The Government of India has ordered a major reshuffle in the Shipping
Ministry removing the present Shipping Secretary within two months of his
taking over the post.
The Shipping Secretary Mr Ravi Kant who was on an official tour of Cochin
port when the order relieving him of his services as shipping Secretary was
decided at the Cabinet Committee on Appointments on October Eleventh night.
Mr Gopala Krishna, 1983 batch IAS Officer of the West Bengal Cadre has been
named the new Shipping Secretary. Since he is currently posted in West Bengal
Service, it may take a few days before he officially takes over the post of
Shipping Secretary at the National capital.
Mr Ravi Kant, Bihar cadre officer who took over as Shipping Secretary from
Mr Rajive Kumar two months ago, has been appointed as Secretary, Food and
Public Distribution. Mr Rajiev Kumar who was the Shipping Secretary before him
held the post for nearly three years. He is currently the Chief Secretary of
In another development, Mr Alok Shrivastsava, currently Special Secretary
in the Shipping Ministry has been relieved of the post and posted as Secretary
in the Department of Justice. Mr Shrivastava is an IAS officer of the Madhya
Pradesh cadre 1984 batch. His successor in the Shipping Ministry is yet to be
appointed. Mr Shrivastava was overseeing the Sagar Mala programme, the
prestigious project of the Ministry
Since the changes in the top position in the Shipping Ministry in Transport
Bhawan is expected to take effect only by next week, major decisions in the
ministry would take some more time to fructify. There has been a lull in
decision making ever since Mr Ravi Kant took over as Shipping Secretary
according to ministry sources.