KD Tripathi appointed Petroleum Secretary

New Delhi: Kapil Dev Tripathi, secretary in the department of public enterprises (DPE), is India’s new petroleum secretary.

Tripathi, a 1980 batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), succeeds Saurabh Chandra, who retired on Thursday as the senior-most bureaucrat in the oil ministry. His appointment was cleared by the appointments committee of the cabinet, according to a government statement on Thursday.

Tripathi, who also headed the Central Vigilance Commission, the country’s top anti-corruption organization that oversees the work of state agencies and companies, is moving to the ministry responsible for India’s energy security at a time when its is confronting several contentious issues.

Tripathi studied physics at Allahabad University and holds a Master’s degree in business administration. He also served in the ministries of rural development, steel, tourism, and chemicals and fertilizers.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has also approved the appointment of Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, Union Territory (UT) cadre IAS officer (1980 batch), as secretary in the department of official language, ministry of home affairs. He will replace Nita Choudhury (UP cadre, 1977 batch), who has retired.

Shyam S Agarwal, a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer of the 1980 batch, has been appointed secretary, National Commission for scheduled tribes, ministry of tribal affairs. He replaces R Vijayakumar, a Tamil Nadu cadre IAS (1978 batch). Bihar cadre IAS officer Narendra Kumar Sinha has been appointed secretary, ministry of culture, replacing Ravindra Singh, who retired on Thursday.

Both Agarwal and Sinha come from cadre postings.

Anoop Kumar Srivastava, an Assam cadre IAS officer of the 1981 batch, has been named secretary (border management), home ministry, replacing Sneh Lata Kumar, who has retired. Srivastava was special secretary, department of social justice and empowerment in the ministry of social justice and empowerment.

Arun Jha, a Bihar cadre IAS officer (1981 batch) has been appointed secretary in the tribal affairs ministry. Jha replaces Hrusikesh Panda, following his superannuation. Earlier, Jha was special secretary, department of administrative reforms and public grievances, ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions.

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