Krishna Kumar excluded as education secy, Agarwal out of power department
The government of Punjab on Monday dismissed Krishan Kumar from the post of education secretary as he underwent a major administrative reshuffle, displacing 24 IAS officers and 12 PCS officers. Kumar, who held the post for four and a half years, has been replaced by Ajoy Sharma.
It was under Kumar that the Punjab topped the overall ranking of schools on the Performance Scoring Index released by the Ministry of Education in June this year. He now holds the post of Secretary of Higher Education, in addition to holding the additional post of Managing Director of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board.
KAP Sinha, the principal secretary of finance, was given the additional charge of principal secretary in power. This comes at a time when the government is preparing to take action against the controversial power purchase agreements signed by the previous SAD-BJP government. Sinha, in a report to the government, had suggested ways and means to cancel PPAs.
The government also appointed Anurag Agarwal, a senior IAS official, who was an additional chief secretary, as an additional chief secretary and financial commissioner (taxation), replacing A Venu Prasad, who is now chairman and managing director of the Punjab State Power Corporation and hold the additional charge of CMD, Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited.
The ministers, who had rebelled against former CM Amarinder Singh, had targeted Anurag Agarwal, saying he had been instrumental in shaping the PPAs and should not be in charge of the affairs of the country. department. It was learned that the Minister of Finance Manpreet Badal, who is also in charge of the tax department, had requested the transfer of Agarwal from Anurag.
Among others, Tanu Kashyap was appointed director of technical education and industrial training, while Dilraj Singh was appointed secretary of agriculture.
Babita has been appointed deputy commissioner of Fazilka while Arvind Pal Singh Sandu will be the DC, Bathinda.
Harish Nayar has been posted as DC, Moga, while Sandeep Hans will be Patiala’s new DC.
Kumar Saurabh Raj will be in charge of DC, Barnala, and HS Sudan will be DC, Muktsar, while Vishesh Sarangal has been appointed DC, SBS Nagar.
Kumar Amit has been given the post of Special Secretary, Personnel, and Puneet Goyal will be the Director of Local Government.
MP Aravind Kumar has been appointed director general of job creation and training.
Among the PCS (Punjab Civil Services) agents who have been displaced are Rajesh Tripathi, Jyoti Bala, Geetika Singh and Amit.