First North Indian IAS For TTD EO Has Naidu’s Heart
Amaravati: The posting of 1993 batch IAS officer, Anil Kumar Singhal, as the Executive Officer of the prestigious Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams (TTD) seems to have several dimensions. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had handpicked this bureaucrat for the prime slot against the wishes of several Telugu IAS officers and the long tradition.
Singhal, who is now the resident commissioner at the AP Bhavan in New Delhi was on several assignments with the Central government on deputation before being appointed in the present post. Though he was allocated to the Telangana State after the bifurcation, he opted for a change and came to the Andhra Pradesh holding the resident commissioner post in Delhi.
Prior to his posting at AP Bhavan, he was with the Central government on different assignments. It is said that at a time when senior IAS officers from the combined AP were no so cooperative with Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu after his return to power in 2014 elections, Singhal stood firm helping the State government. The Babus on deputation to the Center were not happy with Naidu in his earlier stint and have refused to back him this time. However, Singhal’s initiatives have reportedly helped the AP government, particularly Naidu, in getting funds this time. It is said that Singhal had played key role in framing the Special Package for the State and also to route the Central funds from the Surface Transport Ministry and other departments.
Besides playing key role in routing finances to the State, Singhal is also said to have the support of many Union Ministers, including M Venkaiah Naidu and Srujana Chowdary, that have helped him make it to the TTD EO post.