Former Union home secretary Anil Baijal was on Wednesday appointed the new lieutenant governor of Delhi in place of Najeeb Jung who resigned recently.
President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a 10-day southern sojourn, gave his assent to the Center’s recommendation for acceptance of outgoing Jung’s resignation and naming Baijal as his successor.
Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer, was home secretary in 2004 when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was in office.
His tenure was cut short by the UPA government, which, soon after taking over in May 2004, shunted him out.
After retirement, Baijal served on the executive council of the think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation which has been a feeder for candidates to man senior positions in the Modi government, the most prominent being national security adviser Ajit Doval.
Baijal retired from government service in 2006 as secretary, urban development ministry. He had also served as vice-chairman of DDA earlier in his career. He was actively associated with the designing and roll-out of the Rs 60,000crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission launched by the Manmohan Singh government.
On December 22, however, Jung had announced his resignation, saying he was going back to academics.
Courtesy: The Times of India