As Indianmandarins had reported first on 24 February 2017 Dr Praveen Gedam (IAS:2002:MH) appointed as PS to Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Coal & Railways, in the Ministry of Railways. Initially three names were proposed for the PS Job after the post fell vacant following the appointment Shantanu Gotmare (IAS:2004:AM) on 09th February to the post of Deputy Secretary in Department of Rural Development. Gotmare served as PS to the then Union Minister for Power (Piyush Goyal).
We had, in our report mentioned that Surpur, a native of Karnataka, was Collector Kota and was blue eyed boy of Chief Minister Vasudhanraraje Scindia who might not spare him for Delhi.
It may be underlined that Praveen Gedam took on the illegal building mafia and made a good name for himself among citizens with his strong anti-corruption steps but was unpopular with MLAs of that district even though he was very popular elsewhere in the state. Initially Ravi Surpur’s name too was proposed for PS to Goyal.