Mumbai: Senior IAS officer Sitaram Kunte was on 27th Feb appointed chief secretary of Maharashtra succeeding Sanjay Kumar. Kunte, a 1985 batch officer, was presently additional chief secretary (home). Kunte, who has graduated in economics and studied statistic and management, has 26 years of experience in handling public administration.

In his career, Kunte has held several key posts in the Maharashtra government. His most known tenure was municipal commissioner of Mumbai between 2012-15. He has handled finance, planning and environment departments among others. He has also served as the managing director of the Maharastra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

Kunte was in the zone of consideration when Sanjay Kumar was appointed as chief secretary in June last year. Kumar is set to retire on February 28.

Kunte was sidelined in the BJP government. When the MVA goverment came to power, Ajoy Mehta was the chief secretary.

Kunte will get eight months as chief secretary. Kunte was believed to be the top contender for the post after his batchmate Praveen Pardeshi, took up responsibility as a global program coordinator at the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITR) in Geneva, Switzerland in August last year.