The Maharashtra Government has appointed Sitaram Kunte, an IAS officer of 1985 batch as the new Chief Secretary. Kunte, who is currently the additional chief secretary (home) will succeed the outgoing CS Sanjay Kumar whose term ends on Sunday.
Kunte and his batchmate Praveen Pardeshi were two contenders for the CS post. However, Pardeshi’s move to opt for a foreign assignment after he was removed as the BMC Commissioner and appointed as the additional chief secretary (urban development) has gone against him. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday night signed the file and Kunte was informed on phone on Saturday about his appointment.
Kunte’s appointment comes three days before the commencement of an eightday budget session and also when there has been a spurt in COIVD 19 cases. On Saturday, there were 8,623 cases and 51 deaths were reported while of the 36 districts a record 28 districts have witnessed spike in cases.