Ranjan is now secretary to highways and minor ports department, the portfolio held by CM Edappadi K Palaniswami. His appointment was approved by the appointments committee of the cabinet on Monday”Ranjan has remained the highways secretary under EPS for five years despite shuffles in the past,” said an officer. Ranjan’s deputation to Centre has come at a time when the highways department is mired in controversy over the award of high-cost tenders. The main opposition, DMK has moved the vigilance and anti-corruption directorate, with a complaint to register a criminal case against chief minister for alleged corruption running in to several hundred crores in state highways projects.
The other TN cadre officers, who have been promoted include, K Rajaraman, who has been made additional secretary of department of economic affairs, Anita Praveen as additional secretary and financial advisor, department of posts. Shiv Das Meena has become additional secretary of ministry of housing and urban affairs. Jatindra Nath Swain is managing director of Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited in the rank and pay of additional secretary.