The Government of India, on May 28, announced the appointment of BVR Subrahmanyam as the new Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and Secretary, Commerce, Government of India. Subrahmanyam, 1987-Batch IAS officer, is the incumbent Chief Secretary of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the appointment of Subrahmanyam as Commerce Secretary on superannuation of Anup Wadhawan (IAS 1985-Batch), the present Commerce Secretary, on June 30, 2021.
His appointment has been approved at a time when India is negotiating key trade agreements with the European Union and the United Kingdom. Also, the country is pitching for unhindered access to vaccines and medical products through a waiver in the agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Subrahmanyam’s expertise in trade can pose a great benefit for India for these trade agreements.