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PM Modi starts building budget team, 16 officers reshuffled

PM Narendra Modi on Friday brought in a new team of civil servants for next year’s Union budget that will be tasked with steering the economy in an uncertain global environment and shepherding second-generation reforms.

india Updated: Aug 29, 2015 08:17 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday brought in a new team of civil servants for next year’s Union budget that will be tasked with steering the economy in an uncertain global environment and shepherding second-generation reforms.

The formation of the new team at the finance ministry was part of a reshuffle of 16 secretary-level bureaucrats at the Centre.

As part of this exercise, 1980-batch IAS officer Shaktikanta Das was appointed the next economic affairs secretary. Das, who was made revenue secretary soon after the NDA government came to power last year, will step into Rajiv Mehrishi’s shoes when he retires this month-end.

1981-batch Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Hasmukh Adhia — who took over as secretary, financial services, in November — will be the next revenue secretary. His batchmate Anjuly Chib Duggal will move from the corporate affairs ministry to the finance ministry to head the financial services department. Another Gujarat-cadre officer, Tapan Ray, will be the corporate affairs secretary.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Modi also appointed Rajasthan-cadre Sunil Arora as the next information and broadcasting secretary. Arora was inducted into the Centre as the newly-constituted skill development ministry’s first secretary exactly a year ago and tasked with building the foundation for the government’s initiatives in this sector.

Arora will be replaced at the ministry by Air India chairman Rohit Nandan, a 1982-batch UP-cadre officer. The government recently named a railway service officer, Ashwani Lohani, to lead the national carrier’s revival plans.

Friday’s reshuffle also put an end to the race for the post of National Highways Authority of India chairman.

Madhya Pradesh cadre Raghav Chandra, serving as additional secretary in the agriculture ministry, has been appointed to the post.

KS Deepak will be the next information technology secretary while Vijay Shankar Madan, who headed the Unique Identification Authority of India, will move as secretary of the land resources department that is struggling to make changes to the land acquisition law.

Deputy election commissioner Vinod Zutshi will be tourism secretary, sports secretary Ajit M Sharan will move to the ministry of Ayush and Girish Shankar, additional secretary, tourism, will shift to the home ministry’s official languages department on promotion. Pravir Kumar will join as secretary, inter-state council secretariat, while Amarendra Sinha will be secretary, National Commission of Minorities.

Sanjay Kumar Srivastava — who was accommodated as official languages secretary after being removed as Delhi chief secretary — will join the cabinet secretariat as secretary, coordination and public grievances.