Puducherry: The new Chief Secretary of Puducherry, Ashwani Kumar, will take charge today, official sources here said. Kumar,a 1992 IAS officer of AGMU (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and other Union Territories) cadre and Principal Secretary to PWD in the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi has been shifted as Chief Secretary to Puducherry.
He succeeds Manoj Parida, who has been transferred to Delhi, according to orders issued by the Union Home Ministry on 2 November. Parida relinquished charge as Chief Secretary yesterday afternoon, an official communication said yesterday.
Parida had been at loggerheads with Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on a range of issues,the most recent being reappointment of seven MLAs as chairmen of statutory undertakings of the puducherry government. Yesterday Bedi had held in abeyance the 3 November order of Manoj Parida, reappointing the seven MLAs as chairmen.
She said that after examining his order, it was seen that it was issued without approval of the Lt Governor, who is the competent authority in the Union Territory.
Parida was appointed Chief Secretary in 2015 and associated himself with many developmental projects, including revival of the air service from Puducherry to Hyderabad.
The Home Ministry in its 2 November order also announced transfer of Development Commissioner of Puducherry G Narendra Kumar to Delhi and shifting of A Anbarasu, an IAS officer of 1996 batch and is the Secretary (Services) in Delhi government to Puducherry to succeed him as Development Commissioner.