The appointment orders were issued by the government late Friday night.
Former Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as Secretary to the newly elected President Ram Nath Kovind. Gujarat’s Resident Commissioner in New Delhi Bharat Lal, a forest service officer, has been appointed as Joint Secretary to the President.
Senior journalist and distinguished fellow at Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Asok Malik will be Press Secretary to the President.
Their appointment orders were issued by the government late Friday night.
Currently, Mr. Kothari, a 1978 batch IAS of Haryana cadre, is Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) where he was appointed after he superannuated as DoPT Secretary.
He is considered very close to Dr P.K. Mishra, additional Principal Secretary in PMO where he looks after the ACC, most crucial task of appointments in the government.
Moreover, the government carried out a large scale reshuffle at additional secretary level in the administration. The officials are from 1987 and 1988 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) who were recently empanelled as additional secretary or equivalent.
A 1985 batch IAS J Rama Krishna Rao has moved from the Ministry of Defence to National Minority Commission as Secretary while Usha Sharma from the same batch has been made Director General, Archaeological Survey of India.