Bhubaneswar, August 16 (LocalWire):The journey of a boy from Titilagarh town of Bolangir district who cracked the coveted civil service at the age of 26 and then has gone on to head the bureaucratic echelons of the State, lends credence to the administrative expertise of the 1986-batch IAS officer, Asit Kumar Tripathy.
A law graduate who has M. Phil in political science under his belt, Tripathy will become the 12th person to take charge as the chief secretary of Odisha during Naveen Patnaik’s 19-year long uninterrupted stint as the state chief minister.
Graduating from Rajendra College in Bolangir, he had later done his higher studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. An MBA from prestigious Ljubljana University’s International centre of public enterprise, a UN body, Tripathy, an avid lover of tennis, also heads the Odisha Tennis Association.
Tripathy, who currently hold charges of additional chief secretary, home secretary, and development commissioner, also served as the chief administrator for KBK district, is also the secretary for Planning and Convergence.
He is considered to be a no-nonsense, tough and efficient bureaucrat who believed in churning out the best from the subordinates.
Grapevines in the bureaucratic circles point out that the chief minister Patnaik reposed trust in him because of his performance as the secretary of the Home Department and as the chief administrator of KBK districts.
The smooth and peaceful twin polls under his stewardship as the Home Department secretary might have also prompted Patnaik to entrust him with the chief secretary post, they opined.
The 59-year-old officer, who will assume charge on 19 August next month, hails from a humble and lower-middle-class background in Titilagarh town and is held in high esteem by his bureaucrat colleagues for his amiable traits.
Residents of Titlagarh town, widely perceived as the hottest zone of the State, are visibly elated with the ‘son of the soil’ appointed for the State’s topmost administrative post.
He owes his root to Titlagarh. We feel proud as one of us will be Chief Secretary.
We experience blistering heat in summer days. The township also reels under severe water crisis. The ground water table has severely depleted here.
We expect Tripathty to look into these burning issues that are afflicting the town every year, said local residents with a tinge of pride.