NEW DELHI: Before leaving for Brazil on Sunday to attend the BRICS summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi effected a major reshuffle of Secretaries in the Central government to meet the challenges ahead. The Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister with Home Minister Rajnath Singh as member cleared 10 files including transfers, additional charges and bringing at least four senior bureaucrats from State cadre to the Centre to breathe new life into the system.
The ACC has cleared the central deputation of Gujarat cadre IAS officer Hara Krushna Dash as Secretary, Inter State Council Secretariat (ISCS) under Ministry of Home Affairs. ISCS looks into the interests of States and Union with the Prime Minister as its Chairman and CMs of all states and 10 cabinet ministers as members of the council. Dash, a 1980 batch IAS officer is currently serving as Principal Secretary, Environment & Forest. He earlier handled crucial departments of maritime, Ports and Transport and Narmada Water resources when Modi was at the helm in Gujarat.
In another significant decision, the ACC appointed Rajasthan Chief Commissioner Archana Ranjan, a 1979 batch IRS officer, as Special Secretary-cum-Director General of Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), nodal agency for economic intelligence in the country.
Sanjay Kothari, currently serving as Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training. Ravi Shanker, a 1980 batch IAS officer of Uttarakhand, is set to take over as Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances.
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