucrat was expecting posting...

Gujarat-cadre IAS officer gets key appointment in World Bank

A 1996 batch Gujarat-cadre Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Rajeev Topno, who has served as a key aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been appointed as senior advisor to the World Bank Executive Director. Topno’s next assignment was cleared by the PM Modi-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet  (ACC) on Thursday. The committee also...

#Column: IAS competes in Corona performance for Chief Secretary post in Gujarat

Gujarat Chief Secretary Anil Mukim is retiring in August this year. He is 1985 batch officer of Gujarat cadre. In the 1985 batch, almost all the IAS officers will retire by the time Anil Mukim retires. So now it will be a competition between the top performers of 1986 batch officers. As per sources in...

#Column: After Nehra, one more IAS officer to face the axe soon

After Vijay Nehra, one more senior IAS officer is likely to be shunted out soon. This transfer is also likely to be a fall out of the mishandling of the COVID-19 situation in the officer’s domain. This IAS officer is again part of the core team of the state government handling the COVID-19. The domain...