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A major union secretary level reshuffle effected ahead of LS Polls 2024 results

By IndianMandarins- 27 May 2024
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New Delhi (27.05.2024): Fuelling the speculations over the continuity and stability of the incumbent New Delhi establishment a top bureaucratic overhaul was effected abruptly on Monday which included fresh appointments, lateral-shifts of five senior-most IAS officers. 
In the midst of Lok Sabha Polls 2024, with the seventh and last phase of elections underway, the top bureaucratic rejig, including the Additional Secretary empanelment of 1999 batch of IAS officers, looks quite unusual. The decisions also signify that the New Delhi establishment may shortly come up with another list of appointment to the post of Additional Secretary before the formation of the Govt at Centre.
The list of newly reshuffled union secretaries goes as follows:
  • Amit Yadav (IAS: 1991: AGMUT: 1991) was appointed as Officer on Special Duty, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Government of India. He will take over as Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment vice Saurabh Garg (IAS: 1991: OR) upon his superannuation on 31.07.2024. Presently Amit Yadav is working in the cadre as Chairman, NDMC.
  • Raj Kumar Goyal (lAS: 1990: AGMUT) was laterally shifted from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and appointed to a critically important post of Secretary, Department of Justice under the Ministry of Law & Justice. It may be underlined that he was recently appointed as Secretary, Department of Border Management under MHA.
  • Rajendra Kumar (IAS: 1992: TN) was appointed as Secretary, Department of Border Management under MHA vice Raj Kumar Goyal upon his appointment as Secretary, Department of Justice. Currently, he is DG, Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) under the Ministry of Labour & Employment.
  • Rakesh Ranjan (lAS: 1992: MN) was appointed as Chairman, Staff Selection Commission (SSC) in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Government of India by temporarily upgrading the post and keeping the Recruitment Rules (RR) of the post in abeyance. Currently, he is working as Special Secretary. Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Pradip Kumar Tripathi (IAS: 1987:  AGMUT) was appointed as Secretary to the Lokpal of India till the date of his superannuation (i.e. 30.06.2024) and thereafter on contract basis for a period of two years beyond the date of his superannuation on usual terms and conditions applicable to re-employed Central Government officers. Currently, Tripathi is Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat

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