CM Stalin ordered the replacement of incumbent Rajiv Ranjan by Irai Anbu IAS as the new Chief Secretary.
The DMK government, which assumed office on Friday, appointed senior IAS officer V Irai Anbu as the new Chief Secretary. Incumbent Rajeev Ranjan was transferred and posted as Chairman and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited.
Irai Anbu, who was earlier Additional Chief Secretary/Director of Anna Institute of Management and Director General of Training, has replaced Rajeev Ranjan as Chief Secretary. MK Stalin was sworn in as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister on Friday morning by the Governor of the state in Raj Bhavan, Chennai.
It is common for any government to shuffle the officers holding the position of Chief Secretary and other department secretaries accordingly. Likewise, the incumbent Chief Secretary Rajiv Ranjan has been replaced by Iraiyanbu. Apart from the replacement of the Chief Secretary, four IAS officers were appointed by the CM as Secretaries to the Chief Minister.
IAS officers T Udhayachandran, P Umanath, MS Shanmugam and Anu George will be Chief Minister’s secretaries. Irai Anbu, aged 57, was born in a village called Kattor in the Salem district. He is the brother of V Thiruppugazh, IAS, of the Gujarat cadre (1991 batch). In 2017, Thiruppugazh was appointed as Adviser (policy and planning) in the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Irai Anbu IAS has an array of academic accolades including a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Master’s degree in Psychology, MA in Hindi, M.A. in Labor Management, MA in English, PhD in Business Administration. In 1987, he was ranked 15th in the Civil Service Examination and was selected as the best civilian student in the state.
He received the Best Governor Award in 1988 for implementing the small savings plan. Beginning his career as the Sub-Collector of Nagapattinam, he has held various positions including Municipal Commissioner, Secretary to the Department of News Broadcast, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister and Tourism Secretary.
He has also had a great track record of being the District Collector of Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts. An ardent lover of the Tamil language, Irai Anbu IAS has written more than 50 books in both Tamil and English.