Nagpur: Two months after taking the charge as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis carried out the biggest bureaucratic reshuffle in State by transferring 42 IAS officers on Saturday. The major reshuffle saw the Chief Minister putting his men in crucial departments.
The Sales Tax Commissioner and 1988 batch IAS officer Nitin Kharir and BMC Additional Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar (from the 1992 IAS batch) have been appointed Urban Development Secretaries (I and II) and the current Secretaries have been shunted to other departments. Manisha Mhaiskar is the wife of 1992 batch IAS officer Milind Mhaiskar, who was recently appointed as Principal Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office.
The 1986 batch IAS officer Manukumar Srivastava, who was the UD (I) Principal Secretary, has been transferred to the State Revenue and Forest Department, while 1986 batch IAS officer and UD (II) Secretary Shrikant Singh has been posted in the Planning Department.
Urban Development is a crucial department, which undertakes various schemes, projects and land-related decisions in urban areas. A posting in the department is considered a plum one in the bureaucratic circle.
Also, MHADA Vice Chairman Satish Gavai (from the 1984 IAS batch) has been brought in as Housing Secretary in place of Debashish Chakravarti (from the 1986 IAS batch), who has been posted as Secretary of Primary School Education and Sports Department. The Energy Secretary post, which was vacant for a while, was filled by the appointment of 1985 batch IAS officer Mukesh Khullar.
Besides this, 1988 batch IAS officer and Additional BMC Commissioner Rajeev Jalota has been relocated as Commissioner of Sales Tax Department, while Shravan Hardikar (from the 2005 IAS batch) has been appointed as Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The 1994 batch IAS officer D T Waghmare has been appointed as Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner.
According to sources, the Chief Minister Fadnavis wanted his own team of IAS officers to execute his development plan for Maharashtra in the next five years. “The Chief Minister had a major say in the reshuffling. He wanted people who are committed and good in their work. He has erased Prithviraj Chavan’s stamp by posting his own people in key departments. We hope this transfer helps him get the desired results,” said the sources.