New Delhi: Ashok Chawla, who took over as
Finance Secretary during the turbulent times in the aftermath
of the global economic downturn more than two years ago,
retired Monday from service without any successor named for the
With the Union Budget just less than a month away,
government appointed R Gopalan, a 1976 batch IAS officer of
the Tamil Nadu cadre, as the Economic Affairs Secretary in the
He replaces Chawla, who was also Secretary in charge
of Department of Economic Affairs. Gopalan was already in the
Finance Ministry as Financial Services Secretary. Chawla, who
belonged to the 1973-batch Gujarat cadre IAS, had taken
charge as Finance Secretary in May 2009.
Sushma Nath, a 1974-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre of IAS, is
the senior-most official in the ministry, but she is due to
retire on March 31. She has been working as Secretary in the
Expenditure Department of the Finance Ministry since April
Nath, Gopalan, along with Disinvestment Secretary Sumit
Bose and Revenue Secretary Sunil Mitra would be the key
persons assisting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who will
unveil the Budget for 2011-12 in the Lok Sabha on February 28.
Meanwhile, the government Monday D K Mittal, a 1977 batch
IAS officer of UP cadre, has been appointed as the Secretary
of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She will replace R
Bandyopadhyay who retired Monday.
At present, Mittal is the Additional Secretary in the
Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has also
approved appointment of R Gopalan, presently Secretary,
Department of Financial Services as Secretary, Department of
Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.