Mumbai: With eighteen months of his term still left, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to reshuffle the state’s bureaucracy. With news that chief secretary Sumit Mullick is likely to take over as state chief information commissioner (SCIC) early next month, Fadnavis will get a chance to rejig top bureaucrats and appoint new administrative heads for key departments, the city’s civic body and the government’s infrastructure agencies such as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Corporation (MMRDA) and City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco).
Sources close to the chief minister said he will use this opportunity to choose administrative officers of his choice, who will be expected to play a significant role in delivering his promises ahead of the elections in 2019.
Significantly, this reshuffle is likely to coincide with the cabinet reshuffle, which is expected to be taken up by Fadnavis soon. If the state Assembly elections are held with the Lok Sabha elections — the ruling party is planning for this — the state government has less than 18 months to complete its ongoing projects and plans , As Reported By Hindustan Times.
According to the Newspaper,The government has aimed at commissioning at least one of the three under-construction Metro lines in Mumbai. It wants construction of the Navi Mumbai airport, the Shivaji memorial in the Arabian sea, the coastal road and the CM’s pet project, the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway, to begin in the next few months. Fadnavis wants to improve the BJP’s position in Mumbai, which sends 36 MLAs to the 288-member Assembly. Additional chief secretary (finance) Dinesh Kumar Jain is the frontrunner for Mullick’s post.