Lucknow: As the year 2020 comes to an end, 16 IAS officers have been transferred within Uttar Pradesh. The list includes Hathras DM Praveen Kumar Laxkar who was mired in controversy earlier this year. ALSO READ | Post Haryana Civic Elections Defeat, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Vows MSP Continuation
Praveen Kumar Laxkar will now take charge of Mirzapur while Ramesh Ranjan, joint managing director of Uttar Pradesh Water Corporation, has now been assigned the responsibility of Hathras.
In October this year, Hatras District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar had been making headlines over the rape case reported in the area and the way it was allegedly handling by the police.
Why Was Praveen Kumar Laxkar Mired In Controversy?
Hathras DM Praveen Kumar Laxkar was in the news after a heinous rape case was reported in the district. What caused particular outrage in the matter is the family’s allegations and reports of how the victim’s mortal remains were cremated without the family’s consent. Videos and photos of the same had gone viral.
On October 1, the way Congress party workers were stopped along with former party president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is also general secretary of the All India Congress Committee in charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, fuelled curiosity over the matter further.
Then another video of Parveen Laxhar, where he seems to be issuing a veiled threat to the victim’s family, was widely spread all over. He was heard saying “Don’t hurt your own credibility. The media people will go away in a few days. But we are here with you. Now it is up to you, whether you want to keep changing your statements or not”.
He then issued a clarification stating that he was there to listen to the family’s grievances as that is his duty and denied the negative reports.
Other Officers Transferred
Besides Hathras DM, Gonda DM Nitin Bansal has been transferred to Pratapgarh. Additional Chief Executive Officer of Noida Shruti has been given new posting as the District Magistrate of Balrampur. She will replace Krishna Karunesh, who is appointed as the Vice President of the Ghaziabad Development Authority.
Markandey Shahi, the Special Secretary in Medical Education Department, has been given the post of Gonda DM, and Kanchan Verma who is the Vice Chairman of Ghaziabad Development Authority has been appointed as the Managing Director of Uttar Pradesh Medical Supplies Corporation, Lucknow.
Fatehpur DM Sanjeev Singh was given new posting at Chandauli, while Pratapgarh DM Rupesh Kumar has been sent to the post of special secretary in the Sugar Industry and Sugarcane development department. DM Bhupendra Chaudhary has been given a new posting as Special Secretary in the Department of Irrigation and Water Resources.
Chandauli District Magistrate Navneet Singh Chahal has been transferred to Mathura. He will replace Ram Mishra who will now take over the post of Special Secretary in the State Tax Department. Apart from this, Apoorva Dubey who is the Special Secretary in the Housing and Urban Planning Department will now be the District Magistrate of Fatehpur.
Sunil Kumar Verma, Controller of Legal Metrology Department and Special Secretary, Food and Logistics Department, has been assigned the role of Auraiya DM. He will replace Abhishek Singh who has been transferred to Sonbhadra while the Sonbhadra District Magistrate S Raj Lingam will be looking over the administration of Kushinagar on the same post.
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