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Will DEA Secretary be given extension?

If well-placed sources are to be believed Atanu Chakraborty (IAS:1985:GJ), Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, is likely to be given an extension for a period of three months. Reportedly, the decision may be taken in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic which necessitated the Centre to announce a slue of measures that also includes economic relief package. Speculations are rife that Chakraborty’s extension is being seen as a need for continuity.
Indianmandarins had reported earlier (CLICK TO READ) that the NaMo administration might pick Dr T V Somanathan (IAS:1987:TN) as the next DEA Secretary after Chakraborty retires this month-end. Speculation continues.

10 Apr 2020
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DEA: Sachdeva prematurely repatriated

The NaMo administration on Tuesday prematurely repatriated Monmohan Sachdeva (ICoAS:1996), Director, Department of Economic Affairs, to his parent cadre to avail the benefits of promotion.

25 Feb 2020
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Will DEA Secretary be given extension?

By IndianMandarins 10 Apr 2020

If well-placed sources are to be believed Atanu Chakraborty (IAS:1985:GJ), Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, is likely to be given an extension for a period of three months. Reportedly, the decision may be taken in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic which necessitated the Centre to announce a slue of measures that also includes economic relief package. Speculations are rife that Chakraborty’s extension is being seen as a need for continuity.
Indianmandarins had reported earlier (CLICK TO READ) that the NaMo administration might pick Dr T V Somanathan (IAS:1987:TN) as the next DEA Secretary after Chakraborty retires this month-end. Speculation continues.

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DEA: Sachdeva prematurely repatriated

By IndianMandarins 25 Feb 2020

The NaMo administration on Tuesday prematurely repatriated Monmohan Sachdeva (ICoAS:1996), Director, Department of Economic Affairs, to his parent cadre to avail the benefits of promotion.

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Rohit Yadav, B Purushartha, Kothari and 15 others appointed as Joint Secretary at Centre

By IndianMandarins 24 Feb 2020

The NaMo administration on Monday announced the appointment of 17 officers to the post of Joint Secretary in various ministries and departments:

  1. Navneet Mohan Kothari (lAS:2001:MP) appointed as  Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas for an overall tenure of five years upto 18.04.2021. Kothari replaces  Ashutosh Jindal (IAS:1995:TR). 
  2. Rohit Yadav (IAS:2002:CG) appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office on lateral shift basis  for a period ending 31.07.2023.  Presently he is working as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Steel.
  3. Baldeo Purushartha (lAS:2002:PB) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs for a tenure of five years. He replaces K V Pratap (IES:1992). Presently, he is Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar, Govt of Punjab. 
  4. Ms Neerja Sekhar (lAS:1993:HY) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for a tenure of five years. She replaces Ashok Kumar Parmar (IAS:1992:JK).
  5. N B S Rajput (lAS:1999:OR) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances for a tenure of five years. He replaces  V Shashank Shekhar (lAS:1996:NL).
  6. K V Pratap (IES:1992), Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, laterally shifted to Ministry of Home Affairs for an overall tenure of five years upto 23.11.2022. Pratap replaces Amitabh Kharkwal (IPoS:1989).
  7. Ms. Sushma Taishete (CSS) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, (Mumbai) for an overall tenure of five years upto 05.07.2023 by downgrading a vacant post of AS in the Department. She replaces Mervin Alexander S (lPoS(1987) who prematurely repatriated to parent cadre. Presently, she is working as Joint Secretary, Department of Justice.
  8. Deepak Kapoor (IA&AS:1998) appointed as Additional CEO, GeM SPV, (JS level) under the Department of Commerce for a tenure of five years. He replaces S Suresh Kumar (lAS:2000:AP).
  9. Surendra K Ahirwar (IRTS:1997) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce for an overall tenure of five years upto 08.01.2023. The post has been temporarily upgraded from Director to Joint Secretary level for a period of two years (initially).
  10. Ms Aditi Das Rout (ITS:1986) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure upto her superannuation on 30.11.2023. She replaces S C Barmma (IPoS:1987).
  11. Satish Singh (IRSME:1996) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Defence, for an overall tenure of five years upto 12.10.2022. He replaces Ashok Kumar Singh (lAS:1999:KL).
  12. Ms Mukta Shekhar (IRAS:1994) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution for a tenure of five years vice  Kamal Datta (IFoS:1994:UT)
  13. Atul Saxena (IRSS:1991) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries for an overall tenure of five years upto 30.06.2021 by temporary upgrading the Director level post.
  14. Purushottam Tiwary (IA&AS:1996) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry for a tenure of five years. He replaces Pravin Laxminarayan Agrawal (IFS:1994:TR).
  15. Niraj Kumar Gayagi (IDAS:1997) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Justice for a tenure of five years. He replaces Ms Sushma Taishete (CSS).
  16. Charanpreet Singh Bakshi (IRS C&CE:1992) appointed as Joint Secretary Ministry of Minority Affairs for a tenure of five years vice Jan-e-Alam (lAS:1991:NL).
  17. Sanjay Kumar Jain (IRTS:1990) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises for a tenure of five years vice Madhukar Gupta (lAS:1985:RJ) consequent on completion of his tenure.
  18. Tanweer Qamar Mohammad (IPoS:1994) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation for a tenure of five years vice Arun Kumar Yadav (lAS:1987:SK). 

