Hasmukh Adhia, a Gujarat cadre IAS officer of the 1981 batch, has taken over as secretary of department of financial services, ministry of finance. He succeeds Gurdial Singh Sandhu, who in turn has been appointed as chairman, National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention.
With the appointment of Adhia, the Modi government’s Budget 2015-16 team is more or less complete.
Sandhu’s transfer was preceded by transfers of Arvind Mayaram and Rajiv Takru, both of whom were appointed as secretaries in the finance ministry during the previous UPA regime.
Mayaram was shifted to the tourism ministry and later to the minority affairs ministry, while Takru was shifted to the department of north-east and later transferred as secretary, National Commission for Minorities. Expenditure secretary RN Wattal remains the only secretary level officer in the finance ministry involved in the preparations of the last Budget.
Sandhu, a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer of the 1980 batch was recently in the news for the successful launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
Adhia, a yoga enthusiast, was till now the additional chief secretary, finance department, government of Gujarat. Earlier, he was principal secretary to Narendra Modi from May 2004 to May 2006 when he was the Gujarat chief minister. Adhia has also worked as director, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Union industry ministry from 1994 to 1999. He was also the industries commissioner, managing director, Gujarat Industrial Investment Corporation as well as vice-chairman & managing director, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation.