Home / Politics / Policy /  Rajiv Mehrishi replaces Arvind Mayaram in finance ministry ahead of Budget

New Delhi: Rajiv Mehrishi, chief secretary of Rajasthan, will replace Arvind Mayaram as economic affairs secretary ahead of the budget-making process of the central government.

An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1978 batch from the Rajasthan cadre, Mehrishi is known as a forward-thinking bureaucrat who is credited with kick-starting labour reforms in the western state ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Mayaram, who is also from the 1978 batch and belonging to the Rajasthan cadre, has been shifted to the tourism ministry.

The decision of the appointments committee of the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was posted on the website of the department of personnel and training (DoPT). A finance ministry spokesperson said that an official communication from the ministry would follow soon.

The government has also appointed additional secretary in the DoPT, Bhaskar Khulbe, as additional secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), replacing R. Ramanujam, who has retired.

Additional secretary in the secretariat of the cabinet committee on investment, Anil Swarup, has been announced as the next coal secretary in place of S.K. Srivastava, who will retire on 31 October. Swarup has been immediately appointed in the newly created post of officer on special duty in the coal ministry.

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