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Rajiv Mehrishi appointed CAG in major reshuffle, Sunil Arora is new election commissioner

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRajesh Ahuja, Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Sep 01, 2017 12:13 AM IST

With the post of CAG, Rajiv Mehrishi has now held three positions of utmost importance in the Indian bureaucracy — economic affairs secretary, home secretary and now the new auditor general.

Outgoing Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will be the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) as the Centre on Thursday announced a reshuffle of 17 senior bureaucrats.

Rajiv Mehrishi retired as Union home secretary on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Rajiv Mehrishi retired as Union home secretary on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

The Centre also filled up a vacancy in the Election Commission with the appointment of former information and broadcasting secretary Sunil Arora as election commissioner. Rajiv Kumar was appointed secretary in department of financial services (DFS), while Anita Karwal was named CBSE chairperson.

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Along with Mehrishi, who retired on Thursday, the government’s audit watchdog also got a new deputy CAG, IA&AS officer Ranjan Kumar Ghose.

With the post of CAG, Mehrishi has now held three positions of utmost importance in the Indian bureaucracy — economic affairs secretary, home secretary and now the new auditor general. His appointment also put to rest speculations of him taking over the governor’s post from NN Vohra.

Mehrishi will assume charge on September 24 after the incumbent CAG retires. He will be the second Union home secretary after TN Chaturvedi to become the CAG — a constitutional post.

Two years ago on August 31, 2015, the day he was to superannuate as Union finance secretary, Mehrishi, was appointed as the next home secretary that gave him two more years in service.

On Thursday, two years later, the government decided to appoint him as the CAG after he retired as home secretary. This will give the 62-year-old a tenure till he attains the age of 65.

There was also a vacancy in the poll panel after Nasim Zaidi retired as chief election commissioner (CEC) in July. As on date, Achal Kumar Joti is the CEC, while OP Rawat is the other election commissioner.

The government also made a few more bureaucratic appointments on Thursday. Dr Asha Ram Sihag, secretary (coordination) in the Cabinet Secretariat will be new secretary in department of heavy industries.

Rajiv Kumar, establishment officer and special secretary in ministry of personnel, will be new secretary in department of financial services. Pradip Kumar Tripathi, a J&K cadre IAS officer of 1987 batch, will be next establishment officer and additional secretary in the department of personnel.

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