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Appointment of eight foreign postings including Geneva, Brussels WDC likely this week

If some well-placed sources are to be believed as many as eight key positions at the level of Joint Secretary and Director may be filled up shortly. The process of selection for these posts is underway and announcements may be made in a couple of days.

Reportedly, two Joint Secretary rank IAS officers may get assignments in World Bank and Geneva whereas two Director level IAS officers may get new assignments in China and Brussels. In case the buzz turns out to be true, the Joint Secretary level postings may surprise people in power corridors.  

Further, Rahul Bijoria, a private person, is also in the reckoning for the Director level post in World Bank. Three officers belonging to IES, ICAS and IRTS cadre are also being considered for posts in Washington DC (Counsellor Economic), ADB Manila and PMI Geneva respectively.

22 May 2020
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Tirumurti to replace Akbaruddin in UN, former MEA Spokesperson Raveesh to move to Finland

One of the most celebrated Indian diplomats in recent years, Syed Akbaruddin, is all set hang his boots. He will be replaced by T S Tirumurti as India’s permanent representative to the UN.

Akbaruddin and India’s high commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanshyam both are retiring this month and both were in the race of foreign secretary but Harshvardhan Shringala clinched the job.

Turmurti has been the secretary (Economic Relations) since early 2018 and had stints at India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva and as a director in the foreign secretary’s office and joint secretary (UN, economic and social).

Ghanshyam to be replaced in London by Gaitri Kumar, currently the envoy to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union. Santosh Jha, currently India’s envoy to Uzbekistan, is tipped to be the new ambassador in Brussels.

Former MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar is set to become envoy to Finland.

Rajiv Chander, another IFS officer who was superseded for the post of foreign secretary, and was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva is set to retire in August and is expected to be replaced by Indra Mani Pandey, who is currently the Additional Secretary (disarmament and international security affairs).

27 Apr 2020
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Appointment of eight foreign postings including Geneva, Brussels WDC likely this week

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

If some well-placed sources are to be believed as many as eight key positions at the level of Joint Secretary and Director may be filled up shortly. The process of selection for these posts is underway and announcements may be made in a couple of days.

Reportedly, two Joint Secretary rank IAS officers may get assignments in World Bank and Geneva whereas two Director level IAS officers may get new assignments in China and Brussels. In case the buzz turns out to be true, the Joint Secretary level postings may surprise people in power corridors.  

Further, Rahul Bijoria, a private person, is also in the reckoning for the Director level post in World Bank. Three officers belonging to IES, ICAS and IRTS cadre are also being considered for posts in Washington DC (Counsellor Economic), ADB Manila and PMI Geneva respectively.

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Tirumurti to replace Akbaruddin in UN, former MEA Spokesperson Raveesh to move to Finland

By IndianMandarins 27 Apr 2020

One of the most celebrated Indian diplomats in recent years, Syed Akbaruddin, is all set hang his boots. He will be replaced by T S Tirumurti as India’s permanent representative to the UN.

Akbaruddin and India’s high commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanshyam both are retiring this month and both were in the race of foreign secretary but Harshvardhan Shringala clinched the job.

Turmurti has been the secretary (Economic Relations) since early 2018 and had stints at India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva and as a director in the foreign secretary’s office and joint secretary (UN, economic and social).

Ghanshyam to be replaced in London by Gaitri Kumar, currently the envoy to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union. Santosh Jha, currently India’s envoy to Uzbekistan, is tipped to be the new ambassador in Brussels.

Former MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar is set to become envoy to Finland.

Rajiv Chander, another IFS officer who was superseded for the post of foreign secretary, and was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva is set to retire in August and is expected to be replaced by Indra Mani Pandey, who is currently the Additional Secretary (disarmament and international security affairs).

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Lal to take charge on Wednesday as JS Security, Lok Sabha

By IndianMandarins 30 Mar 2020

Following the completion of tenure of Sandeep Mittal as Joint Secretary (Security), Lok Sabha the Lok Sabha Secretariat is all set to get Raghubir Lal (IPS:1997:UP) as new JS, Security. Indianmandarins learns that he will take charge of Wednesday.

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IPS officer pitches for technology to track corona-affected persons

By IndianMandarins 21 Mar 2020

Tamil Nadu IPS officer R. Rohith Nathan and his paediatrician wife Kaveri Subbiah have submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs to make use of hi-tech means involving analysis of technical data, artificial intelligence and geo-fencing to effectively control the spread of COVID-19. Rohith, currently the SP (Sivaganga ), said the Ministry had approved his proposal in principal.
The officer was invited to give a presentation to a panel of joint secretaries on Monday. “The panel has agreed in principle to implement the proposal across the country.   
Rohith told indianmandrines that he is in the process of formulating the standard operating procedure to launch the digital surveillance system in Tamil Nadu to control the spread of coronavirus.
The focus is on using advanced technology to trace people who may have come in contact with infected people and assess their health conditions for appropriate treatment or isolation.

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Centre deputes 30 JSs: Centre and states in sync against CORONA

By IndianMandarins 18 Mar 2020

In a move to handle Coronavirus in the best possible way, the government on March 17 deputed 30 officers to the rank of joint secretary and above to various states. The Centre wants to deal with the menace effectively.

 The government comes in the aftermath of 137 people so far getting positive with COVID-19 and three persons dying. These officers will be assisting various state governments in effective management of #COVID19india.             

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MEA: Kumar elevated as India's Envoy to Uganda

By IndianMandarins 17 Mar 2020

The NaMo administration on Tuesday appointed A. Ajay Kumar (IFS:2001) as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Uganda. Presently,  Kumar is Joint Secretary in the MEA headquarters.

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MoHFW: Joint Secretary gets extension

By IndianMandarins 09 Mar 2020

The NaMo administration on Monday extended the central deputation tenure of Sudhir Kumar (IAS:1999:UT) Joint Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare for a period of three months beyond 16.03.2020:

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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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