Centre appoints Odisha cadre IAS officer Vishal Gagan as Joint Secretary

New Delhi: Odisha cadre IAS officer Vishal Gagan has been appointed Joint Secretary by the Central government. Vishal was among 31 IAS officers who have been appointed Joint Secretaries in Central government departments, as part of major bureaucratic reshuffle effected on Monday.

As per an order issued by the Central government, Vishal will be the Joint Secretary of Department of Defence for a tenure of five years.

Rajeev Singh Thakur and Shantanu have been appointed Joint Secretaries in the newly-created Department of Military Affairs.

Ashutosh Agnihotri has been appointed Joint Secretary in home ministry. Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS officer Ashok Kumar Parmar will be advisor, inter-state council secretariat under the home ministry.

Bharat H Khera has been appointed Joint Secretary in Cabinet Secretariat. Vimalendra Anand Patwardhan, an officer of Indian Audit and Accounts Service, has been named as Joint Secretary and Financial Adviser in Ministry of Civil Aviation, and IAS officer Nagaraju Maddirala will be Joint Secretary in the Coal Ministry.

S Suresh Kumar and Puneet Agarwal have been appointed as Joint Secretaries in Department of Commerce and Department of Defence Production respectively.

Vineet Mathur, a 1994 batch officer of Indian Postal Service, will be Joint Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer Sanjukta Mudgal has been appointed as Joint Secretary in Culture Ministry.

IAS officer Tanmay Kumar has been appointed Joint Secretary in the Power Ministry. Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Hari Ranjan Rao will be Joint Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for five years.

(With agency inputs)

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