Subhash Chandra Garg who is currently the Executive Director of the World Bank will soon take over as the Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs. He is a senior IAS officer and was appointed as the as the World Bank ED in 2014. He is all set to replace current Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. Along with Garg, 15 new secretaries have been appointed to various central government departments as part of a major top-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected today, according to a PTI report.
While Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been appointed as the next Home Secretary and he is set to replace Rajiv Mehrishi whose term ends on August 30, on the other hand, Durga Shanker Mishra will replace Gauba as the Urban Development Secretary. Culture Secretary N K Sinha will be the new Information and Broadcasting Secretary in place of Ajay Mittal, who has been moved as DoPT secretary. DoPT Secretary B P Sharma retires this month-end. Aruna Sundararajan who is presently the Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will be the new Telecom Secretary. NHAI chief Yudhvir Singh Malik has been appointed the Road, Transport and Highways Secretary.
On May 31, 2017, Shaktikanta Das retired after 37 years of service at a function that was held in New Delhi. His retirement was confirmed via a Twitter post where the former civil servant wrote, “Handed over charge as Secretary Eco Affairs on my retirement today. Very satisfying 37 years.” He further added, “Fortunate to have been associated with several key reforms and policy decisions as Secretary Revenue and Secretary Economic Affairs. Will continue to tweet on important issues. Of course as a private person.”