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Foreign posting: Rishikesh Singh to move to ADB

By IndianMandarins 27 Dec 2019

The NaMo administration on Friday curtailed the tenure of Rishikesh Singh (IPoS:2000) as Director, Department of Economic Affairs on his selection to the post of Project Development Specialist in the Asian Development Bank (Manilla) on deputation basis up to 31.03.2022 i.e. maximum tenure of seven years outside cadre. 

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IES officers urged DEA Secretary in AGM: Ensure time bound promotion, housing, exclusive training academy

By IndianMandarins 15 Dec 2019

Indian Economic Service Association (IESA) on Saturday held its Annual General Body Meeting in Constitution Hall which was attended by over a hundred IES officers. Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) to the Govt of India Dr K Subramanian was the chief guest at the AGM.

IESA emphasised its role in providing economic inputs and professional insights in the policy making in order to push the  growth rate of 8% plus. Having been posted in all the key economic and social ministries IES officers provide economic inputs which no other service can offer and that is where IES cadre has an edge over  others.

The IESA requested its cadre  controlling authority Atanu Chakravarty,  Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and CEA to augment the process of promotion ending the continued deadlock in their career progression. Time bound promotion, housing projects and an exclusive Training Academy for young IES officers etc were underlined as their demand from the Govt of India through CEA Subrahmanyam & DEA Secretary Chakraborty.  

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FinMin: A complete overhaul in next 5 months?

By IndianMandarins 25 Nov 2019

If some top sources are to believed all four departments under Union Ministry of Finance are set to get a fresh set of departmental heads in the next five months. The Department of Expenditure, presently under ad-hoc arrangement, became headless after G C Murmu (IAS:1985:GJ) was picked up as J&K Lieutenant Governor. Union Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH), Secretary, DFS, is retiring in February next year followed by Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty (IAS:1985:GJ) scheduled to retire April next year. Though Revenue Secretary A B P Pandey (IAS:1985:MH) may remain on turf till February 2021 but with vital figures dipping steadily the power corridors are abuzz that Pandey may be shifted to some other key departments. If that be the case the Finance Ministry may see a fresh set of faces to steer the economy which would be key to take NaMo 2.0 to its 3.0 version.

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Two officers re-designated as Director

By IndianMandarins 20 Nov 2019

Vivek Kumar (IDES:2005) and Pawan Kumar (IRS C&CE:2005), both working at Deputy Secretary level, were on Wednesday re-designated as Director in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Department of Economic Affairs respectively. 

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DEA: H Korukonda appointed as Deputy Secretary

By IndianMandarins 11 Nov 2019

The NaMo administration on Monday appointed Hanumaiah Korukonda (ICAS:2008) to the post of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs for a period of Four years.

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