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Karnataka Govt Appoints Rajneesh Goel As Chief Secretary | Key Details

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The Karnataka government has announced the appointment of senior IAS officer Rajneesh Goel as the next Chief Secretary, succeeding Vandita Sharma, who is set to retire on November 30. This decision comes as Goel, a seasoned 1986 batch officer, prepares to take the reins until his own superannuation in July 2024. 

Rajneesh Goel appointed ACS to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

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Rajneesh Goel, aged 59, is set to assume the pivotal role of Chief Secretary, the highest position within the administrative machinery of Karnataka. Currently serving as the additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister and overseeing the home department, Goel’s appointment was personally made by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. This decision stands out, considering there were other eligible contenders for the position, such as Additional Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh, actively vying for the coveted role. Despite the competition, Goel’s extensive experience and track record likely played a decisive role in his selection.

Career and Educational Background:

Hailing from Haryana, Rajneesh Goel brings a wealth of experience to his new role. With a background in mechanical engineering and a PhD in public administration, Goel has amassed a 37-year career marked by diverse roles. His journey includes serving as the BBMP commissioner and contributing to departments such as higher education, women & child development, and sports. Having been on central deputation for several years, Goel’s soft-spoken demeanor has been a constant in his various positions.

Vishweshwar Bhat on X: "Participated in a book releasing function with CM  today. The book was written by Shalini Rajneesh and Rajneesh Goel." / X

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Family Ties in Civil Service:

Adding a unique dimension to this development is Goel’s family connection within the civil service. His wife, Shalini Rajneesh, is also a senior IAS officer from the 1989 batch. The possibility of her ascending to the position of Chief Secretary is a noteworthy prospect. If this unfolds, it would echo a historical precedent, reminiscent of BK Bhattacharya and Theresa Bhattacharya, marking the second instance of a couple concurrently occupying the Chief Secretary role.

Karnataka under new Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma effects changes in  postings of key administrators,

Source: ET Government

Succession Planning and the Legacy of Vandita Sharma:

Rajneesh Goel is stepping into the shoes of Vandita Sharma, the incumbent Chief Secretary set to retire on November 30. Sharma, who assumed the role in May 2022, made history as the fourth woman to hold this influential position. As Goel takes charge, there will undoubtedly be a focus on continuing the positive momentum and addressing the challenges faced by the state.


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