Mohan Kanda to take charge today

HYDERABAD March 30. Mohan Kanda, an IAS officer of the 1968 batch, will take over as the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh on Monday from Sathi Nair, who is retiring on attaining the age of superannuation.

Mr. Kanda, who is Secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture, flew in from New Delhi this evening to formally assume charge as the head of the civil services in the State.

Reports said the Chief Minister was keen on ensuring continuity in the key position this time since Mr. Kanda is due for retirement only in September 2005. Most of the eight senior IAS officers whom he will be superseding are due for superannuation in 2003 itself barring K. C. Mishra and V. K. Agnihotri, who are holding Secretary-level positions at the Centre. Among those whose claims have been overlooked is C. Arjuna Rao, who was suddenly relieved by Mr. Naidu from the post of Chief Commissioner, Land Administration, following reports that he had cleared files relating to assignment of prime urban land overruling the orders of his superiors. Mr. Rao has gone on long leave and sources indicated that he is unlikely to be given a fresh posting.

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