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New Delhi: In a minor high-level bureaucratic change, the government on Wednesday made some revamps giving additional charge of some posts to serving officers.


An official release said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet gave its approval to the proposal to give additional charge of the post of chairman of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention to Sanjay Kumar Srivastava.

It also approved allocation of additional charge of the post of secretary (security) in the Cabinet Secretariat to Srivastava, who is serving as secretary (coordination and public grievances).

The government approved additional charge of the post of secretary of the Legislative Department to PK Malhotra, secretary in the Legal Affairs Department.

It also approved allocation of additional charge of the post of secretary in the ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) to Ameising Luikham, secretary in the Department of Public Enterprises.

The government approved allocation of additional charge of the post of secretary in the Inter State Council Secretariat, to Anoop Kumar Srivastava, secretary in the Department of Border Management under the home ministry.

Additional charge of the post of secretary in the steel ministry was given to Anup K Pujari, secretary in the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises.

Additional charge has been given to officers for three months or till appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever was earliest.

(With inputs from IANS)


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