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Santosh Babu, Former IAS Officer, Joins Kamal Haasan’s Party Ahead of Tamil Nadu Elections

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Former Indian Administrative Services officer Santhosh Babu joined actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (Center for People’s Justice) on Tuesday. He has been appointed secretary general of the party.

The officer, who voluntarily retired from service in August after leading the Tamil Nadu Fibrenet Corporation (TANFINET) from 2018-19 in his capacity as chief secretary of the Information Technology department, alleged that he faced pressure during his tenure as top IT official.

Babu said he had received an offer from the prime minister’s office last year to become executive director of the MyGov platform, but had to turn it down to focus on his work in the state. “It was a privilege, but I have done a great deal of work as Senior IT Secretary with the goal of transforming Tamil Nadu by incorporating a blockchain backbone with a statewide database and ending up in what is called predictive governance “, said. .

A 1995 group official from the Tamil Nadu cadre, the former official said he had pondered Haasan’s offer to join the party for the past six months. “I am joining a party that is sensible and democratic,” Babu said.

He is the third former bureaucrat to join the MNM after retired police officer AG Mourya and former IAS officer R Rengarajan, who have been with the party since its inception. “We are fostering an atmosphere where people of talent and integrity can join MNM,” Haasan said after Babu’s induction.

Haasan said the Center should have a dialogue with protesting farmers in the capital. Speaking about Rajinikanth’s indecision about his political entry, Haasan reiterated that he is more concerned about the health of his former co-star than about his politics.

The MNM participated in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and is working out strategies to run candidates in the 234 assembly seats when Tamil Nadu goes to the polls in early 2021.

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