New Delhi: Weeks ahead of the Union budget, Shaktikanta Das, a Tamil Nadu batch Indian Administrative Service officer, has taken charge as revenue secretary in the finance ministry replacing Rajiv Takru.

Takru, a Gujarat cadre civil servant, who was revenue secretary since March this year has been posted as secretary in the ministry of development of north eastern region.

Das, 1980 batch officer, was earlier holding the post of secretary, department of fertilizers in ministry of chemical and fertilizers.

This is the first high-level bureaucratic rejig in the finance ministry since the Narendra Modi-led government took over three weeks ago.

The finance ministry, which is preparing Modi government’s first budget, has Arvind Mayaram as finance secretary, R.P. Wattal as expenditure secretary, Ravi Mathur as disinvestment secretary and G.S. Sandhu as financial services secretary.

The budget is likely to be presented early next month.