Amidst politics over demonetisation, Centre removes Kejriwal’s chief secretary

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The Centre today removed Delhi Government’s Chief Secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma and named him as Secretary in the Department of Higher Education in Union HRD Ministry, a move which is likely to start a fresh tug of war between the Arvind Kejriwal government and Narendra Modi dispensation.

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet-l ed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved appointment of Sharma as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Higher Education.

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“The officer will take over as Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, on superannuation of the present incumbent Vinay Sheel Oberoi”, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said, without citing any reason.

Oberoi’s retirement is due in February next year.

Sharma, an 1983 batch IAS officer of Union territories cadre, had taken over as the Chief Secretary in the Delhi government on March 9 last year.

Born in February 2, 1958, he still has over an year of service left.

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