Renu Sharma

Aizawl: Newly-appointed Mizoram Chief Secretary Renu Sharma arrived in Aizawl from New Delhi on Monday. She is yet to give her joining report.

The AGMUT cadre IAS officer of 1988 batch was appointed by the Centre on October 28 to take charge from November 1.

On the same day, the Mizoram government had ordered JC Ramthanga, state additional chief secretary to Chief Minister Zoramthanga, to take charge as chief secretary from November 1 until further order. 

Sharma will replace chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, who retired voluntarily on October 31.

JC Ramthanga, a Manipur cadre IAS officer of 1989 batch, who is currently posted on deputation,  has taken the charge of chief secretary on Monday in addition to his original post of additional chief secretary to the CM, official sources said. 

Sources added that it was a stop-gap arrangement, as Ramthanga is likely to leave the office once Renu Sharma joins.

Lalnunmawia Chuaungo sworn in as chief information officer

Meanwhile, outgoing chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo on Monday was sworn in as the chief information officer of the state. Chief Minister Zoramthanga administered the oath of office to Chuaungo during the swearing-in function held at Assam conference hall here. 

Born in 1962, Chuaungo joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1987 under Gujarat cadre. 

He was dragged into controversy before the assembly polls in 2018 when he was removed by the Election Commission following a complaint by the then state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) SB Shashank that he had directly interfered in the poll process. Chuango was then the principal secretary of Mizoram home department.

The removal of Chuaungo and the alleged ‘pro Bru’ stance by Shashank had irked the state government, political parties and civil societies.

In November 2018, a state-wide protest was staged by NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of major civil societies and student organizations, which compelled the ECI to remove Shashank. Chuaungo was posted as the chief secretary of Mizoram in February 2019 on inter-cadre deputation. 

When he returned to assume CS office in, he was accorded a hero’s welcome. Chuaungo had voluntarily retired as chief secretary on October 31. 

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