Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Know Your Aam Babu: Decks cleared for SK Srivastava as Delhi’s new chief secretary

THE decks have been cleared for 1980 batch AGMU cadre IAS Sanjay Kumar Srivastava to be appointed as the new chief secretary of Delhi. State chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly chosen him as the top bureaucrat of the state, prompting the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet repatriating…
him to his parent cadre -- AGMU. Currently, Srivastava is a special secretary and financial adviser in the ministry of health and family welfare.
Srivastava, who was chief secretary of Goa between 2009 and 2012, joined Delhi Development Authority (DDA) as its vice-chairman in 2012 in the rank and pay of Union additional secretary. The DDA comes under the administrative control of the Central government’s urban development ministry. In DDA, Srivastava replaced his own batch-mate GS Patnaik who was ousted because he had reportedly opposed to some of the policies like the new farm house policy, regularization of affluent colonies, all initiated by urban development minister Kamal Nath.
But Srivastava too could not last in DDA for long. After six months, he was shifted to the ministry of health and family welfare as an additional secretary. Later, he was empanelled as a Union secretary, prompting him to get the rank of a special secretary.
In early 1990s too, Srivastava was serving in the ministry of health on a deputation basis. He was first posted as deputy secretary and then promoted as a director. He was also the deputy commissioner in Senapati district of Manipur. Between 2003 and 2007, he was a joint secretary in the department of food and public distribution.
It is believed that Kejriwal has reportedly picked up Srivastava as chief secretary not just because of his personal integrity, but his vast understanding of several corruption cases under the Delhi government. Mind it, Srivastava was the principal secretary in the vigilance department of the National Capital Territory of Delhi during 2007-2009. 
Originally hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Srivastava is an MSc in botany and is also an MBA.
Incumbent chief secretary Deepak Mohan Spolia could be shifted to Delhi Finance Corporation.

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