Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

Ashok Lavasa is new Expenditure Secy, Ajay Mittal Information and Broadcasting Secretary

New Delhi: Senior IAS officers Ashok Lavasa and Ajay Mittal were today appointed as Expenditure and Information and Broadcasting secretaries respectively in a top-level bureaucratic reshuffle.

Environment Secretary Ashok Lavasa as Expenditure Secretary due to the retirement of Finance Secretary Ratan Watal.

Environment Secretary Ashok Lavasa was today appointed as Expenditure Secretary due to the retirement Ratan Watal on April 30.

In all, 14 new secretaries have been appointed in various central government departments.

Lavasa, currently Environment Secretary, will take over from Ratan Watal, who superannuates on April 30, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

Ajay Narayan Jha, Special Secretary in Department of Expenditure, will be new Secretary of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in place of Lavasa, it said.

Mittal, at present working in his cadre state Himachal Pradesh, will be new Information and Broadcasting Secretary. He will take over from incumbent Sunil Arora, who retires this month end.

Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Snehlata Shrivastava has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Justice. She is currently Special Secretary in Department of Financial Services, the DoPT said.

The portfolios of Anuj Kumar Bishnoi and Vijay Shankar Pandey have been swapped. Bishnoi will now be Secretary, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, in place of Pandey, who has been named as new Secretary Department of Fertilisers.

Himachal Pradesh cadre IAS officer Ajay Mittal was today appointed  as Information and Broadcasting Secretary upon the retirement of incumbent Sunil Arora on April 30.

Himachal Pradesh cadre IAS officer Ajay Mittal was today appointed as Information and Broadcasting Secretary upon the retirement of incumbent Sunil Arora on April 30.

There has been reshuffle in other departments too. Devendra Chaudhary has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

Chaudhary, a 1981 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is at present Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) and Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare. He was involved in civil services day celebrations on April 20-21 here.

Chirravuri Viswanath, Secretary for Department of Consumer Affairs will be new Secretary DARPG and for Pensions and Pensioners Welfare in place of Chaudhary.

Hem Kumar Pandey has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, a post held by Viswanath. Pandey is currently Secretary, Department of Official Language under Home Ministry.

PTI

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