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Former Mumbai municipal commissioner Praveen Pardeshi (Retd IAS: 1985: MH) is likely to be appointed as CEO of state’s think tank Maharashtra Institution for Transformation (MITRA), which is on the lines of NITI Aayog.
Pardeshi, who is currently working as a member of the National Capacity Building Commission, worked in key positions with successive governments in Maharashtra. He had handled the chief minister’s office during the tenure of Vilasrao Deshmukh and Devendra Fadnavis. But After losing the chance to become the chief secretary in February 2021, he took voluntary retirement from the service to join the Central government’s National Capacity Building Commission as a member (administration).
The state government is set to issue advertisements for the post of CEO of MITRA after which Pardeshi is likely to be selected. Pardeshi had had a discussion with chief minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis on this issue. Shinde appointed his close aide and builder Ajay Ashar as Vice President of Mitra.