Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas was among the 14 IAS and two state civil service officers transferred by the Haryana government tonight. Shyam Sunder Prasad was made the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) in place of Niwas, who was given the charge of Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, an official spokesman said. The move came after the Haryana government came under sharp criticism for handling the incidents of violence and arson that erupted following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. The transfers will come into effect immediately, the spokesperson said. Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary (Labour) was made Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism) in place of Varinder Singh Kundu. Kundu, who was also the Vice Chancellor of Rohtak-based SUPVA, was given the charge of Additional Chief Secretary, Science and Technology Department.
He will remain the SUPVA Vice Chancellor. Jyoti Arora, who was awaiting posting orders, was posted as Principal Secretary Higher Education Department while Mahavir Singh as Principal Secretary, Labour Department. Vivek Joshi Member Secretary, 5th State Finance Commission and Commissioner, Ambala Division has been given the additional charge of Chief Administrator, Trade Fair Authority of Haryana relieving Anand Mohan Sharan of the said charge. Shekhar Vidyarthi, Director, Environment and Chief Executive, Haryana Khadi and Village Industries Board has been given the additional charge of Director and Special Secretary, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department, Managing Director, Haryana Scheduled Castes Development Corporation and Managing Director, Haryana Backward Classes and Economically Weaker Sections Kalyan Nigam Limited. Ashok Kumar Meena, Director and Special Secretary, Development and Panchayats, Director, Rural Development and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Panchkula has been posted as Director and Special Secretary, Development and Panchayats and Director, Rural Development. Garima Mittal has been given the charge of Deputy Commissioner, Mahendragarh while Rajnarayan Kaushik has been posted as Director, Elementary Education.
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