New Delhi, July 22, 2017: Former IAS officer of Haryana cadre and Chairman Public Enterprises Selection Board Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as the Secretary to the new President.
Senior journalist Ashok Malik has been named as Press Secretary to Kovind, said an order issued today by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
According to an official communique of Rajiv Kumar, secretary of the appointments committee of the cabinet, the appointment was approved on July 21. At present, Kothari is chairman of the public enterprise’s selection board (PESB). He has been appointed for an initial period of two years.
Meanwhile, Bharat Lal, another officer of the 1988 Gujarat cadre, was appointed as joint secretary to the President.
Ram Nath Kovind, former Bihar Governor, was on Thursday elected as the new head of state to succeed incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee, who completes his five-year term on Monday.