Bengaluru: Mr. Upendra Tripathy, secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India is likely to be the next Chief Secretary of Government of Karnataka. A 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Mr. Tripathy belongs to Karnataka cadre and has been on Central deputation since March 2009, prior to which he was posted as additional chief secretary and managing director of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) in the State,. He was awarded the Prime
Minister's award for Excellence for turning BMTC, into the only profit-making urban transport undertaking in the country. An upright officer and a known workaholic, Mr. Tripathy has a 10-month long tenure left and is scheduled to retire by the end of 2016.
According to sources, till last week the name of Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce & Industries K. Ratnaprabha of 1981 batch of IAS was on the top of the chart along with ACS, Home, S.K. Pattnayak of 1982 batch of IAS for the top post.
Though there have been some insensitive speculations that caste would play a predominant role in the appointment of the chief secretary, sources in Chief Minister's Office have ruled them out as untrue. “The officer in question is well known for her commitment to work and the CM was considering her purely on merit basis. Mr. Tripathy is senior to Ms Ratnaprabha and Mr. Pattnayak,” said an official source.
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