NTA Chief Subodh Kumar removed amid NEET row

In the midst of the NEET uproar and the recent cancellation of the UGC NET examination, and the announcement to postpone the CSIR UGC NET 2024, the Centre has removed Director General of the National Testing Agency, Subodh Kumar Singh on Saturday.

Kumar, a Chhattisgarh cadre IAS officer was put on “compulsory wait”. Kumar’s post is temporarily replaced by P.K. Kharola, a former aviation secretary and the current chairman and managing director (CMD) of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). Kharola is from the retired batch of 1985, Karnataka cadre IAS officer. He is said to hold the charge until the appointment of a regular incumbent, according to the ministry of personnel order. “Kharola’s experience as NRA chairman could be one of the standing reasons for getting the additional charge of DG, NTA,” said a senior government officials on the terms of anonymity.

Subodh Kumar Singh, was appointed as a of Director General of NTA, last year in June. Prior to the post of DG, Singh had been holding the charge of additional secretary in the Department of Food and Public Distribution.
Originally from the state of Uttar Pradesh, Singh had also served in the Chhattisgarh CMO for a total of nine years between 2009 to 2018, during the tenure of CM Raman Singh of the BJP.

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