Subhash Chandra Khuntia to be next CS?

Subhash Chandra Khuntia to be next CS?

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is learnt to have decided to appoint IAS officer Subhash Chandra Khuntia for the post of chief secretary (CS).

Incumbent Aravind Jadhav is on an three-month extension after retirement from the service. His extension period will end on  September 30.

Khuntia, a 1981-batch IAS officer, is at present on central deputation. He is a native of Odisha.

According to official sources, a letter has been despatched to the Department of Personnel and Training with a request to relieve Khuntia from Central deputation. Khuntia is with the Ministry of Human Resources Department and is secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy. He will have a tenure of one year and four months as chief secretary. Khuntia is second senior most IAS officer in the state civil list.

Upendra Tripathy, the senior-most officer, is retiring in October and hence, his appointment to the post of chief secretary is not considered, an official source said.

Before moving to New Delhi, Khuntia worked in several departments and organisations in the state, including BBMP, public works and power. He has a PhD in Economics and has done his masters in Sociology, Physics and Computer Science.

The names of senior IAS officers S K Pattanayak and K Rathna Prabha were also doing the rounds to head the state bureaucracy.

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