Senior IAS officer Mohan Verghese Chunkath will be the 42nd Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu government. He will be assuming the office on March 31.
Chunkath will also hold full additional charge as Vigilance Commissioner and Commissioner for Administrative Reforms.
The outgoing Chief Secretary Sheela Balakrishnan has been appointed as the Adviser to the State government. She will hold the post for a period of one year from the afternoon of March 31 till the need for it ceases, whichever is earlier.
Sheela Balakrishnan took over as the Chief Secretary on December 31, 2012. Mohan Verghese Chunkath, a 1978-batch of IAS officer, started his career in civil service as a Sub Collector in the Land Revenue Management and District Administration in 1980.
He has held key posts in various departments of the State government which included Agriculture and Cooperation, Animal Husbandry, Higher Education Department, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency and Tamil Nadu Maritime Board. Chunkath hails from Kerala.