Major bureaucratic reshuffle; renewable energy secretary Rajeev Kapoor moved to petrochem department

New Delhi: In a major bureaucratic reshuffle effected today, as many as 17 bureaucrats were assigned new secretary-level portfolios at various ministries.

New and Renewable Power secretary Rajeev Kapoor has been moved to Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals as secretary and has been replaced by Anand Kumar, Managing Director, National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited.

Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Director General Foreign Trade has been appointed as secretary, Ministry of Power as the current secretary PK Pujari will retire at the end of this month.

Ajay Prakash Sawhney, additional secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He is replacing Aruna Sundararajan who has been given the charge of secretary, Department of Telecommunications.

Rajeev Gauba will replace Rajiv Mehrishi as Home Secretary from September 1 when the latter retires. Gauba will be replaced by Durga Shankar Mishra as Secretary of Ministry of Urban Development.

NK Sinha, Secretary in Ministry of Culture, has been made secretary in Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He will replace Ajay Mittal who has been given charge of Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.

Ravi Kant, additional secretary, Department of Defence has been made secretary in Ministry of Shipping while Subhash C Garg, Executive Director, World Bank, has been given charge of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs.

Yudhvir Singh Mallik, Chairman, National Highways Authority of India, will now be the Secretary in Road Transport and Highways Ministry. He will be replaced by Deepak Kumar who is currently the director general of Employees State Insurance Corporation.

Arun Kumar Panda, Additional Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, will now be the secretary in Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises while Avinash K Srivastarva will replace Jagdish Prasad Meena as Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

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