26 April, New Delhi
Ajay Mittal has been appointed as the new Information and Broadcasting Secretary. Mittal, a 1982 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh Cadre, will succeed Sunil Arora who is retiring on 30th of this month.
Environment and Forests Secretary Ashok Lavasa will replace Expenditure Secretary Ratan P Watal who is also retiring this month.
The other senior appointment cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet include Ajay Narayan Jha as Environment and Forests Secretary, Snehlata Srivastava as Secretary Department of Justice, Vijay Shankar Pandey as Fertilizers Secretary, Hem Kumar Pande as Consumer Affairs Secretary, Prabhas Jha as Parliamentary Affairs Secretary and Leena Nair as Women and Child Development Secretary.