Bimal Julka named secretary, ministry of information and broadcasting1 min read . Updated: 29 Jun 2013, 01:23 AM IST
Julka will succeed Uday Verma, who retires on 30 June
New Delhi: Bimal Julka, an Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1979 batch, has been appointed secretary at the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB), according to a press release issued by the government on Friday evening. He will succeed Uday Kumar Verma, who retires on 30 June.
Julka, who belongs to the Madhya Pradesh cadre of the IAS, is moving to the MIB from the ministry of external affairs where he was special secretary and financial adviser.
An MA in psychology from Delhi University, Julka has worked in different ministries. He was director in the ministry of industrial development between 1989 and 1994 and later worked in the human resource development ministry as well as in the ministry of civil aviation. He also served in the ministry of defence.
Julka’s task includes completing the digitization of the country’s cable television network system for nearly 140 million cable and satellite TV households. The government has set a deadline of December 2014 for completing the process.
His other immediate responsibility would be to conduct auctions for FM radio operators who have been waiting for opening up of the frequencies under Phase III of radio privatization for the last two years. The government has promised to hold the auctions this year and allow over 800 new FM stations.