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Patna: Senior IAS officer Tripurari Sharan was on Saturday named as the new Chief Secretary of Bihar, but his tenure will be for a brief period of two months only, according to a government notification.

Sharan succeeded Arun Kumar Singh who died of Covid the previous day. A 1985 batch IAS officer, Sharan will retire from service on June 30 this year. He was currently holding the responsibility of Chairman of Revenue Council. According to the notification issued by the General Administration Department, Sanjeev Kumar Sinha (1986 batch) will replace Sharan in Revenue Council.

The 1985 batch IAS officer Arun Kumar Singh had died of Covid in a private hospital here Friday. He had tested positive mid-April and after a long battle with the disease breathed his last the previous day. Singh was scheduled to retire in August-end but his sudden demise forced a reshuffle.

A large number of senior bureaucrats have come under attack of Covid in its deadly ongoing second wave in Bihar. Before Singh, Additional Health Secretary Ravi Shankar Choudhary and Director in Panchayati Raj department Vijay Ranjan had succumbed to Covid infection.

The notification also gave details of the transfer of some other senior IAS officers. Sudhir Kumar will take over the charge of Chief Investigation Commissioner in the General Administration department from Sinha.

The 1989 batch IAS officer Vandana Kinney will be the Additional Chief Secretary in the department of Labour Resources department. She will also have additional responsibility for Arts, Culture and Youth Affairs department. Mihir Kumar Singh became the new Darbhanga Commissioner.

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