Punjab

BIG JOLT TO KARAN AVTAR SINGH, VINNI MAHAJAN APPOINTED PUNJAB NEW CHIEF SECRETARY

June 26, 2020 04:43 PM

After all, apology did not work, a big blow to Karna Avtar Singh: removed from the post of Chief Secretary before retirement. Vini Mahajan appointed chief secretary of Punjab, two big posts of Punjab in same family: husband Dinkar Gupta also got the chance to become the first woman Chief Secretary of Punjab, Chief of Punjab Police, Vini Mahajan

 Chandigarh (Face2News)

The apology did not work and a month later, Karan Avtar Singh stepped down from the post of Chief Secretary.  Karan  Avatar was the Chief Secretary till this afternoon. He was removed and Mrs. Vinny Mahajan, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries of Punjab, was made the Chief Secretary. Vini Mahajan is a 1987 batch IAS officer.

Vini Mahajan has also got the fortune of becoming the first woman Chief Secretary of Punjab.

Vinnie Mahajan became the Chief Secretary ignoring six senior officers. The officers who are currently on the seniority list from him are KBS Sidhu (1984), Arun Goyal (1985), C Raul (1985), Satish Chandra (1985), Kalpana Barua (1985) and Vishwajit Khanna (1987).

Vini Mahajan is the wife of DGP Dinkar Gupta.

It may be recalled that Karan Avtar Singh had a dispute with the ministers of the Punjab government a few days ago. After which he was loudly demanded by the ministers of the Captain Government to be removed from the post. After the mediation between the ministers and Karan  Avatar, the chief minister apologized to all the ministers at the cabinet meeting. Even after the apology, Karan Avtar  could not save his post. Now he has been given the administrative reforms department.

Vini Mahajan on Friday took over as the first woman Chief Secretary of Punjab, marking another milestone in an illustrious career which is notable for many landmark achievements.A 1987 batch IAS officer, Vini has replaced Karan Avtar Singh at the prestigious post, where she brings to the table 33 years of experience in a host of key positions in the Central and Punjab governments. Karan Avtar takes over as Special Chief Secretary, Governance Reforms. 

  Today is the first time in the history of Punjab when the Chief of the State Police is the husband and the head of the civil administration.

Karan Avtar was scheduled to retire in August. Two months before his retirement, the sudden removal of him from the post of Chief Secretary has become a matter of discussion and was talk of the Secretariat. Vini Mahajan's term is till 2024.

It may also add that  even when Dinkar Gupta was made DGP, seniority of many senior officers was ignored. The matter of his appointment went to CAT and the Punjab and Haeyana High Court. The High Court stayed Cat's decision on his  appointment. 

VINI MAHAJAN TAKES OVER AS PUNJAB’S 1ST WOMAN CHIEF SECRETARY,• NEW COVETED POST MARKS ANOTHER MILESTONE IN VINI’S ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER 

Vini Mahajan on Friday took over as the first woman Chief Secretary of Punjab, marking another milestone in an illustrious career which is notable for many landmark achievements.A 1987 batch IAS officer, Vini has replaced Karan Avtar Singh at the prestigious post, where she brings to the table 33 years of experience in a host of key positions in the Central and Punjab governments. Karan Avtar takes over as Special Chief Secretary, Governance Reforms.The only Punjab cadre officer currently in the state who is empaneled to hold position as Secretary, Government of India, Vini was till now serving as Additional Chief Secretary, Investment Promotion, Industries & Commerce, IT and Governance Reforms and Public Grievances. She has been playing a crucial role in steering the state government’s response to the Covid crisis as Chairman Health Sector Response & Procurement Committee.

An Economics graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, and a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, where she was placed on the Roll of Honour and later also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Vini was pivotal in the state’s success in attracting over Rs 20,000 crore new investment every year during her tenure in Investment Promotion and Industries & Commerce.
In fact, it was with her at the helm of the department that Punjab participated for the first time in the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2019, and held a highly successful Investor Summit, with focus on MSMEs, in December 2019.

Under her able leadership, the department saw massive improvements in infrastructure in the focal points, and new mega Industrial Parks were also taken up. A Centre of Excellence and several incubators were launched for promoting and mentoring start-ups, and recently, as part of governance reforms in the State, a completely new Public Grievances Redressal Policy was launched with her pioneering efforts.
It was during her tenure as ACS Housing & Urban Development, that the development of a 5,000 acres new township near Mohali Airport was initiated. Further, during her term as Additional Chief Secretary Revenue, Punjab became the first state in the country to roll out the National Generic Document Registration System.

Vini Mahajan served in the office of the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh from 2005-2012, and handled, matters relating to Finance, Industry and Commerce, Telecom, IT, etc. She was part of the core team of the central government that put together India’s domestic response, during and following the global financial meltdown. She also participated in the global response through the G-20 mechanism.

Earlier in 2004-05 as Director in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance (GoI), she was involved with India’s external assistance programme, as well as infrastructure issues.
In Punjab, she has served in various capacities, including MDPIDB and as the first Director Disinvestment. She was appointed as Chief Administrator of the new Anandpur Sahib Development Authority in 1997, and also CEO Anandpur Sahib Foundation, for the organisation for the tercentenary celebrations of the birth of the Khalsa held in 1999. She served as the Chairman of the Celebrations Committee for the 550 year celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev ji in 2019.

In 1995, she became the first woman officer to be posted as DC in Punjab, when she took over as DC Ropar, in which capacity she carried out a highly effective Total Literacy Campaign, for which Ropar received the National Literacy Award for best performance in the country.

Vini Mahajan has received numerous academic awards, including the National Talent Search Scholarship. She was a Hubert Humphrey fellow based at American University in Washington DC in 2000 –2001. She could be the only student in the country who got admission to both IIT and AIIMS Delhi in 1982 after she finished her 12th grade from Modern School, New Delhi. Her father, Shri BB Mahajan, was also an IAS officer of the Punjab cadre. Topper of the 1957 batch and known to be a man of integrity, he held important positions, including FCR in Punjab, before retiring as Secretary Food, Govt. of India.

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