The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday named senior IAS officer Rajeev Ranjan as Chief Secretary. The Centre had last week approved the repatriation of Ranjan to his parent cadre (Tamilnadu) “on the request” of the State government.
Just as his predecessor K. Shanmugam, Ranjan also belongs to the 1985 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
An alumnus of the Patna University with a graduation degree in physics, Ranjan has impressive academic accomplishments to his credit. He holds an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad; another PG degree in public policy from the London School of Economics and a certificate in intellectual property rights from the University of Geneva. He has done Ph.D. in management from the Anna University.
Ranjan has held various positions in his 35-year-long service. He began his career as Sub-Collector in Tiruvannamalai (1987-89) and became Tiruchi Collector in April 1995, the post he occupied till August 1997. He was one of the handful of Collectors who survived a regime change in mid-May 1996.
As Director and Joint Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion of the Union Ministry of Industries Commerce during April 2000 to June 2007, he was involved in revamping intellectual property laws and the preparation of national manufacturing strategy and national manufacturing competitiveness programme.
On return to the State cadre, he went to hold different posts including Principal Secretary (Industries) and Chairman and Managing Director of the Tamilnadu Generation and Distribution Corporation. His stint as Principal Secretary and later as Additional Chief Secretary (Highways) between 2013 and 2018 is cited as a major reason behind his present posting as Chief Secretary as he had worked directly under Chief Minster Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who is handling the portfolio of Highways Minister since May 2011. Ranjan is set to superannuate in September this year.
The State government, meanwhile, has appointed Shanmugam, whose extended tenure as Chief Secretary ends on Sunday afternoon, as advisor to the government for one year.