Senior IAS officer SV Ranganath, who was on deputation in the Union government, will take charge as the chief secretary to the government of Karnataka on Wednesday afternoon, replacing Sudhakar Rao, who is retiring from service on superannuation.
MR Srinivasa Murthy, principal secretary in the Finance Department, has been placed in additional charge of the post of additional chief secretary to the government-cum-development commissioner with immediate effect and until further orders.
Additional chief secretary Vatsala Watsa has been transferred with immediate effect to take charge as the new chairperson of Bangalore Development Authority, replacing Tara Ajai Singh. Tara Ajai Singh, the outgoing chairperson of the Bangalore Development Authority, has been posted as additional chief secretary in place of Vatsala Watsa.
Though ninth in the seniority list of state-cadre IAS officers, Ranganath, will supersede eight of his seniors — Brahm Dutt, secretary, Union ministry of surface transport; Shantanu Consul, secretary, Union ministry of drinking water; N Gokulram, secretary, Union ministry of animal husbandry — three of whom are on central deputation, and Neeraja Rajkumar and Dilip Rau, who retire in October, followed by Vatsala Vatsa, A Ramaswamy and AKM Nayak.