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Shipping Secretary will take over transport portfolio as well

Shipping Secretary Rajive Kumar has been given additional charge as Secretary Ministry of Road transport and Highways as a temporary arrangement as per the decision taken at the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet.

The decision has been taken until further orders or till appointment of a regular incumbent whichever is earlier the order of the Committee said. The order indicates that continuance of Mr Rajive Kumar in the transport ministry is a temporary arrangement till a regular officer is found.

Mr Kumar 1981 batch UP cadre officer has been holding the post of Shipping Secretary for the last three years, He will now hold additional charge of transport and highways ministry as well and continued to report to Shipping and Transport minister Nitin Gadkari. Both the Ministries operate from Transport Bhavan.

The present incumbent in the Transport and Highways Ministry Sanjay Mitra will take over as Secretary in the Defense Ministry on completion of tenure of the present incumbent G Mohan Kumar on May 24. Mr Mitra has earlier had a seven year stint as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's office of Dr Manmohan Singh.


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