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Anil Swarup is new Education Secy; Susheel Kumar to take over coal

As part of a high-level bureaucratic reshuffle, the government on Wednesday shifted coal secretary Anil Swarup to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) as Secretary, School Education and Literacy.

He was replaced by Susheel Kumar who is at present serving as Secretary, Department of Border Management in the Home Ministry.

As many as 19 new secretaries have been appointed in various central government departments effected by Wednesday.

Coal Secretary Anil Swarup Swarup, a 1981 batch IAS officer, generally credited for successfully developing the model for allocation of natural resources through coal mine auctions. Swarup enjoys the image of a go-getter and was hand-picked was Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the job.

Anil Swarup, said that his experience was an incredible in Coal sector and looking forward to the Education sector.

“Experience in the Coal sector was an incredible one with an amazingly committed team. Looking forward to the Education Sector. Lot to learn” he tweeted.

NHAI Chairman Raghav Chandra has been named Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.  Chadra has Masters Degrees in Mathematics and Public Administration from Delhi University and Harvard respectively.

He has recently authored ‘Scent of a Game’, a mystery-drama that vividly unravels the larger issues of tiger poaching, management, conservation and the need to seek redemption by protecting animal life.

Yudhvir Singh Malik, Special Secretary in Niti Aayog, will be new chairman of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in place of Chandra.

Yudhvir, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was behind the ban of global giant Nestle’s popular noodle brand Maggi while serving as Chief Executive Officer in Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under Health and Family Welfare Ministry. Following the controversy, Singh was shifted to Niti Aayog.

Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Yadav will be Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in place of Prabhas Kumar Jha, who has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Official Language.

Yadav, who is Secretary in Department of Sports, has been replaced by Injeti Srinivas, Director General of Sports Authority of India.

Anoop Kumar Srivastava, who is Secretary, Department of Official Language, will be Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

Ameising Luikham, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in Minority Affairs Ministry. He will take over as Secretary of the same department on superannuation of present incumbent Rakesh Garg, the order said.

Seema Bahuguna, Special Secretary and Financial Adviser in Department of Rural Development, will be new Secretary, DPE.

Senior IAS officers Preeti Sudan and K P Krishnan have been appointed as Secretaries of Department of Food and Public Distribution, and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Sudan is Special Secretary in Women and Child Development Ministry and Krishnan is Special Secretary, Department of Land Resources.

N S Kang, Secretary and Director General in National AIDS Control Organisation, has been named as Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

Rajeev Kapoor, Director of Mussoorie-based Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA)–which provides training to bureaucrats, has been appointed Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Senior IAS officer Upma Chaudhary, who is at present in her cadre state Himachal Pradesh, will be Director LBSNAA.

UPSC Secretary Asha Ram Sihag has been appointed as Secretary, Coordination and Public Grievances in Cabinet Secretariat. His wife Bharati S Sihag has been named as OSD, Department of Fertilisers. She will take over as Secretary in the same department on superannuation of the present incumbent Vijay Shankar Pandey.

Kewal Kumar Sharma has been named as Secretary, Department of Higher Education. He will first take over as Officer on Special Duty in the same department before taking over as Secretary on superannuation of Vinay Sheel Oberoi.

Besides these 19 secretaries, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved extension in tenure of R K Jain, Member of National Disaster Management Authority, for six months beyond Nov 30.

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