GUJARAT’S BIHAR CONNECTION
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