Bhopal: Babus at MP CEO look for exit after results

Bhopal: After conducting two important elections, top brass at the office of chief electoral office of Madhya Pradesh are now desperate to make exit for a better posting. At present 5 IAS officers are posted at the CEO office. The team is almost the same since assembly elections held in November. Only one officer, Lokesh Jatav, was fortunate to make exit immediately after assembly polls. He was shifted as Indore collector and was replaced by Arun Kmar Tomar. Later, joint CEO, Vikas Narwal too managed to get field posting and was shifted to electricity distribution company as MD. He was replaced by Abhijeet Agarwal, who was posted in urban administration department then. Agarwal was posted as collector Tikamgarh before being shifted to Bhopal. At present, Agarwal is posted as joint CEO.

MP CEO, VL Kantha Rao was posted here in July 2018. Since then he is credited with two back to back elections in MP: assembly elections which were closely followed by Lok Sabha elections. Sources say that now he is interested in moving out of the election commission, probably on central deputation.  Additional CEO, Sandeep Yadav too has been posted for quite long at the commission and is said to have been trying to make safe exit. Another additional CEO, Arun Kumar Tomar, who was shifted few months ago to the election commission, too is interested in some other posting.

Even the officers of the state cadre have started expressing openly about their willingness for appropriate field posting. There are about five officers of state cadre working in various capacities in the commission. Post of CEO and deputy CEO always remain occupied therefore it needs to be seen who all get safe exit from this office. Transfers are expected within a month.

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