According to a Personnel Ministry order issued on 19th August, senior 1988 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS officer Apurva Chandra has been appointed Information and Broadcasting secretary.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Chandra as secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the Personnel Ministry's order said.
Chandra will succeed Amit Khare, the current higher education secretary who holds the additional charge of the post of I&B secretary. Khare is scheduled to retire in September.
Chandra, a post-graduate in Structural Engineering from IIT Delhi, currently holds the post of labour & employment ministry secretary. He had assumed charge as the labour secretary in October 2020. “He has a long experience of dealing with issues relating to industries while working in Government of Maharashtra and Government of India,” the government statement said.
“Prior to this, he was serving as Special Director General, Defence Acquisition, Ministry of Defence, a position where he played a key role in contributing towards AtmaNirbhar Bharat in terms of greater defence acquisition from domestic industry and at the same time keeping Defence Forces equipped with all its challenging requirements,” it added.
The IAS officer also spent more than seven years in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. He was actively involved in framing policies with regard to fuel supplies to industries, supply logistics, transportation, storage, and distribution of fuel products, along with work related to Natural Gas transportation infrastructure, setting up of city gas distribution companies, LNG import terminals, and allocation of gas to industries.
Chandra served on the Board of Directors of Maharatna PSU, GAIL (India) and Petronet LNG and served as the Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy from August 2011 to February 2013.
From 2013 to 2017, he was the Principal Secretary (Industries).