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Vini Mahajan was last week appointed Punjab chief secretary superseding 5 IAS officers senior to her. CM Amarinder Singh said the choice was for ‘continuity’.
Starting with the 2007 batch, IAS officers can’t join the central govt as joint secretaries straight from their state cadres, a DoPT office memorandum said.
An IAS officer said it is against the conduct rules of officers to opine on sensitive government matters unless they are authorised to do so.
Govt officials say a lot of IAS officers will be needed for Covid-response work and if they know the medical stream, it will be helpful.
In another order issued Thursday, as many as 14 officers of state civil services, all of whom were working as deputy collectors in various districts, were also transferred.
There has been a spate of transfers of IAS officers despite the logistical challenges of Covid-19. The bureaucracy says this is the nature of the game. Politicians consider it good governance.
In the sixth state, Gujarat, Jayanti Ravi is still the principal health secretary but she no longer handles the state’s coronavirus crisis.
In open letter to PM Modi, over 60 retired IAS & IPS officers have said Central Vista plan is against basic tenets of Delhi Master Plan that stipulates no new offices should be built in New Delhi.
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In its first major reshuffle, the MP govt has posted Vinod Kumar as ACS of the general administration department and J N Kansotia as ACS of the animal husbandry department.