One may and may not call it coincidence but three IAS officers from same batch (1987) have been appointed as Joint Secretary with crucially important departments; Department of Expenditure, Department of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Coal.
In his ever first tenure under central deputation Girish Chandra Murmu (IAS:GJ:1987) replaces Rajiv Kumar (IAS:JH:1984) as Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure. Presently he is serving as Principal Secretary to Gujarat CM.
Raj Kumar (IAS:GJ:1987) replaces Tarun Bajaj (IAS:HY:1988) as Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs. Presently he is serving in Gujarat as Principal Secretary, Agriculture & Co-Operation Department.
R P Gupta (IAS:GJ:1987) replaces Shailesh Kumar Singh (IAS:JH:1991) as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal. Presently he is serving in Gujarat as Principal Secretary, Department of Food, Civil Supply & Consumer Affairs.