|Akhilesh Yadav while taking charge on the field (File photo)|
A DAY after Uttar Pradesh’s top bureaucrat was changed, the Akhilesh Yadav government on Wednesday undertook a major administrative reshuffle involving as many as 23 officers, including swapping of the roles of a number of IAS officers. Though the removal of 1982 batch IAS Deepak Singhal from the post of state chief secretary was believed to be an outcome of CM’s assessment that Singhal was very close to his uncle Shivpal Singh Yada with whom he had some problems in the last three months, the next day’s administrative reshuffle may not entirely be…connected to the internal squabbling of the members of the Samajwadi Party's first family. The official release did not however assign the reasons for the transfers.
In fact, the news first surfaced that district magistrate of Badaun Chandra Prakash Tripathi and special secretary in the ministry of irrigation and water resources Pawan Kumar were asked to swap places. In another reshuffle, the roles of Sambhal district magistrate Narendra Kumar Singh Chauhan and special secretary, IT and electronics Bhupendra S Chowdhury were swapped as well.
But it soon turned out that it was a major reshuffle where the UP government shuffled 23 officers, both IAS and promoted IAS officers.
District magistrate of Santkabirnagar Saroj Kumar was replaced by Suresh Kumar and Mainpuri district magistrate Pramod Chand Gupta was replaced by Chandrapal Singh, reports quoting an UP government spokesman.
Another officer Shambhunat was transferred as district magistrate in Etah district in place of Ajay Yadav. In an interesting swapping action, the postings of Bijnore district magistrate Chandrakala and DM of Meerut Jagatraj were also inter-changed. Chandrakala, a 2008 batch IAS who was seen shouting at officials and contractors for shoddy construction work in a video that went viral almost two years ago, will now be the DM of Meerut, an Western UP district, considered to be important by the officers.