Asit Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Odisha
Asit Kumar Tripathy, 1986 batch IAS officer has taken charge as the 43rd Chief Secretary of Odisha. Tripathy who served as the Development Commissioner was the second in command of the Odisha bureaucracy and was the heir apparent to his predecessor Aditya Padhi. But Tripathy’s has been an unusual appointment. He was elevated to the coveted chief secretary’s post even before Padhi’s superannuation term formally ceased.
Padhi, a 1983 batch IAS, was due to retire in February 2020. However, he was made to opt for voluntary retirement from the all India service six months before the lapsing of his actual tenure to make way for the aspirational Tripathy. Padhi, though, was suitably compensated by his appointment as the State Election Commissioner, a venerated constitutional post for five years.
The chain of events leading to Padhi’s ouster and his replacement with Tripathy is nothing to snatch anything away from the latter’s calibre. Tripathy is known to be a workaholic officer with immense orientation for reforms and results. The corridors of power have given thumbs up to his coronation as the chief secretary. That Tripathy has held many onerous assignments and performed beyond expectations testifies his administrative acumen and prowess in decision making.
Exuding pleasure on the appointment, Tripathy said, “It is a privilege for any IAS officer to be exalted to the highest office”.
He then veered to the administrative priorities laid out by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The government schemes and projects under the social justice sector have to reach the people in a transparent manner through the five Ts- teamwork, transparency, time, technology and transformation, Tripathy said.
It may be noted that a week prior to the announcement, Tripathy was chosen the Special Administrator for KBK Region. Apart from the post of Development Commissioner, Tripathy was simultaneously discharging the function of additional chief secretary of the departments of home and planning & convergence.