UP Singh, 1985 batch Odisha cadre IAS, has been re-designated as Director General in National Mission for Clean Ganga in the rank and pay of additional secretary of the government of India with retrospective effect from October 7, 2016, according to an order dated November 21, 2016. Singh was a powerful bureaucrat in the ministry of petroleum, where he first served as joint secretary and then additional secretary, before getting laterally shifted to…the ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation in June this year. Singh, 54, originally hails from Bihar. A mechanical engineer-turned IAS, Singh knows Mizo language, according to the records available with DoPT. He was earlier a joint secretary in the ministry of steel and also served as MD of Oil India Ltd, a Central PSU under the administrative control of the ministry of petroleum.
Significantly, none of the bureaucrats at the helm of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), a government agency that handles the Centre's ambitious Ganga rejuvenation plan, could complete the tenure in the recent time, a reason why Singh’s new assignment could be termed a tough one. Many in the corridors gossip that this is a jinxed post under Uma Bharati's ministry. Whether it was Rajat Bhargava, a 1990 batch IAS or two of his predecessors —Rajiv Ranjan Mishra and TVSN Prasad were shunted out mid-way. Bhargava, a PhD in geology and LLB was with the water resources ministry between September 2015 and September 2016. Earlier, he was a joint secretary in the department of economic affairs under the ministry of finance.
Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, 1987 batch Telangana cadre IAS, headed the NGMC since May 2013. The agency then was under the ministry of environment and forests before it was shifted to the ministry of water resources by the new Central government. Mishra then was shifted to the ministry of water resources where he served till February 2015. He is now a joint secretary in the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation.
TVSN Prasad, 1988 batch Haryana cadre IAS, also headed the NGMC -- for about six months between March and August, 2015, before he was placed on compulsory wait in the same ministry.
Originally hailing from Andhra, Prasad was a B.Tech in electrical engineering and has a masters degree from Harvard University. He is now a joint secretary in the ministry of home affairs.