GU­JARAT’S BI­HAR CON­NEC­TION

The Asian Age - - Oped -

De­spite the fear- driven ex­o­dus from Gu­jarat of some Hindi- speak­ing peo­ple from Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har af­ter a rape in­ci­dent in the state, the ties be­tween the states re­main strong, at least at the gov­ern­ment level. At present, most of the top of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing IAS and IPS of­fi­cers in Gu­jarat, are from Bi­har. The top three posts in the Gu­jarat gov­ern­ment, that of the chief sec­re­tary, the di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice ( DGP) and the prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary to the chief min­is­ter are oc­cu­pied by J. N. Singh, Shivanand Jha and Manoj Ku­mar Das, all from Bi­har. Sim­i­larly, DGP ( Pris­ons), Mo­han Jha, also from Bi­har.

Chief sec­re­tary Singh, a 1983batch IAS of­fi­cer of Gu­jarat­cadre, and Shivanand Jha, also a 1983- batch IPS of­fi­cer, are from Mad­hubani district in north Bi­har. Sim­i­larly, Mo­han Jha, a 1985- batch IPS of­fi­cer, stud­ied at La­he­ri­asari ( Darb­hanga) in Bi­har, while Mr Das is a 1990- batch IAS of­fi­cer who ear­lier stud­ied at Raj High School in Darb­hanga.

It’s not only the cur­rent crop of of­fi­cers posted in Gu­jarat who hail from Bi­har. Even ear­lier, Kishore Ku­nal, who served as se­nior SP ( SSP) of Patna, IG and then OSD in the PMO, was a Gu­jarat- cadre IPS of­fi­cer. is

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