Gandhinagar (09.10.2021): The Bhupendra Patel government in Gujarat is likely to enact a large-scale bureaucratic reshuffle in the civil and police administration. There will be changes from the district Superintendent to range DIGs and police commissioner level. These transfers are also likely to be done keeping in mind the next Assembly polls to be held in December 2022.
Sources said that the reshuffle to be effected after next week. There were changes made in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in which senior IAS officer Pankaj Joshi (IAS: 1989: GJ) has been brought in as the new Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) while Avantika Singh (IAS: 2003: GJ) has been brought in as Secretary to the Chief Minister.
They still continue to hold charges of their previous portfolios: ACS (Finance) and CEO and Vice-Chairperson, Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), respectively. There are several vacancies in the secretariat including ACS (Home). The Chief Minister has been continuously insisting that those officers who have completed three years in one place will have to be changed.
There will be changes at the district level in which several district collectors and district development officers, some municipal commissioners will be changed. At the secretary level, there will likely be changes in more than half a dozen important departments.
There will also be changes in the some of the State PSUs like GACL, GSFC, GNFC etc which are being run on in-charge basis.
Several SP rank officers will be promoted to DIG level. Large number of SPs and range DIGs will be changed including Police Commissioners of Rajkot and Vadodara.