Senior IAS officer Rajesh Bhushan appointed new Union Health Secretary
New Delhi: In an administrative reshuffle effected recently, the central government has appointed senior IAS officer Rajesh Bhushan as Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
The 1987-batch Bihar cadre officer will succeed Preeti Sudan, given a three-month extension in April, when she demits office on July 31. Ms. Preeti Sudan is an IAS Officer of 1983 batch from Andhra Pradesh cadre. Prior to this posting, she was Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.
The appointment comes at a time when the country is fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and the Health Ministry has a crucial role to play.
Bhushan, a 1987-batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, is the Secretary Coordination in the Cabinet Secretariat.
In another move, Ajay Tirkey, a 1987-batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, has been appointed Secretary, Department of Land Resources. Tirkey will replace Ruolkhumlien Buhril, who retires on July 31.
Mines Secretary Sushil Kumar, a 1987-batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre, has been appointed Secretary of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Kumar will replace Ram Kumar Mishra, a 1987-batch IAS officer, who has been named Women and Child Development Secretary.
Mishra succeeds Ajay Tirkey, appointed as the Secretary, Department of Land Resources.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved handing of additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Mines, to Anil Kumar Jain, the order stated.
Jain, a 1986-batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, is Secretary, Ministry of Coal.