Chandigarh, July 5
The Punjab government has posted Vijay Kumar Janjua, IAS, as Chief Secretary to the Government of Punjab and in addition Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel and Vigilance in place of Anirudh Tewari, IAS. Earlier, he was posted as Special Chief Secretary, Jails and in addition Special Chief Secretary, Elections.
Anirudh Tewari has been posted as Director General, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration relieving Jaspreet Talwar, IAS.
The transfer has come as a surprise in the administration circles, especially since Tewari had seemingly adjusted well to the new political dispensation. Of late, he was even considered as the “Man Friday” of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
Tewari, a 1990 batch IAS officer, had superseded five of his senior officers, when he was picked up by the Charanjit Singh Channi-led Congress government in September last year for the top bureaucratic post. He is considered to be an officer with a clean image and has served on important posts.
Janjua has seemingly been chosen on the basis of his seniority. The only officers senior to him are Arun Goel (on central deputation), Vini Mahajan (on central deputation), Anjali Bhawra and Ravneet Kaur.
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