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Bureaucratic rejig: G C Murmu named Secretary in Expenditure Department

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New Delhi | Senior Gujarat-cadre IAS officer G C Murmu was Saturday named as the Secretary, Department of Expenditure, as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre. Murmu, a 1985 batch IAS officer, is at present Special Secretary in the Department of Revenue.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Murmu as the officer on special duty in the Department of Expenditure, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. “The officer will take over as Secretary, Department of Expenditure on superannuation of A N Jha on January 21 next year,” it said. Apart from Murmu, the department has also transferred eight other senior IAS officers.

Senior IAS officer Upma Chawdhry, Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs on superannuation of Amarendra Kumar Dubey on December 31.

A B P Pandey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), was appointed as Secretary, Department of Revenue on superannuation of Hasmukh Adhia on November 30. He will continue to hold the additional charge of CEO, UIDAI and Chairman, Goods and Services Tax network until further orders, the DoPT said. It has approved the appointment of N Sivasailam, special secretary in the Department of Telecommunications as special secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce.

Sumanta Chaudhuri, Managing Director at Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Coal vice Inder Jit Singh. Orders for a new assignment for Singh are being issued separately, according to the notification.

Chhabilendra Roul, Special Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education was appointed as officer on special duty in the Department of Fertilizers. Roul will take over as Secretary, Department of Fertilizers on superannuation of Bharathi S Sihag on December 31.

Yogendra Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director, Food Corporation of India was named as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism on superannuation of Rashmi Verma on Novermber 30.

Shalini Prasad, Special Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj has been appointed as Member Secretary, Tariff Commission, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the existing vacancy by temporarily upgrading the post to the level of Secretary.

Ashok Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary of Lok Sabha Secretariat, has been named as Secretary, National Commission for Schedule tribes in the vacancy caused due to superannuation of Raghav Chandra, the DoPT added.

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Shakitikanta Das to be the new RBI governor

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New Delhi | Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shakikanta Das is likely to be the next Reserve Bank of India Governor after the resignation of Urjit Patel on December 10.

Shaktikanta Das, a retired 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre was the member of the Fifteenth Finance Commission of India, and India’s Sherpa to G20. Das also worked as Union Economic Affairs Secretary, Union Revenue Secretary, Union Fertilizers Secretary, special secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and as a joint secretary in the Department of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance in the Indian government.

Earlier Urjit Patel on December 10 resigned from the post of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor. Patel’s three year team was to end in September 2019. Patel is also the first RBI governor to resign since 1990.

Submitting his resignation, Urjit Patel cited personal reasons and stepped down with immediate effect. He said, “On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years,” Urjit Patel said in a statement. “The support and hard work of RBI staff, officers and management has been the proximate driver of the Bank’s considerable accomplishments in recent years. I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board, and wish them all the best for the future,” he added.

 

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Four policemen killed by terrorists in J-K’s Shopian; weapons snatched

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Srinagar | Four policemen were killed on Tuesday when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.

The attack took place this afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri Pandit families.

A senior police official said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were led by former Special Police Officer Adil Bashir, who deserted in October and decamped eight weapons from a PDP legislator.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the police officer said that militants fired indiscriminately, killing three policemen on the spot and critically injuring one.

The injured policeman was rushed to an Army hospital, where he also succumbed to injuries, the official said.

The deceased have been identified as Anees Ahmad, Hamidullah, Mehraj ud Din and Abdul Majeed.

At the time of the incident, only one family was present at the minority pocket.

Immediately after the shootout, the terrorists fled with three Self Loading Rifles (SLRs) of the policemen, the official said, adding a cordon and search operation has been launched to nab the criminals.

The official said that an intercept had been received in which it was clear that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a banned terrorist organisation, was behind the barbaric act.

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PM Modi may visit Tripura in Feb to inaugurate projects: Officials

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Agartala | Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several development projects, including an upgraded cancer centre, a government official said. The regional centre, which offers treatment to more than 2,000 cancer patients annually, is set to have a new building and modern equipment, he said.

According to government reports, 3,786 patients succumbed to cancer between 2013 and 2016 in the state.

Sanjoy Mishra, the media adviser to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, said a high-level meeting was convened Monday to review progress in the cancer hospital project. “The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several developmental projects. The newly built building at the cancer centre is one of them. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday reviewed the progress of the construction work at the centre,” Mishra said.

Chief Secretary LK Gupta, Public Works Department (PWD) secretary Manoj Kumar, and Health and Family Welfare secretary Samarjit Bhowmik were among those who attended Monday’s meeting, he said. “The CM would be visiting New Delhi tomorrow (Wednesday) and meet the prime minister to discuss various issues, including the inauguration of the cancer hospital building,” Mishra told reporters.

According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2016-17), 40 percent of all cancer patients in the northeast suffer from head and neck malignancy, mainly caused by tobacco consumption.

Tripura tops in tobacco use in the region with 64.5 percent patients in the state admitting to nicotine consumption, the report added.

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