Senior IAS officer Rajesh Kumar Singh assumed the charge of secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on 24 April 2023.
Singh has replaced Anurag Jain, who was appointed as secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Prior to this, Singh, a 1989 batch IAS officer, was serving as Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying. Rajesh Kumar Singh is an Indian Administrative Service officer of 1989 Batch from Kerala cadre.
He has held many important positions in the Union Government as Commissioner - DDA, Joint Secretary - Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Joint Secretary - Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare and Chief Vigilance Officer - Food Corporation of India.
Singh is assuming charge at a time when the ministry is taking a series of steps to promote foreign investments into the country and boost domestic manufacturing. Foreign direct investment into the country stood at USD 36.75 billion during April-December 2022 as compared to USD 43.17 billion in the same period of 2021-22.