As per the inside buzz, there will be changes in the key departments like revenue, environment and forest, industries and mines, ports and transport and health.
Currently, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar, who is holding additional charge of the crucial Home Department, will most likely be posted as full time Additional Chief Secretary of Home department.
Similarly, Additional Chief Secretary (environment and forest) Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta may be shifted to the Industries department as ACS. Additionally, he will continue to hold the additional charge of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) and Statue of Unity project.
It may be noted that both Pankaj Kumar and Dr Gupta were strong contenders for the Chief Secretary post but the central government decided to give second and rare extension to the incumbent Chief Secretary Anil Mukim, who is considered very close to PMO and he directly worked with Prime Minister Modi when Modi took over as Gujarat CM in 2001.
Another top bureaucrat who is likely to be transferred is ACS (urban development) Mukesh Puri, who has completed more than three years in the department. Principal Secretary (higher education) Anju Sharma and MD of GMDC Arun Kumar Solanki, both completed four years in their postings will also be transferred from and posted in new departments.
Arun Kumar Solanki is also holding additional charge of Commissioner of Geology and Mines.
Principal Secretary (health and family welfare) Dr Jayanti Ravi is set to go to Pondicherry on central deputation in Auroville Foundation as Secretary. It may be noted that VTV Gujarat was the first to report that Dr Jayanti Ravi will go on central deputation to the Union Territory.
In the industries department, there will likely be change in the entire department including industries commissioner Rahul Gupta and Indext B MD Neelam Rani, who is a foreign service officer and is serving on deputation in the state government but the centre has refused to grant her extension so will have to go back to her cadre in the central government.
Neelam Rani is married to Kuldeep Arya, who is Gujarat cadre IAS and currently posted as Gandhinagar Collector.