Chuaungo, a <a href=";q=gujarat">Gujarat </a><a href=";q=cadre+ias+officer">cadre IAS </a><a href=";q=officer">officer </a>of the 1987 batch, replaces Arvind Ray.

Aizawl: The Centre has appointed Lalnunmawia Chuaungo as the new chief secretary of Mizoram, an official notification said on Monday.

Chuaungo, a Gujarat cadre IAS officer of the 1987 batch, replaces Arvind Ray, the official notification said, adding: Ray has been transferred to Delhi.

While posted as the principal secretary for home and finance department before the Mizoram Assembly election last year, Lalnunmawia Chuaungo was dragged into a controversy after former state chief electoral officer (CEO) SB Shashank had accused him of interfering in the election process prompting the Election Commission to transfer Chuaungo to Delhi. Later, the action of the CEO triggered massive protests by civil societies resulting in Shashank’s removal. He was transferred back to Mizoram as soon as the election process was over.

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