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Modi government reshuffles top-level bureaucrats

By PTI
28 July, 2016

Senior IAS officer Aruna Sharma has been appointed as Steel Secretary as part of a major top-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected today by the government.

A total of 15 new Secretaries have been appointed in various central government ministries.

The portfolios of Sharma and Aruna Sundararajan, who is Steel Secretary, have been swapped. Aruna Sharma will now be Steel Secretary and Sundarajan will be Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.

Both are 1982 batch IAS officers.

B K Prasad, who conducted an inquiry into the missing files relating to alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan, has been appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-nomadic Tribes for two years.

Prasad was given two-month extension, till this month-end, beyond his superannuation. He was due to retire on May 31.

Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Amarjit Singh has been named as new Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. He will take over as Officer on Special Duty in the same ministry with immediate effect, it said.

Singh, who is presently Special Secretary in the Ministry, would take over as Secretary on superannuation of the present incumbent Shashi Shekhar, the order said.

M, Sathiavathy, Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA), has been named as Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment. She has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Labour Ministry with immediate effect.

Sathiavathy will take over as Secretary in the Labour Ministry on superannuation of the present incumbent Shankar Agarwal, the order said, without mentioning the name of new DGCA. 

Health Secretary Bhanu Pratap Sharma has been appointed Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training. IAS officer C K Mishra will be new Secretary in Department of Health and Family Welfare in place of Sharma.

Mishra is presently Additional Secretary in the Health Ministry.

Senior bureaucrat Dinesh Singh will be new Secretary, Department of Land Resources. He is presently Special Secretary in Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Singh has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Land Resources till he take over as the Secretary, on superannuation of the present incumbent V S Madan, the DoPT order said.

Amarendra Kumar Dubey, Special Secretary in Coal Ministry, will be new Secretary in Department of Youth Affairs. He has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the department with immediate effect and he will take over as Secretary on superannuation of the present incumbent Rajiv Gupta, it said.

Senior IAS officer Latha Krishna Rao, who is working in her state cadre Karnataka, will be Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Amarjeet Sinha has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Rural Development. He is Additional Secretary in the same department.

N S Kang, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre, has been appointed as Secretary and Director General, National AIDS Control Organization.

Smita Chugh, Member Secretary in Tariff Commission under Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, has been appointed as Secretary in the same organisation.

Rakesh Srivastava, a 1981 batch IAS officer presently working in his state cadre Rajasthan, has been appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Backward Classes.

The post held by Rajeev Kapoor, Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, has been upgraded to the level of Secretary. Kapoor is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, the order said.

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