KATHMANDU: Leela Mani Paudel has taken up office on Monday as the chief secretary of the government .
After the former chief secretary Madhav Prasad Ghimire took retirement on Sunday, Paudel has been automatically promoted to the post of chief secretary.
As soon as he reached Singha Durbar, Paudel has started parleys with secretaries at different ministries.
Paudel worked as acting chief secretary till Sunday as per the Cabinet decision which drew objections from different quarters for picking up Paudel.
Paudel was secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office prior being appointed as the chief secretary.
Paudel was eighth in the seniority order among a dozen secretaries who had vied for the topmost post of the country’s bureaucracy.