Anirudh Tiwari is new Punjab Chief Secretary

Ruchika M. Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23

The new political dispensation in Punjab, headed by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, has chosen Anirudh Tiwari as the new Chief Secretary of the state.

Tiwari was currently serving as the Additional Chief Secretary, Development.

He replaces Vini Mahajan, who had been serving as the Chief Secretary since June last year, and was a handpicked officer of the former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Though the names of three other officers — the senior most after Mahajan— Ravneet Kaur, Sanjay Kumar and VK Sing were also doing the rounds as contenders for the top post.

Tiwari, who is junior to them and is a 1990 batch officer, was ultimately picked by the Channi-Sidhu team.

His stellar role in the agriculture department, finance department, power department and personnel department ultimately worked in his favour.

Tiwari, who hails from Patiala, was instrumental in putting Punjab on the national map for promoting renewable energy generation in the state.

The name of the new DGP, Punjab, is also expected to be announced anytime today.

VK Bhawra, Sidharth Chattopadhyay and IPS Sahota are the main contenders for the top post.

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