Gujarat transfers 77 IAS officer in major reshuffle
In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Gujarat government on Saturday transferred 77 IAS agents, including district collectors, city commissioners and general managers of electricity distribution companies.
Anju Sharma, a 1991 group leader and principal secretary of the education department (higher and technical education), who has been appointed head of the labor and employment department, is among the top officials of the IAS that will be transferred. Sharma will replace HR Patel, who took over the department 10 days ago when the government transferred 26 senior IAS officers on June 9.
SJ Haider, who also belongs to the same batch as Sharma, has been transferred to the education department and will replace Sharma. Patel will now assume the role of vice president and general manager of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation and replace Haider.
IAS operatives who led the restoration of electricity supply to areas hard hit by Cyclone Tauktae have also been transferred. This includes Shweta Teotia, Managing Director of Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL). Dhimantkumar Vyas, additional collector of Gandhinagar will replace Teotia. Likewise, Yogesh Choudhary, General Manager of Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL) was transferred and appointed development manager of Bharuch district. Teotia and Choudhary had both led teams that recently traveled to restore power to areas affected by the cyclone.
Among the district collectors who have been transferred are those of Mahisagar, Navsari, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Anand, Gir-Somnath, Mehsana, Kutch, Panchmahal, Dahod, Aravalli, Kheda, Junagadh, Amreli, Surendranagar, Chotta Uddranagar, Tapi and the districts of Bhavnagar.
Ravi Shanakar, collector of Jamnagar district has been transferred as the chief administrator of the Statue of Unity. Dr Sourabh Pardhi, collector of Junagadh will replace Shanakar. Dhavalkumar Patel, collector of Surat had been appointed municipal commissioner of the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation and will occupy an additional charge of the Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (GUDA). The Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation is expected to go to the polls later this year. The poll for the company, which was scheduled to be held on April 18, 2021, has been postponed by the State Election Commission due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.
Mahisagar collector RB Barad had been appointed the new district collector of Vadodara. Remya Mohan, collector of Rajkot has been transferred as mission director of the National Health Mission in Gandhinagar. Arun Babu, Ahmedabad District Development Officer, will be the new Rajkot District Collector.
Ardra Agarwal, collector of Navsari district, has been transferred and appointed relief commissioner and will assume the additional post of director general of the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA).
Among the municipal commissioners who were transferred, Udit Agarwal, municipal commissioner of Rajkot Municipal Corporation was appointed collector of Mehsana. Amit Arora, the district collector of Panchmahal will be the new municipal commissioner of Rajkot, while Vijay Kumar Kharadi, collector of Dahod has been appointed municipal commissioner of Jamnagar.
Tushar Sumera, municipal commissioner of the Junagadh Municipal Corporation, has been appointed Botad collector. RM Tanna, resident additional tax collector of Porbandar, is the new municipal commissioner of Junagadh.
P Bharthi, director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan State Project and ex-officio primary education commissioner will take over as labor commissioner in Gandhinagar. NN Dave, Personal Secretary to the Speaker of the Gujarat Assembly has been transferred as Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad.