Senior IAS officer Raj Kumar (IAS:1987:GJ), Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar, has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary to the Government of Gujarat w.e.f. 31.01.2023 as the incumbent CS Pankaj Kumar (IAS:1986:GJ) will be retiring on January 31, 2023. Till then Raj Kumar would officiate as Officer on Special Duty in Chief Secretary’s office.
The state government request led to Raj Kumar’s premature repatriation to his parent cadre in November 2021. At that time he was posted as Union Secretary, Department of Defence Production. There is a long residual service period for Raj Kumar that ends in January 2025. Kumar was sent on central deputation in April 2015 and worked with the Finance, Labour & Employment and Defence departments before being repatriated to his home cadre.