Gujarat appoints Hasmukh Adhia, SS Rathore as CM’s advisors

Former Union Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and former Roads and Buildings Secretary SS Rathore have been appointed as advisors to Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 28 December, 2022 2:41 am IST
SS Rathore and Hasmukh Adhia

The Gujarat government appointed Former Union finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia and former secretary of state roads and buildings department SS Rathore as advisors to Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Tuesday.

While Adhia was appointed as the chief advisor to CM Patel, Rathore was appointed as the adviser.

The return of Adhia holds significance as the 1981-batch IAS officer was appointed principal secretary to Prime minister Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.

Considered close to PM Modi, Adhia helmed the task force to chart the Gujarat roadmap for making India a five-trillion-dollar economy. The task force submitted its report to the Gujarat government in May last year.

Currently, Rathore, who was accorded Padma Shri in 2018, is working as the managing director of Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited (GMRC), the special-purpose vehicle for metro projects in the state.

The appointments of Adhia and Rathore indicated that in his second term, CM Patel would focus on finance, economics, education and infrastructure.

A retired Gujarat cadre IAS officer, who retired in November 2018, Adhia was at the helm of affairs in the finance ministry during the implementation of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in India. He will advise the CM on matters related to finance, economic affairs, education, energy, renewable energy, investment, etc.

Rathore is a retired bureaucrat from Gujarat Engineering Services (GES). Having served the Roads & Buildings and Water Resources departments of the Gujarat government, Rathore retired as additional chief secretary in 2014.

He also served the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) as managing director and chairman. It was under Rathore as Chairman and MD of SSNNL that the Statue of Unity project was completed. He has also been conferred the Padma Shri for his contribution to infrastructure development.

Rathore will work as an adviser to the CM on issues related to roads and buildings, civil aviation, the metro rail project, railways, water resources, and Narmada and Kalpasar projects.

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