– By Anurag Shukla
Lucknow: The bureaucratic circles of Uttar Pradesh are abuzz with the speculations about two Gujarat cadre IAS officers being made part of Team Yogi’ in Uttar Pradesh. Both are considered close to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their names are doing rounds for inter-state deputation in UP .
The speculations were fueled after 2006 batch IAS Alok Pandey met CM Yogi Adityanath recently as he is being tipped to be posted in the Chief Minister secretariat. Similarly, the 1999 batch IAS Hareet Shukla is also believed to be one of the members of CM’s team of administrative officers in Uttar Pradesh.
Who is Alok Pandey?
– A resident of Sultanpur district in UP, Alok Pandey is presently the District Magistrate (DM) of Gujarat’s Mehsana district.
– He is considered to be an officer of the Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s camp.
Gujarat CM filed complaint:
– Present Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani had made complaint about Alok Pandey to then CM Anandiben Patel.
– Rupani said that Alok had ignored the rule books and gave his nod for a high-rise building when he was the DM of Junagarh.
– Anandiben had summoned Alok Pandey after receiving the complaint.
Alok Pandey shares good accord with Dharm Gurus:
– Alok Pandey is said to be close to Baba Puneet Bapu, the head of Prernadham Ashram of Junagarh.
– Not only people from India, but foreigners also visit this ashram in large numbers throughout the year.
Alok Pandey is a Guinness World Record holder:
– Single Mount Ascent Event was organized in the year 2015.
– The event made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.
– 2,324 trackers created the world record on January 4, 2015.
– Alok Pandey then was the DM of Junagarh and also the event was organized under his guidance.
Who is Hareet Shukla?
– A graduate in Textile Engineering, Hareet Shukla is a native of Allahabad.
– He is presently posted as the Development Commissioner in Ahmedabad.
– After becoming the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi had appointed Shukla as the DM of Ahmedabad.
– He enjoyed the post for three years and 5 months.
– His name was pitched in the Gujarat’s Welspun Scam.
– IAS Pradeep Sharma was arrested and was charged under relevant sections linked to this scam.
– His counsel Bharat Dholakia then accused Hareet Shukla of being involved in the scam.