In a reshuffle of the top bureaucracy, the Centre on Wednesday appointed 19 new secretaries in various departments.
Susheel Kumar, who is the new Coal Secretary, replaced Anil Swarup, who has been made the new Secretary, School Education and Literacy. Kumar, earlier was serving as Secretary, Border Roads Management under the Home Ministry.
Sanjeevanee Kutty, Special Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Home Ministry, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Border Roads Management, in place of Kumar.
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NHAI Chairman Raghav Chandra has been named Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes. Yudhvir Singh Malik, Special Secretary in Niti Aayog, will be new chairman of National Highway Authority of India in place of Chandra.
Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Yadav will be Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, in place of Prabhas Kumar Jha, who has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Official Language. Yadav, who was Secretary in the Department of Sports, has been replaced by Injeti Srinivas, Director General of Sports Authority of India.
Anoop Kumar Srivastava, who was Secretary, Department of Official Language, will now be Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
Ameising Luikham, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Minority Affairs Ministry. He will take over as secretary of the same department with the superannuation of incumbent Rakesh Garg, the DoPT order said.
Seema Bahuguna, Special Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Department of Rural Development, will be the new Secretary, DPE.
Senior IAS officers Preeti Sudan and K P Krishnan have been appointed as secretaries of Department of Food and Public Distribution, and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, respectively.
Sudan was Special Secretary in the Women and Child Development Ministry and Krishnan was Special Secretary, Department of Land Resources.
UPSC Secretary Asha Ram Sihag has been appointed as Secretary, Coordination and Public Grievances, in the Cabinet Secretariat. His wife, Bharati S Sihag, has been named as OSD, Department of Fertilisers. She will take over as Secretary in the same department on superannuation of incumbent Vijay Shankar Pandey.
Besides the 19 secretaries, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved extension of tenure of R K Jain, a member of the National Disaster Management Authority, for six months beyond November 30.