Sanjay Mitra – 1982 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre – got appointed as new Defense Secretary on Wednesday for fixed two-year tenure. Mitra will reportedly be replacing G Mohan Kumar who will be completing his tenure on May 24. Mitra till then would function as an officer on Special Duty in the Defense Ministry as decided by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet, ACC.
As per the records, this will be the first posting of Sanjay Mitra in the Defense Ministry who was previously working as Road Transport and Highways Secretary. He has also completed his seven-year stint as a Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s office of Manmohan Singh. Another five new Secretaries have also been appointed in Central Government Departments along with Mitra.
Rashmi Verma, present Textiles Secretary and Sanjay Mitra’s batchmate, is appointed as the new Tourism Secretary. Jagdish Prasad Meena, present special Secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries has been appointed as Department of Consumer Affairs Secretary. Verma will be replaced by Petroleum and Natural Gas additional Secretary Anant Kumar Singh.
Leena Nair has been moved to the ministry of tribal affairs from Women and Child Development Secretary’s post in the same capacity. Rakesh Srivastava will be replacing Nair. Presently he is at member Secretary, National Commission for Backward Classes and was also a 1981 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre as well.
B R Sharma, the recently sidelined Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, has been cleared for the post of additional Secretary, Union Home Ministry. B R Sharma was removed earlier this month and was replaced by B B Vyas and was a 1984 batch IAS officer. Aruna Sundararajan, Electronics and Information Technology Secretary, will hold the additional charge of Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, till the appointment of a regular incumbent, as per the order said.