Ashok Lavasa appointed as new expenditure secretary
The appointments committee of cabinet makes several changes in the top bureaucracy, promoting special secretary level officers as secretaries to fill up several posts
New Delhi: The government on Tuesday appointed environment secretary Ashok Lavasa as expenditure secretary in the finance ministry, in place of Ratan P. Watal, who retires on 30 April.
Ajay Narayan Jha, presently a special secretary in the expenditure department in the finance ministry, will take over as secretary in the ministry of environment, forest and climate change, an official statement said. Special secretaries are of the same rank as secretary, but do not have administrative control of a department.
The appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC) also made several changes in the top bureaucracy, promoting special secretary level officers as secretaries to fill up several posts that will fall vacant when incumbents retire at the end of this month.
Snehlata Shrivastava, currently special secretary in the department of financial services, has been appointed as the new law secretary in place of Kusumjit Sidhu, who retires on 30 April.
Chemicals and petrochemicals secretary Vijay Shankar Pandey and fertilizer secretary Anuj Kumar Bishnoi will move to each other’s departments within the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers.
The official statement said that Jai Priye Prakash, currently special secretary in the cabinet secretariat, will be the new secretary in the department of pharmaceuticals.
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