Neelam Kapur, former head of PIB, appointed as Sports Authority of India DG
Neelam Kapur, the 1982 batch Indian Information Service (IIS) officer appointed as the new Sports Authority of India (SAI) director general (DG), was serving as the Principal Director General of the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP),other sports Updated: Jan 31, 2018 20:18 IST
Senior-most Indian Information Service officer Neelam Kapur, who had served as UPA government’s spokesperson, was today appointed director general (DG) of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
The 1982 batch IIS officer is at present the Principal Director General of the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved her appointment to the post till her superannuation, i.e. July 31, 2019, by upgrading the post to apex level, according to an order by the personnel ministry.
Kapur was appointed the Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) by the then UPA government in 2009.
As PIB chief, she was in-charge of information officers attached to every central government ministry.
When the NDA came into power, Kapur was replaced by her batch-mate Frank Naronha and was shifted to the DFP.
It is for the first time that an IIS officer has been appointed as SAI chief. The post is usually held by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar is looking after the post of SAI DG.
Kapur has been one of the longest serving secretary- level officers of the IIS, a senior official said.
She was in November last year given the additional charge of media and communication for the home and sports ministries.
The additional charge was later taken back and an IIS officer was appointed to communicate with media for works related to home and personnel ministries.