cadre, economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram and agriculture secretary Ashish Bahuguna, Mehrishi came to Delhi on a Central deputation in November 2009, and joined the agriculture ministry as an additional secretary. In fact, Mehrishi, Mayaram and Bahuguna—all three senior officers from Rajasthan worked together in Krishi Bhawan that houses agriculture and rural development ministries.
An alumnus of St. Stephen’s college, Mehrishi completed an MA in history before getting into IAS. Later, he went to UK and did an MBA course from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
In IAS, he began his career as a Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) in Ajmer and then joined as additional collector in Jodhpur. In 1984-85, he became the collector of Bikaner. In 1988, he joined the secretariat of the President of India as a deputy secretary. He also served as a director in the petroleum ministry and joint secretary in the cabinet secretariat. In 2008-09, he was also the principal resident commissioner in New Delhi’s Rajasthan House.
Meanwhile, Vasundhara Raje government is recalling one more officer, 1983 batch Subhas Chandra Garg, now posted in cabinet secretariat on a Central deputation. Garg, a company secretary and accounting wizard, will join the Rajasthan government as Principal secretary in the finance department.