The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday (28.12.2022) appointed Vivek Bhatia (IAS:2011:HP) as Principal Private Secretary-cum-Special Secretary to Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. Bhatia was currently serving as Director, Department of Empowerment of Scheduled Caste (SC), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Minorities and Specially-Abled. Earlier, Bhatia served as Deputy Commissioner of Bilaspur and Chamba besides many other prominent posts.
Two other IAS officers were given additional charge. Hemraj Bairwa (IAS:2013:HP), posted as Mission Director, National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh, shall hold the additional charge of Director, Department of Empowerment of Scheduled Caste (SC), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Minorities and Specially Abled.
Kiran Bhadana (IAS:2017:HP), who currently serves as Special Secretary, Multi-Purpose Projects (MPP), Power, NCES and Industries, shall hold the additional charge of the post of Director, Information and Public Relations (IPR).