In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the government Thursday appointed as many as 14 new joint secretaries (JS) in different central ministries.
Two IPS officers and one officer each from Indian Forest Service and Indian Postal Service have also been appointed as JS in the rejig. NIA Inspector General P V R Sastry has been appointed joint secretary in the Department of Consumer Affairs. Another IPS officer, Praveen Vashista, has been appointed as JS in the Ministry of Mines.
Sources said both the officers had been vying for a spot in the home ministry, where two JS posts are vacant.
Sastry, incidentally, is also secretary of the IPS (Central) Association, which is locked in a tussle with the Indian Administrative Service over parity in pay and promotions. The association has been pushing for a fair chance at top posts in central ministries that are dominated by IAS officers. It had argued before the 7th Central Pay Commission that such postings should made according to the domain expertise of the officers. The pay panel has made similar recommendations.
Sources said Thursday’s reshuffle is aimed at speeding up implementation of the government’s ambitious programmes like Smart City Project and focus on key sectors like mines, information technology and road transport.
East Delhi Municipal Commissioner Amit Yadav, a 1991 batch UT cadre IAS officer, has been appointed JS in the Department of Telecommunication, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said.
Praveen Garg, a 1988 batch IAS officer of MP cadre, has been appointed as JS in the Department of Economic Affairs. His batchmate Rajiv Bansal is the new joint secretary in the Department of Electronic and Information Technology.
Another IAS officer, Dinesh Kumar, will be JS in the Department of Agriculture, the order stated. Besides, B Anand, Leena Nandon and Sonia Sethi have been appointed joint secretaries in Urban Development, Road, Transport and Highways and Culture Ministry, respectively, the order said.