6 things you didn't know about Delhi's new L-G Anil Baijal

The former IAS officer was responsible for the removal of Kiran Bedi from her post as IG Prisons, Delhi.

 |  2-minute read |   28-12-2016
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After a tenure that involved mostly locking horns with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party, lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung announced his resignation on December 22, 2016. Former home secretary, Anil Baijal, is all set to replace him as the the 21st lieutenant governor of Delhi. A career bureaucrat, Anil Baijal, 70, (whose appointment papers were approved by President Pranab Mukherjee on December 28), has served as a board member, director and chairman for several organisations.

Baijal, who will be sworn in on December 30, has had a rather interesting and illustrious career. Here are six things you need to know about Jung’s successor:

1) Baijal is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1969 batch. He holds a Master's degree in Arts from the University of Allahabad and is an alumnus of University of East Anglia, UK.

2)  Baijal was Union home secretary under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA government (1999-2004). He was brought in by the then home minister LK Advani to serve in the Delhi Development Authority, where he served as chairman and managing director but was later picked as home secretary.

During his tenure as a home secretary, he was responsible for the removal of Kiran Bedi as Inspector General (IG) Prisons, Delhi. In fact, he accused her for “breaking every clause in the jail manual”. With the support of the then L-G of Delhi, PK Dave, he got her sacked.

baijal_122816112034.jpg Baijal, who will be sworn-in on December 30, has had a rather interesting and illustrious career. [Photo: PTI]

3) In October 2006, Baijal retired from service as secretary, ministry of urban development. During his service in the ministry, he was responsible for the planning and implementation of the Rs 60,000 crore Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), aimed at creating economically productive, efficient, equitable and responsive cities.

4) Baijal has, in the past, served as a chairman and MD of Indian Airlines in 2000. He was also the CEO of Prasar Bharati Corporation and launched DD Bharati on January 26, 2002.

5)  Baijal also served as a member of the executive council of the think tank, Vivekananda International Foundation.

6) Baijal was tipped to replace NN Vohra as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, but the Centre backed out of that move after the situations in the Kashmir valley deteriorated post the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016.

Also read - Why I'm glad Najeeb Jung quit



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