The Aam Aadmi Party government effected a major bureaucratic reshuffle on its first day in charge in Delhi and transferred the Finance Secretary, Power Secretary and CEO of Delhi Jal Board. Delhi Jal Board CEO Debashree Mukherjee has now been posted as the Chief Managing Director of Delhi Transport Corporation.
Senior IAS officer Vijay Kumar has been made the new CEO of Delhi Jal Board. Power Secretary RK Verma, who is also the CMD of Delhi Transco Ltd and Chairman of Pragati Power Corporation Ltd, has been shifted as the Principal Secretary of Higher Education. He will also hold charge as the Principal Secretary, Training and Technical Education. Transport Secretary Puneet Goel has been transferred as the Power Secretary. The Principal Secretary-cum-Commissioner in the Development Department, Arvind Ray, will hold additional charge in the transport department.
The shifting of Mukherjee and Verma assumes significance in the light of the statement by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier in the day that his government would take a decision on water supply by Monday and on electricity by Tuesday or Wednesday. AAP had promised 700 litres of free water daily to each household along with a reduction by 50 per cent in power tariffs in the city. Meanwhile, Delhi Finance Secretary MM Kutty, who was also Principal Secretary to former CM Sheila Dikshit, has been transferred as Principal Secretary in the Social Welfare and Women and Child Development department. Home secretary Archana Arora has been given additional charge of Finance Department. Higher Education Secretary Rajendra Kumar has been made Secretary to the chief minister.
Officials said Mukherjee has been repatriated and posted as the DTC CMD. They said that the terms and condition of her deputation, along with Vijay Kumar’s, will be settled in due course. After a Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister had promised that there will be no witch-hunt against officials who work honestly and in the people’s interest.