A retired civil servant, Anil Baijal had replaced Najeeb Jung. While Anil Baijal has completed his term, the appointment of his successor has long been due.
New Delhi: Citing personal reasons, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday submitted his resignation to President of India Ram Nath Kovind. Baijal had taken over the reins on December 31, 2016.
A retired civil servant, Baijal had replaced Najeeb Jung. While Anil Baijal has completed his term, the appointment of his successor has long been due.
The post of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has been at the heart of an all-out power tussle between Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the BJP, which rules the Centre. In 2018, there was some let up when the Supreme Court spelled out their powers more clearly.
Baijal is a 1969 batch AGMUT cadre, short for Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory, IAS officer. He has served in Delhi as a former vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
Anil Baijal was appointed as the home secretary in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He was transferred to the urban development ministry by the Congress-led UPA government where he oversaw the planning and implementation of the Rs 60,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
As a bureaucrat for 37 years, Anil Baijal had served as the managing director of the Indian Airlines, chief executive officer of the Prasar Bharati Corporation, development commissioner of Goa and counsellor in-charge of India’s aid programme in Nepal.