With appointment of Hasmukh Adhia, the Modi government's Budget 2015-16 team is more or less complete.
With the appointment of Hasmukh Adhia as the new Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, on Monday replacing Gurdial Singh Sandhu, 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 shunted out 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 R N Wattal remains the only secretary level officer in the finance ministry involved in the preparations of the last Budget.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Adhia, a Gujarat cadre IAS officer of the 1981 batch after Sandhu who was shifted as the Chairman, National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention in the rank and pay of Secretary in the vacancy of Prajapati Trivedi, an official release said late Monday. 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 Chief Minister, Gujarat. Prior to that, 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.
On November 1, in a bid to expedite the implementation of the announcements in the 2015-16 Budget as soon as the new fiscal begins, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all Government departments to advance budget-related processes by three months, so that the when the new financial year begins on April 1, 2015, work could begin as per the provisions of the new Budget on a real-time basis. Assuring the secretaries that there would be no political interference in their decision-making, Modi wanted them to work fearlessly in the interest of the nation and called for shifting government emphasis from output to outcome. (ENDS)