UTTAR Pradesh has a new chief secretary — 1983 batch IAS Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar. State chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday appointed Bhatnagar as the state’s top bureaucrat after he had removed 1982-batch IAS officer Deepak Singhal from the post. Singhal is believed to be close to CM’s uncle and minister Shivpal Singh Yadav with whom CM’s relations have deteriorated over the last three months. Setting aside the politics within the Yadav family, BoI here talks about the new man at the helm of bureaucracy in Uttar Pradesh, the state that’s going for polls early next year. Hailing from Delhi, Bhatnagar…has post-graduation degrees in two subjects— physics and economics. The 57-year-old officer knows German language, apart from Hindi and English, according to DoPT records.
As an administrative officer, Bhatnagar served in a number of key posts in the state including district magistrate in a number of UP districts, vice-chairman in Ayodhya Faizabad Development Authority, commissioner in rural housing department, joint secretary in the state’s urban development ministry and commissioner, industries looking after sugar industry, considered critical in the western UP belt.
Also, he was director in the department of economic affairs (DEA) under the union ministry of finance between 1997 and 2002, and joint secretary in the union department of sports for long six years (2006 to 2012). It was that period, Delhi hosted 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Bhatnagar also undertook a number of short programs imparted to IAS officers. Those included international business management, financial management level - I and advanced, management of state finance and VAT, and infrastructure de-regulation.
Outgoing chief secretary Deepak Singhal has still a long inning before his retirement in May 2019. An engineer-turned IAS, Singhal hailed from Uttar Pradesh only, and had worked in the union ministry of chemicals and fertilizers, among other assignments.