Sanjeev Chopra


As per a circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on June 29th, two senior IAS officers have been assigned additional responsibilities as Secretaries in the Union government.

Ajay Kumar Bhalla, a 1984-batch IAS officer and the current Home Secretary, has been assigned the additional charge of Secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). This appointment comes after the superannuation of Ms. R Radha Chauhan, a 1988-batch IAS officer, on June 30th. Mr. Bhalla will serve in this capacity until a regular incumbent is appointed or until further orders.

Sanjeev Chopra, a 1990-batch IAS officer currently serving as the Secretary in the Department of Food and Public Distribution, has been given the additional charge of Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. This follows the repatriation of the incumbent Manoj Ahuja, also a 1990-batch Odisha cadre IAS officer. Mr. Chopra will hold this position until the appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever comes first.

Additionally, IAS Ajit Kumar Ranjan has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the 16th Finance Commission, Government of India. The Governor of Nagaland has relieved Mr. Ranjan from his role as Deputy Commissioner of Wokha district.

Furthermore, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared the empanelment of seven IAS officers from different cadres and batches for holding Secretary or Secretary-equivalent level posts in the Government of India. The officers empanelled are:

Secretary/Secretary Equivalent

  1. Jayanti S Ravi (IAS: 1991: GJ)
  2. Anu Garg (IAS: 1991: OR)
  3. Vijay Kumar (IAS: 1992: AGMUT)
  4. Sriram Taranikanti (IAS: 1992: TR)

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Secretary Equivalent:

  1. Sujata Saunik (IAS: 1987: MH)
  2. Rajeev Verma (IAS: 1992: AGMUT)
  3. Chandra Sekhar Kumar (IAS: 1992: OR)

 

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