Nilam Sawhney is the new Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on November 14, 2019

Nilam Sawhney. Photo: Special Arrangement   -  Special Arrangement

Nilam Sawhney, has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh. She belongs to the 1984 batch of the IAS and from AP Cadre.

She takes charge from Neerabh Kumar, who has been holding additional charge as the CS, following the sudden transfer of LV Subramanyam, a week ago. Nilam Sawhney is said to have about four months service.

In the recent past, the CS post in Andhra Pradesh has seen challenging times. IYR Krishna Rao, had a tough relationship with former Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu. Similarly, before the elections in April 2019, LV Subramanyam, appointed by the Chief Election Commissioner, also had a tough time, with Naidu as in charge CM.

The abrupt shifting out of Subramanyam too by YS Jaganmohan Reddy raise many eyebrows. The transfer was affected 48 hours after, the CS issued a show- cause notice to the Principal Secretary ( Political & GAD) to the CM, Praveen Prakash over some procedural matter relation to Cabinet decisions.

Ironically, the transfer orders were issued in the name of Praveen Prakash. Neerabh Kumar was made in charge of CS.

With the YS Jaganmohan Govt on overdrive with fast tracking many decisions on pending projects, welfare schemes, new initiatives etc. the Chief Secretary job is indeed going to be challenging.

The new Chief Secretary will take charge today, as per an official statement.

"I am happy to be back in Andhra Pradesh. I started my career in Machilipatnam, the headquarters of Krishna district, way back in early eighties and now I am back to do my bit for the development of the State under the direction of the Chief Minister," Nilam Sawhney said.

Published on November 14, 2019

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