GUWAHATI: The Assam government appointed an IPS officer, Diganta Borah, as the Secretary of the Home Department.
Earlier, Borah was posted at the Assam Police Headquarters as the Deputy Inspector General (Administration).
It is to be mentioned here that posting police personnel, especially the Indian Police Services (IPS) officers, in civil administration is not common in practice.
According to a late-night notification issued by the state Personal Department Secretary, TP Borgohain, the 2004-batch IPS officer, Borah, has been elevated to the Home Department.
The elevation of Borah as secretary is one of the rare cases as only IAS officers are deemed fit for such positions.
The BJP government led by former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had appointed another IPS officer, Anand Prakash Tiwari, as the Managing Director of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and he continues to serve in that position.
Assam's current DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta had served as the Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
Earlier, the Assam cabinet on May 19 appointed Debojit Saikia as Advocate General of Assam. Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma informed it in a Tweet stating, "The Cabinet decided to appoint Sri Debojit Saikia as the new Advocate General of Assam."
On the other hand, Samir Sinha the additional charge of the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Assam on Monday. Paban Barthakur, who was holding the post of Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, has been transferred and posted as Additional Chief Secretary to the Department of Transformation and Development & Cultural Affairs. On the other hand, Samir Sinha has been relieved from the additional charge of the Health and Family Welfare and Reforms and Development Department.