Aruna Sethi, a 1985-batch officer of Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS) has been elevated to the position of Chief Adviser (Cost) in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. She is the first lady ICoAS officer who has reached this position. Earlier, she headed ICoAS from 1st February, 2016 onwards, being the senior most ICoAS officer.
ICoAS is one of the six organised accounting services of the Government of India. Chief Adviser (Cost) is advising the ministries and government undertakings on cost accounts matters and undertaking cost investigation on their behalf.
She has earlier held important portfolios in Government of India including Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Defence.