Many officers on deputation for long periods may return to State

BHOPAL: The replacement of the UPA government at the Centre with the NDA government may also lead to changes in the state cadre IAS officers on deputation to the Centre. Many IAS officers on deputation to the Centre are close to the UPA Ministers and Congress leaders and they might be replaced with other officers. The 1979 batch IAS officer Rajan Katoch is occupying the key position of Enforcement Director.

According to sources, Katoch is a close relative of former chief minister Digvijay Singh. Against this backdrop, his removal from the key post is almost certain. R. Ramanujam of the same batch is posted as Secretary in the PMO. Though he is retiring in July but he may be given a new posting for the remaining two months. PD Meena of 1980 batch is Additional Secretary in the Land Resources Department. Meena is on deputation for the last four years and there is a possibility of him being repatriated to his home cadre. JS Mathur of the 1982 batch will complete five years of deputation in September.

He is currently Additional Secretary in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. According to sources, Mathur is also thinking in the terms of returning to Madhya Pradesh. The 1987 batch officer Gauri Singh is on deputation for the last eight years. She is posted in the New and Renewable Energy department and she may also return to the State. Her husband Sanjay Singh is presently Principal Secretary in the State government.

The 1990 batch Malay Shrivastawa will certainly return to the State. He is on deputation for the last 7 years and his return to the state is almost certain. Pallavi Jain Govil, Director in PMO is also on deputation for the last 5 years. Her transfer is said to be a certainty.

While some officers on deputation may return to the State in the wake of the formation of the NDA government, others in the State are planning to shift to the Centre.

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