Senior IRS officer Pankaj Kumar Mishra was appointed chief of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), tasked with checking suspicious bank and cash transactions, as part of a major mid-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected today.
A total of 15 new Joint Secretaries, including Mishra, have been appointed to various central government ministries. Of them, six are IAS officers and rest from other central services.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved appointment of Mishra as Director, FIU for five years, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.
FIU, which functions under Department of Revenue, is mandated to collect, analyse and disseminate information related to financial transactions suspected to be black money or proceeds of crime.
He has been appointed in place of P K Tiwari, who had completed his tenure in mid-April. Enforcement Director Karnal Singh has been looking after the charge of FIU chief.
Senior IAS officer Rajeev Ranjan has been appointed as Joint Secretary in Department of Expenditure in place of G C Murmu, who had been earlier made Additional Secretary in Department of Financial Services.
Ranjan is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.
IAS officers Amar Nath and A V Patil will be new Joint Secretaries in Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Department of Financial Services respectively, it said.