New Delhi: With barely a month to go for
Budget 2011-12, the government today appointed Sushma Nath as the new Finance Secretary and gave her an extension for two
months till May 31 this year.
Nath, now the Expenditure Secretary, succeeds Ashok
Chawla who retired on January 31. She will continue to hold
the charge of Expenditure Secretary as well.
Nath was to retire on March 31 this year.
An official statement said the appointment was approved
by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
Nath, the senior most official in the finance ministry,
has been working as Secretary in the Expenditure Department
since April 2008.
Meanwhile, R Gopalan, who has been appointed as
Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, will hold charge
till April 30 this year, the statement added.
Chawla was also Secretary in Department of Economic
Both Nath and Gopalan are expected to be the main
architects of the Budget which will be presented by Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 28.
The Finance Ministry is in the process of firming up the
proposals for the 2011-12 Budget.