IAS officer killed in Jaipur accident

A senior IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre V S Singh was on Monday killed in a road accident. A speeding car hit him severely injuring him. He later succumbed to injuries at the SMS Hospital.

Singh, 57, was currently holding the post of additional chief secretary forest and environment.

He is survived by his wife and two married daughters. He was returning after a morning walk at the Central Park when the accident took place.

“He was crossing the road with two others at the Narayan Singh Circle when an Alto car hit them. They were rushed to SMS Hospital where Singh died,” police said.

“The driver was arrested on the spot and the car has been seized,” he added.

Deputy secretary in the commercial tax department Vijendra Singh also injured in the accident.

SMS Hospital Superintendent Dr Virendra Singh said, “The officer was critically injured on his head and succumbed to injuries by about 10:35 am.”

Following the news of the accident several politicians and bureaucrats rushed to the hospital. They included chief minister Ashok Gehlot, health minister A A Khan, former home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and chief secretary C K Mathew.

Singh was an IAS officer of the 1978 batch and held several positions including collector of Jaipur. He had acquired the reputation of a fearless bureaucrat.
He was the home secretary during the Gujjar agitation.

He was chairman of the State Pollution Control Board, principal secretary in several departments like forest, water resources, labour, sports and youth affairs in his long  career.

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