Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, an IAS officer under AGMUT in 1990 and the current Additional Chief Secretary (Residence) of Delhi, was appointed as the new Delhi City Council (NDMC) President on Friday. He succeeds Dharmendra, an IAS officer from 1989, who was relieved of his duties with immediate effect, said a notification issued by the Home Office.
Bhalla’s appointment is the latest in a series of key administrative changes and appointments to be made in Delhi over the past week.
It should be noted that orders transferring Dharmendra as Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh were issued on April 19, but he had yet to take up his new post. The notification of appointment of the new president also relieved the incumbent official of his duties with immediate effect. “It is further requested that Dharmedra IAS can be relieved from 27 May 2022. In addition, BS Bhalla could be tasked to take over the post of Chairman of NDMC immediately,” the Home Ministry told the Secretary of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. said Vinai Kumar Saxena.
Bhalla is a Commerce graduate and also has an MBA and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM-Bangalore and University of Georgia, USA. Previously, he served in the Revenue Department of Delhi and the Finance Departments of Goa, Daman and Due, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Chandigarh.
Bhalla has held several prominent positions in the past, serving the Central and Delhi governments in various capacities. He worked in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Finance. He has also served as Economic Counselor at the Embassy of India in Washington DC, USA.
As the new head of NDMC, the immediate challenges for Bhalla will include the completion of long pending projects such as the smart streets project, the beautification of the thoroughfares around the central sight, the passage of the power supply from NDMC to green energy, the electric scooter project as well as the expansion of the smart pole project.
Several of these projects have been on hold since the tenure of Naresh Kumar, who is now Delhi’s chief secretary.
NDMC Board Member Kuljeet Singh Chahal said Bhalla was the nodal officer for Covid-19 operations in Delhi. “At the time of the spread of the coronavirus in Delhi, he performed well and helped contain the spread of the pandemic in the city. Once he takes office as Chairman of NDMC, we will work together as a team for the welfare of the people residing in the NDMC region,” Chahal said.
The council areas will also witness several redevelopment and beautification projects related to the G-20 summit which is expected to be held in Delhi in 2023.