In a major administrative reshuffle at the Centre,senior IAS officers Pradeep Kumar Sinha,Syamal Kumar Sarkar and Vishwapati Trivedi were on Friday appointed as secretaries in the Ministry of Power,Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and Ministry of Shipping,respectively.
Madhya Pradesh IAS officer Bimal Julka of 1979 batch is also set to become the next secretary,Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He will succeed Uday Kumar Varma who retires this month.
The appointments were approved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC).
Julka is at present serving in the Ministry of External Affairs as special secretary and financial adviser.
He has earlier worked in various other ministries like Civil Aviation,Defence,Finance and Human Resource Development apart from holding positions in the Madhya Pradesh Government.
New power secretary P K Sinha,a 1977 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre,is presently secretary in Ministry of Shipping. The vacancy was necessitated following the retirement of incumbent P Uma Shankar on Friday.
A 1979 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre,Sarkar has been appointed in place of P K Mishra,who also retired on Friday. Sarkar,who is at present secretary in Ministry of Water Resources,has earlier served as additional secretary in the DoPT.
Trivedi,a 1977 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre,has replaced Sinha following his new appointment. He is currently chairman,Inland Waterways Authority of India. Senior IAS officer Alok Rawat has been appointed as secretary in Ministry of Water Resources. The 1977 batch officer of Sikkim cadre is secretary (Coordination and Public Grievances),Cabinet Secretariat.
The ACC also approved appointment of Gauri Kumar,a 1979 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre,as secretary (Border Management) in the Home Ministry. Kumar is at present special secretary in Ministry of Mines.