Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, who assumed charge on Tuesday as the new chief secretary of the state, said he had no personal agenda, but only that of the state government for the welfare and development of the people. Describing himself as a traditional IAS officer, he said considers Andhra Pradesh as his home state.
In an informal chat with mediapersons after assuming charge, Mohanty said it is a God-given opportunity and he is grateful for the faith reposed in him.
Mohanty, who had never worked directly under a chief minister said, he started his career as sub-collector in Guntur and worked in various positions, including that of the municipal commissioner of Hyderabad, before spending six and a half years in the Central service.
His experience as CCLA for three months after he had returned to the state and rejoined the home cadre was very enlightening, he said.
The new CS said most of his batchmates are now secretaries in the Central government, which will make it easy for communication and effective inflow of funds to the state. When pointed out that he had taken charge at a crucial time with elections due in a year, Mohanty said his work is to implement what the government decides.
Earlier, Mohanty arrived at the C-Block in Secretariat around 3 pm. He held a meeting with outgoing chief secretary Minnie Mathew and also interacted with the GAD staff. Later, he took over charge from Minnie Mathew.