UIDAI chief Saurabh Garg elevated to secretary rank, 8 IAS officers named special secretaries in current jobs – ET Government

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the elevation of as many as eight senior IAS officers to the level of special secretary “in the rank and pay of secretary to the government of India as a measure personal to them” by temporarily upgrading the posts held by them.

According to the notification issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), senior Odisha cadre IAS officer Saurabh Garg will now be chief executive officer, Unique Identification Authority of India in the rank and pay of secretary to the government of India.

“Saurabh Garg, lAS (OR:91), Chief Executive Officer, Unique Identification Authority of India as Chief Executive Officer, Unique Identification Authority of India in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Government of India,” DoPT said.

Apart from Garg, senior Tamil Nadu IAS officer T K Ramachandran will be posted as Chairman, V0 Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin, ministry of ports, shipping and waterways in the rank and pay of secretary.

While 1991-batch Telangana cadre IAS officer G Asok Kumar will work as director general, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti in the rank and pay of secretary, Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer S Gopalakrishnan is elevated in the rank of secretary as special secretary, department of Health & Family Welfare.

Andhra cadre IAS officer Sumita Dawra is also elevated as special secretary, department for promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

While senior Bihar cadre IAS officer Rajit Punhani is elevated as special secretary & financil advisor, ministry of home affairs, UT cadre IAS officer Debashree Mukherjee is elevated as special secretary, department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Further 1991-batch UP-cadre IAS officer Nivedita Shukla Verma is elevated as special secretary, department of defence, ministry of defence. “Ms. Nivedita Shukla Verma, lAS (UP:91). Additional Secretary, Department of Defence, Ministry of Defence as Special Secretary, Department of Defence, Ministry of Defence,” DoPT said.



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