|Sudhir Kumar, 2nd from right (file photo)|
chief secretary. Tejashwi Prasad, 26, is new to politics, and was elected for the first time to Bihar Legislative Assembly from Raghopur constituency on a Rashtriya Janata Dal ticket.
According to a Bihar government notification issued on Wednesday, RK Mahajan, 1987 batch Bihar cadre IAS, has also been shifted to the health department where the minister is Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap. Like Kumar, Mahajan is also a Lalu Prasad confidant. He was private secretary to Prasad when the latter was the union railway minister during the UPA-I regime.
Both these IAS officers are now expected to mentor Lalu Prasad’s sons who have been given important portfolios in the newly installed Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar.
Sudhir Kumar who will now mentor Bihar’s deputy CM is a post-graduate in commerce and understands the roads and transportation well. Recently, he was also the Member (PPP) in National Highways Authority of India.
But Kumar’s high-point in the career was his position as OSD in Rail Bhawan. It was claimed that the Indian Railways became profitable during Lalu Prasad’s time and a huge profit figure, Rs 90,000 crore, was highlighted across the globe. Even researchers from the Harvard University landed up in Sudhir’s Kumar’s chambers to understand the rail magic. The subsequent Mamata Banerjee regime, however, contested this “inflated” profit figure of the Indian Railways and termed it as a result of a change of accounting standards.
Interestingly, Kumar also co-authored a book named, “Bankruptcy to Billions: How the Indian Railways Transformed Itself”.