Published On: Sat, Nov 17th, 2018

Ajay Bhushan Pandey to replace Hasmukh Adhia as Revenue Secretary

New Delhi: UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey will be the new Finance Secretary, replacing Hasmukh Adhia — the Gujarat-cadre IAS officer who is set to retire on November 30.

Adhia, who turned 60 earlier this month, had an eventful stint as Finance Secretary

Pandey, a 1984-batch IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, would continue to hold the additional charge of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO and Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) Chairman till further instructions, according to an order issued by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

The committee also announced that Girish Chandra Murmu, the 1985-batch Gujarat-cadre IAS officer who is presently Special Secretary at Revenue Department, would replace Expenditure Secretary Ajay Narayan Jha when he retires on January 31 next year.

Adhia, who turned 60 earlier this month, had an eventful stint as Finance Secretary during the days of demonetisation and the ushering in of the GST regime. The IAS officer worked in the Finance Ministry for four years including the last three years as Revenue Secretary.

The announcement of his retirement put to rest all speculation of his getting an extension, unlike in the past when the tenure of Secretaries in the ministry were usually extended if it ended close to the Union Budget’s presentation.

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