Andhra Pradesh: IPS officers transfer on cards; power corridors abuzz with speculations

Barring a few SPs and Collectors, the state has not seen a major reshuffle since Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy formed the government. Sawang was the first big shot to be moved out.

By Sri Lakshmi Muttevi  Published on  17 Feb 2022 2:57 AM GMT
Andhra Pradesh:  IPS officers transfer on cards; power corridors abuzz with speculations

Transfer of Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang seems to be the beginning of the major reshuffle of IPS offices in the state.

A word going around in the top brass of police is that the transfer was 'expected' but untimely. Sawang has been replaced by AP Intelligence and Vigilance chief Kasi Reddy Rajendranath Reddy.

Barring a few SPs and Collectors, the state has not seen a major reshuffle since Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy formed the government. Sawang was the first big shot to be moved out.

"Expect a wave of transfers once the bifurcation of districts is completed. Not too long ago, 20 non-cadre officers were inducted into IPS. And another 10 officers who were recently promoted are awaiting postings. Also, a few DCP posts have to be filed up. Once the new districts come up, there will be a requirement for 18 IPS units," a top IPS officer requesting anonymity told NewsMeter.

He said the buzz going around is that the SPs and Collectors of the undivided districts like Srikakulam, Vijayagaram, West Godavari, Prakasam, and Nellore will also be transferred. The newly promoted officials will take charge for the existing 13 districts, he said.

There is also a buzz that the new DGP will build his own team of confidants and post them on crucial positions. "DGP, Chief Minister's office, DG Intelligence, and Chief Secretary decide about transfers. It is pertinent to note that even if DGP suggests new names for certain postings, the ultimate decision lies with CMO" the officer asserted.

If sources are to be believed, senior IPS officer Gopinath Jetti, currently posted as TTD chief security and vigilance, is tipped to be the head of the Vishakapatnam range.

AP's new DGP

DGP Kasi Reddy Rajendranath Reddy, who was Intelligence chief of Andhra Pradesh, is from the 1992 batch. He has earlier served as Director-General Drugs and Copyright (DCA). He also headed Police Housing Corporation, Inspector General Vishakapatnam range.He also served as IG Vigilance.

In the undivided Andhra Pradesh, the new police chief served as Superintendent of Police in Vishkapatanam and Nellore. The officer also had a long stint in Hyderabad where he served as Deputy Commissioner of Police - East zone and City Security wing.

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