For the first time in Punjab, a retired bureaucrat has been appointed as the chief principal secretary to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Also, in a first, the state has five women deputy commissioners.
The Punjab government today appointed senior bureaucrat Suresh Kumar IAS (Retd.) as the Chief Principal Secretary to the CM Captain Amarinder Singh.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that Suresh Kumar has been appointed in the rank of Cabinet Secretary of Government of India (GoI). He was Principal Secretary to Capt Amarinder during his earlier tenure as well.
Punjab government has already appointed Tejveer Singh, a 1994 IAS officer, as the principal secretary to the CM. After he assumed charge as chief minister, Singh transferred 32 IAS officers. As a result of the reshuffle, the state now has five women officers posted as deputy commissioners. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra has been posted as DC of SAS Nagar, Sonali Giri in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Gurneet Tej in Ropar, Kanwalpreet Brar in Fatehgarh Sahib and Neelima in Pathankot.
A post graduate in commerce from Delhi University, Suresh Kumar is 1983 batch IAS officer who started his career as Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in Talwandi Sabo and retired as Additional Chief Secretary (Development) in April 2016. He served the Punjab government and remained on Central deputation in different capacities and dealt with key governance and regulatory issues in matters concerning Power, Water Resources, Agriculture, Cooperation, Education, Industries, Tax and Economic administration, Environment, Water Supply and Sanitation, Urban Local Government, and governance reforms.