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Pawan Kumar Agarwal appointed CEO, FSSAI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Senior IAS officer Pawan Kumar Agarwal was today appointed as Chief Executive Officer of food regulator FSSAI, as part of senior level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the government today.

As many as 12 Additional Secretaries, including Agarwal, have been appointed in various central government departments.

Agrawal, a 1985 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, is presently Joint Secretary in Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. He has been appointed as CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in place of Yudhvir Singh Malik, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.

Malik, who is believed to be the man behind the ban on global giant Nestle's popular noodle brand Maggi (which has now been removed), was shifted as Additional Secretary in Niti Aayog in September this year.

FSSAI Chairman Ashish Bahuguna was holding the additional charge of FSSAI CEO.

Agrawal's batchmate Bhupendra Yadav has been appointed as Chairman, National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) under Department of Pharmaceuticals. Yadav is presently working in his cadre state--Uttar Pradesh.

Senior bureaucrat Binoy Kumar has been shifted from Ministry of External Affairs as Director General, Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals. Sumeet Jerath has been made Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in place of Kumar. Jerath is presently Additional Director General of Foreign Trade.

Asha Ram Sihag has been appointed as Secretary, Union Public Service Commission. Sihag has been working as Director General (Acquisition) in Defence Ministry.

Smita Nagraj, who is presently working in her cadre state Jharkhand, has been appointed in Sihag's place.

Kalpana Mittal Baruah and R Rajagopal have been appointed as Additional Secretaries in Cabinet Secretariat, and Adviser in Inter State Council Secretariat under Home Ministry, respectively, it said.

Chhabilendra Roul, a 1985 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary in Department of Agricultural Research and Education in place of Rajagopal.

His batchmate from Madhya Pradesh M Gopal Reddy has been appointed as Additional Secretary in Home Ministry by upgrading the post of Joint Secretary being held by him.

Similarly, Saraswati Prasad has been made AS in Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation by upgrading the post of JS held by him.

Udai Pratap Singh, presently working in Jharkhand, has been appointed as AS in Tourism Ministry, the order said.

First Published: Tue, December 22 2015. 18:23 IST