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KK Sharma to be new Chief Secy

The Home Ministry on Monday approved the name of KK Sharma as Delhi’s next Chief Secretary, official sources said.

“KK Sharma’s name has been approved to be the next Chief Secretary of Delhi,” a Home Ministry official said.

Sharma, who is presently the Chief Secretary of Goa, was the second choice of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to appoint him if the ministry could not approve Ramesh Negi, Kejriwal’s first choice for the post.

Sharma, a 1983 batch IAS officer, had joined as the Goa chief secretary on January 1. He was last posted in Delhi as a principal secretary from 2009 to 2011.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said: “I would request you that if you cannot appoint Negi as the Delhi Chief Secretary, then please make Goa’s Chief Secretary KK Sharma as Delhi Chief Secretary.”

The Home ministry rejected Kejriwal’s recommendation to appoint Negi, saying that he is too junior and does not fall in the prescribed pay band of Rs 80,000 per month for the post.

On Saturday, Kejriwal wrote to Rajnath Singh, saying: “I am hoping you will agree this time with us surely.” He questioned whether his government “chosen by people with such a heavy mandate” does not have a right to choose an able Chief Secretary. Singh in a letter to Kejriwal on February 27 expressed his inability to appoint Negi for the job and instead suggested a panel of three senior-most AGMUT cadre officers for the CM to choose from.
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