Director General of Civil Aviation M Sathiyavathi and Forward Markets Commission Chairman Ramesh Abhishek are among 18 senior IAS officers who have been promoted to the level of Secretary, and some to Special Secretary, by temporarily upgrading the posts held by them.
Of these, five officers have been appointed to the level of Secretary and rest to that of Special Secretary.
Abhishek, a 1982-batch IAS officer of Bihar-cadre, has got Secretary rank as Chairman, Forward Markets Commission (FMC). His batchmate Sathiyavathi has also got rank and pay of Secretary as DGCA, an order issued today by Department of Personnel and Training said.
Aruna Sundarajan, Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Leena Nair have been given Secretary rank. Sundarajan is Administrator, Universal Service Obligation Fund under Department of Telecommunications and Gupta is Secretary, Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises under Department of Public Enterprises.
Nair is working as Chairperson of Marine Products Exports Development Authority under Commerce Ministry.
Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Amarjeet Singh has been given rank and pay of Special Secretary in Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
Rashmi Verma and Avinash Kumar Srivastava, who are working in Finance and Agriculture ministries respectively, have got Special Secretary rank. Navin Verma and Jai Priye Prakash, both posted in Cabinet Secretariat, have been given Special Secretary designation.
Others who got Special Secretary rank and pay includes Jitendra Singh Mathur (Information and Broadcasting Ministry), Dinesh Singh (Statistics and Programme Implementation Ministry), G Gurucharan (Consumer Affairs), Ajay Narain Jha (Department of Expenditure) and Prabhas Kumar Jha ( Department of Food and Public Distribution).
Krishan Kumar Jalan, Central Provident Fund Commissioner in Employees' Provident Fund Organisation, Hem Kumar Pande (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change) and C B Venkataramana (Department of Atomic Energy) have become Special Secretary in their respective departments.