The Narendra Modi government gave the bureaucracy another makeover on Friday, filling key posts and introducing fresh talent while rearranging middle-rung civil servants in several ministries.
The appointments committee of the cabinet, headed by the PM, issued the orders after Modi cleared the names on Thursday night, with several 1984-batch IAS officers getting promotions.
Anant Kumar Singh, who’s from the UP cadre, joins the ministry of home affairs, while Raghvendra Singh, additional secretary in the ministry of information and broadcasting, will move to the ministry of agriculture in the same capacity.
The yawning gaps at the top of the bureau of Indian standards (BIS) and directorate general of shipping have been plugged. While Deepak Shetty takes over the reins of the shipping department after serving there as joint director general, MJ Joseph is the new director general at BIS, moving up from his last assignment as additional secretary in the ministry of corporate affairs.
Bihar-cadre officer Deepak Kumar will take over as additional secretary in the ministry of labour and employment. Another 1984-batch officer, DV Prasad, has been assigned to the ministry of women and child development as additional secretary after serving as joint secretary in the department of industrial policy and promotion.
The ministry of health and family welfare gets an additional secretary and financial advisor, as Vijaya Srivastav moves there from the rural development ministry, vacating a joint secretary position.
Ajay Narayan Jha, officer on special duty in the finance commission, has been made an additional secretary in the ministry of finance. The 1982-batch IAS officer from the Manipur-Tripura cadre is going to the department of expenditure.
Three 1984-batch officers – Alok Srivastav, Rashmi Shukla Sharma and T Jacob – will take up responsibilities as additional secretaries in the shipping, panchayati raj and personnel & training ministries respectively.
Another officer from the same batch, Anand Kumar, has been made the managing director of the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation, while central vigilance commission secretary Alok Kumar also gets a promotion.