Pune: Hours after Naval Kishore Ram received transfer orders to join the Prime Minister Office (PMO) in Delhi, political and administrative circles are abuzz with three to four names who would probably be appointed as the next Collector of Pune District.
G Shreekant, presently the District Collector of Latur, Dr Yogesh Mhase, presently working as Chief Executive Officer of MHADA in Mumbai, Suhas Divase, Commissioner of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and Shravan Hardikar, presently working as Commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation are the names that are doing the rounds. A decision is expected by Wednesday (August 5) evening in this regard from the state government.
Naval Kishore Ram has been transferred to the PMO as Deputy Secretary. He has been asked to take charge of the new assignment within three weeks. After Shreekar Pardeshi and Kunal Kumar, Ram is the third officer to be hand-picked by the PMO office for handling crucial responsibility at the centre.
Ram is a 2008 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He was appointed as the Pune District Collector two years back. He will be working on deputation with the central government for the next four years. J Srinivasan, Director (MM) had issued the transfer orders of Ram which were sent to the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra state government on August 4.
G Shreekant is a young and dynamic officer known for his good performance in Latur district. Dr Mhase has worked at various positions in Pune district earlier and is known to be Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s trusted man. Divase has also worked in Pune district earlier as Deputy Collector, Additional Commissioner and Agriculture Commissioner.
Hardikar has handled the Covid-19 outbreak very well in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area and is a front runner for the post of Pune District Collector post. Deputy CM would take a decision in a day or two regarding this appointment after discussing it with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.