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IAS AK Sharma’s sudden resignation triggers speculation

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Sudden resignation of 1988 batch cadre IAS officer, Arvind Kumar Sharma, who is considered to be one of the closest aides of PM Narendra Modi, has given way to too many speculations in the political corridors of Delhi as this resignation was rendered two years ahead of his scheduled superannuation in July 2022. This early retirement was formally accepted by the centre on Monday.

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Sharma’s decision of taking early VRS has created ripples in the power corridors as he is now believed to be awarded a bigger political post in Uttar Pradesh in the coming days.

Sharma has worked with PM Modi for more than two decades and has also served in Gujarat CMO when Modi was the chief minister of the state. Sharma also worked very hard to take Modi’s dream project ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ forward, which became a success story. According to sources, Sharma had played a key role in “vibrant Gujarat” projects and was the point of contact for industrialists.

Sharma had also played a crucial role in taking Modi’s vision forward and communicating it with the fellow officers. His promotion to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as additional secretary, was awarded to him by Modi for his exemplary role in the administration.

Back in May 2020, Sharma was awarded the post of Secretary in the micro, small and medium enterprises ministry. Prior to this, he was appointed as the Additional Secretary in the PMO.

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According to sources, Sharma always maintained a low profile and had good rapport with all the officers – both seniors and juniors. His appointment as Secretary had come at a time when the MSME sector was going through it’s roughest phase due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the country. This had led to loss of many jobs, while many MSME were struggling hard to survive.

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