Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, May 22:
Senior Odisha cadre IAS officer G Mohan Kumar was today appointed as new Defence Secretary for a two-year term, replacing RK Mathur who retires on May 28.
The 1979 batch IAS officer is presently Secretary in Department of Defence Production.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Kumar as Defence Secretary for a period of two years from the date of taking over the charge of the post, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
Kumar will take over from Radha Krishna Mathur, a 1977 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS officer, who completes his two-year tenure on May 28.
Kumar has served in Commerce Ministry and also worked as Additional and Special Secretary in Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation between 2010 and September 2013.
Kumar, who hails from Kerala, has also served as Steel Secretary before taking over as Secretary in Department of Defence Production on September 1, 2014.
The Committee also appointed Ashok Kumar Gupta, a 1981 batch Tamil Nadu cadre officer, as the new secretary (defence production) to succeed Mohan Kumar. Gupta is Special Secretary in Department of Defence Production.