RAS Daily Current Affairs

1. D B Gupta is Rajasthan’s new chief secretary

The suspense that extended till late night ,1983 batch IAS officer Devendra Bhushan Gupta was announced as the chief secretary of the Rajasthan. He succeeds Nihal Chand Goel, who retired on Monday. He is the sixth chief secretary in four years of the present BJP government.

  • He will also hold the post of chairman, Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Ltd, Udaipur, till further orders.
  • Gupta has been holding the post of additional chief secretary (finance, excise and taxation). Popularly known as ‘DB’ among bureaucratic circles, the soft-spoken seasoned bureaucrat hails from Jaipur and has an MA in Economics and MBA to boot.
  • During his career spread over 35 years he handled many important positions, including commissioner, JDA; principal secretary, UDH, agriculture; additional chief secretary, PWD, energy, infrastructure, etc.

New chief secretary Gupta will retire in November 2020

Gupta’s wife Veenu Gupta is also a senior IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre holding the post of additional chief secretary, medical and health.

The announcement came very late at night. According to sources, the appointment order was delayed due to the absence of the chief minister from the state capital. The chief minister was in Bundi attending a function and her return was delayed due to inclement weather as rain and thunder showers lashed the area delaying her fight.

Unlike his predecessor, Nihal Chand Goel, who had served the shortest term of four months in the top bureaucratic position, the new incumbent has a long tenure as he will retire only in November 2020. The suspense over the extension of the outgoing chief secretary, N C Goel, went on till late night as the new incumbent’s name was not announced during official hours of the day. There were rumors on giving a three-month extension to Goel, but by 6 pm bureaucrats began to flock to the chief secretary’s office for the official farewell function.

2. In Rajasthan, Valentine’s Day will now be ‘Matra-Pitra Pujan Divas’

The department has included the event in its yearly calendar-Shivir Panchang

The decision comes after the state education minister announced the event in the state assembly on March 5

In Rajasthan, Valentine’s Day will now be ‘Matra-Pitra Pujan Divas ‘In Rajasthan, Valentine’s Day will now is ‘Matra-Pitra Pujan Divas’

In a move to counter the growing influence of Valentine’s Day, the state education department will observe ‘Matra-Pitra Pujan Divas’ on February 14 every year from 2019. The department has included the event in its yearly calendar-Shivir Panchang.

The latest order is seen as a move to counter Valentine’s Day which is celebrated on February 14 every year. The decision comes after the state education minister Vasudev Devnani announced the event in the state assembly on March 5 to instill a sense of love for parents among students.

“Students should first learn to love their parents and then love anyone else. The aim is to instill a sense of love for parents. A similar event to felicitate parents is being held in Chhattisgarh,” Devnani had said. The order has come into effect.

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