The top Uttar Pradesh bureaucrat was replaced by IAS officer Alok Ranjan.

Ajit Seth, the current Cabinet Secretary, is due to retire on June 13. Usmani’s name is emerging as the front runner for the top post.

Usmani, a 1978 batch IAS officer, has worked in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), spending close to seven years.

He worked in the PMO first during the United Front government and then as Joint Secretary during Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.  He returned for a second stint from 2004 to 2007 when former prime minister Manmohan Singh took charge.

He had earlier served as Principal Secretary with Mulayam Singh Yadav during his third tenure between 2003-07 and was posted in the Prime Minister's Office before moving to a World Bank assignment in Washington.

He was shifted as Secretary of the Planning Commission of India barely a couple of days before he took up the charge of Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary. He was appointed at the coveted post soon after the Samajwadi Party government took over after the recent assembly elections in 2012.

Alok Ranjan new Chief Secretary of UP
    
A 1978 batch IAS officer, Alok Ranjan, who assumed office this evening, said he would try to ensure clean administration.
    
"I will try to ensure clean administration and deal with problems like power crisis. I will emphasize on team work," he told reporter here.
    
No official reason has been cited for Usmani's removal though the Samajwadi Party-led government has been shuffling both IAS and PCS officers after the party's debacle in the Lok Sabha polls.
    
Prior to his new assignment, Ranjan, a graduate from Delhi's St Stephen's college and MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad, was Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC) and Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) of the state.

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