Bhubaneswar, May 12: In a minor bureaucratic reshuffle, the Odisha Government Wednesday appointed senior Secretary-level IAS officer Sanjay Kumar Singh as the new Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner replacing Prem Chandra Chaudhary.
Chaudhary, a 2010-batch IAS officer, who is currently serving as the BMC Commissioner with additional charge of BDA Vice Chairman and Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd CEO is appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of General Administration and Public Grievance Department.
Perhaps, a Secretary-level officer has been chosen to head the civic body in the State capital for better coordination with all authorities, including the Commissionerate Police to navigate Bhubaneswar through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Singh, a 1997-batch IAS Officer, is currently serving as the Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Skill Development and Technical Education Department with additional charge as Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Department, a General Administration and Public Grievance department notification said.
He is allowed to remain in additional charge of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) Vice Chairman and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited CEO in addition to his own responsibilities.
Industries Secretary and 1995-batch IAS officer Hemant Sharma, working with additional charge of IPICOL Chairman is allowed to remain in additional charge of Skill Development and Technical Education Department Secretary in addition to his own duties.
Revenue and Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Bishnupada Sethi (1995-batch) has been allowed to remain in additional charge of the I&PR Department Principal Secretary in addition to his own duties. Sethi also holds the additional charge of Odia Language, Literature and Culture Department Principal Secretary.
Works Department Secretary Krishan Kumar (2002-batch) with additional charges of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Puri Chief Administrator and Puri-Konark Development Authority Chairman, is allowed to remain in additional charge of IDCO CMD in addition to his own duties, the notification said.
At the same time, the additional charge of Sanjay Kumar Singh as the IDCO CMD shall stand terminated from the date Krishan Kumar assumes the office, it added.