Navneet Sehgal, Santosh Yadav, LDA VC shunted out in UP reshuffle

Krishnanand Tripathi
File photo: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a press conference, March 20, 2017.

File photo: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a press conference, March 20, 2017.

In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, new Uttar Pradesh government today shunted out tainted Vice Chairman of Lucknow Development Authority Satyendra Singh and other top bureaucrats who were considered close to previous Akhilesh Yadav government.

Singh, who is mired in controversy over alleged corruption in LDA, has been put on wait list by the Yogi Adityanath government which completed one month in office today.

In the second such drill in less than a week, Yogi government transferred 41 IAS officers including Principal Secretary Information Navneet Sehgal who was a favourite of both Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati during their tenures as chief ministers.

Sehgal was stripped of all key charge and replaced by UP cadre IAS officer Avanish Kumar Awasthi, who was relieved by the Centre on Aditaynath’s request after he took over the reins of the state on March 19.

Santosh Yadav, another favourite bureaucrat of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who had held key portfolios as Vice Chairman of Ghaziabad development authority and was later appointed as CEO of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority was also removed from the post.

Rama Raman, who as the CEO of cash rich Noida Authority wielded considerable influence during previous Akhilesh and Maywati governments had already been removed from the post in the reshuffle effected by Yogi government last week.

Rama Raman was able to cling on to his post despite several censures from Allahabad high court.

In its first major bureaucratic reshuffle on April 12, the state government had transferred 20 senior IAS officers shunting out Principal Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal and others who wielded considerable influence under the Akhilesh Yadav dispensation.

Among those transferred today are a number of divisional commissioners and district magistrates.

Resident Commissioner of UP, Prabhat Kumar has been made divisonal commissioner Meerut with charge of Chairman Greater Nodia, Yamuna Expressway and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.

Secretary Rural Development and Director Mandi Parishad Ashish Kumar Goel has been made Divisional Commissioner Allahabad replacing Rajan Shukla, who will be Principal Secretary Civil Defence and Political Pension, an official release said.

DM Basti Prabhu Narain Singh has been made new VC of LDA while Director Administration (Medical and Health) Arvind Kumar Singh has been made DM Basti.

Rajiv Rautala, who was on wait list, has been made DM Gorakhpur replacing Sandhya Tiwari who will be Special Secretary Secondary Education.

Secretary, Housing Board, Rudra Pratap Singh has been put on wait list while Commissioner Revenue Dheeraj Sahu has been made Housing Commissioner.

Estate Officer Brijraj Singh Yadav has been made Special Secretary Rural Development while Special Secretary Irrigation Yogesh Kumar Shukla has been made Secretary and Estate Officer, the release added.