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Updated: May 17, 2011 01:15 IST

Debendranath Sarangi, new Chief Secretary

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Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi. Photo: M. Vedhan
The Hindu Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi. Photo: M. Vedhan

Debendranath Sarangi, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service of the 1977 batch, was on Monday appointed Chief Secretary following the change of government.

He succeeded S. Malathi, who became the Chief Secretary on August 31 last year. Till now, Mr. Sarangi was Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO).

A native of Cuttack (Orissa), Mr. Sarangi had held various positions in the government, including the Secretary of Revenue, Transport and Environment and Forests Departments.

Ms. Malathi has been made Additional Chief Secretary and Director of Statistics and Economics, a post she held during 2001-2006.

M. Sheela Priya, who was Ms Malathi's predecessor, P. Rama Mohan Rao, Principal Secretary (Agriculture), and K.N. Venkataramanan, Principal Secretary (Personnel and Adminstrative Reforms), have been appointed Secretaries to Chief Minister.

A. Ramalingam, Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, has been posted Additional Secretary to Chief Minister. Reeta Harish Thakkar, Joint Commissioner of Municipal Administration, is the Joint Secretary to Chief Minister.

Sheela Rani Chunkath, Chairperson and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation, has been transferred as Principal Secretary (Home, Prohibition and Excise) in the place of K. Gnanadesikan.

K. Ashok Vardhan Shetty, Principal Secretary (Municipal Administration and Water Supply) has been posted as Special Commissioner of Archives and Historical Research.

J.K. Tripathy, a 1985-batch officer of the Indian Police Service, took charge as the new Commissioner of Police, Chennai. He replaced T. Rajendran posted as Additional Director-General of Police (Prisons), Chennai.

According to police sources, the transfer orders were issued hours after All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the Chief Minister. A native of Orissa, Mr. Tripathy was the recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2008. He received the award for introducing an innovative ‘community policing module' in Tiruchi where he served as the Police Commissioner.

Mr. Tripathy had launched a ‘slum adoption programme' in which dropouts, mostly children of anti-social elements, were provided an opportunity to go back to school or take up vocational courses.

He is the recipient of the International Community Policing Award conferred by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Toronto, Canada, in 2001 and also a gold medal for ‘Innovations in Governance' at Glasgow, U.K. in 2002 by the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management, the sources said.

Asked on his priorities as the Police Commissioner, Mr. Tripathy said he would render top priority to Law and Order as desired by the Chief Minister. Police would take steps to erase the fear of crimes in the minds of public. “The safety of school-going children will also be an area of thrust. We will put down rowdyism with an iron fist,” he said.

i am sure mr j k tripathy bring back the lost confidence of people. i wish him all the very best.

from:  nigam
Posted on: May 20, 2011 at 12:53 IST

It is really wonderful to see the appointment of Mr JK Tripathy as the Commissioner of Chennai Police, we need such innovative and accomplished officers to make TN a more peaceful and fair place to live in. Mr Tripathy had proven during his tenure in Trichy that if you reduce the chances for smaller conflicts within the people then major criminal acts can be prevented. e.g If you prevent TAXI companies like FAST TRACK from indiscriminately parking their cars in smaller streets and causing road rage resulting in an assault.

from:  Arun Kumar D
Posted on: May 17, 2011 at 21:20 IST

All the best to the new government. :)

from:  Karthik
Posted on: May 17, 2011 at 13:19 IST

Very Good Team....capable of Giving good Administration...hope Jayalalitha will give better administration than 2001 - 2006 & 1991 - 1996...During previous DMK Government different power Centers made administration ineffective...

from:  Suresh V
Posted on: May 17, 2011 at 11:19 IST
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