Rajasthan gets CS Rajan as new chief secretary

A78RR04Rajasthan State government has appointed senior IAS CS Rajan as the 36th Chief Secretary of State. Rajan was until recently serving as the additional chief secretary (ACS), infrastructure.  A 1978 batch, Rajan replaces Rajiv Mehrishi who has been called to the Centre. Mehrishi has recently taken over in the Ministry of Finance as the Economic Affairs Secretary.

Graduated in history, Rajan has co-authored a book on farmer’s participation in agri research and extension system. Chief Secretary’s post is not new for Rajan as he held the post for two months when incumbent CK Mathew proceeded for leave ahead of assembly polls in November-December.

CS Rajan has served in the state throughout his career and his first posting was at Kota as sub-divisional officer. He also held post of collector at Kota and Nagaur. During present Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s earlier tenure (2003-08), Rajan was posted mostly in public works department. Soon after forming the government in December, Raje carved a separate department, infrastructure, mandated to look at all mega projects of the State and put Rajan to head it.

Rajan will have a tenure of 13 months as he is due to retire in December 2015. Before being elevated to infrastructure department, Rajan spent four years in rural development and panchayati raj department. Under him Rajasthan was able to bag several awards for implementing NREGA scheme effectively in the state.

Known as a close confidant of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Rajan shares a close working relationship with the outgoing chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. Both worked closely since the formation of government. Among the senior most officers in present in the state Rajan was a clear choice for Raje. However, sources claim that he was initially reluctant to become CS. Rajan will now have the task to steer government policies and usher reforms that Vasundhara Raje has initiated in the state.