Hyderabad: In less than 24 hours after he took charge as chief minister, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government undertook a major rejig of its administration by transferring senior IPS and IAS officers. Most notable among them are the transfers of four secretaries who were appointed to the chief minister’s office (CMO) by his predecessor N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Satishchandra, special chief secretary to the chief minister, G. Sai Prasad, principal secretary to chief minister, M. Girija Shankar, secreatry to chief minister and Adusimilli V. Rajamouli, secretary to chief minister, were directed to report in the General Administration Department (GAD) for further postings. A government order (No.1170) was issued by chief secretary L.V. Subrahmanyam on Thursday itself.
It may be recalled that Subrahmanyam was in fact appointed to his post in the Election Commission of India (ECI) during the (assembly and Lok Sabha) elections, replacing his predecessor Anil Chandra Punetha. The issue began after the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) lodged a complaint with the ECI, alleging that then then AP director-general of police, R.P. Thakur, and additional director general of police (intelligence), A.B. Venkateshwar Rao, were supporting the TDP.
The EC had also ordered the transfer of Kadapa and Srikakulam district superintendents of police in the run-up to the 11 April assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Andhra. Punetha as chief secretary in March had issued transfer orders of Venkateshwar Rao and the two police superintendents. However, the very next day he withdrew the transfer order of Rao, for which he was pulled up by the EC and subsequently transferred and replaced by Subrahmanyam.
Among the transfer orders issued on Thursday by Subrahmanyam, R.P. Thakur was also transferred and posted as Commissioner, Printing & Stationery and Stores Purchase. Senior IPS officer T.A. Tripathi, who held that position, was directed to report to the GAD for further posting. In the interim, AP Director-General of the Vigilance and Enforcement department was given full additional charge as the Director-General of Police till further orders.
The rejig is not surprising, as the YSRCP suspects some of the officers close to the previous TDP government. In fact, Venkateswara Rao, Director-General of the anti-corruption bureau (who was transferred out as the Intelligence head) was also once again transferred and was asked to report to the GAD for further posting.
A senior TDP leader, who did not want to be quoted, said Jagan was likely to undertake more transfers in the coming days, and that other appointments made by the previous government to various commissions also might be looked into. Apart from the appointments, Jagan, on his first day as chief minister, also increased old-age pensions from ₹2,000 to ₹2,250, which he said would be gradually increased to ₹3,000.