Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday announced the appointment of career bureaucrat Anil Baijal's as next Lt Governor of Delhi, a post which had fallen vacant after sudden resignation of Najeeb Jung.
Swaraj welcomed him with the tweet:
A 1969 batch IAS officer, Baijal had served as Union Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government besides holding key positions including Chief Secretary, Delhi.
The 70-year-old Baijal, whose appointment papers have been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval, had retired from service in 2006 as Secretary, Urban Development Ministry. He is a former vice chairman of Delhi Development Authority.
Baijal also served with the National Security Advisor A K Doval in 1969 in Mizoram. He was appointed as the Union Home Secretary by L K Advani, then Deputy Prime Minister and Union Home Minister. He was later removed by the UPA government in 2004.
Baijal, who has previously worked as an adviser to Narendra Modi when he was chief minister, also served as the Chief Executive of Prasar Bharati and Indian Airlines, and was considered for the post of Principle Secretary to PM Modi and subsequently to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
Baijal was actively associated with the designing and roll-out of Rs 60,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) launched by the Manmohan Singh government.
The former bureaucrat was also on the executive council of the think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation, several of whose former members have been appointed to senior positions by the Modi government including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Jung had submitted his resignation on December 22, ending a nearly three-and-half-year-long eventful tenure, mostly marked by bitter confrontation with AAP government.
Meanwhile, the government today recommended to the President, who on his annual winter sojourn at Rashtrapathi Nilayam in Secunderabad, acceptance of Jung's resignation.
(With inputs from PTI)
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