The government has shifted Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram to the Tourism Ministry in the same capacity, while Rajasthan Chief Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has been brought in as the new Economic Affairs Secretary.
The move comes only days before the finance ministry starts preparing for the next budget.
Mehrishi’s colleague RP Wattal, who is currently the Expenditure Secretary, is all set to be appointed as the new Finance Secretary – the first among equals in the ministry and the Secretary In-charge of budget preparations.
Of the seven other Secretary-rank appointments, the crucial job of Coal Secretary has been given to Anil Swarup, a 1981-batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh, who has been known as the bottleneck-remover for a number of infrastructure projects.
Soon after Swarup takes over, he will have to decide on dealing with over 40 coal block allocations cancelled by the Supreme Court.
Mehrishi had earlier worked with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as a Joint Secretary. He is seen to be pro-reforms and helped push through crucial amendments to labour laws during his stint as Rajasthan Chief Secretary.
Anuj Bishnoi has been shifted to the Drinking Water and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry as the new Secretary, the incumbent officer Alok Rawat will be in charge of Administrative Reforms.
Ashok Angurana has been appointed the new Panchayati Raj Secretary, while PD meena has been given charge of the Department of Ex-serviceman Welfare, and Vinod Agarwal of the National Commission for SCs.