NEW DELHI, Jan 17:
President Pranab Mukherjee’s Private Secretary Rajneesh has been appointed as Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce as part of senior-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the government.
As many as 12 officers have been appointed in various ministries. Of these, seven have been appointed as Joint Secretary and the rest as Additional Secretary.
Rajneesh, a 1997-batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre, has been appointed to the new post till October next year, when he completes maximum of seven-year central deputation tenure, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved premature repatriation of IAS officer Umang Narula, Chairman and Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation, to his cadre state Jammu and Kashmir.
Those appointed as Additional Secretaries include Madhya Pradesh-cadre IAS officer Anil Kumar Jain, who was working as Adviser in Niti Aayog. He has been appointed Additional Secretary in the same organisation.
Atul Chaturvedi, JS in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, has been made Additional Secretary in the same department. Saraswati Prasad, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, will be Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Steel Ministry, it said.
Santosh A Mathew, who is known for working hard to promote the central government’s e-governance programme, has been moved from the Department of Rural Development as Chairperson, National Council for Technical Education.
Satbir Bedi, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, will be Member Secretary, National Commission for Women.
Senior IAS officers Pradip Kumar Tripathi and V Radha have been appointed as Joint Secretary in DoPT and the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation respectively, the order said.
Sanjay Kumar Rakesh and Ajay Tirkey have been appointed as JS in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, and the Department of School Education and Literacy respectively. (PTI)